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Burton Copeland LLP’s ‘efficient team’ is praised for its ‘exceptional response times’. The diverse practice handles general and serious organised crime and regulatory prosecutions. Key figures include Michael Mackey, who is ‘wonderful with clients, Jonathan Wall and Louise Straw, who regularly acts in cases of historical sexual abuse and sexual offences.

At DLA Piper UK LLP, the ‘technically excellentJohn Gollaglee is praised for his regulatory expertise. The skilled team regularly advises on internal investigations, trade export compliance and sanctions, and ‘delivers work of the highest quality’.

Farleys Solicitors LLP handles the full range of serious cases including the importation of drugs. Team head Paul Schofield and Jonathan Taylor are recommended.

LHS Solicitors LLP is praised for its regulatory and professional discipline practice, which acts for key clients such as the Police Superintendents’ Association. Ian Lewis is recommended.

At Olliers, Richard Holliday defended a client against five counts of carrying out acts preparatory to terrorism. Matthew Claughton and the ‘very experienced and competent’ Alex Preston are recommended.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team is singled out for its human rights and civil liberties work. Correna Platt is rated for her criminal appeal work and Michael Pemberton ‘knows the Supreme Court in the way that most solicitors know their local Magistrates Court’. Sean Joyce heads the regulatory and criminal justice department.

Tuckers Solicitors’ excellent practice covers criminal defence, fraud, regulatory, civil liberties and prison law work. Franklin Sinclair and Leigh Wright are very well regarded. Solicitors Stuart Sutton and Asim Ali are also recommended.

Brian Koffman & Co’s broad practice is especially recommended for motoring and traffic offences. Brian Koffman is ‘always well prepared’ and is noted for his ‘calm demeanour in extremely difficult and challenging situations’.

Cunninghams Solicitors’ ‘highly professional team’ is skilled at advising on serious organised crime such as large-scale drugs conspiracies, people trafficking and murder. The ‘extremely intelligentDavid Caplinalways remains calm even in difficult situations’.

Forbes Solicitors undertakes all types of criminal work from motoring offences to murder trials, and has considerable experience in sexual offence cases. Daniel King heads the practice.

Garstangs Cartwright King LLP specialises in defending professionals. Michael Garstang and Michael Balmer (who is ‘very knowledgeable in all aspects of criminal litigation’) are recommended.

Irwin Mitchell advises individuals on all types of general criminal matters and represents companies charged with regulatory or criminal offences. Paul Haycock has vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations.

The business crime and regulation team at JMW Solicitors LLP is led by Peter Grogan and includes the ‘canny and experienced’ Michael Rainford, who is skilled at defending with an international dimension.

Keoghs LLP handles all aspects of regulatory and motor crime prosecutions for individuals and businesses, and regularly acts for many of the UK’s top insurance companies. David Walton heads the team.

MSB Solicitors has a team of ‘bright and hardworking lawyers’ under the leadership of the ‘razor-sharp’ Sean Sexton. The team advises on all facets of criminal law.

Slater and Gordon is immensely experienced in advising police officers under investigation and has a strong road traffic team. Tom Nutter is the key contact following Nick Holroyd’s retirement.

Tony Murphy at ABR Solicitors covers a broad range of issues from serious and motoring crime to transport law.

AGI Criminal Solicitors covers all aspects of crime. Yasmin Aslam is recommended.

Brabners LLP provides ‘realistic advice coupled with meticulous preparation’ to clients including sports personalities, educational institutions, banks and major businesses. The ‘knowledgeable and patient’ Lachlan Nisbet attracts praise.

At Linskills, the ‘very knowledgeable and well-prepared’ Alaric Walmsley and Nick Cockrell are recommended.

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