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Cartwright King’s ‘expert’ team includes Alwyn Jones, who prosecutes and defends serious offence cases, and Andy Cash and Imogen Cox, who both specialise in motoring matters. Work highlights included defending an accused in rape and murder cases as well as against allegations of indecent assault, burglary, solicitation and theft with elements of breach of trust. Defence advocate Paul Wright assists the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with private prosecution work, while Derby-based Simon Dhillon is another name to note. All individuals mentioned are based in Leicester unless noted otherwise. Graham Heathcote and Mark Hopwell left the firm.

The ‘impressive and hardworking’ team at Smith Partnership comprises ‘a vast array of dedicated and knowledgeable criminal lawyers, who work tirelessly for their clients’. ‘Amazing all-rounder’ Andrew Oldroyd is recommended for motoring prosecutions as well as youth defence work, where he defended a young person against charges of attempted child abduction and conspiracy to kidnap in a case involving the co-defendant faking pregnancy, arranging a social media scam and posing as a social worker. In another matter, Oldroyd defended the accused in an armed robbery and murder case, resulting in the conviction of manslaughter and sentence to custody. Adrian Pearce represents defendants in large-scale conspiracy cases and investigations relating to drug crime and trafficking. Kevin McGrath and David Cusack are also recommended. Stephen Chittenden has retired.

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Carter Osborne Limited

We are the largest criminal practice in Northamptonshire having secured a further government contract in April 2017 and have been an important presence in this county since the 1960’s. We have an extremely experienced team. There are 12 duty solicitors and 7 higher court advocates. We are committed to providing a high level of service to each and every client. The firm has a very high level of repeat clients which is testimony to this and we are CLAS and SQM accredited. We deal with legal aid and private clients on an equal footing.

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Providing an ‘excellent service’, Wilkin Chapman LLP is particularly recommended for army-related cases. Gordon Holt, renowned for his court martial expertise, successfully defended several individuals from a custodial sentence and dishonourable discharge from the Armed Services. Outside the military space, the firm is a panel member for the National Farmers Union, National Union of Teachers and Royal College of Nursing. Rachel Taylor combines ‘integrity and commitment with an astute understanding of the law and a practical approach’ to deliver ‘immaculately prepared cases with diligence and care’. She recently prosecuted a case for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arising from dog fighting. Andrew Holt heads the team from Lincoln. Alex Rynn joined Kaim Todner Solicitors.

Steve Williams is the key contact at Forrest Williams, which defends individuals in cases ranging from drink driving to sexual offences and fraud. Williams defended in a historic sex offence case involving the client’s family members and dating back 20 years. Other recent work includes handling a high-profile death by dangerous driving case and defending a client against charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

ZMS Solicitors’ group includes criminal defence specialists Amar Mehta, Parmjit Singh and Yakesh Tanna, and is recommended for a wide range of complex matters including serious sexual offences and charges related to drug activity. The team represented a defendant in a high-profile case involving multiple rape charges; handled a murder case pertaining to drug distribution; and acted for a previously convicted client regarding charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

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