One of the UK's leading criminal defence teams, we provide representation on all criminal law matters, from driving offences to serious criminal allegations and complex fraud.

We advise people from the earliest stages of a case - before charges have been brought - through to court proceedings. We are experienced advocates at all levels of the criminal justice system, from the Magistrates' Court through to the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Legal 500 (2019) lists Russell-Cooke's crime department as tier 2 saying they are an "excellent" team that "prepares cases carefully and thoroughly" and provides "an outstanding service".

"In the field of criminal law the firm's work is some of the best. They prepare documents and respond to clients and the prosecution in good time, and they give reasoned and thought out advice" Chambers UK (2019).

Our team

  • We are recognised as one of the leading criminal solicitors in the UK, with an international reputation. The team is highly rated by lawyers' directory the Legal 500, and Jae Carwardine is recognised as a leader in her field
  • We are one of the few firms recognised by The Legal Services Commission to undertake cases involving serious fraud, large-scale or serious crime, money laundering, terrorism and other high-profile cases.
  • We have Legal Services Commission franchises enabling us to undertake most areas of work for publicly-funded clients
  • We also run an extensive private practice at competitive hourly rates and have represented many professional people in cases with serious career implications - for example R v Sir Stephen Richards