Criminal appeals - CCRC & Crown Court

The criminal trial process is one that depends on human endeavour and judgement. Inevitably, mistakes are made. To be convicted of a crime you did not commit is a devastating experience, both for you and your family. Overturning that conviction is not easy.

Very few firms of solicitors have the experience and expertise to take you through the Appeal process or, if an appeal has already been unsuccessful, an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Stephensons have a specialist team that has a national reputation for investigating suspect convictions, having cases referred to the Court of Appeal and for having convictions for serious offences overturned.

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Our approach

We will obtain your papers and investigate your conviction. We will identify and interview any relevant witnesses and we will, as appropriate, instruct leading experts. We have established an effective professional relationship with leading expert witnesses, not just in the U.K. but internationally .We will also instruct the most experienced and able counsel and have strong links with many of the leading Barrister's chambers in the UK.

If you have already been unsuccessful in the Court of Appeal we will prepare an application to the CCRC arguing that your case should be referred by them back to the Court of Appeal .We are one of the most successful practices in the country at getting cases referred back to the Court of Appeal.

Cases referred by CCRC

R v Gilfoyle (2) (2001) Crim LR 312. An appeal against a murder conviction based on fresh evidence.

R v Susan May LTL (2001). An appeal against a murder conviction based on fresh evidence regarding the integrity of the original police investigation.

R v Ian Thomas (2002) EWCA Crim 941. An appeal against murder conviction relating to the powers of the commission to refer.

R v Brannan and Murphy LTL (2002). An appeal against murder conviction based on fresh evidence and non disclosure. Conviction quashed.

R v Anthony Steel LTL 2003. An appeal against murder conviction based on unreliability of confession. Conviction quashed.

R v Boyle and Ford (2006)EWCA 2101. An appeal against murder conviction based on arguments re adverse inference.

R v Adetoro (2006)EWCA Crim 1716. An appeal against robbery conviction based on arguments regarding adverse inference.

R v Tomlinson. (2003)  EWCA Crim 758 An appeal against firearms and drugs offences re non disclosure

R v Kavanagh (2002)EWCA Crim 904. An appeal against murder conviction based on fresh expert evidence.

R v Branchflower (2009)EWCA Crim 1392. An appeal against murder based on arguments on legal directions given a trial.

R v Probyn (2005)EWCA Crim 2347. An appeal against murder conviction based on fresh expert evidence.

R v Haskayne (2007) EWCA Crim 2797. An appeal against drugs conviction based on material nondisclosure. Conviction quashed.

R v Simon Hall (2011) EWCA Crim 4. An appeal against murder conviction based on fresh expert evidence.

R v F (2009) EWCA Crim 319. An appeal against sentence involving implications of obligation to register as a sex offender (see also F and another v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2010)UKSC 12.

R v N (2011) EWCA Crim 88. An appeal against conviction for sex offences based on fresh evidence and nondisclosure. Conviction quashed.

R v Traynor. An appeal against conviction for murder based on fresh evidence. (Reference TBC).

R v Akanbi-Akinlade. An appeal against drugs convictions based on fresh evidence (Reference TBC).

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

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It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

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