Senior Partner: Paul Graham
Number of partners: 3
Assistant solicitors (including consultants): 8
Other fee earners: 2
Total staff (including secretarial support): 15
THE FIRM Based in the West End, the firm is committed to providing representation of the highest quality, irrespective of a client’s background or history. Shaw Graham Kersh (SGK) understands that however major or minor the offence, for the individual involved, the experience can be traumatic. The approach therefore combines top level pragmatic expertise with sensitivity and total discretion.
The firm undertakes both private and publicly funded work. Established in 1999 as a specialist criminal defence practice, SGK benefits from a wealth of experience invested in not just its partners, but also in its solicitors and paralegals, a number of whom have been with the firm from shortly after its inception.
The firm quickly gained recognition as a leading firm in the field and has been recommended in Chambers and Partners for many years. Each partner brings a particular area of expertise to the firm, and is assisted by a dedicated team of lawyers and assistants who have themselves been with the firm for many years. Bucking a trend for operating separate teams for police station and Court proceedings, whenever possible, the same lawyer who has conduct of the matter during the investigation stage will retain conduct throughout the case process, providing continuity, security and better service for the client
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm undertakes all work associated with criminal law, but has an established reputation in particular as regards very serious criminal offences, such as terrorism, murder and large scale drug trafficking.
The firm has particular expertise in homicide cases with in depth knowledge of murder investigations built over decades, from the initial days of Operation Trident, as well as NCA investigations, the Specialist Crime Directorate teams based at Scotland Yard and Organised Crime Command operations. A parallel expertise has been established in the always difficult cases involving child and infant deaths and psychiatric homicides.
The firm also has a wealth of experience in defending the largest drug supply conspiracies, from international smuggling operations through to ‘County Lines’ cases.
Shaw Graham Kersh also has an established consistent tack record as a leading firm in respect of complex and/or large scale fraud work, and is often instructed in the most complex, high volume and high value trials, for which a dedicated team from the office is designated, headed up by Raymond Shaw. The department has represented clients in respect of mortgage and VAT fraud, cartel/competition and price fixing, carousel and MTIC fraud, carbon credit and boiler room fraud, film tax fraud, money laundering, pension fraud, revenue and tax fraud, as well as election fraud.
These cases are typically investigated and prosecuted by specialist fraud units including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs serious fraud crime units of the police and CPS, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority, and other regulatory authorities. The firm regularly conducts very high cost cases and has significant experience conducting complex confiscation proceedings.
The firm is versed in the delicate task of defending the ever growing number and range of allegations of historic sexual assault.
In addition to its criminal work, the firm also defends professionals within regulatory proceedings, focusing on those who face potential criminal liability.
The firm appears regularly at our local court, City of Westminster Magistrates Court, home to all extradition cases, and the extradition department has a healthy success rate and an impressive record of success at the Court of Appeal in precedent setting cases.
The firm maintains strong connections with family law firms dealing with international child abduction/Hague Convention matters and domestic violence allegations.
The firm is linked to a US legal agency providing expert legal research support on any aspect of US law.
For information on private road traffic cases please refer to the firm’s website.
CLIENTS The firm’s diverse client base ranges from those who have never previously found themselves involved in the criminal justice system, to those with extensive experience. The firm’s representation therefore extends from those alleged to be members of gangs and what the police term ‘Organised Crime Groups’, to those, including professional clients, facing a sometimes terrifying process for the first time. A significant proportion of these clients are referred by lawyers and accountants, who welcome the firm’s commitment to client care and passion to achieve the best possible result for each client.