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Shaw Graham Kersh

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Shaw Graham Kersh‘s general crime team is led by Raymond Shaw, who regularly undertakes crime related work in FCA investigations, and Madeleine Corr, who was promoted to partner in August 2022. The team frequently advises clients on gang related cases, sexual offence cases, homicides, and criminal contempt of court matters. Philip Hill, described as ‘highly forensic and meticulous‘, is a name to note within the practice, and works alongside Paul Graham and Michael Strauss, who specialise in murder and terrorism, and serious crime, respectively.

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Equal level of service to legal aid and private clients. They have a well-rounded team who can take any kind of work and take it to the highest instances.’

A very strong practice across the spectrum of criminal law. It is a relatively small team made up primarily of very experienced solicitors. As a result, the quality is excellent and very partner led.’

Madeline Corr is a star. She is approachable, tactical, and absolutely on top of the brief. A real joy to work with and deservedly a recently made partner.

An extremely impressive and professional firm offering a bespoke service to all clients. Each case will be prepared in detail, thoroughly and fantastically presented from Magistrates Court to appellate level, if necessary. Partners and paralegals work closely with counsel at all stages, which provides lay clients with a real team effort and sense of security.

SGK has always punched above its weight. A boutique firm that has successfully competed with global law firms in private criminal work, that makes no distinction between the lucratively and the publicly funded case: a rarity.

They are an extremely well run and committed firm who care passionately about their clients. The office exudes warmth and friendliness. They have maintained a very high-level of service to their clients for many years.’

I have been very impressed with partner Philip Hill. I have worked with Phil on multiple serious cases over the last ten years. Very recently we worked together on behalf of a barrister accused of forgery, in a complicated case involving a forged document served and relied upon in civil proceedings. Phil’s work on the case was highly forensic and meticulous.

The firm:  Based in Central London, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, General Crime, Fraud Paul Graham
General Crime, Fraud Madeleine Corr
General Crime Philip Hill
Fraud and Private Client Raymond Shaw
General Crime Michael Strauss
Photo Name Position Profile
Madeleine Corr photo Ms Madeleine Corr Partner Madeleine is a highly experienced and committed criminal defence solicitor with…
Paul Graham photo Mr Paul Graham Paul’s has 30 years experience in criminal defence work, Paul manages an…
Philip Hill photo Mr Philip Hill Philip has twenty five years of criminal defence work informing his current…
Raymond Shaw photo Mr Raymond Shaw Raymond is the head of SGK’s private client and fraud departments.  His…
Michael  Strauss photo Mr Michael Strauss Senior Solicitor Michael started his career specialising in serious fraud cases before…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 3
London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association