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UK Guide

Crime — London (Firms)

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第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding firm specialising in the defence of high-profile private clients. Strong bench of top-flight individuals experienced in handling highly complex cases, including those involving notable personalities from the sports and entertainment worlds. Also offers expert representation to corporate entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're absolutely at the top of their game and would be my first port of call for general crime work."

"They are phenomenally impressive. If I were in need of a criminal solicitor, I wouldn't go anywhere else."

Work highlights Advised Jeremy Clarkson on an allegation of assault made against him, successfully submitting to the North Yorkshire Police that no further action should be taken.

Continued to act for Cliff Richard in relation to an investigation into allegations of historic sexual offences.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Haslam is particularly noted for his expert representation of high-profile individuals facing a range of serious charges, as well as his top-level motoring offence practice. One source states: "In relation to crime, he would be at the top of the list I go to in that sphere. He has great tactical nous and a great ability to communicate with the other side."

Jane Glass maintains a broad criminal practice, acting across an impressive range of high-profile cases. Interviewees label her an "outstanding" lawyer who is "incredibly good at what she does."

Rachel Hubbard is well versed in defending against serious and complex charges, including sexual offences and grievous bodily harm. One impressed source states: "She is, in my view, the best solicitor for general crime out there," adding: "Her client management skills are second to none and her knowledge of law is exceptional."

"Class act" Paul Morris is highly praised for his extensive criminal defence knowledge. He frequently represents high-profile individuals, including those charged with historic and current sexual abuse offences. According to interviewees, he "provides a first-class quality service to his clients with no stone left unturned in the preparation of their case. Every client is made to feel that they are his only client."

Ellen Peart is described as a "secret weapon" who "inspires total confidence from her clients" and is a "phenomenal team player." She comes highly recommended for her expert representation of high-profile clients, particularly those facing serious sexual and violent offence charges.

Omar Khan is increasingly recognised for his expert defence of those charged with serious criminal offences, offering particular experience in high-profile sexual abuse cases. Market observers state that he is "fantastic with clients," and describe him as "realistic, strategically switched-on and wonderfully organised."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team that offers in-depth experience across all areas of criminal law. Particularly well versed in representing individuals charged with highly serious offences, including murder. Offers niche expertise in acting for journalists and those charged with public order offences, drawing on additional strength in human rights issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a class act. I think that because of the way the firm operates, the solicitors feel able to go to the umpteenth degree for their clients."

"What Bindmans lawyers have in common is fantastic client care. They are absolutely brilliant in dealing with all clients."

Work highlights Successfully argued for the acquittal of a client charged with murder and attempted murder, following a trial in which the individual's co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Acted for David Miranda following his detention at Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act for carrying classified material on behalf of his partner, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Notable practitioners  

Kate Goold frequently acts for high-profile individuals in complex criminal cases, including her recent representation of David Miranda and Paul Gambaccini. Sources describe her as an "incredibly impressive solicitor" who is "sensitive, careful and thoughtful."

Michael Schwarz attracts significant praise for his "pre-eminent" expertise in politically sensitive criminal cases and his "encyclopaedic knowledge" of protest-related charges. His broad criminal practice also includes a notable focus on charges arising from undercover policing work.

Martin Rackstraw is experienced across the breadth of serious crime cases, offering particular expertise in high-profile murders and organised crime issues. He is also noted for his representation of journalists and broadcasters in investigations. He "exudes a quiet authority," according to impressed sources, and "will work all the hours to deliver for his clients."

According to one source, Katie Wheatley is among the "Premier League of criminal solicitors in London" due to her "first-rate skills." She is particularly experienced in high-profile, privately funded criminal cases. According to clients, she has "a thorough understanding not only of the letter of the law and how it works in practice, but, crucially, the way in which the police and CPS approach allegations."

Jude Lanchin is highly regarded for the "good insight, good instincts and great judgement" she brings to her criminal defence practice. She acts for both legal aid and private clients, frequently acting on serious cases involving charges of drug importation, murder and arson.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Maintains a strong presence in serious crime work, fielding significant experience defending against allegations such as murder and sexual offences. Expertise extends to areas including driving offences and public order charges. Also noted for its significant appellate practice.

Notable practitioners  

"Star performer" Steven Bird is held in high esteem as a "leading criminal lawyer." Market commentators praise his "phenomenally good" practice, which includes a notable focus on serious criminal cases such as sexual offences and murder charges.

Timothy Greene offers long-standing experience across a range of criminal cases, fielding notable strength in defending members of animal rights groups across the UK. He is also recommended for his expertise in areas such as terrorism and armed robbery charges. 

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its first-class serious crime practice, which includes handling allegations of murder, manslaughter and drugs offences. Frequently acts for high-profile clients such as major media and political figures. Extensive experience in cases arising from allegations of misconduct in public office.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very well respected for their defence work. They provide an approachable boutique service, while also having the flexibility to respond quickly to changing circumstances and the capability to deal with large and complex investigations and prosecutions."

"They're good at coming up with solutions and strategies for thinking outside the box. They've got strength in depth."

Work highlights Represented former Daily Mirror journalist Greig Box Turnbull in relation to charges of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office. The CPS offered no evidence against the client following a review of prosecutions against journalists.

Acted for the former deputy news editor at The Sun newspaper, Ben O'Driscoll, in relation to charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office brought as part of Operation Elveden.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Brown is considered to be an "absolutely first-class solicitor" with a "phenomenal criminal practice" by market observers. He is particularly well known for his defence of high-profile figures charged in serious criminal matters, and is described by one source as "the master of client management and a pleasure to deal with." 

Jessica Parker is highlighted for her expert representation of clients charged with serious criminal offences. Interviewees commend her "phenomenally hard-working" approach and describe her as "outstanding, pragmatic and personable."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its dedicated criminal law practice and commitment to legal aid work. Top-level expertise across the breadth of complex criminal cases, including historic sexual abuse investigations and gang-related crime. Also renowned for its experience in youth crime.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have great strength in depth. It's a strong team able to cover a variety of styles based on impressive collective experience and expertise - there is truly a solicitor for every situation."

"They are a shining light in terms of the legal aid community of solicitors. They are all incredibly impressive and are all outstanding in their own way."

Notable practitioners  

Paul Harris is held out as a leading serious crime practitioner who draws particular praise for his "incredible commitment" to legal aid work. One source states: "He inspires great confidence by combining a practical, user-friendly approach with a wealth of experience, sound judgement, technical expertise and tactical nous."

Shila Keshvari comes highly recommended for the "incredible results" she achieves in complex cases, as well as her "stacks of experience in all caseloads across the spectrum." One interviewee describes her as "one of the most client-friendly solicitors I've ever met." She is particularly noted for her experience of serious gang-related cases.

Edward Preston attracts extensive praise for his handling of high-stakes criminal cases, offering first-class experience in gang-related and firearms charges. According to one commentator, "his thorough understanding of each case is combined with a full understanding of the law, an ability to imagine novel approaches and an unfailing will to secure the best result."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed defence practice with a strong bench of expert criminal lawyers. Offers impressive strength in acting for high-profile individuals across a range of challenging cases, including murder and sexual abuse charges. Also fields extensive experience in 'baby shaking' cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a very able, fantastic firm. They give really good service." 

"They provide a full and dedicated service whether they're doing private work or legal aid work. All clients get a remarkable service."

Work highlights Represented a client charged with child neglect arising from allegations connected to a children's summer camp.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Hickman is praised for her dedicated approach to client care and is described as "the sort of person you want on your side." She is well known for her strong appellate practice, particularly in matters involving miscarriages of justice. According to interviewees, she is an "incredibly committed" lawyer who "never gives up."

Ross Dixon is highlighted for his experience in representing professionals charged with wide-ranging crimes, including sexual assault. One interviewee describes him as "absolutely fantastic in all aspects," adding: "He went out of his way to instil confidence."

The "incredibly clever and intuitive" Jenny Wiltshire frequently acts for high-profile individuals, often defending against sexual assault charges. She is also recognised for her expertise in 'baby-shaking' cases. Commentators state that she is "completely devoted to her work and will go that extra mile for her client."

Ben Rose is highly experienced in the representation of high net worth individuals and public figures charged with serious criminal offences. Interviewees describe him as "experienced, astute and strategically very sound" while also noting his "excellent client service."

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第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading criminal team that demonstrates impressive strength in depth across a broad range of cases. Regularly acts on high-profile cases involving well-known public figures. Highly recommended for its handling of complex murder charges and historic sexual abuse investigations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The crime team is first-rate. They are dedicated, hard-working and tireless in their preparation of cases."

"Their reputation as being the pre-eminent solicitors in this market is deserved. They are justifiably instructed in infamous, heavyweight cases and I can't imagine that anyone is ever dissatisfied with the service they receive."

Work highlights Continued to act for Rolf Harris following his conviction as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation, including advising on additional allegations of sexual assault.

Defended Mazher Mahmood against an allegation of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Notable practitioners  

According to interviewees, John Harding's "experience and judgement stand out," as does his "excellent client care." He draws on market-leading expertise in defending against serious charges such as child abuse and sexual assault, and frequently acts for high-profile individuals.

The "very able" Stephen Parkinson is recognised for his handling of highly sensitive criminal allegations, including those involving complex public law issues. He is also highlighted for his representation of high-profile individuals.

Jonathan Grimes maintains an impressive serious crime caseload, fielding particular expertise in criminal matters relating to military action. Sources describe him as "incredibly committed," adding: "You would feel very reassured if you were a client and Jonathan was supervising."

Sandra Paul regularly acts on highly complex criminal cases, including those involving allegations of sexual assault and child abuse. Sources describe her as "a delight to work with as she is always exceptionally well prepared," while clients highlight her "outstanding" commitment and service.

David Sleight acts across an impressive range of criminal matters and is praised for his defence of high-profile individuals facing charges such as sexual assault and drug use. One interviewee states: "He is wonderful with clients, knowledgeable on the law and a very calming influence. He will immediately put everyone involved in the case at ease."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding criminal defence practice experienced in both privately funded and legal aid work. Provides expert representation in cases ranging from misconduct in public office to multiparty homicides. Notably active in representing high net worth individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a standout in the market for defending serious criminal prosecutions."

"Tuckers remain the safe port in a criminal storm." 

Work highlights Acted for Tania Clarence, who was charged with the murder of her three children. Submitted a guilty plea to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and argued successfully for a hospital order rather than custodial sentence.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Egan is highly regarded for his "real passion for cases" and "natural feel for how a case can be won." He is noted for his representation of individuals charged with highly serious offences such as terrorism charges and murder. According to one source, he is "an absolutely first-class solicitor with very good judgement and instincts."

Jim Meyer acts on a wide range of heavyweight criminal cases, attracting particular praise for his expertise in cybercrime issues. One commentator highlights his "great depth of knowledge," adding: "I cant speak highly enough of him, both in terms of procedure and dedication to the cause. He's done it all and more."

"Top criminal practitioner" Philip Smith comes recommended for his representation of private clients in high-stakes criminal cases. Clients describe him as "highly intelligent, highly skilled and much more than just a criminal solicitor - he was the complete lawyer in many ways."

Private client expert Sarnjit Lal regularly deals with the most serious criminal offences, including murder and domestic slavery cases. She is highly praised for her client care skills and is described by one source as "tremendously responsive, empathetic and a tremendously hard-working practitioner."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well-established criminal team housing expertise across a range of complex criminal cases. Significant experience representing high-profile individuals charged with serious crimes, including manslaughter and sexual offences. Notable in-house advocacy capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I rate them very highly. They're extremely professional and well resourced."

"They are highly dedicated and very impressive. In terms of preparation, efficiency and commitment, they're right up there."

Work highlights Represented a high net worth individual in a case arising from allegations of criminal damage. The case was ultimately discontinued.

Acted for the main defendant in a case concerning a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Notable practitioners  

Serious crime head Gary Bloxsome regularly acts on high-profile cases involving charges such as murder, terrorism and sexual assault. He comes highly recommended as a "very thorough and committed solicitor" who has "great rapport with clients."

Managing partner Trevor Francis is described as "a very strong solicitor" who is "calm, unflappable and has wise opinions." He maintains a notable reputation for his serious crime practice, advising on challenging cases such as drug importation and stalking charges. 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected criminal defence practice that is noted for its specialist handling of cases involving high-profile political protests and public order offences. Expertise covers all areas of serious crime, including child sexual offences and murder. Regularly acts for vulnerable defendants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The criminal department is incredibly strong. It's got a great ethos and is one of the few practices in London where, whether you can pay or not, it's still an excellent service."

"It's a good team environment and you get a very real sense of it when you're there."

Work highlights Represented a former SAS soldier who was charged with 25 separate sexual offences.  

Advised a retired Church of England vicar facing charges of historic sex offences from several decades ago.

Notable practitioners  

Serious crime expert Nigel Richardson attracts significant acclaim for his "encyclopaedic knowledge" of historic and current sexual offence work. Market commentators state: "He is calm and reassuring with clients, very good at putting them at ease and helping them feel confident."

Raj Chada is highly praised for his specialist work on criminal charges resulting from protest matters. He is also commended for his client care skills and "very impressive" advocacy capabilities, as one source notes: "Clients adore Raj, and he has a great way about him in court."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong bench of experienced criminal practitioners who act for both private and publicly funded clients. Expertise covers cases ranging from large-scale drug investigations to human trafficking. Particularly noted for its work in complex investigations relating to children, including abductions and murders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

'A very strong criminal practice.'  

"They are extremely good lawyers who understand the tactics of it all."

Notable practitioners  

Raymond Shaw comes highly recommended by market observers, who cite his dedication to client care and handling of complex cases. He is well versed in the representation of individuals charged with a broad range of criminal offences.

Paul Graham undertakes wide-ranging cases involving serious criminal charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit terror offences and rape. Interviewees praise his approach to matters, describing him as "very good with clients, very professional and astute."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded criminal practice that maintains a strong reputation for its handling of complex and serious cases, including homicides and large-scale drug supply charges. Experience extends to historical sexual assault claims and high-profile terrorism work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a strong team who really care for their clients and fight for results."

"Their client care is second to none and all briefs are incredibly well prepared."

Work highlights Acted for a client charged with murder by joint enterprise following a gang-related fatal stabbing, arguing successfully for the client's unanimous acquittal after a four-week trial. 

Successfully defended an individual against a charge of manslaughter following a fight that took place under the influence of alcohol.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Ashford stands out for his expertise in serious criminal cases involving juvenile defendants, including those facing murder charges. Sources describe him as "the doyen of youth work," adding: "He is very good with clients and is totally dedicated."

Anthony Edwards comes highly recommended for his long-standing criminal defence practice. Market commentators state that he is "very strong in all areas," highlighting his "ability to see relevant details and points within a mass of material," as well as his client care skills.

Head of department Farhana Rahman-Cook is highlighted for her heavyweight serious crime practice, which includes notable expertise in acting for vulnerable clients. Interviewees highlight her "outstanding client skills" and describe her as "realistic and very savvy."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Highlighted for its expertise in handling complex criminal matters involving allegations of terrorism. Particularly renowned for its experience in politically sensitive cases.

Notable practitioners  

Gareth Peirce stands out for her leading expertise in criminal cases involving terrorism and human rights issues. Market observers describe her as "an institution" in the market, noting that she is "hugely able."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive criminal practice that houses a strong bench of solicitor advocates. Highly experienced in appellate criminal proceedings. Frequently acts for vulnerable clients, including a notable focus on representing juvenile offenders. Recent work includes high-profile terrorism and murder cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've kept the flag flying for giving their clients the best, whoever they are."

"They have a clear house style. There is a dedication to the client and a conscientious professionalism. There is real care for the client's welfare and the outcome of the case."

Work highlights Defended one of five men accused of gun and ammunition supply. The client was the only defendant successfully acquitted after trial.

Successfully defended a client charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Notable practitioners  

Greg Stewart is experienced in all areas of serious crime, including murder and sexual abuse cases. He is also recognised for his expertise in criminal appellate work. Sources describe him as "an experienced and inspirational solicitor who has an understanding of the overall strategic decisions in a case and faultless tactical judgement."

Melanie Krudy is particularly lauded for her skilful advocacy, as one peer describes: "When I see her on a case, I immediately feel a sense of authority and judgement. She knows what she's doing." She regularly represents clients charged with grave offences, including murder and serious assault.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established criminal team fielding impressive depth in high-profile, serious cases. Acts for clients such as high-profile individuals in historic sexual assault cases and charges of misconduct in public offices. Also frequently handles drug importation cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very good, niche practice."  

Notable practitioners  

Experienced criminal practitioner Robert Berg is highly respected for his handling of serious crime work. Impressed interviewees highlight his strong advocacy skills and describe him as "animated, enthusiastic and streetwise."

"Standout" lawyer David Janes is well known for his expertise in assisting those involved in criminal investigations. Market commentators highlight his experience in complex criminal work and his strong strategic approach.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Respected criminal defence team that covers the full spectrum of serious charges, including murder, drug and sexual offences. Notable expertise in road traffic charges. Fields particular experience in acting for fire brigade and rail union members, as well as private individuals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 
"I would recommend Powell Spencer for crime work."

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Greg Powell is described as a "fantastic lawyer" by sources. He comes recommended for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes a notable focus on politically complex cases and terrorism charges. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with extensive experience managing high-profile cases. Regularly acts on murder and drugs supply charges, while maintaining a strong focus on sexual offence work. Growing expertise in representing clients with mental health issues and brain injuries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have excellent strength in depth, from partner level to new associates. It is refreshing to see a firm invest in new talent and maintain the highest standards in the current legal market."

"Extraordinarily good service."  

Work highlights Represented Lord Janner in multiple historic sexual abuse allegations prior to his death in December 2015.

Advised an individual charged with involvement in an alleged multi-handed conspiracy to sell firearms and ammunition. The client was acquitted of the ammunition charge.

Notable practitioners  

According to impressed interviewees, Jae Carwardine has a "fantastic strategic brain and is a first-class litigator." She is particularly renowned for her "very strong grasp" of serious criminal cases and frequently acts for high-profile individuals charged with murder, sex crimes and drug offences.

Nicola O'Connor handles a broad range of criminal cases, including sexual offence charges and child assault. She is also highlighted for her representation of vulnerable individuals. Sources commend her "wonderful way with clients" and "enviable rate of success."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist criminal defence practice that is well-versed in complex, high-profile proceedings such as misconduct in public office cases. Offers expert experience in representing private clients accused of serious crimes such as murder and sexual offences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are able to provide a bespoke personal service and therefore quality representation to a wide range of clients."

"A very impressive firm that goes from strength to strength each year."

Work highlights Acted for the alleged head of an organised crime group on a multi-handed case of conspiracy to import cocaine and cannabis.

Represented a client charged with conspiracy to assist an offender evading capture for a double murder charge. The CPS offered no evidence midway through the retrial, the first trial having ended in a hung jury.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Bowen is highly experienced in representing individuals charged across wide-ranging complex criminal matters, including rape and homicide cases. Commentators highlight his strong client care skills, stating: "He is very conscientious and great with clients. I have no hesitation in recommending him as he gives a Rolls-Royce service."  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expanding criminal defence group that maintains a broad client roster, including media entities and high-profile individuals. Recommended for its experience in complex appellate and advisory work. Strong sexual offence practice includes increasing activity in cybercrime matters such as revenge porn.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A fantastic firm." 

"They are superb. The experience they've got is unique in terms of the defence side."

Work highlights Successfully defended DJ Neil Fox against allegations of historical and more recent sexual misconduct.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Burton regularly acts for well-known individuals charged with the most serious criminal offences, offering particular expertise in historic sexual abuse cases. He is held in high regard as an "absolutely huge hitter in the profession" who is "very sought after by clients and very impressive."  

Pamela Reddy is well versed in all areas of complex crime, acting for individuals accused of sexual assault, perjury and cybercrimes, among others. One client states:"She's obviously unbelievably knowledgeable and professional, but she's also got that warming touch in that she's approachable." 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong criminal firm that maintains a specialist approach to wide-ranging cases, including murder, sexual offences and terrorism charges. Fields extensive expertise in Crown Court, Magistrates' Court and police station work.

Notable practitioners  

Impressed sources describe Tim Walker as "a very clever man with terrific judgement" who "has the capacity to get on top of a case and identify the issues very quickly." He frequently acts on serious crime cases, offering extensive experience in homicide charges.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected criminal practice with a strong reputation for advising on high-profile proceedings involving political entities and individuals such as senior police figures. Also noted for its handling of historic and recent serious sexual offence charges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A strong team of lawyers who conduct their work to a very high standard."

"They are first-class litigators. They don't do a short-term job or a quick turnover; they actually pay attention to a case and prepare properly."

Notable practitioners  

The "unflappable" Robert Dynowski draws praise for his handling of broad-ranging criminal cases. He is particularly noted for his work on criminal investigations involving professional and public bodies. Interviewees describe him as "approachable and highly efficient."  

Rakesh Bhasin is described by one impressed source as "one of the best and most versatile solicitors I know, whose ability with both client care and case management is first-class." He often handles grave and complex criminal matters, drawing on particular expertise in cases involving serious violence and sexual offences.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated criminal defence boutique noted for its expert handling of serious crime cases, including murder, armed robbery and FGM charges. Growing expertise in complex cybercrime work. Acts for both privately funded and legal aid clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are always courteous and ready to help." 

"It's a really good criminal outfit."  

Work highlights Represented one of the defendants on trial for the high-profile Hatton Garden burglary.

Continued to act for an individual facing accusations of murder and escape from custody, as well as acting on the appeal of a previous conviction for drug crimes.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees describe Bambos Tsiattalou as a "passionate and committed defender" who "has outstanding dedication to his clients and treats every case as if it is his only priority." He focuses on serious criminal charges, including armed robbery and drug offences.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing criminal defence team with notable experience in complex and serious cases such as murder, rape and child sexual offences. Also recognised for its representation of medical and dental practitioners charged with criminal activity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their key strengths are their client care, integrity, willingness to go the extra mile, dedication and teamwork."

"They were exceptionally good - they met all of my requirements and expectations."

Notable practitioners  

Bernard Huber is an expert advocate whose practice includes complex criminal cases such as murder and drug importations, as well as organised crime matters. Sources describe him as "thoroughly committed to his client," adding: "He has great judgement and will always go the extra mile to get the job done."

Shaun Murphy is described as "an excellent advocate, with a wealth of expertise across a broad range of criminal cases." He draws particular praise for his handling of jury trials, fielding recent experience in high-profile murder cases. He is also noted for his representation of medical professionals. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong criminal practice experienced in acting on high-profile, serious cases. Frequently deals with heavyweight criminal charges, including murder, sexual offences and GBH. Also regularly advises on criminal offences relating to immigration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I found the team at Freemans to be professional and efficient at every level."

"Their lawyers are committed and prepared to go the extra mile to get things done, and to comply with court deadlines and orders."

Notable practitioners 

Experienced litigator Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is well-versed in representing individuals accused of serious offences, including sex crimes and murder. Interviewees commend her "enormous commitment in terms of both client care and effective preparation of defence."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Boutique criminal practice experienced in dealing with wide-ranging serious cases. Noted for its defence of high-profile individuals charged with crimes such as sexual assault as well as those accused of organised crime offences. Also recommended for its significant appellate expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They consistently achieve results for their clients which would be beyond the expectation of a less diligent or talented team."

"Very impressive, very professional and well organised, with good judgement."

Work highlights Represented a client accused of murdering his father following a lifetime of abuse. The Crown accepted a plea to manslaughter on the basis of loss of control following a hung jury in the initial murder trial.  

Notable practitioners  

The "phenomenally intelligent" Peter Hughman stands out for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes particular expertise in appellate litigation. He is highly respected by market observers, as one source notes: "He is the doyen of criminal solicitors and has exceptional judgement and integrity."

Lee Adams is described by sources as "an exceptional solicitor, able to win the confidence and respect of clients while remaining on top of every piece of detail on a case, however complex." He frequently deals with highly complex criminal cases, including gang-related offences, armed robbery and drugs charges.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded serious crime practice that acts for legal aid and privately funded clients on highly complex cases. Expertise includes murder, child cruelty and terrorism charges. Fields a strong group of advocates with long-standing criminal defence experience.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced advocate Imran Khan frequently acts on heavyweight criminal cases, offering significant expertise in terrorism charges and homicide. He is described as an "outstanding" lawyer and draws praise for his adept handling of particularly complex cases.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected firm that frequently handles cases of significant political sensitivity, drawing on notable expertise in human rights law. Extensive experience in cross-border matters such as complex terrorism charges, as well as acting on domestic charges such as gang-related crime and homicide.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a fantastic firm with a very high standard of work."

Work highlights Acted for an individual charged with murdering an elderly woman in her garden. The client was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity.  

Represented a former solicitor accused of perverting the course of justice. The defendant was acquitted.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Natas is an experienced advocate who acts across a wide array of serious criminal cases, ranging from murder to public order offences. He is also particularly recommended for his expertise in joint enterprise cases, drawing praise for his "vast understanding of the law."

The "fantastic" Tayab Ali stands out for his handling of complex criminal disputes. He is frequently instructed in matters such as terrorism and manslaughter cases, fielding significant expertise in politically sensitive and cross-border work.

Nadeem Thanvi is increasingly recognised for his work in criminal litigation, acting on cases involving offences such as assault, murder and rape. Interviewees are quick to praise his client-centric perspective, describing him as "very approachable."

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From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Strong group of experienced criminal litigators, highlighted for their representation of privately funded and legal aid clients. Wide-ranging expertise includes sexual offences, cybercrime, motoring offences and firearms cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

'They are holding their own and shining through.' 

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Lewis is a key contact.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its expert serious crime practice and notable cross-border strength. Maintains an impressive roster of high-profile individual clients, including those from the political sphere. Also highlighted for its frequent instructions in private prosecutions and increasing handling of cybercrime cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Peters and Peters is unique. Not only does it have strength and depth at every level, but it also manages to combine outstanding corporate efficiency with exceptional professional and personal client care."

"Very impressive. They are good to work with, responsive and strategic."

Work highlights Defended a former lawyer against human trafficking and fraud claims initiated by the former managing director of Leeds United FC in a private prosecution. The summons was dismissed and costs were recovered.  

Notable practitioners  

Michael O'Kane is a key contact.

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Eminent Practitioner

Powell Spencer & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing partner Greg Powell is described as a "fantastic lawyer" by sources. He comes recommended for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes a notable focus on politically complex cases and terrorism charges. 

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Star Individuals

Birds Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

"Star performer" Steven Bird is held in high esteem as a "leading criminal lawyer." Market commentators praise his "phenomenally good" practice, which includes a notable focus on serious criminal cases such as sexual offences and murder charges.

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Star Individuals

Corker Binning

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Brown is considered to be an "absolutely first-class solicitor" with a "phenomenal criminal practice" by market observers. He is particularly well known for his defence of high-profile figures charged in serious criminal matters, and is described by one source as "the master of client management and a pleasure to deal with." 

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Star Individuals

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

From the Chambers UK guide

Edward Preston attracts extensive praise for his handling of high-stakes criminal cases, offering first-class experience in gang-related and firearms charges. According to one commentator, "his thorough understanding of each case is combined with a full understanding of the law, an ability to imagine novel approaches and an unfailing will to secure the best result."

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

According to impressed interviewees, Jae Carwardine has a "fantastic strategic brain and is a first-class litigator." She is particularly renowned for her "very strong grasp" of serious criminal cases and frequently acts for high-profile individuals charged with murder, sex crimes and drug offences.

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Egan is highly regarded for his "real passion for cases" and "natural feel for how a case can be won." He is noted for his representation of individuals charged with highly serious offences such as terrorism charges and murder. According to one source, he is "an absolutely first-class solicitor with very good judgement and instincts."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to interviewees, John Harding's "experience and judgement stand out," as does his "excellent client care." He draws on market-leading expertise in defending against serious charges such as child abuse and sexual assault, and frequently acts for high-profile individuals.

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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Harris is held out as a leading serious crime practitioner who draws particular praise for his "incredible commitment" to legal aid work. One source states: "He inspires great confidence by combining a practical, user-friendly approach with a wealth of experience, sound judgement, technical expertise and tactical nous."

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Haslam is particularly noted for his expert representation of high-profile individuals facing a range of serious charges, as well as his top-level motoring offence practice. One source states: "In relation to crime, he would be at the top of the list I go to in that sphere. He has great tactical nous and a great ability to communicate with the other side."

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Jim Meyer acts on a wide range of heavyweight criminal cases, attracting particular praise for his expertise in cybercrime issues. One commentator highlights his "great depth of knowledge," adding: "I cant speak highly enough of him, both in terms of procedure and dedication to the cause. He's done it all and more."

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Class act" Paul Morris is highly praised for his extensive criminal defence knowledge. He frequently represents high-profile individuals, including those charged with historic and current sexual abuse offences. According to interviewees, he "provides a first-class quality service to his clients with no stone left unturned in the preparation of their case. Every client is made to feel that they are his only client."

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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Serious crime expert Nigel Richardson attracts significant acclaim for his "encyclopaedic knowledge" of historic and current sexual offence work. Market commentators state: "He is calm and reassuring with clients, very good at putting them at ease and helping them feel confident."

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Schwarz attracts significant praise for his "pre-eminent" expertise in politically sensitive criminal cases and his "encyclopaedic knowledge" of protest-related charges. His broad criminal practice also includes a notable focus on charges arising from undercover policing work.

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

"Top criminal practitioner" Philip Smith comes recommended for his representation of private clients in high-stakes criminal cases. Clients describe him as "highly intelligent, highly skilled and much more than just a criminal solicitor - he was the complete lawyer in many ways."

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Blackfords LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Serious crime head Gary Bloxsome regularly acts on high-profile cases involving charges such as murder, terrorism and sexual assault. He comes highly recommended as a "very thorough and committed solicitor" who has "great rapport with clients."

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Burton regularly acts for well-known individuals charged with the most serious criminal offences, offering particular expertise in historic sexual abuse cases. He is held in high regard as an "absolutely huge hitter in the profession" who is "very sought after by clients and very impressive."  

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TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Edwards comes highly recommended for his long-standing criminal defence practice. Market commentators state that he is "very strong in all areas," highlighting his "ability to see relevant details and points within a mass of material," as well as his client care skills.

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Glass maintains a broad criminal practice, acting across an impressive range of high-profile cases. Interviewees label her an "outstanding" lawyer who is "incredibly good at what she does."

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Hickman is praised for her dedicated approach to client care and is described as "the sort of person you want on your side." She is well known for her strong appellate practice, particularly in matters involving miscarriages of justice. According to interviewees, she is an "incredibly committed" lawyer who "never gives up."

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Hubbard is well versed in defending against serious and complex charges, including sexual offences and grievous bodily harm. One impressed source states: "She is, in my view, the best solicitor for general crime out there," adding: "Her client management skills are second to none and her knowledge of law is exceptional."

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Hughmans

From the Chambers UK guide

The "phenomenally intelligent" Peter Hughman stands out for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes particular expertise in appellate litigation. He is highly respected by market observers, as one source notes: "He is the doyen of criminal solicitors and has exceptional judgement and integrity."

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Imran Khan & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Experienced advocate Imran Khan frequently acts on heavyweight criminal cases, offering significant expertise in terrorism charges and homicide. He is described as an "outstanding" lawyer and draws praise for his adept handling of particularly complex cases.

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ellen Peart is described as a "secret weapon" who "inspires total confidence from her clients" and is a "phenomenal team player." She comes highly recommended for her expert representation of high-profile clients, particularly those facing serious sexual and violent offence charges.

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Birnberg Peirce & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Peirce stands out for her leading expertise in criminal cases involving terrorism and human rights issues. Market observers describe her as "an institution" in the market, noting that she is "hugely able."

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Shaw Graham Kersh

From the Chambers UK guide

Raymond Shaw comes highly recommended by market observers, who cite his dedication to client care and handling of complex cases. He is well versed in the representation of individuals charged with a broad range of criminal offences.

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GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

From the Chambers UK guide

Greg Stewart is experienced in all areas of serious crime, including murder and sexual abuse cases. He is also recognised for his expertise in criminal appellate work. Sources describe him as "an experienced and inspirational solicitor who has an understanding of the overall strategic decisions in a case and faultless tactical judgement."

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Stokoe Partnership Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees describe Bambos Tsiattalou as a "passionate and committed defender" who "has outstanding dedication to his clients and treats every case as if it is his only priority." He focuses on serious criminal charges, including armed robbery and drug offences.

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Sonn Macmillan Walker

From the Chambers UK guide

Impressed sources describe Tim Walker as "a very clever man with terrific judgement" who "has the capacity to get on top of a case and identify the issues very quickly." He frequently acts on serious crime cases, offering extensive experience in homicide charges.

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Murrays Partnership

From the Chambers UK guide

Grant Ambridge of Murrays Partnership is highly respected for his criminal defence practice, which includes acting on murder, robbery and organised crime charges. Market sources praise his "very practical approach to cases" and describe him as "very good with clients."  

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TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Ashford stands out for his expertise in serious criminal cases involving juvenile defendants, including those facing murder charges. Sources describe him as "the doyen of youth work," adding: "He is very good with clients and is totally dedicated."

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Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Beardsworth of Brown Rudnick LLP specialises in the defence of privately funded clients charged with serious criminal offences. One interviewee describes him as a "class act," adding: "He has a great overview of a case, gets right to the heart of it and is brilliant at dealing with clients."

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Janes Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Experienced criminal practitioner Robert Berg is highly respected for his handling of serious crime work. Impressed interviewees highlight his strong advocacy skills and describe him as "animated, enthusiastic and streetwise."

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Steel & Shamash

From the Chambers UK guide

Rakesh Bhasin is described by one impressed source as "one of the best and most versatile solicitors I know, whose ability with both client care and case management is first-class." He often handles grave and complex criminal matters, drawing on particular expertise in cases involving serious violence and sexual offences.

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Shearman Bowen & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Bowen is highly experienced in representing individuals charged across wide-ranging complex criminal matters, including rape and homicide cases. Commentators highlight his strong client care skills, stating: "He is very conscientious and great with clients. I have no hesitation in recommending him as he gives a Rolls-Royce service."  

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Brett Wilson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Brett of Brett Wilson LLP is held in high regard as a "great tactician who looks at the bigger picture - clients have a great deal of confidence in him, and rightly so." He works on a broad range of serious criminal cases, including theft, drugs offences and sexual assault charges.

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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Raj Chada is highly praised for his specialist work on criminal charges resulting from protest matters. He is also commended for his client care skills and "very impressive" advocacy capabilities, as one source notes: "Clients adore Raj, and he has a great way about him in court."

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Ross Dixon is highlighted for his experience in representing professionals charged with wide-ranging crimes, including sexual assault. One interviewee describes him as "absolutely fantastic in all aspects," adding: "He went out of his way to instil confidence."

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Blackfords LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing partner Trevor Francis is described as "a very strong solicitor" who is "calm, unflappable and has wise opinions." He maintains a notable reputation for his serious crime practice, advising on challenging cases such as drug importation and stalking charges. 

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Shaw Graham Kersh

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Graham undertakes wide-ranging cases involving serious criminal charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit terror offences and rape. Interviewees praise his approach to matters, describing him as "very good with clients, very professional and astute."

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Birds Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Timothy Greene offers long-standing experience across a range of criminal cases, fielding notable strength in defending members of animal rights groups across the UK. He is also recommended for his expertise in areas such as terrorism and armed robbery charges. 

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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

From the Chambers UK guide

Shila Keshvari comes highly recommended for the "incredible results" she achieves in complex cases, as well as her "stacks of experience in all caseloads across the spectrum." One interviewee describes her as "one of the most client-friendly solicitors I've ever met." She is particularly noted for her experience of serious gang-related cases.

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Henry Milner & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Henry Milner is the founder of Henry Milner & Co and comes recommended for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes handling serious charges such as organised crime and murder. Interviewees particularly highlight his attention to detail, noting: "He doesn't just go through the motions; he actually looks at a case really carefully to see what input he can have."

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Natas is an experienced advocate who acts across a wide array of serious criminal cases, ranging from murder to public order offences. He is also particularly recommended for his expertise in joint enterprise cases, drawing praise for his "vast understanding of the law."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sandra Paul regularly acts on highly complex criminal cases, including those involving allegations of sexual assault and child abuse. Sources describe her as "a delight to work with as she is always exceptionally well prepared," while clients highlight her "outstanding" commitment and service.

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Martin Rackstraw is experienced across the breadth of serious crime cases, offering particular expertise in high-profile murders and organised crime issues. He is also noted for his representation of journalists and broadcasters in investigations. He "exudes a quiet authority," according to impressed sources, and "will work all the hours to deliver for his clients."

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Ben Rose is highly experienced in the representation of high net worth individuals and public figures charged with serious criminal offences. Interviewees describe him as "experienced, astute and strategically very sound" while also noting his "excellent client service."

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Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Ryan heads the private crime team at Howard Kennedy LLP and is well versed in defending individuals charged with serious criminal offences, including murder and misconduct in public office. Market observers state: "He is extremely hard-working, incisive and gets a very good feel for a case. He is a truly outstanding solicitor."

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Saunders Law Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

James Saunders is a "hugely experienced" criminal expert based at Saunders Law Limited. His practice spans a broad range of serious charges and includes recent experience in phone hacking cases and the recent undercover policing inquiry chaired by Sir Christopher Pitchford.

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to one source, Katie Wheatley is among the "Premier League of criminal solicitors in London" due to her "first-rate skills." She is particularly experienced in high-profile, privately funded criminal cases. According to clients, she has "a thorough understanding not only of the letter of the law and how it works in practice, but, crucially, the way in which the police and CPS approach allegations."

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

The "incredibly clever and intuitive" Jenny Wiltshire frequently acts for high-profile individuals, often defending against sexual assault charges. She is also recognised for her expertise in 'baby-shaking' cases. Commentators state that she is "completely devoted to her work and will go that extra mile for her client."

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Hughmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Lee Adams is described by sources as "an exceptional solicitor, able to win the confidence and respect of clients while remaining on top of every piece of detail on a case, however complex." He frequently deals with highly complex criminal cases, including gang-related offences, armed robbery and drugs charges.

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Tayab Ali stands out for his handling of complex criminal disputes. He is frequently instructed in matters such as terrorism and manslaughter cases, fielding significant expertise in politically sensitive and cross-border work.

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BSB Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Black of BSB Solicitors is held in high regard for his "very experienced, hard-working, client-based and client-oriented" approach and is described as "amongst the best defence solicitors around." He works on wide-ranging criminal cases, including homicide charges and high-value drug conspiracies.

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Steel & Shamash

From the Chambers UK guide

The "unflappable" Robert Dynowski draws praise for his handling of broad-ranging criminal cases. He is particularly noted for his work on criminal investigations involving professional and public bodies. Interviewees describe him as "approachable and highly efficient."  

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kate Goold frequently acts for high-profile individuals in complex criminal cases, including her recent representation of David Miranda and Paul Gambaccini. Sources describe her as an "incredibly impressive solicitor" who is "sensitive, careful and thoughtful."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Grimes maintains an impressive serious crime caseload, fielding particular expertise in criminal matters relating to military action. Sources describe him as "incredibly committed," adding: "You would feel very reassured if you were a client and Jonathan was supervising."

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Edwards Duthie

From the Chambers UK guide

Bernard Huber is an expert advocate whose practice includes complex criminal cases such as murder and drug importations, as well as organised crime matters. Sources describe him as "thoroughly committed to his client," adding: "He has great judgement and will always go the extra mile to get the job done."

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Janes Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

"Standout" lawyer David Janes is well known for his expertise in assisting those involved in criminal investigations. Market commentators highlight his experience in complex criminal work and his strong strategic approach.

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Freemans Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Experienced litigator Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is well-versed in representing individuals accused of serious offences, including sex crimes and murder. Interviewees commend her "enormous commitment in terms of both client care and effective preparation of defence."

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GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

From the Chambers UK guide

Melanie Krudy is particularly lauded for her skilful advocacy, as one peer describes: "When I see her on a case, I immediately feel a sense of authority and judgement. She knows what she's doing." She regularly represents clients charged with grave offences, including murder and serious assault.

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Private client expert Sarnjit Lal regularly deals with the most serious criminal offences, including murder and domestic slavery cases. She is highly praised for her client care skills and is described by one source as "tremendously responsive, empathetic and a tremendously hard-working practitioner."

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Edwards Duthie

From the Chambers UK guide

Shaun Murphy is described as "an excellent advocate, with a wealth of expertise across a broad range of criminal cases." He draws particular praise for his handling of jury trials, fielding recent experience in high-profile murder cases. He is also noted for his representation of medical professionals. 

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola O'Connor handles a broad range of criminal cases, including sexual offence charges and child assault. She is also highlighted for her representation of vulnerable individuals. Sources commend her "wonderful way with clients" and "enviable rate of success."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very able" Stephen Parkinson is recognised for his handling of highly sensitive criminal allegations, including those involving complex public law issues. He is also highlighted for his representation of high-profile individuals.

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TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Farhana Rahman-Cook is highlighted for her heavyweight serious crime practice, which includes notable expertise in acting for vulnerable clients. Interviewees highlight her "outstanding client skills" and describe her as "realistic and very savvy."

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

Pamela Reddy is well versed in all areas of complex crime, acting for individuals accused of sexual assault, perjury and cybercrimes, among others. One client states:"She's obviously unbelievably knowledgeable and professional, but she's also got that warming touch in that she's approachable." 

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Nadeem Thanvi is increasingly recognised for his work in criminal litigation, acting on cases involving offences such as assault, murder and rape. Interviewees are quick to praise his client-centric perspective, describing him as "very approachable."

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Up and Coming

Corker Binning

From the Chambers UK guide

Jessica Parker is highlighted for her expert representation of clients charged with serious criminal offences. Interviewees commend her "phenomenally hard-working" approach and describe her as "outstanding, pragmatic and personable."

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Up and Coming

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Sleight acts across an impressive range of criminal matters and is praised for his defence of high-profile individuals facing charges such as sexual assault and drug use. One interviewee states: "He is wonderful with clients, knowledgeable on the law and a very calming influence. He will immediately put everyone involved in the case at ease."

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Star Associate

Commons Law CIC

From the Chambers UK guide

In April 2017 Rhona Friedman co-founded the not-for-profit firm Commons Law CIC. She was formerly at Bindmans, where she acted on an impressively varied caseload of serious crime work, including terrorism and homicide charges. She draws particular praise for her handling of historic miscarriage of justice cases. Interviewees state that she is "absolutely fantastic and incredibly committed."

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Associates to watch

BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Omar Khan is increasingly recognised for his expert defence of those charged with serious criminal offences, offering particular experience in high-profile sexual abuse cases. Market observers state that he is "fantastic with clients," and describe him as "realistic, strategically switched-on and wonderfully organised."

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Associates to watch

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jude Lanchin is highly regarded for the "good insight, good instincts and great judgement" she brings to her criminal defence practice. She acts for both legal aid and private clients, frequently acting on serious cases involving charges of drug importation, murder and arson.

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Associates to watch

Bivonas Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Carl Newman of Bivonas Law comes highly recommended for his representation of private and legal aid clients facing serious criminal charges, including allegations of terrorism and murder. His client care is particularly commended, as one source notes: "His engagement and empathy with clients is unrivalled yet he retains that professional detachment and objectivity."

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