Overturning miscarriages of justice can be complex, time-consuming and difficult. We are experts at reopening such cases and vigorously re-examining the evidence, however complicated or extensive. Wherever we can, we pursue appeal cases with determination, to try to ensure that the right outcome is achieved.
The criminal justice system is not infallible and we are aware that, sadly, innocent people can be convicted, even if this is not a popular outlook, nor one shared by some sections of the media or the judiciary.
We regularly bring serious and high-profile cases to the Court of Appeal and to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). In recent years, we have successfully represented Sion Jenkins, overturning his murder conviction and securing his eventual acquittal, and Mark Dallagher following his conviction for murder based on highly controversial ‘ear print’ evidence, and we have a number of other cases pending before the CCRC and the Court of Appeal.
More recently, we have successfully secured the overturning of over 50 criminal convictions arising from the deployment of undercover police in the protest community over several decades. For example in both R-v-Bard and others and R-v-Barkshire and others, the Court of Appeal upheld the appeals on the basis of serious failures of disclosure by the Prosecution which we had identified.
In all appeal cases, we scrutinise the evidence and are particularly known for deploying fresh scientific evidence and novel legal arguments on behalf of our clients.
For families of relatives serving prison sentences in such cases, it can be particularly distressing, and we often receive referrals from families who would like to start an appeal but who do not know how to go about it. We realise too, that both they and their relatives have often lost faith in the criminal justice system by this stage. We will always give realistic advice from the outset and examine all aspects of our clients’ cases so that they can be confident that every possible avenue has been explored.
Criminal Defence and Extradition
Inquests: Advising and Representing Interested Persons and Witnesses
Journalists and Media Organisations
Appeals and Miscarriage of Justice
Police Station Representation and Advice
Celebrity and High Profile Legal Services
Criminal Court Representation
Road Traffic Offences
Sexual Offence Allegations
Official Secrets Act Breaches
Human Trafficking, Smuggling, and Slavery Offences
University Misconduct Complaints