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Dean Armstrong QC
Lawyer
Dean Armstrong QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dean Armstrong QC

The 36 Group
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Alex Bailin QC
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Alex Bailin QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alex Bailin QC

Matrix Chambers Limited
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Human Rights Law Criminal Practice Fraud
Ali Bajwa QC
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Ali Bajwa QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ali Bajwa QC

Garden Court Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Anthony Berry QC
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Anthony Berry QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Anthony Berry QC

9 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Raju Bhatt
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Raju Bhatt was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Raju Bhatt

Bhatt Murphy
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Administrative and Public Law Human Rights Law Police
Peter Binning
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Peter Binning was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter Binning

Corker Binning
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Steven Bird
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Steven Bird was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Steven Bird

Birds Solicitors
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Neill Blundell
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Neill Blundell was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Neill Blundell

Macfarlanes LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Michael Borrelli QC
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Michael Borrelli QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael Borrelli QC

Three Raymond Buildings
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Mark Bowen
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Mark Bowen was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark Bowen

Shearman Bowen & Co.
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Michael Bowes QC
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Michael Bowes QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael Bowes QC

Outer Temple Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
William Boyce QC
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William Boyce QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

William Boyce QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Robert Brown
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Robert Brown was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Robert Brown

Corker Binning
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Trevor Burke QC
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Trevor Burke QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Trevor Burke QC

Three Raymond Buildings
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Anthony Burton CBE
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Anthony Burton CBE was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Anthony Burton CBE

Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Ian Burton
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Ian Burton was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ian Burton

BCL Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Alexander Cameron QC
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Alexander Cameron QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alexander Cameron QC

Three Raymond Buildings
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Michael Caplan QC
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Michael Caplan QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael Caplan QC

Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud Professional Malpractice Litigation
Kenneth Carr
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Kenneth Carr was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Kenneth Carr

Sternberg Reed
  • Location:
    Essex, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Emily Carter
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Emily Carter was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Emily Carter

Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Jae Carwardine
Lawyer
Jae Carwardine was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jae Carwardine

Russell-Cooke LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Mukul Chawla QC
Lawyer
Mukul Chawla QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mukul Chawla QC

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Dennis Clarke
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Dennis Clarke was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dennis Clarke

Clarke Kiernan LLP
  • Location:
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
William Clegg QC
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William Clegg QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

William Clegg QC

2 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Charles Conway
Lawyer
Charles Conway was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Charles Conway

2 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Richard Cooper
Lawyer
Richard Cooper was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard Cooper

Sternberg Reed
  • Location:
    Essex, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
David Corker
Lawyer
David Corker was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

David Corker

Corker Binning
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Adrian Darbishire QC
Lawyer
Adrian Darbishire QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Adrian Darbishire QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Jane E. Deighton
Lawyer
Jane E. Deighton was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jane E. Deighton

Deighton Pierce Glynn
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Human Rights Law Police Criminal Practice
Anthony Edwards
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Anthony Edwards was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Anthony Edwards

TV Edwards Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Richard Egan
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Richard Egan was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard Egan

Tuckers Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Diana Ellis QC
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Diana Ellis QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Diana Ellis QC

25 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Tom Epps
Lawyer
Tom Epps was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Tom Epps

Cooley LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
David Etherington QC
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David Etherington QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Etherington QC

Red Lion Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Peter Fallen
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Peter Fallen was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter Fallen

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Nicola Finnerty
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Nicola Finnerty was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Nicola Finnerty

Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC
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Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC

Doughty Street Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Criminal Practice Human Rights Law
Trevor Francis
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Trevor Francis was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Trevor Francis

Blackfords LLP
  • Location:
    Croydon, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Matthew Frankland
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Matthew Frankland was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Matthew Frankland

Byrne and Partners LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Patrick Gibbs QC
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Patrick Gibbs QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Patrick Gibbs QC

Three Raymond Buildings
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Jane Glass
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Jane Glass was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jane Glass

BCL Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Kate Goold
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Kate Goold was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Kate Goold

Bindmans LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
John Harding
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John Harding was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

John Harding

Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice Professional Malpractice Litigation
Mark Haslam
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Mark Haslam was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark Haslam

BCL Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Jane Hickman
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Jane Hickman was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jane Hickman

Hickman & Rose Solicitors
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Rachel Hubbard
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Rachel Hubbard was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Rachel Hubbard

BCL Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Bernard Huber
Lawyer
Bernard Huber was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bernard Huber

Edwards Duthie Solicitors
  • Location:
    Essex, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Peter Hughman
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Peter Hughman was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter Hughman

Hughmans Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Scott Ingram
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Scott Ingram was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Scott Ingram

Slater and Gordon LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Aftab Jafferjee QC
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Aftab Jafferjee QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Aftab Jafferjee QC

6KBW College Hill
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Alan Jenkins
Lawyer
Alan Jenkins was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alan Jenkins

Serjeants' Inn Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Professional Malpractice Litigation
Stephen Kamlish QC
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Stephen Kamlish QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Stephen Kamlish QC

Garden Court Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Andrew Katzen
Lawyer
Andrew Katzen was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew Katzen

Hickman & Rose Solicitors
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Steven Kay QC
Lawyer
Steven Kay QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Steven Kay QC

9 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
John Kelsey-Fry QC
Lawyer
John Kelsey-Fry QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John Kelsey-Fry QC

Cloth Fair Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation Law Fraud Criminal Practice
Timothy Kendal
Lawyer
Timothy Kendal was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Timothy Kendal

2 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Judy Khan QC
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Judy Khan QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Judy Khan QC

Garden Court Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Matthew Knight
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Matthew Knight was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Matthew Knight

Knights Solicitors
  • Location:
    Kent, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Criminal Practice
Melanie Krudy
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Melanie Krudy was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Melanie Krudy

GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates Ltd
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Richard Lissack QC
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Richard Lissack QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard Lissack QC

Fountain Court Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud Pensions Practice Health & Safety Law Clinical Negligence Administrative and Public Law
Michael Mansfield QC
Lawyer
Michael Mansfield QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael Mansfield QC

Nexus Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Human Rights Law Criminal Practice
Richard Matthews QC
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Richard Matthews QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard Matthews QC

2 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Fraud Criminal Practice Health & Safety Law
David McCluskey
Lawyer
David McCluskey was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David McCluskey

Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Jim Meyer
Lawyer
Jim Meyer was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jim Meyer

Tuckers Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Henry Milner
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Henry Milner was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Henry Milner

Henry Milner & Company
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Clare Montgomery QC
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Clare Montgomery QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Clare Montgomery QC

Matrix Chambers Limited
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice Administrative and Public Law
Shaun Murphy
Lawyer
Shaun Murphy was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Shaun Murphy

Edwards Duthie Solicitors
  • Location:
    Essex, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Simon Natas
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Simon Natas was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Simon Natas

Irvine Thanvi Natas Limited
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Colin R. Nott
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Colin R. Nott was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Colin R. Nott

Hallinan Blackburn Gittings & Nott LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Michael O'Kane
Lawyer
Michael O'Kane was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael O'Kane

Peters & Peters LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Neil O'May
Lawyer
Neil O'May was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Neil O'May

Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Tim Owen QC
Lawyer
Tim Owen QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Tim Owen QC

Matrix Chambers Limited
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Administrative and Public Law Human Rights Law
Stephen Parkinson
Lawyer
Stephen Parkinson was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Stephen Parkinson

Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Alison Pople QC
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Alison Pople QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alison Pople QC

Cloth Fair Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Greg Powell
Lawyer
Greg Powell was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Greg Powell

Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Orlando Pownall QC
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Orlando Pownall QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Orlando Pownall QC

2 Hare Court
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Edward Preston
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Edward Preston was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Edward Preston

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Nicholas Purnell QC
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Nicholas Purnell QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Nicholas Purnell QC

Cloth Fair Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Patrick Rappo
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Patrick Rappo was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Patrick Rappo

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Colin Reynolds
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Colin Reynolds was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Colin Reynolds

Reynolds Dawson
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
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Jo Rickards was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jo Rickards

Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Ian Ryan
Lawyer
Ian Ryan was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ian Ryan

Howard Kennedy LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Litigation Criminal Practice
Neil Saunders
Lawyer
Neil Saunders was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Neil Saunders

Three Raymond Buildings
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
James Saunders
Lawyer
James Saunders was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James Saunders

Saunders Law
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Nick Seeley
Lawyer
Nick Seeley was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Nick Seeley

Lawtons Solicitors
  • Location:
    Hatfield, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Brian Spiro
Lawyer
Brian Spiro was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Brian Spiro

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Jim Sturman QC
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Jim Sturman QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jim Sturman QC

2 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Fraud Criminal Practice
Martine Taube
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Martine Taube was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Martine Taube

Sternberg Reed
  • Location:
    Essex, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Andrew Thompson
Lawyer
Andrew Thompson was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew Thompson

Red Lion Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Harry Travers
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Harry Travers was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Harry Travers

BCL Solicitors LLP
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice Fraud
Andrew Trollope QC
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Andrew Trollope QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew Trollope QC

187 Fleet Street
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Bambos Tsiattalou
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Bambos Tsiattalou was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bambos Tsiattalou

Stokoe Partnership
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
Kieran Vaughan QC
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Kieran Vaughan QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Kieran Vaughan QC

2 Bedford Row
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
June Venters QC
Lawyer
June Venters QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

June Venters QC

Venters Solicitors
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
David Whittaker
Lawyer
David Whittaker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Whittaker

2 Hare Court
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice
James Wood QC
Lawyer
James Wood QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James Wood QC

Doughty Street Chambers
  • Location:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Practice

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It is an immutable fact that criminal trials in England and Wales are adversarial. The prosecutor presents evidence to the court said to implicate the defendant in the criminal conduct charged. In contrast, the defence lawyer will seek to challenge the prosecution evidence and present defence evidence, which may include the defendant giving evidence. It is up to the judge (or lay justices) or the jury to declare guilty or not guilty verdict. It the police by and large who gather evidence to prosecute and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), generally, who decide to prosecute.

Non-white collar crime can range from motoring offences at one end of the spectrum and murder at the other where imprisonment for life is mandatory. There are other offences in the calendar of offences which have serious impact on the defendant, by deprivation of liberty or serious financial penalty or the loss of his good character resulting in his ability to earn a living.

It is crucial that the individual facing criminal proceedings secures the services of an expert solicitor from the outset. The solicitor can guide and protect his rights in the police station at any interview. He can negotiate the level of charge with CPS (or other prosecuting authority) where appropriate. If the matter proceeds to trial the experienced solicitor will deal with disclosure of the prosecution evidence and bring any challenge to the trial court if necessary.

At the trial the solicitor advocate or the instructed counsel (barrister) will advise the defendant on what prosecution evidence to challenge and cross examine relevant witnesses. The defendant will be advised on whether to give evidence and taken through his evidence in-chief.

In the event of a guilty verdict the experienced criminal practitioner will be on hand to advice on appealing the sentence or the verdict. There are different time limits for lodging an appeal dependent on the court of conviction. Where leave is required to appeal the sentence or conviction the solicitor will offer hands-on advice on the prospects of success in the Crown Court or in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). The services of an experienced solicitor is essential for the individual facing a criminal charge.

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It is an immutable fact that criminal trials in England and Wales are adversarial. The prosecutor presents evidence to the court said to implicate the defendant in the criminal conduct charged. In contrast, the defence lawyer will seek to challenge the prosecution evidence and present defence evidence, which may include the defendant giving evidence. It is up to the judge (or lay justices) or the jury to declare guilty or not guilty verdict. It the police by and large who gather evidence to prosecute and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), generally, who decide to prosecute.

Non-white collar crime can range from motoring offences at one end of the spectrum and murder at the other where imprisonment for life is mandatory. There are other offences in the calendar of offences which have serious impact on the defendant, by deprivation of liberty or serious financial penalty or the loss of his good character resulting in his ability to earn a living.

It is crucial that the individual facing criminal proceedings secures the services of an expert solicitor from the outset. The solicitor can guide and protect his rights in the police station at any interview. He can negotiate the level of charge with CPS (or other prosecuting authority) where appropriate. If the matter proceeds to trial the experienced solicitor will deal with disclosure of the prosecution evidence and bring any challenge to the trial court if necessary.

At the trial the solicitor advocate or the instructed counsel (barrister) will advise the defendant on what prosecution evidence to challenge and cross examine relevant witnesses. The defendant will be advised on whether to give evidence and taken through his evidence in-chief.

In the event of a guilty verdict the experienced criminal practitioner will be on hand to advice on appealing the sentence or the verdict. There are different time limits for lodging an appeal dependent on the court of conviction. Where leave is required to appeal the sentence or conviction the solicitor will offer hands-on advice on the prospects of success in the Crown Court or in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). The services of an experienced solicitor is essential for the individual facing a criminal charge.