Criminal Solicitors

A note on how firms are graded

You can find further details here

A = Highly recommend
B = Recommended
C = Unsure or no recommendation
D = Do not recommend


Phoenix Law

Third and Fourth Floor
92 High Street
Belfast BT1 2BG

T: 028 9032 8383

Graded B

Darragh Mackin [] specialises in human rights cases and has been recommended


BMV Solicitors

Third Floor, Ruskin Chambers,
191 Corporation Street,
Birmingham, B4 6RP

T: 0121 248 1980

Graded B


Kellys Solicitors

9 St. Georges Place,
Brighton, BN1 4GB

T: 01273 674 898
Out of hours pager:0800 387 463

Graded A

A highly respected firm covering the South East, London and Wales. Good at instructing agents and has been known to represent people across the country where requested. Widely praised and often favoured by anti-fascist activists. Lydia Dagostino has a long and successful track record of defending activists and is recommended by many as having a solid political understanding.


Aidan Woods & Co

238 Stapleton Road,
Bristol, BS5 0NT

T: 0117 952 2006 (24 hours)

Graded B

Paul Stevens & Co

48 Gloucester Road,
Bristol, BS7 8BH

T: 0117 942 9308

Main contact: Nicola Smailes

Graded B

Sansbury Douglas

6 Unity Street,
Bristol, BS1 5HH

T: 0117 926 5341 (24 hours)


Banner Jones

2/4 Marsden Street,
Derbyshire, S40 1JY

T: 01246 560 560
Out of hours: 07973 225894

Graded B

Bird & Co

15 Castlegate,
Lincolnshire, NG31 6SE

T: 01476 591711
Out of hours: 07711 627048

38 Kirk Gate,
Nottinghamshire NG24 1AB

T: 01636 650880
Out of hours: 07971 923651

Graded B


J Beltrami Berlow

40 Carlton Place,
Glasgow G5 9TW

T: 0141 554 0999 (24 hours)

Graded B

Clare Ryan

2 Douglas Gardens,
Glasgow G61 2SJ

T@ 07977 000 312

Graded A

Covers the whole of Scotland. Clare Ryan has a great track record of defending activists in Scotland.


Harrison Bundey

219 Chapeltown Road,
Leeds LS7 3DX

t: 0113 200 7400
Out of hours:07659 106872

Graded A



236 Gray’s Inn Road,
London WC1X 8HB

t: 020 7833 4433O
ut of hours:084 3224 9025

Graded A

Particularly good for environmental protest and issues. Mike Schwarz has decades of experience defending activists. Gavin who is often their police station rep is also extremely good.


61 Wandsworth High Street,
London SW18 2PT

T: 0208 874 7433
Out of hours: 07966 234994

Graded B

Tim Greene has been recommended in particular for animal rights cases.

Birnberg Peirce

14 Inverness Street,
London NW1 7HJ

T: 020 7911 0166
Out of hours: 020 7911 0166

Graded B

Matt Foot has been recommended for protest cases.

BSB Solicitors

2nd Floor,
3 Gower Street,
London WC1E 6HA

T: 020 7837 3456 (24 hour)

Graded B


The Co-op Centre,
11 Mowll Street,
London SW9 6BG

T: 020 3865 5403

Graded B

Small cooperatively run firm made up of solicitors with a background in protest cases.

Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson

662-664 Commercial Road,
London E14 7HA

T: 020 7790 4032

Graded B

Adeela Khan has been successful in protest cases and is recommended.

Hayes Law

1 Lyric Square,
London, W6 0NB

T: 0203 159 4248
Out of hours:07717 606 639

Graded C

Hodge Jones & Allen

180 North Gower Street,
London, NW1 2NB

T: 00808 274 8226 (24 hours)

Graded A

Good all round firm. Had some significant successes defending anti-arms trade protesters. Raj Chada has an excellent track record. Darrell Ennis-Gayle have also been successful in protest cases and is recommended.

Irvine Thanvi Natas (ITN)

19 – 21 Great Tower Street
Tower Hill
London, EC3R 5AQ

T: 020 3909 8100

Graded A

Good all round firm. Particularly good at defending anti-fascists. Simon Natas is highly recommended.


Robert Lizar

101 Princess Road,
Moss Side,
Manchester, M14 4RB

T: 0161 227 7777
Out of hours:07900 998 999

Graded A

Impressive track record on Manchester city centre protests and anti-fracking protests in Lancashire and Salford. Simon Pook is highly recommended, a dedicated solicitor with solid politics too


Singleton Winn Connell

232 Shields Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1DQ

T: 0191 265 8817
Out of hours:07904 190 124

Graded B


Howard & Byrne

Chestnut Court,
148 Lawrence St,
York YO1 3EB

T: 01904 431421

Graded B