A Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) newly qualified (NQ) solicitor has been charged with murdering his wife.
Richard Davies Jones, who qualified in September this year, appeared before Guildford Magistrates Court today in connection with the murder of Laura Grace Emily Davies Jones.
The victim died on 1 December after suffering a stab wound to the throat.
It is understood that the lawyer had been due to appear in court on Monday 13 December but was deemed unfit to attend, having been in hospital since his wife died. He will appear at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court tomorrow.
A statement from Surrey Police said: “Thirty-three-year-old Richard Davies Jones, a solicitor from Woodfield Lane, Lower Ashtead, was in the early hours of this morning charged with the murder of 31-year-old Laura Grace Emily Davies Jones, a social worker from the same address.
“Officers were called to the property shortly before 2pm on Wednesday 1 December, where Mrs Davies Jones was found with life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at around 2.30pm. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be a stab wound to the throat.”
After completing his LPC Davies Jones worked as a paralegal at BLP before commencing his training contract in September 2008.
Lionel Blackman of Lionel Blackman Solicitors in Surrey is representing Davies Jones.
BLP declined to comment.