Criminal Defence Lawyers in London
Criminal Defence Lawyers in LondonAbout us
12456 crimes per month
5,367,895 crimes per year
5,600,000 crimes per year
1,576000 offences per year
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About us

Your access to the very best criminal solicitors and barristers

Over twenty years we have built a reputation for providing fantastic representation to clients requiring an individual service. Choosing to provide bespoke advice to individuals and companies who demand quality at every level, we have developed a firm of dedicated lawyers and relationships with the best barristers at the criminal bar.

We continue our commitment to providing representation on legal aid for many cases of complexity or particular legal difficulty. For those wishing to fund their cases privately we can usually offer fixed prices and your choice of solicitor or barrister. The case begins and ends with you and every aspect of our work is designed to keep you at the centre.

A defence step-by-step guide

We are expert criminal defence solicitors with many years of experience of defending clients detained at the police station. If you are arrested we can provide you with free legal advice either over the phone or we can attend at the police station to represent you.

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Corporate Clients

Companies sometimes want expert legal advice on criminal law at short notice and for a variety of reasons. It may be that you wish to ensure that you do not become criminally liable or that you are concerned about the behaviour of your employees or competitors.

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Funding your case

At Old Bailey Solicitors we pride ourselves on providing a high standard of representation for all our clients but the most senior lawyers are naturally drawn towards the most complex and challenging cases.

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Are you facing a police investigation and in need of expert advice?

It’s not too late to contact us, even if you have used the Duty Solicitor already

Our team

Old Bailey Solicitors has drawn together a team of lawyers it can be proud of

We are a talented group

Old Bailey Solicitors has drawn together a team of lawyers it can be proud of. Many of our staff have been with us for years because they enjoy working on challenging...

Meet our team

We are a talented group

Old Bailey Solicitors is proud to have forged close links with many Barristers at the Independent Criminal Bar. The Queen’s Counsel on this page are at the ve...

Meet our team

Client Testimonials

Camilla, I just wanted to thank you ever so much for the outstanding professional support you gave me and also for the calm and empathy that I felt and which helped a lot.

School head teacher - case dropped - February 2018

You have given him back 18 months of his life. None of us will ever be able to thank you enough, Rod, for your determination and wonderful execution at the Appeal.

Successful Appeal Client - January 2018

Just writing to express my thanks and appreciation for all your work. I am grateful to have been in the hands of an expert criminal defence team from Old Bailey Solicitors. I can now move forward with my life once again and hope for the best!

Client who avoided prison - November 2017

OBS were highly professional and supportive at a very difficult time. Rod Hayler provided rapid response to any queries.

Recent client - October 2017

Rod, thank you so incredibly much. I'm finding it hard to believe this nightmare is finally over. Thank you so much for all your quite brilliant support and advice.

Falsely accused client - September 2017

Mr Aldred, I would like to say a big "Thank You" for supporting me during these false accusations which were made against me. I would like to inform you that i was recently informed that the case would be closed and no action would be taken. Once again, thank you for believing in me.

Recent client - no further action taken - August 2017

Just a note to thank you for your support today. I would have been completely lost without you.

Surgeon facing police investigation - July 2017

Thank you Rob...without your big effort, my sister wouldn't have been acquitted, we really appreciated your help

Sister of acquitted client - July 2017

I would like to thank you, Rod, for the advice you gave to me in relation to the law, how to engage with Probation and what to expect in court. Such help could only come from a first class specialist, practising in this specific area for a long time

Client - June 2017

Karen, I'd just like to thank you and your team for all the help and advice regarding my case recently. I'm glad that it was resolved in a timely fashion and I would like to say that the Barrister you sent was excellent and extremely helpful. Thanks again.

Client - April 2017

Old Bailey Solicitors have been exceptional and I'm very pleased with all the help and support over the last 15 months. Nothing has been too much trouble from start to finish. You will be very looked after & in safe hands with this team

Client acquitted of a sexual offence

It was a great comfort to know you were fighting my corner.

Client - December 2016

...a level headed approach, complete preparation, paired with a smooth but deadly gravitas in the courtroom. You will be in very safe hands with Old Bailey Solicitors.

Client in the Operation Elvedon misconduct in public office trial

Thanks to your hard work I have been able to keep my home and get on with my life.

From a client who avoided custody

Everything has been done effortlessly and without any judgement. Thank you.

A client after confiscation proceedings concluded

I'm happy to pay the price for a good service. In my opinion, Rod Hayler did everything to a high standard.

A recently acquitted client

Old Bailey Solicitors have been exceptional in handling my case and making it as worry free as possible for me. OBS assisted me through every step of my case and went above and beyond expectations to achieve an outcome in the Crown Court which avoided a custodial sentence, for this I am very grateful.

First time offender

Contact us



15 Old Bailey,
London, EC4M 7EF
DX: 157388, Old Bailey 5



First Floor, 3 Hazelgrove Road Haywards Heath
West Sussex, RH16 3PH (Registered Office)
DX: 155893, Haywards Heath 7



3 Hereford House, Massetts Road Horley
Surrey, RH6 7PR
DX: 200400, Horley

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