Staff Profile

Alex Nolan
NQ Solicitor - Criminal Defence
Photograph of criminal defence paralegal Alex Nolan
0114 249 6651
Based at: Sheffield
Joined Howells: November 2018
Practice Area: Crime
Memberships: Police Station Accreditation

Alex Nolan is a qualified solicitor who joined Howells Criminal Law department after obtaining his master’s degree in Professional Legal Practice (LLM). He is an accredited police station representative and regularly attends clients in custody around the counties police stations.
Prior to working for Howells he was a paralegal for the Crown Prosecution Service where he was regularly instructed on high profile casework including homicide cases.
Alex has a passion for criminal law, human rights, and legal information technology developments.
As a result of his work on a high profile murder case Alex was given a commendation by a High Court Judge.


“Alex Nolan is an excellent solicitor, he helped my son with a difficult case, of which he successfully defended and subsequently won the case. His communication with my son and myself was very professional, clear instructions etc. We highly recommend Howells Solicitors and in particular Alex Nolan” – April, 2021

Alex Nolan represented me and I was very happy with his professionalism and communication throughout. Thank you again Alex” – December, 2020

Alex was never too busy to take calls and give advice – a credit to your firm” – December, 2020

Outstanding service even through Covid 19 restrictions which were hampering everyone's abilities” – November, 2020

I was represented by Alex Nolan who was very attentive and helpful, I would highly recommend his services if needed again” – November, 2020

Alex was excellent in both his manner and advice in what was a distressing situation. He was extreely professional throughout his service” – October, 2020

Howells solicitors need more people like Alex Nolan, timely and considerate advice. Many thanks.” – October, 2020

Thank you Alex Nolan for dealing with a difficult with care and professionalism” – October, 2020

I required the services of Alex Nolan who was excellent from the point of meeting him for the first time through to the conclusion of the legal issue. He was very professional and provided thorough advice, i would not hesitate to use Alex's services in the future.” – October, 2020

Thanks Howells solicitor for sorting out my case . I am very thankful to you and specially Alex Nolan who deal with my case . Highly recommend. Great team . Very responsive on emails even during lock down as well . Thank you again” – August, 2020

Many Thanks for Alex Nolan for his very excellent help . Very worth to recommend.” – AN, July 2020

“Alex Nolan from start to finish was amazing! After 21 hours of being in a cell for something I did not do, was heart-breaking. He was kind, considerate and professional in all aspects of my case. Thanks Alex.” – LG, Nov 2019

“Alex Nolan was excellent. He provided me with clear and accurate legal advice at every stage of my case. He is currently a trainee solicitor but will make a very competent solicitor when he is fully qualified.” – RP, September 2019

“Had fantastic service from Alex Nolan at every stage of my case which resulted in a very successful outcome for me: Alex was spot on with his legal advice and knowledge, comprehensively answered all my legal questions and remained courteous and friendly throughout. Thanks a lot Alex” – 2019

Notable cases

2018 – Operation Zeus – Prosecution of two principals for attempted murder with significant witness intimidation issues. Counsel from the Organised Crime Division of CPS wrote to say that without Alex’s effort and initiative he would not have been able to keep the trial running, and that in effect Alex 'took over the role of an efficient and shrewd junior'.

2017, High Court Judges Commendation- Operation Martinez
Alex received a commendation from The Honourable Mr Justice Males for diligence and hard work in the prosecution of a three-month, five defendant murder trial. The case was especially complex because of the number of defendants all represented by Queens Counsel, the vulnerability of witnesses and some of the defendants, the number of crime scenes, and the vast volume of CCTV and phone evidence that was relied upon.

2017 – R v A – Deaths of two women in a taxi which was poorly driven, a number of others were also seriously injured as a result. Prosecution counsel wrote to CPS regarding Alex’s 'attention and excellent work' on the case. He highlighted Alex’s proactive approach to dealing with issues involving a late expert reports, police disclosure failings and his assistance with supporting the bereaved families who attended court.