BCL Solicitors LLP

Crime Department

London (Firms)
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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. Also offers expert representation to professionals in the medical, business and political spheres. Advice covers a wide range of serious and general criminal charges, including sexual offences, drug trafficking and violent crimes.

Strengths Sources commend the "brilliant crime team," saying that it can provide a "comprehensive service for serious criminal matters."

One source praises the team's "diligence and astute preparation" during complex cases.

Notable practitioners

David Hardstaff has a growing reputation for his work on complex criminal cases, with experience in representing clients from the police station all the way up to the Court of Appeal. According to one source: "He is the most reassuring solicitor I have encountered - he doesn't sway from the realities and difficulties of a case and is exceptionally perceptive in how matters will play out."

Ellen Peart is a "no-nonsense and immensely dedicated" criminal defence specialist, with particular expertise in handling serious sexual offence cases. A source praises her "absolute professionalism, client care and choice of counsel," and also adds: "Her tactical judgement, from police station interview to trial, is breathtaking."

Mark Haslam is a leading criminal defence practitioner who regularly represents well-known sports professionals along with other prominent individuals. His deep expertise in criminal law extends from driving offences to the most serious allegations of violence and sexual assault. Sources consider him to be a "very good advocate" who is "very charismatic and engaging" as well as being "very down to earth" with clients.

Paul Morris is head of the firm's serious and general crime department. He provides expert representation to high-profile individuals, including those in the entertainment industry, on a range of serious criminal cases. Interviewees describe him as a "masterful solicitor" who is "incredibly intelligent and just as personable."

Rachel Hubbard has broad experience in criminal defence matters, including those that relate to violent and sexual offences. She regularly represents high-profile professionals and well-known media personalities facing serious allegations, as well as advising individuals who have been called as witnesses in criminal cases.