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 (2023) ranks our team in Tier 2 where we are described as "one of the best firms practising in crime." Our experts are "first-rate. They are both extremely knowledgeable and provide excellent client care."
Chambers UK (2023) ranks the team highly, and praises their communication and collaborative approach, noting that "their communication level is high, especially during emergency situations and the support team is excellent." The team is also featured in Chambers UK (2023)'s spotlight table for legal aid specialists.
their communication level is high, especially during emergency situations and the support team is excellent.
Our Criminal litigation 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.
The latest news and insights from our criminal and financial crime team
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Russell-Cooke’s financial crime team successfully represent client in Account Freezing Order proceedings