Johanna joined Sonn Macmillan Walker in 2013. The focus of her practice is providing representation to clients at the police station and in the magistrates’ Court. She conducts work under the legal aid funding scheme, as well as privately funded work.
At the police station, Johanna is experienced in advising clients accused of all manner of offences, from comparatively minor matters to the most serious allegations. She has represented clients accused of terrorism, serious offences of violence, sexual offences including rape and child sex offences and drugs matters. Her knowledge of magistrates’ court proceedings means that she is well placed to provide strategic advice at the police station to best protect her clients’ interests.
Johanna regularly appears for clients in the magistrates’ court. She prides herself on her preparation and her ability to provide clear advice. Where clients accept the case against them, she has an excellent track record in mitigating for the purposes of sentence and achieving favourable outcomes. She also regularly acts as trial advocate in the magistrates’ court, where she excels in cross-examination.
Johanna has a particular interest in representing youth clients both at the police station and at the youth court, and regularly acts for clients suspected of involvement in gang-related offending.
No matter the nature of the case, Johanna’s focus is always the client. She ensures that her clients are updated throughout their case and understands the frustrations clients face whilst going through the criminal justice process. She is renowned for her thorough and determined approach to all her cases.
Areas of expertise:
Advising at the police station
Magistrates’ court advocacy
Magistrates’ court litigation