Dalton Holmes Gray Solicitors

Our Team


David is a partner and founder of the firm, having previously been a partner at Fisher Meredith Solicitors. He qualified in 1990. He has a wide and extensive knowledge of criminal law, having had conduct of cases of the utmost gravity and complexity including murder, rape and large-scale conspiracies. He is an experienced duty solicitor and regular advocate at Court. He also frequently attends police stations.


Olivia is a managing partner and founder of the firm. She qualified in 2000. Olivia has a broad range of experience in criminal, extradition and prison law at the firm. She currently heads the prison law department, and specialises in Parole, recall and Judicial review matters relating to prisoners. She is committed to prisoners’ rights and is a member of the Association of Prison Lawyers.

Renata Pinter

As head of our Extradition department, Renata has specialised expertise in fighting extradition proceedings from the very outset through to appeal proceedings in the High Court of Justice, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.


Renata is a member of Extradition Lawyers Association and the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum, and since 2008 has been a member of the Fair Trial’s Legal advisory panel. Renata has many years of experience defending extradition requests from EU and wide range of countries outside the EU including the USA, Turkey, Kenya, Ukraine, Canada, Albania, Brazil.


Recommended in Chambers and Partners (Band 2) as a "well qualified and knowledgeable" extradition law specialist, peers say "she is an excellent lawyer who is very thorough, hard-working and conscientious."


Renata is fluent in Hungarian.

David Ruyoka

David has been practising as a criminal defence solicitor since 2001. He has considerable experience in a wide range of criminal law matters and has dealt with numerous police (and other criminal) investigations. David has extensive experience of representation in the magistrates’ courts, including regular trial advocacy, and has conducted serious cases in the crown court and on appeal. He also represents prisoners facing disciplinary proceedings before the independent adjudicator.


David has a particular interest in defending individuals being investigated or prosecuted for suspected welfare benefit fraud.

Siân Eglinton

Sian is an passionate and dedicated criminal defense solicitor who deals with cases from the police station through to the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords. She also represents prisoners on prison law matters. She qualified in 1999 and specialises in crime and related matters.


Sian has represented clients accused of a wide rages of offences from allegations of murder, people trafficking, serious violence, drug and sex offences through to less grave offences. Sian understands that an allegation of any nature can be life changing and is she is known for her dedication to clients and determined and thorough approach to their cases. She has an easy and sympathetic manner with her clients taking the time to involve them in each stage of proceedings to achieve the best result.

Sandra Cacchioli

Sandra qualified in 1998 and has been a duty solicitor since 2001. She practices criminal law and prison law. She has extensive experience working as a police station representative and Court advocate as well as representing clients on a broad range of prison law matters including Parole Hearings and Adjudications.


Sandra has a special interest and expertise in representing defendant’s who are victims of human trafficking and is a member of the Trafficking Law and Policy Forum.

Cassandra Bligh


Olivia completed the CPE (Common Practitioners Examination) in 2014. Since then she has worked in several Criminal Defence law firms in central London, joining us in May 2015. A dedicated and experienced paralegal, she has assisted in cases of the utmost gravity and complexity. She specialises in criminal matters but frequently works on cases with the extradition and prison law departments as well.


Nikki has been at Dalton Holmes Gray since its foundation, and manages the day to day logistics and running of the office. She liaises between clients, barristers, the police and others in the criminal justice system ensuring that cases run smoothly and clients are always well informed.


Typically the first point of contact for the firm, Nikki is always happy to help resolve your questions or concerns.

John Hewlett

John is a consultant solicitor with the firm, he qualified in 1994 and has been a duty solicitor since 1998. He has higher rights of audience for criminal proceedings. He has represented clients across a broad range of criminal proceedings including murder and terrorism. He works as a police station representative and Court advocate.

Grace France

Grace qualified in 2005, having previously worked in the commercial sector, and joined Dalton Holmes Gray in 2014 as a consultant. Her wealth and breadth of experience, approachable manner and professionalism have made her a valuable asset to the team. Grace is a duty solicitor and represents our clients at police stations and at the Magistrates' Court.

Ugo Palazzo

Khurram Arif

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