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BCL Solicitors LLP

Crime

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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

A source describes the firm's lawyers as "impressive individuals with astute legal minds, who are also remarkably approachable and down to earth," and adds: "Their level of client care when an individual is going through one of the most stressful experiences of their life is unsurpassed."

"They are the best in the business," says another source, adding: "They get results and offer a lot of hands-on partner attention - you know you are being looked after by the best minds at the firm."

Notable practitioners

David Hardstaff is an associate who regularly assists with complex criminal cases, with experience in representing clients from the police station all the way up to the Court of Appeal.
"He is a star in the making."

Ellen Peart is a criminal defence specialist, with particular expertise in handling serious sexual offence cases. She regularly assists prominent individuals including politicians, bankers and legal professionals.
"She is a bit of a tour de force - you absolutely want Ellen in your corner." "She has a thorough and analytical approach and her tactics are good." "She is brilliant and approachable."

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.
"Mark was well-equipped to deal with my case and at all times I felt that I was in capable hands." "A high calibre lawyer who has the ability to inspire confidence in those that seek his opinion."

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.
"He is able to deal with tricky situations, and can provide individuals with comfort alongside the legal advice." "Paul is very good at handling both the client and the case itself." "A go-to lawyer for high-profile individuals."

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Overview

BCL provides specialist and discreet advice across the whole spectrum of criminal matters, from road traffic offences through to homicide, and has a long-established reputation as a market leader in the largest and most high-profile serious criminal cases. We advise clients in the police station, and handle cases in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court. Many of our clients are high-profile individuals in the fields of commerce, industry, entertainment, sport and the media, where discretion and reputation management are crucial.


Crime Department

BCL Solicitors LLP

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Department location

51 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3LZ

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Crime


David Hardstaff
Associates to watch
Ellen Peart
Band 2
Mark Haslam
Band 1
Paul Morris
Band 1