Crime: general in London
Although renowned for its expertise in high-net-worth cases, with past clients including high profile public figures such as prime minister Boris Johnson, the general crime team at BCL Solicitors LLP handles work for a broad range of clients. In particular, it is notable for handling allegations relating to drugs, physical assault, sexual offences, serious driving matters and advice on appeal. Rachel Hubbard advises on collateral and regulatory proceedings that run in parallel to criminal issues, while associate David Hardstaff has established a reputation for his work on complex litigation cases. 'Skilful navigator' Paul Morris leads a team that also includes industry 'titan' Ellen Peart.
‘The premier crime team in the country‘.
‘Ferocious on behalf of their clients, commercially minded and forensic in their analysis. These are the guys you want going out to bat for you‘.
‘A very high quality outfit that sets the bar for the representation of individuals in private crime across the board. I have worked with a number of partners in complex corruption matters and their client service is second to none‘.
‘BCL are -and have been for some time – the pre-eminent solicitors firm for criminal law. While other firms compete, they do not compare in terms of quality. BCL are the go-to firm for anyone who possesses the funds and demands the best defence‘.
‘Ellen Peart is a titan in her field. She sees solutions where others see problems; she is always available for her clients and puts you at ease’
‘Rachel Hubbard is one of the best criminal solicitors in the UK. She has a meticulous eye for detail and demands the very best from instructed counsel and co-workers. Her decades of experience in criminal law and exceptional client care make her a star performer in the area and if my children were in any kind of trouble she would be the very first person I would call. Peerless.’
‘David Hardstaff is excellent. His success rate in cases has caused solicitors and barristers alike to take note. A rising star‘.
‘Paul Morris is renowned for his client care and skilful navigation through the process. Clients are always reassured by his calm and tactical approach. He is personable, warm and always manages to bring the team of paid individuals who usually surround high profile clients together’
Boris Johnson (MP)
- Represented Boris Johnson in respect of private prosecutor Marcus Ball’s attempt to issue three summonses regarding Mr Johnson’s promotion of the ‘£350m slogan’ during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.
- Ongoing representation of Charlie Elphicke, the former MP for Dover & Deal, in relation to allegations of sexual assault. Elphicke was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against two women.
Bindmans LLP has a distinguished reputation in human rights and public order matters in addition to serious crime and large-scale fraud. Notably, the firm also caters for privately brought prosecutions. The team is led by 'superb tactician' Katie Wheatley as well as Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns, respectively notable for their expert handling of street crime and assisted suicide matters. Ella Jefferson is the name to note for protest work while Kate Goold is a 'first class extradition lawyer'.
‘Bindmans are a first rate criminal defence firm. They are able to bring together considerable experience in civil liberties and human rights, to offer expert assistance to clients with novel and unique criminal cases’
‘Bindmans reputation for protest law is stellar. Every brief that I have had from Bindmans has been well prepared, and it is clear that their lawyers have thought deeply about the issues and strategy of the case’
‘Bindmans are second to none in their commitment to achieving social justice and providing an exceptional standard of representation. They have real strength in depth in terms of the quality of their lawyers and the quality of their case preparation is a cut above competitors‘.
‘Bindmans are a superlative firm on extradition matters, with a broad array of incredibly focused and committed solicitors. I have nothing but praise for the detailed and meticulous case preparation and they are always a pleasure to work with‘.
‘Kate Goold combines a fierce intellect and a work ethic second to none. She leave no stone unturned in preparing her cases, conducting research and exploring every possibility to secure the best outcome for the client. She is frankly outstanding‘.
‘Jessica Skins and Kate Goold are both very experienced and capable solicitors with excellent client-care skills and strong tactical instincts’
‘Jude Lanchin is, quite rightly, a true legend in her field. Her commitment, over decades of criminal defence work, is unwavering. She is an inspiration to many of her colleagues and juniors are privileged to learn from her. Complex and serious cases are her forté but equally her commitment to young and vulnerable defendants generates loyalty and drives successful outcomes’
- Acted for Ann Whaley in connection with a police investigation into encouraging and assisting the suicide of her husband, who had motor neurone disease and who planned to end his life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
- Acted for Moosa Mohammed as the subject of an ongoing police investigation into an offence of aggravated trespass on diplomatic premises.
- Advised an employee of an NGO who was the subject of an unfounded, arbitrary and politically motivated allegation of being involved in terrorist activity which led to detention and investigation overseas.
'Class act' Gary Bloxsome co-leads the general crime team at Blackfords LLP with fraud specialist Trevor Francis. Covering the entire range of criminal work, the firm is particularly known for representing high-profile and high-net-worth clients. Recent cases have covered murder, gangland killings, street violence, money laundering, drugs, and serious sexual offences. In addition, the firm handles allegations of war crimes, corporate manslaughter, immigration and election law matters. Daniel Cundy is recommended for complex issues such as tax evasion and breaches of sanctions, while associate Naureen Shariff demonstrates 'exceptional client handling skills'.
‘The team are fantastic. There is no case too complex or large for them to take on.
‘Blackfords is a standout firm. Year-on-year, they expand the breadth of their corporate advisory/investigations work and complex multi juristrictional matters’
‘Blackfords are one of the best criminal firms. They often represent high profile clients and their cases frequently attract press attention. They are equally comfortable dealing with serious legal aid crime cases such as murder as privately funded white collar crime‘.
‘Danny Cundy has a brain the size of a planet. He is incredibly incisive and measured. He brings an aura of calm to any situation‘.
‘Gary Bloxsome is a class act. He won’t be intimidated or riled by any opponent. Whilst a fighter, he is also pragmatic, down to earth and easy to work with – a real team player. He is bright, trustworthy, discreet‘.
‘Naureen Shariff is unflappable, good humoured and with exceptional client handling skills. Her work is of the highest quality and she has proven herself time and time at being adept at taking on new areas of law and doing so capably and effectively. Naureen is definitely one to watch for the future. An up and coming superstar‘.
- Represented a defendant in relation to a large-scale multi-handed conspiracy to evade the importation of anabolic steroids, worth nearly €12m (a case prosecuted by the National Crime Agency).
- Acted for a defendant in relation to a six-handed conspiracy to manage brothels, people trafficking and money laundering involving a network of brothels across the south east of England.
- Represented an ex-army major in the Iraq Fatality Investigations, a set of proceedings pursuant to Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Corker Binning's general crime team handles the most serious of cases. Its caseload includes allegations of murder, rape, drug offences and matters concerning child/elder abuse. The firm has a reputation for representing clients in high profile investigations, particularly those involving juveniles. Practice head Edward Grange is a specialist in extradition and international work and is renowned for his 'authoritative' approach. Other key names are Jessica Parker, Robert Brown, the 'simply incredible' Andrew Smith and 'rising star' associate Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh.
‘Corker Binning is a truly exceptional firm. The firm is small team of experts, enabling it to maintain a collegiate atmosphere and to provide the close attention of partners to every case. Without exception, the solicitors at Corker Binning have demonstrated good judgement and client care skills that are second to none‘.
‘Corker Binning are an extremely professional firm providing the highest standard of service to their clients. They are assiduous in protecting their clients from media exposure and have a discreet approach that not all firms mirror‘.
‘Corker Binning is a first class firm. It is large enough to take on the most challenging and document-heavy cases but, by not getting too big, they have preserved the personal touch of a much smaller firm and always have wonderful attention to detail’
‘Robert Brown has unparalleled experience that extends into general crime as well as financial crime – he has a first class forensic brain and combines that with great empathy. He leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of his cases and is particularly good at dealing with highly anxious clients’
‘Andrew Smith is highly intelligent, focused and really switched on. He is simply incredible. He’s fantastic with clients, very smart, and brings an impressive mix of legal knowledge and nous to any team’.‘
‘Edward Grange is an authoritative lawyer and a reassuring presence on any team. He has helped high profile and professional clients in extremely difficult situations, expertly guiding them to achieve the best outcomes. Edward’s judgement is fantastic‘.
‘Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh is an absolute star in the making and there are great expectations of her’
Two former members of 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment
- Secured confirmation this year that two ex-soldiers, who were investigated for various offences in connection with the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ on 30 January 1972, will not be charged. One soldier was under investigation for at least three murders and one attempted murder. The other for incitement to murder and grievous bodily harm.
- Helped former MP Chris Davies avoid imprisonment in connection with the first ever prosecution under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009. Davies was accused of forging invoices for submission in support of expenses claims.
The crime team at Hickman & Rose is described by clients as 'a force to be reckoned with'. It advises across a range of cases but has particular expertise in sexual misconduct allegations, in which the 'absolutely committed' practice head Jenny Wiltshire is a sector expert. The firm also advises on murder/manslaughter cases as well as those involving whistleblowing and money laundering. With a client-base that includes well-known names from the entertainment, political, medical and legal sectors, the team receive praise from clients. Ross Dixon is described as a 'real star', Ben Rose as 'legendary', while Aileen Colhoun 'is able to turn her hand to any case'. Peter Csemiczky is also recommended.
‘A force to be reckoned with. They absolutely punch above their weight in terms of size’
‘A fantastic firm who offer an unparalleled level of service. They are totally devoted to their clients’ cases and achieving the best possible outcome. Preparation is pain-staking and thorough’
‘Hickman & Rose are my go-to firm for any crime or fraud matters’
‘Ben Rose knows everybody and everything that is going on, as far as criminal litigation is concerned. He is a consummate professional – calm, reassuring, and with a breadth of understanding regarding people and criminal litigation that is unrivalled. He is legendary and definitely a go-to individual for anyone who finds themselves on the wrong side of the law’
‘Jenny Wiltshire is a pre-eminent lawyer in criminal law. She is absolutely committed to getting the right result and will use all of her intellectual acumen, know-how, and street-fighting skills to get there’
‘Clients know, like, and trust Peter Csemiczky and to have achieved this already as a new partner, is indicative of his skills.’
‘Aileen Colhoun is the mother of criminal litigation. She has been there, seen it, done it, got the t-shirt, and written the book. She is able to turn her hand to any case’
‘Ross Dixon is extremely bright, highly motivated and a real star’
- Acted for a highly successful pharmaceutical company which produces intravenous nutrition for babies inUK hospitals which is facing a series of very charges in relation to the Health and Safety and Medicines Acts.
- Acted for a father charged with the murder and manslaughter of his 2 year old daughter. This case involved complex medical expert evidence. Our client was acquitted of all charges.
- Acted for two members of the so-called “Oval Four” who were convicted of attempted theft and assault on police in 1972. In December 2019, the Lord Chief Justice quashed their convictions.
Leading protest lawyer Raj Chada co-leads the 'talented' general crime team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors. The firm is known for its expertise representing vulnerable adults facing prosecution, with autism and mental health key areas of expertise. The team work across a mix of publicly and privately funded cases that include civil disobedience matters and historic sex offences. Kiran Mehta delivers the 'highest levels of legal service' while Kerry Spence is the partner to note for murder and serious assault charges. Mike Schwarz, who has particular expertise in the laws relating to protests, joined from Bindmans LLP in 2020.
‘A standout firm in every way. A brilliant combination of hard hitting legal aid work with passionate lawyers who fight tooth and nail for vulnerable clients’
‘Hodge Jones & Allen has a highly talented team of lawyers across all levels of seniority and including many specialists in particular areas of crime‘
‘Manages the trick of being both a long established firm and seeming young and having an excitement about them. They are very professional but also friendly and sensible. All together an excellent outfit‘.
‘Raj Chada stands out as a star. He is calm, clever and hard working. His easy, relaxed manner does not stop him from giving advice to a wide range of clients. He’s deeply committed to his clients – a leader in the field of protester work‘.
‘Kiran Mehta is fantastic on every level. Dedicated and diligent, his responsiveness, attention to detail and awareness constantly impress. I would instruct him to defend members of my family‘
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Having handled a number of transatlantic #metoo cases, the general crime team at Kingsley Napley LLP is regarded as a 'go to' firm for Hollywood A-listers, politicians, regulated professionals and sports professionals. Led by Sandra Paul 'the best criminal partner in London' and the 'hugely reassuring' David Sleight, it covers niche areas such as 'sextortion' as well as immigration and extradition cases. Clients can benefit from the firm's international reach and associated expertise in cross-border matters. Rebecca Niblock is a recognised specialist in extradition. Associate Matthew Hardcastle specialises in pre-charge litigation.
‘Highly collaborative and team based in everything they do. Friendly and down to earth while also being world class. Uniquely able to bring together the brightest and the best but without being pompous or superior in their attitude. Great listeners, hard workers and tactically the best in the business‘.
‘KN are exceptional in almost all categories! They are streaks ahead of everyone else and provide a very high level of service. If I were in trouble that’s where I would go. I like the fact they are genuinely committed to providing excellence even on less lucrative cases or on cases of less seriousness. They completely get how serious every case is for a client . They unfailing do the very best for their clients’
‘The KN team are one of the best known, oldest and highly regarded teams in this area of work. They get first rate work and deliver excellent results‘.
‘Sandra Paul is the best criminal partner in London and takes no prisoners when it comes to dealing with difficult cases and difficult opponents‘.
‘David Sleight pores over every detail, which is exactly what you want in a solicitor. He’s hugely reassuring – you just feel better when he is in the room. He is empathetic even with the most difficult and demanding of clients‘.
Led by the 'exceptional' Philip Smith, the general crime team at Simons Muirhead & Burton attracts a substantive number of the UK's most high-profile cases. Supported by Anthony Burton CBE, the team is known for representing clients facing the most serious of allegations including rape, murder, possession with intent to supply and racially aggravated public order offences. Notably, the firm has niche expertise in mounting defences for vulnerable adults. The 'unshakeable' senior associate Henrietta Ronson is highly recommended for allegations of sexual assault.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceeded all my expectations’
‘Forensic, detailed and thorough. No stone was left unturned. I felt, at every stage, that I could not have been in better hands‘.
‘Led by the ever-wise Anthony Burton and the exceptional Phil Smith, the crime team at SM&B provide a complete and unrivalled service to corporate and individual clients under investigation.The team is always knowledgeable, committed, organised and efficient.’
‘SMB are an outstanding firm. Anthony Burton CBE demonstrated extraordinary passion and expertise in fighting my case at the Old Bailey; and in lifting my occasional despair at an absurd, unfounded prosecution. Even if he and his team had not secured a unanimous not guilty verdict I would not fault them.’
‘Phil Smith’s reputation cannot be overstated – he is a force of nature. His experience in all areas of criminal law is second to none and he grasps the issues in any case quickly and reassuringly maps out the best way of dealing with crisis management. He commands respect in all criminal spheres and leads the team with a pragmatism, inventiveness and vibrancy that few can match and none can surpass’
Anthony Burton is a doyen of the criminal defence fraternity, having been a founding partner of the firm.
Henrietta Ronson is thoughtful and persuasive with a track record that is as impressive as it is lengthy. Hard-working and with a quick grasp of detail she is unshakeable as she represents a wide variety of clients with incisive determination. She is clearly a unique talent’
LR and GS
- Extremely highly-regarded university professor accused of ABH against a 76 year old after discovering his 26 year old Swedish girlfriend was having an affair with him.
- Rising star at a leading global investment bank accused of assaulting five cabin staff on a transatlantic flight, whose defence of non-insane automatism relies on the unforeseeable interaction between different types of sleeping pills such that CW had no control over what happened and has no memory of the flight.
- Two vulnerable defendants accused of making multiple hoax bomb calls to disrupt a local council after the council’s failed prosecution for fraud against them in 2015 caused the collapse of his housing business.
Described as 'the man to go to for criminal law advice', Bambos Tsiattalou leads the 'fantastic' general crime team at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors. Founded in 1994, it carries out both privately funded and legal aid work. The firm is widely recognised for its ability to handle multi-million pound cases involving drug smuggling, money laundering, cybercrime and hacking. In addition, individuals facing HMRC and VAT allegations (as well as confiscation and civil recovery) can benefit from its expertise. Brian Swan is regularly sought out for his specialist knowledge of extradition law, while finance specialist Amjid Jabbar has an 'impressive track record'.
‘One of the leading defence firms in the country’
‘Offer a “Rolls Royce” service to all clients, regardless of the size of the case.
‘A revelation of a firm. They cover the full spectrum of crime and fraud with a burgeoning civil practice. They pursue cases with a relentless rigour’
‘Tough and fearless and take no nonsense. Advice is clear. They instil confidence. They have a wide range of clients both domestically and, increasingly, internationally‘
‘A first class outfit. Vast experience in serious criminal and fraud allegations.
‘Bambos Tsiattalou is the man to go to for criminal advice. He leads by example, cares passionately about each of his firm’s cases and insists on the highest quality care and attention being given to his clients’
‘Amjid Jabbar goes from strength to strength in relation to financial crime matters & asset forfeiture while remaining incredibly pleasant and a delight to work with‘
‘Brian Swan is a standout individual. Thorough, hardworking, approachable and trustworthy. Unflappable in a crisis‘
Regarded by some as 'one of best criminal lawyers in London', Giles Bark-Jones runs the general crime offering at Bark&co. Known for representing A-list clients (particularly in relation to alleged sexual offences) he is supported by phone hacking veteran Frederick Bunn, the 'very much in demand' Paul Cameron as well as 'standouts' Peter Finbow and Patricia Wilson. The firm handles a variety of work including allegations of terrorism, murder, manslaughter, firearms, child exploitation and immigration matters. In addition, it is increasingly pursuing cases which fall within the parameters of cybercrime. Solicitor Vanessa Wiggins is establishing a reputation for her skills navigating allegations of GBH and robbery.
‘Experts in international criminal law. They are superb‘.
‘This firm is led brilliantly by Giles Bark-Jones. His team are dedicated, responsive and incredibly hard working. They frequently achieve instruction in the biggest litigation across the full spectrum of criminal offending‘.
‘The wealth of experience at Bark & Co enables the firm to offer a pre-eminent service over and above many of its peers. Meticulous preparation; tactical mastery and professional presentation put this firm head and shoulders above many others‘.
‘Giles Bark Jones is one of best criminal lawyers in London. He is always available and regularly travels home and abroad to advise clients. He’s a leader in his field who is head and shoulders above his competitors‘.
‘Paul Cameron has an extraordinary following from clients, many of whom have been with him for over 25 years. He is available at all times and fights tooth and nail for clients’
‘Pat Wilson is very hard working and client friendly in cases of general crime‘
‘Vanessa Wiggins is a rising star. Great client skills and very much a worker whose efficiency is second to none . Very much one to watch’.
- Represented Dr Agnes Reeves Taylor, the ex-wife of the former Liberian President Charles Taylor, after she was charged with torture offences alleged to have occurred during the Liberian civil war in 1990. A landmark and widely publicised case.
- Secured an acquittal in a multi-defendant ‘county lines’ drugs and modern slavery case: the only acquittal in the case.
- Secured the acquittal of a client (on charges of murder and manslaughter) in connection with the stabbing of drill rapper Incognito (Sidique Kamara) in Camberwell in 2018.
Known for its dedication to appeals work (for which associates Claire Bostock and Martyn Fisher are the name to note), Birds Solicitors' general crime offering covers an extensive range of matters. These include complex murders, GBH, violent disorder, kidnaps and drug crime. The firm also has an outstanding reputation for its protest work, where it has represented animal rights activists and (more recently) numerous Extinction Rebellion cases. Clients facing allegations of criminal contempt are increasingly assisted by team lead Steven Bird: 'a legend in the field'.
‘Absolutely one of the most innovative and smart teams in London. They have a range of people who are committed to work in this area. They are an absolute go-to firm, where we cannot manage the work because of conflict, or because of funding‘.
‘This is a fabulous firm, who have a strong team of highly experienced lawyers. They are one of the few firms who are able not only to do trial work across the spectrum of offences, but also to deal with complex appeals. There is a great team spirit. It’s one of the handful of firms I would personally recommend to anyone I knew who got in trouble with the law‘.
‘I have worked with Birds on a number of general crime cases and their lawyers are exceptional in their grasp of the sensitive issues in a case and dedication to the client. The solicitors are engaged and the standard of work is first class — whether drafting proofs and defence statements, to creating schedules of disclosure and attending trials days in legal aid criminal cases for which they will not be remunerated.’
‘Steve Bird is a legend in the field and is incredibly committed to every single case. The level of personal attention that each client receives is quite amazing, and I am not sure quite how he does it. He is warm and encouraging; he is an absolute delight to work alongside. He always brings something new and fresh to every case and/ or referral that he deals with‘.
‘Martyn Fisher is a stand-out member of the firm. His speciality is criminal appeals – and his knowledge and experience in this area is unparalleled. He also is very client-focused. Claire Bostock is also an impressive member of the team. She is one of the most diligent and hardworking solicitors I have come across. She is also a creative thinker- always looking for fresh arguments to advance on behalf of her clients. She has extensive experience in both trial and appeal work. Someone you’d want on your side‘.
‘Steven Bird. Undoubtedly one of the greats among criminal solicitors. Exceptionally hard working, brilliant preparation and support for counsel. Goes way beyond the call of duty. Vastly experienced‘.
Extinction Rebellion ‘XR’
- Represented the former Chaplain of Christ’s Hospital, facing a 29-count indictment alleging various historical offences of rape and indecent assault dating back to the 1980s.
- Represented an individual previously convicted of the notorious murder of the British Army soldier Lee Rigby in respect of charges of GBH against a member of his psychiatric team at Broadmoor Hospital.
- Acted on behalf of many professionals associated with Extinction Rebellion ‘XR’ in their protest work in tackling climate change.
With experience defending clients accused of murder, terrorism, drugs and sex cases, the general crime team at Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson has four leads: Paul Harris, Shila Keshvari, Kirsty Bishop and Natalie Berman. It also covers fraud, money laundering, proceeds of crime and (increasingly) acts of protest/civil disobedience. Matters are pursued within both private and legal aid parameters and include highlights such as the Hillsborough trial, Extinction Rebellion activism and the Independent Enquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)
The 'outstanding' Eddie Tang leads IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)'s general crime team alongside Youth Court expert Joanne Gibbons. Regularly handling matters with substantive commercial aspects, it has built up a specific reputation for its expertise in business and financial crime while also covering matters such as serious sexual assault accusations, robberies and firearms issues. It also operates a dedicated road traffic department for various motoring offences. Notably, the group also has a significant track record in defending animal cargo breaches on both international and domestic flights. Known for displaying 'strong strategic insight', consultant John Milner is the name to note for white collar matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘IBB is a leader in this sector and has been for some time. They have the resources to best protect the interests of those charged with the most serious and complex criminal offences. They provide a comprehensive, innovative and effective approach to defending such cases’
‘IBB are sector leaders. The resources and expertise they can bring to the task in hand means no stone is unturned and all practical avenues pursued’
‘Punch above their weight and provide a first rate service to client’
‘Eddie Tang is outstanding in his field. His commitment to his clients and the service he provides for them is well known and is evidenced by the consistent supply of high end referrals and heavyweight cases he conducts. His good humoured tenacity inspires enduring loyalty in his clients and respect from fellow practitioners‘
‘The lengths to which Eddie went to provide a client with advice and assistance during lockdown meant that together we were able to conduct the litigation and the hearing to a standard that was in no way compromised by the pandemic‘
‘John Milner combines huge experience with excellent legal knowledge and very strong strategic insight. He is also a very nice person and makes strong connections with clients’
- Advised and represented 2 defendants charged with conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life (under the Explosive Substance Act 1883) by targeting and blowing up vehicles with improvised explosive devices (IED’s).
- Advised and represented 2 out of 13 defendants charged with attempted murder and assisting an offender. Both were acquitted following a 6 week trial.
- Advising and representing 2 out of 12 defendants charged with laundering £17.7 million for an Organised Crime Group from the UK to Dubai.
Lewis Nedas Law Limited advises clients caught up in allegations of possessing child pornography, murder, drug smuggling, facilitating illegal immigration and burglary. The firm's general crime team is headed by former City professional Jeffrey Lewis, a 'brilliant' practitioner who attracts work from a wealth of finance professionals and company directors. In addition, the team's expertise has been utilised to represent a number of A-list clients in connection with #metoo allegations. Key names include the 'very intelligent' Siobhain Egan , Miles Herman and Unan Choudhury.
‘Hands on partner involvement leading a dynamic team who like to think out of the box. Results driven. Clear strategies. They can go toe to toe with the big “City” firms‘.
‘Lewis Nedas are a top firm, whose reputation goes before them’
‘Lewis Nedas are an efficient litigation machine. If something needs to be done, they will do it. Have a real “the client comes first” attitude.
‘Siobhan Egan delivers excellent client care. She’s very intelligent, hands on and leads from the front. Commands respect and receives it.’
‘Jeffrey Lewis is a brilliant lawyer. His attention to detail is second to none. Great communication skills. He is the glue of the practice. very intelligent with a shrewd tactical awareness. if he feels that there has been an injustice he will not let go until it is righted.
‘Miles Herman is a clever, understated lawyer who is at the top of his game’
Lloyds PR Solicitors team is led by Prasad Palihawadana, Harsha Rupasinghe and Manoj Rupasinghe , with the practice working across a host of different case types ranging from joint enterprise murder, modern slavery and terrorist offences to international sex trafficking and conspiracy to manage brothels. The firm also advises individuals caught up in allegations of fraud, bribery, cyber-crime and confiscation. The 'outstanding' Ieva Giedraityte and 'shining star' Mohsin Ariff are also highly recommended.
‘The team at Lloyds are friendly and approachable as well as being hard working, and thorough in their preparation. They offer a high level of client care and are “hands on” where this is needed’
‘Lloyds PR is a powerhouse of expertise in the field of criminal law. Their lawyers are energetic and proactive in defending their clients’ interests’
‘An excellent firm, who undertake all areas of criminal law work, from representing individuals on low scale criminal cases to the the most complex and grave allegations’
‘Mohsin Ariff is a rising star to keep an eye on. Always on top of things, always a joy to work with’
‘Ieva Giedraityte is a real asset to the team and one to keep watching as she’s set to fly high’
‘Harsha Rupasinghe is excellent at dispensing very well considered and appropriate advice in a constructive, candid and caring fashion’
‘Manoj Rupasinghe has an exceptional and reassuring keen eye for case detail and delivers thoroughly considered guidance in a measured and insightful fashion’
The general crime team at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is known for representing high-profile individuals, many of whom have political connections. Advising on areas including murder, human trafficking, money laundering, sexual offences and extortion, it has a particular reputation for multi-jurisdictional cases. Private prosecutions are a mainstay of the firm, an area in which it has handled fraud allegations. Team lead Michael O’Kane, described by clients as 'outstanding', has represented corporate clients in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Jasvinder Nakhwal , Nick Vamos and Neil Swift are additional names to note.
‘A superb firm with a brilliant team of outstanding individuals. They have a vast range of experience representing individuals and entities in the most serious cases of crime. They have a track record of success which it is hard for any other firm to match. They are dynamic, imaginative and dedicated. They are also delightful to work with‘.
‘They are total market leaders in crime and regulation’
‘The previous prosecution experience of some of the partners at Peters & Peters enables them not only to offer an exemplary service to clients wishing to bring private prosecutions, but also provides real depth to the strategic advice they are able to give when representing clients in respect of potential or impending prosecutions‘.
‘Michael O’Kane is an outstanding lawyer with wonderful good sense and the knack of doing just the right thing’
‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is a superb lawyer and meticulous in her preparation. She’s an understated star’
‘Nick Vamos is highly intelligent, has great charisma is a superb strategist and has ceaseless stamina A top lawyer for private prosecution work‘
- Acting for a former overseas university student in London, who has been accused of kidnapping, raping and blackmailing his former girlfriend, also from a wealthy and prominent international family.
Having attracted Martin Rackstraw to join from Bindmans LLP , the general crime offering at Russell-Cooke LLP has significantly bolstered its expertise in complex extradition work. The team is led by the 'absolutely brilliant' Jae Carwardine and has a strong reputation for its work, as well as its ability to minimise media scrutiny for clients. Matters pursued include sexual assault allegations, murder, conspiracy to supply class A drugs, assisted suicide and counterfeit currency issue, as well as accusations of kidnap and blackmail. Senior associate Marie Bourke continues to impress clients with her 'exceptional' approach to preparatory undertakings.
‘Russell-Cooke’s crime team is an outstanding blend of experience and talent. For all round expertise and commitment they are as good as it gets‘.
‘A first rate firm, highly professional and competent’
‘Jae Carwardine is driven, determined and forensic – absolutely brilliant. An absolute star and someone I would want in my corner’
‘Marie Bourke is exceptional. She works tirelessly and never leaves a stone unturned, ensuring that every avenue is explored.
‘Jae Carwardine and Martin Rackstraw are two outstanding solicitors who routinely go the extra mile for all their clients‘.
The general crime team at Shaw Graham Kersh is not split between police and court departments, with clients instead retaining the same representation throughout the legal process. The firm's caseload includes matters such as gang violence, firearms, drug investigations, child slavery, terrorism and murder. Allegations of sexual assault are also handled, with the firm pursuing both current and historic cases in private appeals. Led by the 'meticulous' Paul Graham and 'excellent' Philip Hill, the team also includes Raymond Shaw, a 'tactically astute' practitioner who recently advised a key witness in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Other key lawyers:
‘High level of commitment to meeting the needs of clients and providing a high quality of service whether privately or publicly funded. Particular expertise in private client criminal work. Consistently demonstrate good results as a result of “going the extra mile“‘.
‘Really do punch above their weight in terms of service provision and general organisation. Highly recommend‘.
‘Client care is second to none’
‘There is a freshness and energy to this team. At a time when many solicitors are understandably jaded and muted this firm makes opportunities and prepares cases to a very high standard indeed’
‘Paul Graham has vast experience, which enables him to take a strategic approach to the preparation of his caseload. Consistently demonstrates high quality representation. Meticulous and unstinting preparation‘.
‘Raymond Shaw is very knowledgeable and tactically astute. Fantastic client care with a young client facing a very serious charge and his very worried parents were handled with skill. Nothing is left to chance’
- Achieved acquittal for two cousins charged in relation to a fatal shooting.
- Achieved not guilty by reason of insanity verdict for a formerly successful businessman who attacked a colleague while suffering a catastrophic mental health breakdown
Tuckers Solicitors has an established reputation representing individuals charged with serious crimes. Pursuing both privately funded and Legal Aid work, it is led by the 'excellent' Richard Egan and handles issues such as murder, terrorism, fraud, bribery and historic sex assault. Jim Meyer and Sarnjit Lal are the additional practice leads.
Co-led by the 'James Bond of criminal defence' Akhtar Ahmad, the general crime team at ABV Solicitors is additionally led by cross-jurisdiction expert Robert Borwick. Recent case highlights include the Iraq Fatality Inquiry, Operation Pretoria (a key gangland investigation) as well as the Huddersfield Sexual Grooming Ring. The firm also handles modern slavery, terrorism and extradition matters.
‘ABV consistently demonstrates a commitment to every case that is second to none. Both Legal Aid and Private crime – all handled with tenacity, skill and attention to detail’
‘ In a market place where lawyers are often over burdened and under time pressure ABV always have enough time to give to do the job properly’
‘Able, extremely hardworking and dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for their client’
‘ABV are a superb firm who prepare their cases tirelessly for their clients’
‘Robert Borwick is a delightful man to deal with; a consummate professional he is always on top of the detail of a case and obviously inspires confidence in his clients. Any client would be happy to have him in their corner‘.
‘Akhtar Ahmad is the consummate professional – unflappable and focused in his approach. His reassuring manner puts clients at ease while he gets the job done. He remains unruffled and tactically brilliant, no matter the case. He is the James Bond of criminal defence‘
Duncan Lewis Solicitors' general crime team handles a range of sensitive cases. Recently, these have included murder complicated by paranoid schizophrenia, the blackmail of government officials and accusations of distributing child pornography. The offering is coordinated by the 'absolutely first rate' Rubin Italia, the 'completely committed' Nicholas De Freitas and Hardeep Dhaliwal, a specialist in fraud defence.
‘Trusted and exceptional team of lawyers committed to fighting for the rights of their clients‘.
‘While a number of larger firms lack that personal touch on cases, Duncan Lewis have been able to maintain an excellent level of client care for their clients. Its lawyers do not shy aware from exploring different avenues and leave no stone unturned in furthering the interests of their clients‘.
‘Proactive and on the ball’
‘Hardeep Dhaliwal has substantial experience and understanding of all aspects of criminal practice’
‘Rubin Italia has a fine mind and a very calm manner. He is brilliant with clients and has excellent tactical insight’
‘Nick De Freitas is completely committed to the case and is a very hard worker. He is positive, pro-active and always prepared to shoulder responsibility. He is clearly a rising star‘
Edwards Duthie Shamash
Counting the Labour Party amongst key clients, Edwards Duthie Shamash operates from offices in Waterloo, Ilford and Stratford. The firm's general crime team is orchestrated by sex offences specialist Shaun Murphy and 'star performers' Rakesh Bhasin and Robert Dynowski. Key cases have touched on the Representation of the People Act 1983, corporate manslaughter (the Grenfell Tower fire) and murder. Drugs offences, kidnapping, and terrorist matters are also pursued.
‘A strong team of lawyers, who conduct their work to a very high standard. One of their major strengths is the quality of the solicitors, who all have good reputations within their peer group and the market place in general‘.
‘A very strong reputation for defending in “heavyweight” criminal cases, and, increasingly in financial crime too. They are an experienced and well regarded team’
‘Rakesh Bhasin is one of the best and most versatile criminal solicitors I know, whose ability with both client care and case management is first class. He is level headed, calm and has very good judgement’
‘Bob Dynowski is a solicitor with real class. Completely client focused whether the case is privately or publicly funded‘.
The general crime offering at Freemans Solicitors is orchestrated by the 'outstanding' Kishoree Kotecha-Pau and the 'incredibly talented' Michael Field. It is able to handle complex matters surrounding the possession of indecent images, rape by a spouse and international fraud. In addition, the firm has recently pursued substantive cases concerning the misuse of Legal Aid, gangland violence and the impersonation of a police officer.
‘A coherent and well bonded team. No corners are cut. All that needs to be done will be done in an efficient and genial way. Client care is paramount‘.
‘Work tirelessly on behalf of their clients. They are excellent lawyers of the greatest integrity who give their very best for every client‘.
‘Perhaps the most diligent firm in London dealing with general crime ‘
‘Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is and has been for many years an exemplary criminal defence solicitor. No matter how difficult the case, how challenging the client, she invariable excels with unflappable good humour. The day does not end until the necessary task has been achieved. Her clients may not know how lucky they are to have instructed her. She is outstanding.’
‘Michael Field is a first rate criminal lawyer with years of experience in handling the most serious cases. True dedication to work and professionalism of legendary status, at no extra cost! Amazing company and amazing man’
GT Stewart Limited's general crime offering has seven dedicated lead partners Greg Stewart (Criminal Appeals), Mel Stooks (Youth Crime), Ed Caute (Hammersmith Crime), Claire Dissington (City of London), Will Russell (Private Client/East Dulwich), Lynn Roberts (Croydon) and Ronnie Manek (Higher Courts Advocacy). Recent work highlights include matters such as 'dark web' drug dealing, attacks on fellow prisoners and multi-million pound ATM fraud.
Concentrating on work for high-net-worth individuals, the general crime offering at Howard Kennedy LLP is led by the 'super experienced' Ian Ryan. Although known for regularly disarming proceedings at the pre-charge stage, the firm has an excellent reputation when matters do proceed to trial. In particular, the 'exceptionally hard working' John Martyn handles the team's representation of solicitors facing both disciplinary and criminal investigations. Clients can also benefit from the firm's wider expertise in reputation management issues such as media exposure and anonymity.
Other key lawyers:
‘Howard Kennedy provide a real team to fight the client’s corner and provide the reassurance and support needed. They are hugely approachable and great at communication. They resource the case well and are extremely flexible‘.
‘Very down to earth and hard working team. They are great to work with. They are always on top of the brief and show great judgement‘.
‘Ian Ryan is super experienced and super cool in a crisis. He brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to every case and is a partner of choice for anyone accused of a criminal offence’
‘John Martyn is extremely good. Easy to work with as he always works out the next step and is there before anyone else. He is exceptionally hard working and has great judgement’
- Advised a well-known estate agent in relation to regulatory and criminal compliance matters.
- Advised an individual in relation to historical child abuse allegations dating from 1976 to 1989, which he was later acquitted for.
Known for dealing with 'unusually complex' or 'politically sensitive' cases, the general crime offering at ITN Solicitors is based in the City of London (with a satellite office in the east). The team leads are the 'dedicated' Simon Natas and the 'very impressive' Itpal Dhillon, respective specialists in rights of assembly and counter-terrorism legislation. Nadeem Thanvi has been described as 'absolutely outstanding' in the field of fraud and confiscation.
Other key lawyers:
‘ITN’s greatest strength is in the dedication and commitment of its team which is truly exceptional‘.
‘ITN Solicitors are the go-to firm for radical lawyers who think outside the box and look to push the boundaries and challenge the law in order to find innovative approaches to legal problems. One of the top firms in the UK‘.
‘Simon Natas is dedicated and renowned for his work in protest cases and appeals’
‘Itpal Dhillon deals with the most serious and complex cases with enthusiasm, determination and compassion‘.
‘Nadeem Thanvi is absolutely outstanding in the field of fraud and confiscation‘.
Viewed by some as having an 'intimidating' knowledge of legal procedure, the 'tactically excellent' Robert Berg leads the general crime offering at Janes Solicitors. Supported by Alex Mincoff and Fiona Gavriel, the team handles issues such as drug smuggling, 'boiler room' fraud, industrial kickbacks, arms imports, gangland shootings and perverting the course of justice. Adding to this expertise, the team recently hired Alex Chapman (formerly of Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors ).
‘Provide a professional yet approachable service which is one of the very best in London’
‘The practice is like a family. Partners, associates, paralegals and assistants are all part of the ‘Janes’ family. The firm is able to take on cases of the utmost gravity‘
‘Janes are one of the most well respected and established criminal solicitors in London. The connoisseur’s criminal solicitors‘
‘Robert Berg has almost 45 years experience in criminal law and it shows. His knowledge of procedure and the law border on intimidating. His feel for a case is second to none in the market, which is why he is so sought after‘.
‘David Janes has an excellent legal mind and a depth of experience that is second to none. Nothing can phase him’
Fiona Gavriel is a hard working and talented lawyer with excellent client care. She has no stop button when it comes to preparing the defence of her client.‘
‘There is simply no one better than building a rapport with a client than Robert Berg. He brings huge experience to every case he works on‘.
- Acted for 1 of 4 defendants charged with a major conspiracy to import over 500kg of cannabis into the UK from the Netherlands.
The general crime team at Reeds Solicitors is led by the 'standout' Abigail Ashford. Supported by the 'excellent' Mark Abbott, who is notable for defending in the first double-jeopardy retrial for murder, the offering covers a wide range of matters. Recent casework includes possession of explosives, burglary, car theft, threats to kill and football hooliganism. In addition, the firm handles allegations of sexual assault and has represented a number of political activists (Extinction Rebellion).
Other key lawyers:
‘Reeds have a real depth of expertise, catering to clients from pre-interview through to trial and any ancillary proceedings. Everyone I have come across is extremely knowledgeable and goes the extra mile for their clients‘.
‘Very hard-hitting practice which punches well above its weight and works really hard for all of their clients‘.
‘The firm has an extensive crime team across a wide geographical area and is always on hand to assist clients in the full breadth of criminal cases‘
‘Comprehensive criminal law coverage‘.
‘Abigail Ashford is a standout star. Her dedication to a case is absolutely remarkable and incomparable to the expected norm. She is intelligent, dedicated and tactically astute. Working with her is a great privilege, her presence on a case really changes things‘
‘Mark Abbott is excellent. His client care is superb and his commitment to criminal legal aid workis commendable He is always available and he is very proactive in work that needs to be attended to‘
- Represented client charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine following an undercover surveillance operation
- Represented client at the Central Criminal Court charged with possession of explosives
- Defended client charged with affray following an “arranged” football fight
Piers Desser, known for his 'forensic eye for detail' co-leads the general crime offering at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP. Joined by Rakeebah Rahim, a seasoned specialist in fraud and compliance, they oversee a team that handles offences including sexual assaults, drugs matters and financial crimes. The firm also pursues a significant amount of appellate work and has recently represented a number of clients at the Court of Appeal. Additional names to note: include Deniz Oguzkanli and recent hire Priya Patel.
‘The level of service is exceptional. The team has a formidable level of expertise across the whole range of criminal work’
‘A wealth of experience in dealing with high profile cases particularly with an international dimension.
‘Rakeebah Rahim and Piers Desser both have an intuitive sense for anticipating and dealing with complex issues‘.
‘Piers Desser is standout. He is intelligent, has a forensic eye for detail and does not make you feel like you are just one of many cases that he is handling. He anticipates the next steps and has already begun working on issues before you have highlighted them‘
‘Rakeebah Rahim has decades of experience has played a crucial role in securing outstanding results through the years’
- Advised in an archetypal general crime case involving large-scale violent disorder
- Advised a client in the defence of drug supply allegations
Shearman Bowen & Co
Primarily instructed in a private capacity, the general crime team at Shearman Bowen & Co is led by the 'outstanding' Mark Bowen. Dealing with substantive drug cases as well as those featuring conspiracy to commit armed robbery, the firm is also adept at handling terrorism matters, as well as serious sexual assaults. Notably, it recently participated in a unique case where a previous acquittal for murder had been quashed by the High Court.
‘Shearman Bowen & Co is an excellent law firm who are dedicated all the clients they represent. The entire team are very approachable and are experts in their field‘
‘Outstanding knowledge, judgement and expertise. High quality advice and bespoke customer service‘.
‘Mark Bowen is an outstanding solicitor. He is professional, courteous and is very knowledgeable in the law. a well respected individual who is an asset to the industry‘.
‘Mark Bowen really gets the most out of those he works with, always pushing for the best for the client and thinking of new ways to challenge the prosecution case‘.
- Acted for a defendant charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery alongside 7 others.
- Involved in a unique murder case where previous acquittal for murder was quashed by the High Court leading to a retrial at Reading Crown Court.
- Acted for lead defendant (acquitted) in allegations of conspiracy to import millions of pounds worth of cocaine through Tilbury docks.
Handling a significant number of police misconduct allegations, the general crime offering at Slater and Gordon is particularly known for its inquest and inquiry work. Notable cases include Hillsborough, the Guildford and Birmingham Pub Bombings, the Grenfell Tower fire and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. The team is led by Scott Ingram, an expert in police law.
- Ongoing representation of a number of police officers who are Core Participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
The general crime team at Stuart Miller Solicitors is adept at handling many issues including homicide, fraud, gangland violence, unlawful immigration, rape and voyeurism. Led by Mohammed Zeb ('unafraid to ask difficult questions') and the 'excellent' Abu Kibla, the offering is complemented by the 'extraordinarily talented' Nawal Asskoumi, sex offence specialist Kate Blackmore and money laundering expert Gabriel Milton-Job.
‘A great standard. The lawyers were available 24 hours a day, and were always professional and courteous‘
‘Take care to understand their client’s position and treat them with respect and attention. Command the respect of the Judiciary and other Court users’
‘The diversity of peers working at the firm provides a legal service that reaches out to multicultural clients. We feel privileged to have worked with many from this very unique law firm ‘
‘The team at Stuart Miller Solicitors all share the same client-centric ethos and work very cohesively together to provide an impressively efficient and accessible service to their clients’
‘Abu Kibla has excellent communication skills and good attention to detail a
‘Nawal Asskoum is an extraordinarily talented solicitor – perhaps one of the most dedicated, talented and committed solicitors I have worked with in recent years. Her commitment is total and she is fearless in demanding the very best from those she instructs’
‘Mohammed Zeb is unafraid to ask difficult questions for his clients. It is fair to say, when he speaks, he commands the ear of the room and more importantly, the Judiciary‘.
- Represented individual charged on a double gangland murder where he was found not guilty after trial.
- Represented client in a £12,000,000 Fraud Conspiracy with multiple defendants where he was the only one to be acquitted of the charges.
- Represented client on charges of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm with intent in a drive-by shooting. Client was acquitted of all charges.
Advice Wise Solicitors Limited
Advice Wise Solicitors Limited is led by the 'incredible' Shahid Khan, a specialist in murder, complex fraud, money laundering and drugs offences. Supported by 'rising star' Abraar Ayaz, the team has recently handled cases featuring vehicle registration fraud, aggravated trespass, and drug smuggling. Notably, clients can also benefit from the firm's recognised ability to handle reputation management.
Other key lawyers:
‘Shahid Khan is incredibly hard working and dedicated to his clients. He ensures his staff give every case the same meticulous attention and therefore achieves great results and very grateful clients‘.
‘Advice Wise excels. They are very well organised, committed and collegiate. In the current climate where many firms are stretched bare in terms of resources, which is reflected in case preparation; this firm excels by bucking the trend. Their focus is to do a good job for their clients‘
‘If it is honesty and transparency that you are after than look no further than this firm. Highly recommended‘.
‘Abraar Ayaz has a great eye for detail, is very efficient and keeps to all deadlines‘
‘The team is led from the front by Shahid Khan. He sets a great example to all. His client care is exceptionally good. He has a calm and reassuring manner which is very effective in putting clients at their ease.
‘Shahid Khan is a very experienced, level headed, driven and reliable solicitor who any client would want on their side.’
‘Abraar Ayaz is a rising star. He is brilliant in his work, and is fantastic to deal with. He will go far in his career and is one to watch‘
- Represented a main defendant in relation to Murder and Conspiracy to Rob allegations.
- Represented the main defendant in a conspiracy involving 17 Defendants. It was said that our client was involved in the production and supply of fraudulent documents for use in fraud against the Home Office, the United States Embassy.
- Represented one of the lead defendants in a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud. It was alleged that this was a sophisticated and large-scale internet-enabled banking fraud involving over £12 million.
Within its varied portfolio, Brett Wilson LLP assists clients facing allegations of sexual abuse, professional misconduct, money laundering and complex fraud. Notably, the firm's recent highlights include charges such as impersonating a government official, assaulting a police officer and the illegal importation of steroids. Team lead Nick Brett has been described as 'relentless' in his approach and is supported by Sharron Boyce and Alistair Parker .
‘Nick Brett (principal) is very strong at fighting the client’s corner and putting the prosecution under pressure. He has that calm of “don’t mess with me” which gets results. He is dedicated and relentless in pursuit of his client’s interests. Brilliant’.
‘Sharron is dedicated and has great judgement: she often leads the way on the problem areas. She works tirelessly for her clients”
‘Approach every case with the same zest and fire. I have not seen any other firm show such dedication, hard work and fighting spirit in their approach’
‘Alistair Parker is a truly passionate and driven solicitor – this man cares deeply about his clients, his firm and his profession‘
Cantaris Locke Solicitors
Jointly led by the 'extremely hands on' Costa Cantaris and 'incredibly hard working' Natalia Locke, the general crime offering at Cantaris Locke handles serious matters such as claims of rape, drugs offences, participation in organised crime and fraud by false representation.
‘Costa is extremely hands on and passionate about his clients’
‘This firm has a unique ability to litigate the most serious and complex of matters. It is abundantly clear that the partners at Cantaris Locke are deeply passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for their clients‘.
‘Their enthusiasm and devoting to client care in the most difficult cases. Their pro bono work, which they do due to their concern for unfunded litigants‘.
‘This firm gives more than 100% to their clients‘
‘Enormous experience in cases of the upmost seriousness and complexity, which enables them to provide first rate representation to all of their clients’
‘They offer all the benefits of a small team in terms of a bespoke service combined with the experience and clout that would normally only be associated with a much larger firm‘.
‘Natalia Locke and Costa Cantaris are true perfectionists. Natalia Locke is incredibly hard working and will always go the extra mile for her clients. Costa Cantaris is extremely hands on and passionate about his clients’
- Represented a client dubbed ‘Britain’s most wanted criminal’ in his trial for murder.
- Represented a client accused of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and importation – one of the biggest drug case in the county of Hertfordshire, involving approximately 1500 kilos of heroin and 350 kilos of cocaine.
- Represented a client charged with conspiracy to rob cash in a transit van. The case received significant media attention as the co-defendant was shot in the back.
John Carson and John Kaye lead the general crime offering at Carson Kaye. Respectively experienced in National Crime Agency and fraud prosecutions, they oversee a team that specialises in private client work.
Following its acquisition of legacy Eastwoods in January 2020, healthcare and regulatory specialist Hempsons has significantly boosted its general crime offering. The team has gained strength across cases involving allegations of manslaughter, sexual offences, child pornography, fraud and bribery. In addition, the team assists clients facing investigation by bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive. The team is led by Chris Morris and features 'go-to partner' Surjit Dubb.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hempsons already had a strong crime team but the addition of the Eastwood’s team in very significant as it brings in a specialist team . It is also particularly important that the team also practice in the allied spheres of professional discipline, inquests and clinical negligence as they are often interlinked‘.
‘Surjit Dubb is a go-to partner for criminal matters in London, with a wealth of experience in serious sexual offences involving professionals’
Two directors lead the general crime offering at MK Law Solicitors Limited: Manisha Knights and Hesham Puri . Described as: 'A firm very much at the top of the tree', it has recently handled charges including: conspiracy to commit modern slavery; rape; possession of an imitation firearm; sexual assault and murder. Many of the firm's cases have secured national press coverage.
‘MK Law is a highly-regarded firm with a skilled team of criminal defence lawyers. The firm has the ability to handle the most complex and serious matters from a standing start. The team is well-structured across all levels of experience and so will readily deploy the right lawyer to the right case‘.
‘A firm very much at the top of the tree partly because of their strength in depth but also because of their work ethic, putting the client to the fore at all times . They are regularly in high profile cases at the Old Bailey, Southwark and Woolwich. They always go the extra mile and have a team that are at it 24/7 ‘
‘An excellent all-round criminal law firm. They make each client feel the their case is the firm’s most important‘.
‘Hesham Puri has a formidable track record and is widely considered by his peers to be one of the very best ‘
‘Manisha Knights and Hesham Puri are well known fixtures at the top end of criminal litigation cases. Manisha Knights never stops’
- Advised Brian Reader (ringleader in the Hatton Garden Burglary)
- Defended a youth charged with murder. He was the youngest of all of the defendants in a turf war shooting in which the prosecution case was that of ‘mistaken identity and joint enterprise’.
TV Edwards LLP
Recent cases handled by TV Edwards LLP include cases involving allegations of prolicide, sexual assault in the workplace, death by careless driving and kidnap.The firm's general crime team is overseen by fatal accident specialist Adrienne Wright. In addition, children and young adults can source expert representation from the 'utterly dedicated' Mark Ashford, a youth justice expert'. Associate Bartholomew Dalton is another name to note.
‘TV Edwards is uniquely placed to offer high quality criminal advice and representation largely through publicly funded work. They have a large team and some excellent individuals who know the law and how to prepare cases from police station through to appeal’
‘A great firm with a loyal client base. In my opinion, the crime team at TV Edwards is hungry and ambitious for success, meaning every client gets the bet possible service‘.
‘I have nothing but superlative things to say about them. They are extremely hard working and challenge discrimination of any sort. They continue to be involved in leading cases of the day which is testimony of their excellence’
‘A fantastic team that should be applauded for the work they do in the community and everywhere‘.
‘Mark Ashford is utterly dedicated and a very bright lawyer. A real authority on modern slavery cases‘.
‘Adrienne Wright and Mark Ashford lead brilliantly and have assembled a fantastic team with genuine client care‘.
‘Adrienne is one of the most diligent solicitors I have ever worked with. Clients absolutely adore her and she knows her cases inside out’.
‘Bartholomew Dalton’s attention to detail is fantastic. He goes out of his way with all of his clients no matter how challenging. A real star individual of the future‘
Vardags' general crime offering caters for high profile private clients from the business, political and entertainment arenas. Although known for defending against allegations of domestic violence and possession of child pornography, it is equally proficient in other areas of law. Specifically, recent work highlights include accusations of bribery, operating a ponzi scheme, causing death by dangerous driving and international money laundering. Team lead Robert Conway is described as a 'seasoned criminal litigator'. Senior associate Lucy Winter, a specialist in historic sex offences, left to found her own firm, Winter Allen in October 2020.
‘This firm’s strength is their attention to every detail in terms of case preparation. The firm has the resources to deploy where necessary to get the case ready for court‘.
‘Small team but very skilled’
‘Vardags are a unique firm who specialise in heavyweight fraud and sexual offence cases. The eye for detail and client care really stands out among the rest‘.
‘Robert Conway has a great way with clients and always works extremely hard to prepare his cases to a very high standard. He is a seasoned criminal litigator; straight talking and persuasive’
The general crime team at BLM handles ill-treatment/wilful neglect offences, NHS prescription fraud and contraventions of law pertaining to the Mental Health and Medicines Acts. It is jointly led by 'supremely dedicated' healthcare specialist Adam Weston and Ian Walker , a partner with more than 20 years’ experience in road traffic claims. Ella Partner and Iskander Fernandez are additional names to note.
‘BLM is fast becoming a serious contender in the financial crime and regulatory spheres’
‘BLM is one of very few firms that has a long-standing and deep experience of criminal work as it particularly relates to the professional and to the healthcare sector. This is particularly important in this specialised area of criminal work’
‘A firm with a growing presence in criminal law, particularly in the defence of professionals who need lawyers who have the experience to handle a regulatory inquiry which may be conducted in parallel with, or after, any criminal case‘
‘Iskander Fernandez is a committed and passionate lawyer. He is a pleasure to work with, very clever and extremely hard working. Clients adore him. He has terrific judgement. He is always calm and confident, highly capable with an in-depth knowledge of the law‘.
‘Adam Weston has huge experience in the most serious types of healthcare cases i.e. those where there is a police investigation as well as a regulatory investigation. One of the go-to-lawyers of his generation in this field‘
Cartwright King's 'top notch' partner Sundeep Soor oversees a national team with demonstrable expertise in matters including cyber crime. Other areas of practice include corporate espionage, extradition law, gang robberies, historic sex assaults and medical neglect. 'Stand out practitioner' Michael Herford is the name to note for fraud cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘Commitment to clients, above and beyond comparable firms’
‘These would be solicitors I would recommend to a friend in trouble‘
‘Cartwright King is an excellent firm that you would certainly want in your corner. They have a well-deserved reputation for leaving no stone unturned to assist their clients. First rate‘.
Michael Herford is excellent – he is a conscientious lawyer, with a keen eye for detail‘
‘Sundeep Soor is top notch – he has a tenacity and commitment to his clients that makes him stand out from the crowd‘.
Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors
The general crime team at Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors' is able to advise across multiple areas of criminal law. These include: sexual offences, money laundering, robbery, POCA enforcement and extradition matters. Founding partner Greg Powell is supported by white collar expert Mark Troman and human rights specialist Sinead Zaman.
Other key lawyers:
Roe Lawyers' practice head Stephanie Roe is described as 'dedicated' and 'incredibly bright'. In particular, the boutique practice maintains a significant emphasis on domestic abuse and sexual offence cases. White collar issues are also handled by the firm.
‘This practice is unique because absolutely nothing is left to chance when seeking the best result for clients. from the outset clients are given realistic advice and the value for money is second to none. Counsel are provided with excellent instructions‘.
‘This a boutique firm which is able to provide a dedicated and focused service to select clients. The partners are extremely hard working with a wealth of experience. The relatively small workload of cases means that the lawyers leave no stone un-turned in their preparations‘.
‘They are a small boutique practice which makes them really responsive to their clients – it always feel safe to refer someone to them as you know they will be looked after. They give first rate advice with a competitive fee structure‘.
‘A small niche firm with a good work ethic and conducts their work to a very high standard‘.
‘Stephanie Roe is an absolute star. She is tactical, robust and fearless. She is extremely passionate about achieving justice for her clients and will go to tremendous lengths to achieve it. A force to be reckoned with‘.
‘Stephanie Roe is dedicated, incredibly bright and i would not hesitate to refer work to her. In financial crime work she is analytical and organised and has the capability to ensure early resolution of appropriate matters‘.
‘Stephanie Roe: she really is a fabulous lawyer with excellent skills‘.
The general crime team at Rustem Guardian Solicitors is led by the 'extremely experienced ' Timur Rustem. Recent case work includes allegations of youth murder, child kidnapping, county lines drugs matters and international money laundering. In addition, the team has the ability to handle international issues and regularly caters for clients in China and Russia.
‘Rustem Guardian have an effective and well-managed team. They combine formidable experience with a friendly and responsive approach‘.
‘Rustem Guardian is completely unique in that it has a strong base within the Chinese community with mandarin speaking members of staff and a base in China that refers work to the UK on behalf of high net worth Chinese.
‘Rustem Guardian undertake only the more complex and challenging cases, especially business crime and serious sexual offences’
‘Tim Rustem is an extremely well known and well thought of solicitor who gives an unparalleled service to his clients. He mixes a willingness to work hard with a tenacity and thoroughness that clients demand’
‘Timur Rustem is extremely experienced and thorough. He knows exactly the areas to focus on in building a successful defence case. This is complemented by his strong tactical judgment. I would highly recommend him. He is the driving force of the firm and responsible for much of the private work‘