Bartholomew joined TV Edwards in 2014 as a paralegal in the criminal department and qualified as a solicitor in the same department in 2017. He has passed his duty solicitor accreditation.
Bartholomew is acknowledged as a tenacious and fearless advocate both at the police station and at court. He has represented clients accused of a wide range of offences including: murder, firearms offences, robbery, fraud, people trafficking, drugs supply and rape.
Bartholomew’s training at TV Edwards included a year in the mental health department working on both criminal and mental health cases. He is experienced in representing clients suffering from autism spectrum disorder and mental health disorders including paranoid schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder. Bartholomew frequently represents clients with mental health issues in voluntary police interviews in psychiatric hospitals and police stations.
Since qualifying Bartholomew has continued to develop his expertise in relation to representing mentally disordered clients. He has significant skill in exploring issues such as fitness to plead, defences involving mental health issues, mental health disposals and whether defendants should have the assistance of an intermediary during trials. Bartholomew often instructs expert psychiatrists and psychologists during the preparation of his cases.
Prior to joining TV Edwards, Bartholomew completed his undergraduate law degree at the University of Leicester, including a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen, with a 2:1. Bartholomew then passed his masters degree in human rights law with merit at UCL and went on to pass his LPC with distinction at Nottingham Law School. Whilst at UCL, Bartholomew was awarded the Leonard Sainer Scholarship.
- R v E – successfully persuaded the Crown Prosecution Service to discontinue the prosecution of a 15 year old client who suffered from learning difficulties and autism and was accused of sending malicious communications.
- R v H – privately represented a teacher facing two charges of assault by beating. The client was acquitted at trial and the prosecution’s post acquittal restraining order application was refused.
- R v D – represented a client accused of wounding with intent in prison. The client was acquitted at trial in the Crown Court.
- K – represented a paranoid schizophrenic client at the police station who was accused of murder. The police took no further action against the client after two interviews.
Quotes from clients
“Attitude was friendly and so professional and explained everything in an understandable way.”
"Gave good advice, and he knew what he was doing, I was very pleased"