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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.
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  1. Crime: general
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
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BCL Solicitors LLP provides advice to professionals and high-profile clients, drawn from a range of industries, on a range of matters, including murder, manslaughter, motoring offences, historic sexual offences, and grievous bodily harm. Paul Morris heads the team, supported by Rachel Hubbard, Ellen Peart and Mark Haslam.

Practice head(s):Paul Morris

Other key lawyers:Rachel Hubbard; Ellen Peart; Mark Haslam

Work highlights

  • Acted for a former headmaster in a case regarding alleged sexual offences that took place in the 1980s; the client was acquitted.

Bindmans LLP is well-known for advising high-profile individuals on cases of extradition, murder, terrorism and fraud, and is especially strong in assisting with cases involving human rights aspects. Katie Wheatley leads the team, in which Kate Goold, senior consultant Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Kate Goold; Michael Schwarz; Jude Lanchin; Jessica Skinns


'Bindmans are an outstanding firm at the top of their game. They provide an outstanding service to clients and put everything into each and every one of their cases. Their reputation among the activist community is unparalleled.'

'The solicitors at Bindmans come up with innovative solutions to get the best result for their clients and really look to push the boundaries and change the law where it needs changing.'

'Mike Schwarz, Patrick Ormerod and Jessica Skinns are all stand-out, dedicated individuals for are clearly passionate about the work they do.'

Work highlights

  • Acting in the long-running Mitting Inquiry, which relates to the undercover policing of protest movements since the the 1960s; the firm has secured the quashing of 50 convictions of political activists to date.
  • Representing a number of the 'Extinction Rebellion' activists, charged with criminal damage, public nuisance and highway obstruction following protests in Central London in 2018.
  • Advised Salman Malak, a Syrian refugee of Kurdish ethnicity, on the appeal against his conviction in 2015 for possession of a false identity document with improper intention; the appeal was successful.

Blackfords LLP's 'very experienced and committed' team provides a 'first-class service'. The group is strong in handling both private instructions and legal aid work, and advises clients on, among other areas, sexual offences, assaults, murders, gang crime, thefts and money laundering cases. The 'outstanding tactician' Gary Bloxsome and 'charismatic' Trevor Francis jointly head the practice; they are supported by Diana Payne, Gary Rubin and 'very bright' barrister Rachel Wilson.

Practice head(s):Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis

Other key lawyers:Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Gary Rubin


'Blackfords LLP is a proactive, industrious and user-friendly firm that provides first-rate advice and support for lay clients'.

'Gary Bloxsome is a senior partner with a remarkable intellect and razor sharp judgement; clients love him'.

'Trevor Francis is diligent, conscientious and as hard as nails when required'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a defendant charged with the murder of a 15-year old boy following an alleged gang dispute; the client was acquitted.
  • Represented an investment banker who was charged with 13 counts of alleged historic sexual abuse; one count was initially struck out by the court before the client was acquitted of the remaining 12 counts.

Corker Binning's team has 'a fantastic spread of talent' and 'great strength and expertise across all levels of seniority'. The firm handles work for high-net-worth individuals, and has recently seen an uptick in cases involving historic sexual abuse. Other key areas of instruction include murder, extradition, dangerous driving and drugs offences. Robert Brown heads the practice, in which Andrew Smith, Jessica Parker and Edward Grange are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Robert Brown

Other key lawyers:Andrew Smith; Edward Grange; Jessica Parker

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident and Vladimir Putin critic who was due to go to trial for possession and creation of indecent images of children; the trial was halted on grounds of the defendant's ill health.

'Stellar firm' Hickman & Rose acts for a client base of high-profile individuals, including celebrities and high-net-worth individuals, with recent work including cases involving murder, fraud, historic sexual abuse investigations (and recent sexual offences), health and safety matters and GBH. Jenny Wiltshire - 'one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space' - leads the practice; Ross Dixon, Ben Rose, Aileen Colhoun and Peter Csemiczky are key individuals.

Practice head(s):Jenny Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Aileen Colhoun; Peter Csemiczky


'Jenny Wiltshire is one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space; she is very well connected and very knowledgeable'.

'Ben Rose is utterly practical and strategic in his approach'.

'Aileen Colhoun is a very safe pair of hands'.

'Peter Csemiczky has exceptional client care skills and is very personable'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a defendant charged with the murder of his infant daughter.
  • Defended Loic Arnaud against allegations of sexual assault against a student in 2016; the defendant was discharged after no evidence was offered in 2018.
  • Representing a defendant accused of GBH and child cruelty towards her son by means of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Nigel Richardson leads Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors' criminal practice, which is very well known for handling cases involving serious sexual offences, murder, drugs, and matters with a human rights element. Raj Chada is 'unflappable' and 'totally committed to his clients'. Kiran Mehta is 'incisive and effective'.

Practice head(s):Nigel Richardson

Other key lawyers:Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta


'Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is a firm willing to go the extra mile for every client'.

'The team provides a top-class and personal service that clients love'.

'Nigel Richardson is first class; calm, knowledgeable, vastly experienced and sensitive with lay clients'.

'Kiran Mehta is a formidable lawyer who single-mindedly perseveres in the face of adversity and achieves what few could'.

Work highlights

  • Represented 15 defendants who prevented a plane deporting refugees from taking off at Stansted airport by blocking the runway.
  • Acted for the communications manager of a high-profile charity after she was charged with trying to illegally smuggle a refugee into the UK from the 'Calais Jungle' camp after the refugee was found in the boot of her car; the defendant was found not guilty.

Viewed by some as 'a market leader in this field', Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for its 'wealth of experience in all areas of criminal and regulatory work' while its extradition practice is 'extremely well respected'. The 'very strong' team acts for individuals and corporations in cases concerning driving offences, extradition, sexual offences, fraud and matters with international elements. The 'outstanding' David Sleight, 'cool and collected' Rebecca Niblock, and Louise Hodges jointly head the practice. Sandra Paul is 'tactical and empathetic'. Counsel John Harding and senior associate Edmund Smyth - 'an innovative thinker' - are also names to note.

Practice head(s):David Sleight; Rebecca Niblock; Louise Hodges

Other key lawyers:John Harding; Sandra Paul; Edmund Smyth


'Kingsley Napley has real strength and expertise at all levels of the crime group. The team is hard-working, focused on getting results and yet maintains the human touch'.

'David Sleight is relentless in his pursuit of his client's case'.

'John Harding is the calm influence you'd definitely want in your corner if you were in trouble'.

'Rebecca Niblock is an excellent extradition practitioner, who always provides calm and measured advice'.

'Sandra Paul is a huge asset for the firm'.

'Edmund Smyth is a master of his cases; thoughtful, pragmatic and very client-focussed'.

Simons Muirhead & Burton's crime team is jointly led by Anthony Burton CBE and Philip Smith. The firm is well-known for acting for high-net-worth individuals and celebrities across a range of sensitive cases. Recent work for the group includes sexual assault cases, murder, bribery, armed robbery, media-related criminal law, theft and drug offences.

Practice head(s):Anthony Burton CBE; Philip Smith

Work highlights

  • Acted for Arif Ansari, the BBC Asian Network's head of news, who was prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992 for breaching a reporting restriction, after a reporter read out the real name of a victim of the Rotherham grooming scandal instead of a pseudonym on a news bulletin; Ansari was acquitted.

Tuckers Solicitors is especially strong in representing individuals involved in serious crime matters, including murder, manslaughter, fraud, corruption, bribery and sexual assault. The practice is led by Richard Egan, Jim Meyer and Sarnjit Lal.

Practice head(s):Richard Egan; Jim Meyer; Sarnjit Lal

Work highlights

  • Represented Jack Shepherd, who was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after a passenger died in a fall from his speedboat. He was tried in absentia after absconding from the UK in July 2018.
  • Acted for John Broadhurst, who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and murdered his girlfriend. He was acquitted of murder and assault and was convicted on a manslaughter charge.

Bark&co advises on cases of murder, sexual offences, terrorism, drugs, and manslaughter, to name a few areas. Giles Bark-Jones leads the practice, in which Frederick Bunn and consultant Paul Cameron are names to note.

Practice head(s):Giles Bark-Jones

Other key lawyers:Frederick Bunn; Paul Cameron

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kenneth Umezie, who was charged with murder after stabbing drill rapper Incognito; the defendant was acquitted.

'Excellent firm' Birds Solicitors is 'fully committed to providing a first class service for its clients'. The team handles a broad spectrum of serious criminal matters, including historic sexual offences, drugs conspiracies, murder, road traffic and motoring offences, and financial crime, and also undertakes a high level of legal aid work. The 'hugely experienced' and 'incredibly hardworking' practice head Steven Bird is 'a cerebral lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law'. Associate James Peacham is 'an excellent perfomer'; 'a hands on practitioner who goes the extra mile for clients'.

Practice head(s):Steven Bird

Other key lawyers:James Peacham


'The firm is a paragon of good practice'.

'Steven Bird is an evergreen authority in criminal defence law'.

'James Peacham is a first-rate associate - thorough, bright and empathetic'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former chaplain of an elite private educational institution regarding 24 counts of historical sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.
  • Defended music producer Jonathan King against 26 counts of historic sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.
  • Acted for professional photographer Pascal Molliere, who was charged with historic sexual assaults on four actresses; the defendant was acquitted of all charges.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson is adept at handling private criminal cases and legal aid work, and advises on a range of criminal matters, such as sexual offences, murder, fraud, drugs conspiracies, motoring offences and miscarriages of justice. Paul Harris and Shila Keshvari jointly head the team. Senior consultant Edward Preston and Kirsty Bishop are also key names. Natalie Berman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Paul Harris; Shila Keshvari

Other key lawyers:Kirsty Bishop; Natalie Berman; Edward Preston


'Paul Harris is immensely energetic and a forceful advocate'.

'Natalie Berman works tirelessly to secure the best outcomes for her clients'.

The 'very knowledgeable' team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is experienced in handling cases of gang crime, murder, large-scale drug importation, fraud, sexual offences, and immigration, to name a few areas. Joanne Gibbons and the 'hardworking' Eddie Tang jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):Joanne Gibbons; Eddie Tang


'The team is formed of consummate professionals, who are extremely hard working and dedicated to their clients'.

'Eddie Tang is fearless in his approach to cases and his judgement is second to none'.

Lewis Nedas Law Limited¬†provides 'sound and professional advice' on matters of people trafficking, fraud, murder, money laundering, sexual offences, cyber crime and drugs conspiracies. Practice head Jeffrey Lewis¬†is 'a fantastic tactical litigator'. Key individuals include¬†Siobhain Egan, who 'excels at putting clients at their ease', and Miles Herman,¬†who is ‚Äėhardworking and dedicated'. Unan Choudhury, who heads the East London office, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Lewis

Other key lawyers:Siobhain Egan; Miles Herman; Unan Choudhury


'A hardworking and tactically astute team'.

'Jeffrey Lewis is an inspirational lawyer'.

'Siobhain Egan is extremely experienced, dynamic and diligent; she always goes the extra mile to assist her clients and is fearless in representing them'.

'Miles Herman is a star performer; if there is a weakness in an opponent's case, he will find it'.

'Unan Choudhury is a passionate fighter for his clients'.

Lloyds PR Solicitors' 'dedicated, professional and pragmatic' team is divided into groups to handle the progression of cases, namely: the police station team, Magistrates Court team, Crown Court team, in-house advocacy team and confiscation team. The group has recently advised on cases of murder, extradition, drug offences, serious violence, terrorism and human trafficking. Names to note include Prasad Palihawadana, Harsha Rupasinghe, Manoj Rupasinghe and associate Mohsin Ariff.

Practice head(s):Prasad Palihawadana; Harsha Rupasinghe; Manoj Rupasinghe

Other key lawyers:Mohsin Ariff


'Lloyds PR Solicitors is a firm with real depth and strength'.

'Harsha Rupasinghe has an air of authority that automatically leaves clients feeling they are in the safest of hands'.

'Manoj Rupasinghe is incredibly hard working and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation'.

'Mohsin Ariff is exceptionally bright and thorough. He is always on top of his brief and has excellent client care skills'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant who was convicted of the murder of a transgender activist.
  • Acted for a client who was convicted of forming a conspiracy to throw acid on his three-year old son.
  • Defended a client who was alleged to have facilitated the importation of Class A drugs worth over £10m; the defendant was acquitted.

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'assiduous' team has been kept busy recently handling cases of historic and current sexual offences, assault, firearms and motoring offences. Practice head Jae Carwardine is 'meticulous, immensely intelligent and knowledgeable'; she is supported by the 'super-capable' Nicola O’Connor. Senior associate Marie Bourke is recommended. In June 2019 Martin Rackstraw returned to the firm after seven years at Bindmans LLP, where he had been joint head of the criminal law team.

Practice head(s):Jae Carwardine

Other key lawyers:Nicola O'Connor; Marie Bourke; Martin Rackstraw; Jenny Boyden


'Jae Carwardine has an exceptional manner with clients and leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of a case'.

'Marie Bourke is exceptional in her ability to obtain the best outcome for her client. Her determination, intelligence and intuitiveness are extremely impressive'.

'Nicola O'Connor is a super-capable solicitor. Nothing is too much trouble for her and her clients skills are fantastic. Great to have in your team'.

'Jenny Boyden stands out in a crowded field as a highly dedicated and long experienced criminal defence lawyer. She is well liked by her clients because of her ability to make each of them feel as if they are her only client. She demands the best and achieves stellar results.'

Shaw Graham Kersh is highly experienced in handling a broad range of serious criminal cases; recent work has included cases involving murder, drugs conspiracies and gang crime. Paul Graham and Philip Hill head the practice. Raymond Shaw has particular expertise in fraud work.

Practice head(s):Paul Graham; Philip Hill

Other key lawyers:Raymond Shaw

Work highlights

  • Acted for a defendant charged with participation in a large-scale drugs supply operation, involving over 100kg of cocaine and 10kg of heroin.
  • Assisted a client with an investigation into the allegedly unlicensed export of a drug capable of being used in executions.

'Highly professional firm' Sonn Macmillan Walker has recently advised on complex cases of terrorism, sexual offences, murder, extradition, drugs matters and motoring offences. Tim Walker, Amy Cox and David Sonn share leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):Tim Walker; Amy Cox; David Sonn


'A highly professional firm which provides an excellent service to their clients. They go to exceptional lengths to explore potential legitimate defences available to a client and areas of inquiry which ensure their clients have a fair trial. They combine advocacy with litigation skills to ensure they provide a complete service.'

'Tim Walker and David Kitson both have extensive expertise in complex criminal cases, including murder and terrorism. They go out of their way to ensure that their clients are engaged with every aspect of the proceedings.'

Work highlights

  • Represented Salih Khater, who was convicted of two charges of attempted murder after driving his car into people outside the Houses of Parliament.

At Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, the 'very hardworking' team is noted for its 'strength in depth', covering a broad spectrum of serious criminal matters, with murder, cybercrime, armed robbery, large scale drugs conspiracies and bribery cases featuring in the group's recent workload. Senior partner and practice head Bambos Tsiattalou is 'a wise head whose advice is much sought after, and a tenacious defender', and 'he runs the firm like a well oiled machine'. Brian Swan is 'careful and thorough'.

Practice head(s):Bambos Tsiattalou

Other key lawyers:Brian Swan


'Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is a smooth-running firm which deals with the whole range of general crime'.

'Bambos Tsiattalou is a commanding figure who inspires trust and confidence'.

'Brian Swan is tactically smart and really goes into battle for his clients'.

The team at ABV Solicitors garners praise for its 'excellent client care and expertise across a broad and diverse spectrum of criminal law disciplines'. It is adept at handling cases of terrorism, sexual assault (including historic abuse), immigration, human trafficking and immigration. Akhtar Ahmad and Robert Borwick head the practice.

Practice head(s):Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick


'ABV Solicitors provide a first-class service, characterised by a quiet efficiency, tactical astuteness and a personal touch'.

'Robert Borwick is an excellent all-round criminal lawyer and communicator, and very client friendly'.

'Akhtar Ahmad is an excellent lawyer in the field of very serious crime, particularly homicide cases'.

Edwards Duthie Shamash, which was formed by the merger of Steel & Shamash and Edwards Duthie in June 2019, handles serious crime matters such as terrorism, attempted murder and drugs offences, and is well known for defending teachers against allegations of assault and sexual offences. Key longstanding clients for the firm include the National Union of Teachers and the Labour Party. Rakesh Bhasin and Robert Dynowski head the practice.

Practice head(s):Rakesh Bhasin; Robert Dynowski

Key Clients

The Labour Party

The National Union of Teachers

Freemans Solicitors' team is 'hard working, dedicated and committed to achieving the best results for its clients'. Recent instructions for the group include cases of murder, sexual assault, violent crime and high-value fraud. Practice co-heads Michael Field and Kishoree Kotecha-Pau are 'extremely experienced, approachable and friendly lawyers'.

Practice head(s):Michael Field; Kishoree Kotecha-Pau


'Kishoree Kotecha-Pau combines an incisive legal brain with a gentle and reassuring manner. She is approachable, diligent, calm and constructive'.

'Michael Field is an excellent advocate who gets the work done very efficiently'.

GT Stewart Limited is well-known for representing vulnerable clients, with its 'passion for justice shining through in its work on appeals and youth justice'. Publicly funded work forms the backbone of the practice, and the team's workload includes cases of drugs offences, murder, robbery and sexual offences. Practice head Greg Stewart is 'creative and dynamic'.

Practice head(s):Greg Stewart


'Greg Stewart looks after his clients with extraordinary care and commitment, and has an extraordinary legal brain; a man to have on your side'.

Howard Kennedy LLP represents high-profile clients, high-net-worth individuals, media clients, and other professionals in cases of historic sexual offences, harassment, fraud and blackmail, among other areas. Ian Ryan leads the practice. Senior associate John Martyn is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:John Martyn

At ITN Solicitors, the team's workload includes cases of terrorism, drugs conspiracies, murder and matters with international law aspects. The 'committed, brave and highly professional' Simon Natas shares leadership of the practice with Itpal Dhillon and Tayab Ali, who is 'renowned for his work on terrorism cases'. Financial crime expert Nadeem Thanvi is another key name.

Practice head(s):Simon Natas; Tayab Ali; Itpal Dhillon

Other key lawyers:Nadeem Thanvi


'The team prides itself on providing the best possible service, fighting cases from all angles and taking new and innovative points'.

'Tayab Ali is a superb strategist and a force of nature in securing the best outcomes for his clients'.

'Nadeem Thanvi has exceptional case management skills and inspires enormous client confidence'.

'Itpal Dhillon is incredibly assiduous and hard-working'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sally Lane and John Letts, who allegedly sent terrorism funding to their son Jack Letts (dubbed 'Jihadi Jack' in the media).
  • Represented a defendant in a conspiracy to import heroin, cocaine and firearms into the UK from France; the defendant was found not guilty.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP provides 'a wealth of experience and an innovative approach' to cases. The firm is traditionally strong in INTERPOL matters, mutual legal assistance and extradition cases, yet is equally strong in handling a range of criminal matters, with recent work including cases of murder, sexual offences, serious violence and theft. Michael O’Kane - 'a great tactician with a wonderful ability to put clients at ease' - leads the practice. Nick Vamos and Neil Swift are key individuals.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Kane

Other key lawyers:Neil Swift; Nick Vamos


'The firm is equally at home advising companies and individuals'.

'Michael O'Kane can best be described as a rainmaker; he inspires great confidence'.

Work highlights

  • Advising a Yemeni billionaire, and his son by proxy, regarding allegations that the son murdered a Norwegian student in 2008.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's 'responsive and professional' team assists clients with a panoply of serious criminal cases, including drugs, sexual offences, murder and GBH. The 'exceptional' managing partner Rakeebah Rahim 'runs a smooth operation'; she co-leads the practice with Piers Desser, who is 'an excellent tactician'. Deniz Oguzkanli, who specialises in fraud cases, and associate Raphael Steele, who has 'an excellent manner with clients', are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Rakeebah Rahim; Piers Desser

Other key lawyers:Deniz Oguzkanli; Raphael Steele


'Piers Desser is the consummate criminal lawyer; he is highly intelligent, thoughtful and diligent'.

'Raphael Steele is a committed and diligent solicitor, who prioritises his clients' interests at all times'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for former Royal Ballet dancer Andrej Uspenski, who was convicted of a harassment campaign against his ex-girlfriend; he received a 12-month community order.

Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen share leadership of private client firm Shearman Bowen & Co's practice; past work for the team includes cases involving sexual assault, drugs and murder.

Practice head(s):Rick Shearman; Mark Bowen

Scott Ingram leads the practice at Slater and Gordon, which has a core focus on acting for members of police forces in cases involving, among other areas, misconduct proceedings, deaths in custody, use of force and criminal investigations.

Practice head(s):Scott Ingram

Brett Wilson LLP's 'strong criminal team' has recently advised on cases involving sexual offences, fraud, violent crime, historic sexual abuse and drug offences. 'Exceptional lawyer' Nick Brett heads the practice; he is supported by the 'tenacious and tactical' Alistair Parker.

Practice head(s):Nick Brett

Other key lawyers:Alistair Parker


'A boutique practice that offers impeccable client service and value for money'.

'An excellent outfit'.

'Nick Brett is an exceptional lawyer; he is extremely knowledgeable, and always a safe pair of hands'.

'Alistair Parker is tenacious, tactical and deeply committed to providing a quality service'.

Mark Beardsworth leads Brown Rudnick LLP's general crime team, which has a solid track record of handling cases of tax fraud, money laundering, sexual assault and historic child sex abuse, to name a few areas.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

Carson Kaye's team is led by John Carson and John Kaye, who has particular expertise in fraud cases. The firm specialises in private client work and is adept at handling a range of crime matters, with recent work including drugs conspiracies and cases involving serious violence. The team recently acted for far-right activist Tommy Robinson (known in litigation by his real name of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) in an ongoing case regarding Robinson's conviction for contempt of court after broadcasting a video on social media which featured defendants in a criminal trial.

Practice head(s):John Carson; John Kaye

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs valued at over £3.5m.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'hardworking' and 'committed' team covers a range of serious crime matters, including cases involving high-value money laundering, fraud, large-scale drugs conspiracies, sexual offences and murder. Hardeep Dhaliwal, Rubin Italia and Nicholas De Freitas share leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):Hardeep Dhaliwal; Rubin Italia; Nicholas De Freitas


'Hardeep Dhaliwal runs a very tight ship; he has great people skills and is a formidable solicitor'.

'Rubin Italia is an extremely talented lawyer with a wonderfully warm and kind manner. Clients love him and completely trust his judgement'.

Gherson has a niche focus on extradition cases, and counts SFO matters, freezing orders and INTERPOL cases as cornerstone areas of expertise. The firm has been acting on the high-profile case concerning the UK's first-ever unexplained wealth order, which was issued against the wife of a banker jailed in Azerbaijan. Immigration law expert Roger Gherson and associate Thomas Garner lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Roger Gherson; Thomas Garner

Work highlights

  • Acting for Zamira Hajiyeva regarding the issuance of an Unexplained Wealth Order against the defendant concerning alleged spending of £16m in Harrods over a ten-year period, and defending the client against an extradition request made by Azerbaijan.

Janes Solicitors is 'an excellent firm' where 'a client feels looked after from the moment they walk in the door'. Recent cases have included drugs conspiracies, fraud, sexual assault and murder. The 'innovative and hardworking' Robert Berg leads the team. James Mullion and Alex Mincoff are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Berg

Other key lawyers:James Mullion; Alex Mincoff


'Robert Berg is hugely experienced; his tactical knowledge and ability to get to the essentials of a case is impressive'.

Reeds Solicitors is a firm with 'wide ranging expertise across the spectrum of criminal law'. The 'industrious' team has recently advised on cases of attempted murder, conspiracy to kidnap, drugs offences and complex fraud. Practice head Abigail Ashford is 'dedicated' and 'extremely hardworking'; Mark Abbott is noted for his 'superb legal and tactical knowledge'.

Practice head(s):Abigail Ashford

Other key lawyers:Mark Abbott


'Abigail Ashford is always on top of her cases; she is proactive, diligent and knowledgeable'.

'Mark Abbott provides a highly personalised service to his clients, and he has an absolutely tireless work ethic'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client charged with attempted GBH and possession of a weapon after allegedly assaulting a police officer; the defendant was acquitted on the reason of insanity.

Stuart Miller Solicitors deals with cases of GBH, fraud, sexual assault, kidnap, human trafficking, possession of indecent images, drugs conspiracies, manslaughter and murder. Criminal law specialist Mohammed Zeb, together with Abu Kibla and fraud law expert Majad Habib, leads the practice. Other key names include Kate Blackmore, who has key expertise in sexual offences cases; Nawal Asskoumi, who specialises in cases involving homicide; and Gabriel Milton-Job, who focuses on fraud, cybercrime and money-laundering work.

Practice head(s):Mohammed Zeb; Abu Kibla; Majad Habib

Other key lawyers:Kate Blackmore; Nawal Asskoumi; Gabriel Milton-Job

Work highlights

  • Defended a client charged with the murder of his best friend; the client was convicted of manslaughter.
  • Represented a former teacher charged with historic sexual abuse of students at the school he worked at; the client was acquitted of all charges.
  • Acted for a client charged with manslaughter after the death of his brother via an alleged exorcism by family members; the client was acquitted.

Advice Wise Solicitors Limited's crime team has been kept busy of late with cases of burglary, murder, high-value fraud, and drugs conspiracies. Shahid Khan leads the team, while Abraar Ayaz is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):Shahid Khan

Other key lawyers:Abraar Ayaz

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who was convicted of stabbing a 23-year-old man.
  • Represented a lead defendant in a multi-handed internet banking fraud conspiracy worth more than £12m.
  • Defended a client who was accused of attempted murder after allegedly assaulting his partner; the defendant was acquitted of attempted murder but was convicted of GBH.
  • Represented a client who admitted to over 80 criminal offences including fraud and burglary; the defendant pleaded guilty and received a four-year prison sentence.

Cantaris Locke Solicitors has recently advised on cases of human trafficking, murder, drugs conspiracies, fraud and serious violence. Recent highlights included representing an individual being prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act in a multi-defendant case including charges of trafficking and prostitution. Costa Cantaris and the Stevenage-based Natalia Locke head the practice.

Practice head(s):Costa Cantaris; Natalia Locke


'Cantaris Locke provides a vigorous, empathetic service - it goes the extra mile for clients'.

'Costa Cantaris is a very determined individual who strives for the best result for his clients'.

'Natalia Locke offers straightforward, no-nonsense advice'.

Work highlights

  • Representing a client charged with the murder of his sister, who was strangled to death.
  • Acted for an individual charged with conspiracy to supply 22kg of cocaine worth around £2m; the defendant was found not guilty.

Cybercrime cases are a core area of expertise for the team at Cartwright King, and the firm is equally adept at handling other criminal matters such as fraud, serious violence, murder, extradition, manslaughter and sexual offences. Practice head Sundeep Soor, who is based in Nottingham, Richard Cornthwaite and Michael Herford are key names.

Practice head(s):Sundeep Soor

Other key lawyers:Richard Cornthwaite; Michael Herford


'The team is absolutely dedicated to its clients'.

'Richard Cornthwaite is superb with clients and a great tactician'.

'Michael Herford is a truly excellent solicitor: charismatic, energetic and engaging'.

Eastwoods is recognised as 'a specialist in the field of medical and professional crime'; the team is strong in defending professionals in cases involving allegations of sexual assault, manslaughter, and fraud. Surjit Dubb and Adam Smith are the key partners, and associate Stephen Hooper is recommended.

Practice head(s):Adam Smith; Surjit Dubb

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hooper


'Surjit Dubb is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents'.

'Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable'.

Work highlights

  • Defended a female dentist charged with three counts of sexual assault against other female staff members; the defendant was found not guilty after no evidence was offered against her.

MK Law Solicitors Limited handles various serious criminal matters, including murder, terrorism cases, sexual offences, armed robbery and fraud. In 2018 the team secured an acquittal for Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, who was charged with intent to commit an act of terror after he drove to Buckingham Palace with a samurai sword. The firm opened in 2008 and now has a team forty staff covering both criminal and civil cases with offices in London and Bromley. The team is led by Manisha Knights, Hesham Puri and Derek Barry.

Practice head(s):Hesham Puri; Manisha Knights; Derek Barry


'MK Law Solicitors is excellent in terms of its client care and case preparation'.

'MK Law's strength is its founding partner. Manisha Knights started this firm at a time when all warned her not to, but her hard work and enthusiasm has driven the firm to the success it is now.'

'Hesham Puri is very astute, engaging and committed'.

'Manisha Knights is utterly committed to her clients'.

'Derek Barry is very hardworking, and has excellent tactical awareness'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a student charged with harassment after sending sexual photographs of a sex worker to one of her family members; the defendant was acquitted of stalking.

Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors' 'very strong' team deals with a variety of cases, such as fraud, drugs offences, sexual assault, and robbery. Greg Powell - 'a veteran of the criminal law sphere' - and Mark Troman lead the practice, in which Sinead Zaman is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Greg Powell; Mark Troman

Other key lawyers:Sinead Zaman


'A very professional and knowledgeable team that provides a personal service'.

'Greg Powell is a veteran of the criminal law sphere, and his knowledge and experience is second-to-none. He always goes the extra mile for his clients'.

'Mark Troman has a keen legal mind and is always one step ahead in spotting the key points in a case'.

Work highlights

  • Defended Richard Holden, a special advisor to the former Secretary of State for Defence, against allegations of sexual assault; the defendant was acquitted.

Roe Lawyers'¬†team of 'consummate professionals' provides 'an extremely high level of service' and is 'ready to do battle when required'. Practice head Stephanie Roe¬†is ‚Äėa seasoned and knowledgeable criminal practitioner‚Äô, 'very dedicated to her cases and clients' and¬†'will always go the extra mile'. Sexual assault cases have been prominent in the team's recent workload.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Roe


'A boutique firm which prides itself on providing a personal service'.

'The tenacious, conscientious and hard-working team is committed to providing the highest standards of service and support to its clients'.

'Stephanie Roe is an extraordinarily committed, passionate and tenacious lawyer'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant before the Court of Appeal concerning his earlier conviction for attempted murder; the conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered, after which he was convicted of intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The criminal team at Vardags acts for professionals and high-net-worth individuals in cases of sexual assault, fraud, and murder, among other areas. Robert Conway heads the team, and senior associate Lucy Winter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Conway

Other key lawyers:Lucy Winter


'The criminal team at Vardags go the extra mile to ensure clients’ needs are met'.

'Robert Conway is a seasoned practitioner who provides clear and concise advice and leads the team with authority; his clients love him'.

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