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Glen Wrigley
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      • Silverwell House
      • 32 Silverwell Street
      • Bolton
      • Lancashire
      • BL1 1PT
      • 01204 540900
      • 01204 362129

Glen Wrigley

Where/when you studied:

Bolton School (1989 – 1996)

University of Central England, Birmingham, BA Hons Criminal Justice with Law (1996 – 1999)

Manchester Metropolitan University, Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course (2003 – 2006)

Professional expertise before joining the firm:

I have worked previously at two local law firms, the latter for over 15 years

When you joined the firm:

January 2017

Department responsibilities (within the firm):

Assistant Solicitor in Criminal Litigation

Committees or organisations (to support the claim of specialist legal expertise):

Qualified Duty Solicitor

Qualified Supervisor for Legal Aid and LEXCEL

Criminal Litigation Accredited Scheme member

Areas of special legal expertise:

Glen is a Duty Solicitor with a wide range of experience within Criminal Litigation since 2001. He currently runs a mixed practice of cases from the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. He is a qualified Supervisor and a fully Accredited Police Station Representative.

Glen has specialised in Criminal Litigation since 2001 working for two other firms based in the North West. He qualified as a Duty Solicitor and has been accredited through the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme since 2011.

Glen regularly advises suspects being interviewed under caution by the police and a variety of other enforcement agencies, for instance, he recently advised in a large scale investigation by the Home Office Criminal and Financial Investigation Team involving the importation of illegal immigrants to the UK. He is a member of the firm's out of hours rota that provides legal advice no matter what time day or night.

Glen is also an experienced court advocate appearing in Youth Courts and Magistrates’ Courts most days. Glen has represented clients in a wide range of offences from damage, drugs, firearms, weapons, violence and public order to road traffic cases, sexual offences, theft, fraud and dishonesty matters. He has a particular interest in cases involving dangerous dogs and education matters. Glen enjoys representing youth clients and also assisting clients with special needs and learning difficulties.

Glen is an experienced Crown Court Litigator having managed the Crown Court Department at his previous firm. He retains a varied case load of Crown Court matters. These include offences across the entire criminal spectrum and he has experience of several cases involving fatalities, including several murders. Glen is experienced in the preparation of cases involving conspiracies in supplying and importing drugs. He has also prepared defence cases for all manners of sexual allegations with particular emphasis on historic allegations. He is known for his meticulous and in-depth preparation with a keen eye for detail.

Glen also prepares appeal cases in the Court of Appeal and confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Glen has a wide range of experience in dealing with non-police and non-CPS prosecutions including the following examples:

1. Non-payment of excise duty in relation to a large seizure of cigarettes;

2. Trading Standards prosecutions for the sale of counterfeit goods (replica clothing, DVD’s);

3. A wide range of Local Authority prosecutions including offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act, Education Act and Social Security (Administration) Act;

Glen undertakes Continued Professional Development training courses every year. He is a member of the web-based Crimeline Complete and has completed other training courses.

In March 2015 Glen underwent an approved Supervisors course concentrating on supervision standards for legal aid and LEXCEL systems. He has also completed advocacy training. He is a Supervisor for a criminal legal aid contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

In the past Glen has helped to prepare and deliver training to Investigation and Enforcement Officers of a Local Authority. This training included investigations and prosecutions, PACE, Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act, and Health and Safety at Work Act.

Notable Cases with Fieldings Porter

CAA v E - 2018 – Represented a pilot who had allegedly flown into a restricted area.

Bolton MBC v L - 2018 – Represented client being prosecuted by the local council for an offence under section 179 Town & Country Planning Act 1990. He had erected a ‘garage’ without the necessary permission and refused to take the same down even after an enforcement notice was served by the council. He did eventually remove the ‘garage’. Conditional discharge obtained and negotiations with the council meant his wife was not prosecuted.

HSE v Aldi Stores Limited / VBT Limited - 2018 – Assisted in the preparation of the prosecution of two companies who pleaded guilty to Section 3 and a Section 33 offence contrary to the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The HSE Investigation revealed that Aldi had an aspiration to take steps to reduce the risks to people undertaking work on its behalf but the reality was that given a lack of training, the systems were on paper and not properly put into practice. In relation to VBT Limited, the HSE Investigation found that they had done very little to fulfil their obligations towards non employees. Fines and costs awarded.

HSE v Forterra Building Products Limited - 2018 - Assisted in the preparation of the prosecution of this company who pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The incident involved an operator for this brick and building material company being dragged into the nip point on a tail drum conveyor during the cleaning operation resulting to catastrophic and life changing injuries. This was done in contravention to any health and safety procedure. Fine and costs awarded.

R v O – 2017 – Defendant charged with rape, attempt rape x 2 and sexual assault after meeting a girl on a night out. Extensive investigation into alleged victim and her social media profile as well as numerous other investigations. Liaised with private investigator during case preparation. Acquitted at trial by jury.

R v T – 2017 – Defendant charged with dangerous driving, assault, racially aggravated assault and fail to stop at the scene of the accident. Incident where client had allegedly caused an accident on purpose and been abusive and aggressive at the scene culminating in him driving his vehicle at one of the alleged victims. Thorough preparation with extensive list of items requested from the prosecution including mobile phone footage and CCTV resulted in the Crown offering no evidence on the first day of trial. QC instructed, costs order awarded.

R v R – 2017 – Dangerous Dog case where the dog had got away from its owner and caused injuries to the victim including broken bones. The law states the dog should be destroyed unless a contingent order could be made. Guilty plea entered, client sentenced to a Community Order and a Contingent Destruction Order made.

R v D – 2017 – Youth who had breached his licence after being released from custody. Numerous breaches immediately after being released from detention and thereafter. YOT recommending return to custody stating all possibilities had been exhausted. No action was taken by the Magistrates.

R v D – 2017 – Youth who drove a motorbike at a police officer knocking him to the ground causing injuries resulting in the officer having time off work to recover. Guilty pleas to Dangerous Driving, Section 47 Assault, Fail to Stop after case was listed for trial. The Court was persuaded to pass an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme sentence as a direct alternative to prison.

HO v E – 2017 – Large scale investigation by the Home Office into the illegal importation of immigrants to the UK.

Name: Glen P. Wrigley

Position: Assistant Solicitor

Where educated: Bolton School, University of Central England, Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University

First job: Glass collector at a local pub

Hobbies: Sports, socialising with family and friends, Food, Wine

Favourite food: Curry

Favourite film: Gladiator, Batman, Bourne series

Favourite group/artist: Oasis / Adele

Ultimate holiday destination: Australia

Favourite sport/team: Manchester City Football Club

Leigh Hockey Club

Favourite book: I enjoy reading biographies