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Alan Hobden

Alan Hobden

Partner & Head of Department - Criminal Defence

Alan Hobden

Partner & Head of Department - Criminal Defence

Alan Hobden is a Partner and Head of the Criminal Defence Department as well as the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration for Stephen Rimmer LLP and the Partner in charge of our Trainee Solicitors.

Alan attends police stations and Magistrates’ courts to represent Clients on a variety of matters on a regular basis. His main practice involves being the Litigator in the Crown Court. Alan mainly represents clients in complex and serious criminal investigations, trials and sentences. Examples include;

  • Sexual offences – rape, historic sexual allegations and internet related offences such as grooming and indecent images
  • Fraud, “white collar crime”, benefit fraud, internet fraud and platform trading
  • Murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide
  • Human trafficking / people smuggling
  • Drug conspiracies
  • Extradition

Alan has and can represent individuals and companies in a Public Inquiry and is one of the most experienced Duty Solicitors and Litigators in Sussex.

Career

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

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

Qualifications, professional memberships and accreditations

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.

Alan Hobden is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and you can check their regulatory record here

Specialisms

Criminal Defence

Road Traffic Offences

Notable Cases

R v JM(Current) – The Defendant (along with another) on the 16th day of February 2021 unlawfully and maliciously caused grievous bodily harm to another with intent to do them grievous bodily harm.

R v SR (Current) – The Defendant is accused of making indecent images of children (Category A and Category B)

R v SR (Current) – The Defendant is accused of rape

R v JA (Current) – The Defendant is accused of possessing a controlled drug of Class B with intent and possession of criminal property.

R v CS(Current) – The Defendant is accused of acquiring/using/possessing criminal property, selling goods with a sign/packaging bearing a sign identical/likely to be mistaken for a  registered trademark, engaging in commercial practice which is misleading and containing false information in that counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes were sold purporting to be genuine brands and it caused or was likely to cause the average consumer to take a transactional decision that would not have been taken otherwise

R v GD (Current) – The Defendant is accused of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and possession of identity documents with improper intention x 4

R v GM (Current) – The Defendant is accused of attempting to murder and attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm

R v DB (Current) – The Defendant is accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and inflicting grievous bodily harm

R v CR (Current) – The Defendant is accused of Rape x 3,  assault by penetration, sex with an adult relative x 3

R v GLC (Current) – The Defendant is accused of Rape

R v RJ (Current)- The Defendant is accused of possessing indecent images of a child x 2 and making indecent images of a child x 3 and possessing extreme pornographic images

R v JG (Current) – The Defendant is accused of fraud x2, theft x 2 and forgery

R v BB (Current) – The Defendant is accused of sexual touching of a child under 13 on two occasions and making indecent photographs of a child.

R v JC – (Current) – The Defendant is accused of Rape x 4, Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm x 2 and Controlling and Coercive Behaviour in an intimate or family relationship

R v LM (Current) – The Defendant is accused of attempting to intentionally touch a girl aged 13 not reasonably believing she was 16 or over and the touching was sexual, exposure of genitals intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm or distress.

R v LS (Current) – Sexual activity with a  child and rape – Defendant is accused of intentionally touching a child under the age of 16 years, namely 13 years and the touching was of a sexual nature and the Defendant did not reasonably believe the child was over 16 and on a separate occasion rape of a further complainant not reasonably believing the complainant consented.

R v AF (Current) – causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child  – Defendant is charged with another – Defendant accused of either causing serious physical harm to a child by their own unlawful act or was or ought to have been aware of that risk and failed to take such steps as could reasonably be taken to protect the child from risk, the unlawful act having occurred in circumstances of the kind that they foresaw or ought to have foreseen.

R v TC (Current) – Robbery and attempted Robbery – Defendant accused along with others of Robbery and attempted Robbery from a property

R v JP (Current) – The Defandant is accused of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drugs to another x 2 and possession of a controlled drug Class A

R v JW (Current) – The Defendant is accused of  attempting to cause or incite a girl under the age of 13 years to engage in sexual activity.

 

R v MH (2022) – Causing grievous bodily harm with intent, inflicting grievous bodily harm and possessing a controlled drug of Class B with intent – Defendant accused of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm upon another and having in their possession a controlled drug of Class B with intent to supply

R v CF(2022) – The Defendant is accused of having an offensive weapon and wounding with intent

R v MS(2022) – The Defendant is accused of intentionally arranging or facilitating  in penetrative sexual activity with a child and intentionally arranging or facilitating in non-penetrative sexual activity with a child

R v. KM (2022) – Possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine with intent to supply and criminal property – Defendant accused of county lines drug dealing.

R v GB (2022) – Indecent assault x 3 – Defendant is accused of indecently assaulting a female person under the age of 16 on three occasions.

R v JR (2022) – sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 years x 2 and Voyeurism x 2

R v JF (2022) – Death by careless driving, failing to stop after road traffic accident and failure to report road traffic accident – Defendant accused of causing death by careless driving, failing to stop after a road traffic accident and failing to report.

R v TA – (2022) – Wounding with intent, unlawful wounding and being in possession of a bladed article in a public place

R v CT(2022) – Sexual activity with a child x 2, meeting a child following sexual grooming – Defendant accused on intentionally touching a child under 16 years not reasonably believing that child was over the age of 16 and the touching involved penetration,  meeting a child following sexual grooming not reasonably believing that child was over the age of 16

R v HL (2022) – Attempting to murder – Defendant accused of attempting to murder mother’s partner

R v IB (2022) – multiple counts of cruelty to a person under 16 years, indecent assault, indecency with a child and assault occasioning actual bodily harm – Defendant is accused of historic multiple counts of cruelty, indecent assault and indecency with a child and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against people/persons under the age of 16 being step-children in this instance

R V JG (2022) –  Rape, assault by penetration of a child under 13, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault of a child under 13 – Defendant is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a family member under the age of 13 on multiple occasions

 

R v SH (2021) – Rape x 4, attempted rape, inciting a child family member to engage in sexual activity, assault of a child under 13 by penetration x 5, sexual assault of a child under 13, making indecent images of children x 3

R V ES (2021) – Fraud – Defendant who is an estate agent accused of receiving monies for the purchase of a property and misusing them.

R v AM (2021) – Conspiracy to incite children to engage in sexual activity, sexual communication with a child and sexual activity with a child x 2

R v JM (2021) – causing death by dangerous driving and causing injury by dangerous driving – Defendant caused the death of a family member by dangerous driving and caused injury to a third party by dangerous driving

R v JT (2021) – Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice – Defendant accused of perverting the course of justice in that he removed a motor vehicle from the country knowing that it had been used in recent criminality

R V JB (2021) – Murder x 2 and attempted murder – Defendant accused of murdering a mother and child and attempting to murder the mother’s partner

R v CN (2021) – GBH Section 20 x 2 – Defendant accused of Section 20 GBH on two separate occasions on two separate complainants

 

R v CR (Current) – Rape, sexual assault. assault by penetration on a child under 13,  making and possession of indecent photographs of children possession of extreme pornographic images – Defendant is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a family member under the age of 13 on multiple occasions

R v JL (2021) – attempting to commit Arson x 3

R v JL (2021) – Indecent assault, Indecency with a child under the age of 13 – The Defendant is accused of historical indecent assault and indecency with children under the age of 13 on numerous occasions

R v CN (2021) – GBH Section 20 x 2 – Defendant accused of Section 20 (GBH) on two separate occasions on two separate complainants

R v TB (2021) – Wounding with intent and theft – Defendant is accused of wounding with intent in that he bit the end of the complainant’s nose off and stole property belonging to the complainant.

R v LT (2021) – Robbery – Defendant robbed a Vape Store stealing vaping kits and e liquids and cash

R v JS (2021) – Robbery – Defendant robbed a Vape Store stealing vaping kits and e

liquids and cash

R v JF (2021) – Wounding with intent and grievous bodily harm – the Defendant stabbed a family member in the chest and stomach

R v SP (2021) – Kidnap, committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence, false imprisonment and sexual assault – Defendant  is accused of kidnapping a person against their will, falsely imprisoning them and sexually assaulting them.

 

R V JP (2020)  – Stalking involving fear of violence x 2, stalking involving serious alarm, sending electronic communications with intent to cause distress or anxiety.

R v CD (2020) – Facilitate Immigration Act – Defendant accused of transporting an Ethiopian national into the UK who was hidden in their vehicle

R v PM (2020 – Robbery – Defendant accused of robbery of Brufords Jewellers in Eastbourne and stealing Rolex watches to the value of £150,000.00
R v JGJ (2020) – Sexual Assault – Defendant accused of sexually assault a young female in the toilet of a multioccupancy building

R v RV (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply, criminal property and false identity documents – Defendant accused of being part of being part of
an organised crime group cuckooing local drug users.

R v SH (2019) – Burglary Dwelling – Defendant with mental health difficulties accused of entering a property and stealing various items of property belonging to the occupants whilst the occupants were resident upstairs in bed.  The outcome resulted in the Defendant receiving a Hospital Order.

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. BS (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply and criminal property – Defendant accused of being part of being part of an organised crime group cuckooing local drug users. Defendant raises Modern Slavery Defence.
R v. CC (2019) – Possession of MDMA and Ketamine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. Defendant accused of possessing drugs to supply at the Glastonbury festival.
R v. LK (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply – Defendant accused of running a drug dealing operation from his home address.
R v AG (2019) – 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. SB (2019) – Bringing a list A article into prison – Defendant accused of smuggling cannabis into prison