I specialise in motoring offences, so if you have been charged or summonsed for drink/drug driving, speeding, failing to stop after an accident, dangerous driving, no insurance, driving without due care, driving while using a mobile phone or failing to nominate the driver of your car (a Section 172 offence) or if you face being disqualified from driving as a "totter" (because you risk your licence being endorsed with 12 or more points), contact me for free initial legal advice.
If you use me, not only will you be given a fixed fee but you will also be buying a bespoke personal service. I will give you tailored advice about the process and about how you should plead. I will be frank with you about your chances and, if the better option is to plead guilty, I can appear in court with you and mitigate on your behalf, to get the most favourable result. If you have a realistic prospect of defending the charge against you then I will represent you at trial. I will not instruct another barrister – you will deal with me from start to finish.
More about me
Having been a lawyer with the CPS for twenty years, and one of the first CPS Crown Advocates, I have dealt with a wide range of cases including dishonesty, violence, racially aggravated offences, public order and sexual offences. This work involved case review, charging decisions and advocacy. It required frequently being instructed at short notice and assimilating information under pressure. In preliminary hearings, this would regularly entail preparing twenty or more cases (including overnighters) without notice and assessing the progress and next steps in each. During that time, I was also the CPS First Division Union representative and was elected as National Convenor – the highest possible Union position. Through this work I gained considerable employment law exprerience leading to my appointment as a member of the Employment Tribunal in 2010. After leaving the CPS I took a sabbatical to spend more time with my family, but missed the cut and thrust of advocacy and therefore switched profession to become a barrister and specialise in advocacy. With considerable experience of criminal law, I now specialise in criminal advocacy for both prosecution and defence, in particular motoring law.
I qualified as a solicitor back in 1992 but, having switched professions, I now practise as a barrister. I have over 25 years’ experience in criminal law both prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. Therefore, I can give you expert legal advice.
Since January 2019 I've being accredited by the Bar Standards Board the license to represent clients at Police Stations.
A story of triumph over adversity warms the heart and Ann Crighton’s is no exception. Her first experience of the law, after leaving school aged 16, was in a typing pool at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department (now the Government Legal Department). ‘It was so boring that it should have put me off the law for life,’ she says. But undeterred, she was to progress to legal secretary, legal executive, solicitor and, latterly, barrister. ‘It was tough juggling all that with being a single mother,’ she recalls. ‘Working by day and studying at night isn’t a career path I’d recommend to anyone.’
Tales from a frontline Barrister
We are all familiar by now with stories of thefts from shops, burglaries and even street crime which the police fail to follow up. Only 7.8% of all crimes reported to police result in a charge or summons. 7.8%! Roughly half what it was less than a decade ago. Why? According to the Ann Crighton, the answer is: Money.
In her new guest blog, Tales from a Frontline Barrister, she argues that the police are pursuing revenue raising cases (minor motoring offences) at the expense of keeping the public safe from career criminals.
Read the shocking evidence in her blog on The Chiswick Calendar website.