Paul Hodgkinson defends in murder trial

May 14, 2015

Paul Hodgkinson from Exchange Chambers has acted as defence junior for Keir Michael, a prisoner who fatally stabbed another inmate, Dean Ashcroft, in a murder trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Michael, 31, was cleared of Darren Ashcroft’s murder after the jury deliberated for 15 hours and 38 minutes.  He was found guilty of manslaughter.

Details on the case can be found here:

With over twenty years of experience, Paul is known for his direct, robust and no-nonsense approach in both his defence and prosecution practice. Renowned for his fearlessness, he can find a route through the most intricate and complex legal issues. His practice involves the most serious and complex criminal cases including murder, fraud, large-scale conspiracies and serious sexual offending. Over time, Paul has developed his practice and defended some of the most high profile, serious and complex cases on circuit. He is a Category 4 Prosecutor. Paul’s regulatory practice continues to grow. He is frequently involved in defending Health and Safety Executive prosecutions and has experience of defending Care Home owners in alleged abuse and neglect cases.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1997, transferring to the Bar in 2002 where he specialises in serious crime, fraud, regulatory and coronial work. His confident and considered approach has enabled him to develop an enviable criminal practice.