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Cartwright King  runs the gamut of high-profile criminal defense work. Neil David  heads the practice and has acted in both the Crown Court and Magistrates Court, with notable expertise in murder and fraud cases. Fiona Warman  is also an expert in serious fraud cases and recently acted for an individual accused of murder. Worcester-based Jason Patel  focuses on  murder cases, drugs conspiracies and fraud. Associate solicitor John Allchin has strong expertise in fraud matters and fellow associate solicitor Shabana Sharif   is experienced in general criminal cases. Criminal defence solicitor Marcia Blacke  is also recommended.

Jonas Roy Bloom ’s repertoire in criminal law includes defending individuals accused of murder, rape and drugs conspiracy. Steven Jonas leads the team and has appeared in the Crown Court,  Administrative Court and Court of Appeal. Other key figures include: John Smitheman , who appears in both the Magistrates and Crown Court and Ben Henry, who specialises in corporate and white-collar crime.

The ‘excellentKangs Solicitors  ‘always goes the extra mile for the client’ and ‘is extremely efficient in all aspects of its work’. The firm primarily works on serious criminal cases involving high value fraud, murder, drugs conspiracies, money laundering and people trafficking. Managing partner Hamraj Kang leads the practice and ‘demands and provides the highest standards of service to his clients’ and is ‘a well respected and sought after solicitor who retains a down to earth attitude to his colleagues and clients’. Other names of note include senior solicitor John Veale, who has strong expertise in fraud cases and drugs conspiracies, and senior solicitor Helen Holder ,  who works heavily on Crown Court cases.  White collar crime solicitor Frances Murray  is known for her ‘ability to manage document heavy cases’, ‘diligence in pursuing lines of enquiry’ and ‘client care’.

Slater and Gordon provides ‘a Roll-Royce service to its clients’, with a strong focus on representing police officers facing criminal allegations. Practice head Tim Coolican primarily focuses on business crime and serious misconduct, and has ‘a calm and measured approach’ which ‘belies his desire to always secure the right result for his clients’; he ‘thinks about cases from all angles’ and ‘will spot points others may not’.  Coolican represented West Mercia police officers in relation the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson as well as West Midlands police officers in relation to the investigation behind the death of Kingsley Burrell. He also acted for the Police Federation regarding the reopened inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Sue Swan has ‘an amazing eye for detail’, ‘does not leave a single stone unturned’ and ‘is passionate about her clients’ cases’. Swan has ‘particular expertise in cases of alleged sexual abuse, especially those involving historical allegations’. Criminal defence specialist James Walbeoff  provides advice that is ‘always realistic’ and ‘based upon a thorough grasp of the issues before him’.

Tuckers Solicitors  is ‘a nationally recognised brand’ which is ‘excellent’ in both fraud and general crime and known for the 'depth of its legal knowledge’ and ‘tenacity in representing its clients'. James Turner  leads the practice and ‘can be entrusted with the most complex cases’ and 'has an eye for detail’. Also recommended is solicitor advocate  Arvind Sharma, who handles Tuckers' police station department.

Alsters Kelley LLP  is ‘an extremely efficient firm of criminal solicitors’ focusing predominantly on the Coventry and Warwickshire area and dealing with cases involving manslaughter, fraud, drugs and assault. Stefan Hunka  co-heads the practice and has strong capabilities in motoring, health and safety,  and regulatory matters. Associate solicitor Jas Thiara also heads the practice, with a notable skillset in dealing with regulatory and motoring offences. Nuneaton-based Nazir Vania  is also a key figure and has worked on high profile murder and manslaughter cases.

Beswicks Legal  is ‘a very professional firm’ , known for its ‘attention to detail’ and ‘ensuring its clients’ interest are well presented’. Andrew Turnock   co-heads the practice and is ‘very confident’ and ‘experienced within the Crown Court arena’. Fellow practice head Charlotte Riley  is also heavily involved in Crown Court as well as Magistrate Court matters. Other key figures include associate Rebecca Dulson , who specialises in criminal court advocacy, and Lee Yates , who was recently made associate and has experience working in the Magistrates Court.

Lanyon Bowdler  is led by Adrian Roberts  who is experienced as a High Court advocate in the Crown Court and is also experienced in Court Martials and Court of Appeal work. Associate solicitor advocate Stephen Scully  has experience in the local youth, Magistrates and Crown Court.

Purcell Parker Solicitors's  legal aid practice focuses on criminal litigation with an additional prison law department. Managing partner Spencer Stephens leads the team alongside Tiernan Davis, who represents prisoners in disciplinary hearings, and Ben Galletti, who manages the police station group. Another key figure is solicitor David Rees, who handles youth court cases.

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