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  1. Crime: general
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BCL Solicitors LLP’s ‘phenomenally impressive’ team is headed by the ‘authoritative and immensely knowledgeablePaul Morris. The group acts for high-profile individuals such as Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Clarkson and Adam Johnson. Other key figures include Rachel Hubbard and Ellen Peart

Bindmans LLP is ‘one of the very best firms for a reason, and that is the hard work they put into all cases’. Martin Rackstraw and Katie Wheatley are joint heads of this ‘simply outstanding’ practice, which demonstrates particular specialism in protest cases and extradition. Other key figures include Kate Goold, who regularly represents high-profile individuals.

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The crime group at Blackfords LLP combines ‘experienced experts’ who deal with a wide range of serious criminal matters. The ‘committed and determinedGary Bloxsome jointly heads the team alongside Trevor Francis, the latter of whom successfully defended Johannes Woltering in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling case in 2015.

Corker Binning’s crime practice is ‘an established Rolls-Royce set-up’ led by ‘outstanding criminal solicitorRobert Brown. Edward Grange, whose ‘reputation in the field of extradition is second to none’, joined the firm in 2015 to lead the extradition department.

Despite significant cuts to legal aid, the ‘rough and tough, no-nonsense’ group at Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson continues to act for publicly funded clients while also maintaining a private client base. The ‘outstanding’ Edward Preston leads the team with managing partner Paul Harris.

Jenny Wiltshire leads the ‘pre-eminent criminal defence’ group at Hickman and Rose. Ben Rose, Jane Hickman and Ross Dixon are all ‘experienced and personable’ and ‘willing to go the extra mile’.

The ‘top-class’ department at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is led by Nigel Richardson, ‘the man to go to for sex cases’. The team also has expertise in matters involving protests and extradition. Raj Chada is recommended, as is the ‘professional’ and ‘committedRuth Harris, who ‘instils confidence’ in her clients. Daniel Godden left the firm to found Berkeley Square Solicitors.

John Harding and David Sleight lead the ‘top-flight’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP. The former acted for Rolf Harris in the Operation Yewtree trial. Sandra Paul also comes highly recommended. Angus McBride joined News UK in April 2016.

Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou jointly leads the ‘reliable and progressive’ department at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors with Maria Theodoulou. The firm acted for the first defendant in the Hatton Garden burglary trial.

The ‘extremely bright’ Jim Meyer jointly leads the serious crime group at Tuckers Solicitors with ‘one of the best lawyers of his generation’, Richard Egan. Philip Smith and Sarnjit Lal defended Dr. Emmanuel Edet and Antan Edet in a highly resourced investigation involving the Slavery Act 2013.

Steven Bird’s practice at Birds Solicitors focuses on serious violent crime and appellate cases. Richard Locke is regularly instructed on matters involving rape and child pornography.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘innovative and effective’ group acts for both privately and publicly funded clients. Joanne Gibbons leads the team alongside the ‘personable and knowledgeableEddie Tang, who handles a range of serious criminal matters.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited is ‘a City firm in a non-City location’. The team is led by Jeffrey Lewis and the ‘incredibly user friendly’ Siobhain Egan. Rhys Mardon is another name to note.

The team at Lloyds PR Solicitors provides a ‘first-class service’ and handles matters in almost every area of serious crime. Manoj Rupasinghe and Harsha Rupasinghe lead the department, and Mohsin Ariff is also recommended.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s crime practice is headed by Jae Carwardine. The team is acting for two defendants in the highly publicised Operation Elveden proceedings.

Founding partners Raymond Shaw, Paul Graham and Daniel Kersh lead the ‘extremely impressive’ crime group at Shaw Graham Kersh. Philip Hill, acts for a defendant in Operation Sanctuary/Shelter involving the alleged grooming and rape of vulnerable youths.

Criminal defence boutique Shearman Bowen & Co provides a ‘level of engagement that is vanishingly rare among criminal firms’. Led by Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen, the team is instructed in a Court of Appeal case concerning murder and miscarriage of justice.

Providing a ‘modern and professional’ service, Simons Muirhead & Burton is particularly experienced in sexual offence cases. The team is led by ‘legal legend’ Anthony Burton. Pamela Reddy joined the firm from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

Sonn Macmillan Walker has specialised departments handling a range of criminal offences. Euan Macmillan leads the police station, Magistrates’ Court and extradition teams; Tim Walker runs the Crown Court group; and David Sonn heads the private client work.

TV Edwards LLP’s ‘incredibly experienced’ crime, fraud and extradition department is led by Farhana Rahman-Cook. The team handles a range of matters from financial crime, to murders and road traffic offences. Anthony Edwards and Sean Richards are also recommended. Marilyn Mark retired in 2015.

At GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates, founding partner Greg Stewart specialises in criminal appeals. His team also has expertise in defending young people and clients with mental health problems.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP’s criminal department is led by the ‘exceptionally skilledHelen McDowell. The firm has a dedicated extradition practice and Monty Raphael QC is becoming increasingly involved in cyber-crime matters.

Piers Desser leads Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s ‘professional and reputable’ crime practice. The group deals with most aspects of serious crime and specialises in pre-charge investigations. Rakeebah Rahim and Deniz Oguzkanli are also key contacts.

Scott Ingram’s practice at Slater and Gordon specialises in defending police officers charged with misconduct and other offences. The firm now has a dedicated private crime service.

Robert Dynowski and Rakesh Bhasin lead Steel & Shamash’s criminal department. In addition to their work involving sexual allegations, the firm also has a reputation for representing clients with mental illnesses.

Bankside Law specialises in representing professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Department co-head Bill Wilson successfully defended a general medical practitioner facing four separate counts of sexual assault.

Giles Bark-Jones leads the ‘well-respected’ team at Bark&co, which focuses on complex, high-profile criminal matters. Alison Hill is ‘calm under fire’.

The team at Birnberg Peirce & Partners handles a range of criminal matters from public order offences to matters involving immigration, extradition and criminal appeals.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s practice is led by the ‘outstandingMark Beardsworth. Since joining the firm from Kingsley Napley LLP, Beardsworth has defended several high-profile celebrities and high-net-worth individuals.

David Phillips & Partners’ London team is led by Paul Greenberg. The practice regularly handles proceedings against the police and cases involving cyber-crime.

Led by Vince Reveglia and Warren Brazier, the team at EBR Attridge LLP handles serious criminal matters as well as providing expertise in confiscation, restraint and forfeiture proceedings.

Edward Hayes Lawyers is an ‘excellent firm that works for both lay and professional clients’. The ‘highly regarded team’ is led by Christopher Hayes, Charles Long and Mark French, and specialises in fraud and sexual allegations.

Edwards Duthie’s practice is led by Shaun Murphy and Bernie Huber. The team receives regular instructions from the Medical Protection Society regarding allegations of professional malfeasance.

Freemans Solicitors’ crime team is led by the ‘talentedMichael Field and the ‘experienced and knowledgeableKishoree Kotecha-Pau. The firm continues to expand and recently added Andrew Andrews from Steed & Steed.

Howard Kennedy LLP works exclusively for privately funded clients in high-profile criminal matters. Ian Ryan is the key contact.

Peter Hughman has led the team at Hughmans for over 40 years. He and Lee Adams represent clients facing serious drug and violent crime allegations.

Managing partner Timur Rustem is the name to note at Rustem Guardian LLP. The team acts in matters ranging from serious violent crime to fraud, and recently defended a client against sexual assault allegations in a Crown Court trial.

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