Jim Dignan

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BA (Hons) Law, Leicester Polytechnic 1977
Law Society Part II Exams, College of Law, Chester


Jim qualified as a solicitor in 1981. He has worked in criminal law for the whole of his professional career, initially as a court legal adviser in Stockport and Nottingham, then as a prosecutor with Nottinghamshire Prosecuting Solicitors/Crown Prosecution Service and the with the Crown Prosecution Service in Cambridgeshire where he was initially a Senior Crown Prosecutor and, latterly, a Principal Crown Prosecutor. This background gives him a unique experience of and insight into the workings of the magistrates’ courts and the Crown Prosecution Service behind the scenes.

Jim has been with Shelley & Co since 1998. He has dealt with, and continues to deal with, all types of criminal cases, ranging from road traffic offences (he is considered to be the office specialist) right through to the most serious matters such as robbery, serious sexual offences, supplying controlled drugs, GBH and homicide. He will always give an objective and dispassionate assessment of the evidence and he has a reputation for fighting his client’s corner, especially in trials where his record of achieving acquittals is second to none.

Jim is, like all of his Shelley & Co colleagues, willing to attend the police station at any time of day or night to give legal advice and assistance to people who have been arrested or who have agreed to attend the police station voluntarily to be interviewed under caution.

Although the majority of Jim’s court work is conducted in the magistrates’ court, he has also regularly appeared in the Crown Court to represent clients in appeals against conviction and/or sentence (where, again, his success rate is extremely good), committals for sentence, bail applications and preliminary hearings. He has also successfully represented a number of taxi drivers before the Taxi Drivers’ Disciplinary Committee in relation to potential revocation or suspension of their taxi driver’s licence, or before the magistrates’ court in appeals against revocation or suspension of their taxi driver’s licence.

In short, Jim’s vast experience and expertise means that nothing will faze him and he can be relied on to provide skilled and robust legal representation, whether in respect of a guilty plea or a not guilty plea.