Crime: general in North West

Burton Copeland LLP

The 'formidable' team at Burton Copeland LLP handles a wide variety of criminal litigation, and particularly stands out for its work dealing with organised crime and road traffic offences. The 'simply outstanding' Louise Straw is a 'go-to solicitor' for high-profile sexual abuse and historical sexual assault cases; she leads the practice with Gwyn Lewis, who focuses on road traffic offenses, and Daniel Weed, who specialises in representing police officers. 'Master of his craft' Michael Mackey is highly recommended for cases involving complex medical and forensic issues.

Practice head(s):

Louise Straw; Gwyn Lewis; Daniel Weed

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mackey


‘The vast majority of the team have been in the department for a number of years and so, although a large department, there is, and always has been, a real sense of esprit de corps. This coupled with a real work ethic makes for a very formidable team.’

‘The team at Burton Copeland are like a family. They deal with people from all backgrounds with the same level of courtesy and generosity with their time. Nothing is too much trouble for them, they work tirelessly to prepare cases and ensure clients get the best representation possible.’

‘Louise Straw is the ‘go-to solicitor’ when it comes to sexual offences. She has a keen eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned on the preparation of her cases. Often facing allegations that span many decades, she is unflappable and also reassures her clients that everything with be looked at in fine detail.’

‘Well respected, knowledgeable and vastly experienced. Extremely dedicated and focused on achieving the very best outcome for the client. Excellent client care skills mean that the client is genuinely cared for and kept up to date with developments and appropriately advised.’

‘Mike Mackey- master of his craft. Works tirelessly for the benefit of the client. Passionate to achieve justice but never lets this stand in the way of objective, cool analysis of the case. Always seems to sniff out the key weakness in the case.’

‘Louise Straw is simply outstanding. Thoroughly dedicated to her clients. Works however many hours it takes. Copes with pressure admirably. Gets results.’

‘The team at Burton Copeland always go above and beyond to ensure excellent service is provided to clients.’

‘Dan Weed is thoughtful and analytical. He has a shrewd approach to tactics. His ability to develop a strong rapport with his clients is evidence from the outset.’

Key clients

Legal Insurance Management Ltd

Arc Insurance

All Med Professionals (DAS)

Fostering Association

ARAG Insurance

Police Federation

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors deals with a wide range of serious and complex criminal work, including cases with an international component. The practice specialises in large-scale conspiracies to murder and international drug trafficking offences. The team also has extensive experience in all aspects of sexual offences cases. 'Charismatic' managing partner Daniel King jointly heads up the department with Craig Liversidge, who is noted for his 'real intellectual and practical approach' and has significant experience in complex gangland cases involving serious violence, human trafficking and cyber-crime elements.

Practice head(s):

Daniel King; Craig Liversidge

Other key lawyers:

Shane Parkin


‘A strong criminal firm with an excellent reputation.’

‘I highly recommend Shane Parkin. Shane’s handling of the client was exceptional, combining care and sensitivity with sensible and practical advice. He is extremely committed to his clients, works tirelessly on their cases and fights extremely hard to achieve the best outcome. He is an exceptional criminal solicitor.’

‘Craig Liversidge is is an extremely conscientious solicitor who is very soon all over the facts of the case. He has a real intellectual and practical approach to a complex case. He is much in demand.’

‘Very strong team of personnel capable of dealing with the range of general criminal practice, from specialist motoring advice to substantial pieces of criminal litigation.’

‘Craig Liversidge: when it comes to dealing with the police, clients need a lawyer who isn’t overawed by the scale of the investigation. Craig – who is utterly immune to being taken by surprise – has shepherded clients through the full gamut of serious criminal litigation. He can draw on his experience to judge how and when clients respond. For me, his stand-out quality is his ability to form trusted links with those within the investigation to learn, to his client’s benefit, the details of the case against him.’

‘The crime team at Forbes really are second to none. The team provides all of the qualities and skills required to run a service that provides the best service to clients. Despite being a large firm with many individuals involved, one can be confident that each of them is ready to assist with any of the ongoing cases. The team has the facilities and skills to access and assist in any case that requires it.’

‘Forbes have been the principle supplier of crime representation in Lancashire for decades; they have an established effective team who work brilliantly together. Their experience is second to none and every offence group is catered for with a real expert.’

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's crime and regulatory team stands out for its 'commitment, quality, and burning desire to achieve the best result possible' in defence of professional clients, notably in cases of professional misconduct, dishonesty and sexual wrongdoing. Ian Lewis has a strong reputation in professional regulatory discipline and fitness to practice proceedings, particularly representing superintendents. The team is also highly recommended for issues relating to parking regulation and legislation. In addition to its Manchester office, the firm has an office in Liverpool and a foothold in Cheshire. Peter Grogan leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:

Ian Lewis; Mike Rainford


‘They attack a case with all levels of resources and personnel. A strong work force right down to trainees.’

‘JMW have deliberately attracted partners of the highest reputation from other practices who have brought with them immense experience to add to an already impressive crime team. This has resulted in JMW going from strength to strength in this sector and they continue to deal with the most serious and complex of crime cases. Commitment, quality, and a burning desire to achieve the best result possible in every case are qualities which run through this crime team from top to bottom.’

‘Two of the senior solicitors are Mike Rainford and Ian Lewis. They have brought an extra dimension to JMW and continue to attract seriously heavy criminal work, which they then deal with to an extraordinarily high level. They have both enjoyed stellar careers and deserve all the plaudits they receive.’

‘JMW are able to draw on experienced individuals, who are considered market leaders, and fantastic support staff to deliver an outstanding service to their clients.’

‘The team at JMW never fail to impress. In a world where standards can be seen to be slipping in relation to preparation and client care JMW stands out as a firm offering an excellent service. I have never found the standard other than outstanding. The team work well together which ensures continuity and consistency. I have always felt confident that everything that is required is provided by JMW.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England & Wales

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales

ParkingEye Ltd

British Parking Association

Smart Parking Ltd

UK Parking Control Ltd

CP Plus Ltd Trading as Group Nexus

Horizon Parking Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented two defendants in a large conspiracy involving eight defendants, relating to allegations of the supply of substantial quantities of Controlled Drugs of Class A and money laundering.
  • Represented the Senior Investigating Officers who investigated the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 for allegations of Misconduct in Public Office.
  • Represented a defendant in a case arising from the transfer of alleged proceeds of crime to property development management companies.

MSB Solicitors

Merseyside-based MSB Solicitors handles a wide range of criminal defence work and is particularly known for defending excise prosecutions and handling POCA proceedings; it also has a growing private prosecutions team. Practice head Paul Gallagher has an excellent track record in defending clients charged with serious offences including murder and drug importation conspiracies. Sean Sexton, who is noted for his 'incredible intellect and strong tactical awareness', focuses on advising individuals subject to criminal investigations by HMRC, while Andrew Pearson is widely recognised for his specialism in representing clients who are on the autistic spectrum.

Practice head(s):

Paul Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Sean Sexton; Andrew Pearson; Jeremy Asher


‘MSB have a highly dedicated approach to criminal work.’

‘Paul Gallagher’s attention to detail and client care are exceptional.’

‘It is unusual for a regional firm to have such a strong nationwide reputation for fraud and white collar business crime. However, in my view, this reputation is totally merited. MSB has an enviable track record of getting results in these sorts of cases.’

‘Outstanding firm that epitomises everything that the top law firms offer.’

‘Sean Sexton is an outstanding lawyer and is brilliant with clients. His handling of complex and large cases is not just down to experience, but due to an incredible intellect and strong tactical awareness. His client skills are second to none. He makes every client feel that they are well looked after and goes that extra mile to make them feel comfortable.’


Olliers handles a broad range of complex crime cases spanning terrorism charges, historic sex offences and manslaughter by gross negligence claims; the team also advises on issues involving drugs and firearms. The ‘super bright’ Matthew Claughton leads the practice and advises on crisis management issues and investigations. ‘Exceptionally good communicator and strategic thinker’ Alex Preston ‘gets incredible results‘ when representing clients with psychiatric or learning difficulties.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Claughton

Other key lawyers:

Alex Preston; Matthew Corn


‘Olliers are without doubt the most proactive firm of solicitors I work with.’

‘They are very analytical and tactical in the way they approach every case; their experience absolutely shines out in this regard.’

‘Alex Preston has extensive experience of complex criminal cases often involving autism spectrum disorders. She is very intelligent, experienced, thorough, assertive and persistent. Without question, she is my first choice of solicitor for cases of such complexity. She gets incredible results consequent to her experience and complete dedication.’

‘Alex Preston is an exceptionally good communicator and strategic thinker.’

‘Olliers provide a stellar service in all areas of crime, showing particular strength in private crime. The team are always available, approachable and seek winning solutions to even the most comprehensive legal problems.’

‘Matt Claughton – managing partner, the go-to solicitor for private crime. Impeccable acquittal rate, straight talking but super bright.’

‘Olliers are widely regarded as a leading presence in criminal litigation. For the lay client, instructing Olliers provides an immediate and often decisive edge. Their team offers specialist advice in all areas of criminal work. Matthew Claughton’s ambitious plans for expansion into high-profile private client work have proved highly successful.’

‘Fantastic client management skills and they really fight every case to the maximum of their ability.’

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Wigan-based Stephensons Solicitors LLP deals with a wide range of general crime, civil liberties, appeals and miscarriage of justice matters. 'Fearless' Sean Joyce, who specialises in regulatory enforcement issues, leads the team with the 'experienced' and 'knowledgeable' Correna Platt, who has extensive expertise in handling murder and sexual offences, with particular knowledge of forensic matters and medical defence issues. Mike Pemberton is noted for his experience in human rights work and advising life or indeterminate sentence prisoners. Colin Rawson 'really fights for his clients' and is recommended for multi-handed drugs conspiracy cases, while associate Duncan Phillips specialises in RSCPA and DWP prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Sean Joyce; Correna Platt

Other key lawyers:

Mike Pemberton; Colin Rawson; Duncan Phillips


‘Stephensons are very special due to a combination of their attention to detail and the thoroughness of the preparation. They are always attuned to client needs and are able to understand the priorities of the client and the concern they have. They work well with all other professionals and disciplines and are truly multi-disciplinary.’

‘Correna Platt is an excellent solicitor and one who always puts the client first and concentrates to a very great degree on the concerns of the client but does not lose focus or attention to the case as a whole or the global picture. Her attention to detail and the ability to use a diverse type of resources marks her out as an innovator.’

‘Stephensons are a firm with a large criminal department, headed up by Sean Joyce who is a fearless lawyer. He manages the team in a very efficient and effective way and they are highly regarded in the industry for their hard work, good communication skills and for achieving great results.’

‘Colin Rawson is very hands on, with fantastic client care skills. He really fights for his clients who are grateful to have him on their side.’

‘Correna Platt is extremely experienced and has dealt with a wide variety of cases both at trial and appeal. She provides a personal service to her clients and is extremely approachable and knowledgeable, making sure that no stone is left unturned in the preparation of her cases.’

‘Correna Platt is the standout solicitor within the firm and quite possibly on circuit. Whilst she has many specific areas where she demonstrates true focus and expertise (appeal work, heavy drug and serious crime conspiracies), she is able to handle any case and any client. It is her straight talking and work ethic that set her apart. Her clients know where they stand and they know they are in very safe hands.’

Work highlights

  • Defended a client charged with conspiracy to commit attempted murder, conspiracy to commit violent disorder and conspiracy to commit GBH.
  • Represented multiple defendants who were part of a large-scale drug operation involving 20 defendants over a 12-month period.
  • Represented a defendant charged with an offence of murder.

Tuckers Solicitors

Criminal defence firm Tuckers Solicitors handles a broad range of civil liberties matters and criminal proceedings; the team 'genuinely cares about clients and goes the extra mile'. Clients include public figures, high-net-worth individuals, business directors, government departments and corporate organisations; the practice also has a dedicated private client group. Key areas of work include road traffic and driving offences, actions against the police, military law and serious and complex crime. Franklin Sinclair and Lisa Patton head up the team, and the 'tactically aware' Leigh Wright is noted for his experience in defending clients charged with serious allegations.

Practice head(s):

Franklin Sinclair; Lisa Patton

Other key lawyers:

Leigh Wright


‘Leigh Wright is hard working and clever, demonstrating a knowledge of law and procedure which is impressive. He is also tactically aware and can think outside the box.’

‘A hardworking and united team that genuinely care about their clients and go the extra mile. They are well versed in the case and always act in a proactive and thoughtful manner. They always want what is best for the client even if not necessarily for the firm. There is an efficient and comprehensive support system in the firm so even when someone is away or unavailable someone in the firm will take up the slack so nothing gets overlooked or delayed.’

‘Lisa Patton shows a total commitment to her clients, frequently working in the evenings and weekend. She is hardworking, diligent and thorough. Her clients are supported and helped throughout the process in the criminal justice system. Lisa always responds to my requests and goes the extra mile in trying to secure an acquittal for her clients.’

‘Lisa Patton is extremely thorough and on top of the case. Very detailed assessments of the unused material. Clients are very fond of her and she has a great rapport with them.’

Work highlights

  • Defended three brothers charged with sexually abusing vulnerable girls who were underage.
  • Handled a case covering possession of a Section 5 firearm, two counts of Modern Day Slavery and the supply of diamorphine and cocaine.
  • Represented a defendant charged with seven others on counts of robbery and murder.

AGI Criminal Solicitors

The legal aid practice at AGI Criminal Solicitors is well known for representing prisoners and vulnerable clients, putting 'client care at the forefront'. The team has recently had notable outcomes defending clients in multi-handed drug and sex cases, and handles terrorism offences, murder allegations and immigration fraud mandates. Practice head Yasmin Aslam represents clients charged with serious offences, and has significant expertise in human rights and extradition cases.

Practice head(s):

Yasmin Aslam

Other key lawyers:

Michael Levy; Samayra Ashraf


‘My involvement with AGI Solicitors started following my son’s arrest following a psychotic episode. The firm represented him, throughout his arrest, bail and trial. The firm seemed very knowledgeable in their area of criminal health cases. They were always courteous and available to my son’s needs and, despite his offences, treated him with respect.’

‘Excellent client care seems to be the guiding principle and motivation in this firm.’

‘A diverse team that puts client care at the forefront of their minds.’

Work highlights

  • Defended a young male adult with severe mental health issues charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
  • Represented a young defendant with severe mental health issues charged with affray and possession of a hammer.
  • Represented a defendant alleged to have conspired to commit targeted knife-point robberies.

Brabners LLP

The 'knowledgeable and efficient' regulatory and crime team at Brabners LLP focuses on privately-funded work, regularly acting for high-profile clients including sportspeople, media personalities, educational institutions and major businesses; the group also provides a reputational management service. The practice is also recommended for firearm-related crime; department head Lachlan Nisbet has extensive firearms and field sport expertise, and also handles regulatory and professional disciplinary cases. 'Wunderkind' associate Charlotte McRae is an experienced litigator.

Practice head(s):

Lachlan Nisbet

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte McRae


‘The best firearms licensing solicitors. They understand the market and the clients and know what’s required in this niche field.’

‘Lachlan Nisbet is the partner in charge. Good overview of all the cases being run. Available and approachable – excellent communication skills. Charlotte McRae is the up and coming wunderkind. Clients adore her. Goes the extra mile and way beyond. Calm, unflappable and charming.’

‘Both Lachlan Nisbet and Charlotte McRae, whilst both very professional ,were also personal in their approach and conveyed an empathy to one’s particular set of circumstances.’

‘Knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘The team exudes professionalism and experience. The whole team is friendly and approachable and there is always another fully briefed member of the team on hand to offer support about the case if the person you want to speak to is not immediately available.’

‘Lachlan Nisbet is a natural leader of the team with his calm, assured manner which inspires confidence.’

Cunninghams Solicitors

Cunninghams Solicitors primarily focuses on serious and organised crime mandates and regularly advises clients based abroad on criminal investigations and prosecutions in the UK. Practice head David Caplin is well known for handling serious fraud and financial crime investigations.

Practice head(s):

David Caplin

Other key lawyers:

Philip Lythgoe; Sarah Housley


‘Cunninghams is a firm that has the clients needs at the heart of every decision.’

‘David Caplin: 100% committed to a clients requirements. Phil Lythgoe: Has an ease and assurance that instils confidence and understanding even in the most vulnerable clients.’

‘This is a quality boutique practice simply demonstrated by how it punches so much above its weight – its quality fraud work is on a par with much larger practices. This firm really stands out because all casework is director led with key decisions on strategy always coming from the top in the most serious casework.’

‘David Caplin is the standout individual. He already has the tactics in place and they are invariably second to none. Superb tactically. David is very different. Philip Lythgoe is a top drawer advocate who has seen everything in defending complex crime for over 30 years and is still at the top of his game. Sarah Housley is their most recent appointment as a Director, and rightly so. She never misses a single detail in a case.’

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Farleys Solicitors LLP has a strong reputation for handling serious crime issues, defending clients in homicides, drug import and supply mandates, and serious frauds. The team, which has offices in Blackburn, Preston and Manchester, stands out for its work handling investigations, including interviews under caution and interviews at government agencies. The 'charismatic' and 'unflappable' Paul Schofield jointly heads up the department with Jonathan Taylor.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schofield; Jonathan Taylor


‘Above all, this is a very client friendly and supportive firm.’

‘Paul Schofield is pure gold. He is calm and unflappable. He sees the wood and not just the trees. He brings out the best in his instructed counsel.’

‘The team are always proactive and go the extra mile for the client. Their knowledge of the the law and the technical ability in presenting information is second to none.’

‘They have huge resources to bring the right solicitor, counsel and expert to each case.’

‘Paul Schofield is a charismatic solicitor who has a wealth of experience in the effective defence of the most serious offences. He is the person that you want on your side at interview. He is dedicated to the best result for the client from start to finish. He is the ‘go to’ solicitor when other solicitors are in trouble.’

‘Unparalleled professionalism and preparation. Technically excellent. No one works harder on a case.’

Irwin Mitchell

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell advises companies and boards on criminal liability issues and multi-jurisdictional investigations; it also regularly handles internal investigations, and has strength in managing criminal litigation risk. Practice head Paul Haycock has extensive experience in defending clients in large-scale financial and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock


‘The team at IM are very hard working. They are always very positive and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard. Added to this experience, within the team is an almost unparalleled experience of defending murder, rape, drugs and organised crime cases over many decades. This means that they are not only able to bring to bear a depth of experience, but that they can provide a full service to corporate clients where individuals end up facing general crime allegations.’

Keoghs LLP

The 'focused' and 'tenacious' Bolton-based crime team at Keoghs LLP specialises in regulatory investigations and prosecutions, with key sectors including the retail, transport and logistics, leisure and manufacturing industries. The 'exceptional' Neena Sharma, who is 'passionate about doing right by her clients', primarily handles serious motor crime cases; she also has experience in representing clients in murder, GBH, ABH and firearms offences. Sharma jointly heads up the team with David Walton, who handles high-profile health and safety, environmental and care-related prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Neena Sharma; David Walton


‘The great thing about Keoghs is just how unstuffy they are. In my experience their great skill is their rapport with clients from every type of background. They provide an excellent service in health and safety and serious motoring/death criminal cases.’

‘Neena Sharma: incredible energy. Passionate about doing right by her clients, as many a custody sergeant has discovered. Knows when to fight a case, knows when to plead.’

‘The team currently stands exceptionally high in the regional standings for crime particularly motor crime. They cover the full spectrum of motor and regulatory crimes representing clients in relation to investigations conducted by the Police, HSE, CQC, Local Authorities, Trading Standards and the CPS.’

‘Neena Sharma is a Partner in Keoghs crime and regulatory team. Being one of the founding members of team, Neena enjoys an excellent reputation as being a leading practitioner in defending complex motor prosecutions and is recognised for her tenacious approach with regulators whilst being empathetic to lay clients. She is quickly able to identify issues and determine a comprehensive strategy.’

‘Keoghs’ crime team is the most tenacious team of solicitors I have ever worked with. Their reputation is growing and even though they are a small team there is no weak link.’

‘Very focused and professional. Able to explain and connect with all parties.’

‘Neena Sharma is exceptional. She puts everything and more into her cases. Evidence is obtained with speed and analysed. Accurate advice and risks are detailed to all parties.’

‘The team is both approachable and exceptionally strong technically. Keoghs’ criminal team are always flexible and maintain constant communication throughout the process of instruction.’

Key clients


Catholic Insurance Services





Hastings Direct


Work highlights

  • Handled a death by careless driving case, obtaining urgent psychological evidence that the driver was not fit to be interviewed.
  • Handled a dangerous driving case where the driver suffered a hypoglycaemic attack, mounted the pavement and a pedestrian suffered severe injury.
  • Defended a client charged with death by dangerous driving following an accident on a ‘smart’ section of the M6.

Markel Law LLP

Markel Law LLP specialises in professional discipline, business crime and regulatory mandates, and acts for an extensive roster of UK trade associations, insurance schemes and business federations. Regulatory department head Deborah Nicholson 'goes the extra mile for her clients' and handles both contentious and non-contentious regulatory and criminal work; she is particularly recommended for healthcare-sector work and high-profile inquests. 'Superb' criminal practitioner Gareth Martin regularly deals with road traffic matters and serious crime investigations, while 'incredibly knowledgeable' associate Lauren Wilson advises on inspections, compliance issues and enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Martin; Lauren Wilson


‘The firm’s knowledge in the field of regulatory crime is really exceptional. Markel Law really are experts in the field. On top of this, partners and solicitors are down to earth, approachable and can relay complex information to clients with ease and sensitivity. I would recommend them highly.’

‘Lauren Wilson is an exceptional practitioner. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has a real eye for detail. She is calm, measured and goes above and beyond for her clients. I would recommend her to anyone.’

‘The team was professional but also sensitive and flexible, which is essential as the cases they represented were often complex and subject to interpretation.’

‘The individuals in this team are exceptional. It is clear from speaking to each of them that that they have a huge amount of passion for each case they are involved in.’

‘I have worked with Deborah Nicholson who goes the extra mile for her clients and is extremely efficient. You can rely on her to get things done.’

‘I have worked with Gareth Martin for many years and consider him to be a superb lawyer. He is dedicated to his clients, hard working and very bright.’

‘Very professional firm with committed, talented lawyers. Innovative communication strategies, always prepared to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

British Association of Shooting & Conservation

Markel UK

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

3D Solicitors

Boutique firm 3D Solicitors is a key name in the market for regulatory, professional discipline and criminal proceedings including sexual allegations, inquests and appeal procedures. Compliance and fraud expert Daniel Berke jointly heads up the practice with Deborah Britstone, who focuses on police law and professional discipline mandates.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Berke; Deborah Britstone


‘I would describe it as a “boutique” practice which provides close attention to the individual needs of its clients. It engenders a feeling of a close personal relationship.’

‘Niche firm with supreme service.’

‘This is a small and highly effective team of expert solicitors covering mainly private criminal work and police regulatory law.’

‘Daniel Berke is recognised and renowned for providing clear, comprehensive and tactical legal advice. Daniel’s preparation of cases is second to none and he leaves no stone unturned. Daniel is outstanding, intelligent, diligent and willing to go beyond the call of duty.’

‘Deborah Britstone is unflappable, good humoured and has exceptional client handling skills. Her work is of the highest quality.’

‘Daniel Berke and Deborah Britstone are excellent practitioners in their field. They are very responsive and extremely practical, collaborative and results orientated.’

‘This is a boutique small firm with commensurate high levels of client care and attention to detail. The firm is also very specialised in its areas of practice.’

‘Deborah Britstone and Daniel Berke are both outstanding performers in the field of professional discipline, crime and inquests and inquiries. They come up with innovative solutions to cases, including when clients are facing the most serious of allegations. Their client care and relationships with counsel are second to none.’

Key clients

Chief Officers Police Staff Association

Police Superintendents Association

Work highlights

  • Represented a former chief constable in the Lord Janner child sexual abuse inquiry.
  • Represented a senior barrister in disciplinary proceedings before the Bar Tribunal Advisory Service arising from comments made on social media.
  • Represented a businessman facing allegations of exporting Class A drugs and money laundering.

ABR Solicitors

The Bootle office of ABR Solicitors specialises in criminal defence work and proceedings involving mental health law and prison law. The group also handles drugs offences, motoring charges, conspiracy allegations and sexual offences including mandates involving indecent images. Managing partner Rob Rode is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Rob Rode

Other key lawyers:

Tony Murphy


‘They are all incredibly thorough and hard working.’

‘Rob Rode is a very experienced and wise hand in this field. He gets the point about every case – he is a case winner.’

‘The whole firm has a tremendous work ethic and is staffed by highly capable lawyers and support staff. They offer high levels of service compared with other firms.’

‘Rob Rode – leads the firm by example and won’t do anything he would not expect his staff to do. His attention to detail, client care and a willingness to fight every case and every argument set him apart from his peers.’

‘ABR have a stellar reputation for dealing with heavy-weight criminal matters.’

‘Rob Rode’s reputation precedes him, and he is a powerful presence in and out of court.’

Brian Koffman & Co

Brian Koffman & Co specialises in privately-funded criminal work, and is particularly recommended for motoring offence cases; founding partner Brian Koffman has extensive expertise in road traffic law. The practice also handles regulatory issues and represents doctors and cab drivers, as well as dealing with fraud-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Brian Koffman


‘The firm is one of a very few specialist motoring law firms in the region, while also doing other privately funded criminal defence work, including disciplinary/regulatory defence work. It is a genuine specialist firm with vast experience and an excellent success rate.’

‘The principal of the firm, Brian Koffman, has a wealth of experience and knowledge in motoring law and criminal defence work generally, while also being very personable and a highly skilled advocate.’

‘Brian is a specialist- he appreciates the trust placed in him and delivers every time. He is an excellent communicator and a tenacious advocate- speaking with great authority and inspiring trust from the start of the relationship, throughout the client journey.’

‘Brian Koffman combines an outstanding knowledge and expertise with exemplary client service and care, going that extra mile to make sure his clients know that they are in safe hands in what are often extremely challenging and stressful circumstances.’

‘Small practice which has niche expertise and excellent client service.’

‘Mr Koffman is very experienced and has excellent knowledge of his area of expertise. Most definitely a stand out partner in his field.’

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP specialises in regulatory crime, acting for an extensive roster of corporate and insurer clients. Key areas of work include corporate and gross manslaughter charges, fatal road traffic incidents, health and safety mandates, environmental crime issues and food safety cases. Chris Morrison leads the regulatory prosecutions element of the department, while Kate Hargan is in charge of the motor crime expertise.

Practice head(s):

Chris Morrison; Kate Hargan


‘The team at Clyde’s is remarkable for its strength in depth. All members of the Clyde’s team with whom I work are outstanding as lawyers and as practical/tactical case managers. That is rare.’

‘Clyde and Co is a very high class organisation indeed. They are meticulous in their case preparation work and their instructions are always of the highest standard. They leave nothing undone in their efforts to present their clients’ cases in the very best light and the regulatory and motor team are right at the top of their game. I have nothing but praise for their commitment and the quality of their work.’

‘Their attention to detail, meticulous analysis and intellectual grip is very impressive.’

Key clients




Beaufort Maintenance Ltd



Work highlights

  • Represented Beaufort Maintenance Ltd in a police and HSE investigation following the Avonmouth waste treatment plant explosion.
  • Defended a food business and its directors before Durham Crown Court in a case linked to a fatal salmonella outbreak; also provided representation in the associated inquests.


Hempsons' regulatory crime specialises in criminal defence work, representing clients at all stages of criminal investigations and prosecutions. The team is highly recommended for professional clients in the health and social care sectors, advising on investigations by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, General Medical Council and Care Quality Commission. Practice head Katherine Sheldrick has extensive experience advising clients being investigated for matters including gross negligence manslaughter and sexual offences.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Sheldrick

Other key lawyers:

John Fitzpatrick


‘The criminal team at Hempsons have particular experience in medico-legal crime and representing police officers facing criminal allegations which are often mirrored with misconduct proceedings. Their real speciality in these areas coupled with collective good judgment ensures clients have the best possible representation.’

‘They are an absolutely fantastic team across the board.’

‘I am blown away by Katherine Sheldrick. Her knowledge of healthcare matters, in particular criminal trials, is second to none. This is combined with an exemplary work ethic, good judgement, humour and tenacity.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a senior medical practitioner on multiple historic allegations of indecent and sexual assault.
  • Advised an NHS Trust on a gross negligence manslaughter investigation including a potential investigation of the organisation as well as individual employees.
  • Advised a doctor in relation to offences related to indecent images.

Reeds Solicitors

Reeds Solicitors specialises in criminal defence issues, prison work and mental health-related matters, with the firm's Manchester office specialising in complex crime work. Jeremy Moore leads the practice and is highly recommended for appeals, with a strong track record in representing clients in cases before the appellate courts and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Moore


‘Jeremy Moore is highly personable and knowledgeable and is able to grasp highly complex situations quickly and offer advice in a straightforward and easily understandable way.’

‘Jeremy Moore – excellent client care skills and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to criminal appeals.’