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Criminal Defence Solicitors
The team at JMW consist of leading experts and specialists who represent clients nationwide. They have been involved in some of the biggest criminal investigations and prosecutions, and are ranked as a top tier crime firm by the Legal 500, as well as Chambers and Partners.
Being investigated for or charged with a criminal offence is a daunting prospect, particularly because the penalties can have life-changing consequences. That is why it is vital that you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure you are properly represented and protected.
Our criminal defence solicitors have earned an excellent reputation for our success in defending clients in all manner of criminal cases. We regularly provide support to clients who are under investigation and are facing prosecution at the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court and appeals to the Court of Appeal.
The full-service offering by JMW allows us to be proactive when representing clients facing an investigation or proceedings. The dynamic team is robust and able to take steps that may ultimately avoid any criminal litigation.
Areas of Expertise
- Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigations
- Gross negligence manslaughter
- HMRC investigations
- Indecent images
- Insolvency Service investigations and prosecutions
- Instructing advocates and expert witnesses
- Interviews under caution
- Judicial Review
- Magistrates' Court representation
- Malicious Communications Act offences
- Money laundering
How JMW Can Help
We offer a bespoke service that places a greater emphasis on client care, offering a more detailed approach to defending cases, as well as consistent representation throughout the entire legal process. Our expert solicitors and leaders in their field will ensure you are aware of your legal rights and the options available to you before any charges are brought during the investigative stage and throughout your legal proceedings.
This approach has not only allowed us to gain the best possible results for our clients, but it has also resulted in them enjoying a much-improved service. This is something that the Legal 500 has acknowledged, describing JMW’s offering as a ‘Rolls Royce service’ and praising the team for its ‘superb client care and thorough preparation’.
We have helped many clients avoid charges, secure early acquittals and achieve not-guilty verdicts in court. In cases where a conviction cannot be avoided, we typically will be able to secure reduced penalties by ensuring all mitigating factors are considered.
Additionally, we have a long tradition of successfully defending clients investigated and prosecuted by authorities such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Trading Standards and local authorities.
We promise to do all we can to achieve the desired outcome for our clients and endeavour to reduce any stress or anxiety they experience during very challenging times.
For information on how to fund your criminal defence case, take a look at our dedicated page.
Partner and Head of Department
Business Crime, Regulation & Driving Offences