‘Clearly at the top of their game‘, BCL Solicitors LLP acts on the full range of serious crime matters, extending from historic sexual assault accusations to major drug crime. The department’s strong reputation attracts a broad range of clients, including high-profile and high-net worth individuals. The ‘superb’ Ellen Peart leads the team, with an extensive practice area which includes sexual crimes, assault, and firearms offences. Mark Haslam, who is praised for his ‘tactical intelligence‘, has more than 40 years’ experience covering all forms of criminal defence work, and in addition to expertise in drugs cases, murder, and assault, has a notable specialism in motoring matters. ‘Completely brilliant‘ associates David Hardstaff and Daniel Jackson are key members of the team, with Hardstaff covering regulatory law and controlled drug licensing, while Jackson is experienced with sexual, violent, and regulatory offences.
Crime: general in London
Other key lawyers:
Mark Haslam; David Hardstaff; Daniel Jackson
‘Clearly at the top of their game, combining precise and high-quality advice and representation in a tenacious manner while remaining highly personable and flexible.’
‘David Hardstaff was a brilliant point of contact and supportive advocate throughout a challenging and disruptive period.’
‘As a firm their preparation is outstanding and they have a remarkable strength in depth both in terms of their solicitors and back room staff. Their client care is first class.’
‘Mark Haslam is in large measure responsible for the top drawer reputation of BCL’s criminal department. His sense of humour, experience and hard work amount to a masterful combination.’
‘Simply the best criminal solicitors in the country. Their collective experience in representing defendants at the police station and in preparing cases pays dividends for instructed counsel who are provided with detailed instructions littered with bombs of useful material to deploy during a trial.’
‘Ellen Peart is top of the list of solicitors to recommend for high profile and high net worth defendants. She is discreet and sensitive, but always provides pragmatic and correct advice. Clients trust her to find solutions, and they are never disappointed.’
‘The practice is rightly recognised as one of the top firms in the country for private clients. The service is second to none and the client is fully briefed throughout on tactics and preparation.’
‘Excellent team, highly responsive and leaders in their field. I have referred a number of clients to them, and glowing references are what comes back.’
- Representing Premier League and Mali international footballer Yves Bissouma, who was accused of serious sexual assault.
- Represented the Danish professional golfer Thorbjorn Oleson, resulting in his unanimous acquittal on all counts following trial.
- Represented the grandson of Ringo Starr, Sonny Starkey, on multiple charges.
Bindmans LLP are ‘a byword for excellence and fighting for rights’, thanks to their frequent involvement in high stakes matters with political or human rights elements, with notable clients including The International Federation of Journalists. The firm defend the entire range of general crime cases, including terrorism, murder, drug offences, and Covid-19 related crimes. ‘Incredibly impressive‘ team lead Katie Wheatley acts in a whole range of privately funded criminal cases, and has particular expertise advising in connection with allegations that relate to end-of-life decisions. Kate Goold has a reputation for working on politically sensitive and controversial cases, including defending vulnerable individuals, celebrities, and other high-profile clients. Solicitor advocate Tayab Ali is internationally prolific, and has represented clients in the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights. Associate Jude Lanchin, who has more than 28 years’ experience, is a key team member.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Goold; Tayab Ali; Jude Lanchin; Patrick Ormerod; Ella Jefferson; Catherine Jackson
‘The firm is a byword for excellence and fighting for rights.‘
‘Tayab Ali – utterly fearless and focused upon achieving the best results for his clients. His polymath nature adds a unique benefit to his advice, strategy and tactics. Working with him really feels like you’re starring in a legal film!’
‘Kate Goold is an exceptional solicitor. She is insightful, committed, and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘This is a superb firm with a wonderfully talented all-round team.’
‘Passionate cause-led firm that leave no stone unturned for a client.’
‘Kate Goold is excellent and who I would suggest any friend of mine should go to. She is tireless, thinks of every possible point that can be raised, and does not rest until she has done all she can.’
‘One of the UK’s most feared criminal teams. A leader in the market for decades.’
‘This practice inspires confidence in the way in which a case is being handled. They leave nothing to chance.’
The International Federation of Journalists
Mohamed Soudan (on behalf of 26 men on death row in Egypt)
Middle East Eye
15 students in dealing with allegations of holding gatherings of over 30 people during lockdowns
- Assisting The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) with the submission of a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding the systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists by the State of Israel.
- Assisted 12 surviving appellants from the Shrewsbury 24 in seeking to overturn convictions for riot and unlawful assembly from 1974.
- Assisting Mohamed Soudan with an injunction to prevent the execution of 26 men who had their death penalties confirmed by the highest court in Egypt.
Blackfords LLP is active on the full range of high-profile cases, extending from murder, serious assault and gangland violence to money laundering, drug offences and sexual crimes. The department has an aptitude for defending professional clients, including police and army officers, healthcare professionals, and company directors. ‘Ferocious’ co-head Gary Bloxsome has a history of significant international scale work, with experience handling all areas of serious crime, including war crime allegations. Co-head Trevor Francis‘ practice covers high-profile murder and homicide cases, in addition to expertise in the area of financial crime. Gary Rubin specialises in regulatory law, and is experienced in gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. Counsel Rachel Wilson is also noted.
Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Cundy; Gary Rubin; Jennifer Richardson; Rachel Wilson
‘A great team headed by Trevor Francis & Gary Bloxsome – total leaders in the field. Slick and professional.’
‘Trevor Francis knows all there is to know about running a criminal defence. Gary Bloxsome is ferocious. Rachel Wilson is super talented and super dedicated.’
‘Blackfords are a highly professional and efficient firm who are regarded as one of the best in this practice area. They have no weak links at their firm so every client is assured of high level legal assistance.’
‘Gary Bloxsome is as close to royalty as the legal profession can offer. He has a direct and confident manner which is respected by clients and opponents alike.’
‘An extremely professional organisation that go out of their way to provide the best service to their clients.’
‘They are a very well respected and thorough firm, pleasure to work with.’
‘The firm are tough uncompromising defenders, with a diverse work force and impeccable use of technology.’
‘Gary Bloxsome is a senior partner who retains a keen interest in all the firm’s cases.’
- Represented an electrician in relation to charges of gross negligence manslaughter and breach of s.3 Health and Safety at Work Act.
- Acted for a high-net-worth client in a high-profile Death by Dangerous Driving case.
- Acting in the defence of a nurse in relation to allegations of wilful neglect and mistreatment of residents at a hospital for adults with severe learning difficulties.
Corker Binning‘s ‘massively experienced’ team have a record of advising on both complex and novel cases, with experience which extends from murder, drug offences and child/elder abuse, to corporate manslaughter and coercive behaviour offences. The team has a niche specialisation in advising juveniles and vulnerable individuals, who benefit from the department’s ‘dedicated, knowledgeable and talented‘ approach. Team leader Edward Grange is a noted extradition specialist, with a strong reputation for acting on sensitive and high profile cases. Jessica Parker has expertise across financial crime and tax fraud cases, and has a well regarded police investigations practice. Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh, who was promoted to partner in April 2022, focuses on cases of domestic abuse, sexual offences and violent crimes. Hugely experienced practitioner Paul Morris, the former head of the serious and general crime practice at BCL Solicitors LLP, joined the firm in October 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh; Andrew Smith; Jessica Parker
‘Dedicated, knowledgeable and talented. They go the extra mile every time.’
‘Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh is a master of client care. Nothing is too much to ask of her. Clients love her, opponents fear her and the court respects her.’
‘Corker Binning is genuinely outstanding. The quality of their work is second to none.’
‘Edward Grange is a strong and calming influence in any crisis.’
‘They have a very highly developed legal knowledge set and provide a very focused, client orientated, bespoke service – I think of them as the Savile Row of firms in this field.’
‘Jessica Parker is a highly experienced partner in investigations and criminal litigation who will let her team flourish whilst always keeping a watchful eye on any decisions they make.’
‘An incredible team all round. Andrew Smith is outstanding.’
‘Massively experienced criminal team – adept at handling homicide and other serious offences. Worth every penny. Every member of the team is a seasoned criminal lawyer.’
- Represented Sheth Jeebun and Aster Healthcare Ltd, in a case relating to the scalding of a care home resident whilst being bathed, and her subsequent death.
- Secured immediate release on bail for Oleg Tinkov, who was arrested without warning upon arrival in the UK in February 2020 on an extradition request from the US.
- Representing Ms Karime Macias Tubilla in the first ever extradition request from Mexico to the UK.
Hickman & Rose‘s serious and general crime team represent clients from allegation to trial, and have a client list which includes prominent individuals such as Premier League footballers and other celebrities. ‘Exceptional’ department head Jenny Wiltshire acts for both individuals and corporations, and has expertise acting on sex offences and child abuse matters. Peter Csemiczky covers sexual offences, drug offences, homicide and other violent crimes, with a reputation for ensuring minimal publicity. ‘Seasoned campaigner’ Aileen Colhoun is highly experienced in cases where clients have histories of mental illness, and acts on sexual offences, major drug trafficking, and fraud and corruption cases. Founding partner Ben Rose is particularly active for high profile clients, and is described as an ‘endlessly determined and resourceful advisor and advocate.’
Other key lawyers:
Ross Dixon; Ben Rose; Aileen Colhoun; Peter Csemiczky; Bartholomew Dalton
‘The criminal team has an invaluable depth and range of experience and expertise.’
‘Peter Csemiczky is superb; charming and personable, he has huge knowledge and experience of criminal litigation of all kinds, and brings to this experience a quick and incisive legal mind and robust determination to achieve the best results for his clients.’
‘The firm has a great reputation with a huge breadth of experience and knowledge. They have considerable strength in depth.’
‘Aileen Colhoun is a seasoned campaigner who always gives 110% to her clients.’
‘They place a far greater emphasis on public conscience cases than their exclusively commercially motivated rivals. As a result they have attracted a dedicated staff and a diverse client base. This in turn has generated an enviable reputation for good work, unbiased thinking, integrity and grit.’
‘A strong outfit across the board, with everyone operating at the top of their game.’
‘Jenny Wiltshire – amazing. No other solicitor knows their cases in this depth. She is exceptional. Amazing client care skills, clients love her, very good at dealing with youths.’
‘Peter Csemiczky is my go to recommendation for my clients when they need advice on criminal law. Extremely calm under pressure, he always gives clear and very strategic advice.’
- Acting for Courtney Harriot, Paul Green, Cleveland Davidson and Texo Johnson – four members of the so-called “Stockwell Six” whose convictions for attempting to rob British Transport Police officer DS Ridgewell in 1972 were quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Hodge Jones & Allen fields specialist crime teams to cover areas such as youth, protest, sexual offences, and terrorism, resulting in a department which contains a ‘very diverse set of skilled professionals.‘ The firm is particularly known for its work representing protestors, with notable clients including a number of defendants from the 2021 Bristol riots. Practice head Raj Chada covers public order work and matters involving high profile clients, including MPs. Kerry Spence leads the serious and complex crime unit within the firm, which acts on complex multi-defendant cases. Mike Schwarz has a strong record of acting on human rights, protest and fraud matters. Graeme Hydari specialises in defendants with autism, and acts on the full range of serious crime. Partners Laura O’Brien and Caroline Liggins are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Kerry Spence; Mike Schwarz; Ruth Harris; Graeme Hydari; Caroline Liggins; Laura O’Brien
‘Very diverse set of skilled professionals working as a team.’
‘Always available to share expert advice.’
‘As a firm they have a real team spirit, always sharing knowledge and experience with each other, to the benefit of their clients. They have a superbly dynamic and diverse team of lawyers in the team.’
‘Raj Chada and Mike Schwarz are the best in the business, between them they have been instrumental in every big protester case for the last two decades.’
‘HJA’s criminal solicitors are amongst the leading criminal solicitors in the country. They have been involved in countless landmark cases but also in hundreds if not thousands of important protest cases in the magistrates courts.’
‘Raj Chada, the head of HJA’s criminal team, is a fantastic lawyer who is universally respected. He is also an excellent advocate.’
‘Raj Chada, Mike Schwarz and Laura O’Brien are real standouts in the crime department.’
‘HJA remains committed to doing excellent publicly funded criminal defence work. The team is superby led by Raj Chada, who is an outstanding solicitor and a brilliant advocate.’
- Obtained the “Ziegler” Judgment from the Supreme Court which has set how European Convention of Human Rights should be interpreted in criminal cases.
- Defended the “Colston 4” case, involving the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston during a Black Lives Matter Protest in Bristol.
- Represented Labour MP Apsana Begum, who was acquitted of fraud.
Kingsley Napley LLP‘s ‘Premier League practice‘ advises high-profile UK and international clients on the full spectrum of serious and general crime, including murder, sexual offences, and terrorism. The department is co-led by Louise Hodges, who leads criminal litigation, and serious and general crime co-heads, the ‘simply amazing‘ Sandra Paul and ‘top of his game’ David Sleight. Paul is particularly active on highly publicised sexual offences for prominent individuals, with additional expertise representing youths and young adults, while Sleight acts from the police station onward for celebrities, sports stars and senior executives. Rebecca Niblock has expertise in extradition, and has defended individuals requested by other states in proceedings at all levels from the Magistrates’ to the Supreme Court. Ed Smyth has a specialism in pre-charge advice and representation, including with high profile cases at risk of attracting media attention. Associate Matthew Hardcastle is also noted.
Louise Hodges; Sandra Paul; David Sleight
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Niblock; Aaron Watkins; Matthew Hardcastle; Edmund Smyth
‘They are the real deal, with real in-depth backgrounds in criminal law, with an embedded culture of teamwork. They are not tied or restricted by hierarchy. Their attention to detail is like nothing you have ever seen. Their tactical awareness and ability to go the extra mile is outstanding.’
‘Sandra Paul is super intelligent; sensitive yet relentless in pursuit of the client objective.’
‘Sandra Paul – simply amazing. Great lawyer with amazing judgement – she is the whole package.’
‘I think the best thing I can say “They gave me my life back again.”’
‘The individuals and team(s) at Kingsley Napley are some of the kindest, smartest, and most devoted professionals that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.’
‘This firm is the premier league practice for private criminal law. They have a wide client base, specialising in sexual offences. They are unique in their exceptional client care and case preparation.’
‘David Sleight – right at the top of his game. A good lawyer and a very good strategist. He is very straightforward and easy to get on with.’
‘The best crime team in London as far as I am concerned. ‘
- Represented Lady Lavinia Nourse, who was charged following an allegation of historic sexual assault. She was acquitted at trial.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP acts on complex, high-profile matters at the national and international level, handling the full gambit of violent and sexual offences, in addition to political cases and matters involving wrongful convictions. Department lead Nick Vamos, who was head of special crime for the CPS prior to joining the firm in 2017, acts for Post Office Limited in relation to the highly publicised wrongful convictions. Senior partner and former department head Michael O’Kane is well known for acting in cases with complex and political aspects, with significant experience in the fields of corruption, cartels, and extradition. Jasvinder Nakwal covers sensitive cases with sexual, violent, and drugs elements. Anna Bradshaw is a leading expert in proceeds of crime legislation. Senior associate Rachel Cook is a key name.
Other key lawyers:
Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakwhwal; Rachel Cook; Anna Bradshaw
‘Efficient, polite and proactive.’
‘Michael O’Kane is a wonderful and inspirational leader. Jasvinder Nakhwal is also superb. They are part of a a wonderfully gifted, all round team.’
‘This is a superb firm with outstanding indiduals. They are innovative and think strategically. A brilliant group.’
‘Peters & Peters has a very experienced team focusing on very specialised areas of law, and such expertise is not present in many other firms.’
‘Anna Bradshaw has an amazing ability to break down the most mind-boggling regulations into manageable concepts and to develop strategies to address such regulatory risks. Anna’s composed manner and strategic outlook help find long term and future-proof solutions.’
‘High level advice on cases of the utmost sensitivity.’
‘The team provides an exceptionally high standard of service; highly knowledgeable about relevant international and domestic criminal law and the interplay between them, skilled strategic thinking, well resourced and excellent support provided to counsel.’
‘The practice is unique due to its breadth of knowledge and has been a pathfinder in certain areas of criminal law. The previous experience of a number of the partners/associates means that the firm can offer valuable insights.’
- Acting for Post Office Limited in relation to over 800 potential wrongful convictions in Britain’s largest ever miscarriage of justice.
Simons Muirhead Burton has a particularly strong media practice, in addition to a strong reputation for acting on behalf of high-net-worth and high-profile individuals on violent and sexual offences. ‘First rate criminal solicitor’ Phil Smith leads the department, and has a decades-long reputation of appearing in the most highly publicised cases. Founding partner Anthony Burton CBE has more than 40 years of experience in the practice area, and is globally recognised as an expert on the death penalty as a result of his work as chair of the Death Penalty Project NGO. Senior associate Henrietta Ronson is praised for her ‘unparalleled domain expertise.‘
Other key lawyers:
Anthony Burton CBE; Henrietta Ronson
‘Simons Muirhead Burton is the most diligent, passionate and expert firm I have ever encountered.’
‘The practice employs lawyers of deep experience and domain expertise in order to provide a very high standard of service.’
‘Henrietta Ronson was the standout individual on the team. My experience working with her is second to none.’
‘The criminal team is very classy – highly competent, down to earth, responsive and extremely experienced.’
‘Phil Smith is a first rate criminal solicitor. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone. He gets great results – largely as a result of his hard work and ability to see points others often miss.’
‘The work they did for my case was beyond outstanding, and each of them was available at any time.’
‘The amount of research and attention to detail by partner Phil Smith and associate Henrietta Ronson was something I haven’t seen anywhere else.’
Stokoe Partnership Solicitors‘ ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team act on the full spectrum of serious crimes including murder, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and firearms offences. Lead partner Bambos Tsiattalou, described as ‘a force of nature‘, works on major crimes at the national and international level, and has additional expertise in proceeds of crime. Brian Swan’s practice extends from murder to large scale drug crime, while Maria Theodoulou covers high profile matters involving both individuals and organised crime groups. Richard Cannon joined the department in March 2021 from gunnercooke LLP, bringing extradition experience. Solicitor advocate Abigail Ashford is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Swan; Amjid Jabbar; Maria Theodoulou; Richard Cannon; Rubin Italia
‘Bambos Tsiattalou – the equivalent of a five-star General in criminal law. His abilities to analyse a case are unparalleled. Can summarise the most difficult of cases into a handful of points. Masterful tactician.’
‘Professional, competent and compassionate individuals.’
‘The partners in the firm are always 100% behind their clients, delivering a first class services.’
‘Bambos Tsiattalou is renowned for being a leader in this area, he is known to all as one of the best criminal lawyers in the country.’
‘Richard Cannon is a standout and frequently sought for his expertise.’
‘Maria Theodolou is excellent at helping high-profile clients navigate criminal proceedings that attract media attention.’
‘I would describe Stokoe Solicitors as a star firm. It regularly appears in the leading cases within the UK. They have a very strong private client base which is testament to the quality of their representation.’
‘Rubin Italia is a first class lawyer. Excellent client care, attention to detail, and plenty of strategic nous.’
‘Very experienced and knowledgeable. Quick to respond and always give practical advice.’
- Acting for defendants in numerous EncroChat cases, including the two leading cases in the UK.
- Acting for a client under arrest following the UK’s biggest ever drug bust.
ABV Solicitors fields a ‘highly impressive and capable‘ team, active on a range of high profile offences, including terrorism, murder, sexual offences, and major drugs conspiracies. The department is co-led by Akhtar Ahmad, who has more than 25 years’ experience advising individuals and corporates on serious crimes, including those with international aspects, and solicitor advocate Robert Borwick, who has expertise across murder, sexual crimes, and regulatory offences. Hanisha Godhania and Sunita Mehta were both promoted to partner in early 2021. Godhania leads the team’s Crown Court department, and is active on high profile EncroChat drug and firearms cases, while Mehta handles major cases including gang crime, serious sexual offences, evasion of duty and significant drug importations.
Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick
Other key lawyers:
Hanisha Godhania; Sunita Mehta
‘A highly impressive and capable leading firm across the broad spectrum of general defence criminal practice. Their case preparation and client care skills are second to none.’
‘ABV Solicitors are a top firm who very well known in the industry for having highly capable and indefatigable lawyers; committed to their clients’ cases.’
‘Hanisha Godhania is as sharp as they come. She is always on top of her cases and a few steps ahead of her opposition.’
‘ABV is a genuinely efficient and effective firm who have the capacity and personnel to deal with the most complex and challenging cases.’
‘Rob Borwick is a measured, careful and persuasive partner who provides a discrete and dedicated service to select clients.’
‘Akhtar Ahmad – Highly experienced, superb client care and very hard-working.’
‘Sunita Mehta – talented, hard working and impressive multi-tasking.’
‘The team at ABV Solicitors know exactly what they are doing in all aspects of the criminal law.’
Bark&co deploys a boutique-style approach to cover the full range of general crime work, from murder and manslaughter, to drug offences, sexual offences, and immigration crimes. The department has a track record of work on high profile crimes, and strives to create robust public relations defences for clients, including tailored media plans. Giles Bark-Jones is the firm’s principal and founder, and ‘remains the backbone of the firm‘, with a practice which includes anti-terrorism legislation. Also key are senior solicitor Ria Kudrati, who is the lead crime supervisor for the firm, and solicitor Vanessa Wiggins, who is active on prominent violent crime and drugs cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘Giles Bark-Jones is still one of the real heavyweights of the criminal defence world. He is actively involved in client management and providing high-level strategic and tactical advice.’
‘Bark & Co offer an all round gold service, from pre-charge advice to handling the media to success at trial. Their experience in dealing with high profile clients and cases is second to none.’
‘Giles Bark-Jones is a brilliant tactician and has such a wealth of hands on experience that he is the go to solicitor for high profile clients charged with serious crime.’
‘Extremely well run firm, led by a dynamic individual who is well respected within the sector. Each lawyer has access to any resource they need and deliver results week in week out.’
‘I have been impressed by Vanessa Wiggins and Giles Bark-Jones in particular. No task is too great and they seem unflustered by anything thrown their way.’
‘All extremely responsive and accessible. Consistently involved in the biggest and most high profile of criminal cases.’
‘Excellent quality of work, good attention to detail, dedicated team, excellent support staff.’
‘They are a very well respected and thorough firm, pleasure to work with.’
- Acting for one of four individuals charged with murder following the death of a forty-year-old woman after an attack in a village near Clacton in Essex, in April 2021.
- Acting for two individuals charged with offences following a police investigation and discovery of a large-scale cannabis factory in a rural location in Wales.
- Acting for a high-profile individual under investigation for alleged historic sexual offences.
Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson‘s ‘committed, unfailingly hard-working and knowledgeable’ team act on both legal aid and private client work, with a strong reputation for offering a police station to trial service. Head of the in house Crown Court department Natalie Berman is regarded as ‘one of the shining lights in this profession‘, and has experience in matters related to murder, burglary, and drug offences. Senior partner Paul Harris has worked within the firm for more than 30 years, and is active on behalf of sub-postmasters in the Post Office Horizon scandal, while managing partner Shila Keshvari acts on cases of murder and drug crime. Kirsty Bishop has expertise in serious crime matters, particularly complex cases with multiple defendants. Solicitor Adeela Khan is also noted.
Paul Harris; Shila Keshvari; Kirsty Bishop; Natalie Berman
Other key lawyers:
‘Natalie Berman is outstanding. She combines huge knowledge of procedure and the law with common sense advice, empathy and an incredible work ethic.’
‘Edward Preston- simply the best. He would be the criminal solicitor’s solicitor of choice.’
‘Kirsty Bishop is phenomenally responsive and absolutely commmitted to doing everything she can for her clients.’
‘The entire team at EFBW are committed, unfailingly hard-working and knowledgeable. They care about every case and never cut corners.’
‘I am struck by the work of Paul Harris and Kirsty Bishop particularly. Paul has led high-profile cases this year demonstrating tenacity and an innovative legal approach. Kirsty’s reputation is in general crime and financial crime. She astounds with her incredible client care. Once she takes on a case the client can be thoroughly reassured by her that there will be 100% commitment to their case. This is something remarked upon by the clients and by other professionals within our field.’
‘What makes this practice unique is the atmosphere of the firm. This crime-only practice has a stunning reputation for client care and innovative approach to cases.’
‘Natalie Berman is one of the shining lights in this profession. Nobody works harder or cares more than her.’
‘A very strong team which prides itself on good old fashioned hard work and commitment to their clients.’
- Representing a number of defendants in the Court of Appeal appealing convictions in the Post office Appeals.
- Instructed to represent one of 10 defendants charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs spanning 2 years involving in excess of 82kg of cocaine.
- Advising 2 defendants engaged in money lending as a business between September 2013 and September 2019, not having registered with and been authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to do so.
‘Fantastic, forward thinking firm’ GT Stewart Limited fields multiple dedicated teams to effectively cover all areas of criminal law. The department acts for both legal aid and private clients, and cover a broad range of work including murder, protest law, drugs offences and modern slavery. Greg Stewart heads the appeals team, and is co-managing partner alongside higher court advocate Melanie Krudy. Mel Stooks leads on youth crime, while ‘ top tier solicitor’ Will Russell heads up the private client and South East London teams. Sophie Smith leads the team for South West London, Claire Dissington covers the City of London, and Ronnie Manek is the key name for higher courts advocacy.
Greg Stewart; Mel Stooks; Claire Dissington; Will Russell; Sophie Smith; Ronnie Manek
Other key lawyers:
Edward Fenner; Jessica Gosling; Edward Caute
‘GT Stewart are a proper criminal defence firm of which there are now increasingly few. Any criminal client seeking their advice can be sure of sound, robust but realistic advice and representation.’
‘Mel Stooks is the undoubted expert when it comes to representing children and young people. Her depth of knowledge, calmness and compassion is evident in every case with which she deals.’
‘A fantastic, forward thinking firm, with client care very much at the forefront of their minds. Their attention to detail, skill set and knowledge is all exceptional.’
‘Will Russell – A top tier solicitor with unrvialled tactical skill and knoweldge. He is calm under the utmost pressure and circumstances, while maintaining the most realistic of approaches.’
‘GT Stewart goes the extra mile for its clients. There is no question of frequent visits and effective communication. The legal advice is sound and the quality of work produced excellent.’
‘GT Stewart are not afraid to take on a challenge to make sure that the law is being upheld. They provide unwavering strong support and demonstrate real compassion and care when it comes to the service that they provide their families.’
‘Mel Stooks, font of all knowledge when it comes to youth law. She ensures that she is up to date with all relevant changes and educates others to ensure that all children are provided with a high level of service.’
‘An excellent team who always go the extra mile as standard.’
- Represented young defendant in a multi handed murder trial.
- Represented client MP in a four handed trial charged with criminal damage following a Black Lives Matter protest.
- Represented client who was charged with possession of a bladed article. The decision of the lower court was appealed by way of case stated.
‘Powerhouse‘ Uxbridge-based firm IBB Law handle a range of high-profile criminal cases, with particular aptitude for complex murder cases. Joanne Gibbons co-heads the team alongside the ‘personable and hard working‘ Eddie Tang. Gibbons covers a broad range of offences including murder, rape, encrochat, and drug importation, and is a noted specialist in youth law. Tang acts on cases across the UK, and has experience with kidnapping, blackmail, and serious violent offences. Advocate Kam Varaitch is a ‘solicitor’s solicitor‘, regularly offering service from arrest to trial. Associate Anna Ford has experience of cases involving sexual offences, firearms, and multi-handed murder.
Joanne Gibbons; Eddie Tang
Other key lawyers:
Anna Ford; Kam Varaitch
‘A very strong team with a loyal and expanding own client base. Outstanding client service.’
‘Led from the front by Eddie Tang, who really does go the extra mile for clients. Always immaculately prepared cases.’
‘Excellent criminal defence team. Fantastic reputation, work ethic and personnel.’
‘Anna Ford – proactive, communication between court, counsel and client very good, genuinely cares about the cases.’
‘Eddie Tang is the person I would instruct if I was arrested. He knows exactly what he is doing and puts all his effort into every case.’
‘IBB is a powerhouse in criminal defence, from bottom to top. A real Rolls Royce service.’
‘Time and again, those in difficult circumstances repeatedly turn to IBB. There is no better measure of client care.’
‘Kam Varaitch is a solicitor’s solicitor. Dogged but always pleasant and available to assist with any and all concerns.’
Janes Solicitors‘ ‘efficient and industrious‘ general crime team covers serious and high-profile matters extending from the extradition of alleged economic offenders to encrochat-related drugs and violence cases. Higher Courts Advocate Robert Berg leads the team, bringing more than 40 years of experience in all areas of criminal law, including international drug trafficking, murder, and sexual offences. Fiona Gavriel and James Mullion are also significant in the teeam, with Mullion acting on behalf of journalist Graham Johnson in his appeal against his 2015 phone hacking conviction, and Gavriel acting for a client charged with conspiracy to supply 400kg of cocaine worth £32m. Asssociate Alex Chapman is also noted, with experience of cases covering murder, drugs conspiracies, and terrorism.
Other key lawyers:
Alex Mincoff; Fiona Gavriel; Alex Chapman; David Janes
‘The dedication they showed me was outstanding. Their attention to detail was impressive. I’m totally satisfied with the way they dealt with me.’
‘This is a boutique firm highly recognised in the criminal defence business as providing a very personal service. They work to tailor the case preparation to fit the needs of the client rather than try and force the client into any preconcieved model. This makes them uniuqe in my view.’
‘Fiona Gavriel stands head and shoulders as the go to legal mind for heavy or high profile cases. She is first class. Always with a reassuring knowledge of the case she brings confidence to clients.’
‘Robert Berg and David Janes are exceptional in the skill and energy they put into their cases and are extraordinarily experienced and ingenious in the preparation of their cases.’
‘Janes is a first-class, private client firm. It is renowned for excellent client care, case preparation and attention to detail. A small team, its staff work collegiately to produce brilliant results. They are, and have always been a superb firm for all areas of criminal law.’
‘Alex Chapman is a particular stand out member of the firm, always available to counsel and the lay client, fantastic knowledge of the case and always thoroughly prepared. A real pleasure to work with recognising that team work is pivotal in securing the best result possible for the defendant.’
‘Robert Berg – straight talking, hard working and respected by his peers.’
‘Janes are unique due to the quality of the support they provide to counsel instructed and the lay client in the case.’
- Acting for Edison Brahimi, a defendant of good character charged with murder and four counts of perverting the course of justice.
- Representing Sanjay Bandari, a high-profile Indian industrialist whose extradition has been requested by the Government of India to face allegations of tax evasion and money laundering through companies, properties and accounts located in the UK, Panama and Dubai.
Lewis Nedas Law Limited‘s ‘excellent‘ team, which has offices in Camden and Oxford, is active on a diverse range of complex cases involving drugs, murders, and serious sex crimes. The department also has a particularly strong practice for Encrochat related matters. Founding partner Jeffrey Lewis leads the serious crime team, in addition to fraud and regulatory defence. Lewis is supported by former barrister Siobhain Egan, who has been in practice for over 30 years. Miles Herman and Leila Abdul-Rasool are also key names. Herman has experience in high-profile cases involving criminal organisations, while Abdul-Rasool is developing the firm’s extradition practice.
Other key lawyers:
Siohain Egan; Miles Herman; Unan Choudhury; Keith Wood; Sean Reilly; Leila Abdul-Rasool
‘My experience of them, which extends over nearly 35 years, is that they are one level above the competition when in comes to case preparation. I’ve never know them to fail to have a case ready for trial, and the quality of their work is always without question.’
‘Sean Reilly has a unique ability to get to grips with even the most complex of cases from an early stage.’
‘Clients feel safe when they have Sean Reilly on their side.’
‘They do the work required and more. This is a firm that provides a private client service to legal aid clients. It deserves proper recognition for that.’
‘This team is excellent. The attention to detail is outstanding and no stone left unturned in the preparation of a case. Every case receives the same diligent application.’
‘The practice benefits from the combination of having very skilled lawyers offering first class representation and at the same time being very approachable.’
‘Leila Abdul-Rasool – A very capable lawyer with good attention to detail, a good legal brain, and excellent client care, going well above the call of duty. She is a real asset to the firm.’
- Acted on a case predicated on a client’s refusal for almost 20 years to provide his ex-wife a Jewish religious divorce, to determine as to whether this constituted coercive or controlling behaviour.
- Represent a defendant charged subject to an investigation into the Organised Crime groups suspected of facilitating the unlawful entry of at least 14 children from Calais to the UK.
- Represented the defendant charged with two others, all Iranian Nationals who facilitated the illegal entry of asylum seekers from France to the UK.
Lloyds PR Solicitors acts in complex criminal cases at the highest levels. The department operates with multiple specialist teams, so as to provide both breadth and depth at all levels, from the police station upwards. Harsha Rupasinghe and solicitor Mohsin Ariff lead the serious and complex crime team, which manages high-value and multijurisdictional matters, including fraud, drugs conspiracies, and terrorism. Prasad Palihawadana heads the Police Sation and Magistrates’ Court departments, while Manoj Rupasinghe manages advocacy needs, and provides strategic oversight of the firm’s cases. Solicitor Ieva Giedraityte has expertise in extradition, and defends a varied range of cases. Solicitor Natasha Patel is also noted.
Prasad Palihawadana; Harsha Rupasinghe; Manoj Rupasinghe
Other key lawyers:
Ieva Giedraityte; Moshin Ariff; Natasha Patel
‘Mohsin Arif stands out as a senior solicitor partner who offers the complete package.’
‘Although Lloyds PR is one of the largest criminal defence firms in the market, they somehow manage give clients the sort of attention and service that one would usually expect from a smaller boutique firm.’
‘Harsha Rupasinghe has really sound judgement and great tactical instincts. With an easy charm, he gives pragmatic and effective advice. Manoj Rupasinghe works incredibly hard for his clients, and always manages to stay on top of what really matters.’
‘Lloyds PR have some extremely talented individuals and a great back staff room that enable them to excel in this sector.’
‘Lloyds PR are one of the top criminal firms in London.’
‘Lloyds PR are a highly regarded law firm specialising in criminal law with an International business dimension. They are very approachable and always work extremely hard to achieve the very best outcome for their client.’
‘The firm are at the front of the legal aid criminal market, they are in ALL of the big cases. The main strength is legal knowledge, followed very closely be a ferocious work ethic.’
‘An incredibly dedicated and professional team whose positive ethos comes from the top down and suffuses the whole company.’
- Secured acquittal in high profile murder of 15 year old youth in allegedly racially motivated murder.
- Secured acquittal of alleged ringleader of Organised Crime Group in Warwickshire.
- Secured acquittal for designated money laundering regulatory officer of prominent MSB located on Edgware Road through insistence on right and proper disclosure.
Russell-Cooke LLP field a team with is experienced working with high-profile individuals and professionals, as well as vulnerable persons and clients affiliated with gangs and organised crime groups. Department head Jae Carwardine is well known in the market, and is praised for her ‘unrivalled commitment to her work and her clients‘. The ‘excellent‘ Martin Rackstraw, who joined the firm from Bindmans in 2019, brings more than 20 years’ experience on a broad range of serious crime matters, including homicide and historic sexual allegations, with additional expertise in miscarriage of justice cases. Associate Jacob Smyth is a key name, and is active on serious sexual offences, drugs supply, and motoring offences.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Rackstraw; Jacob Smyth
‘RC is an exceptional firm in a highly competitive field. Effective communication between its members ensures that a client’s interests are always protected and promoted.’
‘Jacob Smyth is exceptional. He has a meticulous eye for detail and fearlessly protects his clients interests. He leaves no stone unturned when preparing cases and always goes the extra mile to ensure that their interests are best represented.’
‘Jae Carwardine and Martin Rackstraw are outstanding. They are highly conscientious and go the extra mile for their clients. They are widely regarded as being first-rate criminal solicitors.’
‘The people, work ethic and attention to detail set Russell Cooke apart as a firm.’
‘Jae Carwardine leads the team. She has an unrivalled commitment to her work and her clients.’
‘Russell Cooke has long been one of the best firms practising in crime. Their solicitors are first rate. They are both extremely knowledgeable and provide excellent client care.’
‘A broad range of solid operators.’
‘Martin Rackstraw is one of the most conscientious solicitors. No stone is left unturned for his private clients.’
- Represented Danny Kruger, MP for Devizes, who appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court regarding an incident where his dog briefly chased a herd of fallow deer.
Shaw Graham Kersh‘s highly experienced team of lawyers represent a diverse set of clients from businessmen to vulnerable individuals. Managing partner and serious crime head Paul Graham has more than 35 years’ experience in the practice area, and covers murder and manslaughter, terrorism, and large scale drugs conspiracies. Raymond Shaw leads on private client work, with diverse expertise which includes football related investigations, international child abduction cases, and contempt of court proceedings. General crime head Philip Hill has a practice built from a strong network of referrals, based upon a strong reputation for work on serious criminal matters. Partner Madeline Corr is a higher court advocate, with experience extending from large scale fraud to serious violence and drug offences.
Raymond Shaw; Paul Graham
Other key lawyers:
Madeleine Corr; Philip Hill
‘The quality of the solicitors, the advice and the service at SGK is outstanding. With such a breadth of experience in the firm, this really is where I would go if I was in trouble.’
‘Philip Hill is second to none in forging a relationship of trust and confidence with his clients. He is completely client focused and a real fighter who is utterly committed to achieving the best outcome for his clients.’
‘Raymond Shaw is an individual who is all over his briefs. He brings insight, lines of enquiry together with providing leadership and strategic input into the most difficult and largest of cases.’
‘Both Paul Graham and Raymond Shaw, who are stalwarts of the London criminal market and should be praised for their client care especially with regard to legally aided clients.’
‘SGK are an excellent criminal firm. Their reputation is well deserved and their place in serious and high profile trials unsurprising.’
‘Paul Graham is a very experienced and capable criminal solicitor. His judgment is second to none and his clients reap the benefits.’
‘Raymond Shaw is an outstanding solicitor. A giant brain on criminal law.’
‘Madeleine Corr – good judgement and engages with clients excellently.’
Cantaris Locke Solicitors
Cantaris Locke Solicitors, which dates back to 2013, has in the years since built up a strong reputation for high profile and complex cases, such as people trafficking, murder and serious violence, and sexual crimes. The department is also particularly active on drug related crimes, including multi-handed conspiracies and matters with EncroChat elements. Name partners Costa Cantaris and Natalia Locke bring significant experience in criminal law.
Costa Cantaris; Natalia Locke
Other key lawyers:
‘This is a small but friendly firm which prides itself on great client care and exceptional case management. Both partners have a fantastic knowledge of the area they practice in and are always available for clients.’
‘Costa Cantaris is a founding partner of the Firm. I have known him since he was a trainee solicitor. Even then it was obvious he would head his own firm. Professional, hardworking, bright, makes the hard simple – these are just some of the qualities clients have mentioned to me about his work.’
‘They are fine individual lawyers who pool their knowledge to provide a fantastic service to their clients.’
‘Costa and Natalia work as a fabulous team to provide outstanding client care, advice and support in the criminal process.’
‘Excellent work ethic, very astute, enormous experience handling serious cases. Far better than other firms I know.’
‘Costa Cantaris – considerable experience in the biggest cases. Puts defendants at ease and very astute in making the right choices. Natalia Locke – excellent client care, very hard working, always goes the extra mile for all her clients.’
‘Cantaris Locke Solicitors are approachable and dynamic solicitors. The dedication and effort they show towards the outcome of their clients is truly to be admired.’
‘Costa Cantaris is a first class solicitor who has exceptional communication skills. Natalia Locke prepares her cases meticulously and has superb attention to detail.’
- Representing client for conspiracy to produce cannabis on an industrial scale, and conspiracy to supply large amounts of cocaine.
- Representing several defendants charged with conspiracy to supply kilos of Class A drugs over a significant period of time, utilising Encrochat.
- Representing client for conspiracy to murder. Gangland shooting in broad day light where victim shot in the face and miraculously survived.
Carson Kaye fields a general crime team which caters to both a strong private client base and high-end legal aid. The firm is active on the full range of serious crime, including international drug organisations, conspiracy to murder, and perverting the course of justice. Name partners John Kaye and John Carson lead the team. Kaye has expertise across public order, financial and serious crime, and is a notable solicitor for Encrochat matters, while Carson has a particular specialism in business crime. Keshina Bouri is also noted.
John Kaye; John Carson
Other key lawyers:
Tana Adelmann; Keshina Bouri; Ben Darabi; Sophie Clarke
‘I have been consistently impressed with the work carried out by my instructing solicitors and supporting paralegals at Carson Kaye.’
‘What makes this practice unique is their superb handling of the biggest and most challenging criminal cases. They are extremely good at performing to the highest level and in the most serious criminal trials.’
‘Keshina Bouri is one of the hardest working solicitors out there. She never gives clients less than her full commitment and is always available to speak with concerning the case.’
‘The team at Carson Kaye are extremely diligent and professional. Cases are prepared thoroughly and with attention to detail.’
‘They are committed to quality representation. They put the work in despite the difficulties often faced by criminal practice.’
‘John Carson’s clients receive the very best advice and representation on a case by case basis.’
‘Carson Kaye has, in the relatively short period of time it has been in existence, developed a massive reputation for engaging with clients at the very highest level.’
‘John Carson and John Kaye are a formidable team with an international reputation. They are excellent with clients, realistic, honest but go the extra mile to secure the best results possible.’
- Advising two (of 12) claimants before the IPT, challenging the lawfulness of warranty obtained at the start of the investigation.
- Representing client in a case regarding a conspiracy to place two homemade explosive devices at the working address of a barrister prosecuting a large NCA civil case.
- Advised the client in a civil asset seizure case involving multiple businesses and assets.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors brings ‘excellent client service’ to a broad range of serious crime issues including sexual offences, drug crimes and murders. The department is experienced working with child defendants, and act on complex matters involving county line groups. Hardeep Dhaliwal specialises in criminal fraud, while Nicholas De Freitas covers violent crimes extending from rape and sexual assault to motoring offences. Associate Olivia Amy Rose is another key member of the team.
Hardeep Dhaliwal; Nicholas De Freitas
Other key lawyers:
Olivia Amy Rose; Linda Barker
‘Excellent client service – they take detailed interest in clients’ welfare.’
‘A huge team with experts in every field.’
‘Duncan Lewis Solicitors have years of experience in dealing with complex, heavy crime from allegations of serious fraud to multi-kilo drug supply, as well as homocide, violence and serious sexual offences. Cases are read in detail and fully understood. Tactical considerations and well thought-through before practical and realistic advice is advanced.’
Edwards Duthie Shamash
Edwards Duthie Shamash is known for acting for the Labour Party on multiple high profile investigations and prosecutions, but also works closely with the National Education Union (NEU) and covers a range of violent crimes and drug offences. The department is co-led by Rakesh Bhasin, Robert Dynowski, and Shaun Murphy. ‘Bright, hard working and tactically very astute’ Bhasin is a higher court advocate with experience in homicide cases and large scale conspiracies, Dynowski is particularly active on behalf of teachers, and Murphy has expertise in child care law. Shabaz Ahmed is particularly active on murder cases, and additionally covers firearms and drug offences and cash in transit robberies.
Shaun Murphy; Rakesh Bhasin; Robert Dynowski
Other key lawyers:
Shabaz Ahmed; Simon May
‘This is a firm with a good reputation. It is one of the few firms that is able to successfully mix crime with other disciplines.’
‘Rakesh Bhasin is a superb lawyer. Bright, hard working and tactically very astute.’
‘A strong team of lawyers, who conduct their work to a very high standard.’
‘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.’
‘Edwards Duthie Shamash is a well established and very well respected firm with a specialism in criminal law. Their experience and the quality of their staff makes them a standout performer in their sector.’
‘Bob Dynowski – A brilliant lawyer with yers of experience. One of the senior statesmen of criminal law in London.’
‘The team is very committed to their clients, and is known for being committed to the individual.’
‘A firm which is very well established, which employs experienced and skilled lawyers and which routinely deals with many of the most serious crimes.’
The National Education Union (NEU)
The Labour Party
The ‘exceptional’ Freemans Solicitors fields litigation and advocacy teams which work together to represent clients in cases concerning serious fraud, violence and sexual offences. ‘Top quality advocate’ Michael Field, who has more than 25 years’ experience, and established the firm’s crime department, co-leads the team with ‘simply superb’ Kishoree Kotecha-Pau. Higher court advocate Peter Bedingfield is experienced in all areas of criminal law, and works with vulnerable clients such as young people and those suffering from serious mental illness. Leo Martin, who joined from Hodge Jones & Allen in April 2021, specialises in pre-charge advice, aiding clients in avoiding potential criminal prosecution.
Michael Field; Kishoree Kotecha-Pau
Other key lawyers:
Leo Martin; Peter Bedingfield
‘The team is very cohesive and well organised with polite and helpful staff.’
‘Michael Field is a top quality advocate and well presented, organised and very helpful. His understanding of the law and the court process, and ability to advocate effectively and effortlessly before judges is excellent.’
‘They are the best law firm in the country. Have used them on many occasions and they are exceptionally professional, organized, clear and concise, value for money, dedicated and their staff have amazing knowledge of the law process.’
‘Freemans are an exceptional firm as their solicitors genuinely care about their clients and represent them to the highest levels. They have a very skilled and experienced team who represent their clients extremely well.’
‘The lawyers at Freemans are hardworking, they have backbone and they know their stuff. The firm provides a well rounded service where you know the solicitors have proper support from a capable and efficient back office team.’
‘Extremely strong and well – resourced team capable of litigating large scale criminal cases.’
‘Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is simply superb – a totally dedicated, creative, highly experienced expert in both criminal law and financial crime with superb communications skills and an instinctive understanding of the human psyche.’
‘The hard work they put in to achieving the best results always pays off and this is in part because they understand how to resource and manage cases properly and match the best people to the case and the client.’
Hempsons‘ regulatory and crime team specialises in representing professionals – particularly police officers and medical professionals – in cases concerning the full range of offences, including physical and sexual offences, child pornography, and substance abuse crimes. Department head Tania Francis, who worked as an NHS doctor prior to qualifying as a solicitor, advises doctors, dentists, and other professionals from the healthcare sector. Adam Smith is particularly active on behalf of police, while Surjit Dubb has a regulatory and crime practice, and acts in both criminal and disciplinary proceedings. Rob Newbould, who joined from Slater and Gordon in 2020, is highly experienced in police law.
Other key lawyers:
Surjit Dubb; Rob Newbould; Adam Smith
Pharmacists’ Defence Association
Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘highly respected and effective general crime department’ which acts for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals accused of criminal offences. The department works closely with the firm’s media and reputation team to provide high level service to those facing charges such as sexual assault, drug offences, or violent crimes. Lead partner Ian Ryan has more than 30 years’ experience in the field, and works with clients from the police station onwards. Kyle Phillips, who rejoined the firm in 2021 after two years with Fieldfisher, is a specialist in financial crime and regulatory law. Associate Jennifer Harper is another key name, and has experience handling allegations of sexual and physical assault.
Other key lawyers:
Kyle Phillips; Jennifer Harper
‘Howard Kennedy have a highly respected and effective general crime department. Their lawyers are experienced and know how to win a case.’
‘Kyle Phillips is a versatile and highly intelligent partner who drives his team to aspire to the highest standards. He has an excellent track record in serious general crime cases and is fantastic with clients.’
‘This is a specialised firm giving advice and representation to private clients either being investigated for crime or having been charged. The team is headed by one of the best criminal solicitors in London, Ian Ryan, who has led the team since the firms merged. The service they provide is second to none.’
‘Jennifer Harper was knowledgeable, professional and always willing to listen and address my concerns. In many ways she was able to pre-empt my next question because of her experience.’
‘My experience with the team was always positive – even if the circumstances of discussion were distressing they were respectful and offered reassurance and at times humility above and beyond my expectations’
‘Ian Ryan has great judgement and tactical awareness. He is a master at negotiating with prosecution authorities and has an excellent team supporting him.’
‘The team led by Ian Ryan at Howard Kennedy is dynamic and on an upward curve. The leadership shown by Ian Ryan to this exciting group of young lawyers has brought them great success and year on year, they go from strenght to strength attracting bigger and better work.’
‘Ian Ryan – at the very top of the tree in London. A big reputation which is thoroughly deserved by the service he and his team deliver to Howard Kennedy’s increasingly impressive roster of high profile clients.’
ITN Solicitors‘ ‘brilliant‘ team handle all areas of serious crime, but have standout expertise in cases involving terrorism and national security issues. Team lead Itpal Dhillon is a notable terrorism specialist, and has acted on numerous high profile cases in the area. Managing partner Nadeem Thanvi specialises in serious organised crime and homicide, while Simon Natas, ‘one of the most experienced and respected in the profession‘, has significant experience on freedom of expression and rights of assembly. Sexual offences, including historic allegations, are covered by Hilary Doherty.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Natas; Nadeem Thanvi; Hilary Doherty
‘Lawyers are brilliant. Fast thinking and knowledgeable.’
‘Hilary Doherty – client care is second to none. Legal knowledge is through. Preparation is amazing.’
‘Very experienced criminal team, dealing with a range of serious crime and fraud. The quality across the board is excellent and you are always likely to get a highly intelligent and dedicated solicitor.’
‘Simon Natas is a star and one of the most experienced and respected in the profession. He always has an innovative and effective approach to cases and has an exceptional legal brain.’
‘Brilliant team totally committed to defence work. Have very useful crossover with civil liberties and police action work.’
‘Simon Natas is extremely experienced – from the Magistrate’s Court to the Supreme Court, he can handle it all. ‘
‘This team go above and beyond. They are extremely experienced and do an exceptional job with every task before them.’
‘Simon is a wonderful, generous and kind man, this combined with his extensive knowledge and expertise made him a delight to work with.’
The ‘client focused and hardworking’ team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP specialise in assisting clients at the investigation stage, providing comprehensive pre-charge support. The department is active across all levels of cases involving sexual offences, financial crime and drugs, with additional experience on cases involving kidnapping and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Co-head and managing partner Rakeebah Rahim is viewed as ‘one of a kind‘, and co-head Piers Desser is known at both the national and international level. Associate Adebola Mayungbe advises clients at the police station, and is dual qualified in England & Wales and Nigeria.
Piers Desser; Rakeebah Rahim
Other key lawyers:
‘Piers Desser is excellent at client care. He is both experienced and realistic in providing advice to clients. His attention to detail in case preparation is excellent.’
‘The Criminal department stands out due to its ability to handle the full range of criminal matters including complex white collar and financial criminal matters.’
‘Rakeebah Rahim is an exceptional solicitor and leader. She works tirelessly and has a relentless commitment to client care. Rakeebah is one of a kind. Piers Desser has a razor sharp intellect and is one of the leading solicitors in his sector.’
‘Thorough representation through all stages of a case. Client focused and hardworking. They leave no stone unturned and work hard to build the best defence team with the best defence strategy for every case. No shortcuts and honest approach. Integrity is at the heart of everything they do.’
‘The criminal litigation department at RFB Legal is outstanding. The team has a wealth of knowledge from decades of experience in the field and a real commitment to technical excellence. The department has secured some great results over the years.’
‘Rakeebah Rahim is a true leader and a ‘one of a kind’. She is a formidable lawyer with massive experience. Piers Desser has a great technical mind. He is a leading individual in the industry and continues to secure outstanding and noteworthy results on behalf of his clients.’
‘The team has strength in its depth and experience, has exceptional leadership, and puts the clients interests first, which cannot be said of some other firms.’
‘Piers Desser is second to none: he is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, goes the extra mile for counsel and clients and is a pleasure to work with.’
- Acted in high profile conspiracy to murder case with multi-faceted and data heavy evidence.
- Acted in multi-defendant murder trial with complex evidence and novel legal issues.
- Acted for a lecturer for a leading university in a complex case of attempted murder at the Old Bailey.
Sonn Macmillan Walker fields a ‘close-knit and effective team of lawyers’ experienced in complex matters, frequently involving vulnerable individuals. The department is particularly active defending sexual allegations, including cases of grooming and historic abuse, but covers the full gambit of serious crime, and has a notable extradition practice. David Sonn, who acts as a solicitor advocate to the High Court and Court of Appeal, is particularly known for his road traffic practice. Sonn co-leads the team alongside Amy Cox, who is experienced in serious sex, drugs, and violence cases. Associate Fiona Haddadeen is also noted.
Amy Cox; David Sonn
Other key lawyers:
‘The standard and level of case preparation by this firm is very high. They have an organised and thorough approach to their preparation of cases which makes it easier for counsel to prepare and present the advocacy.’
‘Amy Cox – extremely hard working and dedicated to her clients. David Sonn – powerful personality and very effective in getting the right results for clients. David Bloom – extremely bright and has particular skill in dealing with financial cases.’
‘This firm are a highly organised tight ship with a very close knit and effective team of lawyers and support staff as well as paralegals.’
‘Really hard working bunch of fighters – strong partners, excellent paralegal team.’
‘Amy Cox only has one gear – excellence.’
‘David Sonn has a complete mastery of the law and all the material in any given case.’
‘SMW are an expceptional team who offer a diverse, collaborative and extremely high quality skill set across the range of legal professionals and support staff.’
‘Fabulous practice of well-prepared and caring professionals.’
Stuart Miller Solicitors splits its general crime practice into four departments – a police station department, a Magistrates’ Court department, a Crown Court department, and a serious crime & fraud team. These allow service from the lowest to the highest levels for a range of offences including murder, drug conspiracies, human trafficking, theft, and cybercrime. The department is co-led by founder and managing director Mohammed Zeb, whose practice covers homicide, assault and sexual offences, and Abu Kibla, who has experience with allegations of riot, serious violence, and robbery, among others. Solicitor Anna Sidgwick is a key name.
Mohammed Zeb; Abu Kibla
Other key lawyers:
Anna Sidgwick; Nawal Asskoumi
‘They go above and beyond. They actually care for the best outcome. They don’t just do their job they make it personal.’
‘Anna Sidgwick is a real rising star in serious crime. Committed, clever and approachable.’
‘A firm that is dedicated to its clients, and providing the best service possible. The lawyers are committed to achieving the best outcome.’
‘Abu Kibla: He is committed to ensuring that Stuart Miller operates smoothly so that their clients receive the best service. His dedication to both the firm and his clients is palpable.’
‘This is an amazing firm with such expertise and a varied skill set . They are without doubt one of the best criminal law firms.’
‘A great team with extensive knowledge across all manner of criminal charges.’
‘Stuart Miller Solicitors remain an outstanding firm with dedication to their clients at the forefront of their work.’
- Represented client on charges of murder where he was acquitted of murder after successful representations to the prosecution for lesser charges at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).
- Represented client on charges of money laundering (£2.5m) where she was acquitted after trial at Southwark Crown Court.
- Represented client on charges of money laundering of over £400,000 where he was acquitted after trial at the Southwark Crown Court.
Advice Wise Solicitors Limited
Advice Wise Solicitors Limited represent both individuals and businesses; the team is active from the police station upwards. The department covers a range of serious crime, including terrorism, murder, robbery, and drug related crimes. Managing director Shahid Khan leads the team, and appears before Magistrates’ Court as a duty solicitor. Director Abraar Ayaz‘s practice extends from fraud to murder and organised crime. Associate Ian John-Baptiste is noted.
Other key lawyers:
Abraar Ayaz; Ian John-Baptiste
‘The team work collegiately together and are also fiercely effective working on a case alone. Each and every case is prepared thoroughly and each client is treated as an important individual.’
‘The team is efficient, hard working, and courteous.’
‘Shahid – great leadership qualities, has progressed the firm significantly over the years and has excellent client care.’
‘Abrar is very much an up and coming superstar solicitor.’
‘What makes Advice Wise so effective as a firm is the ‘ hands on ‘ approach they adopt to all their cases . Shahid Khan and Abraar Ayaz are key to this . They act in partnership with the client ensuring top quality advice is given , with the accent on detail and mastering the evidence no matter how voluminous.’
‘Advice Wise are an efficient outfit who pride themselves on delivery a top service. They are completely involved in case management and care about getting great results.’
‘Shahid Khan and Abrar Ayaz stand out with their wealth of experience and management of their cases.’
‘Led by Shahid Khan and ably assisted by a dedicated team of specialists, they are a rising star firm both in London and nationally.’
- Represented two of four defendants in a matter related to a murder by stabbing at a DLR station in London.
- Representing on of the main defendants in a 6-hander concerning the imporation of Class A and B drugs, namely cocaine and cannabis.
Brett Wilson LLP's team is focused on defending professionals and corporates, often in matters with international elements. The department has experience in a range of areas, including sexual and violent offences, motoring offences, and false imprisonment. Nick Brett leads the department, bringing expertise in disciplinary law. Associates Alistair Parker and Sharron Boyce are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Sharron Boyce; Alistair Parker
‘Sharron Boyce can only be described as one of the most exceptional lawyers in her field. Her ability to provide outstanding legal support, with empathy, genuine kindness and technical expertise makes her the go-to choice for any client requiring this type of support.’
‘The team was attentive and prompt, I felt really well looked after. There was very good interaction within their team which made the whole process run smoothly.’
‘The professionalism was exceptional and I really appreciated the empathy and sensibility of my lawyers. it made me feel understood and supported.’
‘1st class service always, strategic, innovative, pro-active approach. Strong private crime practice, POCA expertise unrivalled. City level professionalism with the accessibility you would more likely expect on the high street.’
‘Sharron Boyce has tremendous depth. I would not hesitate to recommend her to lay clients, especially those who have been treated unfairly or to whom the stakes are particularly devastating.’
‘Nick Brett is amazing – he is dedicated to the best result for his clients.’
‘Sharron Boyce is fantastic. Super committed to her clients and brilliantly prepared.’
‘I have always found the team to be tenacious, hardworking, efficient and adept at tactics. They give an exceptional service to their clients.’
- Represented client arrested for s5 POA and criminal damage, who was seen by officers ‘stickering’ on lampposts.
- Represented 70 year old male charged with s18 hammer attack on his estranged wife after lying in wait in a darkened car park outside her work.
Commons Law operates as a Community Interest Company, reinvesting profits within the company to provide additional resources for complex cases and vulnerable clients. The team is experienced in a range of serious crime matters, including fraud, murder, human trafficking, and serious drug conspiracies. Firm co-founder Rhona Friedman has worked in the practice area for more than 20 years, building expertise in complex homicide, extradition, and serious fraud and financial crime. Co-founder Ben Stuttard has a record of representing clients charged in connection with political protest, and works on a broad range of organised crime related matters.
Rhona Friedman; Ben Stuttard; Sashy Nathan; Grace Loncraine
‘Rhona Freidman is fiercely committed to her work and her clients. An intellectual heavyweight. Imaginative approach.’
‘For a small firm, Commons punches well above its weight. Hugely knowledgable on the law, very proactive and brilliant team players. They work harder and get results faster than other much, much larger firms.’
‘Rhona Friedman is a superlative litigator; in over 25 years of criminal practice, I have never found her equal. She is strategically superb, legally innovative and outstanding on disclosure. She has an encyclopaedic grasp of every aspect of every case.’
‘Rhona Friedman – exceptionally gifted criminal lawyer, with a clear eye for strategic planning, and able to spot and pursue points which others miss.’
‘Simply excellent, high calibre, practitioners who care deeply about their clients and the positive development of the law. ‘
‘Ben Stuttard: An impressive, and deep-thinking, practitioner who is prepared to explore issues that may not initially appear likely to succeed but are rendered so by his expertise.’
‘Commons Law are unique so far as I am aware in their holistic approach to client care. They look at all aspects of a client’s problems in order to identify the optimum solution.’
‘Rhona Friedman is something of a legend and has been taking an innovative and highly specialist approach to criminal defence for years now. Her legal brain is fantastic but she also sees all the other angles that arise in criminal cases which really makes her stand out.’
- Act for client before the Court of Appeal following a successful referral to the CCRC to challenge his conviction, along with his brother, for a double murder in Cornwall in 2003.
- Advised client after conviction and successfully overturned his conviction following a guilty for facilitating illegal immigration by piloting a small boat across the channel.
- Act for Charles and Diana Ingram in their ongoing challenge to their convictions arising out of the “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” gameshow.
HSR Solicitors, which is based in east London, act nationwide for both individuals and businesses facing the full spectrum of serious criminal allegations. The firm works to support clients from a broad range of backgrounds, and as such employ staff speaking Punjabi, Urdu, Begnali, Arabic, Turkish and Yoruba. Senior partner Harsharan Singh Rana is a qualified duty solicitor with experience in matters such as murder, fraud, drugs offences and motoring crime, with a niche specialism in cases involving steroids. Solicitor Jaspal Singh is also noted.
Harsharan Singh Rana
Other key lawyers:
‘HSR are fiercely committed to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients. They are particularly renowned for their criminal department led by Harry Rana, a specialist in heavyweight cases with a strategic approach.’
‘Harry Rana, the principal, is bright, committed, with an ability to think outside of the box.’
‘The firm takes great care in assisting their clients and taking care to give the help and concern required in their personal circumstances.’
‘Their criminal team are approachable, knowledgeable and down-to-earth. They always provide good advice.’
‘Harry Rana takes every case as if it was his own family member. He is a leader and a team player and is involved every step of the way.’
‘Harry is a solicitor who enjoys both the confidence of his clients and counsel he instructs.’
‘They provide to their clients a knowledgable service but their size allows them to also give a highly personal service and client care is excellent.’
‘HSR have a great reputation in the local community and across London. Their criminal team are approachable, knowledgeable and down-to-earth. They always provide good advice.’
- Represented client on a conspiracy to convert criminal property through 14 shell companies being in excess of £30 million.
- Represented client on a conspiracy to supply class A drugs –county lines case where drugs were supplied from London to Hampshire and distributed in Portsmouth.
JMW Solicitors LLP‘s London office was launched in 2019, and has since established a strong practice handling serious criminal defence and private prosecutions. Team leader and managing partner Lee Adams, who joined in 2019 from Hughmans, additionally leads the business crime and regulation team. Solicitor advocate Daniel Martin has significant experience in serious and organised crime, was head of crime and regulatory for Blaser Mills Law prior to joining in 2021. Amy Shaffron, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2019, was promoted to partner in May 2021, and now leads on a range of matters including complex Encrochat cases and serious sexual offences.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Martin; Amy Shaffron
‘Amy Shaffron is an energetic and impressive lawyer who is always a pleasure to work with.’
‘Dan Martin has always been one of the solicitors I trust most, the biggest endorsement I can give is that when a family member found themselves in trouble I asked Dan to represent him.’
‘Amy Shaffron – a truly exceptional solicitor. Hard working, fiercely intelligent, dedicated and extremely professional.’
‘Dan Martin is extremely bright and diligent. He undoubtedly has that star quality. I can see no weakness.’
‘Good reputation for heavyweight or complex crime.’
‘Highly professional young team headed up by Dan.’
‘Lee Adams has a wealth of experience at the sharp end of serious cases, while Amy Shaffron effortlessly combines the lessons of her background in both high street and White Collar firms to cover all bases.’
- Advising individual in relation to conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to import cocaine into the UK.
- Advising leading individual in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and to cheat public purse of over £10 million.
- Representing an NHS surgeon involved in a multi-agency investigation in child cruelty and assault involving his children.
Reeds Solicitors focuses on criminal defence, prison law, and mental health, and has a strong reputation for their ‘fantastic client service‘. The firm’s overall crime offering is led by Oxford-based Stuart Matthews and Julian Richards, while solicitor advocate Neil Williams, who joined from Rahman Ravelli in July 2021, leads the team in London. Mark Abbott, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, has experience across murder, firearms, drugs and money laundering offences, and is praised for his ‘full commitment to the cause in every case.‘
Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards; Neil Williams
‘Mark Abbott – no solicitor in criminal work prepares their cases better for client or counsel. Shows full commitment to the cause in every case, giving sound, reliable and properly objective advice that clients need, even if it doesn’t make easy hearing.’
‘Reeds provide fantastic client service, ensuring that the client is taken care of. They pull out all the stops.’
‘Mark Abbott – a very experienced solicitor. Extremely through in the preparation of cases and his attention to detail is exceptional. His insight into several fields of expertise enables him to anticipate requirements and marshal the evidence extremely effectively. Has a natural charm which not only inspires immediate confidence in his clients but also enables him to secure the co-operation of all the agencies he deals with.’
‘Stuart Matthews is the lawyer’s go-to lawyer. he is calm, understated, professional and achieves fantastic results for his clients whilst giving them comfort and reassurance along the way.’
Rustem Guardian Solicitors‘ ‘fresh, vibrant, relatable’ team cover the full range of crime work, with expertise in murder, serious sexual offences, county lines drugs cases, and financial crime. The firm is active on both domestic and international matters, with a strong focus on China, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Leading partner Timur Rustem has more than 25 years’ experience in the practice area, and is praised for his ‘outstanding insight and experience’. Cassy, Qing Kang has expertise in a wide range of serious crime, and is head of the Chinese department within the firm. Solicitor Katerina Tsibouklis is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Cassy, Qing Kang; Katerina Tsibouklis; Xiayong Ding
‘Legal expertise, administrative efficiency, years of experience, excellent results, and a human touch hard to find in the theatre of criminal law, these guys have it all in spadefuls. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. They have literally saved my life.’
‘Tim Rustem is the head of the firm, and as befits his position, a man of inestimable experience ranging from dealing with high end white collar crime to the sharp end of gang warfare. He makes sure that he gets the right people for the firm and allows them to flourish by giving them space to grow and light touch guidance.’
‘The firm is fresh, vibrant, relatable with both youth and experience on its side. Client care is very much at the forefront of the firm.’
‘Katerina Tsibouklis. A new solicitor with an old head. One of the best new additions to the solicitor ranks. To find someone more caring, harder working, forceful and focused is a difficult task. On a pound for pound basis, she can go toe to toe with anyone.’
They regularly appear in the most serious cases and balance expert legal advice with a close focus on client care.’
‘Rustem Guardian are a niche London practice offering bespoke services to clients nationally and internationally, especially in China. They are a highly regarded law firm specialising in criminal law with an International business dimension.’
‘Timur Rustem provides outstanding insight and experience and immediately knows what to do and who to instruct in order to mount the strongest defence possible.’
‘The team at Rustem Guardian go above and beyond for every single client, no matter how big or small the case is. Every case is meticulously prepared and clients are given undivided attention.’
TV Edwards LLP
TV Edwards LLP is a long established, ‘very well known East End criminal law firm’, with a strong record of legal aid work. Lead partner Adrienne Wright has more than 20 years’ experience, and covers matters related to murder, drug supply, serious violence, and fraud. Mark Ashford is a notable youth crime expert, and has expertise in London gangs, county lines operations, and modern slavery. The ‘outstanding’ Sean Richards focuses on murder, attempted murder, and serious sexual crime. Associates Lorraine Ekwe and Adam Shaw are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Ashford; Sean Richards; Lorraine Ekwe
‘Lorraine Ekwe is an exceptionally talented young solicitor with a huge amount of energy for her work. As well as being diligent, pro-active, and hardworking she has sound judgment and a very pragmatic approach to her cases.’
‘Sean Richards – outstanding committed defence solicitor / highly experienced.’
‘I have found the solicitors to be a very committed group of individuals who have a genuine desire to act in the very best interests of their clients.’
‘TV Edwards is a well established criminal legal aid team dedicated to access to justice and good quality criminal defence. They are particularly well regarded for their work on multi handed youth gang violence and the sensitive way cases are dealt with.’
‘Adrienne Wright will always go the extra mile for her clients and manages to juggle a heavy case load with dedication to each client and outstanding outcomes.’
‘Mark Ashford is a fantastic solicitor. He is the best solicitor handling serious cases for young people that I know. He has vast experience, an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and is brilliant with his clients.’
‘The crime team at TV Edwards LLP is, in my view, the best criminal defence team around. Each member is extremely bright, switched on and available whenever assisted is required on a case.’
‘TV Edwards is a very well known east end criminal law firm who provide first rate service to their clients. The solicitors and paralegals I work with there are committed and give high quality personal service on each case. ‘
Cartwright King‘s London department works with the support of the firm’s other offices nationwide, with other locations including Birmingham, Manchester, and Sheffield. The London corporate, financial and serious crime team is led by Laura Smith, who was promoted to partner in February 2022, and covers serious crime, fraud, and extradition, in addition to niche expertise in military cases. Consultant Michael Herford is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
‘Cartwright King have an excellent team with dedicated lawyers.’
‘Michael Herford has an outstanding ability to instil complete confidence in even the most difficult of clients. He is utterly dedicated and provides savvy and realistic advice. A street fighter disguised as an amiable and affable gent.’
‘A nationwide team with excellent solicitors across the country ensuring there is always a safe pair of hands nearby.’
‘Laura Smith is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic solicitor. She is dogged in her determination to secure the best result for her client. She quick to respond to requests and nothing is ever too much to ask.’
‘It is no exaggeration to say that Michael Herford is loved by his clients. He is talented and engaging and his client-care is second-to-none. He always goes the extra mile to make sure his clients and their families understand the proceedings and secures the best counsel to instruct, tailored the needs of the case.’
‘Client focused, energetic, good strategists.’
‘Laura Smith is exceptional.’
‘Laura Smith is an outstanding solicitor, which has been marked by her promotion this year within the firm. She has a fantastic skill at developing a rapport with clients, which enables her to obtain detailed, thorough instructions and to reassure clients who are struggling with the impact of going through criminal proceedings.’
MK Law Solicitors Limited
MK Law Solicitors Limited‘s ‘formidable team of solicitors and advocates’ act on the full range of serious crime, with dedicated departments for family law, military law, and actions against the police. Founder and director Manisha Knights co-heads the department, and as a solicitor-advocate has experience on matters extending from fraud to multi-handed murder and sexual crimes. Co-head and solicitor-advocate Hesham Puri, who has experience in all courts including the Court of Appeal, has a record of representing high profile individuals and professionals.
Manisha Knights; Hesham Puri
Other key lawyers:
‘Manisha Knights is dedicated to her clients and hardworking. She is personable and bright.’
‘The team has a very good attention to detail in the preparation of cases for trial.’
‘Manisha Knights is an exceptional litigator and advocate. She works tirelessly for her clients and is always on hand to reassure them and keep them informed and engaged with the process. In court, it is immediately apparent to all concerned that she is on top of her brief.’
‘Manisha Knights – a force of nature both in and out of court. Her drive is legendary, as is her ability to fight to the very last for all her clients. Her dogged determination wins her cases others would suggest have little chance of success. A winner.’
‘Hesham Puri’s reputation goes before him, but as is well known, reputations aren’t always deserved. Hesham’s truly is – he retains a great sense of humility, a self-deprecating sense of humour, and is wholly, but always realistically, committed to his client’s cause.’
‘Manisha Knights and Hesham Puri have built a formidable team of solicitors and advocates at MK Law . They are now firmly established as one of the main players involved in organized criminal litigation at the highest level of seriousness and complexity.’
‘Hesham’s instructions, responses to queries, and hands on knowledge and involvement are first rate.’
- Achieved acquittal for a multi handed rape at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
- Acting for a one of two brothers accused of murder.
- Achieved acquittal for client charged in multi-handed firearms conspiracy.
Murray Hughman, formerly Murrays Partnership, is a boutique law firm which works on both legal aid and privately funded matters, including prosecution work. Team leader and ‘standout lawyer‘ Grant Ambridge works with clients from arrest to trial, and has experience across the full spectrum of serious crime. Katie Kipps leads on private prosecutions, while Luke Gittos is particularly active on matters with international elements. Associate Melissa Ansah specialises in young and vulnerable clients.
Other key lawyers:
Katie Kipps; Luke Gittos; Melissa Ansah
‘A hard working, practical and tactically astute outfit. They are thorough and experienced, and tireless in advancing the case for their clients.’
‘Luke Gittos is an excellent practitioner, who combines an eye for detail with tactical judgment beyond his years. He is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Grant Ambridge engenders huge loyalty from those in his firm and he has successfully brought together two firms Murray Partnership and Hughmans under one umbrella. He has achieved it seamlessly and the firm is going from strength to strength.’
‘Grant Ambridge is the stand out lawyer here whilst Luke Gittos, Katie Kipps and Melissa Ansah all rank in the standout category. These all all fight very hard for their clients cause whether they are privately or publicly funded individuals.’
‘Murray Hughman are a full service criminal firm, with very significant expertise across a wide field, from organised crime to high level city fraud to representation of the very vulnerable. The partners are exceptionally diligent, with an eye to defeating allegations at an early stage.’
‘Katie Kipps’ client care is impeccable and she is a forceful litigator, both in general crime and in financial crime – if the other side need to be knocked over, she is your woman.’
‘The team handle serious and high-profile crime but have the feel of a boutique law firm. They are genuinely passionate about the work and dedicated to it. There are no weak links in the team – you are guaranteed a first class service.’
‘Melissa Ansah always goes above and beyond what is expected in any case. She is prepared, knowledgeable, conscientious and hard working. I have never met anyone like her in the legal profession. Truly one of a kind and the future of criminal defence work.’
- Representing a police scientist alleged to have misled officers when carrying out forensic testing, jeopardising investigations as a result.
- Defending clients accused of involvement in a cross-jurisdictional conspiracy to import cocaine.
Nicholls & Nicholls
The ‘tenacious‘ team at City firm Nicholls & Nicholls has experience in all areas of serious crime, and a particular aptitude for representing police officers. ‘Amazing, energetic, determined and courageous’ founding director Lucinda Nicholls is a solicitor advocate with a record of conducting cases in the lower courts and the Court of Appeal.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm is known for their excellent client care and unrivalled enthusiasm for their cases.’
‘Lucinda Nicholls is tenacious and clever. She is a fierce competitor and fights relentlessly for her clients.’
‘I think the main outstanding feature of this firm is the sheer energy and determination of Lucinda Nicholls. She provides an astonishing level of committed service to publicly funded defendants that is now extremely rare sadly. She is devoted to her clients and their cases.’
‘Lucinda Nicholls – force of nature; an amazing, energetic, determined and courageous solicitor and advocate. She is relentless in her support for her client. One of the stars of the publicly funded criminal sector.’
‘Tenancious small firm built from the ground up. Real fighters.’
‘Lucinda Nicholls. Star of the show.’
‘Excellent service with gold standard delivery.’
‘There is no other solicitor like Lucinda in terms of going that extra mile for her clients. She really does make them her priority and will do everything she possibly can to ensure they receive the best service from her. Her commitment and passion is second to none.’
Roe Lawyers is a boutique practice which specialises in acting for private clients, including both individuals and businesses. Name partner and team lead Stephanie Roe has experience across the full spectrum of criminal law, and is known for being ‘utterly committed to her clients and their cases‘. Roe works with clients from all backgrounds, including high net worth individuals and celebrities, and vulnerable and underage defendants. Robyn Walters is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
‘Roe Lawyers is a boutique crime firm which provides a personal and bespoke service. It is versatile to client needs and has adapted well to increasing digitisation. The firm provides the highest level of client care combined with a dedicated team of lawyers with a wealth of experience in crime.’
‘Stephanie Roe is utterly committed to her clients and their cases. She works incredibly hard and her attention to detail is unparalleled. She is a persuasive and fearless negotiator who is able to turn cases at early stages and force outcomes.’
‘Stephanie Roe is a stand out individual in her profession. She has an eye to detail and an innate sense of what is likely to win a difficult case.’
‘This a boutique firm for private clients. It offers a bespoke service for its clients. Its is committed to providing the best possible service.’
‘Roe Lawyers are a boutique firm with considerably larger heft and ambition. I have happily recommended personal acquaintances to the firm, safe in the knowledge that they will be looked after with the care, skill and attention that I would want for those close to me.’
‘Stephanie Roe brings precisely the combination of characteristics that you want to look after a demanding private client. Charming, robust, diligent and capable. She is the solicitor that you would want standing by your loved one in their hour of need.’
‘Stephanie Roe has created, in her firm, a boutique with the skill and firepower of firms many times bigger.’
‘Stephanie Roe is a highly committed excellent lawyer with a high profile and someone who is hugely respected in our sector.’
Wells Burcombe LLP
Wells Burcombe LLP‘s large crime team covers all aspects of criminal law, including business crime, prison law, and criminal appeals, in addition to significant experience in serious and complex crime. The department, which includes lawyers in St Albans and West Drayton, is co-led by Ravinder Khumra and founding partners David Wells and Alan Burcombe. Khumra covers serious sexual offences, while Burcombe has expertise in terrorism and proceeds of crime matters, and Wells in miscarriages of justice and criminal appeals.
David Wells; Alan Burcombe; Ravinder Khumra
‘Alan Burcombe is a thoroughly reliable and committed solicitor. He devotes himself to a case and offers superb client care. He really is able to go the extra mile, and is the sort of chap you would want in your corner if there was ever a knock at the door.’
‘Ravinder Khumra is an excellent solicitor – very dedicated, conscientious and has great judgement.’
‘Ravinder Khumra is a dedicated, experienced, clever and determined advocate and advisor on behalf of those lucky clients whom she represents.’
‘The Wells Burcombe team deal with heavyweight and complex cases effectively and efficiently. The level of preparation is second to none and clients are always impressed with the service provided.’
‘Alan Burcombe is always available, always on top of the brief, and able to clear and concise advice to clients. His knowledge and expertise is vast. His experience is considerable. He is an exceptional solicitor.’
‘Alan Burcombe works tirelessly in the interests of his clients.’
‘Alan Burcombe is the best criminal solicitor I know. He’s funny, kind, clever and tremendously experienced.’
‘A local firm with a national reach. No case is too large or too serious to be properly resourced and fought out, and remains under the close personal control and attention of the relevant partner.’