Josh is a Solicitor in the Crime Department. Josh is experienced in all aspects of the preparation of criminal law cases. He works closely with Peter Hughman in the Criminal Department whilst maintaining a caseload of his own.
Education & Qualifications
Josh joined Hughmans in 2012, where under the guidance of Lee Adams he assisted in the preparation of all aspect of criminal cases. In 2014, Josh left to attend The University of Lincoln to study law.
Josh returned to the firm in 2017 as a Trainee Solicitor following the completion of his law degree. He continued his studies at the University of Law, undertaking the Legal Practice Course and Master’s Degree in law. Josh completed the LPC in June 2019 and his Masters’ of Law in January 2020.
Josh was admitted as a Solicitor in October 2019 and in the same month granted his Higher Rights of Audience and title as Solicitor-Advocate.
Law Degree (LLB) – University of Lincoln
Legal Practice Course & Masters of Law (LPC, LLM) – University of Law, London
Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Courts) – University of Law, London
Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA).
R v M: In 2019 Josh represented a university student charged with possession of a knife in a public place. Josh made detailed representations to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) inviting the CPS to review the case and consider an out-of-court disposal based on the facts and evidence. After considering those representations, the CPS offered no evidence in the Crown Court and the case was dealt with by way of a caution at the police station. Given the current public concern and media attention on knife related crime, this was a significant outcome for the client.
R v H: In 2018 Josh successfully defended his client facing two counts of human trafficking, two counts of prostitution for gain, one count of false imprisonment and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. With trial counsel, Josh prepared a detailed defence with several key witness statements taken to rebut and challenge the Complainant’s evidence. The jury acquitted on all counts. Trial counsel instructed was Mark Graffius of 2 Hare Court.
R v H: In 2014 Josh successfully defended his client on two occasions of failure to lodge company accounts. He provided detailed representations to Companies House to ensure his client was not penalised. Avoiding a criminal conviction on both occasions was vital to his client’s interest in on-going civil proceedings and applying for residency in the UK from South Africa.
R v D: In 2012-2013 Josh worked alongside Lee Adams in defending a client charged with the supply of Class A drugs. He conducted investigations in Essex where part of the alleged supply took place. He also provided comparisons on the manner in which the drugs were allegedly supplied. All of which would later be used to support the client’s account and lead to an acquittal. Trial counsel instructed was Anuerin Brewer of 9 Bedford Row.
R v O: In 2012 Josh worked alongside Lee Adams in defending a client charged with blackmail. He assisted in detailed case preparation to advance the client’s interest. Notably, taking several statements of individuals connected to the investigation. This contributed to no evidence offered by the Prosecution before trial and the case discontinued.