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BCL Solicitors LLP - Crime

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Commentary 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. Advice covers a wide range of serious and general criminal charges, including sexual offences, drug trafficking and violent crimes. Also offers expert representation to corporate entities.

Strengths One source says: "Their crime team is the most complete I have ever encountered and they select counsel for specific cases. This thoughtful approach means that their success rate is unparalleled in stopping prosecutions at the earliest stage or ultimately securing a 'not guilty' verdict.Their attention to detail is superior and their selection of solicitors is case-specific, so clients are placed in the best position from day one."

Work highlights Defended Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson against allegations of sexual grooming and activity with a child under 16 years old, successfully obtaining an acquittal of the most serious charge.

Acted for Sir Cliff Richard in a high-profile investigation into allegations of historical sex offences, a case which raised questions as to the role of the police and the media, and the legitimacy of a raid on the defendant's home.

Significant clients Paul Beaman, Jeremy Gilley.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Mark Haslam is "reactive and has a personality that puts clients at ease very quickly, which is so important for criminal work." He offers clients the benefit of his deep criminal defence experience, particularly in the sports sector.

Paul Morris "knows the procedures, statutes and regulations inside out," can "give clear, concise advice on the spot" and is "also very amiable and excellent with clients," sources comment. He provides counsel to businesses, individuals and witnesses alike.

Rachel Hubbard "is meticulous in her case preparation, provides incredible support for her clients and always goes the extra mile," one source says. She is regularly called upon to assist professionals, whether suspects, defendants or witnesses.

The "calm and reassuring" Ellen Peart is "fantastic on client care," according to sources who add that she "understands and anticipates their needs." She has a wide ranging criminal practice, which includes appeals work. Commentators say that she is "formidable, yet retains a sensitive, human touch."

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Bindmans LLP - Crime

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Commentary 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. Increasing focus on miscarriage of justice cases.

Strengths Sources say: "Bindmans are first class: they have meticulous preparation and the highest level of client care. Their support structure, in terms of staff to deal with the workload of large cases, is excellent. Bindmans thoroughly deserve their stellar reputation."

"They're a really strong firm doing a wide range of criminal work. They really leave no stone unturned, and their client care is fantastic," explains one commentator.

Work highlights Acted for BBC radio DJ and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini in relation to allegations of historical sexual assault under Operation Yewtree. After an investigation of nearly 12 months, the police took no further action and a new 28-day bail limit was proposed, which took effect in April 2017.

Represented TV personality Douglas Richard against allegations of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl, securing acquittal.

Notable practitioners

Department head Michael Schwarz is noted for his expertise in handling a wide variety of criminal matters, especially those with protest or undercover policing aspects. Market sources highlight his ability to "manage all the issues in very complicated cases that involve many parties."

Kate Goold attracts praise for her success in handling high-profile criminal and extradition matters. One client says: "Kate Goold is an exceptional talent, who helped me get through one of the most trying periods of my life."

Martin Rackstraw is highlighted for his ability to handle serious criminal matters, including homicide and sexual assault. Sources describe him as "intelligent and thoughtful when it comes to problem-solving and application of the law" as well as "very skilled at managing long-running cases and building strong relationships with clients."

Jude Lanchin's practice includes both private and legal aid defence for serious criminal matters. Sources say: "She is second-to-none in client care and has a really good instinct for what matters in the case."

Katie Wheatley undertakes a broad range of complex criminal matters, often representing high-profile clients. One source says: "One of Katie's strengths was judging at what level to pitch advice and what knowledge could be assumed. She was impeccably thorough and, with people who were not legally qualified, very good at putting them at ease and explaining the legal issues."

Department profile by Bindmans LLP

Bindmans is at the forefront of criminal defence work, constantly deploying ground-breaking legal, human rights and public interest arguments and scientific evidence on behalf of our clients. We have been a leader in this field for over 40 years and our approach to criminal defence work has meant that Bindmans has successfully shaped some of the most celebrated criminal cases in recent history.

Our Criminal Law Team’s reputation is based on our experience of working on the following types of cases:

  1. Very serious crime, particularly murder and homicide, 
  2. Fraud,
  3. Extradition,
  4. Terrorist cases,
  5. Sexual offences, including historic allegations,
  6. Public order and political protest cases, 
  7. Defending high profile individuals, such as politicians and other “professional” clients in relation to criminal allegations,
  8. Representing journalists and media organisations.
  9. Appeals and miscarriage of justice cases, particularly involving allegations of police misconduct and corruption.

In all cases we are known for vigorously promoting our clients’ interests, particularly drawing on our expertise in human rights.

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Many of our cases span different jurisdictions and we work closely with lawyers and experts abroad, and with the firm’s Immigration Law experts where necessary. A particular emphasis of our work is on human rights aspects to cases such as the right to a fair trial (Article 6), freedom of expression (Article 10) and the right to protest (Article 11) of the European Convention on Human Rights.


Corker Binning - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 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. Often acts in high-profile, politically sensitive cases.

Strengths Sources report: "Real rigour is applied to the strengths and weaknesses of the case and sensible advice is always given. The firm's client focus is second to none."

One market commentator adds: "I think they are among the top few 'big hitter' firms for private crime, and are among the few I would recommend to anyone who needed representation. They give their clients a top-notch service and are prepared to go the extra mile."

Work highlights Represented Russian political dissident Vladimir Bukovsky against charges of making and possession of indecent images of children, allegations which the defendant claims may have been made by Russian state actors for political reasons.

Acted for a former member of 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment, accused of murder and attempted murder during the events of 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland.

Notable practitioners

Robert Brown has experience advising clients on the most serious of violent and sexual criminal charges, and often represents foreign nationals in UK proceedings. Sources say: "He takes a client-focused approach" and is "exceptionally personable," and also highlight his "assiduous" approach.

Sources say Jessica Parker is "very hard working and committed to her clients." She advises clients on a range of general and serious criminal offences. One source comments: "She is a class act: measured, practical and highly intelligent."

Department profile by Corker Binning

Corker Binning handles top level financial crime work of all types, including fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, extradition and mutual legal assistance, export control, sanctions and international investigations, including investigations/prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA and NCA (including joint investigations with foreign bodies).

The firm has an exceptional record and have acted in all of the SFO’s most significant investigations including Tesco, Libor, Euribor, FX, Barclays/Qatar, Rolls Royce, Unaoil, Tata Steel, Bank of England liquidity auctions, Glaxo Smith Kline, Alstom and G4S.

Corker Binning recently represented Philip Clarke, the former CEO of Tesco, in the high profile SFO investigation into his alleged role in the £263 million black hole discovered in Tesco’s accounts in 2014. The firm represented Mr Clarke from the start of the SFO investigation onwards, in which no charges were brought.  

Corker Binning has a deservedly high reputation in financial crime work, having achieved this within a relatively short space of time due to the team’s considerable expertise in this area.

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Much of Corker Binning’s criminal work is international in nature. Partner Robert Brown is Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association, and has particular knowledge and expertise of Russia. He acted in numerous extradition cases, particularly involving Russia but in many other jurisdictions.  

Robert was first instructed in connection with Russian criminal proceedings in the early 1990’s when he defended Captain Alexander Nikitin, a former Commander of Russian Nuclear Submarines in the Baltic Fleet. Nikitin was charged with espionage and high treason, although eventually acquitted. Since then, Robert has often been called upon to deal with issues of English and Russian law. He has collaborated with Russian lawyers in England on a variety of cases and has worked with Russian lawyers on many projects in St Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Samara and Novosibirsk. More recently h acted for Kieron Byron, Videographer on board the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise when it was seized on the high sea by Russian Special Forces.


Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson - Crime

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Commentary 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. Handles matters ranging from large-scale drug supply cases to firearms offences and murder charges. Also renowned for its experience in youth crime.

Strengths Sources say: "The firm's principal strength is their diligence and application to the preparation of cases."

Another adds: "They are really knowledgeable and efficient. They are very well respected by local police forces. They are formidable adversaries."

Notable practitioners

The "very prominent" Paul Harris is "extraordinarily hard working, diligent, focused and not fazed by the seriousness of the case," according to sources. He has experience advising on serious firearm and drug supply cases.

Edward Preston has "fantastically sound judgement" and "gets the shape of the case right very early on," according to commentators. His criminal practice covers serious charges ranging from burglary to drug supply and murder.

Sources say Shila Keshvari "goes above and beyond reasonable expectations" and is "extremely committed to providing a quality and bespoke service." She regularly works on serious crime matters, including drug supply and homicide cases.

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Hickman & Rose - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 2 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. Also undertakes a number of miscarriage of justice cases on a pro bono basis.

Strengths One client says: "They kept me updated at every level" and "the compassion shown to someone who was on totally alien ground was immeasurable."

Clients note: "They treated us as part of their team" and "the service they provided was of the highest standards in every aspect."

Work highlights Acted for Hugh Doyle, a defendant in the Hatton Garden burglary trial, against allegations of conspiracy to burgle and launder the proceeds of the crime, as well as a later charge of money laundering.

Advised a defendant in relation to an alleged joint enterprise stabbing, in which the prosecution contended that a member of a rival drug gang was fatally attacked by multiple assailants.

Notable practitioners

Jenny Wiltshire "is incredibly bright, hard working and committed to her clients" and has "an amazing capacity for taking on detail and remembering it," sources observe. She has a strong track record in murder and manslaughter cases. One source comments: "If I were being represented by Jenny, I would know that everything possible was being done for me."

Sources say that Ross Dixon "has that mixture of experience and friendliness that puts clients at ease." He handles a range of criminal cases, with a particular focus on the representation of professionals.

Jane Hickman has significant experience in criminal law. She serves as a consultant on criminal cases and complex appellate matters.

Associate Peter Csemiczky is tipped by a number of sources as a rising star in the criminal defence world. One commentator says: "He is very client-orientated and nothing is too much trouble. He is very hard working and dedicated, and prepares cases to within an inch of their lives."

Ben Rose "is very bright and strong technically, and has the gravitas you need" for criminal defence work, according to sources. He is sought out by high net worth individuals and those in the public eye to advise on a range of serious criminal charges.

Department profile by Hickman & Rose

The general crime team undertakes a wide range of work for private clients facing criminal investigation or trial. Its members are all experienced criminal lawyers with specialist skills in a range of areas.
Clients are drawn mainly from the entertainment industry, politics, high net worth families, financial service workers and other professions. An important aspect of its work is protecting clients’ reputation and privacy. The team has expertise in the most complex and difficult criminal cases, and have skills in managing forensic investigation, particularly important in the cases we do in defending parents and health professionals accused of injuring infants in situations such as the notorious ‘baby-shaking’ prosecutions. It is also leading the way in challenging the viability of fair trials where clients face historic allegations of sexual abuse.
The team undertakes a small number of high profile publicly funded cases, and acts pro bono for a few select clients who have apparently suffered a miscarriage of justice.
We have also had many successes for clients on minor charges which can derail a client’s marriage, employment or social standing.
The team’s work is informed and supported by our civil litigation teams which are leading specialists in police law, human rights, and public law.
Finally, the team has a well-defined and growing niche in private prosecutions and advice on other remedies for victims and witnesses (which latter category includes journalists).

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 18 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. Also regularly instructed on domestic assault cases.

Strengths Commentators say: "They stand out because of their ability to stop a case before it gets started. Their commitment, preparation and tenacity set them apart."

One client says: "They are a strong firm. Their various departments work in harmony and deliver the same high-quality work."

Work highlights Advised Mazher Mahmood on a charge of perverting the course of justice. The prosecution alleged that he had conspired to change the content of a co-defendant's draft statement.

Secured acquittal of Colonel Kumar Lama of the Royal Nepalese Army in relation to claims that he had tortured Nepalese citizens who were being detained at an army barracks he commanded.

Notable practitioners

John Harding heads the firm's general crime team. He has a wide-ranging criminal practice with experience advising on domestic assault cases and sexual offences. Sources say: "He is a great lawyer with excellent judgement" who "has tons of experience and really cares about what he does."

Clients say that Sandra Paul "is creative, original, alert and has a highly developed intuition combined with a practical, concrete approach." She is adept in the representation of young adults and children facing criminal charges.

Sources say David Sleight is "extremely calm, tactically astute and ferocious in his support of clients." He frequently acts for high net worth individuals such as celebrities, sports stars and executives.

Jonathan Grimes has a broad serious crime practice, with experience in international war crimes cases. He recently led on the defence of Colonel Kumar Lama of the Royal Nepalese Army in respect of claims that he had tortured Nepalese citizens who were being detained at an army barracks.

Edmund Smyth "quickly gains the trust of clients with his sympathetic yet practical and realistic manner," commentators say. Work includes road traffic, firearms and sexual offences.

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Tuckers Solicitors - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Well-known 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 and terrorist offences. Notably active in representing high net worth individuals. Counsels on both criminal defence and prosecution avoidance, across weapons, drug and sexual offence charges.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They are very well known for general crime work, and are a very big player in that area."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Arthur Simpson Kent in defence of charges for multiple murder, in relation to the killing of his wife and their two children.

Represented Alan Smith, the former driver of 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood, in charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Obtained a suspended sentence.

Significant clients Mohibur Rahman, Nathan Wyatt.

Notable practitioners

Richard Egan handles "extremely high-profile work" and is "extremely well respected within the community," one interviewee reports. He has substantial experience advising on murder charges, and recent work also includes hacking and terrorism cases.

Sources say Jim Meyer has "great presence, energy, good judgement and passion, which clients like." He serves as co-head of the serious crime team.

Philip Smith "is a very effective, active and positive," solicitor who "really gets things done," sources say. He co-heads the private client team, and handles privately funded work relating to weapons, drugs and sexual offences.

Sarnjit Lal co-heads the private client team. She focuses on acting for professionals and high net worth individuals.

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Birds Solicitors - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 qualified lawyers

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 like driving offences and public order charges. Also noted for its significant appellate practice.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Steven Bird is "very personable and dedicated, a really nice man as well as a good lawyer," who is "really committed to his clients and causes." He is held in high esteem in the market for his serious crime work.

Market commentators consider Timothy Greene "hugely intelligent and very thorough." He is a qualified Higher Courts advocate with experience handling terrorism, murder and animal rights cases.

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Blackfords LLP - Crime

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Commentary 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. Regularly called upon to advise on organised crime and multi-jurisdictional matters, including immigration offences and people trafficking.

Strengths Interviewees report: "The client always comes first and they seem to never stop thinking about a case. They are not content with trying to win a trial, they always try to win the case at the earliest possible opportunity to reduce client stress."

Work highlights Successfully defended TV personality Kevin O'Sullivan in relation to allegations, subject to great media exposure, that he conducted a homophobic assault whilst on a train.

Acted for Jonathan and Katherine Simpson in relation to allegations that they had breached a restraining order and engaged in stalking.

Notable practitioners

Gary Bloxsome "has enormous experience and is tactically very astute," according to counsel. Others note that he "is a fiercely intelligent and hard working solicitor." His work includes serious crime and terrorism charges.

Trevor Francis is the firm's managing partner. He handles a range of serious and general criminal work, recently advising the lead defendant in the high-profile Hatton Garden burglary.

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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 22 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, including those with mental health issues and autistic spectrum disorders.

Strengths Sources note: "Hodge Jones & Allen are a one-stop shop for criminal defence. They have a good choice of solicitors to offer at different levels of experience and with specialisms in all the major areas."

One client says: "I was given meticulous help in preparing my case and subsequent to my court date. I felt they had a very wide set of experience from which to draw on in advising me."

Work highlights Represented Anthony Dance in response to allegations of ill treatment and assault of inmates at a secure training centre, as investigated in a BBC Panorama documentary.

Assisted Layla Ibrahim in uncovering sufficient evidence to have her case referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. She was convicted of perverting the course of justice after reporting an attack and sexual assault in 2009.

Notable practitioners

Nigel Richardson is particularly experienced advising on sexual offences and obscenity charges. One client comments: "I felt reassured by his deep knowledge, vast experience and brilliant judgement."

Raj Chada is recognised as "an expert on cases with a political dimension." Public order offences are an area of particular focus.

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Who we are: 

At Hodge Jones & Allen, you will find a criminal defence solicitor who acts decisively, who defends your interests proactively and who robustly advises you from a depth of experience in the criminal justice system. We are empathetic, accessible and have a thorough knowledge of the legal process that you are facing. We are a large firm with all the advantages of a niche practice. Representation from Hodge Jones & Allen means that you will form a close relationship with one or two solicitors who can draw on the experience of all their colleagues.

​Our areas of expertise:

  • Serious crime

  • Protest Law

  • Fraud & Business Crime

  • Sexual Offences

  • Youth Crime

  • Working for Private Clients

Hodge Jones & Allen has successfully provided a criminal practice since 1977. Our combined experience covers decades working in the criminal courts to help people. Our team of solicitors has acted in many high profile and ground breaking cases, which include:

R v Chindamo - Murder of headmaster Phillip Lawrence by young gang
R v S (G) - This case extended the ambit of the Obscene Publications Act to cover communication between two individuals in an internet ‘chat-room’
R v LR - We acted in a number of cases from the London riots.

R v V - We represented a well-known soap star accused of racially aggravated public order offence. Acquitted after trial in the magistrates court.
R v P – We represented some of the most well known underground graffiti artists.

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Janes Solicitors - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 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, including high-profile individuals, in historic sexual assault cases and charges of misconduct in public offices. Also handles drug and firearms importation cases as well as motor offences.

Strengths One client says: "Janes were extremely knowledgeable and on hand whenever I felt anxious or had questions. The team, from reception to solicitor to QC, was knowledgeable, polite and considerate."

Another source reports: "The firm goes over and above to ensure that no stone is left unturned, regardless of the scale of the offence or the means of funding. They show exceptional work ethic and commitment to clients."

Work highlights Succeeded in defending a former guitarist for the Tremeloes in relation to a single count of sexual assault dating back to 1968.

Represented Wang Yam in making an application to the Supreme Court to overturn the order of the Central Criminal Court banning the client from presenting evidence heard in secret during his original criminal trial to the ECHR.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees say that Robert Berg "has a good rapport with clients and is a gregarious character, but is also completely dedicated." His casework includes serious sex offences and drug trafficking.

David Janes is praised by one source for his "very acute sense of the case," while a client comments: "He was most understanding throughout the whole business and was very quick to reply to me." His recent work includes acting for high-profile individuals in cases with considerable media exposure.

Department profile by Janes Solicitors

Janes Solicitors is a niche practice based in the heart of Westminster and St James, London. With over 150 years of combined expertise, our formidable and brilliant team of lawyers offer extensive experience covering all areas of serious and general crime.

Janes Solicitors are renowned for our high-profile successes, our combined breadth and depth of knowledge and the exceptional level of service we offer to clients.

We provide specialist advice on all areas of crime from across our team and have a leading a well-earned reputation for achieving excellent results for our clients. We are well regarded by clients and other firms alike.

Our proven track record is evidenced by continued referrals from existing clients and other firms who recognise the firm’s exceptional ability to successfully represent clients.

Led by Robert Berg, Janes Solicitors have a devoted team of highly skilled criminal defence lawyers, with over thirty-five years’ experience defending those facing allegations for all types of serious and general crime including:

  • Drug Offences (Importation, Supply, Exportation and Trafficking)​
  • Cyber Crime​
  • Extradition
  • Firearm Offences
  • Financial Crime
  • Human Trafficking
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Road Traffic Offences
  • Robbery (Inc. Armed Robbery)
  • Sexual Offences
  • Terrorism Offences


If you have an enquiry which is not covered by the above topics or you are unsure about your case, contact us now and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

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Regularly represent clients from across the world including the USA, Middle East, Far East and Asia.  Janes Solicitors have extensive experience in handling cases involving multiple jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, North and South America and across Europe.


Shaw Graham Kersh - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 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. Increasing involvement in terrorism cases relating to Syria.

Strengths Sources say: "They are a powerful and effective firm. They succeed on their reputation and the fact that they care about their clients - for whom they deliver a quality service."

Another comments: "It's a strong and diverse team of lawyers, led by four very able partners. Shaw Graham Kersh continue to represent clients at all levels with the utmost professionalism in both the private and legally aided markets. One of their major strengths is the quality of the solicitors employed, who all have good reputations."

Notable practitioners

Raymond Shaw "brings a thoughtful and creative approach to all he does" and shows "quite a phenomenal level of detail" in case preparation. He has experience representing vulnerable clients facing criminal charges and is praised as "a very good communicator who goes out of his way to explain issues to clients in a way that they understand."

Paul Graham has a wide-ranging practice which sees him advise on charges ranging from sexual offences to terrorism. One source comments: "He is profoundly insightful and has an intuitive feel for a case that is uncanny. A careful and nuanced approach is his stock in trade."

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Birnberg Peirce & Partners - Crime

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Sources say: "They are a first port of call for terror-related work. They're streets ahead of anyone in the field."

Notable practitioners

Gareth Peirce is well known in the market for her specialism in terrorism-related crime and miscarriage of justice cases. Sources agree that she is "fantastically bright" with an "awesome reputation."

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GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 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 in familial homicide cases, with a notable focus on representing juvenile offenders. Recent work includes high-profile terrorism and murder cases. Also active advising clients on charges related to organised crime.

Strengths Commentators note: "It is an extremely well-run team, with impressive litigators and highly efficient support staff. This reflects in the quality of the overall service provided to the client."

Sources say: "They know what they are doing, and they know how to get the best outcome for their clients."

Work highlights Acted for Diana Lank who was prosecuted by the Serious Crime & Professional Standards Directorate, after using the police national computer to find data on an anonymous witness who testified against her son.

Represented Ashley Charles in the judicial review of a CCRC refusal to refer his murder conviction back to the Court of Appeal. He contends that he acted in self defence.

Notable practitioners

Greg Stewart is "an intelligent, knowledgeable and imaginative lawyer" who is "invaluable in his legal and tactical contributions," sources say. He is well regarded for youth justice matters and has a particular focus on appeals work.

Melanie Krudy "has a real fighting spirit and is very tenacious," according to sources. She serves in the Crown Court as an advocate on serious criminal charges such as murder and assault.

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors - Crime

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Commentary 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 like gang-related crime and homicide.

Strengths Sources say this is "a very strong crime team and one of the main players in terrorism cases."

Commentators note that the team is "always well prepared, proactive and accessible. They always go the extra mile and fearlessly represent their clients."

Work highlights Secured acquittal of a mother charged with the murder of her 13-month-old child, on the grounds that she had been seriously psychologically and physically abused by her partner, who was the co-defendant.

Notable practitioners

Simon Natas is "extremely hard working and dedicated to his clients," sources say, adding: "He's extremely intelligent and is constantly thinking of innovative arguments." His work is supported by his public law and human rights expertise.

Sources praise Tayab Ali's strategic ability, saying: "He just knows instinctively what sort of problems could arise and how best to deal with them when they do." He is particularly active in representing clients facing international terrorism charges.

Nadeem Thanvi is recognised as a "very switched-on and well-prepared" lawyer. His practice covers serious gangland criminal offences, including murder and conspiracy to supply drugs and firearms.

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Russell-Cooke - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 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. Also represents gang and organised crime-affiliated clients accused of serious offences.

Strengths Commentators say: "The overall impression is of a hard-working crime team who work well under pressure. Their case preparation is very effective and comprehensive."

One source says: "Russell-Cooke are a class act. They remain on top of their clients' cases at every step."

Work highlights Acted for Lord Janner in responding to historical sex abuse accusations, which were covered extensively by the media.

Took over the representation of Bingi Carnegie in defence of accusations that he had operated a cocaine and heroin supply network in the Southampton area for several months in 2015.

Significant clients Terri-Marie Palmer, Shaquiel Monfries, Christopher Brooking, Kieron Reid, Joshua Tobert.

Notable practitioners

The "utterly conscientious" Jae Carwardine is "extremely good and very experienced," according to sources. She has significant expertise in representing vulnerable clients facing serious criminal charges.

Nicola O'Connor "has a very considered and tactical approach." She handles an array of criminal offences, with particular experience representing clients facing sexual offences charges.

Marie Bourke is "well prepared and very hard working," as well as "very client-friendly," according to sources. Her portfolio of cases includes murder, serious drug offences and firearms, and more recently, organised crime allegations.

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Shearman Bowen & Co - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 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. Also advises on multi-handed drug supply cases.

Strengths One source comments: "They really understand how to go the extra mile in very sensitive cases."

Interviewees note that this is a "highly specialised" firm who "know their business and give a high level of client care."

Work highlights Acted for lead defendant Ashley Sheldrick in allegations that he had conspired to operate a network of brothels and launder more than £12 million, with money sent to numerous offshore locations.

Represented lead defendant Stephen Chambers in defence of allegations that he was the head of an organised crime group and had conspired with others to import cocaine and cannabis.

Notable practitioners

Mark Bowen is "very efficient and good with clients," according to one source, who adds that he has "very good judgement." He has a wide-ranging practice covering multi-handed drug and murder charges, as well as appeals.

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Sonn Macmillan Walker - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 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. Also has complementary expertise in extradition matters.

Strengths One source says: "SMW have maintained a consistently strong presence in crime for many years and embody the spirit of a strong collegiate team where the cogs all fit together. They have strong in-house advocates and the service they deliver to clients is consistently excellent."

Commentators note: "They are extremely good across the board, with a wide range of quality lawyers. It’s a joy to work with them, and you actually feel like you’re part of a team when you do."

Notable practitioners

Sources say Tim Walker has "a very reassuring manner for clients," is "always very well prepared" and "really does know all his cases inside out." He leads the firm's Crown Court homicide, fraud and organised crime team.

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Steel & Shamash - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 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 historical and recent serious sexual offence charges. Draws upon the firm's mental health and capacity resources to act for vulnerable individuals, such as those with mental illness, before the criminal courts.

Strengths One source remarks: "What has always impressed me is their unwavering commitment to providing a high-quality service."

Interviewees say: "They're a good team of lawyers who are known for timely and shrewd advice."

Work highlights Represented a Dutch beach volleyball player in his extradition to the UK and accusations that he had had sexual intercourse with a girl below the age of consent.

Notable practitioners

Rakesh Bhasin is "very good with clients," and is known for his "calm authority and supremely good judgement." His recent work includes advising on violent assault and sexual offence cases.

Market commentators praise Robert Dynowski for his "very client-friendly" approach. He is adept at advising clients, including teachers and vulnerable individuals on sexual offence charges.

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Stokoe Partnership - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 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, drug importation and FGM charges. Also advises on organised crime investigations. Growing expertise in complex cybercrime work. Acts for both privately funded and legal aid clients.

Strengths One client reports: "I was treated with understanding and made to feel at ease with the whole process."

Another notes: "The firm and the barristers that they instruct are very good. They all work so hard and are always available to meet with you or speak with you. I know that the firm is busy, but you are never treated as if they are."

Notable practitioners

Bambos Tsiattalou is "a very clever lawyer" with "an amazingly loyal following," according to sources. He is well regarded for criminal defence work in cases involving armed robbery, drug trafficking, murder and other serious crimes.

Brian Swan has substantial experience in serious crime matters, advising on homicide cases as well conspiracy to supply charges relating to drugs and firearms.

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TV Edwards LLP - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 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, including related people-trafficking charges. Has experience representing vulnerable individuals.

Notable practitioners

Mark Ashford has been "highly respected in the Youth Court for over twenty years," market commentators note. He is an accredited duty solicitor and police station representative, and has Higher Rights of Audience.

The "incredibly intelligent" Anthony Edwards is "extremely well known and liked in the profession," according to sources. He has extensive experience in serious crime matters, and has a specialism in police station law.

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Edwards Duthie - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 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.

Notable practitioners

"You're in good hands" with Bernard Huber, sources attest, adding: "He's been there, seen it and done it" through his long-standing career in criminal law work. He serves as senior partner in the firm's criminal department.

Shaun Murphy is held in high regard for his deep experience in the field. He regularly represents clients in the Crown Court and at appeal.

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Freemans Solicitors - Crime

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Commentary 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 advises on terrorism-related charges.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm is well organised and very responsive to clients' needs. It has good facilities and very supportive staff; you are made to feel very welcome."

Another client remarks: "This firm is absolutely excellent and they have recruited some of the best people to work for them. They are all amazing, helpful, kind, considerate, committed and extremely knowledgeable about their work."

Notable practitioners

Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is "an excellent people person" who "gets result, resources cases well and is extremely up to date with the law." She has experience in cases involving violent crime and murder charges.

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Hughmans - Crime

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Commentary 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, including violent crimes and drug supply offences. Noted for its defence of high-profile individuals charged with crimes such as sexual assault as well as those accused of organised crime offences including people trafficking. Also recommended for its significant appellate expertise.

Strengths One client comments: "They are a well-organised team of legal experts that are all out to bring the very best outcome for their clients."

Sources say: "Their client care is second to none, as is their preparation. They analyse the case law and the evidence very comprehensively. They also respond to any queries or suggestions very promptly."

Work highlights Represented Patrick Adams, a notorious gang member from North London, and his wife Constance, in charges brought in relation to the shooting of an individual whom the client believed to be a police informant.

Notable practitioners

Peter Hughman has "exceptional judgement and is realistic, frank and supportive of counsel," according to interviewees. He draws on more than 40 years' experience in serious crime work.

Lee Adams is "a very likeable and highly intelligent solicitor" with experience advising on matters with links to organised crime. One client appreciates that he "is always at the end of the phone when you need him," adding that "his advice before trial kept me calm and focused."

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Hughmans has built a formidable reputation in the area of criminal defence.  Hughmans' client base has expanded solely through the feedback of its clientele.  The firm is known for its proactive defence of clients facing prosecution by a wide variety of bodies, including the CPS, SFO, NCA, FCA, and local authorities.  It is a VHCC panel member.  A large proportion of Hughmans' work involves advising clients on appeals against conviction and sentence.  Although a number of cases have attracted media attention, it is not Hughmans' practice to court celebrities or publicity.

The criminal department is particularly well known for successfully defending in boiler room frauds, advance fee frauds and insider dealing cases.  An equally large part of the firm's reputation is its success in defending large scale drug importations and money laundering cases.  The firm has also established a reputation in the growing sector of private prosecutions.

Unlike the majority of other criminal law firms, Hughmans also incorporates a large and well-respected civil department.  This enables the firm to deal with matters ancillary to its criminal work such as injunctions, civil fraud, and property freezing orders. 

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Imran Khan & Partners incorporating Christian Khan - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 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, terrorism charges and cases involving gangland violence. Has experience advising vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health issues. Fields a group of in-house advocates with long-standing criminal defence experience.

Strengths One source says: "The firm's crime team contains experienced and helpful personnel. They are approachable and friendly."

Work highlights Successfully achieved acquittal for Maruf Uddin, one of four defendants accused of raising funds to send to a Syria-based terrorist organisation.

Acted for Rekawt Kayani, who was arrested under a French-issued European Arrest Warrant for allegedly leading an international people trafficking operation smuggling people from France to the UK.

Significant clients Mohammed Mayow, Jennie Gray, Ke Xu, Aswina Jeganathan.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Imran Khan is "an extremely intelligent lawyer with a vast amount of skills, knowledge and experience" who "has the ability to think outside of the box." Clients appreciate that he is "very realistic, but reassuring at the same time." He is a respected solicitor advocate with particular experience in terrorism-related cases.

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Murrays Partnership - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Has over 30 years of experience in the criminal law domain, including serious sexual offences, organised crime and homicide. Experienced advising on multi-handed violent crimes and drug supply cases.

Strengths Interviewees say: "Murrays deals with the full range of offences, from small to large, but every case gets exceptional levels of service and attention. It is a very client-focused firm; they do their best for their clients."

One source comments: "I find the crime team at Murrays to be genuinely interested in their clients. They work really hard to get the best possible outcomes."

Work highlights Appeared in R v Brizzi, a Central Criminal Court trial which concerned the murder of police officer Gordon Semple.

Advised a defendant charged with the unlawful disposal of a body following a fatal drug overdose which occurred on the defendant's property.

Significant clients Leonie Granger, Phillip Pickett, Sazzad Khan.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Grant Ambridge "is efficient and effective in his cases, demonstrates a caring approach to clients, and has an excellent understanding of legal issues and tactical problems." He has experience advising on cases involving organised crime, including people trafficking and drug importation.

Hannah Sampson is experienced advising on sexual offence, murder and gang violence cases. Market commentators agree that she is "loved by clients," with one source adding: "She is hard working, conscientious, has a full understanding of the law and of the tactical implications of defending serious cases."

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Powell Spencer & Partners - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

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. Has particular experience in acting for fire brigade and rail union members, as well as private individuals.

Notable practitioners

Greg Powell is considered by peers to be "a legend within the profession." His practice focus lies in serious criminal cases, terrorism allegations and related civil liberty issues.

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Simons Muirhead & Burton - Crime

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Established 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. Well versed in acting in miscarriage of justice cases and death row appeals, particularly before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Work highlights Acted for well-known DJ Neil Fox in relation to 15 charges of historical sexual misconduct occurring between 1988 and 2014. Five charges were dropped pre-trial and the defendant was, ultimately, cleared of all remaining charges.

Acted for a teenager charged with GBH and possession of a knife after stabbing classmates on school premises.

Significant clients Stephen Ward, Keron Briggs, Jay Chandler.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Burton has significant experience advising clients in Commonwealth countries on death sentence appeals, including vulnerable individuals. One source says: "He is very committed to his clients, is very realistic and will strive to achieve the best outcome."

Sources describe Pamela Reddy as "one of the brightest and most personable solicitors practising in London," and say she has "an innate understanding of tactical planning." She has experience advising clients on charges relating to violent crimes and sexual offences.

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Senior Statesmen

TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "incredibly intelligent" Anthony Edwards is "extremely well known and liked in the profession," according to sources. He has extensive experience in serious crime matters, and has a specialism in police station law.

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Senior Statesmen

Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Hickman has significant experience in criminal law. She serves as a consultant on criminal cases and complex appellate matters.

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Eminent Practitioner

Powell Spencer & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Greg Powell is considered by peers to be "a legend within the profession." His practice focus lies in serious criminal cases, terrorism allegations and related civil liberty issues.

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Star Individuals

Birds Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say that Steven Bird is "very personable and dedicated, a really nice man as well as a good lawyer," who is "really committed to his clients and causes." He is held in high esteem in the market for his serious crime work.

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Star Individuals

Corker Binning

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Brown has experience advising clients on the most serious of violent and sexual criminal charges, and often represents foreign nationals in UK proceedings. Sources say: "He takes a client-focused approach" and is "exceptionally personable," and also highlight his "assiduous" approach.

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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

From the Chambers UK guide

Edward Preston has "fantastically sound judgement" and "gets the shape of the case right very early on," according to commentators. His criminal practice covers serious charges ranging from burglary to drug supply and murder.

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

The "utterly conscientious" Jae Carwardine is "extremely good and very experienced," according to sources. She has significant expertise in representing vulnerable clients facing serious criminal charges.

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Egan handles "extremely high-profile work" and is "extremely well respected within the community," one interviewee reports. He has substantial experience advising on murder charges, and recent work also includes hacking and terrorism cases.

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Harding heads the firm's general crime team. He has a wide-ranging criminal practice with experience advising on domestic assault cases and sexual offences. Sources say: "He is a great lawyer with excellent judgement" who "has tons of experience and really cares about what he does."

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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very prominent" Paul Harris is "extraordinarily hard working, diligent, focused and not fazed by the seriousness of the case," according to sources. He has experience advising on serious firearm and drug supply cases.

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Mark Haslam is "reactive and has a personality that puts clients at ease very quickly, which is so important for criminal work." He offers clients the benefit of his deep criminal defence experience, particularly in the sports sector.

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Jim Meyer has "great presence, energy, good judgement and passion, which clients like." He serves as co-head of the serious crime team.

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Morris "knows the procedures, statutes and regulations inside out," can "give clear, concise advice on the spot" and is "also very amiable and excellent with clients," sources comment. He provides counsel to businesses, individuals and witnesses alike.

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Birnberg Peirce & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Peirce is well known in the market for her specialism in terrorism-related crime and miscarriage of justice cases. Sources agree that she is "fantastically bright" with an "awesome reputation."

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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel Richardson is particularly experienced advising on sexual offences and obscenity charges. One client comments: "I felt reassured by his deep knowledge, vast experience and brilliant judgement."

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Michael Schwarz is noted for his expertise in handling a wide variety of criminal matters, especially those with protest or undercover policing aspects. Market sources highlight his ability to "manage all the issues in very complicated cases that involve many parties."

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Smith "is a very effective, active and positive," solicitor who "really gets things done," sources say. He co-heads the private client team, and handles privately funded work relating to weapons, drugs and sexual offences.

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Blackfords LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Bloxsome "has enormous experience and is tactically very astute," according to counsel. Others note that he "is a fiercely intelligent and hard working solicitor." His work includes serious crime and terrorism charges.

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Burton has significant experience advising clients in Commonwealth countries on death sentence appeals, including vulnerable individuals. One source says: "He is very committed to his clients, is very realistic and will strive to achieve the best outcome."

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Hubbard "is meticulous in her case preparation, provides incredible support for her clients and always goes the extra mile," one source says. She is regularly called upon to assist professionals, whether suspects, defendants or witnesses.

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Imran Khan & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Imran Khan is "an extremely intelligent lawyer with a vast amount of skills, knowledge and experience" who "has the ability to think outside of the box." Clients appreciate that he is "very realistic, but reassuring at the same time." He is a respected solicitor advocate with particular experience in terrorism-related cases.

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BCL Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "calm and reassuring" Ellen Peart is "fantastic on client care," according to sources who add that she "understands and anticipates their needs." She has a wide ranging criminal practice, which includes appeals work. Commentators say that she is "formidable, yet retains a sensitive, human touch."

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Shaw Graham Kersh

From the Chambers UK guide

Raymond Shaw "brings a thoughtful and creative approach to all he does" and shows "quite a phenomenal level of detail" in case preparation. He has experience representing vulnerable clients facing criminal charges and is praised as "a very good communicator who goes out of his way to explain issues to clients in a way that they understand."

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GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

From the Chambers UK guide

Greg Stewart is "an intelligent, knowledgeable and imaginative lawyer" who is "invaluable in his legal and tactical contributions," sources say. He is well regarded for youth justice matters and has a particular focus on appeals work. 

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Bambos Tsiattalou

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Bambos Tsiattalou is "a very clever lawyer" with "an amazingly loyal following," according to sources. He is well regarded for criminal defence work in cases involving armed robbery, drug trafficking, murder and other serious crimes.

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Sonn Macmillan Walker

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Tim Walker has "a very reassuring manner for clients," is "always very well prepared" and "really does know all his cases inside out." He leads the firm's Crown Court homicide, fraud and organised crime team.

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Jenny Wiltshire "is incredibly bright, hard working and committed to her clients" and has "an amazing capacity for taking on detail and remembering it," sources observe. She has a strong track record in murder and manslaughter cases. One source comments: "If I were being represented by Jenny, I would know that everything possible was being done for me."

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Murrays Partnership

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Grant Ambridge "is efficient and effective in his cases, demonstrates a caring approach to clients, and has an excellent understanding of legal issues and tactical problems." He has experience advising on cases involving organised crime, including people trafficking and drug importation.

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TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Ashford has been "highly respected in the Youth Court for over twenty years," market commentators note. He is an accredited duty solicitor and police station representative, and has Higher Rights of Audience.

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Janes Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees say that Robert Berg "has a good rapport with clients and is a gregarious character, but is also completely dedicated." His casework includes serious sex offences and drug trafficking.

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Steel & Shamash

From the Chambers UK guide

Rakesh Bhasin is "very good with clients," and is known for his "calm authority and supremely good judgement." His recent work includes advising on violent assault and sexual offence cases.

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Shearman Bowen & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Bowen is "very efficient and good with clients," according to one source, who adds that he has "very good judgement." He has a wide-ranging practice covering multi-handed drug and murder charges, as well as appeals.

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Brett Wilson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Nick Brett of Brett Wilson LLP is "a good strategist and an absolute delight to work with," with "total commitment to his clients." He tackles a comprehensive array of criminal law concerns, with particular experience advising on sex offences and drugs charges.

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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Raj Chada is recognised as "an expert on cases with a political dimension." Public order offences are an area of particular focus.

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say that Ross Dixon "has that mixture of experience and friendliness that puts clients at ease." He handles a range of criminal cases, with a particular focus on the representation of professionals.

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Blackfords LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Trevor Francis is the firm's managing partner. He handles a range of serious and general criminal work, recently advising the lead defendant in the high-profile Hatton Garden burglary.

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kate Goold attracts praise for her success in handling high-profile criminal and extradition matters. One client says: "Kate Goold is an exceptional talent, who helped me get through one of the most trying periods of my life."

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Shaw Graham Kersh

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Graham has a wide-ranging practice which sees him advise on charges ranging from sexual offences to terrorism. One source comments: "He is profoundly insightful and has an intuitive feel for a case that is uncanny. A careful and nuanced approach is his stock in trade."

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Hughmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Hughman has "exceptional judgement and is realistic, frank and supportive of counsel," according to interviewees. He draws on more than 40 years' experience in serious crime work.

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Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Shila Keshvari "goes above and beyond reasonable expectations" and is "extremely committed to providing a quality and bespoke service." She regularly works on serious crime matters, including drug supply and homicide cases.

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Henry Milner & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Henry Milner of Henry Milner & Co commands extensive experience in the criminal defence domain, and has handled a large number of serious and organised crime cases, including murder charges.

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Natas is "extremely hard working and dedicated to his clients," sources say, adding: "He's extremely intelligent and is constantly thinking of innovative arguments." His work is supported by his public law and human rights expertise.

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients say that Sandra Paul "is creative, original, alert and has a highly developed intuition combined with a practical, concrete approach." She is adept in the representation of young adults and children facing criminal charges.

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Martin Rackstraw is highlighted for his ability to handle serious criminal matters, including homicide and sexual assault. Sources describe him as "intelligent and thoughtful when it comes to problem-solving and application of the law" as well as "very skilled at managing long-running cases and building strong relationships with clients."

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Ben Rose "is very bright and strong technically, and has the gravitas you need" for criminal defence work, according to sources. He is sought out by high net worth individuals and those in the public eye to advise on a range of serious criminal charges.

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Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Ryan of Howard Kennedy LLP is "a really good tactician," who is "hard working and very well respected," according to commentators. He has experience advising on sexual offence cases, among others.

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katie Wheatley undertakes a broad range of complex criminal matters, often representing high-profile clients. One source says: "One of Katie's strengths was judging at what level to pitch advice and what knowledge could be assumed. She was impeccably thorough and, with people who were not legally qualified, very good at putting them at ease and explaining the legal issues."

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Hughmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Lee Adams is "a very likeable and highly intelligent solicitor" with experience advising on matters with links to organised crime. One client appreciates that he "is always at the end of the phone when you need him," adding that "his advice before trial kept me calm and focused."

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources praise Tayab Ali's strategic ability, saying: "He just knows instinctively what sort of problems could arise and how best to deal with them when they do." He is particularly active in representing clients facing international terrorism charges.

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Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Beardsworth of Brown Rudnick LLP is "calm under pressure and displays great judgement," according to sources. His work for private clients, such as high net worth individuals, runs the gamut of criminal law.

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BSB Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Black of BSB Solicitors is "incredibly hard working and committed," according to sources. He takes both publicly and privately funded work, with experience advising on drugs cases and homicides.

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Steel & Shamash

From the Chambers UK guide

Market commentators praise Robert Dynowski for his "very client-friendly" approach. He is adept at advising clients, including teachers and vulnerable individuals on sexual offence charges.

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Commons Law CIC

From the Chambers UK guide

Rhona Friedman of Commons Law CIC is "really powerful and impressive," according to sources, who add that she is "exceptionally hard working, very clever and very dynamic." She is adept at cases relating to mental health or vulnerable clients.

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Birds Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Market commentators consider Timothy Greene "hugely intelligent and very thorough." He is a qualified Higher Courts advocate with experience handling terrorism, murder and animal rights cases.

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Grimes has a broad serious crime practice, with experience in international war crimes cases. He recently led on the defence of Colonel Kumar Lama of the Royal Nepalese Army in respect of claims that he had tortured Nepalese citizens who were being detained at an army barracks.

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Edwards Duthie

From the Chambers UK guide

"You're in good hands" with Bernard Huber, sources attest, adding: "He's been there, seen it and done it" through his long-standing career in criminal law work. He serves as senior partner in the firm's criminal department.

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Rubin Italia of Duncan Lewis & Co "is bright, tactically astute and has a wonderfully calm, kind manner with clients." His criminal defence work ranges from road traffic incidents to drug conspiracies, extradition and murder charges. He has experience representing clients with mental health problems.

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Janes Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

David Janes is praised by one source for his "very acute sense of the case," while a client comments: "He was most understanding throughout the whole business and was very quick to reply to me." His recent work includes acting for high-profile individuals in cases with considerable media exposure.

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Kishoree Kotecha-Pau

Freemans Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is "an excellent people person" who "gets result, resources cases well and is extremely up to date with the law." She has experience in cases involving violent crime and murder charges.

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GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

From the Chambers UK guide

Melanie Krudy "has a real fighting spirit and is very tenacious," according to sources. She serves in the Crown Court as an advocate on serious criminal charges such as murder and assault.

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Tuckers Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarnjit Lal co-heads the private client team. She focuses on acting for professionals and high net worth individuals.

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Edwards Duthie

From the Chambers UK guide

Shaun Murphy is held in high regard for his deep experience in the field. He regularly represents clients in the Crown Court and at appeal.

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola O'Connor "has a very considered and tactical approach." She handles an array of criminal offences, with particular experience representing clients facing sexual offences charges.

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Corker Binning

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Jessica Parker is "very hard working and committed to her clients." She advises clients on a range of general and serious criminal offences. One source comments: "She is a class act: measured, practical and highly intelligent."

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources describe Pamela Reddy as "one of the brightest and most personable solicitors practising in London," and say she has "an innate understanding of tactical planning." She has experience advising clients on charges relating to violent crimes and sexual offences.

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Saunders Law

From the Chambers UK guide

James Saunders of Saunders Law Limited is well known in the market and enjoys "a great reputation" in the field. He has years of experience in criminal law and appellate cases.

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say David Sleight is "extremely calm, tactically astute and ferocious in his support of clients." He frequently acts for high net worth individuals such as celebrities, sports stars and executives.

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Stokoe Partnership

From the Chambers UK guide

Brian Swan has substantial experience in serious crime matters, advising on homicide cases as well conspiracy to supply charges relating to drugs and firearms.

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Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Nadeem Thanvi is recognised as a "very switched-on and well-prepared" lawyer. His practice covers serious gangland criminal offences, including murder and conspiracy to supply drugs and firearms.

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Up and Coming

Murrays Partnership

From the Chambers UK guide

Hannah Sampson is experienced advising on sexual offence, murder and gang violence cases. Market commentators agree that she is "loved by clients," with one source adding: "She is hard working, conscientious, has a full understanding of the law and of the tactical implications of defending serious cases."

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Associates to watch

Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Marie Bourke is "well prepared and very hard working," as well as "very client-friendly," according to sources. Her portfolio of cases includes murder, serious drug offences and firearms, and more recently, organised crime allegations.

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Associates to watch

Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Peter Csemiczky is tipped by a number of sources as a rising star in the criminal defence world. One commentator says: "He is very client-orientated and nothing is too much trouble. He is very hard working and dedicated, and prepares cases to within an inch of their lives."

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Associates to watch

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jude Lanchin's practice includes both private and legal aid defence for serious criminal matters. Sources say: "She is second-to-none in client care and has a really good instinct for what matters in the case." 

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Associates to watch

Bivonas Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Carl Newman of Bivonas Law acts for individuals facing criminal charges, and has experience in terrorism-related cases.

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Associates to watch

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Edmund Smyth "quickly gains the trust of clients with his sympathetic yet practical and realistic manner," commentators say. Work includes road traffic, firearms and sexual offences.

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