Criminal defence solicitors & lawyers

Stephensons is a leading criminal defence firm. Our expert criminal defence solicitors and lawyers have extensive experience of successfully defending clients accused of the full range of criminal offences. Our criminal defence solicitors act for clients nationwide and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. For immediate advice from a member of our specialist team, please call 0203 816 1098 or complete our online enquiry form.

Our solicitors recognise that being investigated or charged with a serious criminal offence is a daunting prospect. Many of our clients have not had any previous dealings with the police or the courts and find the experience overwhelming and unsettling. We will guide you through this difficult process, providing specialist advice and reassurance from the first phone call through to the conclusion of the case. Our criminal defence lawyers recognise that it is essential to seek expert legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity, we operate a 24 hour call out service for those detained in police custody ensuring that we can respond to your needs without delay.

We have a large criminal defence department which includes four partners and a team of specialist solicitors, who have over 200 years of combined experience. A number of our defence lawyers are higher rights advocates who can represent clients from the first interview in the police station all the way through to a hearing in the Crown Court. Our experience includes dealing with all aspects of criminal defence. We have secured successful outcomes for clients facing the full range of criminal offences, including:

What others say about our criminal defence solicitors

Legal 500, Crime General

“The ‘tenacious’ Sean Joyce  is a Higher Court Solicitor Advocate and heads the  regulatory and criminal justice department at Stephensons Solicitors LLP . Joyce is ‘one of the top criminal solicitors in the North West and really fights for his clients’. The department assists clients nationwide and is ‘particularly recommended for its miscarriage of justice work’. Joyce is praised for his health and safety work for individuals and businesses and for his advice on road transport issues. The ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable’ Correna Platt is a ‘fearless advocate’ and heads the serious crime and defence team. The ‘skilled and dedicated’ Mike Pemberton  manages the civil liberties and public law department and senior associate Colin Rawson garners praise for his ‘excellent communication skills’. The team has six high court advocates and assists clients on various matters such as SRA interventions, prison law matters and inquests. In a case that attracted a considerable amount of media interest, the team secured an acquittal for its client after two retrials. The client had been charged with murder and complex issues were considered at trial such as self-defence, reasonable force and adverse inference.”

Legal 500, Crime Fraud

“Stephensons Solicitors LLP fields a ‘very professional and committed team’ that include the ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’ Correna Platt, and John Greenwood, who is an accredited supervisor under the Legal Aid Agency panel for Very High Cost Cases. Platt is praised for her ‘tenacity, work ethic, incisive thinking and dedication to ensuring that she gets the best possible outcome for her clients; she has a thoroughly well-deserved reputation for excellence and she is a top tier criminal solicitor when it comes to defending those charged with serious offences’. Also recommended is Sean Joyce, who has ‘built up a very good name for himself in this field’. The team regularly acts in the most high-value and substantial cases such as land-banking, Ponzi and VAT fraud as well as other areas such as investment fraud, the proceeds of crime and money laundering … The group is currently advising the defendant on an ongoing fraud case spanning a number of jurisdictions involving significant sums of money. It is alleged that the defendant fraudulently mis-sold pensions investments.”

Reviews from a satisfied clients

“I would highly recommend Stephensons to anyone needing legal advice and support. I found Colin Rawson to be very friendly, supportive and professional in dealing with my case. I cannot praise Colin enough for the first class customer service and help that I received.”

“Very helpful and explained the process in a lot of detail with signposting to relevant websites. Also went at a pace that I could understand as the legal processes can be a tad confusing. Thank you.”

"Excellent service, very professional from start to finish. One off fee helps with affordability, no worry about spiralling costs. The solicitors are very kind and caring."

We turned to Stephensons to help us deal with a sensitive and quite traumatic incident involving an accident that a family member was caught up in. Within minutes of my initial phone call to explain the situation, I was contacted by a member of staff who deals with such incidents. He immediately explained how the process was likely to play out and reassured me and my family that he would be available to assist and help us throughout the process. Nothing was too much trouble for him, he kept us informed throughout and always responded to phone calls and emails very promptly and professionally. We felt looked after throughout what was a very hard time for us to. To have legal situations explained to you when your are unsure of how these things work and to know that you are getting full unequivocal and very professional support is very comforting. I cannot recommend this company enough and I will always be grateful for the work that the solicitor at Stephensons did for us. 

"I manage a team of barristers and am fortunate to be instructed by Stephensons. The quality of the instructions are second to none, they are true experts in the areas of law they cover and it is clear that they do everything possible to get the very best result for their clients. There are some members of the team that I see go above and beyond the service levels provided by many top firms. These include Carl Johnson, Correna Platt, Francesca Snape, Alison Marriott, Colin Rawson & John Greenwood. All amazingly committed to their clients. I can't recommend them enough."

If you require assistance in relation to a criminal matter please contact a member of our team, in confidence, on 0203 816 1098. Alternatively, please complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you without delay.

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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.

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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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