Criminal Defence

  • Personal crime

    We appreciate more than most the stressful and sometimes life changing implications of finding yourself subject to criminal investigations and proceedings, leading to feelings of helplessness and isolation. We are focused on supporting and advising you through the process in the strictest of confidence and are determined to ensure the best outcome possible.

    We offer expert advice and representation dealing with investigations at the police station, interviews under caution, applications and prosecutions in the Magistrates courts and the Crown Courts and beyond. The Head of Department also holds Higher Court Advocacy Rights which enables him to personally represent clients in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

    As a contract holder with the Legal Aid Agency we are able to provide free legal advice in appropriate cases. In addition, we are one of the few firms in Kent to be awarded with a specialised Very High Costs Case Contract which enables us to deal with more substantial matters. If you do not qualify for Public Funding (“Legal Aid”) we offer representation on a private funding basis at very competitive rates.

    We also have a dedicated 24 hour helpline which means that you can contact us in an emergency and we can arrange representation at the police station when the offices are closed. The number to contact us on is 07528 270 096.

    Our range of legal expertise includes dealing with investigations of:

    • Drug supply, manufacture and importation
    • Fraud, money laundering, confiscation and restraint
    • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Murder and other homicide matters
    • Rape and other serious sexual offences
    • Robbery, burglary and theft

    In addition, we have extensive experience and expertise in the complexities of the road traffic legislation including Drink Driving, the totting up procedure and avoiding endorsement or disqualification on the basis of special reasons or exceptional hardship. To understand more about our costs and timescales, please look at our Motoring offences cost information page.

  • Our Specialists

    Our legal teams have a genuine passion for what they do. Their specialist knowledge is an absolute given (you should accept nothing less) and they pride themselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.

    If you have any questions get in touch

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    Matt heads up the Criminal Litigation team and has a strong focus on major crime, including successfully representing one of the defendants in the £53 million Securitas Robbery Trial and successfully representing a suspect in the “Body in the Suitcase Murder”. He is a member of The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and is Duty Solicitor qualified.

    Matt is currently instructed by a client suspected of being involved in one of the biggest frauds in the country with the value in the 100’s of millions. The case is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office who investigate and prosecute serious fraud, bribery and corruption cases.

    Matt qualified as a solicitor in 1999  and has an impressive academic career that includes a BSC (Hons) Psychology London University, Common Professional Examination in Law, Post graduate Legal Practice Course at College of Law London, Higher Court Advocate, Duty Solicitor Qualified. Matt initially practised family law prior to specialising in crime/ criminal litigation for the last 18 years.

  • Expertise

    Matthew regularly represents his client in both the Magistrates and Crown Court and has been a crown court advocate since 2005. His range of legal expertise includes dealing with investigations of:

    EXPERTISE

    • Regulatory and commercial crime
    • Drug supply, manufacture and importation
    • Fraud, money laundering, confiscation and restraint
    • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Murder and other homicide matters
    • Sexual offences
    • Robbery, burglary and theft
    • Road traffic offences
    • Criminal Litigation with Focus on Major Crime

     

    What clients say

    "I had no complaints from start to finish with all the staff of the company" "Treated fairly, everything explained clearly."

    Notable cases

    R v B and others –. Multi handed conspiracy to commit fraud I represented a director of a company was said to have conspired with an NHS employee to commit Fraud. Client case dismissed during the trial.

    R v B. International Ponzi fraud. Client was said to have committed a multi-million pound fraud against investors in the UK and the Costa del Sol.

    Other

    Matthew is a keen sportsman actively pursuing cycling, golf, football and basketball. He previously played Rugby at high level and has played in sides representing the country. He is also a devoted Francophile and fits all this in when not spending time with his family.

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    Richard was admitted in 2010. Richard is duty qualified and has broad experience in criminal law & white collar crime, general corporate, international and cross-border work (UK, Russia and South Africa). He has strong analytical and problem solving skills, is experienced in reviewing large volumes of documents in the course of criminal investigation and trial preparation as well as for due diligence and litigation in commercial matters.

    Richard is a Duty Solicitor and Crime Supervisor with experience managing all aspects of practice including governance and compliance. He is a member of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, The Club Taurino of London and the Latin Mass Society.

    He has sound practical knowledge of criminal practice and customer-facing regulated activities and an appreciation of the regulatory environment.

     

  • What clients say

    "The advice, information you receive are second to none. Keeps you informed of everything you need to know."

    Other

    Richard has recently joined the To-Ken Society of Great Britain (The To-Ken society of Great Britain is an organisation dedicated to the study and preservation of Japanese swords, fittings and armour) and the Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association (Wildfowling and shooting).

    He has a “lovely wife and two beautiful young daughters” and went to Pretoria Boys’ High School (Solomon House).

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    Nina is the Department Manager in the Criminal Litigation team.  Her role also includes assisting the criminal litigation solicitors in the day-to-day preparation of cases.

    Nina has a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of our Criminal Litigation team for over 12 years.

  • What clients say

    "Has been a star over the last 4 years. She has kept it realistic on outcomes and any information I need always got answers for. She has always gone above and beyond to help."

    Other

    Nina enjoys going to the cinema and cooking.