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 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, the firm 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 ince tion. Whenever possible the same lawyer who has conduct of the investigation or police station stage will retain conduct throughout the case process, providing continuity and comfort for the client and job satisfaction for the lawyer concerned.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm has particular expertise in homicide cases with in depth knowledge of murder investigations, including Operation Trident, child death and psychiatric cases. The firm also has a wealth of experience in defending the largest drug conspiracies. The firm has well established fraud specialists, and has represented clients in respect of mortgage and VAT fraud, carousel/MTIC fraud, carbon credit and boiler room fraud, money laundering, pension, revenue and tax fraud; brought by specialist fraud units including the Serious Fraud Office, serious fraud crime units of the police, the Department of Trade and Industry, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Services Authority and other regulatory authorities. The firm is versed in the delicate task of defending allegations of historic sexual assault.
The firm regularly conducts ‘Very High Cost Cases’ and has significant experience conducting complex confiscation proceedings. In addition to its criminal work, the firm also defends professionals within regulatory proceedings and retains an extradition department that has been involved in precedent setting cases. The firm maintains strong connections with family law firms dealing with child abduction/Hague Convention matters and domestic violence allegations. The firm is linked to a US company providing assistance on any aspect of US law.
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.