partners

  • Fergal Bloomer
    Fergal is a Higher Courts’ Advocate and conducts Crown and Magistrates’ Court trials. Admitted in 1988, he has a fine reputation in Birmingham, having been involved in many of the region’s most serious cases. Fergal joined the firm in 2011.
  • Ben Henry
    Originally qualifying as a barrister, Ben qualified as a solicitor in 2008 having been at the firm since 2003. He now heads the Business Crime Department. Ben specialises in business crime, defending clients from the investigation stage through to the Crown Court. In 2008 Ben spent a secondment in the corporate department at Martineau, gaining experience of mergers, acquisitions and finance, which has proved invaluable in criminal cases involving a corporate element, particularly complex restraint order matters. Ben has a particular interest in restraint and confiscation proceedings and by being pro-active in his dealings with the prosecuting authorities has minimised the extent of confiscation orders and successfully achieved the variation and discharge of restraint orders.
  • Steven Jonas
    Admitted in 1981, Steven heads the Magistrates' Courts and Police Station Department and supervises all Human Rights, Judicial Review and Criminal Cases Review Commission matters. As Council Member of the Birmingham Law Society since 1990, he was its President in 2004-5 and chaired its Criminal Law Committee 2005 - 2010. A Higher Courts' Advocate, appearing in the Crown Court, as well as in the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. He is a Duty Solicitor. Steven is referred to as a Key Individual in Chambers and Partners, where he is described as having “a wealth of experience and is particularly capable in handling serious organised crime matters”.
  • Matt O’Brien
    Matt joined the firm as a paralegal in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor in 2012. He is a Higher Courts Advocate and Duty Solicitor, and appears as advocate in both the magistrates’ and Crown Court. Since 2010, he has specialised in confiscation law and business crime, including regulatory matters. He is well known throughout Birmingham’s legal community for his robust, common-sense advice and excellent case preparation.
  • John Smitheman
    Admitted in 1980, John is an experienced trial advocate and appears in the Magistrates ' and Crown Courts locally and around the country. John heads the Crown Court Department. He specialises in defending clients prosecuted for all types of Road Traffic offences from minor infringements to the most serious cases involving fatalities. He has developed strategies for retaining driving licences when under threat of disqualification. The Legal 500 describes John as “a ‘go to name’ for traffic offences”. He has also acted for many individual and company clients in regulatory matters, such as Health and Safety and Trading Standards, from investigation through to trial. John is a Higher Courts' Advocate and Duty Solicitor.

 

contact

Jonas Roy Bloom,
King Edward Building,
205 - 213 Corporation Street,
Birmingham,
B4 6SE

Tel
0121 212 4111

Fax
0121 212 1770

Email
info@jrblegal.co.uk

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