Criminal defence solicitors

Anne Ball

Senior Partner & LEAD CONTACT
  • Manchester
  • Clinical negligence, criminal defence
  • 0161 234 2402
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Criminal law cases – how we can help

Our criminal defence solicitors have expertise in several areas of criminal law. We defend clients charged with serious criminal offences, leading to trials in the crown court and magistrates court. Our experience is at all levels of the criminal process, from attending an initial interview with the police through charge, magistrates court and crown court preliminary hearings and ultimately to trial. Our experienced criminal defence solicitors also have experience in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

We are able to handle the full range of criminal cases and our experience includes cases involving allegations of:

  • Gross negligence manslaughter
  • Sexual assault
  • Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Common assault/battery (including domestic violence)
  • Perverting the course of justice
  • Making/possession/distribution of indecent images of a child
  • Grooming
  • Stalking/harassment
  • Rape
  • Computer Misuse Act offences
  • Importing an indecent article
  • Being drunk in an aircraft (Civil Aviation Act offences)

The type of assistance we can provide includes:

  • Police station representation – If you are required to attend an interview at the police station, be it voluntarily or under arrest, you have a right to legal representation. It is vital that a considered response is given at any police interview because what is said (or not) can be crucial in dictating the ultimate outcome. Our team of criminal defence solicitors has extensive experience of accompanying our clients and advising them at police interviews.
  • Magistrates court representation – If you are charged with an offence and are summoned to appear in the Magistrates’ Court, we can ensure that you are properly represented at that hearing.
  • Crown court representation – If your case proceeds to the Crown Court, we have years of experience of gathering evidence and undertaking all the necessary preparation to put you in the best possible position to put a robust defence at trial. It is also important that you have high-quality representation at the trial itself – we work with a range of skilled and well-renowned criminal counsel.
  • Appeals – In the event that you have already faced trial unsuccessfully, we can advise and assist regarding any potential appeal, whether against a conviction or sentence. Time is of the essence, so contact us straight away if you are considering an appeal.
  • General advice – Prevention is better than cure and, particularly with some of the more technical offences, we may be able to advise on how to minimise the risk of criminal prosecution in the future.

The cases we are involved in regularly attract TV and press coverage and we are well used to managing this and to helping our clients through all aspects of what can often be a highly stressful experience. We are acutely aware of the sensitivities involved in managing a criminal case for professional and other clients and the potential for serious career and reputational damage. Given our complementary expertise in defending professionals facing regulatory and disciplinary investigations, we are especially conscious of the potential regulatory ramifications of criminal cases, and vice versa, and are very well-placed to advise on each of these aspects, with an eye on the bigger picture where there are potentially multiple simultaneous investigations.

We have particular expertise in defending healthcare professionals, having dealt with many sexual assault, gross negligence manslaughter and NHS counter-fraud cases, as well as numerous others. We have also assisted clients in defending criminal allegations arising from health conditions such as alcoholism and drug addiction. We regularly act in other proceedings arising from the same circumstances, including regulatory investigations and hearings, Inquests, civil claims and a number of successful challenges of information included in enhanced DBS certificates.

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  • Chambers UK 2016
    “[Adam is]praised for his “all-round ability.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[Adam is] a real thinker... If you have a problem case, he can find a way to tackle it.”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He’s unflappable, calm and level-headed. He’s good at managing the stress of the client.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “I would describe him as being great in a case analysis – he has a very intellectual, careful and cautious approach, and he is great at determining strategy.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “Very astute, switched-on and practical.”
  • Chambers UK 2013
    “He is one of the best in the country for this sort of work.”
  • Chambers UK 2015
    “Former dentist Chris Morris is ‘very effective and cares passionately about what he’s doing'.”
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    “Chris Morris' attention to detail and risk management is unsurpassed - he has real insight into our practice area. ”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “Chris Morris is the firm's senior partner and is well known for his expertise in defending medical professionals, particularly dentists, before their regulators. He is praised for his “pragmatic and solutions-focused” approach.”
  • Legal 500 2016
    “The ‘well-seasoned, calm and pragmatic’ Chris Morris heads the practice'.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Wise, experienced, good tactician”
  • Legal 500 2018
    “A top-quality lawyer who has vast experience, excellent strategic acumen and an impressive grasp of the detailed legal aspects of this field.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “She's a details person who is very knowledgeable and extremely good at managing difficult clients.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “An excellent clinical knowledge with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of regulatory law in the medico-legal field”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Handles difficult clients with real skill, and is straight talking and knows the law inside out.”
  • Chambers UK 2016
    ““[Simon is] a vigorous and effective advocate” who is “very able and thorough.” “He continues to be highly regarded for his representation of healthcare practitioners."”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[Simon has] robust advice combined with tactical awareness and a good client manner. He is well regarded in the marketplace for his representation of medical professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He’s very experienced and knows the regulation of medical professionals inside out. He’s very thorough and very knowledgeable.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “Simon Eastwood is a standout lawyer who is well known for defending healthcare professionals before the GDC and GMC. Sources say: “He is hugely experienced. What he doesn’t know about regulatory work isn’t worth knowing.”
  • 2016
    “Friendly, unpretentious and prepared to work hard to achieve results.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[He is] ‘a very astute and thoughtful tactician’ with sources commending his ability to ‘identify the real issues and consequences of problems and devise the appropriate strategy.”
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    “[Stephen is]…very bright, very clever and works incredibly well with clients, counsel and legal experts”
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    “He is very loyal to his clients, very tenacious and absolutely dedicated.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “[Stephen Hooper] asks the right questions and takes a systematic approach.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Stephen is described as] an ‘imaginative’ associate with a ‘refreshing approach to legal problems.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable.”
  • Chambers UK 2013
    “Huge commitment and passion for the job without being unrealistic about what can be achieved... [He is] entirely straightforward, and he fights very hard for his client. He’s the ideal solicitor.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in "managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor."”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He has an excellent manner with clients. He’s very realistic and very down-to-earth.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “He’s a very thoughtful solicitor who thinks strategically and tactically.”
  • Legal 500 2018
    “Has unmatched client care and attention to detail.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Surjit is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Tania Francis skilfully sorted out a settlement, bringing a huge amount of acumen to the case. ”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “She's fantastically diligent, extremely hard-working and very tough in not letting her clients be pushed around.”
  • Legal 500 2016
    “Tania Francis is very able, highly intelligent and very supportive.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Sharp, thorough, expert in Professional Discipline”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Commits herself to clients' cases, while her previous professional experience as a doctor gives her particular insight into which points are worth pursuing.”