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Solicitors & Commissioners for Oaths & Higher Court Advocates

Accredited Criminal Law Firm in London

Criminal Department

Throughout the past decade more laws have been put on the statute books than ever before. Many of these laws have been criminal in nature and what may once not have been considered a criminal offence, can be one now. In many instances individuals or people may not even know they are committing a criminal offence, or happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This can tear families and communities apart. Fundamental protections for defendants have been eroded by changes to the rules of evidence and the seemingly never ending extension of police powers. Criminal law legal aid, now sadly, is out of the reach of many and for those still eligible the quality of criminal defence available has sometimes been diluted.

What we do

Being suspected or charged with a criminal offence can be a frightening experience. Early advice and guidance is essential in helping you to make important decisions that can affect the rest of your life. Here at Appleby Shaw we offer sensitive, straight forward, clear and common sense advice from the police station to trial and beyond. We believe our role is to guard our clients' interests fiercely, and that often means showing we care beyond the call of duty, making their problems our own, so that they can feel confident we will solve them quickly and professionally. We provide practical and inventive solutions, combining our legal expertise with real world advice.

Members of Appleby Shaw’s, the premier Criminal Law solicitors in London have defended in the most serious and high profile cases, including murder, terrorist offences, serious fraud, and sexual offences. However, we are discreet and respect the confidentiality and privacy of our clients and do not court publicity. We have acted for many high profile individuals and shaped the law through a number of cases we have defended.

Whilst members of our criminal team exercise Higher Rights of Audience we instruct the best Counsel in the UK and abroad on a case by case basis ensuring the client receives the best possible representation. Where necessary we will seek out and instruct experts in their fields in order to ensure that the most compelling and reliable expert evidence is obtained to support our clients’ cases.


We are experienced in all the following fields:

  • Homicide including murder, manslaughter and ‘mercy killing’
  • Terrorism
  • Fraud
  • Extradition
  • Appeals
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Corporate Crime
  • Assault
  • Sexual allegations
  • Money laundering allegations
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Restraint and confiscation proceedings
  • Motoring Offences

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