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Sandra Riordan

Senior Lawyer

“Sandra Riordan goes above and beyond most solicitors in her dedicated commitment to her client and meticulous preparation, all carried out with great charm and limitless patience.” 

Henry Blaxland Q.C.

Sandra is a senior member of our crime department. She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1994 specializing in Criminal Defence work.

Sandra is a Duty Solicitor in Magistrates’ Court Advocacy and Police Station Representation. She has a large caseload covering all areas of work from police station investigation through the magistrate’s court to the crown court and court of appeal. Sandra has a supervisory role within the firm and reviews the work of other fee earners.

Sandra is an organized, highly motivated criminal advocate with a wealth of experience ranging from summary only excess alcohol and shoplifting cases to more complex cases including murder, conspiracy to supply drugs and large scale fraud. No case is too big or too small. Sandra’s current caseload covers a wide variety of offences including a high value conspiracy to supply class A drugs and murder. She is particularly expert at representing youths and vulnerable clients suffering from mental health and learning difficulties due to her compassionate ability to communicate effectively and present their position to the courts.

Her experience and expertise in this field makes her an exceptional member of our criminal defence team. Sandra is dedicated and thorough and focuses on individual client requirements and needs so as to provide advice, support and representation throughout the legal process. It is this attention to detail that ensures that her clients always return and recommend her services to others.

Client Testimonials

Sandra has an immense capacity to absorb the case notes, the pre-sentence report and our narratives, whilst also being a fantastic listener, making our daughter feel understood and getting her to grasp the situation she was in.

Sandra was both professional and warm, offering sound personal and legal advice to our daughter. Sandra managed to represent the complex medical and emotional traumas in our daughter’s story in a lucid and compelling way, contextualizing the situation for the magistrate.

The outcome was the best possible one whilst enabling justice to be done, so our daughter could appreciate the seriousness of her actions. I cannot commend Sandra Riordan enough, both myself and my husband and indeed our daughter, were very fortunate that she was the duty solicitor handing our daughter’s case. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her wisdom and expertise.


— Valerie Hey

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help and support throughout my hell for the past year. It is now at an end thanks to all your hard work, perseverance and belief in me.


— Anonymous

Miss Sandra is best solicitor I have ever had.


— Anonymous


RT @JanetDaby Today I called on the Government to do more to help criminal legal aid solicitors. Despite the warm words from @MoJGovUK many smaller firms are struggling financially and Tory cuts are making this situation worse. My constituents deserve access to justice. @the_AYJ

About 2 years ago from Powell Spencer's Twitter via Twitter for Android

Sandra Riordan


Saloud joined Powell Spencer & Partners in August 2012 after graduating from Brunel University obtaining a first class degree in Economics. Saloud became a Partner in 2018.
Saloud is a qualified Costs Lawyer and leads the firm’s internal costs drafting and costs litigation department, ranging from legal aid to private client.

In recent years Saloud has established a very successful client base and receives instructions ranging from Top 100 firms to Sole Practitioners. Saloud specialises in legal aid costs and provides a wealth of experience with preparing claim forms, drafting bill of costs, complex high cost case plans, points of dispute and replies and advising on general billing procedures.

Saloud is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).

Saloud was appointed to the Legal Aid Agency's Review Panel as an Independent Costs Assessor in August 2021.

Professional Testimonials

Saloud is our cost draftsman and he has made a massive difference to the efficiency of this practice and my day to day working life! He has extensive knowledge of criminal legal aid billing and has been able to guide and advise all our staff in this area. He is easy to approach and friendly as well as incredibly efficient and hardworking. He provides an excellent level of service to our firm. I would not hesitate to recommend him.


Shila Kesvari, Partner Of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson

Saloud Zaman receives my instructions in respect of preparing my criminal and prison law bills which are submitted to the Legal Aid Agency for assessment and payment. I would describe Saloud as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules and guidance in respect of billing files correctly in accordance with the provisions as set out under the Legal Aid contract. Saloud's approach has always been professional yet approachable as he always provides solid and clear advice as and when required. Saloud is also exceptionally hardworking and very diligent. He provides a professional service throughout and comes highly recommended.


Semin Taner, Associate Of Russell-Cooke Solicitors

I have no hesitation in recommending your services and am grateful for your knowledge, diligence and thoroughness in costing my files.


Simon Grove, Partner Of JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors

I have instructed you to provide cost drafting services for my firm for over 18 months. Almost all the files I have sent you have been legally aided care cases. I have allowed you access to my firm's CCMS account to enable you to prepare and submit bills. I have been satisfied with the work you have done and continue to instruct you. I am a partner in my firm and have been a solicitor for over thirty years.


— Maurice Guyer, Partner Of Vickers & Co Solicitors

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