Crime: general in West Midlands

Jonas Roy Bloom

Jonas Roy Bloom has a strong boutique criminal defence practice that is regularly involved in some of the most serious cases nationwide. Head of team Steven Jonas also sits as a deputy district judge in the Magistrates Court, while John Smitheman frequently appears both locally and nationally in the Magistrates' and Crown Court. In addition, Ben Henry is recognised for his considerable experience in the defence of corporate and white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Steven Jonas

Other key lawyers:

John Smitheman; Ben Henry

Testimonials

Has real indepth local experience’.

Among the best fraud and serious crime firms in the country, and certainly in the region. Highly effective without being flashy or overstated. Focused on results. Simply speaking, an excellent firm with strong core values of decency and quality’.

Steven Jonas is vastly experienced in the defence of all aspects of serious crime‘.

Ben Henry is calm, assured and measured‘.

Ben Henry is very pragmatic‘.

Ben Henry is very able‘.

Ben Henry is a fantastic lawyer, but also a thoroughly decent human being. His approach is logical, ethical and at all times he embodies the will to win’.

Work highlights

  • Represented the client who was prosecuted in relation to the UK’s second largest-ever cocaine seizure.
  • Represented the client in a private prosecution by the FA Premier League for use and abuse of proprietary material, trade marks breaches and fraud.
  • Represented a high-profile client who was prosecuted for murder.
  • Represented two clients in gang injunction proceedings.
  • Represented the client who was charged with a breach of a planning enforcement notice.

Kangs Solicitors

Kangs Solicitors fields a first-rate team that continues to attract serious criminal cases nationwide, from murders to multimillion-pound conspiracies and people-trafficking cases. There is frequently an international dimension to these cases. Managing partner Hamraj Kang specialises in serious crime and fraud cases while other names to note include John Veale and Helen Holder who heads the Crown Court department.

Practice head(s):

Hamraj Kang

Other key lawyers:

John Veale; Helen Holder; Frances Murray

Testimonials

The cases are always extremely well prepared and the lawyers are very hardworking, knowing their cases extremely well‘.

The practice is based upon hard work and ability and doing the job for the client before anything else’.

The team is intelligent, hardworking  and seems determined to do a professional job. Whether the case is serious or trivial the same amount of care is taken. The unique feature of the firm is that they are all as good as each other‘.

Hamraj Kang leads from the front and inspires others by demanding of himself that which he requires from his staff‘.

Hamraj Kang sets the highest standards for his team. His client base is very strong both nationally and internationally. Clients simply love him and he is a seriously good lawyer who intuitively understands criminal and serious fraud litigation‘.

John Veale  is an exceptional worker who will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of his client’s best interests‘.

‘John Veale knows his cases back to front and his case preparation is second to none. He also possesses a rare ability to get the big tactical calls in a case right’.

Helen Holder can turn her hand from serious fraud to gross negligence manslaughter with equal ability‘.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a business man who was charged with two counts of gross negligence manslaughter.
  • Represented a client who was accused of purchasing explosives from a website set up by the FBI on the dark web.
  • Represented one of seven defendants who was charged with conspiracy to facilitate the breach of UK immigration regulations.
  • Represented a successful local businessman in relation to sex and drugs offences that were alleged to have been committed on his licensed premises.
  • Represented a Polish national who was charged with murder alongside two co-defendants.

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon has niche expertise in the defence of police officers facing criminal and misconduct allegations, while the team also has a growing reputation for its work representing members of the public on a private basis. Practice head Tim Coolican is recognised for his work with police officers who are facing high-profile duty-related criminal charges as well representing officers in misconduct and inquest proceedings. Sue Swan has an established reputation for her work in serious and complex sexual offences. Robert Newbould is another known name.

Practice head(s):

Tim Coolican

Other key lawyers:

Sue Swan, Robert Newbould

Key clients

Police Federation

Work highlights

  • Represented the police officers in the investigation into the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.
  • Represented the police officers in relation to the death of Kingsley Burrell.
  • Represented a former solicitor in a multimillion-pound fraud prosecution.
  • Represented a police offer who was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
  • Defended a police officer who was accused of rape.

Tuckers Solicitors

Tuckers Solicitors has a strong national brand and is recommended for its work in fraud and general crime. James Turner is a senior partner who is skilled in all aspects of criminal proceedings. Kate Scully now manages the police station department following the departure of Arvind Sharma.

Alsters Kelley LLP

Alsters Kelley LLP, which has a particular focus on the Coventry and Warwickshire areas, deals with the full array of criminal matters, from manslaughter, drugs and assault through to fraud. Stefan Hunka co-heads the practice and specialises in motoring law, health and safety and regulatory law. Associate Jas Thiara , who jointly leads the practice, has a wide range of experience in representing both corporate and individual clients. Nazir Vania, also an associate, is particularly skilled at defending motorists.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Hunka; Jas Thiara

Other key lawyers:

Nazir Vania

Testimonials

Stays on top of its cases and does not cut corners‘.

Alsters Kelley pays great attention to detail and provides top client care’.

Stefan Hunka leads by example and has excellent client care skills and Jas Thiara’s attention to detail is second to none‘.

Jas Thiara is excellent with difficult clients and at the same time an individual to whom a clear understanding of legal principles comes easily; a rare combination‘.

 

Beswicks Legal

Beswicks Legal is particularly well-regarded in the north of the Midlands, and handles both publicly and privately funded criminal defence work. Andrew Turnock heads the team. Both Turnock and Rob Glenn are Higher Court advocates who appear regularly in the criminal courts. Peter Howland has particular expertise in road traffic offences. Other key figures are associates Rebecca Dulson and Charlotte Riley.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Turnock

Testimonials

The team is totally approachable and operates in a friendly and professional manner‘.

The team takes its role and responsibilities seriously and prepares for its clients’ cases thoroughly and pro-actively‘.

Peter Howland always makes you feel very comfortable and has a great knowledge of criminal law‘.

Rebecca Dulson was fantastic and achieved a far better result for me than I imagined possible – a credit to herself, the team and her profession‘.

Charlotte Riley is very experienced and extremely conscientious, taking a keen interest in each case handled by her team and determined to ensure that all clients receive a professional service’.

 

Work highlights

  • Acted for the defendant who was charged with various assaults against his ex-partner and  stepdaughter.

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler has four experienced solicitor-advocates who deal with the majority of Crown Office work in-house. The established team deals with the full spectrum of offences ranging from summary to indictable offences under the leadership of Adrian Roberts. Roberts is skilled at dealing with court martials and Court of Appeal work while associate Stephen Scully is experienced in the local Youth, Magistrates' and Crown Courts.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Scully

Testimonials

The team is very helpful and goes above and beyond to provide a friendly and warm environment for clients‘.

Adrian Roberts would be a huge asset to any firm. An excellent listener with a real ‘can-do’ attitude. He has the ability to make complex legal matters be distilled down to easily understandable pieces. His advocacy is second-to-none‘.

Stephen Scully is a passionate lawyer who cares immensely about his clients. He is not only able to relate to his clients’ needs but is able to distil tricky legal matters down to make sense to the public‘.