Leadership is important

Our Team Leaders are the best in their fields

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Our Team

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David R.G Tyrer


David was admitted as a solicitor in 1984, and since then has specialised in Criminal and child care proceedings. In 1993 he formed Cousins Tyrer, with Helen having left his former firm, where he was a partner. David’s practice includes all aspects of criminal law in both in the Magistrates and Crown courts.

David is a Higher Courts Advocate, and in 2000 was appointed to sit as a Tribunal Judge.

Out of the office, David’s interests include football, cricket and motorcycling. During the summer months David runs a free legal advice clinic at the well known bikers cafĂ©, Squires, and regularly represents clients facing road traffic offences

Helen R. Cousins


Helen qualified in 1986 and spent her first years of practice in a busy east London practice, with many of her cases being dealt with in the Old Bailey. She came to Leeds in 1990 and, in 1993, joined with David Tyrer to set up Cousins Tyrer. Helen is a Higher Courts Advocate and her expertise has been recognised nationally by many formal appointments including

Past Chairman and current Committee member of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association
Specialist seat for Criminal Law on the Law Society Council (2000-2006)
Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court) (ongoing)

Helen is married with two children and spends her much of her leisure time supporting her son’s sailing career.

Aysha Mazharuddin


Aysha qualified as a solicitor and joined the firm in 2004 after extensive experience in the field of Criminal law.
She became a partner in April 2006 and in November that year won the coveted Leeds Young Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of her skills in the Magistrates Court. Aysha is also qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate. Amongst many other cases, Aysha was involved in the first “Have a go hero” murder trial in Yorkshire.

She enjoys kick boxing and horse riding.

Barry Woods


Originally from Co. Tyrone, Barry qualified in 2009 and specialises in prison law. He completed his legal qualifications in Leeds in 2005 and, in 2010 joined Cousins Tyrer Solicitors establishing our prison law department which now undertakes all aspects of prison law work.
Barry provides a comprehensive service and regularly represents clients at oral hearings before the Parole Board and before the Independent Adjudicator.

He has a lot of experience representing clients in complex and high profile cases both at Judicial Review and Appeal. His work in Judicial Review includes R v. Betteridge (which became a leading case in the difficult area of delays to parole board hearings and their impact on the human rights of IPP prisoners).

He is a keen musician and still performs regularly with his band. He currently lives with his partner in central Leeds.

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