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Is this a common assault?
That is fairly standard work.
Any specialist criminal practitioner will be experience in that type of work. This is a fairly bog standard trial for the junior bar.
The only issue is that your solicitor may or may not instruct a barrister. Sometimes they prefer to do the trial in house and also some Chambers are not covering Magistrates Court work all that much any more.
You do have the right to a barrister though so you can ask them to instruct one.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Where are you in barracks?
Haven't ALS suggested anybody? Normally this isn't left to the servicemen to sort out.
Yes, that does make a difference.
It is a tri service system now and they should be instructing somebody on their lists. Usually though around an air base there are a number of firms that do that type of work. It is fair to say that it is more common with barracks basically because the Army is larger.
There are some chambers that specialise though. Try www.churchcourtchambers.co.uk or 187fleetstreet.com
All the best.