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β€˜Market leader’ BCL Solicitors LLP is β€˜the preeminent firm for crime-related matters’, handling β€˜countless high-profile cases and clients, all of which illustrate the firm’s position in the market’. The team of β€˜top tier lawyers’ is β€˜straightforward to deal with, and is very responsive to out-of-hours calls for clients in urgent need of advice’. Practice head Paul Morris β€˜commands great respect and admiration, and is undoubtedly a solicitor you want on your side’. Ellen Peart is β€˜an enormous asset to have at the police station’, and Rachel Hubbard has β€˜unrivalled experience in general crime’. The firm has represented numerous high-profile individuals including Sir Cliff Richard and Jeremy Clarkson.

β€˜First-class criminal defence firm’ Bindmans LLP has β€˜a stellar reputation which is thoroughly deserved’, β€˜preparing all cases with fantastic rigour and always going the extra mile to fight for the client’. The firm is noted for its strength in matters involving fraud, extradition and political protest, and counts numerous high-profile individuals as its clients. The practice is co-headed by β€˜fantastic solicitor’ Martin Rackstraw, who β€˜is reassuring, utterly level-headed and has a great legal brain’, and Katie Wheatley, who has notable expertise in privately funded matters and cases surrounding "mercy killings". Jude Lanchin and Michael Schwarz, who β€˜has incredible client care skills’, are also key figures, as is Kate Goold, who regularly handles high-profile cases involving allegations of murder and abuse, as well as extradition matters.



Hughmans is a boutique legal practice in the heart of London. We provide clear, effective, expert advice at competitive hourly rates. Our clients are discerning individuals and businesses facing serious allegations and investigations. We regularly represent clients in some of the largest criminal cases nationwide but we understand that to our clients every case is important, no matter how big or small. At Hughmans we listen to our clients and strive to aggressively pursue their interests.

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Corker Binning is β€˜fast becoming the go-to firm for interesting and complicated criminal cases, particularly those with an international dimension’. The firm acts for well-known figures in the business, politics, sports and entertainment industries, handling cases related to drug possession and supply, grievous bodily harm, contempt of court and sexual offences, amongst others. Department head Robert Brown is β€˜calm, authoritative and knowledgeable’; Edward Grange is β€˜fantastic with clients and meticulous in his preparation’; and David Corker specialises in international criminal and regulatory investigations.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson continues to act on a broad range of serious criminal matters including substantial fraud, money laundering, drug conspiracies and sexual offences, and has recently advised on significant public inquiry and inquest work. Paul Harris heads the practice, and has recently represented several clients in the high-profile Hillsborough Inquiry. Other key figures include Edward Preston, Natalie Berman and Kirsty Bishop.

Hickman and Rose is β€˜a very well-regarded firm which deals with high-profile clients’, and the team is praised for its β€˜excellent advice, attention to detail, experience level and overall great knowledge’. The practice is known for its expertise in criminal appeals, miscarriage of justice matters, police investigations and serious and organised crime. Practice head Jenny Wiltshire is β€˜professional knowledgeable and experienced’, and key figure Ross Dixon β€˜has exceptional foresight, which allows him to work out an effective strategy’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s β€˜strong general crime team’ has β€˜maintained its presence as a professional yet accessible practice’, and β€˜has particular expertise in fraud, protest work and youth crime’. Key figure Raj Chada is β€˜at the forefront of representing defendants in protest cases’, and Ruth Harris is β€˜widely respected amongst the legal community’. Nigel Richardson heads the practice, and specialises in cases involving sexual offences.

Kingsley Napley LLP is a β€˜first-class firm in terms of client care, as well as its thorough and meticulous approach to case preparation, both at pre-charge stage and at trial’. Recent highlights included representing individuals in relation to allegations of war crimes, and the team also handled several dangerous driving matters and an allegation of assault arising out of the apprehension of a shoplifter. David Sleight is β€˜extremely calm, tactically astute and ferocious in support of his clients’. John Harding is also a key practitioner, and is described as β€˜a great lawyer with excellent judgement’.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is β€˜a real powerhouse which retains a fantastic reputation for serious organised crime’. The team β€˜attracts demanding clients, but earns their trust through commitment, hard work and tactical ferocity’, and β€˜never wavers when dealing with legal aid or private clients’. Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou is β€˜a powerful and charismatic head of the team with a formidable intellect’, and key partner Maria Theodoulou is β€˜bright, tenacious and exceptionally hard working’.

Headed by Jim Meyer and Richard Egan, Tuckers Solicitors specialises in all aspects of criminal defence work, handling the full gamut of cases including serious fraud, terrorism, homicide and public order matters. Highlights included representing the "Hound of Hounslow" following a world stock market crash resulting from spoof trading, and defending a former police & crime commissioner accused of misconduct in public office. Philip Smith heads the private client department and acts for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals.

Birds Solicitors has a strong track record representing clients in cases related to theft and dishonesty, drugs offences, murder and serious sexual offences, and the team has recently handled a number of matters involving motor vehicle theft. Steven Bird is the name to note for serious crime matters.

Blackfords LLP has a strong track record across the full scope of criminal work, and has recently handled a number of high-profile burglary, corruption and drug importation cases. Practice co-heads Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome and Youth Court specialist Diana Payne are recommended. The team recently defended TV personality Kevin O’Sullivan against allegations of a homophobic assault.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) represents clients throughout each stage of the criminal process, from the Magistrates and Crown Courts to the Court of Appeal, and has notable expertise in road traffic incidents and financial crime. Recent highlights included successfully representing a client charged with four counts of murder and violent disorder, and organising the surrender of a client at Harrow police station. Joanne Gibbons heads the practice, and Eddie Tang is the other name to note.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited is β€˜an excellent firm which acts proactively for clients’ and β€˜has a good reputation in both general and fraud-based crime, particularly in high page-count cases’. Key individuals include: Miles Herman, who β€˜has excellent judgement and goes to great lengths for his clients’; Siobhain Egan, who is β€˜a committed legal professional with a no-nonsense attitude’; and Jeffrey Lewis, who specialises in fraud and serious crime matters.

β€˜Standout firm’ Lloyds PR Solicitors provides β€˜comprehensive proofs and useful observations, and ensures that all requests are actioned quickly and effectively’. The team is split across five departments dealing with cases at various points in their progression, including the police station, Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and in confiscation and advocacy proceedings. The team is headed by Prasad Palihawadana, and Mohsin Ariff has β€˜a fantastic grasp of the law and a very sharp mind’.

Russell-Cooke LLP is β€˜experienced and highly proficient across the full range of criminal cases’, and β€˜is best known for its experience, commitment and determination in long and complex matters’. In a recent highlight, the team represented a former Labour MP facing historical allegations of sexual abuse, acting for the client across a series of hearings and a High Court appeal. Practice head Jae Carwardine is β€˜an exceptional practitioner’ who β€˜quickly identifies the relevant issues and puts the necessary enquiries in place to meet the client’s case’.

At Shaw Graham Kersh, highlights have included representing a defendant charged with gang-related murder; acting for two clients accused of conspiracy to evade duty on cigarettes; and defending an individual charged with conspiracy to import firearms following a joint investigation by Operation Trident of the Metropolitan Police. Founding partners Paul Graham, Daniel Kersh and Raymond Shaw are the leading practitioners, and Philip Hill is β€˜an excellent solicitor who combines client care with forensic case preparation skills’.

Shearman Bowen & Co is β€˜a heavyweight player in the crime area’ and β€˜adopts a thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. The firm has increasingly focused on investigations and pre-charge work, and runs a strong private client department alongside its legal aid practice. β€˜Astute and experienced practitioner’ Rick Shearman co-heads the practice with Mark Bowen, who β€˜has a burgeoning reputation in defending large-scale fraud matters for both individuals and companies’.

The β€˜outstanding’ practice at Simons Muirhead & Burton is β€˜dedicated, passionate and untiring in its work’, and has notable expertise in media-related criminal law and sexual offences. Key figures include the β€˜diligent’ Anthony Burton and Pamela Reddy, who β€˜has an excellent knowledge of the law, and handles all cases with great emotional sensitivity’. Recent work included representing the former managing editor of News of the World, who was charged with conspiracy to intercept communications.

Sonn Macmillan Walker provides β€˜an excellent public and privately funded service’ and β€˜is particularly adept at dealing with serious and complex crime’. Key areas of expertise include protest cases, housing benefit fraud and white-collar fraud, and the team regularly utilises its specialist extradition team. Practice head Tim Walker is β€˜a highly intelligent and imaginative lawyer’ who β€˜displays exceptional legal analysis and litigation skills’.

β€˜Heavyweight criminal firm’ TV Edwards LLP β€˜puts a great amount of effort and client care into each case’, and is particularly known for its work in youth crime, fraud, financial crime and road traffic. Practice head Farhana Rahman-Cook recently represented the foreman of a scaffolding company charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and Anthony Edwards is the key figure for financial fraud cases.

The β€˜talented and hardworking solicitors’ at Bark&co have β€˜an excellent reputation in matters of general crime’, providing β€˜clear and tactical advice from the outset, and extending their advice to media and PR issues’. Giles Bark-Jones is β€˜charismatic and tactically astute, and quickly wins the trust of clients’, and Frederick Bunn is also a key figure.

Freemans Solicitors goes β€˜well beyond what is expected in terms of client care and preparation’, and the team’s β€˜steely determination obtains the best possible results’. β€˜Excellent advocate’ Michael Field co-heads the department with Kishoree Kotecha-Pau, who β€˜is an expert in every aspect of criminal law’. Recent work includes a mix of fraud, extradition and serious violence cases.

GT Stewart Limited has β€˜strong expertise in appeals, youth work and work with vulnerable clients’ and is β€˜able to provide a skilful nationwide service in serious cases’. Practice head Greg Stewart recently obtained an acquittal in a high-profile prosecution of a mother who accessed a police national computer, and has also handled several complex murder cases.

Howard Kennedy LLP provides β€˜an exemplary service’, and the crime department β€˜is client-focused, very driven, and has excellent up-to-date knowledge’. Key figure Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer who brings considerable experience when defending professionals’, and is regularly instructed by public figures from the arts, media and business sectors.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP handles cases involving all types of serious crime including human trafficking, extortion, murder and manslaughter, and is also noted for its extradition and private prosecution expertise. Michael O’Kane heads the business crime department; managing partner Helen McDowell handles the full gamut of general crime work; and Neil Swift is β€˜experienced, confident and thoughtful’.

The β€˜competent and conscientious solicitors’ at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP β€˜can be trusted to fight hard for the best possible result’. The firm specialises in pre-charge investigation cases, and also handles appellate and extradition work. Managing partner Rakeebah Rahim is β€˜a real strategic thinker who is always five steps ahead of the opposition’; Deniz Oguzkanli β€˜is known for his expertise in human trafficking matters’; and Piers Desser is β€˜a safe pair of hands in all cases’.

Slater and Gordon provides β€˜an excellent service, especially to police officer clients’, handling criminal and misconduct investigations in relation to police shootings, road traffic accidents and deaths in police custody. Practice head Scott Ingram recently represented several Met firearms officers in separate fatal shooting cases, and Susan Freeburn specialises in serious criminal and disciplinary proceedings.

Steel & Shamash has β€˜a continuing excellence in the field of heavyweight private crime’, acting for clients (which include The Labour Party and The National Union of Teachers) in high-profile offences arising out of electoral matters, and in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Practice head Robert Dynowski is β€˜a market leader - brilliant in every area from sexual offences, to fraud, to homicide and terrorism’ cases.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s β€˜fantastic and talented team’ is led by Mark Beardsworth, who is β€˜outstanding in complex cases and is very good with clients’. The firm acts primarily for high-net-worth individuals.

The β€˜capable, conscientious and professional’ team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides β€˜a harmonious and effective service’, and is particularly known for its legal aid expertise. Key figures include the β€˜bright and tactically astute’ Rubin Italia, who β€˜has a wonderfully calm and kind manner’, and Hardeep Dhaliwal, who is recommended for fraud defence work.

EBR Attridge LLP is particularly adept at serious fraud, cyber crime and complex confiscation cases. Managing partner Vince Reveglia regularly appears before the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Courts.

Edward Hayes Lawyers offers advice on both general and serious crime, and has significant expertise in computer and cyber crime matters. Specialist fraud litigator Christopher Hayes is the key practitioner.

Edwards Duthie is noted for its representation of medical professionals before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council. Shaun Murphy and Bernie Huber co-head the practice.

Peter Hughman is the key practitioner at Hughmans, which represents clients in serious drug and violent crime matters.

Rustem Guardian LLP is led by Timur Rustem, who recently represented an individual charged with drug smuggling. The team has also handled numerous sexual assault cases.

ABV Solicitors has a strong track record in handling serious drugs and sex offences, assaults and police investigations. Akhtar Ahmad is noted for his expertise in complex international fraud, and founding partner Robert Borwick is the other key figure.

Bankside Law is noted for its professional disciplinary practice, and recently represented a primary school teacher following allegations of child neglect and abandonment. Bill Wilson heads the practice.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners’s areas of expertise include terrorism and public order offences, amongst others. Matt Foot is the name to note.

Brett Wilson LLP provides β€˜an efficient, effective and client-focused service at a boutique price’, and β€˜regularly obtains great results’. Practice head Nick Brett is β€˜an outstanding criminal defence solicitor’, and has recently handled a number of sexual offence cases.

At DPP Law, key specialisms include burglary, robbery and theft, driving offences and assault charges. Paul Greenberg is the name to note.

Extradition and immigration specialist Gherson represents individuals subject to international sanctions and INTERPOL Red Notices. Roger Gherson is the leading practitioner.

At HKH Kenwright & Cox, highlights included representing a client charged with conspiracy to evade the prohibition of a controlled drug of class A, where imports were valued at Β£13m, and handling a serious domestic violence matter over a seven-year period. Khurram Mian heads the practice.

ITN Solicitors is a β€˜solid and well-organised firm of solicitors who are at the top of their game’, and the team β€˜is excellent in advising on which QC to secure’. The firm deals primarily with serious crime matters, and also has notable expertise in terrorism cases, protest law and police powers. Key practitioner Nadeem Thanvi is β€˜a confident and knowledgeable lawyer who prepares each case very well’, and β€˜class act’ Simon Natas is praised for his β€˜creativity and practicality’.

Headed by Umar Zeb, J D Spicer Zeb’s practice covers general crime, serious fraud, terrorism and extradition matters. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended an individual accused of assault.

Janes Solicitors is β€˜an excellent criminal firm which provides high-quality standards of work’. Key figures include the β€˜strategically impressive’ Robert Berg, who is recommended for money laundering, drug trafficking and serious violence cases, and James Mullion, who specialises in fraud litigation and regulatory matters.

Managing partner Greg Powell is the key figure at Powell Spencer & Partners, which handles the full gamut of cases including major crime, terrorism, sexual assault and armed robbery. Sinead Zaman is recommended for extradition proceedings and human rights issues.

Reeds Solicitors has β€˜a national presence’ and β€˜is well placed to handle major criminal cases, and to provide a tailored service according to various geographical needs’. The team has recently handled a number of high-profile sexual assault cases, and is also adept at dealing with theft, money laundering and other financial crime matters. Abigail Ashford β€˜stands out for her sheer dedication, skill and legal acumen’ and β€˜matches a quiet commitment with a painstaking approach and tactical astuteness’.

At Reynolds Dawson, Colin Reynolds is noted for his expertise in misconduct and disciplinary proceedings, and regularly represents individual police officers in criminal allegations. Elizabeth Fox is the other key practitioner.

Saunders Law has a strong track record across a broad range of cases including international drug trafficking, firearms crime, murder and manslaughter. James Saunders heads the private crime and appeals department.

The β€˜impressive solicitors’ at Stuart Miller Solicitors β€˜know all of their cases and clients inside out, and can always be relied upon to go the extra mile’. The team has significant expertise in serious crime and fraud matters, and regularly advises on cross-border investigations involving Cyprus, Hong Kong and Pakistan. Key figure Sarah King is β€˜a bright, hardworking and tenacious solicitor who has a great ability to gain trust from even the most difficult clients’. Abu Kibla heads the Magistrates Court practice, and Majad Habib is the main contact for serious crime and fraud.

Wainwright & Cummins is β€˜a well-established high street crime firm’, its areas of expertise including allegations of serious fraud, violence, possession of offensive weapons and drug-related crime. Andrew Wainwright is the key figure along with Rod Jones, who heads the advocacy team. Consultant solicitor Rachael Archer is β€˜a formidable character full of drive and determination who gains the complete trust of her clients’.

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