Being the subject of a criminal investigation can be an extremely stressful and anxious time.
For over 40 years we have protected our clients’ legal rights and safeguarded their interests throughout the entire process of investigation and prosecution from the police station to court hearings.
Our criminal defence team offer a discreet, sensitive and professional service to corporates, employees and private individuals who are facing investigation or prosecution for criminal offences.
We are able to utilise our legal skills and experience to obtain the best outcomes possible for clients in some cases avoiding a prosecution entirely or substantially mitigating the potential harm for clients.
Some criminal investigations attract publicity and we are experienced at managing the media and will strive to limit reputational damage.
We act for clients in the following areas:
Our lawyers are also able to deal with linked disciplinary investigations by regulators of professionals such as doctors, nurses, accountants, financial advisers and solicitors. We also act for services personnel in Court Martial and criminal investigations by Services Police.
We are innovative and highly competitive in relation to our fees which include clear costs estimates, agreed costs limits to various stages of the case, payment plans and fixed fees where appropriate.
We are acknowledged as leaders in this field both regionally and nationally by the leading guides to the UK legal profession such as Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500.
The consequences of a criminal conviction can be wide reaching, from the initial arrest through to the final conviction itself.
An arrest can bring with it difficult bail conditions which can have far reaching consequences for an individual; potentially limiting travel, disrupting employment and living arrangements. Fingerprints and DNA samples can remain on a national database for life.
An increase in the use of speed cameras has led to an increase in the number of motoring convictions. These can have dire consequences including the loss of work.
Disputes with employers, neighbours and spouses or partners can escalate and result in police intervention and prosecutions for offences such as assault or fraud and theft. Convictions will result in a criminal record and even where prison is avoided, the consequences can be devastating for individuals and their families.