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The 'excellent' and 'forward-thinking' practice at ABR Solicitors is considered 'a market leader in Yorkshire'. Managing partner Robert Rode is singled out as 'a leading figure' in this area and heads up the firm's general crime team. Robert Rode has the capabilities to deal with a full spectrum of criminal matters, from instruction to appeal courts. Another key individual to note is Susannah Proctor,who leads the North Yorkshire offices and has 'a reputation as a fearless advocate'.


GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

GT Stewart is a specialist crime firm that deals with crime at all levels, offering clients a very high standard of client care. The firm undertakes mainly publicly funded work, although it is developing an increasing private client base.

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Cartwright King is 'an excellent firm' for criminal representation and attract praise for its 'professional, approachable, efficient and caring approach'. The department is headed by Andrew Vickers and Cheryl Weir in the Leeds office, and defends clients accused of serious crime, offering representation across all levels of the court system. The team also has particular expertise acting for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Based in York, Howard & Byrne's criminal defence practice has significant experience representing individuals in serious and high-profile criminal proceedings.  The team was recently instructed to act for a young and vulnerable defendant accused of the murder of a seven year old. Colin Byrne led on this difficult and sensitive case. In another work example, the department is representing five protesters charges with several offences in a matter requiring complex legal argument. The group has additionally recently advised clients accused of robbery, rape and other serious offences.  Key names to note include the very experienced Kevin Blount and head of prison law Jacky East. 

Howells' 'very approachable and helpful' criminal department has capabilities to handle a range of complex matters, with particular experience in public order law, judicial review, advising youth offenders, and cases with a civil liberties, human rights or mental health considerations. John Gibson is regularly instructed by individuals accused of serious crimes, and leads the practice, which also includes the 'patient and supportive and extremely knowledgeable' Chris Wong. Wong is recommended for defending clients facing extradition. Rotherham-based Mary Rose Macadam has particular expertise in prison law, parole board work, youth court representations and cases including a mental health element.

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell is led by Paul Haycock, who splits his time between the firm's Manchester and Sheffield offices. Haycock handles a range of matters including murder investigations and prosecutions, and has experience in successfully resisting extradition requests. Another key name to note is Emma Windle who works across the Leeds and Sheffield offices and specialises in white collar crime.

In Harrogate, McCormicks' corporate crime and risk unit, headed up by Geoffrey Rogers, has experience defending clients in the full spectrum of serious criminal allegations and prosecutions. The team is representing individuals facing allegations of kidnap, attempted murder, as well as drug charges. Peter Minnikin and senior associate Sara Morgan are names to note, particularly for firearm and regulatory offences, and professional regulatory work, respectively.

With a 'reputation for being reliable and capable', the criminal department at Minton Morrill 'puts its client first, is extremely professional and prepared to go that extra mile'. Associate Lindsey Lobley heads the practice, which successfully represented a care worker charged with wilful neglect of a patient in a hospital, achieving a not guilty verdict. Philip Goldberg (who is singled out for his 'experience and expertise') acted for two brothers involved in a multimillion-pound drugs conspiracy. The department also includes 'standout lawyer' Michelle Flaga who has been described as being 'a truly formidable opponent', attracting praise for her 'tenacious attitude'.

The criminal defence team at Switalskis Solicitors  has particular experience in representing vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health problems and young people. The department, led by Wakefield-based Rob Casey and Michael Devlin in Leeds, has expertise acting in abuse cases and those concerning mental capacity law. The team defended a client accused of rape, sexual assault and misuse of the police national computer, who was acquitted of all contested charges. The practice was also instructed in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case, with Jim Littlehales, through mitigation, securing the client a sentence falling significantly below the suggested guidelines.

London-based Gregory Stewart heads GT Stewart Limited's criminal defence, appeals and police misconduct group nationally. In Leeds, supervising solicitor Murray Schiffeldrin and assistant solicitor Ben Tighe are both key names to note.

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