Our People

We have a staff team of thirteen, including seven experienced solicitors.  All our advocates are crime specialists.

This is a busy office, attending an average of 78 police station interviews and finishing 68 Magistrates’ Court files – each and every month.  In addition, our Crown Court team attend court daily.

This volume of work is far from a bad thing – our staff team have developed a broad range of experience and skills and so we are able to offer you an individual service, giving you sound and considered advice, to ensure the best outcome in your case.

Should your case involve a more serious offence that is sent to the Crown Court, it can be dealt with by one of our solicitors who hold Higher Rights – this is the qualification that enables solicitors to appear in the Crown Court.  Most Crown Court work is done in-house, which offers you continuity and reassurance from being able to deal with the same people.

Rob Ross

Solicitor- HCA, Director (1985)

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Rob is the founder of the firm with nearly 30 years experience as a crime specialist, spanning from the police station to the Court of Appeal.
He has an extensive Crown Court practice but can still often be found making successful bail applications in the Magistrates’ Court.

A recognised heavyweight in his chosen field.

Gordon Hotson

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Gordon was admitted as a Solicitor in 1992 and is a Director of Ross Solicitors Ltd. He previously worked in Kent and East Sussex before moving to this area in 2000, since when he has specialised in criminal defence work.  He has appeared in Magistrates Courts across England and Wales representing clients charged with offences ranging from speeding to murder.

 

He regularly appears in the Magistrates Court advising and representing both legally aided and privately funded clients.  Managing a team of caseworkers at Ross Solicitors Ltd, he oversees the preparation of cases proceeding towards trial in the Magistrates Court.

Outside of the office, his interests are classic cars and watching all forms of motorsport.  A keen driver and motorcyclist for over 35 years, Gordon uses that experience to represent those facing driving offences.

Advocates

Chris Oswald

chrisoswaldA trial advocate since 1980 and a Higher Court Advocate since 2007, Chris specialises in Crown Court trials. He has defended in serious cases including sexual offences, assaults, fraud, robbery, arson, causing death by driving, drug offences and Proceeds of Crime offences.

Philip Hall

philiphallAdmitted October 1980. Member of the Magistrates’ Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor schemes from the outset. Philip is thoroughly experienced in all aspects of Magistrates’ Court advocacy including trials and road traffic matters.

Sambreen Arif

sambreenarifHaving qualified in 2003, Sambreen has worked exclusively in criminal defence and has a broad local knowledge, being well respected by both clients and professional colleagues alike. In 2013 she qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate enabling her to represent clients from the Police Station right through to the Supreme Court. Sambreen speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

 

Emma Handslip

Emma Thacker

Richard Williams

Hazel Tee Office Manager

Hazel Tee
Office
Manager

Evonne

Evonne Birch-Jackson
Paralegal

Emma Hillier Police Station Representative

Emma Hillier
Trainee Solicitor  and Police Station Representative

 

Kerry Murnane

Kerry Murnane
Paralegal
Clerk

Robin Colbourne Paralegal  Clerk

Robin Colbourne
Paralegal
Clerk