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At Blackfords LLP, ‘first-class criminal solicitor’ Gary Bloxsome acted for a Hatton Garden jeweller in obtaining acquittals for two offences of conspiracy to rob and possession of criminal property, as well as arguing the reduction of his jail term for the remaining offences by one year. Trevor Francis has ‘huge experience in general crime’.

Highlights for Christopher Hayes at Edward Hayes Lawyers included acting in a high-profile phone hacking case, while Charles Long’s highlights included defending a $1bn cocaine and money-laundering case.


GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

GT Stewart is a specialist crime firm that deals with crime at all levels, offering clients a very high standard of client care. The firm undertakes mainly publicly funded work, although it is developing an increasing private client base.

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IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘highly competent’ team is headed by Joanne Gibbons. The ‘fantasticEddie Tang is recommended. The firm excels in handling complex and high-profile cases.

The team at Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP is ‘willing to go the extra mile’. Key cases for Michael Warren included defending against allegations to import class A drugs. Ita Farrelly, Peter Barlex and Russell Haldane are also recommended.

Recent work for the team at Blaser Mills includes acting in the Operation Elveden corruption probe and handling several murder and immigration cases. Mark Abbott has taken over as head of the practice from Neil Jarvis, who leads the firm’s Crown Court team.

John Roberts and associate Patrick Bligh are the key figures at Gullands Solicitors, which regularly handles murder and GBH cases.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s crime and regulatory team merged with Darbys Solicitors LLP in 2015. The team handles motoring and immigration crimes. Consultant Jim Astle is a key contact.

The team at Lawtons frequently works on sexual offences cases. Nick Titchener stands out for his ‘incredible intellect and razor-sharp legal mind’.

Deepak Vij leads the team at ABV Solicitors and is ‘a formidable lawyer’. The firm has a particular focus on terrorism law.

Highlights for Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors included acting in two murder cases and allegations of police corruption. Catherine McCarthy heads the team.

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP is recommended for international trafficking and child abuse cases. Mark Jerman, Simon Samuels and Mark Pearson are key contacts.

Noble Solicitors successfully acquitted a client in a murder trial and defended a client accused of money laundering. Paul Millan is a name of note.

Lucy Tapper and Stuart Matthews are the key contacts at Reeds Solicitors, which regularly handles very high cost cases and motoring offences.

SVS Solicitors is noted for its track record in murder cases. Sasha Sidhu is the standout lawyer.

Woodfines LLP’s practice is headed by Tim Ridyard. Work included acting in an assault case and a successful defence in a murder trial.

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