Stoke Newington Chambers

Private Client Criminal Defence

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”  Red Adair, oil well firefighter.

While private client criminal defence may seem like an expensive seat in business class, when the alternative is DIY advice and advocacy, many people find having an expert direct access Criminal law barrister helping them to get it right the first time is far less costly than the alternative.

Everyone understands the maxim, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” – but when it comes to law and lawyers, some people think they will save money by doing it themselves.  They assume that by, “just explaining to the police/CPS/judge what happened”, everything will be all right.

The truth of what happened does not make a deep knowledge of the law, procedure and policy inconsequential. And as many people discover too late, the truth is only the start of what they need to know.

Unfortunately, many potential clients contact me after they’ve been convicted.

Invariably, the cost of my going to and arguing a case at an appeals court is going to be much higher than my giving straight-up advice about your prospects of success before the trial, or fighting your corner in court by forensic cross-examination of the police and other witnesses against you, or, if you are pleading (or found) guilty, persuading the magistrates why any penalty and costs against you should be kept to a minimum.

My clients get value for money by knowing what to fight and when to fight it – and by knowing how to minimise their exposure to costs.

And because I’m a self-employed barrister, my clients also save money because I don’t have a high street solicitor’s office space to pay for or any payroll to meet. When clients instruct me, they pay for my time and expertise – and not my overheads.

When your reputation or driving licence is at stake, it pays to get expert advice from a Crime & Motoring law specialist who’s in the magistrates courts on a weekly basis. I know what to say to the magistrates, how to say it – and when to say it.

It’s never to soon for us to talk.