SOLVING PERSONAL LEGAL MATTERS
Our private criminal defence solicitors are industry-leading and committed to delivering excellence. We offer a 'cutting edge, best in class service' and excel in representing professionals and prominent individuals. Increasingly, the department receives instructions from those who want a better service and calibre of a lawyer than is typically available on Legal Aid. Rather than settle for what the State is prepared to pay for, those who value their reputation, livelihood, and liberty are more frequently opting to to appoint private criminal defence solicitors.
Why choose Forbes Solicitors?
We are a large, national, multi-disciplinary firm representing clients for over 200 years in one form or another. We are ranked in the Top Tier of firms in the United Kingdom by the Legal 500 and Band 1 (highest) by Chambers and Partners.
Our team of private criminal defence solicitors acts in thousands of cases every year, often in the most serious and most high-profile cases before the Courts. The firm has significant resources and uses the latest technology to prepare cases. Our private criminal defence team treats you and your case with integrity, sensitivity, and a 'laser focus' towards obtaining a successful outcome for you from the moment of instruction.
Is it worth paying privatelyfor a private criminal defence solicitor?
Craig MacKenzie leads the High-Profile & Private Crime Division at Forbes Solicitors. What he has to say:
When funding your defence privately, you have access to the best lawyers and experts. You can expect Partner level representation from a top solicitor and have the option of instructing a top QC from the outset. You can have continuity of representation and access your lawyer 24/7. If you are fortunate enough to have the resources, it is well worth opting to fund your case privately. I believe that the Criminal Justice System is breaking in many ways. The system has been underfunded for many years. Legal Aid has been cut to the extent that many experienced lawyers have left the profession. For professional clients, we draw on the expertise of other departments to form a bespoke, multi-disciplinary team if necessary. Often required if there are professional discipline, employment, business, immigration, family, or reputation management issues arising because of the criminal investigation or proceedings. I believe that prevention is often better than cure. By opting to pay privately, we can focus our efforts on avoiding proceedings at the outset of an investigation. Many cases begin with an arrest and interview at the Police Station. The Police then release suspects under investigation for substantial periods. In some cases, months and even years can pass while the Police investigate. Why waste all this time just waiting for the Police. A better approach is to start defending your case immediately. We can conduct our investigation and submit evidence to the Police and CPS on your behalf to avoid any charges. The sad fact is that you cannot get this level of service on Legal Aid.
How much does private criminal defence cost?
Our initial assessment of your matter will always be free. This assessment and can take 10 to 15 minutes for simple matters and many hours for the more complex matters. If we decide to proceed further, we will provide you with clear and transparent options regarding the likely costs.
Our Partner hourly rates range from £200 to £550 per hour plus VAT, depending on the nature and complexity of the case.
Our fixed fee packages start from as little as £999 plus VAT for pre-charge investigation advice. They can be tailored to individual budgets to ensure that you get the best representation possible for your budget
How will Forbes defend me?
We have a large team of excellent criminal lawyers who treat clients with honesty, integrity, and compassion. From the moment of instruction, we have one goal: to secure a successful outcome for you. The High Profile & Private Crime Division approaches each case in 3 stages:
1. Information Gathering
During this stage, we want to understand you and your case. We listen, ask appropriate questions and gather as much information as possible. After proper consideration of the situation you face, we move on to the second stage.
2. Strategy Planning
We will create and agree upon a beginning to end strategy that plots a path to your desired outcome during this stage.
We take action to execute our plan to achieve your desired outcome.
Throughout the whole process, you will have access to your criminal defence solicitor 24/7. We can communicate with you over the phone, via e-mail, via a live link (Zoom/Teams/CVP) or face to face. We have physical offices in London, Manchester, Salford, Leeds, Blackburn, Accrington, and Preston. For some clients, we understand that discretion is a must, so we can arrange to see you in person at your home in the UK or abroad in appropriate cases.
For a free initial assessment, please submit our online form.