Criminal Solicitors

A note on how firms are graded

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

Belfast

KRW Solicitors
Third Floor
9-15 Queen Street
Belfast BT1 6EA
Tel: 028 9024 1888
Email: office@kevinrwinters.com

Grading: B
Top solicitors: Darragh Mackin specialises in human rights cases and has been recommended.

Birmingham

BMV Solicitors
Third Floor, Ruskin Chambers,
191 Corporation Street,
Birmingham, B4 6RP
Tel: 0121 248 1980
Email: office@bmv-solicitors.co.uk

Grading: B

Brighton

Kellys
9 St. Georges Place,
Brighton, BN1 4GB
Tel: 01273 674 898
Out of hours pager: 0800 387 463
Website: www.kellys-solicitors.co.uk

Specialisms: 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.
Grading: A
Top solicitors: Lydia Dagostino has a long and successful track record of defending activists and is recommended by many as having a solid political understanding.

Bristol

Aidan Woods & Co
238 Stapleton Road,
Bristol, BS5 0NT
Tel: 0117 952 2006 (24 hours)
Website: www.aidanwoods.co.uk

Grading: B


Paul Stevens & Co
48 Gloucester Road,
Bishopston,
Bristol, BS7 8BH
Tel: 0117 942 9308 – Main contact: Nicola Smailes

Grading: B


Sansbury Douglas
6 Unity Street,
Bristol, BS1 5HH
Tel: 0117 926 5341 (24 hours)
Website: www.sansburydouglas.co.uk

Grading: B

East Midlands

Banner Jones
2/4 Marsden Street,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire, S40 1JY
Tel: 01246 560 560 – Out of hours: 07973 225894
Website: www.bannerjones.co.uk

Grading: B


Bird & Co
15 Castlegate,
Grantham,
Lincolnshire, NG31 6SE
Tel: 01476 591711 – Out of hours: 07711 627048
Website: www.birdandco.co.uk

Grading: B


Bird & Co
38 Kirk Gate,
Newark,
Nottinghamshire NG24 1AB
Tel: 01636 650880 – Out of hours: 07971 923651
Website: www.birdandco.co.uk

Grading: B

Glasgow

J Beltrami Berlow
40 Carlton Place,
Glasgow G5 9TW
Tel: 0141 554 0999 (24 hours)

Grading: B


Clare Ryan
2 Douglas Gardens,
Bearsden,
Glasgow G61 2SJ
Tel: 07977 000 312
Specialism: Covers the whole of Scotland.

Grading: A
Top solicitors: Clare Ryan has a great track record of defending activists in Scotland.

Leeds

Harrison Bundey
219 Chapeltown Road,
Leeds LS7 3DX
Tel: 0113 200 7400 – Out of hours 07659 106872

Grading: A

London

Bindmans
236 Gray’s Inn Road,
London WC1X 8HB
Tel: 020 7833 4433 – Out of hours 084 3224 9025
Website: www.bindmans.com
Specialism: Particularly good for environmental protest and issues.

Grading: A
Top solicitors Mike Schwarz has decades of experience defending activists. Gavin who is often their police station rep is also extremely good.


Birds
61 Wandsworth High Street,
Wandsworth,
London SW18 2PT
Tel: 0208 874 7433 – Out of hours: 07966 234994
Website: www.birds.eu.com

Grading: B
Top solicitors Tim Greene has been recommended in particular for animal rights cases.


Birnberg Peirce
14 Inverness Street,
London NW1 7HJ
Tel: 020 7911 0166 – Out of hours: 020 7911 0166
Website: www.birnbergpeirce.co.uk

Grading: B
Top solicitors Matt Foot has been recommended for protest cases.


BSB Solicitors
2nd Floor,
3 Gower Street
London WC1E 6HA
Tel: 020 7837 3456 (24 hour)
Website: www.bsbsolicitors.co.uk

Grading: B


Hayes Law
1 Lyric Square,
Hammersmith,
London, W6 0NB
Tel: 0203 159 4248 – Out of hours: 07717 606 639
Website: www.hayeslaw.co.uk

Grading: C


Hodge Jones & Allen
180 North Gower Street,
London, NW1 2NB
Tel: 0800 437 0322 – Out of hours 07659 111 192
Website: www.hja.net
Specialism: Good all round firm. Had some significant successes defending anti-arms trade protesters.

Grading: A
Top solicitors Raj Chada has an excellent track record. Adeela Khan and Darrell Ennis-Gayle have also been successful in protest cases and are recommended.


Irvine Thanvi Natas (ITN)
Unit 2 Stratford Office Village,
4 Romford Rd,
London, E15 4EA
Tel: 020 8522 7707
Website: www.itnsolicitors.com
Specialism: Particularly good at defending anti-fascists.

Grading: A
Top solicitors Simon Natas is highly recommended.

Manchester

Robert Lizar
101 Princess Road,
Moss Side,
Manchester, M14 4RB
Tel: 0161 227 7777 – Out of hours: 07900 998 999
Website: www.robertlizar.com
Specialism: Great track record on Manchester city centre protests and the Barton Moss anti-fracking camp.

Grading: A
Top solicitors Simon Pook is highly recommended, a dedicated solicitor with solid politics too.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Singleton Winn Saunders
232 Shields Road,
Byker,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1DQ
Tel: 0191 265 8817 – Out of hours 07904 190 124
Website: www.sws-solicitors.co.uk

Grading: B
Top solicitors We have received a glowing recommendation for Richard Copsey.

York

Howard & Byrne
Chestnut Court,
148 Lawrence St,
York YO1 3EB
Tel: 01904 431421

Grading: B