Michelle Breindel has over 20 years’ experience specialising in Criminal Law; becoming a Duty Solicitor in 2001. She has become an established Advocate in many of the Courts around Essex. She acts for Clients in both the Youth and Magistrates Court, the Crown Court and Police Station.
She undertakes both Private and Legally Aided work. She has an extensive knowledge of the Law.
She is known for dealing with complex and novel issues when defending Clients in a variety of offences ranging from assault, murder and rape to sexual offences and robberies. She has vast experience in representing Clients in large complex murders.
In relation to motoring, Michelle has extensive experience in this niche area of law. She regularly defends a wide variety of cases from dangerous driving, drug and drink driving to dealing with speeding and ‘Totting’ procedures. Michelle is very successful in running Exceptional Hardship Arguments to assist drivers with keeping their licence once they become ‘Totters’ and has an impressive reputation for dealing with these types of cases.
She has dealt with a huge variety of cases including traffic matters, serious violence, murder, all manner of sexual offences, public order and dishonesty. She was recently involved in the successful outcome in a million pound Trading Standards fraud case. She has also undertaken a number of Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) cases.
“I would like to congratulate the solicitor who represented me in Basildon Magistrates Court November the 18th. A very professional service I received and I was very pleased with the outcome. I would definitely use Paul Robinson solicitors again should I need to do so. Thank you very much and wishing you all the best for the future.” Mr H
“Thank you for your prompt and concise response. That certainly makes things very clear and straight forward. Overall thank you for all your help and advice……. Should I need a solicitor in the future I will be sure to call your firm” Mr K
Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and is a duty solicitor and accredited police station representative. Emma joined Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP in November 2011 and specialises in all aspects of criminal defence work. Whilst Emma conducts a significant amount of work in the Magistrates and Youth courts, she has substantial experience of the gravest Crown Court matters including murder, other serious violence, sexual offences, firearms offences and fraud. In particular, Emma has developed a niche area of expertise in respect of serious sexual offences and her cases are often reported in the media.
With an eye for detail and a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal law, Emma has established a reputation for her meticulous approach to the preparation of cases. Her clients are repeatedly complimentary of her manner, approach and support.
“May I Take the opportunity to thank you for your professional and compassionate approach and service with such a case. Amongst the many worries this situation brings it has been good to have the confidence and belief in someone representing my son and I am eternally grateful.”
“Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you personally and your company in representing me at court and the police station, Me and my wife and stepdaughter are in your gratitude as my sentence was suspended with a fine, also a big big thanks to my barrister Chris Martin, he was so welcoming in my darkest time in court today.”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you for all your work, support and patience during this difficult situation and time and thankyou today for all you did to achieve the result. I can’t express how grateful I am for all that you have done and wish I could thank you more as there are not the words to describe the gratitude I feel. The relief from the months of worry is huge and I know there is now another journey but this is the best result we could have wished for.” Mr K
Seth was admitted as a Solicitor in 2008 and obtained Duty Solicitor status in 2009. He has over a decade of experience as a criminal defence Solicitor. Seth joined Paul Robinson from another local criminal defence firm where he had worked since 2006.
Seth deals with all aspects of criminal defence work, from the police station to the Court of Appeal. He represents clients on issues ranging from road traffic and shoplifting, to murder, serious sexual offences and large-scale criminal conspiracies. Seth regularly attends at the police station and at the Magistrates Court, providing advocacy in both the youth and adult court.
Seth has a particular interest in road traffic matters including ‘totting up’ and exceptional hardship arguments, excess alcohol/drugs offences, special reasons arguments and careless or dangerous driving. He provides robust advice and effective advocacy.
Seth is known for giving clear and decisive advice. He is always approachable and compassionate, and is skilled at dealing with vulnerable clients. Seth is very aware of the stress that comes with any criminal proceedings and adopts a calm and reassuring approach in every case.
“Firstly, thank you so much for your advice and for making me feel calm at the police station on Thursday, I really do appreciate what you did. I really appreciate the way you put me at ease in what was an awful situation to be in. I just wanted to let you know and to say thank you again for your reassurances, it meant a lot” Mrs D
Serena Berry joined our team in August 2017, having previously worked for a specialist criminal defence firm based in London since she qualified as a solicitor in 2009.
Serena is a passionate and effective advocate who is adept in representing clients appearing in the Magistrates Court and the Youth Court for a full range of offences. She has extensive experience of dealing with more serious offences before the Crown Court, including matters such as fraud, drug offences, serious assaults and sex offences, as well as dealing with ancillary matters of confiscation and Appeal. Additionally, she is a qualified accredited police station representative and has developed a keen interest in motoring law.
“I would just like to take this opportunity to offer a big thankyou once again for your handling of my case(s) yesterday at Colchester Magistrates Court.
You were very patient with me throughout and grasped the relevant issues at hand (helpful or not) very well which boosted my confidence in my choice of council to represent me. I am particularly grateful for your efforts in reaching a favourable outcome through the Prosecution and came away with the feeling of having received fair treatment on the day” John M
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Reading University 2016;
Police Station Accreditation 2018;
LLC Masters BPP University
Madeleine joined Paul Robinson Solicitors in 2017 as a Paralegal in our Crime department. She assisted fee earners on a wide range of matters from theft to murder. Madeleine successfully completed her Police Station Accreditation in 2018 and regularly represents clients at the police station on a range of matters.
Qualifications: 1st Class LLB Law (Hons) Degree; University of Greenwich (2017)
Grays Inn Scholarship
City Law School Scholarship
Police Station Accreditation (2019)
Danielle joined the firm in 2020 as a Paralegal in our Crime and Motoring Department. Prior to joining the team, Danielle gained experience and worked as a criminal paralegal, at a criminal defence firm based in Essex. Danielle is a qualified police station representative and has experience representing clients across a broad spectrum of offences, including assaults, thefts, fraud and serious sexual offences. Danielle after receiving two scholarships from Gray’s Inn and City University, commenced her Bar Professional Training Course in 2019. She is currently in the final stages and will soon complete her qualification and will qualify as a Barrister.
I would like to thank you for the way in which you dealt with this matter all the way through. Particularly I would express my thanks for your prompt replies to all enquiries that I raised and for keeping me so well informed of the progress of the case.
Natasha Kelt, Litigation
I must say her handling of the transaction was first rate and very professional. Always available and she was never afraid to pick up the phone and share information when it was better to communicate that way rather than just email, a blessing in this day and age. Though both parties were keen for a quick exchange she never allowed that pressure to mean she cut any corners with her enquiries and was always working in my best interests.
I will be more than happy to work with her again in the future and will certainly recommend her to friends and associates who require similar services.
Amber Day, Property
We would like to thank you and your team so much for all the help and advice we received and for acting in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Thank you also Lee for patiently addressing all the issues we raised and for explaining everything to us so clearly, sometimes repeatedly, until you were satisfied we fully understood the more complex issues with our Wills; you personally, were highly recommended to us by one of your grateful clients. Likewise, we too would not hesitate to highly recommend you to anybody planning to make a Will.
Lee Hibell, Private Client
Thank you for your prompt and concise response. That certainly makes things very clear and straight forward. Overall thank you for all your help and advice……. Should I need a solicitor in the future I will be sure to call your firm.
Michelle Breindel, Crime & Motoring
I would like to thank you for a superb job well done. When you have never been in the position I found myself in, it was your calm and confident manner that reassured me you would do your very best. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who requires legal advice.
Jemmar Attfield, Commercial
I cannot praise you and your team enough for the professional way you handled my situation, you have been so kind and reassuring in what has been a very emotional and distressing time.