Our People

Platt Halpern was founded in 1991 by two South Manchester Law Centre solicitors, Jon Comyn-Platt and Danny Halpern. Both are still closely involved with the firm they established and have seen it grow into a widely recognised and respected North West legal practice. We focus on criminal defence, housing law, family law and personal injury claims. The firm also regularly handles civil litigation disputes and civil actions against the police.

Our solicitors are highly experienced and motivated by a commitment to legal aid work and the representation of private clients through highly competitive rates.

We have a low turnover of staff, which means clients receive consistent advice from a team of lawyers who work closely together and who understand the specific needs and circumstances of our clients.

Members of the team are on the Law Society’s Personal Injury and Children Panels. We have contracts with the Legal Aid Agency to provide advice and representation in relation to crime, (including serious, high cost/fraud cases), housing, children, domestic violence, family law and public law (judicial review).

To learn more about our backgrounds and qualifications, please follow the individual profile links below.

 

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Naila Akhter
Partner
Oldham and Wythenshawe
Manchester
Naila is a highly motivated and tenacious criminal defence lawyer who regularly appears in both the magistrates’ and crown court, She is a duty solicitor who often assists clients at police stations… Read More
Paul Bradbury
Consultant
Oldham
Paul is a very experienced solicitor covering both family and criminal law. He is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and acts in the full range of legal proceedings concerning children… Read More
Gail Cartwright
Solicitor
Oldham and Rusholme
Manchester
Gail has wide experience in matters of divorce and relationship breakdown specialising in financial cases often involving substantial assets and complex issues such as pensions and… Read More
Gemma Cockitt
Solicitor
Rusholme, Manchester
Gemma is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in all areas of children law including care proceedings, residence and contact disputes, and domestic violence injunctions… Read More
Jon Comyn-Platt
Consultant
Oldham
Jon is a specialist children law solicitor. He has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1988 and acted as a family law peer reviewer for the Legal Services Commission (now Legal… Read More
Kathy Cosgrove
Solicitor
Rusholme, Manchester
Kathy is an experienced solicitor specialising in housing and public law (judicial review). She has a particular interest in cases where immigration status affects access to housing and support… Read More
Lucy Eatough
Solicitor
Rusholme, Manchester
Lucy is an experienced solicitor who specialises in all areas of children and family law representing parents and other family members in care proceedings, residence and contact disputes, domestic … Read More
Shazia Farooq
Solicitor
Rusholme, Manchester
Shazia specialises in criminal law covering a broad range of cases. She is a fully accredited police station representative and regularly advises clients in police detention. She also prepares crown court… Read More
Tony Fearnley
Housing Litigator
Oldham
Tony is an experienced Housing Litigator who specialises in all aspects of housing law. He has acted for tenants and homeless people… Read More
Laura Gibbons
Trainee Solicitor
Rusholme and Wythenshawe, Manchester
Laura is a paralegal covering a range of housing and public law cases. Laura has previous immigration and mental health law experience and spent a period with the Law Society Human Rights… Read More
Danny Halpern
Consultant
Rusholme, Manchester
Danny is a highly experienced solicitor specialising in housing, personal injury claims and claims against the police. He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and of the Association of … Read More
Mike Hopkinson
Consultant
Oldham
Mike is a very experienced criminal law advocate who has defended many high profile cases including murder, manslaughter, rape and VAT fraud He was the junior advocate in the highly unusual … Read More
Emma Hulbert
Solicitor
Oldham
Emma is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in all aspects of family and children law, representing parents and other family members in care proceedings and dealing with … Read More
Katie Jackson
Solicitor
Oldham, United Kingdom
Katie is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and specialises in all areas of Children Law; her particular focus is… Read More
Bryony Jones
Solicitor
Rusholme, Manchester
Bryony is a solicitor specialising in Housing. She joined Platt Halpern in November 2008 and trained at the firm being admitted… Read More
Aamar Manzoor
Immigration Caseworker
Oldham and Rusholme,
Manchester
Aamar is an accredited immigration caseworker covering a broad range of immigration matters including deportation, asylum, bail applications, human rights cases, business visas, student visas and … Read More
Chris McGrath
Legal Executive
Rusholme and Wythenshawe, Manchester
Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives specialising in criminal law, having joined the firm in 2015. With many years experience in the field Chris is a fully accredited police station… Read More
Marion O’Brien
Partner
Rusholme and Wythenshawe
Manchester
Marion is partner in the firm and is a member of the Law Society Children Panel. She is a very experienced solicitor specialising in all areas of children law particularly care proceedings. She … Read More
Sonia Parveen
Paralegal
Rusholme, Manchester
Sonia specialises in dealing with injunctions and divorces. She represents clients at court on applications for non molestation orders, occupation orders and prohibited steps orders. Sonia… Read More
Ifthkhar Rana
Legal Executive
Oldham
Ifhtkhar is experienced in private children law matters including contact & residence, domestic violence, divorce and finances. He speaks Swahili, Urdu, Bangla, Punjabi, Hindi and Gujarati… Read More
Melanie Sharples
Solicitor
Rusholme, Manchester
Melanie is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in all areas of children law including care proceedings, …Read More
John Stringer
Partner
Rusholme, Manchester
John is a Partner. He specialises in all areas of housing law. He has acted for tenants in a number of notable cases… Read More
Graham Wright
Practice Manager
Rusholme, Manchester
Graham has extensive practice management experience having spent 14 years with a leading legal aid firm, Howells LLP in South Yorkshire In 2012 Graham assisted the directors of A & N Care…Read More
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