Criminal Law

Part of our service is to provide the right staff to assist you in the right way. Our Criminal Department very much works as a team, inputting their expertise to guarantee that your case receives quality attention. All our work is supervised by Mr. Hugh Pond, who is Head of the Criminal Department.

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We specialise in serious cases and have extensive experience of representing clients charged with murder, conspiracies, drug trafficking, sexual crimes and Customs and Excise.

We believe that our service should extend beyond the office. That is why we offer you, the client, legal representation for every aspect of your case. In the Criminal Department this may include:-

The Police Station

Everyone is entitled to free advice and assistance if they are questioned by the police. We can ensure that you are represented, as our service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Custody Suite at the police station retain personal telephone numbers for all members of our criminal department, so we are easily contacted, both in and out of office hours. Alternatively, clients can contact us at the office if they are scheduled to be interviewed by the police on a given date.

The Magistrates Court

If the police charge you with an offence, then the Magistrates Court will be where your proceedings begin. At Pond Marsh, we attend the Magistrates Court on a daily basis. We will provide legal representation for you at every stage during this process. The majority of cases before the Magistrates and Youth Courts qualify for public funding and does not cost you anything.

The Crown Court

If your case is to be dealt with at the Crown Court, then we will advise and prepare the case for you. A barrister will be instructed on your behalf who will give the matter their full attention.

Our Criminal Law Team

Hugh Pond

Hugh Pond heads the Criminal Department. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1970 and is a partner of the firm. Hugh practices exclusively within the criminal field. He is a Higher Court Advocate, a member of the 24 Hour Duty Solicitors Rota Scheme and a Court Duty Solicitor. He is also a past President of the Blackpool and Fylde District Law Society. Hugh specialises in serious arrestable offences, together with all other levels of criminal matters.

Jessica Partington

Jessica Partington joined Pond Marsh in March 2013 having previously practiced out of Blackpool. Jessica was admitted as a Solicitor in August 2012 and is a member of the 24 Hour Duty Solicitors Rota Scheme and a Court Duty Solicitor. She deals with cases both at the Police Station, the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. She regularly deals with Trading Standards interviews and complex criminal cases including complex drug conspiracies and murder.

All members of the criminal department regularly attend clients in Prisons, Young Offenders' Institutions and Police Stations.

Please Contact Us for more information or to make an appointment, or call our office on (01253) 620 466 and we will be happy to assist you.