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Prominent Criminal Defence Lawyer Retires

Prominent Criminal Defence Lawyer Retires

Prominent Criminal Defence Lawyer, Stefan Hunka from Alsters Kelley Solicitors Ltd retired from the profession on Wednesday 30th September 2020 after a career spanning over four decades

Stefan qualified as a solicitor on 1st December 1978 and was on his feet and in Court on his very first day! He worked in various areas of law until 1986 when he decided to specialise exclusively in Criminal Litigation. For many years he has been recommended in the Legal 500 publication in recognition of the high quality of legal representation which he has provided to his clients.

Stefan became a partner at Alsters Kelley in June 2005 when the firm merged with Richards, Heynes & Coopers, and a Director of Alsters Kelley Solicitors Ltd when it became a Limited Company in 2018.

Commenting on his retirement Stefan said, “It is certainly going to feel strange –I am very proud of a career during which I have achieved far more than I ever anticipated or aspired to. I have worked with some fantastic people both at Alsters Kelley and within the criminal justice system, many of whom have become very good friends. I will miss them and the work tremendously, but I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife, children, and grandchildren.

I am leaving the Criminal Litigation Department in great hands, as Jas ThIara will now take over as sole Head of Department. Jas is not only an excellent lawyer but also has great commercial and business acumen which will stand her and Alsters Kelley in good stead as she strives to develop the Department going forward.

I would like to wish Jas and all the staff at Alsters Kelley all the very best and to thank everyone for their heartfelt warm wishes and gifts. Finally, huge, huge thanks to my fellow Directors, for their friendship and support over the years.”

Cathy Wahlberg, Managing Director at Alsters Kelley Solicitors said, “There is hardly anyone in the judicial system in Coventry & Warwickshire who does not know Stefan. He is enormously well-respected within the criminal legal profession for his knowledge and experience.

We will certainly miss him and would like to wish him and his wife Stefka a long, healthy and happy retirement.”


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