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Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 2

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP acts for clients involved in cases concerning a range of crimes, including serious fraud, violent crime, drugs-related offences and motoring cases. Based in Essex, founding directors Mark Jerman and Simon Samuels have a wealth of experience in criminal law matters. Head of the crown court and complex crime department, Ian Clift is noted for his work in serious crime cases, including drug-conspiracies, murders and sexual offences. The practice undertakes a mix of legal aid work and privately funded matters, and is well-placed to provide its own court representation to clients with its in-house advocacy department.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jerman; Simon Samuels; Ian Clift


‘The team at JSP Solicitors is an extremely experienced one and clients benefit significantly from that wealth of knowledge. The set up means that JSP spreads that experience across the team and two of their most experienced solicitors are also Crown Court advocates. They have been established for a very long time and, quite rightly, have a very loyal following.’

‘Simon Samuels has a wonderful manner with clients which puts them very much at ease. He is able to distil quickly and effectively the important issues in a case, and to explain them clearly and simply.’

‘The firm are completely professional. They go the extra mile with every client.’

‘Ian Clift is a dedicated and canny lawyer. He is tactically astute and gets the big decisions right, from arrest and interview, right the way throughout the life of a case.’

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 two leading Essex-based solicitors, Simon Samuels, Mark Jerman, who each have over 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.

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.

Ian Clift: Ian was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 and was appointed as a solicitor-advocate (higher courts criminal) in 2007. He is a trial advocate, a specialist in all fields of criminal law and is head of the Crown Court and Complex Crime department. Ian is based at the Braintree 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.

Carly Denniss: Carly was admitted as a solicitor in 2012 and is the newest director. Carly was appointed as a solicitor-advocate (higher courts criminal) in 2014 and specialises in serious and complex casework.  Carly is based at our Braintree office.

Other offices: Braintree and Southend

Managing director Mark Jermanmj@jsp.legal01268 820111
Directors Simon Samuelsss@jsp.legal01268 820111
Directors Ian Cliftic@jsp.legal01268 820111
Directors L Jane Werryjw@jsp.legal01268 820111
Directors Bethany Brownbb@jsp.legal01268 820111
Directors Carly Dennisscd@jsp.legal01268 820111
Criminal litigation all fee-earnersinbox@jsp.legal01268 820111
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15