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Brian Hegarty

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David Gray Solicitors LLP

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Brian is head of the crime department and specialises in all matters that come before criminal courts and inquests. He is a Higher Court advocate, representing defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Brian is known for winning difficult cases and has represented defendants facing serious charges, including murder, rape, sexual offences, extensive drug importations and supply, violent crime, white-collar crime, proceeds of crime and regulatory crime. Through a series of cases heard at the Court of Appeal, the department argued that the existing penal regime was inadequate when applied to those detained under the Mental Health Act. This culminated in Brian successfully representing an appellant before the Court of Appeal in a precedent setting case where the judgment included an appeal from the Lord Chief Justice for Parliament to reconsider the issue. Brian has appeared in a number of inquests including; death in a care home, death in police custody and death of a motorcyclist following a police chase, as well as acting on behalf of families following the death of a relative in prison.


Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme.

North: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Benefiting from a close co-operation with the firm’s mental health, immigration and family teams, David Gray Solicitors LLP is well equipped to guide individuals and business entities through a wide range of white-collar crime and fraud proceedings including tax, VAT and benefit fraud matters; the latter is a key area of expertise for solicitor Emma Silburn. Team head Brian Hegarty routinely acts as a higher court advocate, representing defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Solicitor Jonathan Cousins is experienced in handling money and asset seizures.

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Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Brian Hegarty - David Gray Solicitors LLP

Within: Crime: general

David Gray Solicitors LLP is recognised by clients and peers alike for its criminal law practice, which frequently works in conjunction with the firm’s mental health, immigration and family departments. In co-operation with the latter, the team acted in a case concerning the assault against a child where a parent is said to be responsible for the infliction of non-accidental injuries. Other recent work includes acting for a client accused of joint enterprise murder, defending a client against drug supply-related allegations as well as acting in a number of rape trials and proceedings concerning death by dangerous driving. Team head Brian Hegarty frequently acts as a higher court advocate and represents defendants in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Other key individuals include solicitor Michael Gibson, who is particularly experienced in handling assault and motoring offence-related trials, senior solicitor Janice Hall, who is well versed in dealing with youth court proceedings alongside criminal matters involving domestic violence and sexual offences, as well as solicitors Emma Silburn and Paul Harbison, who are both recognised for their expertise in mental health-related work.

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