Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors

Crime Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Respected criminal practice with a strong reputation for handling legal aid work along with private cases. Noted for its handling of historical and recent serious sexual offence charges, including those that concern alleged abuse of responsibility by figures such as teachers or employers. Draws upon the firm's mental health and capacity resources to act for vulnerable individuals, such as those with mental illness, before the criminal courts. Regularly advises on serious criminal matters concerning networks of individuals, including drugs supply and terrorism cases, as well as cases with sensitive political aspects.

New developments In June 2019, Steel & Shamash merged with Edwards Duthie to form Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors.

Strengths A source praises the team, saying: "There is an ethos within the firm of a quiet professionalism from the partners downwards which engenders both trust and approachability in the lay client and an excellent working relationship with instructed counsel."

Notable practitioners

Sources consider Rakesh Bhasin to be "a very canny lawyer with very good judgement" who "works hard to get results and never takes a bad decision." Joint head of the criminal law department, he is a solicitor advocate who has significant experience representing clients in serious crime and terrorism cases.

Robert Dynowski is a "hugely experienced and very capable solicitor" who frequently handles the defence of sexual offence charges brought against teachers and other professional clients. He also has expertise in a range of other serious criminal matters including robbery, violent offences and drugs supply.