Alan is a criminal law barrister, specialising in cases of domestic violence, animal welfare and motoring offences. Alan has extensive experience in helping people through cases where mental health issues may be present or cases involving child witnesses. Alan works for solicitors, helping them with cases where firm handling and robust advice is required. Alan also takes direct instructions from individuals seeking expert criminal law advice.
Criminal Law Barrister
Alan Wheetman is a specialist criminal law practitioner who has worked in the Criminal Justice System since 1975, both in the public and private sector. In 1995 he was called to the Bar and joined EA Law - East Anglian Chambers shortly thereafter. Since that time he has worked for both the prosecution and defence and is happy to accept instructions for cases in the Magistrates and Crown Courts.
Areas of expertise include:
Road Traffic Law (or motoring law)
His reputation as a no-nonsense, down to earth, plain speaking advocate who does not skirt around the issues attracts a wide and varied criminal law caseload. As well as his work at the Bar, Alan is an established Consultant in Advanced Hypnotherapy. As such, he is often instructed to represent nervous or vulnerable, clients - especially in criminal law cases involving sexual offences, mental illness, child witnesses and cases involving domestic violence. Alan is highly skilled in dealing with criminal cases where emotions on both sides of the argument can run high.
Motoring law - Careless Driving
Since the broadening of traffic legislation, Alan is regularly called upon to defend on the instruction of insurance and haulage companies where their clients are in jeopardy of losing their driving licence and sometimes their liberty. His instructions take him to Crown Courts around the country representing drivers charged with causing death by dangerous or careless driving with notable success.
Alan also receives instructions from solicitors and a number of recognised bodies, including the RSPCA and Trading Standards Departments, to both prosecute and defend cases under animal welfare and dangerous dogs legislation. It was Alan who successfully prosecuted a Norfolk farmer, on behalf of Norfolk Trading Standards Department, in what a senior vet declared as the worst case of animal neglect he had seen in a career spanning almost three decades.
Whether it is a trial of a sexual or violent nature, or a motoring plea, Alan assures his clients of the same dedication to the case in hand.
Readily approachable; Alan is happy to discuss and advise on the progress of a case at all stages of the proceedings.
"It was truly great having you to represent me at the hearing at Peterborough, just over 3 weeks ago. I've had a few tough jobs to deal with at work recently, but all was thoroughly put into perspective because of having the ability to drive and get them done. It is not until something so important to you is nearly taken away, that you realise how hard life could be. Not being able to drive would have been really difficult for me, so I sincerely thank you for the great speech you gave to the court on my behalf and the best possible outcome that was achieved. I have no hesitation in recommending you and will do so should there be an opportunity."
Michael M. from Letchworth.
“Alan has provided some excellent advice and advocacy on behalf of a number of Defendants, via our insurer clients, in relation to a variety of motoring matters.
The cases have involved death or serious injury of which Alan has dealt with, with the upmost professionalism and compassion and at the same time achieving some outstanding results.
Not only has Alan thwarted my advice when I advised a Defendant that he was going to be found guilty, and was then acquitted after trial, he was also commended by a senior investigating police officer, in a death by careless driving matter, for the way he presented the case and secured an acquittal.
My clients and I always insist on Alan representing them in such matters.”
Ron Ruston (partner) Kennedys Law LLP