“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.
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.
Miss Sandra is best solicitor I have ever had.
RT @BarristerSecret It’s encouraging that the crisis in criminal justice is getting the coverage it urgently needs, but once more for those at the back:
THE DELAYS IN THE CRIMINAL COURTS WERE CAUSED BY YEARS OF UNDERFUNDING, *NOT* BY COVID.
Covid has just made things worse. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-557121…
RT @BarristerSecret It’s encouraging that the crisis in criminal justice is getting the coverage it urgently needs, but once more for those at the back: THE DELAYS IN THE CRIMINAL COURTS WERE CAUSED BY YEARS OF UNDERFUNDING, *NOT* BY COVID. Covid has just made things worse. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-557121…
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