Index of tables
- BCL Burton Copeland (Central London)
- Bindmans LLP (Central London)
Birds Solicitors(South London)
- Blackfords LLP (East London)
- Corker Binning (Central London)
- Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson (East London)
- Hickman and Rose (Central London)
- Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (North London)
- Kingsley Napley LLP (Central London)
- Tuckers Solicitors (Central London)
David Phillips & Partners(West London)
- IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) (West London)
- Lewis Nedas & Co (North London)
- Lloyds PR Solicitors (North London)
- Russell-Cooke LLP (Central London)
- Russell Jones & Walker, part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers (Central London)
Shaw Graham Kersh(West London)
- Shearman Bowen & Co (Central London)
- Simons Muirhead & Burton (West London)
- Sonn MacMillan Walker (East London)
T V Edwards LLP(East London)
- Finers Stephens Innocent LLP (Central London)
- Janes Solicitors (South London)
- Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP (Central London)
Powell Spencer & Partners(West London)
- Reynolds Dawson (Central London)
- Blavo & Co Solicitors (Central London)
- Brett Wilson LLP (Central London)
- Christian Khan Solicitors (Central London)
Claude Hornby & Cox(West London)
- Davenport Lyons (Central London)
EBR Attridge LLP(Central London)
- Edward Hayes LLP (Central London)
FMW Law(West London)
- Freemans Solicitors (Central London)
- Guney Clark & Ryan (North London)
HKH Kenwright & Cox(Central London)
Henry Milner & Co(Central London)
J D Spicer & Co(Central London)
- Punatar & Co (North London)
- RadcliffesLeBrasseur (South London)
Tnt Solicitors(North London)
Victor Lissack Roscoe & Coleman(West London)
Whitelock & Storr(Central London)
Steven Bird -
- Gary Bloxsome - Blackfords LLP
- Robert Brown - Corker Binning
- Anthony Burton - Simons Muirhead & Burton
- Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP
- Fiona Dunkley - Tuckers Solicitors
Anthony Edwards -
T V Edwards LLP
- Richard Egan - Tuckers Solicitors
Scott Ewing -
David Phillips & Partners
- Trevor Francis - Blackfords LLP
- Mark Haslam - BCL Burton Copeland
- Jane Hickman - Hickman and Rose
- Rachel Hubbard - BCL Burton Copeland
- Paul Morris - BCL Burton Copeland
Shaun Murphy -
Jim Nichol -
T V Edwards LLP
- Neil O’May - Bindmans LLP
- Stephen Parkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP
Gareth Peirce -
Birnberg Peirce & Partners
Greg Powell -
Powell Spencer & Partners
- Edward Preston - Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson
- Nigel Richardson - Hodge Jones & Allen LLP
- James Saunders - Saunders Law Ltd
- Bill Wilson - Bankside Law
- Steven Bird -
BCL Burton Copeland has a diverse practice, and a team of ‘highly commercial lawyers who are appropriately aggressive when defending a client’. It represented Mazhar Majeed in relation to the international cricket spot-fixing trial. The ‘measured’ Rachel Hubbard ‘engenders trust’ in her clients; practice head Mark Haslam is ‘meticulous’; Ellen Peart is ‘very diligent and resourceful’; and Paul Morris is ‘very able’.
Bindmans LLP provides a ‘first-class’ service, and Neil O’May’s advice is ‘spot on’. It represented an academic who was prosecuted for drug offences after a 15-year-old school girl died having taken ecstasy at his house during an unsupervised house party. The team has also been acting for an alleged Polish gang member in relation to his extradition to Poland for murder and other offences. Kate Goold ‘works 24/7’. O’May is set to move to Norton Rose LLP, with Martin Rackstraw and Katie Wheatley to take over as joint heads of the criminal law team.
Birds Solicitors has the ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ Steven Bird. It has a strong appellate department, and regularly defends animal rights demonstrators. Its recent work includes acting for a journalist at The Sun over allegations of corruption and aiding and abetting misconduct in public office; and successfully defending a professional footballer accused of two separate rapes on young girls.
Blackfords LLP does a ‘superb job’, and advises on the full gamut of criminal issues. It represented a defendant who faced an indictment for money laundering and perverting the course of justice; and successfully defended a couple charged with 20 counts of ill treatment and/or wilful neglect under the Mental Capacity Act. Trevor Francis is ‘incredibly energetic’, and Gary Bloxsome is ‘very experienced’.
At Corker Binning, the ‘shrewd’ Robert Brown defended Charlie Gilmour, who was charged with the offence of violent disorder; and the team also represented Muhammad Asif, who was accused of entering into a conspiracy with others to bowl ‘no balls’ to order during the Oval and Lord’s Test matches between England and Pakistan in 2010. David Corker receives many accolades; Nicola Finnerty’s ‘work rate is phenomenal’. The ‘pragmatic’ Peter Binning advises on a broad range of extradition cases.
Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson has been involved in a wide variety of work, from shaken baby cases to sexual abuse matters, and undertakes a significant flow of Criminal Appeal cases. Recommended partners include Edward Preston, and the ‘highly efficient’ Paul Harris, who represented Pakistan’s former cricket captain Salman Butt in relation to the ‘spot-fixing’ trial.
Hickman and Rose is representing the defendant facing extradition proceedings to South Africa in the so-called ‘honeymoon murder’ case. Ben Rose and Ross Dixon are ‘great communicators with a wonderful bedside manner’, and Jenny Wiltshire is ‘incredibly hardworking’. The team is well regarded for its work in serious crime and for its experience in shaken baby cases.
Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s diverse practice attracts high praise, and is ‘excellent’ for homicide and serious crime. The ‘calm and brilliant’ Raj Chada represented Jonathan May-Bowles, who threw a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch during a parliamentary committee hearing. Pamela Reddy is ‘bright and sympathetic’, and Sandra Paul is an ‘impressive all-rounder’.
Kingsley Napley LLP is defending Rebekah Brooks in a police investigation into corruption involving police officers and unlawful telephone interception while she was editor of News of the World and subsequently chief executive of News International. The firm provides a ‘Rolls-Royce’ service, with recommended individuals including the ‘very sensible’ Stephen Gentle, the ‘very experienced’ Mark Beardsworth*, and Angus McBride, who is a ‘criminal solicitor out of the top drawer’. *Mark Beardsworth has moved from Kingsley Napley LLP to Brown Rudnick.
Tuckers Solicitors is a national firm with ‘clever senior lawyers and a well-organised team of more junior lawyers and paralegals’. Recent work for the ‘clear and concise’ Philip Smith includes leading the advice to Neil Wallis (the former deputy editor of News of the World) over allegations of conspiracy and phone hacking, and also representing him at the Leveson Inquiry. Richard Egan pays ‘great attention to detail’.
David Phillips & Partners regularly represents leading sports personalities. It acted for a young boxer who faced charges of possession of drugs with intent to supply, and also represented the lead defendant in a multi-defendant case of people-smuggling into the UK. Scott Ewing is well regarded.
At IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), the ‘practical’ Joanne Gibbons is experienced in representing youth clients. Newly promoted partner Eddie Tang represented a client charged under the Explosives Act for making numerous ‘nail bombs’.
Lewis Nedas & Co has strong links with the Turkish, Russian and Middle Eastern communities. Jeffrey Lewis’ advice is ‘spot on’, and Keith Wood ‘goes that extra mile for clients’. The ‘always available and helpful’ Siobhain Egan acted for a clairvoyant who was accused of encouraging an individual to commit suicide during a tarot session.
Lloyds PR Solicitors has the ‘very experienced’ Harsha Rupasinghe and Prasad Palihawadana, who is particularly rated for his police station work. The team is representing a defendant in a widely publicised case involving allegations of vulnerable people being kept in slavery and made to perform labour.
At Russell-Cooke LLP, Jae Carwardine is regularly involved in high-profile cases, and her ‘attention to detail is second to none’. ‘Very responsive and knowledgeable’ senior associate Nicola O’Connor is recommended for her experience in advising clients facing allegations of sexual offences.
Russell Jones & Walker, part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers assists a range of private clients, and also the Royal College of Nursing and the Police Federation. Scott Ingram has particular expertise in police shooting cases, and is representing the CO19 firearms officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in 2011.
At Shaw Graham Kersh, the ‘knowledgeable’ Raymond Shaw and Philip Hill are praised for their ‘sound judgement and excellent interpersonal skills’. The team represented the main defendant in relation to alleged multiple conspiracies to steal cash in transit security vans and associated firearm offences, ultimately securing the defendant’s release.
At Shearman Bowen & Co, Robert Tolhurst and the ‘incredibly able’ Ben Ticehurst secured the acquittal of a Dutch national after a ten-week trial regarding a conspiracy to import £150m-worth of cannabis to the UK. The team also secured an acquittal for a teacher charged with sexual assault of a former pupil.
Anthony Burton heads the department at Simons Muirhead & Burton, and continues to act for a number of high-profile individuals in the entertainment business. The team is experienced in acting in extradition proceedings and Privy Council death penalty cases, among other areas.
Sonn MacMillan Walker provides a ‘first-rate service’. Tim Walker and David Sonn acted for the families of five individuals who were killed in the terrorist attacks on the London transport network on July 7 2005. The practice is well regarded for its extradition work.
At T V Edwards LLP, Jim Nichol is ‘very experienced’, and head of department Anthony Edwards is also recommended. The practice is rated for its expertise in advising on driving offences, and has a specialist team providing advice on youth offences.
The team at Bankside Law benefits from practice head Bill Wilson’s previous experience as a detective inspector. Work highlights included acting in a number of murder and large-scale conspiracy cases.
Birnberg Peirce & Partners is experienced in terrorism cases. Gareth Peirce is recommended, and has acted for clients including the Guildford Four.
At well-established firm Daniel Berman & Co, Daniel Berman has considerable experience in police station work and the defence of all serious criminal matters.
Edwards Duthie represents clients from the Magistrates Court to the Court of Appeal/Privy Council, and is regularly instructed by the Medical Protection Society to represent doctors facing allegations of professional malfeasance. Shaun Murphy is a key contact.
GT Stewart Solicitors undertakes private and publicly funded work, and has a dedicated prison law team. Greg Stewart supervises specialist appeal work, and the practice has considerable experience in extradition cases.
Highlights for Finers Stephens Innocent LLP included advising Julian Assange’s primary legal team on the bail application and subsequent appeals to the High Court. Ian Ryan is a key contact.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP’s team includes the ‘first-rate’ Helen McDowell, and Michael O’Kane, who heads the business crime department. It continues to act for billionaire Shaher Adbulhaq, whose son is wanted on allegations of the murder of a Norwegian student and socialite.
The ‘very knowledgeable’ Greg Powell at Powell Spencer & Partners ‘does a great job’. The team successfully represented a driver who was accused of failing to stop after an accident.
At Reynolds Dawson, Colin Reynolds continues to represent PC Simon Harwood, the officer subject to an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstration.
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has a ‘very strong’ practice, with the ‘tremendously capable’ Rakeebah Rahim at the helm. The ‘sure-footed’ Deniz Oguzkanli recently acted for a defendant in a major case involving an alleged conspiracy to supply prohibited firearms.
Rustem Guardian Solicitors secured the acquittal of a client charged with rape, and represented one of the three defendants in an attempted murder case. Timur Rustem heads the team, which added Joseph Giret QC to its ranks. Zahir Ahmed is now at Kangs Solicitors.
Steel & Shamash’s team is ‘hardworking and progressive’. It counts various former MPs among its clients. Rakesh Bhasin, Robert Dynowski and Carl Newman are highly regarded.
Led by the highly rated June Venters QC, the team at Venters Solicitors advises on all aspects of criminal law, including youth crime and motoring offences.