Franklin Sinclair

Manchester Mosley Street

Contact tel
01612334321 (ext.1034)

07961 725 726


Franklin is a Managing Partner, and enjoys Higher Rights of Audience.

He is an experienced and respected advocate, with a reputation for defending the rights of his clients in a robust and forthright manner, regularly appearing in Magistrates and Crown Courts. He was the first solicitor to successfully challenge DNA evidence in a criminal trial.

Franklin is a member of The Council of Manchester Law Society, and was formerly the Chairman of The Criminal Law Solicitors Association. He is a member of Liberty, and remains committed to defending his clients’ rights.


Criminal Contracting – a request to the Lord Chancellor

In contemplation of the imminent announcement to abandon the Two Tier contracting process, the Big Firms’ Group calls on the Ministry of Justice to implement a further, short, “freeze” of the duty solicitor rotas pending swift consultation with regards the structure of duty solicitor scheme rules that should stand alongside the 2015 Own Client Contract,… Read more »

New Guide on Abuse of Positions of Trust & Sexual Offences Published

Teachers, foster carers, healthcare professionals and other individuals in a position of trust are increasingly being prosecuted for sexual offences. Between 2013-2014, the NSPCC reported that over 180 children in England and Wales claimed someone in a position of trust sexually abused them. We have published a new guide covering the law on abuse of… Read more »

New Guide on Sexual Offences & The Law on ‘Consent’ and ‘Reasonable Belief’ Published

The law governing sexual contact between people is among some of the most complicated areas of the criminal law in England and Wales. We have published a new guide covering the law on ‘consent’ and ‘reasonable belief’. You can read Stuart Sutton’s latest briefing in full here:- Sexual Offences: An Overview of the Law on… Read more »

The NSPCC’s Report on Child Abuse: A Criminal Defence Perspective

The NSPCC’s How Safe Are Your Children Report, published on 17th June 2015, provides a record of the number of children in the UK reporting abuse or neglect over 2013-2014. It was written because it is thought that only by recording these numbers can it be accurately assessed whether the current measures employed to protect… Read more »

New Guide on the Law Relating to P2P File Sharing & Indecent Images

In a new guide, we provide an overview of the law relating to P2P file sharing and indecent images in the UK. At Tuckers Solicitors, we are regularly involved in advising on cases where technology has been abused and otherwise innocent people are entangled in an investigation of alleged criminal activity on their part. Read… Read more »

New Guide on Sexual Offences Committed via the ‘Darknet’

In a new guide, we provide an overview of the law relating to sexual offences committed via the ‘Darknet’ (i.e. a space within the Internet which does not materialise on search engines). Read Stuart Sutton’s briefing in full here: Darknet Sexual Offences: An Overview of the Law in the UK

Fitness to Practise & Criminal Convictions – Reforming Healthcare Professional Regulation

Every few years, usually following freedom of information requests, the General Medical Council (GMC) publishes figures on the number of doctors with criminal convictions that continue to practise. The most recently reported request, made by the MailOnline, shows that as of 28th August last year, 1,025 registered doctors found guilty of serious offences, such as… Read more »

How Not to Defend a Sexual Offences Case in the UK

It is understandable that those charged with a serious sexual offence such as sexual assault, historical allegations or rape, will want to ensure that they have the best defence possible – whether resulting in being found not guilty, an acquittal or in obtaining the least possible sentence by highlighting the appropriate mitigating circumstances. This usually… Read more »

New Guide to Breathalyser Tests & Special Reasons for Committing the Offence of Refusing to Give a Sample

In a new guide, we provide an overview of the law relating to the offence of failing to comply with a request to provide an evidential specimen and a case study demonstrating how special reasons can be advanced to mitigate the consequences of committing the offence. Read Stuart Sutton’s briefing in full here: Drink Driving… Read more »

Staying Within The Law – 5 Things Healthcare Professionals Should Be Most Aware Of

Healthcare professionals understandably focus on maintaining their skills and knowledge to ensure they provide the best treatment and care, but occasionally they may face complaints from patients or colleagues challenging their fitness to practise. As part of series of articles on the legal issues that can affect healthcare professionals, we provide a list of five… Read more »

Operation Pallial: No Limit to Historic Child Abuse Investigations

Following a seven-week trial, John Allen has been convicted of 33 offences of serious sexual abuse against 19 children. Despite maintaining his innocence, Allan, 73, was found to have abused children at care homes he ran from the 1960s to 1990s. He has been sentenced to life and will have to spend at least 11… Read more »

New Article on Criminal Defence for Foster Carers Published

The role of foster carers means they are particularly susceptible to allegations of abuse or neglect being made against them by children in their care. Statistics show that as many as 1 in 6 foster carers have a complaint or allegation made against them during their fostering career. At Tuckers Solicitors, we are acutely aware… Read more »

Operation Heliodor: Greater Manchester Police Announce Arrest of 11 People

Greater Manchester Police have announced the arrest of eleven people, aged between 19 and 38, suspected of sexually exploiting children. The arrests were made under Operation Heliodor, an ongoing investigation that forms part of Project Phoenix. Read Stuart Sutton’s article on the latest developments at Operation Heliodor: Child Sexual Exploitation Arrests.

Project Spade: Investigations for Online Purchasing of Child Abuse Images

Action is now being taken by police forces and criminal justice agencies in the UK in relation to information uncovered by an international police operation into child pornography and exploitation. Project Spade, which originated in Canada, has led to investigations concerning the online purchasing of child abuse images in more than 50 countries, including the… Read more »

Tuckers announces Mulrooney Craghill merger

We are delighted that we have finalised the terms of our partnership  with Mulrooney Craghill Limited.  The Mulrooney Craghill name will  continue to exist and the practice  will continue in its current form. The benefits to both parties are the ability  to share resources and back office functions to lower the overall costs of  practice. Both parties share a… Read more »

Operation Notarise

The latest police operation relating to historic child abuse allegations has been in the media following the arrest of 660 people alleged to have been involved in the abuse of minors.  Read Stuart Sutton’s article on the latest developments at Operation Notarise: The Legal Implications of Accessing Child Abuse Images Online

“Heroic” – Tuckers defends the accused

One TV reviewer described the work of Tuckers’ lawyers as “heroic” in the context of representing their rights against the state bringing criminal allegations against them.  In the run up to the second series of The Briefs – starting on Thursday 18 July 2013 on ITV1 at 9pm – the TV reviewers on the Richard… Read more »

Behind the scenes at a criminal law firm

The Times has profiled ITV’s new documentary series which takes a look at Tuckers in action, interviewing our senior partner, Franklin Sinclair. Government cuts to will lead to miscarriages of justice for the most vulnerable people in society and have sparked a brain drain of talent away from criminal law. Law firms that specialise in… Read more »

A day’s work for the defence lawyers at one of Britain’s biggest legal practices

From defending a stalker to a case involving a blackmail attempt on Coleen Rooney over the return of her stolen mobile phone — it’s all in a day’s work for the defence lawyers at one of Britain’s biggest legal practices, Tuckers. With TV cameras given unprecedented access to follow the team from the Manchester office… Read more »

Franklin Sinclair – An Influential Person

Senior Partner, Franklin Sinclair has been named in the list of Greater Manchester’s 250 most influential people. See below link to the article which appeared in the Manchester Evening News. http://intranet:8080/documents/photos/DMCSCANNER_EXCHANGE_04052012-085338.pdf

Tuckers on TV

Franklin Sinclair, Partner and the Tuckers Manchester office has been working with show producers at ITV to present 2 one hour docusoaps to be aired on ITV1 at 9pm on 2nd and 9th August 2012.  The camera crew  were with our Manchester team for 3 months following ourselves and our clients whilst we dealt with their… Read more »