Our People

Our People

Criminal - Fraud - Police Station - Motoring Offences

Nev Niyazi

Partner & Head of Crime & Fraud
Nev qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and is a co-founding partner of McKenzies solicitors. He is the head of the criminal and fraud departments and has extensive experience in dealing with serious and complex criminal offences. He has represented clients in high profile cases and is recognised as one of the leading criminal defence solicitors amongst the profession. His detailed and vigorous approach in defending clients has been key to his success rate.

Richard Pugh

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has vast experience in criminal defence law. Richard represents clients across the whole criminal offence spectrum and regulary deals with clients charged with serious crime. Richard's personal and caring approach when dealing with vulnerable cleints provides the much needed comfort and reassurance they need. Over the years, Richard has become recognised as one of the leading criminal defence solicitors in representing individuals accused of serious sexual offences.

Steven Smyth

Solicitor Advocate
Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Prior to this, he worked as a legal advisor to the magistrates for several years. Steven is a solicitor advocate and regularly defends clients at court. His advocacy skills and encyclopedic knowledge of the law are exceptional and clients comment on his professionalism and ability to construct and deliver a persuasive argument that often leads to favourable outcomes.

David Claydon

Solicitor Advocate
David initially qualified as a barrister and regularly represented clients in the crown court. He discovered aa desire to be more involved in the preparation of a case from the outset and transferred to become a solicitor in 2003. He has extensive experience and deals with all types of criminal offences.

Murray Allison

Murray qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He regularly defends clients at court and his wealth of experience means that he deals with all types of criminal offences.

Emma Llanwarne

Emma is an experienced criminal defence paralegal. Having completed her Bar Vocational qualifications, she turned her attention to working exclusively within the field of criminal defence. Her dedication to working hard for her clients is reflected in the positive outcomes achieved.

Wayne Moore

Police Station Advisor
Wayne has been representing clients at the police station for many years and has dealt with the whole spectrum of criminal offences. He regularly receives positive feedback and praise from clients for his professionalism, knowledge and advice.

Stephen Ford

Police Station Advisor
Stephen has over 20 years experience representing clients at the police station. He deals with all types of offences and has an excellent reputation amongst our cleints.

Practice Manager & Quality Representative

Elaine Niyazi

Elaine has over 30 years experience of working in the legal profession and has worked with McKenzies since its inception. As Practice Manager and Quality Representative, she has developed working practices that are reflected in the high qulaity of service provided to clients.


Patricia Turvill

Patricia has been with McKenzies for over 20 years. She is responsible for the day to day financial management of the firm.

Sectretarial Support

Angela Jones

Criminal | Fraud | Motoring Law
Angela has worked at McKenzies for over 15 years and is a very experienced legal secretary. She is often the first port of call for our clients and her efficiency and professionalism ensures that clients get the help and advice they need as soon as possible.