Freemans Solicitors

Crime Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Strong criminal practice experienced in acting on high-profile, serious cases. Frequently deals with heavyweight criminal charges, including murder, sexual offences and GBH. Regularly takes on complex matters relating to groups of defendants and criminal networks, including joint enterprise murder and organised crime cases. Benefits from the strength of its robust in-house advocacy team, allowing it to represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees are full of praise for the firm, with one saying: "It's an outstanding firm where client care is very much foremost in how they handle their cases, which are also meticulously prepared. They go the extra mile in how they approach the client's case and take great pride in their work."

Another source says: "Clients can be sure that their case will be prioritised and properly prepared and conducted by caring lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Joint head of the crime department Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is "a brilliant lawyer who knows what she's talking about and can prepare a case perfectly," according to market commentators. Her criminal law practice has a strong focus on serious gang-related crime cases involving young people, including violent offences and murder.

Michael Field is joint head of the crime department and also leads the in-house advocacy team. He is an experienced trial advocate who represents clients facing a wide range of serious criminal charges, including complex multi-handed murder cases. One source describes him as "a formidable advocate who gets the job done with excellent communication skills combined with a commanding presence in court."