Legal firm relaunches in image of founder who was Hull's 'lawyer for the people'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jan 2019

A Hull solicitors firm has rebranded to celebrate the legacy of its founder, known as being the city’s “lawyer for the people.”

John Robinson founded Robinson's Solicitors back in 2006, having worked as a defence advocate in the region for almost three decades.

He spent his life working to provide legal aid to the people of Hull who needed it most, before his death in November 2016.

The firm will now simply be known as Robinson’s, and will be accompanied by the slogan ‘The original Robinson’s Solicitors.’

Mr Robinson’s nephew, Michael, is continuing John’s work at the firm, and is now its managing director.

John Robinson died in 2016 (Hull Live)

He said: “My uncle, John, had a big influence on me and that is why I wanted to relaunch the firm to show that we are continuing to uphold his commitment to the fair representation of local people in criminal proceedings.

“We want people to know that if they are faced with a serious problem, our team of experts are here to give advice on legal rights and options, help with negotiations and paperwork and speak on their behalf in court.

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“John was well-known and highly-respected, especially at Hull Magistrates’ Court where he spent most of his working life. He tirelessly sought justice for his clients, supporting the community in their thousands and gaining a reputation as a formidable opponent.

“He may have now passed on but at Robinson’s Solicitors, we continue to be here for the people of Hull and East Yorkshire when they desperately need someone on their side.”

Michael Robinson, managing director at Robinson’s (Neil Holmes Photography Limited)

With a team of four solicitors, Robinson’s takes on cases for those who need legal support but can’t afford the costs.

Michael qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and joined Robinson’s Solicitors soon after.

With John serving as both his teacher and mentor, Michael has developed his own reputation as someone who can work well with people from a variety of backgrounds.

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He represents clients in a wide range of cases, from road traffic offences to murder and has extensive experience in cases involving youths and vulnerable people.

Joining Michael on the Robinson’s team are criminal defence solicitor David Robson, who has 30 years’ experience, and specialist criminal defence solicitor Joanna Markham, who joined the firm in 2012.

Michael said: “The Robinson name is a familiar one in Hull and often our first contact with new clients comes after they simply ask for ‘Robinson’s’.

“We therefore hope that our relaunch will help people identify us more easily as the original Robinson's Solicitors and reassure people that John’s legacy will be upheld for the benefit of the people of Hull and East Yorkshire."

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