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GT Stewart Limited

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

At GT Stewart Limited, the criminal defence group is divided into distinct specialist teams: Greg Stewart leads the appeals team, Mel Stooks heads up the youth crime practice, Claire Dissington is the key name in the City of London, Will Russell leads the private client group and the South East London team, Sophie Smith heads up the South West London group, and Ronnie Manek focuses on higher courts advocacy work. The firm acts for legal aid and private clients and covers the full spectrum of criminal mandates.

Practice head(s):

Greg Stewart; Mel Stooks; Claire Dissington; Will Russell; Sophie Smith; Ronnie Manek


‘They provide excellent client services and always go the extra mile to ensure that their clients receive a high standard of representation.’

‘This legal practice offers outstanding service. The client automatically feels that their voice is being heard and the legal team are always at hand to offer guidance and advice.’

‘The team go to great lengths to thoroughly understand their clients’ circumstances holistically. This means exploring with them not just the nature of the matters at hand but a full and detailed personal history, sequence of events and the motivations, decisions and stressors that influenced decisions and actions.’

‘Greg Stewart was extremely knowledgeable and had an in depth understanding of the law and procedures.’

‘My solicitor was Greg Stewart. He was professional, approachable and his attention to detail outstanding. He was always available for a conversation and made me feel like I was indeed his only client. I knew that his dedication and commitment to my case at no time wavered. I had the utmost confidence in him and his team.’

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 3

GT Stewart Limited's team is highlighted for showing 'exceptional commitment to their clients'. Its varied portfolio of work covers disrepair claims, possession proceedings (including matters involving alleged anti-social behaviour, succession and rent arrears issues), homelessness and community care cases. Claire Wiles frequently acts for clients lacking capacity. In November 2020, the team was strengthened by the arrivals of James Garvey (who has a specialism in service charge disputes), Sarah Mossop and Michael McCrone, following a merger with Hockfield & Co Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Claire Wiles; James Garvey

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Mossop; Michael McCrone; Denise Phillips; Susan Gronbach; Simeon Wilmore


‘Claire Wiles went above and beyond what we expected of anyone!’

‘Ms Sarah Mossop was my solicitor, she met all my expectations of what a solicitor should be and more. My case was long and complicated and I have mental health issues, Sarah explained each stage thoroughly and only moved forward when she was sure I fully understood.’

‘Throughout the journey I felt there was a great deal of knowledge sharing within the team, which was detailed and well informed. This gave me confidence as we navigated different aspects of the cases. The staff were professional, sensitive and had a very person-centred approach.’

‘GT Stewart has some excellent solicitors that genuinely care and are proactive for their clients, going above and beyond what you would expect from a high street franchise. They obtain clients from the local community, such as from GP recommendations, due to their undoubtedly solid local reputations.’

‘Denise Phillips is dedicated, committed, knowledgable, thorough and a pleasure to be instructed by. Susan Gronbach is beyond compare, due to her dedication and care for her clients. Simeon Wilmore is a treat to work with, always open to creative solutions for his clients, and aggressively passionate about obtaining the best results.’

‘The social housing team show exceptional commitment to their clients and expertise in this area in the face of ever more challenging conditions.’

‘Claire Wiles’ knowledge and devotion to her cases is second to none. She is also extremely competent. The same goes for Simeon Wilmore, who I would also recommend.’

‘GT Stewart is a well-regarded firm with a strong presence in the social housing field. My perception is that it has a wider geographical reach than many other London-based firms, meaning that it is able to assist clients in areas where legally-aided representation might otherwise not be available.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in the High Court then Court of Appeal on the termination of their flexible tenancy in the fixed period. Outcome of this case could impact up to the 30,000 flexible tenancies in England as many do not contain a forfeiture clause.

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 3

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:

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

GT Stewart Limited is well regarded for its criminal defence work and is one of only a few practices with a specialist Youth Court team. Managing partner Greg Stewart is a recognised expert in representing young people in the criminal justice system. Patricia Walker, who is the key litigator at the firm, has over 20 years of criminal defence experience. She is supported by Philip Mahoney, whose experience includes defending individuals against prosecutions brought by agencies such as the RSPCA and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Michelle Stewart joined in October 2020, expanding the group's offering in serious crime and sexual offences, firearms, motoring offences and prosecutions on behalf of the DWP and the Environmental Agency. Graham Whittingham is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Walker

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is dedicated to providing high levels of no nonsense advice in plain terms. There is a great mix of the academic, practical and experienced throughout the team. it is people within the team that gives the firm its strength.’

‘Patricia Walker continues to attract grade A level work and always delivers her best for clients.’

‘The solicitors are passionate about getting the best outcome for their clients. The partners are personally involved in the cases. They are exceptionally well prepared and go the extra mile to gather defence evidence. They are always available to speak to and easy to speak to. They attract very good quality work.’

South East > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

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:

GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates is a leading multi-service UK firm specialising in criminal defence, family and civil rights law. It has a national presence across ten offices – Ashford, Birmingham, City of London, Croydon, Dartford, East Dulwich, Hammersmith, Leeds Manchester and Peterborough. It provides 24 hour emergency advice to anyone who has been arrested.

GT Stewart has earned a reputation in the courts for fighting tenaciously and fairly for all clients. We keep to our strapline ‘every client matters’. The recent addition of the crime and family teams at FMW Law in Hammersmith has enhanced that reputation.

GT Stewart is on the approved and recommended list of solicitors for the National Autistic Society (NAS) and we have contributed to the Rook Working Group for Advocacy Training which produced the Advocacy and Vulnerable Training Programme. The founder and driving force behind the success of the firm, Greg Stewart, has been involved in many high profile and sensitive cases in the Crown Courts and Court of Appeal. He is the co-author of the Criminal Appeals Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional 2nd edition). He regularly contributes to consultations and discussions of criminal justice and recently appeared on Unreliable Evidence on Radio 4 discussing anti-social behaviour. In May 2019 he and the head of our Youth Court team, Mel Stooks, were jointly awarded the Youth Champions Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Youth Summit at Kings College London. The firm has a first class in-house advocacy team, consisting of in-house barristers and solicitor advocates. They can be found on the firm’s website

Types of work undertaken
Criminal defence: GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates provide a wide range of legal services to both individuals and businesses on a private or legal aid basis. The criminal defence team represent clients who are arrested and/or charged with a variety of serious criminal offences from the police station through to the Court of Appeal. The team comprises barristers and solicitor advocates. The team defend actions by the prosecuting agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS), SFO, FCA, HMRC, HSE and the Office of Fair Trading. The firm is a member of the LAA Very High Cost Cases panel. The firm represents professionals facing prosecution and/or regulatory complaints. The firm has successfully challenged many decisions to prosecute by the CPS. They regularly challenge refusals of the police to vary or discharge ancillary criminal orders and DBS certificates. They have experience opposing and appealing Criminal Behaviour Orders and Gang Injunction applications.

Motoring offences: GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates has skilled and experienced solicitors able to defend clients facing allegations such as causing death by dangerous or careless driving, driving whilst unfit or under the influence of drugs, driving without a licence or speeding.

Education and social welfare: GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates has been awarded a contract by the Legal Aid Agency to offer advice and assistance in education law in London and North of England. The team provide the full range of services including appealing admission and exclusion decisions, enforcing provisions for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) pupils, Education Health and Care Plans and judicially reviewing local authorities’ education related decisions. The specialist members of the team have experience representing children with a spectrum of disabilities and special needs bringing judicial review proceedings on behalf of advocates, campaign organisations and charities.

Prison law: GT Stewart Solicitors has a team of solicitors specialising in all areas of prison law. They hold a LAA contract to accept publicly funded prison law work. They can represent clients at adjudications, Parole Board Hearings and advise across the full range of prison law related matters includes IPPs, life sentence reviews and where necessary challenging decisions on behalf of clients by way of judicial review. If public funded is not available they can provide competitively priced private cost estimates.

Family: GT Stewart Solicitors has a large team of solicitors specialising in all areas of family law including divorce, Children Act issues, abduction, domestic abuse, care proceedings and private children’s law. Several of the team are members of Resolution and the Children’s Panel. They can provide affordable competitive private quotes for those who do not qualify for legal aid.

Civil liberties, human rights and actions against the state: the team has exceptional experience pursuing remedies for clients or their families when they have suffered wrongs at the hands of the State or their agents including the police, prison officers, local authorities and public bodies who need access to justice. These include article 2 and 8 HRA cases involving suspicious deaths in custody.

Information provided by GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

Criminal Defence Greg 299 6000
Criminal Defence Melanie 299 6000
Criminal Defence Julie Ann 299 6000
Criminal Defence Philip 222 4888
Criminal Defence Paul 299 6000
Criminal Defence Ronnie 299 6000
Criminal Defence Aideen 299 6000
Criminal Defence Sarah 299 6000
Criminal Defence Sophie 299 6000
Criminal Defence Mel 299 6000
Criminal Defence Will 299 6000
Criminal Defence Patricia 222 4888
Prison Law Len 299 6000
Prison Law Dr Laura 299 6000
Prison Law Rikki 299 6000
Family Law Geoffrey 299 6000
Family Law Nancy 299 6000
Family Law Sherene 299 6000
Family Law Naomi 299 6000
Family Law Rachel 299 6000
Housing Law David 222 4888
Housing Law Dirghayu 299 6000
Housing Law Denise 299 6000
Housing Law Susan 299 6000
Housing Law Claire 299 6000
Civil Liberties Bhaskar 299 6000
Community Care Rebecca 299 6000
Education Law Linda 299 6000
Community Care Tracey 222 4888
Community Care Warwick 299 6000
Actions Against the State Bhaskar 299 6000
Education Law Rebecca 299 6000
Education Law Tracey 222 4888
Motoring Law Greg 299 6000
Motoring Law Julie Ann 299 6000
Motoring Law Philip 222 4888
Motoring Law Sophie 299 6000
Motoring Law Will 299 6000
Rebecca Hill photo Rebecca HillSupervising Solicitor
Ronnie Manek  photo Ronnie Manek Partner & Head of Crown Court Advocacy
Sophie Smith photo Sophie SmithSupervising Solicitor
Claire Wiles photo Claire WilesSupervising Solicitor
Directors : 2
Fee Earners : 175
UK Offices : 10