Sexual offence solicitors

Criminal investigations into sexual offences – how we can help

As specialist sexual offences defence lawyers in London, Hempsons has a proven-track record of successfully defending clients facing criminal investigations into alleged sexual offences. Whether you have been accused of sexual assault, rape, possession of indecent images of children, grooming or any other sexual offence, we have the expertise and experience to guide you through the entire process, from police interview to trial. See our criminal defence page for the services we can offer you.

If you are due to be interviewed under caution by the police, you have a right to legal representation. Hempsons’ team of criminal lawyers has extensive experience of assisting clients with police interviews and can help you prepare for and get through what can be an extremely daunting experience, which can have a key impact on how the case unfolds.

If you are charged with an offence, we can provide you with the expert representation you need at either the Magistrates Court or Crown Court, working closely with barristers from leading sets of chambers, many of whom have worked on some of the most high-profile and seminal cases in the field.

Given our expertise in representing healthcare professionals, Hempsons has a particular specialism in representing doctors and dentists charged with sexual offences. Our understanding of healthcare systems and ability to analyse medical records, as well as our relationships with leading medico-legal experts, gives us an advantage in knowing how to investigate cases where a clinician is accused of sexually assaulting a patient, and we have a proven track record of securing acquittals in the majority of such cases. Recent examples include:

  • Defending a cardiologist/general physician charged with 10 sexual offences against three patients. Our client was unanimously acquitted of all charges, at the end of a three-week trial;
  • Defending a male GP accused of sexually assaulting a male patient, where it was alleged that he had masturbated the patient without his consent. The GP denied the allegation and was found not guilty;
  • Defending an orthopaedic surgeon accused of sexually touching a female patient in a hospital carpark. Our client pleaded not guilty and was acquitted at the end of a one-week trial.

If you are facing an investigation into an alleged sexual assault, contact our experienced team of sexual offences defence solicitors in London today to secure the advice and support you need.

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  • Chambers UK 2023
    “Adam Smith possesses a wealth of expertise in defending clients facing GDC, GMC and HCPC investigations into allegations of inappropriate behaviour, dishonesty and sexual assault. He is also noted for his representation of police officers facing claims of misconduct.”
  • Chambers UK 2023
    “He is a super solicitor – he’s incredibly organised and has a very calm manner with clients and litigation. His drafting and communication skills are excellent.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “The tireless and very clever Katherine Sheldrick is highly recommended for any person facing professional discipline proceedings, and has been a first choice for many for several years.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “Katherine Sheldrick is outstanding; a master of the fine detail.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “‘Hempsons’ team is committed to its clients, hardworking, knowledgeable, and empathetic to clients’ needs.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Surjit is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.”
  • Legal 500 2022
    “Tania Francis is a qualified doctor and brings an invaluable perspective to any defence team.”