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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Bobbetts Mackan handles a wide range of cases which involves defending against charges of murder as well as drug production and dealing. The firm also continues to act in offences involving allegations and charges of sexual abuse, sexual touching and rape brought against professions and persons of good character as well as in cases of historic sexual abuse. The practice is also specialised in defending clients with mental health issues.

Practice head(s):Giles Tippett

Other key lawyers:Tony Miles; Steve George

Ashfords LLP covers private prosecution, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-tax evasion as well as traditional defence work regarding matters involving road traffic offences, animal welfare and immigration. The firm also defends firms facing prosecution for offences under the Companies Act, the Insolvency Act and Criminal Justice Act 2003. The practice is experienced in handling fraud cases and regularly advises governmental institutions and local authorities on criminal and fraudulent activities.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Asher

Clarke Willmott LLP prosecutes and defends criminal and regulatory matters including environmental, farming and hunting investigations and offences, health and security matters as well as motoring and speeding offences. Practice head Tim Hayden is also head of agriculture, a partner in the private client and commercial litigation team and a deputy traffic commissioner.

Practice head(s):Tim Hayden

Other key lawyers:Daniel Gill; Jodie Coles

Key Clients

National Farmers’ Union

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Egford Bacon

The Countryside Alliance

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual client in connection with charges of causing death and injury by dangerous driving
  • Representing an individual client in connection with several allegations of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and several farming environmental offences
  • Acted for Egford Agency Ltd during its prosecution by the Environment Agency in relation to an oil leak at the farm which caused an unauthorised discharge to groundwater

DAC Beachcroft LLP is experienced in representing at interviews under caution, court hearings and criminal investigations. The firm has expertise in traffic offences and defends clients with regards to fatal collisions, represents them at police stations and PACE interviews, and maintains a 24-hour national helpline for drivers requiring legal assistance. The firm also advises car insurance companies on financial liabilities arising from car accidents.

Practice head(s):Lili Oliver

Kelcey and Hall provides legal services regarding murder, violent and sexual crimes, as well as complex drug and fraud conspiracies. The firm also defends allegations of fraud and is dedicated to fraud and regulatory prosecutions, as well as motoring offence prosecutions and youth court matters. The practice also deals with crimes related to computer and internet offences.

Practice head(s):Ian Kelcey

Other key lawyers:Gillian Hall; Jo Hooper

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual client before court following a drug related murder
  • Defended an individual client charged with money laundering by allowing bank accounts to be used by other in excess of £100k
  • Represented an individual client having been accused of the murder of his baby daughter following an intoxicated, drug fuelled rage at the client’s home
  • Represented a client charged with multiple indecent assaults dating back 20 years, which involved potential collusion between alleged witnesses

Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors' crime practice has expertise in regulatory crime as well as motoring law and has also developed a specialism in indecent images cases and sexual offences including cases of rape, grooming cases in the online social media sphere and historical sexual offences. The firm’s criminal defence support involves in-house higher court advocacy. Solicitor Richard Mackian-Burke joined in January 2018.

Practice head(s):Matthew Graham

Other key lawyers:Charles Cronin; Nicholas Wragg


This firm is ahead of the market in terms of its client care and its attention to detail

They do more multi-agency work than many other firms, recently putting on an excellent seminar with psychologists

A blend of essential qualities that are required in dealing with stressful and delicate matters

Key Clients

Individual clients

Reeds Solicitors specialises in criminal defence and prison law and handles criminal aspects of family law, mental health and immigration. The firm, which accepts instructions on both a privately and publically funded basis, also deals with charges concerning knife crime, drugs, robbery and murder. The firm is also experienced in dealing with traffic offences as well as with actions the police, military law, corporate crime and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):Stephen Clifford; Nicola Hutchinson

Other key lawyers:Mark Sharman


The quality of instruction and service that we receive from them as a firm far outweighs that which we receive from any other local criminal defence firm

Stephen Clifford runs the Bristol office in a very efficient way. He is supported by a quality team of solicitors and clerks who collectively provide a quality service

Team was always contactable, prompt and accurate in dealing with queries, transparent in all dealings.  It gave me huge confidence that my interests were foremost

They are incredibly professional, giving clear, concise and honest advice even on complex issues. The partners and associates always gave me huge confidence in their knowledge, professionalism and ability to get things done to the best of their capabilities

Work highlights

  • Represented a client charged with murder, achieved the discontinuance of the case ahead of trial, based on arguments relating to forensic evidence
  • Represented a defendant charged with offences contrary to the Company Directors Disqualification Act, persuading the court not to impose an immediate custodial sentence
  • Representing a professional sportsman in a drink driving case involving a post-consumption issue

Sansbury Douglas defends clients against charges of murder and manslaughter, regulatory crime, sexual offences, drug trafficking, and violent crime. The practice also covers transport-related offences such as driving under the influence of drugs as well as serious collisions and disqualified driving. Clients also include prisoners at adjudications and young offenders, which involve liaising with youth justice institutions.

Practice head(s):David Campbell

Stone King LLP’s practice has expertise in defending clients in relation to health and safety prosecutions and assists companies with internal and external fraud investigations. The practice also has a significant foothold in the charities and education sectors and maintains a motoring law department, which deals with serious motoring offences such as speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Practice head(s):Andrew Banks

Key Clients

Freight Transport Association

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