With nearly 50 staff, including 25 solicitors and 3 in-house barristers, we are one of the largest criminal law specialist firms in London and, indeed, the UK.
Ben Lansbury started the firm in Hammersmith in 1996, initially as a sole principal, moving to North End Road, West Kensington (Olympia) the following year. Charles Worthington joined the partnership in 1999 and the firm has continued to steadily expand ever since. In 2006 the firm moved back to Hammersmith and into its present offices. More recently we have opened a second office at 107-111 Fleet Street, London, EC4, dealing with serious fraud and regulatory offences, as well as personal injury claims.
We have many years experience covering all areas of criminal law ranging from simple Road Traffic Offences to Murder. We are Lexcel accredited, have Law Society Specialist status and have the Legal Services Commission Specialist Quality Mark. Legal aid is available. Our expertise includes not just defending common charges in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court but also more complex investigations of fraud & forgery; confiscation proceedings or restraint and receivership proceedings under proceeds of crime legislation; money laundering; computer crime & internet offences; Customs & Excise and Revenue offences; conspiracy to allegations; extradition proceedings; anti-social behaviour orders and applications. Whatever the charge we will examine the facts and the law and defend you to the highest professional and ethical standards.
We are members of the VHCC (Very High Cost Case) panel and represented Rakhi Shahi who was accused of running Univisas, an immigration visa agency authorised by OISC, that assisted visa applicants to obtain false educational and employment documentation in support of immigration applications (valued by the Crown at several millions of pounds), and which was the lead prosecution brought by the Home Office against allegedly bogus immigration agencies and colleges (R v Shahi, Sharma & Sharma). We subsequently represented JF in a similar large multi million pound visa fraud prosecution and she was acquitted of all charges at trial. In 2011 we have been heavily involved representing clients facing large scale prosecutions brought by DEFRA and by the HSE.
With our considerable experience in the field of personal injury claims and compensation we will claim compensation when it is rightfully due to you. We are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, The College of Personal Injury Law and the London Accident Link solicitors’ group. We deal with most cases on a “No-win No-fee" basis but we will also work on a private funding basis if you prefer. We cover almost all areas of compensation claims including road traffic accident claims; motorcycle accident claims; accidents at work, home or on holiday; accidents in public places or on public transport. We will also make claims and appeals to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board or the Motor Insurers Bureau for victims of criminal offences or victims of uninsured drivers and untraced drivers.
Our specialism in both criminal and personal injury law means we are well placed to offer expert advice on bringing claims against police and against the Court Service, and we have had some notable successes in this field. In employment law we specialise particularly in the area of drafting of and advising on compromise agreements when employment is due to be terminated by redundancy or on agreed terms, but can advise on all areas of employment law.
Whatever the case you will benefit from personal contact with a senior lawyer who will run your case and be available to you from start to finish. We are not confined to the London area and can arrange representation throughout the UK.