Sandra Cunningham

Sandra Cunningham

Senior Consultant

Sandra is now a senior consultant and has been with JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors since March 2014. Prior to her joining the firm, she worked as a senior Crown Court clerk in a busy city centre criminal law firm. Sandra has had conduct of all range of cases from the Magistrates’ up to the Crown Court from theft to murder.

Sandra specialises in serious Crown Court work and possesses extensive knowledge and expertise, especially relating to areas of fraud, murder, Proceeds of Crime Act and conspiracy. Through her experience, Sandra has been able to form good working relations with the most senior barristers in the North West. She prides herself on ensuring all cases are fully prepared as per clients instructions leaving no stone unturned.

Through her knowledge and expertise, Sandra has developed a large criminal following and most of her new clients come through word of mouth as a result of the work carried out.

Notable Cases:

  • R v B, G & M – high profile, high Value nationwide conspiracy to commit burglary;
  • R v S – high profile murder case, resulting in nationwide coverage;
  • R v L – twelve handed conspiracy to import Class A controlled drugs (from Columbia);
  • R v D – gangland murder
  • R v P – £17.5 million HMRC fraud

In her spare time Sandra enjoys gardening and cycling and spending time with her family.

I have worked for Sandra Cunningham for many years, particularly on complex and high profile cases, including the Kieron Stapleton murder case, as well as firearms and large-scale drugs cases. Her dedication and client care are second to none, and she never ceases to impress both me and her clients by her exceptional level of preparation. I always know that I can rely on her for thorough instructions and unfailing support in the preparation of the defence case. Her clients, in their turn, know that they are in safe hands.

  • Mark Monaghan, Barrister, 9 St John Street, Manchester

Throughout my career I have been regularly instructed by Sandra Cunningham to defend in cases involving offences of Fraud, Violent Disorder, Possession of Explosives with Intent, and Conspiracy to Import/Supply Controlled Drugs (including cases involving the importation of Cocaine from Columbia). In each case her preparation has been methodical and meticulous, ensuring that every argument and issue that can be properly raised on behalf of the Client is put before the Court both promptly and in the most effective way. This is coupled with a conscientious and committed approach to Client Care. Sandra has, in every case we have worked on together, ensured that at each stage of the proceedings the Client understands what is happening, where the case is going, and is reassured that everything that can be done is done to ensure the best possible outcome for them

  • Alex Langhorn, Barrister, 9 St John Street, Manchester