Top lawyer boosts team at Dorset solicitors Ellis Jones

A NEW crime lawyer has boosted the team at a Dorset solicitors.

Ellis Jones Solicitors has strengthened its team with the appointment of James Constable as a senior associate solicitor.

Managing partner, Nigel Smith, said: “A very warm welcome to James. He brings great experience and considerable expertise to Ellis Jones, including the right to represent our clients in higher courts of law.

“It is a real coup to secure a lawyer of James’ calibre to join our outstanding team, help our firm grow and provide an exceptional service to our many valued clients.”

James is a solicitor advocate, with a Higher Rights of Audience qualification, which enables him to represent clients and provide continuity of service throughout their legal journey from initial interview under caution to the conclusion of their case in the Magistrates Court or Crown Court.

Only 7,171 of England and Wales’ 166,256 practising solicitors hold this qualification, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

James has wide-ranging experience in criminal and regulatory law which crosses into banking, contentious probate, family and sports law.

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He was ranked in Band 1 for Criminal Work in the newly published 2024 Chambers and Partners UK Guide to the legal profession.

In addition, he was described in the latest Legal 500 directory as a ‘great solicitor’ who is easy to work with, approachable and knowledgeable – and won the prestigious Solicitor-Advocate of the Year title at last year’s Berks, Bucks and Oxon Law Society Awards.

Outside of work, James is married with two daughters and is a sports enthusiast who played rugby in the Scottish Premiership for Stewart’s Melville RFC for four years.

James is on the panel for Sports Resolutions, which provides independent sport-specific arbitration and mediation services.

Ellis Jones has offices in Bournemouth, Poole, Ringwood, Swanage and Wimborne as well as London.

Visit to find out more about how Ellis Jones supports clients through the criminal justice process.

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