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.

Jenna Dolan

Jenna qualified as a solicitor in 2010, having completed her training in the Thames Valley. She went on qualify as a Magistrates’ Court duty solicitor and later gained her higher rights of audience. This means Jenna can represent you from your arrest in the police station right through to the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Jenna has represented a wide range of clients from youths facing their first arrest, to serious sexual and violent offences.

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.

Cerys Sayer

Cerys qualified as a solicitor in 2010, became a duty solicitor in December 2011 and obtained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2016.
In this time, Cerys has specialised in criminal defence work and has gained experience of civil and regulatory law, such as Health and Safety matters which are prosecuted in the criminal courts.
Outside of work Cerys is the Honorary Secretary for the Sussex Law Society.
Cerys is also fluent in French having spent a year in France studying French Law at a French Univeristy.

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 Martial’s 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.

Hollie Collinge

Hollie Collinge is a Solicitor Advocate with Craghill & Tuckers Solicitors in Brighton. She studied Law at the University of Southampton and has practiced as a solicitor since 2006. In 2010 she obtained Higher Rights of Audience, and since then has litigated and conducted numerous Crown Court trials; some of which have involved serious allegations of violence, or of a sexual nature.  Hollie has extensive experience working in Criminal Legal Practice and defending at the Police Station, the Youth Court, the Magistrates Court and in the Crown Court.

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