The firm is headed by our Managing Director;
Chris Clark who qualified as a Solicitor in 1979 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2006 enabling him to conduct cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal as a Solicitor Advocate. Chris is well-known by the people of Staffordshire and beyond for his expertise in Criminal Defence. Chris and his team brief the majority of our Crown Court work to;
Our Door Tenant Barrister Catherine O’Reilly who was called to the bar in 1998.
Catherine has defended in a wide range of criminal cases before the Crown Court. She has over 20 years of experience in cases involving serious violence (including murder), the supply of drugs and theft. In addition Catherine has particular experience in defending those accused of sexual offences. Matters have included allegations of rape, historic offences and young complainants. Catherine has also acted as Junior Counsel in a notable Terrorism case of a female suspected of being a member of ISIS. Catherine is a well-known popular Barrister in Staffordshire and beyond with an additional Tenancy in Stoke-on-Trent as well as Stafford. Well-liked for her personable and down-to-earth yet professional approach, Catherine regularly appears at Crown Courts across the County, the North West and West Midlands.
We have long-established working relationships with Regent Chambers in Stoke-on-Trent and regularly instruct Paul Cliff, joint Head of Chambers at Regent Chambers. Paul Cliff’s practice has encompassed a wide range of criminal defence work before the Court of Appeal and Crown Court. He is a leading junior and a persuasive jury advocate with the ability to quickly identify the issues which will have a real impact on trial presentation.
We also have good working relationships with many other Chambers across the UK including the Public Defender Service if we are unable to instruct Catherine O’Reilly or Paul Cliff, you may also have a preferred advocate of choice who we will be pleased to instruct.
Emma Ellis Solicitor admitted in 2005 manages our Magistrates Court and Prison Law teams. Well known in Staffordshire and beyond, Emma is an experienced and dedicated Magistrates Court Defence Solicitor who also specialises in Prison Law matters.
Khalid Waheed Solicitor admitted in 2006 specialises in Criminal Defence at the Magistrates Court and Police Station. Khalid is also experienced in many other areas of Law including Immigration, speaking English, Farsi (Persian) Hindi, Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu.
Simon Clark is a Senior Asylum and Immigration Caseworker Supervisor Director accredited by the Law Society in this specialist area of Law. Simon joined the family business in 2013 to replace Chris’ long-standing Crown Court Clerk Leonie who was emigrating. Simon also established the Immigration department within Eastgate Chambers and in 2018 opened a new office with a Legal Aid Contract for Asylum and Immigration clients in North Wales. Appointments are also available with Simon at our Cannock or Stafford offices and he continues to contribute to our Crown Court Department assisting with the supervision of more complex cases in particular those involving mental health issues, Trials, Proceeds of Crime and Billing.
Our valuable support staff including Beth, Susan & Rebecca (Office Accounts Manager) have many years of experience working for Solicitors and are always ready to answer your queries.