Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

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.
Click here for more details

United Kingdom > East Midlands > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings



Index of tables

  1. Crime: general
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Andrew Oldroyd - Smith Partnership

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Crime: general clients in East Midlands using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Cartwright King has a varied practice that covers heavyweight crimes such as murder, rape and sexual offences; licensing appeals; motoring offences, for which it has a dedicated team; and defending cases involving attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Proceeds of crime proceedings are another are another area of focus. In addition to its track record in defending clients at every level of the criminal justice system, the department also takes on criminal regulatory work, including instructions in relation to Ofsted, Trading Standards, the Security Industry Authority and the Care Quality Commission. Key figures include practice head Paul Wright, motoring department heads Imogen Cox and Andy Cash, and Alwyn Jones, who leads the in-house chambers.

Smith Partnership’s ‘dedicated and hard-working team of extremely knowledgeable criminal practitioners’ offers ‘a one-stop shop’ for criminal defence matters. Key figures in the ‘outstanding’ department include practice head and ‘master of the criminal courts’ Andrew Oldroyd, David Cusack, and Higher Courts advocate Justin Ablott. The practice also has as a deep bench of more junior solicitors.


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.

Read more…

Wilkin Chapman LLP has unique expertise in court martial defence work, a key specialism of senior solicitor Gordon Holt. Senior solicitor Rachel Taylor is an expert in road traffic offences, but also has strong regulatory credentials covering issues ranging from health and safety prosecutions to environmental offences. The team's other areas of expertise include representing clients at the police station, youth, magistrates and crown court, as well as handling judicial reviews. It also handles legal aid work.

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Forrest Williams is known for ‘genuinely caring about its clients’. The boutique firm exclusively handles privately funded work spanning criminal and motoring charges as well as regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings, with an especially busy caseload defending against sexual offence allegations. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Steve Williams stands out for his ‘particular focus on client care’.

ZMS Solicitors offers a broad range of expertise, including serious sexual and drug-related offences. Amar Mehta, Parmjit Singh and Yakesh Tanna are the main contacts.

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

GC Diversity and Inclusion Report

In partnership with...

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

Press Releases in the UK

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to