Crime: General crime and fraud in East Midlands

Cartwright King

Cartwright King continues to grow and enhance its reputation for defending clients at venues ranging from the police station to the Crown Court. One notable individual at the firm is Andy Cash, who specialises in road traffic offences. The team is jointly led by Simon Dhillon and senior clerk James Bainbridge, who is the head of the Crown Court department. Also recommended are High Court advocate Kevin Waddingham and senior associate Nicola Hunter. Clients praise the team's 'depth of experience' and 'proactive' approach.


Cartwright King is excellent in the field of fraud. It compares very well to other big firms that do that sort of work because they have the resources to be able to commit to individual cases.’

This is an excellent firm that is well ahead of its peers. It offers legal advice and expertise that is second to none.’

The white-collar crime team have strength in numbers and a depth of experience. They work together as a team to get you the right lead lawyer to suit your case. They are always approachable and are proactive in keeping communications up to date.’

Cartwright King Solicitors is a professional, nationwide, multi-discipline firm hosting a number of reputable and excellent fraud and defence lawyers on every level upwards.’

Smith Partnership

Smith Partnership has a high level of expertise and its practice is split between criminal defence and business defence. The criminal defence team advises clients on cases involving a broad range of crimes, including homicide, drugs conspiracies, serious sexual assaults and regulatory matters. It demonstrates strong capabilities in the defence of youths and the vulnerable. Practice head Andrew Oldroyd is increasingly instructed to act for individuals and companies in the defence of motoring prosecutions. Managing partner Kevin McGrath, who leads the business defence team, handles cases involving high-level fraud and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Oldroyd

Other key lawyers:

Kevin McGrath

Forrest Williams

Forrest Williams is a niche criminal practice that specialises in false sex allegations, fraud, POCA and motoring cases. Its POCA and fraud work, in particular, is on the increase. Practice head Steve Williams is experienced in court martial work and also has expertise in motoring law.

Practice head(s):

Steve Williams

Johnson Astills

Johnson Astills has an experienced criminal department that represents clients at all court levels. The team advises on cases involving a wide range of serious offences, such as murder, terrorism, drugs and sexual offences. The majority of the firm's Crown Court cases are dealt with by in-house solicitor advocates. Managing partner Helen Johnson, who is 'very experienced', co-heads the practice with Michelle Harding.

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Barrowcliffe


Helen Johnson is very experienced in the criminal courts – she has been appearing in the crown court as an advocate for over 20 years and is a fluent advocate who conducts serious criminal cases.’

This is a very professional practice and I have been impressed by the quality of service, empathy, support and advice given throughout my dealings. Answers to queries have been swift and overall client care has been of the highest order.’

Helen Johnson, managing partner, inspires confidence with clear explanations, quality advice and representation whilst Rebecca Barrowcliffe, a key member of Helen’s team, has provided great support, advice and professionalism throughout the entire process. I have felt well looked after by everyone involved in what have been difficult and unexpected circumstances.’

Richard Nelson LLP

Boutique firm Richard Nelson LLP is sought out to advise on cases involving alleged fraud and financial crime, tax investigations, professional disciplinary investigations and proceedings, and alleged serious sexual offences. Practice head Jacqui Callan, who is a 'first-rate lawyer', has a specialism in sexual offence cases. Richard Etherington has cultivated a growing practice acting for members of the Armed Forces.

Practice head(s):

Jacqui Callan


A first class service to lay and professional clients alike.’

The firm deals with complex technical cases professionally and with a personal touch. The criminal law solicitors work outside normal hours to meet needs of professional clients and have the ability to offer joint working with their regulatory team.’

Jacqui Callan (partner) and Richard Etherington (associate) typify the excellence offered by the firm, going above and beyond a client’s expectations.’

They have a relentless focus on the client. Their lawyers take the time to understand the individual client’s needs and to offer tailored advice on the client’s problem. They get the emotional side of supporting someone through the criminal justice system but never shy away from giving the difficult advice that sometimes has to be given to suspects/defendants. I would happily have a family member represented by them.’

Jacqui Callan – first rate lawyer. A specialist in dealing with sexual offence cases. Has superb communication skills and is able to deal with the most challenging clients in a compassionate but firm way. Always available. Richard Etherington. A bright lawyer who is a pleasure to work with.’