CRIMINAL DEFENCE

Our Crime Team deals with all types of cases with a criminal justice element from all over London. We are focused on criminal defence at all stages of the police investigation and court proceedings.

Due to the current health crisis, we are working as much as possible by telephone and video-conferencing. The initial consultation is always free. You will receive realistic and practical advice from a highly experienced criminal defence solicitor. We will attend police stations if you have been arrested (always free) and attend court (free if legal aid is granted)

It you have to appear before a court, we will help you with your application for legal aid and if it is granted you will be represented by an experienced solicitor-advocate or barrister in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court.

The Crime Team are passionate about access to justice and effective representation. We deal with a diverse range of cases. Our supervisor Richard Gowthorpe and our solicitor McKenzie Webster are both solicitor advocates with many years experience at the ‘front line’ of criminal defence.

If legal aid is not available or is refused, we offer pro bono advice and assistance (ie advice before the hearing) but we cannot guarantee representation at the hearing itself.

We deal with cases from the beginning when the police make an arrest or invite you to a police station for a formal interview, and throughout the court proceedings whether it stays at the Magistrates’ Court or is sent to the Crown Court. We will appeal any unfair conviction or sentence.

We are also happy to discuss problems with individuals who are already in prison and may need some advice.

Where we have to charge, we will usually do so for a fixed fee so you know precisely what we will do and how much it will cost. Our fixed fees for most cases are as follows although particularly serious or complex or unusual cases may cost more.

  • Initial consultation is free, you will then be asked if you want us to open a file for a “one-off advice” for £40 fixed fee + £40 per hour after the first hour.
  • Representation at a Police Station (under arrest or voluntary attendance) is free if no other lawyer has yet attended on the same matter, otherwise £250 fixed fee.
  • Magistrates Court appearance – advice & representation: Trials and other contested hearings: £450 fixed fee up to one day; all other hearings: £150 fixed fee.
  • Crown Court appearance – advice & representation: Trials and other contested hearings: £950 fixed fee up to three days; all other hearings: £350 fixed fee.

PLEASE NOTE: 20% VAT will be added

If any kind of criminal justice issue arises please contact us on 020 8619 9633 or 07494127843 or by email: crime@nklc.org.uk.

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