Our criminal team consists of lawyers who are experts in a wide range of areas, including
- Magistrates’ Court
- Youth Court
- Crown Court
- Police station attendance
- Appeals to all higher courts
- Judicial Reviews
- Prison Law
We have built up particular expertise in Youth Court law, Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) work and extradition cases. We do as much serious and non-serious criminal defence work as anyone in London.
Some high-profile cases our lawyers have acted on include the ‘Damilola Taylor’ and ‘Stephen Lawrence’ trials. We apply the same high standards to all of our cases, whether the client is accused of driving without insurance, or murder. Our firm has developed an enviable reputation in the courts for fighting hard for our clients no matter who they are, or what they are accused of.
From police station to the Court of Appeal we are motivated by the same goal: to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Like most criminal defence firms we run a 24-hour service, 365 days a year – without exception. Out-of-hours we very rarely subcontract our advice service to freelance representatives or retired police officers – if you instruct us, we will be the ones representing you. From the principal lawyer to the most junior, we all do the job of defending clients everyday. In those rare circumstances where we do not have sufficient in-house expertise, we work with the leading barristers in their field to get the right result.
Our team is headed by Greg Stewart who founded the firm in 2003. He has more than 20 years experience of criminal litigation but remains approachable and an active member of the team. Greg is a Higher Courts Advocate and he is the member of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee responsible for youth justice issues. He also deals with ongoing serious criminal trials as well as many appeals against conviction and sentence. He has personally been recommended in Chambers UK.
We take particular pride in our high quality advocacy. All of our solicitors attend Court on a regular basis, representing clients in the magistrates’ court from the first hearing to the trial with an exceptional record for obtaining successful outcomes. Our Higher Courts Advocates department consists of a number of highly skilled and experienced Crown Court advocates – both solicitor-advocates and barristers – who deal with the full range of cases that come before the Crown Court. They also regularly appear at the Court of Appeal and High Court, allowing us to deal with cases in-house at every level.
We have a specialist Youth Court team, as we believe only specially-trained lawyers should deal with children and young adults given the legal and emotional complexity of the work. Our specialised Youth Court advocates are particularly approachable and understanding, in addition to being excellent lawyers.
If you would like to discuss the work that we do further, please contact a member of our team. Alternatively, you can make an online enquiry and we will respond at the earliest opportunity.