Solomon Hartley

Call 2018

Solomon Hartley

Practice Overview

Sol was called to the bar by Inner Temple in 2018. He subsequently undertook pupillage at 30 Park Place before returning to the Royal Navy as part of the Naval Legal Service.

Sol spent two years at the Service Prosecuting Authority in Northolt, London. There he was employed as a full-time Prosecutor in the Court Martial. Sol undertook a wide variety of work, including prosecuting offences involving sex, fraud and violence. As part of the tri-service Prosecuting Authority, Sol dealt with cases from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF. These cases often involved senior Military Officers and attracted nationwide press coverage.

Following his time Prosecuting, Sol was employed in an Advisory Role, often as the sole Naval Legal Advisor to the South-West Region of the UK. This role included the provision of Legal Advice to Commanding Officers of all His Majesty’s Ships and Establishments within the region in relation to Criminal, Employment, Public and Administrative Law. During this period Sol was frequently instructed to Defend in the Court Martial where he appeared on behalf of clients charged with offences including violence and serious sexual assaults.  

After 11 years’ service, Sol has retired from the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. He now takes instructions in both Criminal and Civil Law.

Sol’s military background has provided him with the impeccable standards which he employs within all aspects of his work. Sol’s determination and preparation has resulted in him becoming a trusted and well-liked Barrister by those that he has worked for and with. Sol’s focus is always on achieving the best outcome for the client.

Sol read Law at Aberystwyth University before undergoing Officer Training at Britannia Royal Naval College. He has served in several Ship’s during his time within the Royal Navy. Sol attended the Bar Professional Training Course in Cardiff where he achieved a grade of “Outstanding”.

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Solomon Hartley