Bartholomew is a duty solicitor in the criminal department at TV Edwards.
Bartholomew is acknowledged as a persuasive and tenacious advocate who stands up for his clients 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 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 in 2014, Bartholomew completed his undergraduate law degree, which included a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen, at the University of Leicester 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 CPS 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 – 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 M – successfully persuaded the CPS to discontinue the prosecution of a paranoid schizophrenic client accused of possession of a bladed article and a public order offence on the basis that he was not fit to plead.
- R v D – represented a client accused of committing grievous bodily harm 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 taken against the client after two interviews.
Quotes from clients
The best I’ve ever had… keep Bartholomew for me alone.
I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you did for me. I can tell that… if it wasn’t for every single little detail you found I could easily have been looking at years and years. This has been the most frightening experience of my life… but I always had faith in you and you delivered. I know you have a very long bright and amazing career as a defence solicitor ahead of you.
Very good solicitor. When our meeting was over and I returned to my cell I felt very clear headed and relaxed. I really needed my solicitor’s advice which gave me good confidence and I was thinking calmly. Shortly that day when everything was over I got released with no charge… I was very happy. I can’t thank him enough.
Gave good advice, and he knew what he was doing, I was very pleased.
Attitude was friendly and so professional and explained everything in an understandable way.”.