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, Shaw Graham Kersh (SGK) is committed to providing representation of the highest quality, irrespective of a client’s background or history. The firm 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.
Established in 1999 as a specialist criminal defence practice, SGK benefits from a wealth of experience invested in not just its partners, but in a team of 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. It is now one of the few firms in Chambers’top rankings still offering legal aid services alongside its privately funded representation, offering a safety net and continuity of representation to clients unsure as to their ability to fund a case to conclusion, or who become subject to a Restraint Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Each partner brings a particular area of expertise to the firm, and is assisted by a dedicated team of lawyers and assistants. 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, 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 complex and serious criminal offences, including murder, terrorism, drugs conspiracies, sex offences and large scale drug trafficking. The firm has particular expertise in homicide cases with in depth knowledge of often ‘gang’ attributed 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 has an established consistent track record representing clients in complex and/or large scale fraud investigations. Raymond Shaw leads a dedicated fraud team representing clients in respect of money laundering offences and fraud offences of all types including film tax fraud, pension fraud, revenue and tax fraud, mortgage and VAT fraud, cartel/competition and price fixing, carousel and MTIC fraud, carbon credit and boiler room 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, the specialist serious fraud crime units of the police and CPS, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority and other regulatory authorities. The firm regularly conducts serious and complex fraud cases designated as “very high cost cases” by the Legal Aid Agency, and has significant experience conducting complex confiscation proceedings. Given the massive increase in investigations into sex offences, including historic offences, the firm is versed in the delicate task of defending the ever growing number and range of allegations, and assisting clients through a harrowing process.
The firm conducts work for professionals under investigation by regulatory bodies from the FCA to the BMA particularly where the client is facing the risk or actuality of a parallel criminal investigation.
The firm appears regularly at local court, City of Westminster Magistrates Court, home to all extradition cases, and the firm’s extradition department led by Harry Grayson has a healthy success rate and an impressive record 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 offering advice to family law clients and family lawyers as to the criminal justice process.
The firm has linked to a US company, Legal Research Pros, providing expert legal research support on any aspect of US law.
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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.