Criminal defence solicitors & appeals

Our criminal defence solicitors and appeals experts represent clients facing investigation or looking to appeal on a wide range of issues. Our solicitors have developed considerable expertise and experience through dealing with a huge variety of cases in courts of all levels throughout the country.

Whether facing criminal prosecution, looking to appeal against a sentence or conviction our team of specialist solicitors can advise and assist, call us on 0203 816 1098 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly to discuss your situation. 

Our criminal defence solicitors recognise it is essential to seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity and operate a 24 hour call out service for those detained in police custody and pride ourselves in the immediacy of our response to clients' enquiries.

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24/7 legal advice

If you are arrested, you have the right to contact your solicitor. Do insist that we are called. We promise to respond quickly day or night.

Where available and if eligible we can offer legal aid funding and we also offer a competitive range of private paying options including fixed price services.

Criminal defence - areas of specialism

  • Criminal defence & investigations
  • Court representation - Magistrates & Crown Court
  • Criminal appeals
    • Applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission
    • False confessions
    • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Animal cruelty accusations
  • Benefit fraud
  • Firearms & gun law
  • Police station advice & assistance

Our team were recognised in the 2018 edition of Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession. Our criminal defence and appeals solicitors can help clients nationally from our network of offices with locations including, Manchester, London, Bolton, Leigh, Wigan and St Helens. If you require advice from a specialist criminal defence solicitor call us on 0203 816 1098.

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

  • Legal 500

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.

Memberships & accreditations

8.5 out of 10
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It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

Immediate support in a difficult situation resulted in a positive outcome. All concerned including the appointment of an appropriate Barrister should be congratulated on a very professional job well done.
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We're always here for you

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

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As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.