Criminal Law Advocacy

You have probably never imagined yourself being in a situation where you have been accused of something and are now facing the possibility of a criminal charge. It will be an incredibly worrying time for you and your family. What you need at this time is professional and practical advice and somebody dedicated to fighting your corner from beginning to end.

We have an excellent track record of securing acquittals. Drawing on years of courtroom and legal experience we will advise you on the strength of your case. We can then look at all realistic outcomes and pursue whichever one is most advantageous for you.

Police Station

You have the right to speak to a solicitor if you are being held by the police.

We provide advice and assistance to anyone being questioned by the police in the South West of England. Where eligible this will be covered under our Legal Aid Contract free of charge.

Do not let the police talk you out of this right to assistance, it may make a huge difference to your case if you do not get this early support.

We have a specialist team available to provide this service whenever the need arises 24/7.

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Magistrates and Crown Court Advocacy

Many cases can be dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court some may be sent to the Crown Court for trial by Jury or for sentencing. We regularly represent clients at courts throughout the Westcountry and also, when requested, cover all courts throughout England and Wales including the Court of Appeal.

The firm is recognised by the courts and other agencies for its professionalism and integrity.

We also have an excellent network of specialist Counsel and expert witnesses that we can instruct if required.

Road Traffic Offences

Losing your driving licence could be catastrophic to your employment or business and your family. Whether you are facing charges of drink driving, driving without due care and attention, dangerous driving or a speeding offence, we will defend your case vigorously or seek to mitigate the penalty in order to do everything possible to save your licence. We will advise you as to the best and most achievable options in your case.

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Serious Offences

To us, all of our clients’ cases are serious.

We provide robust defence advocacy for people charged with all types of criminal offences. Cases include:

  • Theft and Dishonesty
  • Burglary
  • Conspiracy
  • Drugs (possession & supply)
  • Proceeds of Crime Act & Confiscation
  • Harassment
  • Criminal Damage
  • Firearms
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Dangerous Dog
  • Public Order Act
  • Education Act
  • Police Disciplinary

We also defend clients in serious and high profile cases including murder, terrorism, sexual offences including rape and downloading indecent images, assault and abuse. We will present the facts of your case clearly and persuasively and attack any weaknesses in the prosecution evidence.

Courts Martial

We are proud to represent members of HM Armed Forces. We undertake Courts Martial work and investigations of military personnel. We will normally offer a discount from our normal fee rates to members of HM Forces in recognition of their service to this Country.

Fees and Legal Aid

Initial telephone or email contact with us is free of charge.  We will not be able to give you specific advice over the phone however other than to confirm whether we are able to assist, and outline in brief the general procedure we will follow.

LEGAL AID

If you are eligible for legal aid, we will make an application on your behalf.

PRIVATE

If you are not eligible for legal aid, we will either agree a fixed fee with you or provide an estimate of our fees based on our usual hourly rate, dependant on many factors including the type of offence and complexity.

Please note that reference to VAT in this document means VAT at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated.

Normal hourly rate                                                               £180 + VAT *

Hourly rate for complex, serious cases                            May be higher than for the normal case and a detailed quotation will be given prior to commencing the work.

* a lesser sum may be charged at the discretion of the Directors.

PRIVATE – FIXED FEE

Minimum fixed fee                                                               £300 + VAT

Cases that are dealt with for example, at a Magistrates Court or offer a guilty plea can be charged using the minimum fixed fee but this will vary depending on the case.

Normal fixed fee                                                                   £400 + VAT

There will be additional travel and mileage charges subject to location of the court. These additional fees will be detailed in your quotation.

 

PLEASE NOTE

We are happy to offer a substantial discount to members and past members of the armed services if such cases cannot be covered by legal aid.