General crime and fraud in South East

ABV Solicitors

ABV Solicitors handles a broad range of criminal defence matters including international fraud, drug conspiracies, terrorism-related mandates and complex murder cases. The fraud team is led by Deepak Vij, who is experienced in handling complex financial cases. Akhtar Ahmad and Robert Borwick ‘make up a great foundation’ for the firm, jointly heading up the crime department in Hayes. The team undertakes both privately funded and legal aid work. Amirah Ajaz is noted for her expertise in white-collar crime and complex confiscation matters. Other key members of the team include Hanisha Godhania, who manages serious crime cases, Rohit Sharma and Sunita Mehta.

Practice head(s):

Deepak Vij; Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick

Other key lawyers:

Amirah Ajaz; Hanisha Godhania; Rohit Sharma; Sunita Mehta


‘The focus of this practice is always driven by the service they provide to the client and it reflects in the highest standards of client care and attention to detail. There is a strong work ethic throughout the crime and fraud departments which leads to detailed preparation of cases and a thorough understanding of the backgrounds facts and evidence.They are a well motivated and friendly practice which has a core of experienced solicitors with a long history at the firm.’ 

‘Deepak Vij is an enormously experienced and exceptionally able fraud lawyer. He has an unerring perception of the real trial issues, which allows him to offer excellent, clear and practical strategic advice. His pursuit of the cause of his client is second to none.’  

‘Robert Borwick has a wide-ranging experience in all areas of criminal and regulatory law. He is a supremely practical practitioner, always able to find the correct path through troubled waters. Unflappable under pressure and direct in his analysis of the evidence.’

‘Akhtar Ahmad always demonstrates the highest level of commitment to client care. He works incredibly hard to cover every aspect of a case and leaves no stone unturned in defending his client.’

‘Amirah Ajaz is dedicated and hardworking – utterly committed to the case and the client. She works incredible hours to ensure that nothing is incomplete or incorrect. Her work is of the highest level – precise and focused.’

‘Sunita Mehta is caring and committed in her approach. She goes the extra mile to make sure the client understands the law and the case against them. She is extremely engaged with counsel in preparing cases and always knows the details inside out.’

‘Rohit Sharma – a young solicitor with a very bright future.’

‘Hanisha Godhania is friendly and approachable, with a wealth of experience dealing with a wide range of criminal cases. She can evaluate very quickly the strengths and weaknesses in the evidence.’

Key clients


Patisserie Valerie

London Capital Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a senior figure of Unaoil facing an SFO investigation where the offences alleged are bribery and corruption. .
  • Represented one of the directors of London Capital Group, who was part of the £237m investment fraud.

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP continues to stand out in the market as one of the leading criminal practices in the South East, operating from offices in Croydon, Woking and London. Led by Gary Bloxsome and Trevor Francis, the team handles serious mandates including gang-related offences, violent crime, drug trafficking and sexual assault. Daniel Cundy oversees the financial crime team and has expertise in a range of matters often with an international element, from white-collar crime to money laundering offences. Diana Payne heads the general crime department and handles serious crime cases pertaining to murder, sexual offences and drug-related matters. Other key team members include Hannah Giles, Lucinda Shand and counsel Rachel Wilson.

Practice head(s):

Gary Blossom; Trevor Francis

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Cundy; Diana Payne; Hannah Giles; Lucinda Shand; Rachel Wilson


‘Blackfords maintain a busy private crime practice but have not forgotten their social responsibility to still conduct legally aided cases. They are a tough and no-nonsense defence outfit, who fight their client’s corner vigorously and fearlessly. They are equally prolific in fraud and general crime.’

‘Hannah Giles is an energetic, skilled and committed lawyer. She has a razor-sharp strategic eye which she deploys to the advantage of every client. She rarely stops working and is always available to discuss a client’s case.’

‘Daniel Cundy is hands on, very tactical and good with nervous or difficult clients. An iron fist in a velvet glove.’

‘Blackfords are a leading firm in criminal defence and the entire team is experienced, approachable, industry-savvy and talented.’ 

‘Trevor Francis is shrewd, versatile, patient and precise; someone who understands the long game.’

‘Gary Bloxsome is a no-nonsense lawyer, who relates to clients from all walks of life.’ 

‘Rachel Wilson is able to pick up cases at very short notice and handles them with confidence and competence. She is great at taking the heat out of litigation and keeping the focus on the issues.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual charged with three counts of fraud by abuse of position.
  • Acted for an individual alleged to have laundered money into their bank account, which was linked to a VAT fraud.
  • Acted for defendant charged with possession of class B drugs and obstructing police, who was acquitted on the basis of a defence under the Modern Slavery Act.


Based in Uxbridge, IBB Law has strength in depth in the serious fraud and financial space, as well as considerable expertise in serious offences. Practice lead Joanne Gibbons handles a range of matters, including complex cases involving children. Eddie Tang is highly recommended by clients and advises on serious complex matters including murders, firearms offences, motoring-related crimes and drug conspiracies. The fraud and business crime team, led by John Milner, continues to represent clients on high-value SFO and FCA criminal fraud trials. Kam Varaitch oversees the crown court department and defends proceeds of crime prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gibbons; Eddie Tang; John Milner

Other key lawyers:

Kam Varaitch


‘IBB have an efficient and approachable team who are willing and able to act promptly. They react to the twists and turns of criminal litigation.’ 

‘Eddie Tang is a very experienced and knowledgeable practitioner. He specialises in serious cases and those involving complex evidence and often difficult clients.’

‘John Milner is an extremely experienced, highly capable lawyer. He fights tirelessly for his clients and is quick to gain their trust. He has been involved in some of the most high profile fraud trials in recent years.’ 

‘IBB are the leading criminal defence firm in the Thames Valley area, enjoying an excellent reputation with both other solicitors, the Crown Prosecution Service and the local judges. They have a large criminal team with a diverse set of skills within the various disciplines within criminal law.’ 

‘Kam Varaitch is extremely experienced and effective, particularly in complex frauds. His ability to cut through to the important detail and then relay conceptually difficult concepts to clients in a way they always understand.’ 

‘John Milner has excellent client skills and a wealth of experience combined with excellent judgement.’ 

‘IBB are a small, dynamic, experienced team who punch above their weight and are highly regarded by their contemporaries.’ 

‘Eddie Tang is outstanding in his field. His commitment to his clients and the service he provides for them is well-known and is evidenced by the consistent supply of high-end referrals and heavy weight cases he conducts. His good humoured tenacity inspires, enduring loyalty in his clients and respect from fellow practitioners. Eddie provides detailed yet practical advice throughout proceedings and is always available for his clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a former UBS compliance manager convicted by a majority verdict after two lengthy trials at Southwark CC.
  • Acted for a former Unaoil manager in Iraq, prosecuted by the SFO in relation to the corruption of high-ranking public officials.
  • Represented three out of seven defendants charged with murder, attempted murder and Section 18 GBH.

Reeds Solicitors

Reeds Solicitors has a large criminal law offering spanning across several locations. The criminal department based in Oxford is split into two teams; the private crime team is led by Stuart Matthews, who is recognised for his expertise in serious crime matters, alongside general crime and regulatory cases. Julian Richards heads up the complex crime team and is regularly instructed on serious crime matters, including murder, large-scale drug conspiracies, money laundering and sexual offences. The team in Basingstoke is led by partners Neil Jarvis and Tom Brymer.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards; Tom Brymer; Neil Jarvis


‘Reeds is a professionally run, large organisation but continues to provide a personalised service.’

‘Tom Brymer was exceptional in a very complex case. He gave us his full trust and confidence at a difficult a time.’ 

‘Stuart Matthews is at the heart of everything Reeds stands for. From day one, his absolute commitment to his clients and their cases has set him apart from all others and made him the number one choice for clients from all walks of life. His ability to relate with real compassion and empathy translates into a trust that is rarely found in a professional relationship but which translates into such a seamless working relationship that every detail is covered, no stone left unturned. He achieves oustanding results because he pursues everything. Clients and counsel instructed by him are left with absolute confidence as to the preparation, energy and humanity that will be put into his cases. He is truly exceptional.’

‘Reeds have a commitment to client care that ensures every case is prepared and presented to a very high standard. Despite being a large firm they are able to maintain an court specific presence that enables them to adapt and react to different approaches adopted in different areas.’ 

‘Very responsive, friendly and impressive team.’ 

‘Julian Richards is a litigator beyond compare. His ability to get to the heart of even the most complex and voluminous material is truly exceptional. Never have I received such incisive and detailed instructions, and identification of the issues. Though specialising in complex crime, he has a humanity that he brings to all his cases and through hard work and sharp intellect, always manages to achieve the best results possible.’

‘Stuart Matthews and Julian Richards were both extremely helpful, personable and competent. I felt in very safe hands at all times. They clearly explained the risks whilst reassuring me that they were confident they would be able to help (which they were).’ 

‘The team service the best quality work, and do to the highest of standards, from traditional crime to white collar crime.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of two defendants charged with blackmail, false imprisonment and assault, where proceedings were discontinued.
  • Represented a client charged with inciting a child into sexual activity and associated offences of indecent images in a successful appeal against sentence before the Court of Appeal.
  • Defended client in a multi-defendant boiler room fraud at Southwark Crown Court, prosecuted by the FCA.

Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors

Clarke Kiernan LLP Solicitors offers a full range of criminal defence services, handling matters concerning serious crime mandates including murder, sexual offences, drug trafficking and people smuggling. Modern slavery matters and encryption cases also feature in the caseload. Head of the department Catherine McCarthy handles an assortment of complex criminal defence matters, with a specialty in prison law. The fraud team is led by managing partner Daniel Bonich, who has particular expertise in money laundering, drug trafficking and complex confiscation matters. Dennis Clarke is commended for finding novel solutions to issues. David Dinkeldein has specialist knowledge of extradition.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McCarthy; Daniel Bonich

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Clarke; David Dinkeldein


‘This firm offers a wide range of expertise in all areas of crime and fraud. From the moment a client walks through the door they are treated with the utmost care. Each case is assessed on an individual basis with a tailor made approach on how it should be conducted and progressed. The firm deals with complex and serious crime. Solicitors are highly supportive of their clients and make comprehensive tactical decisions whilst providing advice that can be understood by each and every client.’ 

‘Daniel Bonich is an outstanding lawyer who heads up the department. He is a fearless and extremely knowledgeable lawyer who knows when to punch and when to pivot in a case.’ 

‘Catherine McCarthy is dedicated, professional and direct. A first-class criminal solicitor.’

‘Clarke Kiernan LLP has an engaging and caring team. The emphasis of this firm is on client care and the best quality service.’

‘Dennis Clarke is one of the best lawyers anywhere outside London. His attention to detail is unrivalled and he comes up with creative solutions and arguments to difficult problems. He has an excellent rapport with clients and goes out of his way to “live” the case with the client. His client care skills are phenomenal.’

‘Daniel Bonich is an excellent solicitor; thorough, diligent, well prepared and focused on delivering the best possible service to clients.’

Key clients

Police Federation

National Union of Teachers


Police Federation of Wales

Work highlights

  • Acted in a fraud prosecution against a man wanted in connection with multiple frauds in the UK, Spain, Switzerland and across Europe.
  • Acted in the Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings for a man charged as part of the largest VAT fraud prosecuted by West Midlands Police.
  • Represented a man accused of operating as ‘the Deliveroo or Amazon of the drug trafficking world’ and money laundering the proceeds of the offence.  

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP

Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP acts for clients involved in cases concerning a range of crimes, including serious fraud, violent crime, drugs-related offences and motoring cases. Based in Essex, founding directors Mark Jerman and Simon Samuels have a wealth of experience in criminal law matters. Head of the crown court and complex crime department, Ian Clift is noted for his work in serious crime cases, including drug-conspiracies, murders and sexual offences. The practice undertakes a mix of legal aid work and privately funded matters, and is well-placed to provide its own court representation to clients with its in-house advocacy department.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jerman; Simon Samuels; Ian Clift


‘The team at JSP Solicitors is an extremely experienced one and clients benefit significantly from that wealth of knowledge. The set up means that JSP spreads that experience across the team and two of their most experienced solicitors are also Crown Court advocates. They have been established for a very long time and, quite rightly, have a very loyal following.’

‘Simon Samuels has a wonderful manner with clients which puts them very much at ease. He is able to distil quickly and effectively the important issues in a case, and to explain them clearly and simply.’

‘The firm are completely professional. They go the extra mile with every client.’

‘Ian Clift is a dedicated and canny lawyer. He is tactically astute and gets the big decisions right, from arrest and interview, right the way throughout the life of a case.’

Lawtons Solicitors

Lawtons Solicitors’ team is active in cases concerning violent crime, drug-related offences, sexual assault and matters pertaining to modern slavery. The practice has also seen a notable increase in mandates concerning warehouse parties. Stephen Halloran and Nick Titchener manage complex criminal matters in the South East, which are almost exclusively privately funded by clients. The firm recently expanded its offering by hiring fraud specialist Glen Henry from Cartwright King in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Halloran; Nick Titchener; Nick Seeley

Other key lawyers:

Glen Henry


‘Nick Titchener and Stephen Halloran are very knowledgeable on legal procedure and principles.’

‘All members of the team provide a very good service. They make good use of the recent developments in technology that have been introduced within the criminal justice system. The team’s strengths lie in their collective approach to case management and good knowledge of each other’s cases so that if one member of the team is not available, someone else will be able to assist in a timely and efficient way.’ 

‘Stephen Halloran manages an excellent team and has exceptional client care skills.’ 

‘Lawtons are a cut above the rest when it comes to client care. The variety of personalities on their criminal team mean that they always find the right approach to the individuals they deal with, maintaining a focus on efficiency and professionalism at all times.’ 

‘Stephen Halloran and Nick Titchener have their fingers firmly on the pulse of the criminal legal system. Their client care and running of the firm is impeccable.’

‘Specialist criminal lawyers with great expertise.’ 

Work highlights

  • Acted for a high-net-worth individual charged with serious sexual offences.
  • Acted for client convicted of the murder of a baby.  
  • Assisted in the prosecution of a Health and Safety Officer by the Health & Safety Executive over the advice he was providing to clients concerning the safety issues in using machinery.

Sternberg Reed

Based in Romford, Sternberg Reed handles a range of criminal defence matters, advising clients in connection with fraud cases, violent crimes and serious drug-related offences. Practice leader Ben Thomas handles a spectrum of fraud mandates, as well as homicide and serious sexual offences. Richard Cooper is a key contact and has experience in serious crime matters, such as murders, money laundering and drug trafficking. Rhiannon Cole is noted for handling drug-related crimes, while Kenneth Carr has experience in international criminal defence work.

Practice head(s):

Ben Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cooper; Rhiannon Cole; Kenneth Carr 


‘Richard Cooper is an experienced and thorough criminal practitioner. He is hardworking and intelligent, and will leave no stone unturned when defending his clients. His decision making is reasoned, sound and tactically astute. Clients always feel that they are in the safest of hands.’ 

‘Ben Thomas is a superb lawyer with an exceptional sense of strategy and meticulous attention to detail. He deals with clients accused of the most serious offences and navigates them through trial preparation seemingly effortlessly as a result of the work he puts in to absorbing the case papers and identifying the likely issues at an early stage.’

‘Comprehensive team of criminal specialists offering a high quality service. Always high level of client care and tactical awareness.’ 

‘Rhiannon Cole is an up and coming associate and team member who has greatly impressed me with her capacity for sheer hard work, instinctive attention to detail, written and oral communication skills. She puts clients at ease, and is especially adept at communicating with those with vulnerabilities and mental health issues, often accused of the most serious crimes.’

‘Richard Cooper is an extremely impressive and effective criminal defence solicitor. With a particular expertise in fraud and money laundering, he always provides clients with good clear practical advice.’ 

‘Kenneth Carr brings a unique strategic input to every case, born out of decades of dealing with the most serious cases, usually with an extra jurisdictional aspect.’

SVS Solicitors

The criminal defence practice at SVS Solicitors has considerable expertise in gang-related crimes involving murders, possession of firearms and drug conspiracies. Based in Gerrards Cross, the team is led by Sasha Sidhu, who specialises in gang-related and violent crime cases. Rob Johnson deals with a variety of matters involving fraud, while Shenel Johnson works on serious crime mandates in the crown court. Anna Hogg heads the crown court department and is commended by clients. Other key team members include Junaid Khan and James Ojukwu.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Sidhu

Other key lawyers:

Rob Johnson; Shenel Johnson; Anna Hogg; Junaid Khan; James Ojukwu


‘SVS as a firm are diligent, committed and responsive to their lay clients’ needs and expectations. They form the right bonds from the outset and instill a sense of complete trust in their clients.’

‘Sasha Sidhu has a commanding presence and gravitas. Clients immediately respect him and can sense that they are getting accurate and realistic advice. He is always available. He goes the extra mile for all of his clients.’

‘Rob Johnson is approachable, knowledgeable, thorough and realistic in the advice given to clients.’

‘The team, driven and headed by the hard working and charismatic Sasha Sidhu, work hard on behalf of clients, select barristers with care and produce some remarkable results.’ 

‘Anna Hogg manages a huge and complex caseload with ease. Always makes herself available and is of true assistance to counsel in making difficult and tactical decisions.’ 

‘An extensive team with the full range of experience in criminal matters.’ 

‘Sasha Sidhu is the senior partner and is phenomenal with his knowledge of his clients and cases. He, along with Anna Hogg, are standout solicitors who represent their clients to a very high standard.’ 

‘Sasha Sidhu has a gravitas, legal knowledge, depth of experience and also follows individual cases with keen interests.’ 

Work highlights

  • Acted for client acquitted of attempted murder.
  • Represented a client at the Central Criminal Court charged with murder, manslaughter and possession of firearm.
  • Acted for client accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Tuckers Solicitors

Operating out of Kent, Tuckers Solicitors is well-equipped to handle serious crime and drug-related conspiracies. Managing partner Richard Atkinson has an 'exceptional breadth of knowledge' in complex and serious crime matters, acting as a Higher Court advocate in cases, including murders and sexual offences. Based in the Margate office, Scott Nielson handles road traffic and driving offences.

Practice head(s):

Richard Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Scott Nielson


‘The Kent branch of Tuckers is a heavyweight firm that is well respected by judges and lawyers who practice in Kent.’

‘Richard Atkinson is a senior partner whose breadth of knowledge is exceptional.’

‘Part of the much larger Tuckers Solicitors, yet still able to provide an excellent local service in Kent and other parts of the South East. However busy they are, they always make sure that counsel are instructed properly and given the necessary support.’

‘Richard Atkinson is one of the leading solicitors the South East. For a man at the top of the profession, he provides the same level of care in a driving case as he does to the most serious in the Crown Court.’

Gerard Maye Legal

Located in Brighton, Gerard Maye Legal handles a range of criminal defence work, including gang-related and violent crimes, as well as historic sexual offences. The practice has a particular focus on private criminal defence work. Managing partner Gerard Maye has considerable experience in sexual offences and serious fraud matters.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Maye

GT Stewart Limited

GT Stewart Limited has a large criminal defence offering and is well-placed to provide its own court representation to both legal aid and private clients. Led by Greg Stewart, the practice has experience in handling serious offences and specialises in youth crime and appeals. Will Russell heads up the private client department and handles matters in the Magistrates' court. Melanie Krudy has experience in serious crime, including terrorism matters.

Practice head(s):

Greg Stewart; Will Russell

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Krudy

JSP Law Limited

JSP Law Limited has a 'strong, diverse, and extremely committed team of lawyers' undertaking both legal aid and privately funded work. The team handles a range of serious mandates pertaining to gang-related crime, fraud and sexual offences. Based in St Albans, practice lead Matthew Bliss has experience in complex cases involving murder, drug conspiracies and money laundering. Founding partner Vinesh Patel remains a key contact and is experienced in defending serious Crown Court cases. Joanna Barun is noted for handling matters involving vulnerable defendants.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Bliss

Other key lawyers:

Vinesh Patel; Joanna Barun


‘It is the strength in depth and the collegiate approach to work that really makes JSP stand out. It doesn’t matter who you deal with, everyone has an impressive level of knowledge and commitment.’

‘Matthew Bliss stands out as a partner. He is an instinctive criminal litigator, adept at protecting his client’s interests in a broad range of cases, from nervous clients under investigation for the first time to allegations of serious and organised crime.’

‘Vinesh Patel is an exceptional lawyer. He combines a very sharp attention to the detail of every case, with a disarming charm, and humour. He has the ability to convey complex legal issues in an inclusive way which always wins the trust of his clients. He works extremely hard and always puts client care first.’

‘Joanna Barun works tirelessly for her clients.’

‘JSP Law is a very strong, diverse, and extremely committed team of lawyers. They are focused, intelligent and straightforward in their dealings with clients and counsel. Their aspirations for every client are ambitious, their advice is clear and realistic. Their relationships with clients endure for many years because of the quality of the representation they provide, and their calm professionalism.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of three defendants charged with murder.
  • Acted for a defendant charged for involvement in a fraud of over £1m.
  • Acted for a defendant in relation to a murder.

Wells Burcombe LLP

Based in West Drayton, Wells Burcombe LLP handles a range of criminal law matters, advising clients in connection with serious and historical sexual offences, fraud and murder cases. Co-founding partner Alan Burcombe is experienced in handling substantial fraud cases and is well-regarded in the field of criminal appeals. Based St Albans, co-founding partner David Wells handles a spectrum of complex crime matters. Ravinder Khumra is recognised for her expertise in white-collar crime, and acts on complex crime cases and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Alan Burcombe; David Wells

Other key lawyers:

Ravinder Khumra


‘The team at Wells Burcombe are efficient, friendly and, without exception, approachable. In every case they seem to work as a team, collaboratively, giving the clients the benefit of the totality of the firm’s experiences. Many professionals in trouble seek the firm’s assistance, often directed towards it by their professional bodies. The repeated successes achieved clearly add to this following.’

‘Ravinder Khumra is a highly experienced solicitor with innate tactical ability that points the case in the right direction from the outset. Her excellent relationships with her clients means her instructions are clear and full.’

‘Alan Burcombe is engaging, compassionate and very experienced.’

‘Ravinder Khumra is very approachable, and dedicated to her clients’

‘Wells Burcombe are a well run attentive practice who cover every aspect of case preparation with diligence and care.’

‘David Wells is a strong leader and excellent lawyer, acting in very complicated, high-profile cases.’

‘Wells Burcombe boasts strength in depth with an offering of highly experienced partners, key hires and excellent grass roots training.’

‘David Wells, over the last 15 years, has been prepared to go (often literally) the extra mile to help his clients. Wherever in the country a client may be held on remand, David will attend personally to ensure that they get the very best client care.’

B P Collins LLP

Led by Jonothan Moss, the criminal defence team at B P Collins LLP is equipped to handle an array of matters pertaining to road traffic and motoring incidents, white-collar crime and sexual offences. Based in Gerrards Cross, Matthew Brandis is noted for his litigation expertise and handling of complex contractual disputes. Associate solicitor James Constable has experience in motoring offences and environmental agency matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonothan Moss

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Brandis; James Constable


‘The criminal team is beginning to build a solid reputation locally and B P Collins is already extremely well-known. What sets them apart is how hard they work and how easy it is to communicate with them.’ 

‘James Constable has been excellent with clients involved in criminal proceedings, which have often arisen in a domestic context. He is very flexible and accessible for clients who are often very concerned. Excellent in working collaboratively on a matter.’ 

‘Jonathan Moss advises in very clear terms – he achieved a completely unexpected and very welcome outcome.’ 

‘Great criminal team at B P Collins – they know their stuff.’

James Constable is always willing to go the extra mile and assist clients where he can. He is friendly and approachable and offers sound advice on a variety of matters.’ 

Blaser Mills Law

Consultant Ben Langley is the key contact at Blaser Mills Law; he has particular expertise in road traffic law, achieving successful results for clients facing drink driving and speeding charges. He also handles other general crime matters from the firm's High Wycombe office. Former practice head Daniel Martin  left to join JMW Solicitors LLP's London office in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ben Langley

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Based in Harrow, Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles a range of serious criminal matters and gang-related crimes including murders and sexual offences. Jointly led by Rubin Italia and Nicholas De Freitas, the team specialises in drug confiscation and modern slavery matters. Linda Barker is noted for her experience in fraud and violent crime matters, while Laurence Grant and Simon Connolly handle financial fraud offences.

Practice head(s):

Rubin Italia; Nicholas De Freitas

Other key lawyers:

Linda Barker; Laurence Grant; Simon Connolly


‘The criminal team at Duncan Lewis are tactically astute, diligent, hard working professionals with a sound ability to connect with the client and make them feel at ease, whilst ensuring that they deliver realistic advice.’ 

‘The firm is well-known for its commitment to clients and thorough preparation. In particular, Rubin Italia is fantastic with clients and has a real eye for detail. He is a great team worker and invariably gets the best results possible.’ 

‘Simon Connolly is outstanding. Absolutely on top of the case and very hard-working.’ 

‘Linda Barker provides exceptional service to a range of clients, who are often vulnerable and require careful handling. She has a lovely manner with clients, reassuring and thorough in her approach.’ 

‘The team have in-depth knowledge of the law, dedication to clients and thorough preparation.’ 

‘Rubin Italia runs a tight and dedicated criminal team. His hardworking ethic has filtered down to every team member.’ 

Gullands Solicitors

Located in Maidstone, the criminal and regulatory law department at Gullands Solicitors is led by John Roberts, who represents clients in a range of cases, from road traffic incidents to white-collar crime. Associate Michelle Pibworth handles criminal matters, ranging from violence, drug and sexual offences, to theft, criminal damage and road traffic offences.

Practice head(s):

John Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Pibworth 

Levy & Co Solicitors

Based in Essex, the criminal defence team at Levy & Co Solicitors specialises in military-related criminal cases, as well as handling matters including drug-related offences and violent crimes. Founding partner Steven Levy is an experienced Higher Court advocate and represents clients facing serious charges. Evelyn Hicks has expertise in mental health law, while Braintree-based Katie Armstrong-Mason handles serious crime cases including murder and gang-related offences. Litigation manager Michael Rees joined from Jerman Samuels & Pearson LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Steven Levy

Other key lawyers:

Evelyn Hicks; Katie Armstrong-Mason; Michael Rees


‘As a firm and individually they are attentive and hard working. The client comes first and is well looked after. They have a 24/7 attitude to work and contact with both family and client alike.’

‘The team at Levy & Co is one of the largest in Essex. They have staff who are on call to deal with police station call outs at all times of the day.’

‘The solicitors at the firm respond promptly to cases, and take pride in all levels of client care. Steven Levy in particular is responsible for overseeing all offices and can be contacted at any time. The work is professional and consistent with all members of the team, whether the junior solicitor team or the higher court advocates.’

‘Evelyn Hicks has a wonderful way with clients. Her preparation of the case is impeccable: it is not just a case, as with many, of summarising, but her instructions and input provide a concise and incisive analysis of the evidence and law at every stage of the proceedings.’

‘Levy & Co are a solid, professional outfit. They provide an excellent service in all aspects of their practice. In serious heavyweight crime they provide a bespoke dedicated service.’

Liberty Law Solicitors

The team at Liberty Law Solicitors is equipped to handle a range of criminal law matters, with a focus on representing disadvantaged and vulnerable clients. Led by Attiq Malik, the Luton-based practice handles drug-related crimes, serious sexual offences, murder cases and white-collar fraud. Wasef Ali focuses on serious fraud and drug conspiracy matters.

Practice head(s):

Attiq Malik 

Other key lawyers:

Wasef Ali 


‘They have the ability to go over and beyond for their clients, and an extreme dedication to their profession.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant involved in large scale commercial burglaries.
  • Represented a client in a case involving large-scale conspiracy to burgle.
  • Represented a client in a conspiracy to murder and supply firearms case.

Noble Solicitors

Led by Paul Millan, the complex crime team at Noble Solicitors has experience in serious crime mandates pertaining to murder, fraud, manslaughter and sexual offences. Based in Luton, the practice acts on a privately funded basis and on legal aid cases. Parm Sidhu is noted for his expertise in extradition matters and handling of murder cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Millan

Other key lawyers:

Parm Sidhu


‘Highly skilled, strategic and organised outfit. The ethos of the company trickles down from the top. Legal advice is always administered with care and consideration and makes them a pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Millan is an exceptional leader. He runs a tight ship and his careful and meticulous style of working filters down into the company’s ethos. Exceptional advocate, his careful style is particularly suited to fraud cases and weighty criminal matters.’

‘Parm Sidhu gives clients the best advice at the police station and magistrates court. He is a fantastic advocate and always looks out for best interests of client.’

‘Noble Solicitors are a very friendly firm of solicitors who exhibit extraordinary patience with clients. Understanding a client’s needs is placed above billing considerations. Their senior partners ensure that the firm can be contacted out of office hours with ease. Shortcuts are avoided in the preparation of a case, even where legal aid funding may be slow to be obtained.’

‘Paul Millan is always approachable, very easy to get along with and is incredibly thorough when it comes to large scale fraud and cases with in depth forensic evidence.’

‘The firm has a reputation for being very hands on with their client base. A file is not fully prepared until they have exhausted absolutely every avenue of investigation that may assist with their clients needs. They have excellent quality throughout the firm and are run by partners who take great pride in keeping the place super efficient but also friendly.’ 

Work highlights

  • Represented a transgender sex offender.
  • Represented a client who murdered his ex-wife in a drive-by shooting.
  • Advised on a case involving rape, kidnap and assault.