Craig is a Partner in the firm and heads up the High Profile & Private Crime Division. He is a Solicitor Advocate who specialises in criminal defence, regulatory, and business crime. He leads our specialist team, which focuses on representing professionals, prominent individuals, and businesses subject to investigation or proceedings by various regulatory and enforcement agencies, including the Police and CPS.
Craig is a highly experienced trial lawyer and has an excellent track record of securing acquittals. He has personally conducted over 700 trials and acted as a solicitor litigator in many more, often instructing the best barristers in the country. He has successfully defended a broad spectrum of clients. His clients have included doctors, dentists, teachers, solicitors, senior police officers, clergy, premier league footballers, celebrities, politicians, and company directors.
Often instructed in high profile cases attracting media attention, Craig is reassuringly calm and discreet. As a lawyer, he is fearless in pursuing justice for his clients. He has earned a reputation for being able to succeed even in cases that initially appear unwinnable.
He has successfully defended professionals in disciplinary proceedings and can assist in cases brought by the General Dental Council, General Medical Council, and Solicitors Regulation Authority. He is also regularly called upon to assist in bespoke multi-disciplinary teams servicing the needs of our corporate clients.
As a member of the firm's Regulatory Group Craig has a wealth of experience defending cases prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, and Trading Standards. He defended the first-ever fraud prosecution brought by the Pensions Regulator and recently defended in a high-profile case by the Information Commissioners Office.
Craig has worked in legal practice since 2006 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. Before this, he trained as a Forensic Scientist and has an honours degree in Forensic and Biomolecular Science. Craig has a particular interest in cases involving expert evidence, and his background has assisted him greatly in successfully challenging such evidence. He is a member of the Law Society's Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme and is a council member for his local Law Society. Craig also holds 'Higher Rights of Audience' and is entitled to conduct advocacy before all criminal Courts, including the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
Craig is passionate, industrious, and resilient. He consistently achieves excellent outcomes for his clients. He can assist you or your business at any stage of criminal or regulatory proceedings. It is preferable to instruct Craig at the beginning of an investigation as initial early advice and representation can often avoid proceedings altogether.
Craig focuses mainly on privately funded cases. He does, however, accept instructions in relation to a handful of cases where private funding is unavailable. These cases are of a high-profile, serious, and complex nature. His current cases include allegations of Murder, Terrorism, and Fraud.
He is 'Top Ranked' in Chambers and Partners, an accolade bestowed upon only the very best lawyers in their field. He is also recommended in the Legal 500. Craig regularly appears on radio and television as a legal expert and has his own podcast.
What his clients say:
"Top class professional service".
"Mr MacKenzie was very quick to assist me and made sure that I understood things that previously confused me. He did an outstanding job and enabled me to have a fair trial. Safe to say, I got the verdict I wanted (NOT GUILTY), which was all thanks to Craig".
"I went to see Craig MacKenzie on recommendation, and he was very accommodating, knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend him".
"Craig, from the minute I met him, I felt he had a complete understanding of my case. He was calm, collected, and the most professional person I have ever dealt with. I am eternally grateful to him and could not praise his professionalism and quality more".
What the legal directories say:
Legal 500 2024
noted is 'outstanding performer' Craig MacKenzie.
Legal 500 2024
"Craig McKenzie is a standout lawyer. He is extremely bright, hardworking, and committed to his clients. His calm demeanour is effective, whether dealing with judges or stressed lay clients. His briefs are carefully prepared, and he follows the case through from start to finish."
"Craig is conscientious, hard-working and he has an excellent client manner."