The firm was founded in September 2003. At that time it was dedicated to purely criminal defence and advocacy but it also had a strong reputation for related High Court challenges of criminal decisions.
The principal solicitor in the firm, who has acted as a CEO throughout, is Greg Stewart. He has specialised in crime related work since 1993 – especially young defendants and appeal issues. He is the member of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee who advises on youth justice issues. He has been involved in many important cases in the area including acting for the first defendant to be acquitted in the first of the series of Damiola Taylor trials, as well as an Article 6 challenge to the Youth Justice & Criminal Evidence 1999 in the House of Lords that led to the introduction of special measures for child defendants.
From a team of about 10, the firm has built one of the largest and most respected crime departments in London and beyond. There are now over 65 lawyers specialising in criminal defence with a huge breadth of experience in all aspects of serious crime and forensic investigations. In 2010 the firm was granted the most criminal contracts of any firm undertaking publicly funded work and established offices across London, Kent and Yorkshire to make its services accessible to a wider range of clients. The team continues to carry out ground breaking work including the leading case on prohibiting the prosecution of victims of trafficking in 2013, the leading case on secret trials in terrorist cases in 2014, and in 2015 the definitive case on the new defence of loss of control in murder cases.
The crime team has been recommended in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 consistently since it was established. Since 2012 it has hosted the south London base for Just for Kids a Charity advocating for vulnerable young people
In 2010 the firm started to develop into related areas of civil work to assist clients with a wider range of services. Initially it opened an Actions against the Police department which is recommended for Human Rights and Civil Liberties in the Legal 500 for the past 2 years. Further expansion followed and the firm was asked to take over the Housing and Family contracts for Hallam Peel in Tower Bridge, the Housing and Social Welfare team at Hartnells in Camberwell and the Family & Child Care contract at Lomax Lloyd Jones on the Old Kent Road. In that short time the Housing and Social Welfare Team have been recommended by Chambers UK in 2014 and 2015 whilst the Family Team are now ranked in the Legal 500.
In 2014 the head of Community Care at Fisher Meredith joined and a strong Mental Health and Community Care/Court of Protection Team has come together. The firm can also offer expertise in Education Law and will start taking Clinical Negligence cases with the arrival of a very experienced claimant lawyer in November 2015 from a central London practice.
The firm now has over 140 staff across several offices and continues to expand. Each year it has 4 trainees, it also offers pupillages as quality advocacy has been a key to its success as a committed litigation practice.
In 2014 the firm was shortlisted for Legal Aid Law Firm of the Year at the annual LALYs, and also for the Modern Law Awards.