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Shaw Graham Kersh

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

The firm:  Based in the West End, Shaw Graham Kersh is a leading criminal defence firm committed to providing the highest quality representation, irrespective of a client’s background or history. Their solicitors understand that however serious or lower level the offence, for the individual involved in the criminal justice system, the experience can be traumatic. Their approach therefore combines pragmatic expertise with sensitivity and total discretion.

Clients: The firm’s diverse client base ranges from those who have never previously found themselves involved in the criminal justice system, to those with extensive experience. The firm’s representation therefore extends from those alleged to be sophisticated fraudsters, or hardened gang members, and what the police refer to as ‘Organised Crime Groups’, to those, including professional clients, facing a sometimes terrifying process for the first time. A significant proportion of these clients are referred by counsel, law firms and accountants, who welcome the firm’s expertise, commitment to client care and passion to achieve the best possible result for each client.

Our work: Established in 1999, offering specialist criminal defence services, the firm benefits from a wealth of experience from its partners, solicitors and paralegals, a number of whom have been with the firm from shortly after its inception.  The firm quickly gained recognition as a leading firm in the field and has been recommended in The Legal 500 for many years. The firm undertakes both private and publicly funded work.

At Shaw Graham Kersh, whenever possible, the same solicitor retains conduct of a client’s case from the police investigation stage through to trial, providing continuity, security and a first rate service.

The firm undertakes all work associated with criminal law, but has an established reputation in particular with regard to very serious criminal offences, such as terrorism, murder, fraud and large scale drug trafficking.

Shaw Graham Kersh’s well-established fraud and economic crime department has represented clients in respect of mortgage and VAT fraud, carousel/MTIC fraud, carbon credit and boiler room fraud, film tax fraud, money laundering, pension fraud, revenue and tax fraud, as well as election fraud. These cases are typically investigated and prosecuted by specialist fraud units including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, serious fraud crime units of the police and CPS, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority, and other regulatory authorities.

The firm has significant experience of conducting complex restraint and confiscation proceedings.

The firm defends professionals within regulatory proceedings, focusing on those who face potential criminal liability.

The firm has particular expertise in homicide cases with in depth knowledge of murder investigations built over decades, from the initial days of Operation Trident, as well as NCA investigations, the Specialist Crime Directorate teams based at Scotland Yard and Organised Crime Command operations. A parallel expertise has been established in the difficult cases involving child and infant deaths and psychiatric homicides.

The firm has a wealth of experience in defending clients accused of being involved in large scale drug conspiracies, from international smuggling operations through to ‘County Lines’ cases and EncroChat investigations.

The firm is versed in the delicate task of defending the ever growing number and range of allegations of historic sexual assault and human trafficking.

The firm retains an extradition department that has been involved in precedent setting cases.

The firm maintains strong connections with family law firms dealing with international child abduction/Hague Convention matters and domestic violence allegations.

Shaw Graham Kersh represent clients accused of the most serious offences but also acts for clients accused of driving offences, low level assaults and other matters which can be resolved in the magistrates’ court.

The firm is linked to a US legal agency providing expert assistance on any aspect of US law.

Please refer to the firm’s website or contact the office to speak to a solicitor.

Managing Partner, General Crime, Fraud Paul Graham
General Crime, Fraud Madeleine Corr
General Crime Philip Hill
Fraud and Private Client Raymond Shaw
Extradition Hary Grayson
Madeleine Corr photoMs Madeleine CorrPartner Madeleine is a highly experienced and committed criminal defence solicitor with…
Paul Graham photoMr Paul GrahamAs a founding and Managing Partner, Paul now heads up our serious…
Philip Hill photoMr Philip HillPhilip is a Partner and heads the General Crime department. Philip has…
Raymond Shaw photoMr Raymond ShawRaymond heads our private client and fraud departments. Recent highlights include: successful…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 6
London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association