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.

Paula Mawhinney – Solicitor since 1985. Joined firm in 1991. Partner since 1995. Duty Solicitor since 1985. Member of the Children Panel since 1989. Partner responsible for training and anti-money laundering provisions.

Extensive experience over 30 years in Criminal Defence and Public Law Child Care work. Continues to maintain a daily involvement in casework. Able to successfully combine large caseloads in both areas. Outstanding reputation for representation of children and parents over many years. Has developed a particular expertise in the representation of vulnerable teenage clients.

A native of the North East. Spends free time travelling and lover of the arts, music and cinema in particular, has been known to watch the occasional football match but supports no one in particular.

Safter Salam – joined firm as Office Junior. Police Station Accreditation since 2001, has represented in over 8,000 Police Station interviews. Whilst working fulltime, pursued training contract and qualified as a solicitor in October 2013. Duty Solicitor status achieved in April 2015. Partner as from 1st June 2015.

Recent qualification belies huge and extensive experience gained at all levels of Criminal practice over the past 15 years. Has very quickly been established as a highly regarded Defence Advocate. Recipient of Richard Cawthron Memorial Prize for young Advocate of the year 4 months after qualification.

He is involved in high profile and complex conspiracy cases. Approaches every challenged presented with energy and with enthusiasm.

Commitment to his work leaves little spare time but when he is able to take a break from work, international travel is his preferred options. Not a football fan!