JANE pic 1Jane joined Footner & Ewing in 2006 having previously worked at another Southampton firm where she qualified.  Jane has always specialised in criminal defence work and works daily in the Magistrates’ court and representing clients at the police station.  She also works in the Crown court.


At a glittering ceremony held on 28 June 2011 at the Globe Theatre in London, Jane (seen here receiving her award from Doreen Lawrence OBE – photo courtesy The Guardian) was the winner of the highly prestigious Criminal Legal Aid Lawyer of 2011 award for England and Wales.
Jane originally gained a B.A Honours Degree in Journalism from Cardiff University before converting to Law and gaining admission as a Solicitor in January 2001.  From the moment she decided to become a Solicitor her main interest lay in Criminal Defence.  Jane says “I love working at the grassroots level, representing defendants at Police Stations and the Courts. It is a real honour for me not only to be nominated but to win this award.  But I don’t regard myself as better than my colleagues – I simply work hard and always put the interests of the client first.”

Former Senior Partner Michael Gurd says “We are all delighted that Jane has received this national award. It is a true reflection of her dedication and hard work and is so richly deserved.  She is a great credit to this firm and the legal profession in general.”

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