Phillip Ainge – Solicitor since 1981. Partner since 1986. Higher Court Advocate since 2005 and Duty Solicitor since 1980. Member of Children Panel since 1989. Compliance Office For Legal Practice. Partner also responsible for Equality and Diversity and IT.
Extensive criminal defence advocacy experience at the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court Of Appeal. Has also acted for parents and children Public Law child care cases at Family Courts at all levels including the High Court for many years.
He was Part of the Defence Team for Peter Sutcliffe the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ in 1981. More recently, has acted as lead solicitor for Stephen Griffiths otherwise known as the “Crossbow Cannibal” in 2012.
Previous recipient of the Richard Cawthron Memorial Prize For Services To Advocacy. Born locally in Heaton, he is a qualified FA Coach, served as Trustee for national charity Christians Against Poverty for 5 years. Leeds United fan for over 50 years to the dismay of Mr Milner and Mr Chlawka. Keen guitar player and music fan.