Crime – Key Contacts

 Meet Our Criminal Team

Darren Bishop
Darren  Bishop – Solicitor

Solicitor Advocate Darren attended Swansea University before completing the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University. Shortly after finishing University Darren Commenced his Police Station Accreditation with a specialist Criminal firm in Cardiff before joining HardingEvans Solicitors in 2011 within the Crown Court Department. Darren then completed his training contract with HardingEvans which also involved civil actions against the police and attained Higher Rights of Audience qualification and represents our clients at all stages of criminal proceedings including motoring offences. You can contact the team on crime@hevans.com  or call our out of hours 07966081992

Clare Cole – Legal Executive

Clare has over 17 years’ experience in criminal defence work and has defended in a number of high profile cases including representing a defendant in the Lynette White perjury case being one of the UK’s biggest miscarriage of justice cases. She has represented numerous clients in murder cases from the police station stage through to crown court trial. Her most recent murder case resulted in our client’s acquittal. She also has considerable experience in defending complex fraud cases including the recent “cash for crash” prosecution. Clare is a fellow of Cilex and a qualified advocate. You can contact the team on crime@hevans.com  or call our out of hours 07966081992


Isobelle Lewis – Solicitor

Isobelle qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and regularly represents clients at the Magistrates Court, Police Station and at Prisons, providing high quality legal advice and assistance. Isobelle has been with HardingEvans since 2014 and has developed experience in representing clients for a full rage of offences, including a number of high profile Crown Court cases. You can contact the team on crime@hevans.com  or call us on 01633 244233/07966081992




zepZep Bellavia – Partner

Zep is Head of the Crime Team and has in the past 23 years with us been highly commended for his defence work in a number of high profile cases over the years which include charges of corporate manslaughter, murder and many non CPS prosecutions including Health & Safety, Environmental and Planning.You can contact the team on crime@hevans.com  or call our out of hours 07966081992


mikeMike Sage – Solicitor

Mike Sage, formerly a senior Crown Prosecutor in London. Joined HardingEvans in 1988 and has since then practiced exclusively in the field of criminal defence. Mike has a tremendous success rate and defends the whole range of allegations in Police Stations and Magistrates Courts. His criminal knowledge in the area is unrivalled. You can contact the team on crime@hevans.com  or call our out of hours 07966081992


lydiaLydia Williams – Paralegal

Lydia is the newest member of the Crime department at HardingEvans having joined as a Criminal Paralegal in January 2015. Lydia read History at undergraduate level in Cardiff University before deciding to take the step into the legal world. She successfully completed the Graduate Diploma of Law at Cardiff Law School and then went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course in 2014 where she was trained in adversarial technique. At HardingEvans, Lydia is mainly involved in Crown Court case work where her duties range from attending conferences and court hearings to liaising with   clients  and assisting counsel. Lydia is looking forward to expanding her experience into  Prison Law  and obtaining her Police Station Accreditation in the very near future. You can contact the team on crime@hevans.com  or call our out of hours 07966081992

Secretarial support

sherylSheryl Batchelor – Crown Court Secretary






Margaret Gunter – Crime Team Secretary





bevBeverly Hanson – Crime Team Secretary