Criminal Law and Criminal Defence Solicitors

When you need us most…


If you are facing criminal proceedings or an investigation, your reputation and, potentially, your freedom, is on the line. It is vital therefore that you choose legal representation that not only has the expertise you need, but that will also fearlessly defend your rights and treat you with care and understanding.

Criminal proceedings can be daunting and the legal system is complex, which is why our team of defence lawyers will work with you every step of the way, keeping you informed of the progress of your case and building the best defence possible. Our team of criminal defence solicitors are ranked number one for crime in the East Midlands by the Legal 500, so you can rest assured that you will receive an excellent service.

Based in offices across the East Midlands, our dedicated team of experienced defence lawyers are on hand 24-hours a day to represent you at every stage, from the Police Station to the highest courts within the legal system. The out of hours contact for each office is: 

Our services include:

The team has been awarded the highest possible ranking by the Legal 500, an independent guide to law firms in the UK, which states: 

“Smith Partnership’s ‘dedicated and hard-working team of extremely knowledgeable criminal practitioners’ offers ‘a one-stop shop’ for criminal defence matters. Key figures in the ‘outstanding’ department include practice head and ‘master of the criminal courts’ Andrew Oldroyd, David Cusack, and Higher Courts advocate Justin Ablott. The practice also has as a deep bench of more junior solicitors.”

We have also been appointed to the panel of solicitors empowered by the Legal Aid Agency to deal with very high cost cases – something very few firms have achieved.

A cornerstone of our organisation is the belief that everyone has the right to the best possible legal representation, irrespective of the allegation they are facing or their financial circumstances. For those eligible for legal aid, a member of the defence team will help with the application. For those not eligible, we supply a fixed fee quotation along with options of ways to pay.

To find out more and to discuss your specific requirements, contact us.

The Team


Smith Partnership offers one of the UK’s largest criminal departments and we deal with all aspects of criminal defence, whatever the seriousness or range of charges you are facing. Our team includes:

  • Kevin McGrath
    Kevin McGrath
    Managing Partner, Head of Business Defence
  • Andrew Oldroyd
    Andrew Oldroyd
  • Stuart Newsam
    Stuart Newsam
  • David Cusack
    David Cusack
  • Justin Ablott
    Justin Ablott
  • Kevin Thompson
    Kevin Thompson
    Legal Clerk
  • Sanjeev Siniara
    Sanjeev Siniara
    Legal Clerk
  • Neil O'Driscoll
    Neil O'Driscoll
  • Steve Hennessy
    Steve Hennessy
  • Mike Kimberley
    Mike Kimberley
  • Adrian Pearce
    Adrian Pearce
  • Sonia Lawrence
    Sonia Lawrence
  • Nick Wenden
    Nick Wenden
  • Lorraine Horton
    Lorraine Horton
    Legal Clerk
  • Derek Angus
    Derek Angus
    Senior Legal Clerk
  • Guy Carter
    Guy Carter
  • Vasanti Vaitha
    Vasanti Vaitha
    Associate/High Court Advocate
  • Kerri Pattrick
    Kerri Pattrick
  • Beth McGovern
    Beth McGovern
  • Hannah Spicer-Short
    Hannah Spicer-Short
    Legal Clerk
  • James Lamming
    James Lamming
    Legal Clerk
  • Bhavna Ramji
    Bhavna Ramji
    Legal Clerk
  • Sharon Dowley
    Sharon Dowley
    Legal Clerk

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