Our People - Jodie Leonard

Jodie Leonard


Jodie is a director of the company and has worked in criminal law for over 15 years.

Jodie attended University in Exeter obtaining a first class honours then went on to train with Foot Anstey in Plymouth.  Jodie spent much of her training contract in the Advocacy and Licensing department and when she qualified in 2007, she quickly obtained her duty status.  Such was her determination and experience that when she left Foot Anstey to set up as a sole practitioner, the SRA waived the usual rule you must be qualified for 3 years to do this.

Having run her practise with Tony Boyle since 2010, in 2017 Jodie and Tony decided to join forces with Jeremy Tricks to create BTL and to expand their growing Plymouth practise into Exeter.  Tony sadly retired in 2020 (much to the dismay of the BTL team and all his clients), but still comes in for office get togethers.

Since 2017 Jodie and Jeremy have built upon their shared experience to create a strong knowledge base with a team of solicitors who between them all have some 150 years’ practise in criminal law. Jodie oversees the whole team and has care and conduct of the entire BTL case load.

Jodie has a wide range of experience having dealt with all manner of criminal cases over the years, from minor motoring matters to high profile rape and murder cases.  Jodie has prosecuted for the Child Support Agency for over 13 years and has also defended cases brought by that agency, as well as offences concerning the SIA, licencing, Insolvency Service and the HMRC.

Jodie is very good at choosing barristers for clients and can be trusted to find the right Counsel for you if your case proceeds to the Crown Court, or if you want to pay privately for Counsel in the Magistrates Court.

Jodie is particularly good at exceptional hardship arguments, such is her attention to detail; those cases are difficult to succeed in, but Jodie will tell you honestly given her extensive experience in such applications as to whether you have a chance at retaining your licence or not.  Jodie gets frustrated with the national firms who take several thousands of pounds from clients and promise the earth, when there are no grounds for exceptional hardship.

Jodie is a plain talking, straightforward solicitor who prides herself on being honest with clients and managing expectations.  The criminal justice system is plagued by delays and cost cutting, and anyone who finds themselves in it will need assistance and guidance along the way from a team they can trust.  BTL offer that service.

Jodie is a dedicated solicitor who puts 110% into everything she does.

Jodie Leonard