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Murray Macara QC and Gary McAteer are the key figures at Beltrami & Co Ltd. Both act for defendants in high-profile rape and murder trials.

Capital Defence Lawyers handles trial and extradition, and is particularly singled out for its strength in appeals. Key figures include solicitor-advocate John Scott QC, who was instructed in several high-profile murder trials; and the ‘particularly ableJohn Keenan.

At Livingstone Brown, Gerard Brown (who is rated as ‘a wonderful strategist’) and Stuart Munro successfully defended former News of the World editor Andy Coulson in his 2015 perjury trial. Other work includes complex and historical sexual offence cases.

Excellent in all respects’, MTM Defence Lawyers is regularly called on to defend its clients against drug, child pornography and sex offence allegations. Standout individuals include the ‘extremely helpful’ Neil Hay and Martin Morrow, whose ‘ability to identify key issues is very impressive’.

Bridge Litigation UK’s expertise includes appeals and extradition matters. Liam O’Donnell and JP Mowberry head the practice.

Central Court Lawyers is regularly called on to defend in rape, serious violence and motoring offences. Solicitor-advocate Ian Bryce and Neil Robertson are key names.

George More & Co’s practice is led by Richard Souter and Kathleen More. More represented footballer Derek Riordan in an assault case.

McCusker, McElroy & Gallanagh’s Charlie McCusker and Terry Gallanagh represent clients facing serious violent and sexual offence charges.

At Wilson McLeod, solicitor-advocate Stuart Carson defends in serious violent and sexual offence cases.

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