Darren Flick LL.B (Hons) – Director & Solicitor-Advocate
Darren has been a Criminal Defence Lawyer for many years representing clients in both the Magistrates and the Crown Court in relation to a wide variety of motoring offences. Representing somebody for allegations in relation to their driving involves a full understanding of every aspect of Criminal litigation. Darren is particularly good at considering the finer details of a case and is meticulous in his preparation of witness statements, letters to the Court and representations to the Crown Prosecution Service. In most cases, he has been successful in persuading the Court or the Crown to accept his client’s mitigating circumstances or withdraw the charges completely.
Motoring offences carry a variety of punishments if a person is found guilty which can have a devastating as the result can mean a person losing their license. Darren is fully aware of these consequences and can listen to his clients’ needs when preparing a case. He is pragmatic about the way forward when it comes to challenging the evidence being placed before the Court.
Over his career, Darren has represented people in the full spectrum of motoring offences including death by dangerous driving, speeding offences, driving otherwise than in accordance with a license, drink & drug driving and many other offences under The Road Traffic Act.
Crown Court Advocacy
Darren Flick is a Solicitor Advocate (all proceedings) meaning he can represent people in all Courts in England and Wales whether in criminal or civil proceedings. His Practice includes both Criminal and Civil Litigation. Qualifying in 2005, he has had the opportunity of preparing and presenting a wide variety of cases in both Criminal and Civil Litigation.
Since 2007 Darren has been representing clients in Crown Courts as an Advocate. He has had the opportunity of conducting numerous jury trials. In every case, he takes the time to take detailed instructions and prepares carefully every aspect of the case. Darren sees his role as working very closely with his clients to obtain the best result. If someone pleads guilty or is found guilty, he works hard to mitigate their circumstances and applies the relevant sentencing guidelines to achieve the lowest possible sentence.
Police Station and Magistrates
Darren regularly attends Police Station and the Magistrates Courts and conducts trials in the Crown Court. He can offer a cradle to grave service by representing people at the police station and through the Magistrates Court and ultimately the Crown Court. This has the inevitable benefit of providing a full service to Darton Law’s clients allowing them to have confidence that they will be represented by somebody who knows their case fully.
In addition to Criminal Litigation, Darren also represents clients in civil matters from High Court injunctions to County Court money claims. Darton Law offer, in most cases, a fixed fee service. Darren will guide you through each stage of civil litigation and advise you comprehensively on the options as both a Claimant and a Defendant. It is sometimes very daunting when being taken to Court and Darren will be able to provide representation to put you at ease. When considering taking someone to Court as a Claimant, Darren will be able to provide you sound advice on the merits of your potential claim before embarking on civil proceedings.
R v C
Historic Sexual Assault.
This case involved an allegation of historic sexual assault dating back to the 1970s. The critical evidence in the case related to the identity of the defendant and the description given by the alleged Complainant. This involved the scrutiny of the accounts given by the complainants and investigation into various records held by the local Council and Education Authorities to put together a comprehensive defence. Further investigations included site visits and plans and tracing witnesses through video footage and pictorial evidence. Darren represented this client at a full trial and the result ended in the client’s acquittal on all counts.
R v I
Darren was represented the defendant as solicitor preparing his case. This involved a three-handed murder allegation in which our client was 16 years old. The descriptions given by witnesses heavily relied on one specific piece of clothing. After careful consideration of over 100 hours of CCTV, Darren identify a timeline of events which when taken with other evidence proved that the client was unable to be in the location of the murder at the time it occurred. Following the presentation of this evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, they withdrew the charge and offered no evidence. The case continued against the remaining defendants who were found guilty.
When not working at Darton Law, Darren is actively involved in local community theatre. He appears on stage and enjoys performing in musicals and plays. To keep fit, Darren regularly runs and has completed more than 20 marathons. He enjoys seeing friends and family and spending time with his wife and son.
Anthony Mitchell LL.B (Hons) – Solicitor-Advocate
He is responsible for managing and developing both the Private client department and Legal Aid specialism within the firm.
He is a Solicitor/Advocate who regularly presents serious cases in the various Crown Courts. The range of cases that Anthony has defended include murders, aged sex offences, rapes, serious assaults and major drug cases. He is approachable and always feels a good rapport with clients.
Anthony has a wealth of experience in all courts. This dates back to 1972 and he continues as a very experienced Advocate at the current time. Between 1972 and 1996 he was a Metropolitan Police Officer, concluding his service as a Detective Inspector. During this period, he was responsible for the investigation and presentation of the most serious criminal cases including several murders. His duties, prior to the arrival of the CPS necessitated the proper presentation of the case, briefing Counsel and steering Counsel with regard to their presentation. Since 1996, his role has somewhat reversed in that he is now the fore-running Advocate in serious cases.
He has acted as a defence advocate in matters of murder, serious sexual offences (involving current and aged rape allegations), serious and significant drugs matter and of course robbery offences.
The serious offences naturally leave the Crown into seeking to frustrate the assets of convicted criminal by way of proceeds crime applications. The POCA Act 2002 is a punitive and complicated Act designed to remove the proceeds crime from those convicted. Anthony is experienced in dealing with such applications and recognises that, whilst a convicted felon might be content to serve a term of imprisonment, the removal of all his assets can amount to a more serious punishment in his mind.
It can be seen therefore that Anthony’s experience is wide ranging and has placed him on both sides of the fence whether for the prosecution or for the defendant.
Nina Kaikini LL.B (Hons) – Solicitor-Advocate
Nina is responsible for managing the Private Client Department and specialises in advising clients in relation to Wills, Probate matters, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Applications for Deputyship.
She is well-known for her excellent attention to detail and meticulous drafting skills. Nina understands that most people are reluctant to think about preparing for what will happen in the future. She is very approachable and easily builds a good rapport with clients when discussing such sensitive topics.
Nina is happy to undertake home visits for elderly, frail or physically impaired clients, who are unable to attend our offices.
We offer competitive fixed fee packages, which are tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Please do not hesitate to contact Nina if you require any advice or to discuss our tailored fixed fee packages.
Nina has extensive experience in dealing with a wide array of criminal offences, including Fraud, Violent Disorder, GBH, Rape and Murder. She regularly represents both adult and youth clients in Police Stations, Youth Courts and Magistrates Courts.
Nina is also an experienced Higher Court Advocate and regularly appears in the Crown Court. She has been praised for her thorough preparation of complex cases, and has often represented clients with serious psychiatric conditions.
Nina is the firm’s specialist in cases involving “dangerous dogs” legislation and animal welfare. She has been successful in preventing dogs from being destroyed unnecessarily under the Dangerous Dogs Act. She believes that an animal’s welfare is of paramount importance.
Nina has acted as led junior defence counsel in four separate Crown Court trials; a multi-million pound Conspiracy to Money Launder and Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs, two separate Murder trials, one of which was a suspected gang-related (investigated by Operation Trident) and the re-trial of a case involving the importation of a large amount of Controlled Drugs. More recently, Nina was instructed as led junior defence counsel in a Manslaughter case.
During the trial Nina’s precisely drafted skeleton argument, together with the eloquence and courtroom skill of leading Queens’ Counsel resulted in our client being acquitted. In addition to this, Nina has had sole conduct of several trials in the Crown Court, many of which have resulted in our clients being acquitted.
When Nina is not working hard to represent her clients she enjoys cooking, photography and looking after her two cats.
Ranjit Siddle LL.B (Hons) – Associate Solicitor
Ranjit has extensive experience in dealing with a wide array of criminal offences including fraud, violent disorder, GBR, rape, murder and sexual offences. Ranjit regularly represents both adult and youth clients at the police station, at the Youth Court and Magistrates Court.
She has often been praised for her meticulous case preparation and her passion to always strive to get the best outcome for her clients.
Ranjit is able to represent and prepare cases from the early stages at the police station through to the Crown Court. She always provides an efficient service for her clients and always endeavours to advise them to progress the case in their best interests.
Ranjit also has experience in dealing with motor offences including dangerous driving, careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving whilst disqualified.
Ranjit is responsible for managing and developing the Family Law Department. She specialises in advising clients in relation to divorce proceedings, financial proceedings and all issues relating to Children Contact and Residence Applications. She has also undertaken a number of applications for emergency ex-parte Non-Molestation Orders as well as contesting applications made in relation to Non-Molestations Orders.
She is well known for her excellent attention to detail and robust negotiating skills, both outside and inside the Court arena. Ranjit is extremely approachable and builds a very good rapport with clients when discussing sensitive topics such as the breakdown of the marriage or children contact issues.
Ranjit provides clients with a professional and efficient service. With family law being a highly sensitive and delicate area of law, all clients are shown empathy and compassion. She is extremely thorough in her preparation of all cases and will strive to ensure that she reaches the best settlement for her clients.
We offer fixed fee packages which are tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Please do not hesitate to contact Ranjit if you need any advice to discuss our tailored fixed fee packages.
H v H - This was a case where the grandmother had applied for a Special Guardianship Order in relation to her grandchild. We represented the Respondent, the father, who was seeking a Child Arrangements Order where his daughter would be returned to his care full time and have contact with the non-resident parent and her family. This matter proceeded to a Final hearing and we successfully obtained a Child Arrangements Order in favour of the father.
P v K -This matter related to the Applicant’s son who had contact with his non-resident mother. Over the Easter Holidays, the Respondent refused to return the child back to the Applicant on the basis that he had made an allegation that the Applicant had caused him harm. Following the service of Section 7 reports, it was agreed prior to the Final hearing, that the child should be returned to the Applicant’s case and therefore we were successful in our application.
T v T - Representing the Applicant who had issued divorce proceedings and was seeking a Financial Order. We successfully obtained a Financial Relief Order where the matrimonial home was transferred to the Applicant together with securing monthly maintenance payments for her.
H v H – Financial Relief Matter. Successfully made an application to the Court in relation to financial relief. The Court ordered that the Applicant (our client) receives the full equity in the former matrimonial home together with a Pension Sharing Order.
When Ranjit is not working to represent her clients, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, shopping and going out with friends and family.
Parmi Bhogal B.A (Hons) – Solicitor-Advocate
Parmi is particularly experienced in Motoring Law, dealing with a variety of motoring offences. Parmi is particularly interested in advancing Special Reasons arguments and has done so successfully in the past. He has advanced many arguments regarding drink/driving and advancing Special Reasons. Parmi has developed this area of expertise during his time in practice.
Parmi has extensive Criminal Litigation background and has represented clients in a wide variety of allegations from road traffic matters to serious assaults, GBH, large scale conspiracies, drug cases, murder and sexual offences.
He is a robust Advocate in Court who enjoys the challenging of complex legal arguments and combines this with thorough case preparation to promote and protect his clients’ interests in all proceedings.
He also regularly attends police station collectively to defence clients facing serious allegations. Parmi believes that a client’s defence begins at the police station. Parmi’s strength lies in his ability to establish a friendly no-nonsense approach with his clients and can give advice at crucial stages in the client’s case. Parmi’s work has included major conspiracies of importation and supply of drugs, serious violence, murder, firearm offences and serious violent crime, money laundering and financial crime.
R v A – Conspiracy to commit murder. This involved an elderly religious lady who had been charged with conspiring to commit murder. This case involved an honour killing within the family.
R v R – Murder, a 17 year-old was involved in murdering somebody in a park in Surrey. The Defendant was acquitted of murder however received a guilty verdict on manslaughter.
R v T – This case involved importation of Class A drugs. The evidence of this case revolved around photos found on a mobile phone which was found in the Defendant’s possession. After a trial, the Defendant was convicted of importation of drugs. This case involved expert evidence from telecommunication experts.
R v C – This cases involved sexual assaults dating back to early 1970s. Evidence in this case related to the identity of the Defendant and description given by the alleged complainant. The Defendant was acquitted on all counts as a result of the photographic evidence which he had compromising the prosecution case.
In his spare time, Parmi regularly plays amateur badminton and hockey for the Gymkhana Hockey Club in Middlesex.
Kate Maddison LL.B (Hons) - Solicitor
Kate attends police stations on a regular basis and has gained a large amount of experience in advising clients in respect of serious offences. Due to her empathetic manner, clients often feel at ease when represented by Kate. She has represented clients for all manner of offences from low level theft to rape and attempted murder.
Kate appears regularly in the Magistrates Courts, having qualified as a duty solicitor, and prepares a wide range of cases for trial at the Crown Court.
Kate has represented many clients in the Magistrates Courts for driving offences such as drink driving, driving without insurance and careless driving. Kate also prepares more serious driving offences for trial at the Crown Court.
She is also experienced in dealing with cases in the family law department, advising clients in divorce matters, Children Act proceedings and ancillary (financial) relief. Kate is meticulous in her preparation of all cases and ensures that she receives the best for her clients. Due to her thorough approach to preparation of files, she advances strong arguments on behalf of her clients to ensure the best result is achieved.
R v V (Kingston Crown Court): S18 GBH & Robbery – Case listed for trial. After representations made to the Crown, the client pleaded guilty to S20 GBH, a less serious offence.
R v O (Isleworth Crown Court): Sexual assault - After meticulous preparation, the client was acquitted after trial.
R v W (Hammersmith Magistrates Court: Theft - After lengthy mitigation was put before the Court, the client was sentenced to a 6 month conditional discharge despite many recent previous convictions for theft and drug matters.
R v T (Staines Magistrates Court): Kate represented a defendant involved in a serious accident after drink driving. After lengthy mitigation was put forward, the client received a brief period of disqualification.
H & H (West London Family Court): Due to the meticulous preparation of the case with Ranjit, the family department succeeded in obtaining a Court order allowing for their client’s daughter to be returned to him.
Kate takes an active interest in animal welfare. When not working, she often spends her time watching live music or horse riding.
Julian Waskett M.A (Cantab) - Solicitor-Advocate
He has practised in Criminal Law since his admission and the completion of his training in a practice in his home town in Newport, Wales.
Following his admission, Julian prosecuted for approximately four years in Sussex and Gwent. He then re-entered private practice with a Chancery Lane law practice in which he specialised in criminal law and private client litigation.
During his practice, Julian has worked largely in criminal law; he practices in the Magistrates Court and at police stations. He has been a Duty Solicitor since the inception of the Duty Solicitor Scheme. He has acted for clients as a Solicitor-Advocate in the Crown Courts in the last eight years during which time he has represented Defendants in offences of murder, conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs and serious sexual offences.
R v MK (and Four Others) – Kingston Crown Court 2013 – Julian represented the only defendant in this multi-handed trial who was acquitted. The lead defendant received 18 years imprisonment.
R v AI (and Six Others) – Kingston Crown Court 204 – during one of three young men who was acquitted in this multi-handed trial. The defendant was charged with assault ABH. The lead defendant in this affray was actually charged with murder and was convicted of manslaughter.
R v AB - Central; Criminal Court 2012 – Julian Waskett was led by a QC in a bay shaking case. The prosecution pathologist was discredited and the case was discontinued on the direction of the Judge.
In his spare time, Julian follows the fortunes of Fulham Football Club and his son’s youth football team and the Welsh Rugby Team.
James Osborne Consultant Solicitor
This has formed the main area of his caseload throughout his many years of practice. This means that Darton Law are now able to act for our clients on various aspects of Property matters
James has long experience in both residential and commercial Conveyancing, and has acted for all major mortgage panels.
James has experience in both freehold and leasehold sales and purchases.
He has specialised in Lease Extensions, which are becoming more common on property sales, where there is an insufficient term of years for marketability. Where necessary, this has involved applications for determination to the Tribunal, and he has also advised on Collective Enfranchisement.
James has acted on mortgages and remortgages. He has experience on transfer of property equity, shared ownership and tenancy agreements. He also has experience of buying and selling land, and new build.
Darton Law having obtained Lexcel accreditation with the Law Society, have also now been awarded CQS accreditation for residential conveyancing transactions. James has been accredited as a CQS solicitor since inception of the scheme in 2011
James has always worked in general practice, where he has been involved in other areas of the law (such as company and family law, probate and wills), so that he has had the widest experience for his Conveyancing clients - to be able to offer a full service to them, fully considering their overall circumstances. Often a family or probate matter also concerned property, where James could assist with his Conveyancing experience.
James spends most of his spare time relaxing on his narrowboat, but also plays tennis and the guitar when he can. He also enjoys photography and video editing.
Rita Rao Legal Secretary
Rita joined the Darton Law Team in January 2017.
Rita thoroughly enjoys being part of the team, assisting the solicitors to provide an excellent service to our clients. Rita enjoys a challenge and has assisted in various high profile cases.
In her spare time, Rita enjoys cooking and likes to keep fit by going swimming on a regular basis.