Craig MacKenzie

Craig MacKenzie

Partner, Crime

Location Preston

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About Craig

Craig, a Partner at our firm, is a highly acclaimed Solicitor Advocate specialising in criminal defence, regulatory, and business crime. With an impressive track record and extensive experience, Craig leads our High Profile & Private Crime Division, representing professionals, prominent individuals, and businesses facing investigation or proceedings by various regulatory and enforcement agencies.

Craig's exceptional reputation is reflected in his recognition as a 'Top Ranked' lawyer in Chambers and Partners. He regularly speaks at events, sharing his insights and knowledge on regulatory crime, health and safety, and cybercrime. Craig's expertise has made him a sought-after legal expert on radio and television, including appearances on the BBC.

With a background as a Forensic Scientist, Craig brings a unique perspective to cases involving expert evidence. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Craig has personally conducted over 700 trials, and his clients benefit from this unique background and experience when he acts as a litigator, often collaborating with the best barristers in the country. His exceptional skills have led to numerous acquittals across a wide range of cases. Doctors, dentists, teachers, solicitors, senior police officers, clergy, premier league footballers, celebrities, politicians, and company directors have all benefited from his expert representation. Over the past twenty years, he has acted in some of the most serious, complex, and high-profile cases before the courts.

Known for his fearlessness in pursuing justice, Craig remains calm and discreet, even in high-profile cases attracting media attention. He has built a reputation for succeeding in cases that initially appear unwinnable, and his style is reassuring to his clients during challenging times. Craig's national presence extends to defending cases in courts nationwide, including those with international elements where clients outside the UK often seek his counsel.

He is a valuable asset to our corporate clients and has a wealth of experience defending companies and their directors.

Craig focuses primarily on privately funded cases and is always in high demand. Occasionally, he accepts high-profile, serious, and complex cases where private funding may be unavailable. Allegations of Murder, Terrorism, Fraud, Cybercrime, Bribery & Corruption are of particular interest. Contact us today to benefit from Craig's expertise and secure the best criminal defence.

Legal 500 2024

noted is 'outstanding performer' Craig MacKenzie.

Legal 500 2024

"Craig MacKenzie 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."

Chambers 2024

"Craig is conscientious, hard-working and he has an excellent client manner."

Client testimonials:

"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"

The Legal 500 ? Mackenzie, Craig  Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards Crime Firm of the year 

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