Michael qualified in 1984 and is a founder member of Hogan Brown Solicitors. With over 20 years in private practice he has represented high profile clients in some of the most visible cases around the country. He has represented those charged with public corruption, securities fraud, money laundering, cash seizures, intellectual property theft, environmental offences, drugs offences, computer crime, offences of a sexual nature and murder. His particulars areas of expertise include fraud and money laundering offences. Michael has rights of audience in the Higher Courts.
John qualified in 1994 and is a founder member of Hogan Brown Solicitors. John’s career began as a Legal Advisor to the Magistrates Courts Service before moving into private practice. John has over 17 years experience in handling all levels of criminal cases from road traffic matters to large scale fraud and drugs cases as well as defending in a number of high-profile murder prosecutions. John is dedicated to providing the best possible service to his legally aided clients regardless of the seriousness of the allegation they face. Besides John’s general criminal practice he has also acted for a number of corporate clients and individuals dealing with regulatory offences both in the Magistrates and Crown Court as well as at inquests. John has a keen interest in sports and music and this has led to him acting for a number of professional sportsmen and women and artists.
Lois qualified in 2011 after completing her training with Hogan Brown and having previously acquired experience with the company as a Paralegal in the Crown Court. Lois has particular interest in fraud cases, business crime and proceeds of crime proceedings. Besides her general criminal defence practice, Lois also has a special interest in planning, regulatory and licensing issues concerning the food authorities and environmental law. Lois is highly experienced in media management, as she has represented clients involved in cases which have generated a great deal of public attention where she has handled the media with tact and discretion. Lois is a member of The Law Society www.lawsociety.org.uk and the Merseyside Junior Lawyer’s Division www.merseysidejld.org.uk
Juliana Garay Torres
Juliana qualified in 2007 in Colombia where she specialised in Administrative Law and she obtained a Masters in International Law in 2009 whilst in the United Kingdom. Juliana qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales through the SRA’s Foreign Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme. Juliana is experienced in general and serious crime; fraud and confiscation proceedings, and she appears regularly at the Magistrates Court and has been involved in representing high profile sport stars and professionals. Juliana is fluent in Spanish and her particular areas of interest are serious crime, money laundering, regulatory law and immigration. More recently, Juliana has started to develop a practice in Police disciplinary proceedings. Juliana’s language skills and understanding of the civil law jurisdictions have enabled the practice to engage in cases with complicated cross-border issues and to receive direct instructions from Spanish speaking clients. Juliana is a member of the Merseyside Junior Lawyer’s Division www.merseysidejld.org.uk and The Law Society www.lawsociety.org.uk.
Melissa qualified in 2015 after completing her training with Hogan Brown, having previously acquired experience with the Company as a Paralegal. Her main areas of responsibility are the preparation and follow up of cases in the Crown Court together with client and barrister conferences and legal research. Melissa’s particular interests are cases involving serious crime, fraud and confiscation proceedings. Melissa is a member of the Merseyside Junior Lawyer’s Division www.merseysidejld.org.uk and The Law Society www.lawsociety.org.uk.
Between 1982-2005 William was a member of the Merseyside Police and towards the end of his career became a senior member of the Merseyside Police Fraud Squad dealing with some of the largest fraud enquiries in the Country. In 2005 Billy retired from the Merseyside Police and has since worked for Hogan Brown involved in preparation work in relation to serious criminal offences. William has worked on a number of cases nationally which involve mortgage fraud, large scale advance fee fraud, MTIC or carousel fraud, blackmail, obscene publications, and numerous complicated money laundering cases and those involving the Proceeds of Crime- often with an international flavour. William is accredited with the LAA as a Grade B fee earner on Very High Cost Cases.
Sarah has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of criminal defence work. Sarah began her career in private practice and has been accredited as a Police Station representative for the last 10 years. Sarah is a sharp, reliable, straight-talking representative and is available 24/7.
Karen joined Hogan Brown in 2005 and has over 25 years of experience in working for solicitors. She is responsible for all non-legal aspects of the company including Finance, Recruitment, Marketing, HR, Facilities and Support Staff. Karen is a member of the Institute of Legal Finance and Management www.ilfm.org.uk.