Jonathan began his legal career at Beecham Peacock Solicitors, Newcastle and thereafter embarked on a career in publically-funded criminal defence with a small firm in Northumberland before returning to the City Centre to head up the Criminal Law Unit of Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office advising individuals including teachers, social workers and other clients who faced investigation/prosecution for a wide range of offences. Thereafter, Jonathan worked within the Health & Safety/Regulatory Team of Eversheds’ Newcastle office. Thereafter, Jonathan gained further experience as a freelance solicitor working with firms such as Hay & Kilner, Newcastle and Kidd Spoor Taylor, North Shields.
Jonathan joined the Regulation and Financial Crime Team at Short, Richardson & Forth as a Partner in September 2019.
Jonathan has a huge wealth of experience in dealing with cases from the start to finish and recognises the importance of continuity. Jonathan has a represented many clients at the police station facing serious allegations from professional misconduct to homicide. This has led Jonathan to develop an extensive knowledge of practice and procedure in relation to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).
Furthermore, Jonathan is locally recognised as a tenacious advocate who will use his wealth of advocacy experience to doggedly defend his client’s position with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for his clients.
“Cases can often be won or lost depending upon when advice is sought: going it alone can often have catastrophic consequences for an individual or company facing an investigation. Cost-effective early legal advice can often save clients both money and reputation.”
I live in North Tyneside and as often as possible enjoy getting out to the Coast with my wife and our 10 year old miniature Australian Labradoodle for long walks. I also enjoy holidaying in Northumberland as well as overseas (either Spain or Las Vegas: one day I will learn Spanish!)