Meet the Criminal Department
Michael Jeary-Senior Partner
Head of Criminal Deparment
I founded Jeary & Lewis Solicitors in 1986, and have specialised in Criminal Litigation since 1970. I am a Duty Solicitor, and hold a Higher Rights Certificate to represent clients in the Crown Court. I have always had a strong ambition to represent members of the public who find themselves in conflict with authority.
When I am not busy helping my clients, I enjoy being a computer geek on my Apple Mac, walking my springer spaniels Moc and Minnie the Minx and being a granddad.
I qualified as a Solicitor in 1972 and have worked in Swindon since 1981. I have broad experience in all aspects of Criminal Law and have been a Duty Solicitor for over 25 years. I also regularly sit as a Deputy District Judge in the Magistrates Courts around the country. I am sympathetic and supportive, but have a realistic approach to those who find themselves in the complicated and often bewildering process of Criminal Law. I live in Wiltshire and am happy to attend Police Station and Magistrates Courts in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
In my sparetime, I enjoy a beer with friends, watching rugby matches and spending time with my Grandaughter.
I was admitted as a Solicitor in 1980 whilst working as a Legal Advisor in the Magistrates Court Service. In 1981 I became a Deputy Clerk to the North Wiltshire Magistrates and then went into private practice in 1985. I have always specialised in Criminal Law and in 1994 was one of only 31 Solicitors nationwide to be granted Higher Rights of Audience. That means I can conduct Crown Court trials and appear in the Court of Appeal. Since then I have been involved in several high profile cases. I have represented clients charged with prison riot, murder, large scale computer fraud and high value money laundering.
In my spare time I enjoy watching football. I have been a local youth club leader for the past 30 years and am also on the Regional Committee of the Urban Saints National Youth Organisation.
I specialise in Criminal Law and have experience in a broad range of cases. I am a qualified Duty Solicitor and assist people both at the Police Station and Magistrates Courts. I am sympathetic, patient and have knowledge of the workings of the complex Criminal System which I seek to aid people through.
In my spare time I enjoy music, fitness and a good catch up with friends.
I joined Jeary & Lewis in November 2011. I have been representing client's at the Police Station since 2012, and having degrees in both Politics and Law, I qualified as a Solicitor in March 2015. I represent criminal client's at the Police Station and the Magistrates Courts.
I also represent client's who are having difficulties with Social Services in relation to their children. I attend Child Protection Conferences, Pre-Proceedings Meetings and attend Court should proceedings be issued.
Outside of work I enjoy working out-I am a keen runner and a novice rock climber.
Jenny Wynne-Trainee Solicitor
As a mature student I studied part-time through The Open University to obtain a Law degree whilst bringing up my family and working part-time. I am now a trainee Solicitor and I have gained legal experience in Crime, Childcare, and Residential Property, and I am currently being trained in Matrimonial Law, Wills and Probate. I will qualify as a Solicitor in July 2016. I am also an Accredited Police Station Representative. I attend with and advise clients when they are required to be interviewed by the Police, or other agencies such as The DWP or The NHS.
Outisde of work I enjoy walking my dog, cooking, reading, skiing and spending time with my family.
Laura Vickers-Legal Assistant
I joined Jeary & Lewis Solicitors in June 2007, following successful completion of a Legal Secretairies Diploma. I am currently studying towards a Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Criminal Litigation, and also hope to become an Accredited Legal Representative in due course.
Outside of work, my time is mainly spent running around after my daughter and catching up with friends when time allows!