Meet the Legal Team
|Natasha McDermott LLB (Hons), Managing Partner|
|Natasha is a Criminal Defence specialist solicitor of 21 years PQE. She obtained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2002, permitting her to represent clients in all Courts. She represents clients from the initial stages, at the Police Station and has taken cases all the way to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). She has been a Duty Solicitor since 2001. Natasha is the Founding Partner of Carters Solicitors, which was established in 2006. Prior to that, she managed a team at National Law Firm Tuckers Solicitors. She was President of West London Law Society in 2004-2005.
Natasha is regarded as one of the leading solicitors in London for Crime.
Areas of specialisation include serious drug conspiracies, people trafficking, high-value fraud, murder, general crime and road traffic.
Natasha also practices in family law, particularly high net worth divorce and also certain aspects of Immigration law.
Natasha is multi-lingual and is excellent at giving clients confidence and reassurance when dealing with their matters.
To learn more about John, please visit his page on 9 Bedford Row.
Brian Craig DSc Dip Msc
Brian has 28 years of management expertise in both private and public sectors, of which nearly 23 years have been spent in the legal profession. For 13 years he managed Tuckers Solicitors, one of the largest criminal defence firms in the country. He brings a wealth of practical management experience and knowledge gained not only from advising and managing law firms, but for also his management role as Group Duty Solicitor Manager of the London Office of the Legal Aid Board. He is responsible for ensuring the firm maintains its Specialist Quality Mark in the field of criminal defence and operates to consistently high standards.
Danielle Carvey BA (Hons)
Danielle joined us in January 2018 and with professional experience across a variety of sectors, she brings a unique and personable addition to the team. She obtained partial scholarships for both her completed undergraduate degree from The University of Kent and her current master’s degree from The University of Law.
Danielle has worked extensively with mental health and domestic abuse charities. Her knowledge in these sectors allows her to offer all clients an understanding, unbiased and supportive experience with the firm. Danielle also has legal experience working in Intellectual Property Law as well as professional management experience, working as a Project Manager for a mental health charity.
Danielle is currently a Delegate and Representative for the international charity Amicus, helping to fight for justice for those on death row. She has also led educational workshops on a variety of topics, including Human Rights Law, The United Nations, and Climate Change. Danielle has also completed pro bono work with Amnesty International, and is a keen advocate for international human rights.
Lady Sheila Mountain-Stanley
Sheila is a long standing and dedicated member of our team and provides an exceptional approach for all clients. She specialises in Criminal Defence and became Police Station Accredited in 2004, covering the North, East and West of England.
She is a specialist in Fraud, Murder, Drug Offences, POCA and Rape cases. She also presents cases to the CCRC if she believes there is a miscarriage of Justice, whereby she took one of the cases all the way to the European Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg (R v. Barrington Moses).
Sheila is not one to give up and will fight your corner all the way being ex-military.
Amy graduated with a degree in Economics and Geography and went on to complete the CPE and BVC and is a non practising barrister.
Thereafter Amy had a banking career that spanned a decade dealing with high net-worth individuals and corporations.
Amy took the decision to return to Law with her particular interest in Criminal Defence.
Amy is thorough, conscientious, diligent and attentive to clients’ needs.
She is currently a graduate CILEx member with a view to qualifying as a fellow of the institute.
Amy is a fluent cantonese speaker and welcomes clients from the Chinese ethnic community.
Rachel joined Carters Solicitors in January 2020 as an intern from Melbourne, bringing experience across all areas of Australian law, with a primary focus on Family Law. Rachel is currently completing her final year of her undergraduate double degree, Bachelor of Law & Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), giving her a unique approach to each client’s case.
On her return to Melbourne, due to the Covid-19, Rachel has continued to work within Carters remotely with a view to returning to London in early 2021.
This year Rachel commenced volunteer work helping families whose children have been abducted and taken abroad. Rachel’s ambition once she qualifies is to continue helping those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Andre Billington is a solicitor at Carters Solicitors, based in London. Andre Billington graduated from Liverpool University, where be obtained a 2:1 degree LLB Honours in Law. Having initially trained as a Barrister he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in November 1999. He then moved the London in 2003 and began working for the leading criminal law firm, Tuckers Solicitors. Whilst there his specialisation was serious fraud, murder, serious sex offences and terrorism related matters.
He made the decision to convert from being a Barrister to a Solicitor and started to appear regularly in both the Courts and Police Stations after cross qualifying. Andre Billington joined Carters Solicitors in 2020 and is a specialist trial advocate. He is very attentive to clients’ needs, very empathic and very much a defence lawyer who clients can relate to.
Moreover, Andre’s varied past working history has given him an insight to enable him to identify with clients from all walks of life.
David Burrowes was Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate from 2005 – 2017.
David has worked as a Solicitor for over 25 years specialising in Criminal Law before and since leaving Parliament. He has been a criminal defence advocate in police stations and Courts in London and Hertfordshire dealing with all levels of crime, from contested murders, sexual offences, drugs and fraud and road traffic cases. When in Parliament, David championed many issues – criminal justice, drugs and alcohol treatment, family policy, religious liberty, international human rights, welfare reform, refugees, and immigration detention.
David led changes in national policy and legislation – for example. making the Extradition Law with USA fairer, having stopped the extradition of his constituent Gary McKinnon [find link]. He established the compensation fund from prisoners’ earnings, supporting drugs and alcohol rehabilitation, stopping the relaxation of Sunday Trading laws, increasing provision for child refugees, securing additional funds for Universal Credit and disability benefit recipients. David was architect of the new curriculum requirement of Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.
David is also the Chairman of the Equity Release Council and Parliamentary Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, an elder of his local church, a School Governor at Dame Alice Owens and a member of the Centre for Social Justice Addiction Advisory Board. David brings both his wealth of experience, his legal brain and extraordinary personable approach when dealing with clients.
Johnny Nung Vu
Johnny’s profile is coming soon.
Kourosh’s profile is coming soon.
Marianna graduated in Budapest with a BA in Business Administration and completed the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing in London. She studied law for three semesters of six for her bachelor’s degree achieving distinction in the subject. Her professional background is primarily in business, marketing and sales but understanding the legal framework she was operating within had been vital to her roles. Throughout her career at major international and global corporations, she had to work within strict legal boundaries to ensure that all marketing activities under her remit were compliant with OFCOM regulations and that the companies’ most valuable global IPs had been treated and protected according to the relevant trademark and copyright laws.
She worked regularly and closely with internal legal teams on briefing, formulating and drafting a wide range of commercial agreements: competitions; agency services; sales and distribution; events management, sponsorship. Her legal remit required the ability to problem solve, being resourceful and negotiate commercial and legal terms and conditions acceptable to all parties involved.
After a successful media career, Marianna decided to diversify and move into lhe legal arena.
At Carter’s Solicitor’s, she assists not only with the administrative duties of the firm but acts as a paralegal under the supervision of the Managing Partner.
Head of Military Law
Head of Military Law
Colin graduated from the University of Buckingham in 1982 with an LLB (Hons) in Law. Colin has spent his entire career dealing with difficult and challenging cases conducted in all Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales.
For the last 20 years, Colin has specialised in Military Law, be it Court Martial or Administrative Action. Until his recent appointment at Carters Solicitors, Colin was Head of Military Law with a leading national law firm. In addition to his military work Colin continues to undertake serious crime both White Collar, Historic Sexual Abuse cases in addition to general Crime.
Colin is well connected with the British Armed Forces and much of his work comes from personal recommendation.
Colin has represented Servicemen from all ranks of the Armed Forces as well as Police Officers and members of the Legal Profession. Colin has an open and lateral approach to clients and cases within the constraints of military discipline and protocols.
Colin believes that his clients flourish best in an atmosphere of informed understanding and a willingness to adopt unpopular causes.