Alan Hobden

Alan Hobden is a Partner, Solicitor and Head of the Criminal Defence Department. Alan obtained his Law degree at the University of East Anglia and continued his studies at the College of Law in Chancery Lane, London. He qualified as a Solicitor in September 1991 and was admitted as a Duty Solicitor in April 1992.

Shortly after qualifying Alan became a Partner in another local law practice in Criminal, Family and Civil Litigation.

Alan then joined Stephen Rimmer in 2005 and in 2006, he was made Partner and Head of the Criminal Department.

Alan is the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration for Stephen Rimmer LLP and he is the Partner in charge of Trainee Solicitors and monitoring their progress.

Alan attends police stations and Magistrates’ courts to represent Clients on a variety of matters each regularly. His main practice involves being the Litigator in serious and complex cases in the Crown Court. Alan is one of the most experienced Duty Solicitors and Litigators in Sussex.

To contact Alan Hobden call 01323 644222 or email ah@stephenrimmer.com

Notable cases where Alan has litigated for clients in the Crown Court include the following:
R v. CB (Current) – Possession of Cocaine and Diamorphine with intent to supply – Defendant accused of county lines drug supply.
R v. LK (Current) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply – Defendant accused of running a drug dealing operation from his home address.
R v. JP (Current) – Sexual assault of a child under 13 and causing a child to watch a sexual act – Defendant and a family member accused of sexually assaulting children on multiple occasions.
R v. AG (Current) – Being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis and possessing criminal property – Defendant accused of dealing in Class A and B drugs and found in possession of over £200,000 in cash.
R v. TP (Current) – Perverting the course of justice – Defendant accused of speeding and falsely reporting someone else to be the driver of the vehicle.
R v. JL (Current) – Theft and converting criminal property – Defendant accused of stealing cash from employer’s safe.
R v. MA (Current) – Possession of Cocaine and Diamorphine with intent to supply – Defendant accused of county lines drug supply.
R v. GA (2019) – Conspiracy to sell and transfer prohibited weapons –Defendant and others accused of being part of a conspiracy to manufacture illegal guns and sell to the criminal underworld.
R v. AS (2019) – Conspiracy to assist in the unlawful immigration to the United Kingdom, conspiracy to acquire and convert criminal property – Defendant and others accused of human trafficking and money laundering (Hawala banking) to facilitate human trafficking across international borders.
R v. PK (2019) – Possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, rape x 3, possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – Defendant and another accused of supplying crack cocaine and also raping women on different occasions.
R v. JD (2019) – Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice – Defendant and others accused of being part of a conspiracy to pay a witness to lie in Court and accept responsibility for a crime he did not commit.
R v. SB (2019) – Bringing a list A article into prison – Defendant accused of smuggling cannabis into prison.
R v. RC (2018) – sexual assault of a child under 13 x 4 and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his granddaughter.
R v. KF (2018) – Production of cannabis – Defendant and others accused involved in producing commercial quantities of cannabis.
R v. JF (2018) – Aggravated burglary – Defendant and others accused of gaining entry into premises and attacking the occupier with a hammer.
R v. BA (2018) – Attempted murder and blackmail – Defendant and another accused of attempting to kill someone over a drug debt.
R v. JM (2018) – Indecent assaults – Defendant accused of historic indecent assaults on numerous school pupils from 1979 onwards.
R v SO (2018) – Possessing criminal property – Defendant accused of hacking into company servers and using a phishing email to falsify banking details to extract monies.
R v NA (2018) – Court of Appeal – Appeal against sentence – manifestly excessive / dangerous offender principles – Conspiracy to Rob, possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
R v. HF (2018) – Making indecent images of children – Defendant accused of making in excess of 4000 indecent images.
R v. AC (2018) – Entering as a trespasser with intent to commit a sexual offence and sexual assault x 2 – Defendant with mental health problems accused of gaining entry into premises with the intent to sexually assault a female and a child on separate occasions.
R v. PS (2018) – Sexual Activity with a child x 4 – Defendant accused of engaging in sexual acts with a child on multiple occasions.
R v. JB (2018) – s.18 GBH – Defendant accused of attacking a group of males with a knife.
R v. AC (2018) – Assault of a child under 13 by penetration, Sexual assault on a child and ABH – Defendant accused of luring a child to his home and sexually assaulting her.
R v. SG (2018) – Conspiracy to supply Cocaine – Defendant and others accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply 2 kilos of cocaine.
R v. RM (2018) – Rape – Defendant accused of raping a co-worker after a staff party.
R v. DS (2018) – Aggravated burglary – Defendant accused of entering as a trespasser and attacking the occupier of the premises with a monkey wrench and causing grievous bodily harm.
R v. SB (2018) – Sexual activity of with a child and indecent photographs – Defendant accused of having sex with a child and possessing indecent images.
R v. KG (2018) – Robbery – Defendant and others accused of stealing data-mining computers and causing grievous bodily harm to the owner which required facial reconstruction.
R v. PM (2017) – Robbery, attempted robbery x 2, possession of bladed article x 3 – Defendant accused of armed robberies of post offices.
R v. GC (2017) – Assault of a child under 13 by penetration x 2 and sexual assault of a child under 13 x 2 – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting daughter and stepdaughter.
R v. PM (2017) – Robbery, attempted robbery x 2, possession of bladed article x 3 – Defendant accused of armed robberies of post offices
R v. PW (2017) – Sexual assault – Defendant who is a paramedic accused of sexually assaulting a member of the public whilst on duty.
R v. SF (2017) – Assaulting a girl under 13 by touching – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his partner’s daughter.
R v. AR (2017) – Fraud – Defendant accused of submitting false self-assessment tax returns.
R v. JJ (2017) – Rape – Defendant accused of raping a housemate and another female whilst they were asleep on different occasions.
R v. RC (2017) – Blackmail – Defendant accused threatening to send compromising photos of ex-partner in exchange for money.
R v. RC (2017) – Criminal Damage and Affray – Defendant accused with another causing £25,000 damage to a prison and behaving in threatening manner to harm prison staff.
R v. PW (2017) – Sexual Assault – Defendant who is a paramedic accused of sexually assaulting a member of the public whilst on duty.
R v. NM (2017) – Robbery, Theft from Person, Fraud and Blackmail – Defendant accused of targeting men and taking money from them.
R v. RH (2017) – Exposure – Defendant with mental health problems accused of exposing his penis to members of the public. Fitness to plead case.
R v. KB (2017) – Possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – Defendant accused of threatening his neighbour and also threatening to kill his dog.
R v. IS (2017) – Taking revenge on a witness, battery and criminal damage – Defendant accused of assaulting an ex-partner and following which takes revenge by breaking into her house and assaulting her further.
R v. CB (2017) – Possession of indecent images – Defendant accused of possession of indecent images of children.
R v. NA (2017) – Conspiracy to Rob, possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – Defendant accused of conspiring with 12 other defendants to rob a traveller’s site armed with weapons and firearms.
R v. AG (2017) – Rape and sexual assaults – Defendant accused of administering GHB (date rape drug) and raping complainant.
R v. AK (2016) – Possessing a controlled drug of class A (cocaine) with intent to supply – Defendant accused of supplying 94% pure cocaine.
R v. DM (2016) – Sexual activity with a child family member – Defendant accused of having sexual intercourse with his step-daughter which results in pregnancy.
R v. SM (2016) – Perverting the course of justice – Defendant accused of making a false complaint to the police. Case also involved false confession being obtained by a police officer and that police officer being suspended and leaving Sussex Police.
R v. PW (2016) – Murder – Defendant accused of killing his partner by stabbing her to death.
R v. JR (2016) – Bribery, Fraud, Corruption – Defendant who is a Public official accused of falsifying accounts, accepting bribes and involved in corruption.
R v. GK (2016) – Possession of an imitation firearm and battery – Defendant accused of possession a stun gun and also assaulting a celebrity.
R v. JG (2016) – Indecent assaults – Defendant who was a priest accused of sexually assaulting his parishioners.
R v. AB (2016) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of stabbing a housemate with a fork in the eye causing blindness.
R v. NA (2016) – Rape and sexual assaults – Defendant accused of historical sexual offences against his granddaughter. Case involves Defendant suffering from dementia.
R v. CB (2016) – Indecent assaults – Defendant accused of historic sexual offences which took place in 1960.
R v. BY (2016) – Sexual offences – Female defendant accused of committing sexual offences against a boy under the age of 16 years.
R v. BG (2016) – Assault of a child under 13 by penetration – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his granddaughter.
R v. GP (2016) – Arson – Defendant who suffers from mental health problems accused of setting fire to premises.
R v. CO (2016) – Sexual assault – Defendant accused of ‘stranger sexual assault’ on an incapacitated female.
R v. DV (2016) – Attempted murder – Defendant accused of trying to kill his wife and young son by setting fire to his home.
R v. MC (2016) – Sexual offences – Defendant suffering from Bi-polar and other mental health problems sexually assaults various women and also commits ‘stranger rape’ on a female.
R v. MB (2016) – Sexual assaults – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting builders whilst they were working on his property. Privately funded case.
R v. JS and others (2016) – Permitting premises to be used for supply of class B drugs and supply of class A and B drugs – Representing 4 Defendants. Parents accused of allowing children to sell drugs from their home and children accused of supply cocaine and cannabis from the home address.
R v. DM (2016) – Sexual activity with a child family member – Defendant accused of having sexual intercourse with his step-daughter which results in pregnancy.
R v. SG (2016) – Fraud – Defendant accused of fraudulently cashing in mother’s insurance policy. Case was thrown out at half-time.
R v. VM (2016) – Inciting a girl aged fifteen to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity – Defendant accused of inciting his granddaughter to commit sexual acts on him.
R v. MW (2016) – Rape of child under 13 years – Defendant when he was 15 years old accused of raping his 6 ½ year old half-sister.
R v. DT (2016) – Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker – Defendant accused of sexual assault his patient.
R v. EW (2016) – Possessing firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of shooting a male in the face.
R v. EC (2016) – Rape and sexual assaults – Defendant accused of raping and committing sexual assaults on a boy under the age of 15 years.
R v. BL (2015) – Manslaughter – Defendant punches a male and ten days later the male dies.
R v. GM and others (2015) – Conspiracy to commit murder – Defendant accused of conspiring with others to commit murder for gain.
R v. GM (2015) – Rape – Allegations of rape of young children by members of their family.
R v LF and others (2015) – Conspiracy to steal – Defendant one of 6 defendants accused of stealing high value cable from Network Rail.
R v. SC and others (2015) –Sexual assaults – Defendant together with 3 others accused of sexually assaulting a male.
R v. OD and others (2015) – a.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of stabbing someone.
R v. RC (2015) – Historic sexual abuse – Defendant who is a Reverend accused of historic sexual abuse a young boy.
R v. TB (2015) – Fraud – Defendant who is a Doctor accused of committing fraud on the NHS.
R v. MC (2015) – Possession of indecent images and inciting sexual activing – Defendant accused of possession indecent images and then inciting victims to commit sexual acts.
R v. HA (2015) – Assault by penetration, perverting course of justice – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting a female and then attempts to pervert the course of justice by briefing his witness during the trial which is overheard by a juror.
R v. DW (2015) – Sexual assaults – Defendant accused sexually assaulting his granddaughter.
R v. PC (2015) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of glassing people at party with a beer bottle.
R v. EC (2015) – Rape – Defendant accused of rape.
R v. PB (2015) – Indecent assaults – Defendant accused of 7 counts of indecent assault.
R v. MF and another (2015) – Rape – Defendant and another accused of raping a female. Privately funded case.
R v. KL (2014) – Attempted murder – Defendant accused of attempting to murder her husband by trying to kill him whilst he slept.
R v. LW (2014) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant who was a victim of domestic abuse accused of stabbing her partner.
R v. DS (2014) – Importation of drugs – Defendant accused of importing drugs from abroad via the internet.
R v. VB and others (2014) – Money laundering – Defendant accused of laundering £250,000 from a commercial cannabis production operation.
R v. SY (2014) – Kidnapping and attempted robbery – Defendant with another accused of kidnapping 2 males and attempting to steal from them.
R v. MF (2014) – Fraud – Defendant accused of committing fraud on her mother who lacked capacity.
R v. AP (2014) – Sexual offences – Defendant accused of 19 counts of various sexual offences.
R v. DZ (2014) – Possession of a class A drug (cocaine) with intent to supply – Defendant accused of supplying large quantity of cocaine.
R v. MB (2014) – Sexual offences and indecent images – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting step-daughter and possessing indecent images.
R v. JA (2014) – Rape and sexual Assaults – Defendant who was a student accused of rape and sexually assaulting another student.
R v. RH and others (2013) – Murder – Defendant one of three persons accused of murdering a street drinker.
R v. LD and others (2013) – Aggravated burglary – Defendant and 3 others target a jeweller’s home and use violence against occupants.
R v. BK (2013) – Indecent assaults – Defendant accused of 25 counts of historic sexual offences.
R v. DA (2013) – Rape and s.18 grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of raping and causing serious injury to an ex-partner.
R v. AH and others (2013) – Conspiracy to import class A drugs (cocaine) – Defendant and others conspire to import 1 kilo of 90% pure cocaine into the United Kingdom.
R v. GM (2013) – Sexual assault – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his daughters friends whilst they stayed over at the home address.
R v. BW and others (2012) – Escaping lawful custody – Defendant who is a patient at Broadmoor Maximum Security Hospital accused of attempting to escape.
R v. DC (2012) – Sexual offences – Defendant accused of committing serious sexual offences against 3 girls under the age of 16.
R v. JB and another (2012) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily Harm – Defendant and another accused of causing serious injury to a male over the course of two days.
R v. JC (2012) – Rape male under 16, indecent assault on boy under 14, gross indecency with a boy under 16, inciting sexual activity with a boy under 13 and burglary – Complex case involving Defendant accused of 11 sexual offences and burglary.
R v. JDS (2012) – Rape and sexual assaults – Defendant accused of 15 counts of raping and committing sexual assaults on his niece.
R v. POD (2012) – Rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm – Defendant accused of Homosexual rape and joint allegation of assault with another involving the use of a date rape drug.
Rv. VB and another (2010) – Conspiracy to defraud – Defendant accused of arranging sham marriages.
R v. NP and another (2009) – Conspiracy to defraud – Defendant who was the Head of NHS Property Section on allegations of multi-million pound fraud conspiracy relating to the sale of Hellingly Hospital site to property developers.
R v. PH (2008) – Murder – Defendant accused of murdering his housemate.