My career with Smith Partnership began in 2001 when I joined as a Higher Courts Advocate, specialising in criminal cases in the Crown Court.
However, my career in law began before this and I have 25 years’ experience in criminal law. I qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate in 1998 and was promoted to Associate Partner at Smith Partnership in 2005 and Partner in 2007. After retiring as a Partner is 2017, I now work for the firm on a consultancy basis.
A key element to my role has been to develop and expand a Crown Court Department. Made up of colleagues with relevant experience and expertise, the team provides a friendly and comprehensive service involving both case preparation and advocacy.
I have a wide range of experience across all levels of criminal cases and I have conducted complex trials before the Crown Court and appeared on many occasions in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, to present my cases.
Beyond the office, I am embracing my mid-life crisis by learning to play the guitar (there’s room for improvement) and I also enjoy clay pigeon shooting.
Stuart at a glance…
1998: Qualifies as a Higher Courts Advocate
2001: Joins Smith Partnership
2005: Becomes an Associate Partner
2007: Promoted to Partner
2017: Retires as a Partner and works at Smith Partnership as a Consultant