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Ann Ridge

Ann Ridge

Chartered Legal Executive
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Institute of Legal Executives and Accredited Police Station Representative

Ann qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1999, having already gained 8 years’ experience in criminal law. Ann is fully Police Station Accredited and she has represented clients detained in police custody throughout South Yorkshire and beyond.

Ann joined Howells’ Criminal Defence department in 2002 and has over 20 years’ experience in the litigation and preparation of Crown Court cases. She deals with all cases ranging from committals to the Crown Court for sentence through to serious drug offences, murder and matters dealt with under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She has an enviable track record of acquittals due to her fastidious approach to her work.

Ann is calm and confident in the litigation of her client’s cases and prides herself of giving the best possible advice throughout the proceedings, from matters at the police station, through to trials and sentencing hearings.

Notable Cases

Represented defendant for section 18 GBH where the client had acted in self defence with a weapon when he was being attacked. The client was acquitted after it was clear the complainant had been acting aggressively.

Successfully defended care support worker in allegation of a sexual nature. Extensive enquiries and investigations were undertaken. This was a sensitive case and was one of the first Ground Rules Hearing cases.

Successfully represented a female who was alleged to have committed murder together with her co-defendant ex partner. After obtaining the correct medical information it was found the co-defendant had acted alone.

Acted for a female who was alleged to have driven her co-defendants to commit offences of robbery. Due to investigations and preparing the correct defence statement the prosecution agreed to drop the case.

Represented defendant of an allegation where the issue was consent. The prosecution failed to provide adequate secondary disclosure and due to constant chasing of the prosecution and final disclosure of all the texts/phone calls, the Crown were forced to drop the case against the defendant as it clearly showed consent.

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