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BCL Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Serious and general crime; business crime and regulation.


Partner specialising in all forms of criminal defence work from the police station to the Crown Court, including financial crime, large-scale drugs cases, murder and manslaughter, public order offences, assault and sexual offences. Also specialises in motoring cases, including driving with excess alcohol, failure to provide specimens, causing death by dangerous driving/careless driving, dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, speeding, no insurance, totting up disqualifications, exceptional hardship arguments and Section 172 Notices of Intended Prosecution. Represents many well-known public figures from the fields of sport, politics and the arts, particularly acting for a number of current and former professional footballers, first-class cricketers, professional rugby players, jockeys and trainers.


Trained Claude Hornby & Cox; qualified 1981; partner Claude Hornby & Cox; partner Magrath & Co; partner BCL 1998. Regular broadcaster and commentator on criminal legal affairs on radio, television and at seminars and conferences.


Higher Courts Rights of Audience; London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (former president); former member Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee; Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association.


Wellington College, Berkshire; Cambridge University (1979 MA Law).


Rugby, horse racing, theatre and cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

BCL Solicitors LLP offers high-profile and high-net worth clients advice on a range of criminal matters, with recent work including advising Kevin Spacey regarding allegations of sexual assault. The team is headed by the ‘exceptionalEllen Peart, who has recently seen an increase in her work defending FCA regulated individuals facing significant criminal charges. Other key team members include Mark Haslam, who is particularly adept at motoring cases, and David Hardstaff, who specialises in criminal litigation and is described as ‘very hard-working‘. Daniel Jackson is a key contact for sports and business professionals and was promoted to partner in October 2022 alongside Hardstaff. Associates Bethan Cowlam and Rishi Joshi are also key contacts.