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Based in modern offices in the West End of London, Shaw Graham Kersh combines the experience, expertise and professionalism expected of a niche boutique private crime firm, together with the commitment to all clients that is to be expected from all the best high street legal aid firms. The practice is decidedly 'top heavy' with partners and experienced solicitors, in clear contrast to the government-favoured large-scale factory approach to delivering legal aid. As a result the client will be guaranteed an experienced lawyer to navigate him or her through what is undoubtedly an arduous time of their life.

The firm: Paul Graham, Raymond Shaw and Daniel Kersh founded Shaw Graham Kersh in 1999 to specialise in criminal defence litigation. Philip Hill joined the partnership in 2001. The firm quickly gained recognition as a leading firm in the field and has been recommended in The Legal 500 for many years. Each partner brings his particular area of expertise to the firm, and is assisted by a dedicated team of lawyers and assistants who have themselves been with the firm for many years. As a result the firm can meet its clients' needs, whatever the demands. The firm prides itself in remaining committed to providing the best service to its clients, whether they are privately paying or funded by the Legal Aid Agency. As a result of their reputation in criminal litigation, much of the firm's work comes from former clients of the firm, and from peer firms, as well as those that do not practise criminal law. The firm's ability to survive and prosper in an increasingly competitive market is a reflection of the professionalism and expertise demonstrated on behalf of its many clients.

Types of work undertaken: The firm undertakes all work associated with criminal law, but has an established reputation in particular as regards very serious criminal offences, such as terrorism, murder and large scale drug trafficking. The firm is also recognised as a leading firm in respect of fraud work, and is often involved in the most high value trials, for which a dedicated team from the office is earmarked, headed up by Raymond Shaw. The firm has a superb record in this regard. As a result of its location near to City of Westminster Magistrate's Court, Shaw Graham Kersh is also recognised for the work it undertakes in extradition law, and has been involved in several precedent setting legal cases over the last few years. The firm also has a specialist advocacy department, so that if required, the same lawyer can be provided from the outset to conclusion of proceedings, without any loss of continuity, a vital factor when considering a client's needs. For private road traffic cases a fixed rate is available on request.

  • Number of UK partners: 4
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 11
  • Breakdown of work %

  • General crime/advocacy: 60
  • Fraud: 30
  • Extradition: 10

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