Firm Profile > Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP > Benfleet, England

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP

General crime and fraud Tier 2

Based in Essex, Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP exclusively practises in criminal defence and has a large offering spanning the region, servicing clients in connection with violent crimes and serious drug-related crimes. Overseen by founding partners Mark Jerman, Mark Pearson and Simon Samuels, the team undertakes both privately funded and legal aid work and has expertise in undertaking work on motoring prosecutions and fraud.

JSP Solicitors is exclusively a criminal defence practice and is the largest crime-only firm providing this service in Essex. The firm provides criminal and road traffic law defence services both locally and nationally.

The firm: JSP Solicitors  was established in June 2002 by three leading Essex-based solicitors, Simon Samuels, Mark Jerman and Mark Pearson, who each have around 30 years of experience in the profession and a long established presence in Essex magistrates’ courts. The firm’s focus is on quality – in terms of legal technical excellence and in terms of delivery of legal advice to its clients.

Many of JSPs’ new clients are the result of introduction from other professionals or personal recommendations by existing clients. JSP’s aim is to create a client experience of high-quality, coupled with extensive experience. JSP’s success is founded upon excellent knowledge of its chosen area of legal practice. JSP is considered to be the specialist law firm in all aspects of criminal litigation. It boasts an in-house advocacy department which allows for the continuity of representation in even the most serious of cases before the Crown Court.

The firm is regularly instructed in high-profile cases and takes great care to supervise and monitor the quality of the work carried out on behalf of its clients.

Currently, the Benfleet and Braintree offices are staffed by teams of police station representatives, magistrates’ court advocates, Crown Court litigators and Higher Court Advocates. All lawyers are either solicitors or accredited police station representatives. The firm provides a high-quality crime and motoring specialist service and has a substantial wealth of experience, including in serious crime. JSP is also VHCC accredited.

The specialist services currently on offer are made possible by a blend of staff experience. The firm’s aim is to optimise this mix so as to give clients the very best quality legal services whilst remaining competitive on price in respect of reduced fees payable by the LAA and for those clients who wish to instruct JSP privately.

Types of work undertaken: The management and development of these services has been made possible by the quality, training and development of employees, and by key individuals within the business.

Those individuals are: Mark Jerman: Mark was admitted as a solicitor in 1987 and has practiced criminal law in Essex for over 30 years. A serious and accomplished advocate, Mark has, during his career, represented clients throughout the United Kingdom for matters including murder and drugs conspiracies. Mark is based at the Benfleet office.

Simon Samuels: Simon was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. He is the solicitor most likely to be asked for by clients detained at Southend/Rayleigh Police Stations and has a huge following in Southend. In addition to his magistrates’ court work, Simon has also represented clients for multiple murder, serial rape and substantial drug Imports. Simon is based at the Benfleet office.

Matthew Bone: Matthew was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 and as a solicitor-advocate (higher courts criminal) in 2008. He specialises in more serious and high-profile Crown Court work and defended in “cold cases” involving the murder of Nora Trott (1978). Matthew is based at the Braintree office.

Ian Clift: Ian was admitted as a Solicitor in 2001 and as a solicitor-advocate (higher courts criminal) in 2007. He is a trial advocate, a specialist in all fields of criminal law and deals with serious and complex crime cases. Ian is based at the Benfleet office.

L Jane Werry: Jane was admitted as a solicitor in 2002. She is a duty solicitor specialising in all youth court and magistrates court work including trial advocacy. She heads the summary trials teams at both offices. Jane is based at the Benfleet office.

Bethany Brown: Bethany was admitted as a solicitor in 2014 and joined the Directorship in 2017. She is a duty solicitor specialising in all youth court and magistrates court work. Bethany is based at our Benfleet office.

Other offices: Braintree and Southend

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing director Mark Jerman
Directors Mark Jerman
Directors Simon Samuels
Directors Matthew Bone
Directors Ian Clift
Directors L Jane Werry
Criminal litigation all fee-earners
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15