Hollyoaks spoilers: HELP ME! Maxine Minniver piles the pressure on lawyer James Nightingale

Maxine and James Nightingale

A guilt-racked Maxine Minniver begs lawyer James Nightingale to waive his legal fees as he prepares to defend Damon in court. Will James agree?

Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson) is panicking ahead of her husband Damon Kinsella’s trial in Hollyoaks.

Damon (Jacob Roberts) is accused of fraud and stealing money which he only did as an act of desperation thinking that Maxine was dying.

Still none the wiser over his wife’s deception, James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan) has come on board as his lawyer and is ready to defend him in court.

James and Damon

James Nightingale has agreed to defend Damon Kinsella in court

However with the stress mounting, Maxine tells Damon that she only has a few weeks left to live and given the circumstances, she asks James if he can waive his legal fees and represent Damon for free!

When James says that won’t be possible, desperate Damon thinks there’s only one way to raise the cash and that’s if he sells his half of The Loveboat which he co-owns with his best mate, Brody Hudson (Adam Woodward).

James and Da,on

James says he can't represent Damon for free and refuses to waive his legal fees

However, when Sienna Blake (Anna Passey), who is the only person besides the medics who knows that Maxine has been lying about her terminal illness, finds out that Maxine has been piling on yet more lies and hears about yet more sacrifices Damon is being forced to make, she’s furious!

Will she tell Damon and James the shocking truth about Maxine? Or could James be about to find out himself when he tells Maxine he’ll need to see all her medical records?

Meanwhile, Marnie Nightingale (Lysette Anthony) is trying to act as matchmaker for her laywer son.

Marnie Nightingale

Marnie Nightingale has to explain herself quickly when James' surprise date shows up.

James, has been bereft ever since his boyfriend, Harry Thompson’s sudden and unexplained departure from Chester, and still has no idea that Harry is dead after being murdered in cold blood by serial killer Breda McQueen (Moya Brady).

Marnie Nightinale

Marnie is attempting to play match-maker for her son James

Interfering Marnie tells James that she has lined up a surprise date for him but covers that he’s the son of one of her friends. However James quickly susses out  his mum and deliberately scares his date away. He later decides to give the dating app a try but will he find a good match to help heal his broken heart?

Hollyoaks is shown weekdays on C4 at 6.30pm with the next episode following on E4

Tess Lamacraft
Senior Writer for What's On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite week, Whattowatch.com

Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and WhattoWatch.com She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.