Meet Our Team
The Company of LHD Solicitors Ltd is headed by John Halewood-Dodd, who as well as being Managing Director, is also a practicing Solicitor.
The original practice of Lindsay Halewood-Dodd Solicitors was established in April 2003 and incorporated, in its entirety, the Criminal Defence department of Douglas Clift & Co. John Halewood-Dodd and David Lindsay were the Partners of that original firm but David Lindsay retired in 2007 and the Limited Company of LHD Solicitors Ltd was formed.
Managing Director & Senior Defence Solicitor
John heads up our Criminal Defence team having qualified as a Solicitor in 1996. He has established a determined and tenacious team of Lawyers, and support staff, renowned for obtaining successful outcomes for clients.
He specialised in Criminal Law from the outset and has successfully defended a myriad of cases, ranging from motoring offences to allegations of Murder. His highest profile case was a three month Trial at The Old Bailey, involving multiple Defendants, where his client was the only one found Not Guilty.
John is also a member of Duty Solicitor schemes for both Court and Police Stations. His continued passion for assisting those facing the entire spectrum of allegations remains the driving force behind the company.
David attended Lancaster University and was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 after pursuing a career in the army.
He has experience in courts throughout the North West of England. His caseload covers all aspects of criminal defence work, including road traffic offences to serious organised crime. That scope includes homicide, sexual offences and multi-handed conspiracies.
As well as being a member of the duty solicitor scheme, David also specialises in action against the police cases.
MAGISTRATES COURT DEPARTMENT
Magistrates Court Clerk & Accredited Police Station Representative
Tony joined the firm in 2001 and quickly became a trusted member of LHD’s case preparation team. He is the senior legal clerk in the Magistrates’ Court department and is an Accredited Police Station Representative.
Tony has many years of experience dealing with an array of offences up to and including complex Conspiracy cases and Murder. He has extensive knowledge of all areas of Criminal Law which he applies in his dealings with cases both at the police station and when preparing cases for Court.
Legal Cashier and Magistrates Court Clerk
Lynsey joined LHD Solicitors in July 2020, having worked in the legal profession for nearly 20 years. Lynsey came to LHD with aspirations of becoming a Solicitor herself and we were keen to have her on board. Having completed her CILEx studies, Lynsey is now studying for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam and is looking to finally to be admitted to the Roll in January 2023. Lynsey looks after LHDs accounts to ensure this closely scrutinised area is compliant with The Solicitors Regulation Authority rules. Lynsey also assists with the preparation of Magistrates Court files.
At home, Lynsey has a young family and takes time out on a Wednesday night when she plays in the Morecambe Ladies Darts League.
CROWN COURT DEPARTMENT
Crown Court Clerk
Paul is the senior legal clerk within our Crown Court department. He joined the firm in 2003 but has over 30 years of experience working on Crown Court cases and is respected by Counsel and the Courts.
His knowledge of local practice and practitioners at every level is extremely beneficial. He has overseen the successful defence on a wide variety of matters including serious matters such as Murder, complex Proceeds of Crime Applications and Terrorism.
Crown Court Clerk
Eileen has been with LHD since 2006 working as a Clerk within our Crown Court department. She has had a variety of career paths, even working abroad at one stage, and she brings this life experience to her position within the firm.
Eileen consistently receives high praise from clients for her calming manner during a stressful time and is respected by Counsel with whom she works closely on a daily basis. She has dealt with all manner of Serious Crime including large scale Drug cases, Fraud, People Trafficking, Rape and violent offences including murder.
RECEPTION AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT
After a long career in the Fire Service and a period working for the Ministry of Justice as a senior court usher at Lancaster Magistrate’s Court, George joined LHD Solicitors as the Practice Manager in 2007.
His organizational and administrative skills have been employed to develop the support team behind the solicitors and clerks working for the delivery of a first-class service to clients.
Denise joined the firm in 1990 from leaving college. She is the head of the reception and administration department and has been secretary to the Managing Director for over 10 years. She also has secretarial experience working in other areas of law including matrimonial and childcare.
Following her retirement after 30 years with the firm, Jennette was happy to return on a part time basis to assist the reception and administration department. She is responsible for some of the many letters that are sent out daily as well as liaising with the courts and clients.
Ben is LHD’s newest member of the team, joining the firm in August 2021. Ben is a member of the reception and admin department. He is responsible for opening and billing files as well as liaising with clients, the court and the police on live cases. He has adapted well to the working environment of a criminal defence service solicitors and is taking on many more responsibilities.
Ben has also had experience in a variety of career paths including being a trained actor.