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Highly acclaimed defence practice with a strong bench of expert criminal lawyers. Offers impressive strength in acting for high-profile individuals across a range of challenging cases, including murder and sexual abuse charges. Also undertakes a number of miscarriage of justice cases on a pro bono basis. Experienced at acting for foreign nationals accused of crimes in the UK.
"The firm is simply outstanding," says a client, adding: "They have a very realistic grasp of the difficulties of interpreting the law in some challenging environments."
One source says: "It's an excellent firm that is really user-friendly with lawyers who are hard-working and intelligent."
Aileen Colhoun regularly advises clients, including prominent creative and legal professionals, on a wide range of serious criminal cases. She has notable expertise in matters with complex mental health aspects.
"She was completely on top of the case factually and legally, and had a very good manner with the client." "She is excellent and involves herself in every part of the preparation and trial of a case." "A wise and trusted adviser who responds instantly to any request for help and is a tremendous advocate for her clients."
Ben Rose has vast expertise in criminal law matters affecting both individual and corporate clients. He is particularly adept at advising high-profile and high net worth individuals under police investigation where there is the potential for huge reputational impact.
"He gives sound and strategic advice." "It is always a pleasure to work with Ben - he is smart, switched on and good with clients."
Jenny Wiltshire is head of the general and serious crime department. She is widely renowned as an exceptional criminal defence lawyer, particularly with regard to serious sexual offences and alleged child cruelty.
Peter Csemiczky has a broad criminal practice that includes advising clients on serious charges relating to sexual and violent crimes, harassment and driving offences. He advises a varied client base that includes high net worth individuals and professionals across a wide range of industries.
"His knowledge is encyclopaedic and he is always on top of matters." "He is very sound in his advice."
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The Serious and General Crime team represents individuals and organisations facing the prospect of investigation and trial for the most serious and impactful criminal allegations.
Team members are all highly experienced defence solicitors who share a wide range of specialist skills.
We represent individuals accused of the most serious crimes, including murder, and organisations accused of crimes such as corporate manslaughter. Lawyers are experienced in unravelling the complex forensic and medical issues that often lie at the heart of these cases.
The team, which advises clients throughout the criminal investigation process from police station to court, has established a formidable reputation for the pursuit of disclosure and for its ability to conclude cases before charge. It leads the way in challenging the viability of fair trials where clients face historic allegations of sexual abuse.
The department specialises in tackling professionally damaging allegations made against clients with a public profile and their families. It has achieved great successes avoiding reputational damage by persuading police to conduct investigations in a manner which avoids the need to arrest and minimises the risk of matters coming into the public domain.
The team undertakes a small number of high-profile publicly funded cases and has a track record of acting for those who have suffered a miscarriage of justice.