Sean is a criminal law solicitor within the professional misconduct and criminal law team. Based in Thompsons’ Leeds office, he deals with cases from west, east and south Yorkshire, north Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Having qualified in 2000, Sean specialises in two main practice areas: criminal law and inquest law. His criminal law work often involves representing trade union members accused of criminal conduct during the course of their employment. These allegations can range from assault, fraud and theft to homicide and abuse or neglect of vulnerable people.
He is a qualified member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme.
Sean also specialises in inquest work which involves providing advice and representation to clients at coroners’ inquests, mainly on behalf of health workers, some of whom are the most vulnerable and poorly paid people working within the NHS and care homes. He prepares for and attends inquest and pre-inquest reviews and proceedings, advising his clients throughout.
Most of Sean’s clients have never experienced the criminal justice system prior to their case, which can be very stressful and traumatic for the individual. It’s Sean’s aim to help them get through this by providing expert support and carefully explaining each step of the process. His overriding responsibility is to act ethically at all times and to ensure that he gets the best result for his client in accordance with their instructions.
Sean is proud to work for Thompsons because of its explicit commitment to the trade union and Labour movement. As he points out, it makes no bones or apologies for sticking up for working people who are particularly vulnerable to assaults on their working conditions, low pay and in some cases, false and deeply damaging accusations about their conduct at work.
In his spare time Sean enjoys walking, talking politics, going to the cinema, keeping fit, going skiing and reading up on economic and social history. He is an active member of the Labour Party and the GMB.
Sean’s Case Experience
Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Sean represented two clients following allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s. As a result of Sean’s diligence in tracing and interviewing witnesses, whom even the police had not been able to find, both his clients were acquitted following trials in the Crown Court.
“At all times I was treated fairly by Mr Conway with the utmost efficiency, understanding, good manners and concern. The hard work and understanding he put into my case was greatly appreciated. He was a major contribution to me getting through the trauma of the past 21 months and to the correct and true outcome of the case”.