Iain Johnstone

Manchester Mosley Street

Contact tel
01612334321 (ext.1046)

07711 679 895


Iain started his legal career in the Magistrates’ Courts Service in 1984 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991 before joining Tuckers in 1992.

Shortly after joining the firm, and drawing on the substantial knowledge of the subject that he had gained as a legal advisor to the Magistrates, Iain set up our specialist Road Traffic Department which he ran alongside his regular criminal caseload. The Department has since expanded, and deals with numerous trials at any given time, as well as successfully presenting numerous hardship arguments to avoid potential driving disqualifications.

In 1994 Iain was admitted as a duty solicitor on to the Manchester Duty Solicitor scheme, covering both the Magistrates court and the numerous police stations within the court’s petty sessional area. It was also at this time that he started to develop his Crown Court career dealing with committals for sentence and appeals, mainly for our motoring clientele.

In 2003 Iain gained the Higher Courts (Criminal Proceedings) Qualification and became a full time member of our specialist Crown Court Advocacy Team, dealing with all aspects of criminal law in the higher courts.

Iain represents clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, from the police station to the House of Lords


Alexa Collier not guilty of causing GBH to ex-girlfriend

Jill Eastwood and Iain Johnstone, Solicitor Advocate, successful secured the acquittal of Alexa Collier, a teacher, who was alleged to have broken the jaw of her ex-girlfriend in a scuffle that ensued when her former partner, Nicola Lees, attended at the Collier family home with the intention of revealing Ms Collier’s sexuality to her parents…. Read more »

The price of austerity

Iain Johnstone of Tuckers’ Manchester office, successfully persuaded the court to impose the minimum possible sentence on George Stringer, notwithstanding the fact that he had previously received a longer sentence for a similar offence, of possessing a bladed article. However, the real story in this case, reported in the Manchester Evening News is the fact that… 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 »


Tuckers Solicitors successfully defend man charged with murder.