Team Talking

Kirsty Craghill

Kirsty Craghill is a partner at Craghill & Tuckers and qualified as a solicitor in 2000. She is a duty solicitor and a higher courts advocate. This means that she can represent you from the police station right through to conducting the advocacy of your case in the crown court and in the court of appeal. Kirsty Craghill is the co-author of ‘On your feet: magistrates’ court’,  a book specialising in magistrates’ court advocacy and court procedure. Kirsty also assisted in advising Ruth Mancini with regards the legal aspects of her Sunday Times Crime Club pick and Amazon top 10 bestseller, In The Blood. Kirsty further advised Chemical X, the anonymous artist credited with designing the Ministry of Sound logo and who purportedly creates artwork using ecstasy tablets upon the legality of producing, exhibiting and selling his artwork within the parameters of The Misuse of Drugs Act.

Catherine Diffey

Catherine Diffey qualified as a solicitor in September 2003. Since then she has practised in criminal defence, and became a Partner at Craghill & Tuckers in 2017. She supervises the Brighton office. Examples of the cases she has represented defendants on are as follows; high value benefit fraud, importation of illegal immigrants, attempted murder, large scale drugs conspiracies.

Cara Sells

Cara Sells heads up our Hastings office and trained in London and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. As a trainee solicitor she specialised in criminal defence and human rights and since qualifying, has specialised exclusively in criminal defence throughout. She has worked in Brighton as a criminal defence solicitor since qualifying and joined our team in September 2011. Cara is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and teaches criminal law and public law.

Kelly Thomas

Kelly is a qualified Solicitor based in Brighton and advises on all matters of general crime including allegations of murder, rape, robbery, theft, drugs, kidnapping, offences against the person, burglary and theft, firearm offences and offensive weapons.

Highly experienced in Military Law, she has dealt extensively in advising all ranks of the Armed Forces who face criminal allegations. Her advice has been requested in Court Martials’ hearings and Police Stations both in the UK as well as in Germany and Cyprus. Kelly regularly appears at police stations, Magistrates Courts and various Court Martial Centres around the UK and abroad.

Paula Bristow

Paula qualified in 1998, joining Wedd Daniel Solicitors and rising from Assistant Solicitor to Partner.  She opened her own firm which she ran for 14 years before deciding she wanted to return to a life of less business administration and more face to face work with clients.   Paula has been representing clients at the Police Station for over twenty five years and has dealt with a wide variety of cases, including a recent high profile murder.  She represent clients at the Magistrates Court and specialises in trial advocacy, including in dangerous dog cases.    She is patient, thorough and a good listener, which enables her to guide clients smoothly through the criminal justice process.

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