Rod Hayler

Rod Hayler

Rod has specialised in criminal defence work since 1998 and took partnership in 2005. He represents legally aided and privately paying clients in the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court, the Appellate Courts and at the police station. He is a trial advocate of 15 years’ experience and with an impressive track record of success.

Rod generally holds a caseload of professional clients, such as Company Directors, Accountants, Teachers, Financial Advisers and Doctors. As such, his level of client care is first class.

Rod’s reputation as a criminal lawyer has grown in recent years due to his experience of high profile cases including murder, fraud and terrorism. Rod has also represented clients being prosecuted by the Serious Crime Agency (formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency), the Fraud Division of the CPS and the Anti-Terrorism Division. He has represented clients in relation to trading standards allegations, some of which garnered nationwide media interest. He is experienced in handling complex Confiscation proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He has regularly represented clients facing prosecution by the UK Border Agency and the National Crime Agency. Rod also has a history of representing clients wrongfully accused of rape or other sexual offences and he has achieved many notable successes in this area.

Rod obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2007 which entitles him to represent clients as an advocate in the Crown Court and the Appellate Courts. Increasingly, clients prefer to instruct Rod to represent them in the Crown Court. However, Rod also maintains close contact with a small number of specialist Crown Court advocates, including Queen’s Counsel, and will instruct an appropriately experienced advocate when it makes sense to do so.

In cases of particular complexity, Rod will head a team of lawyers including the trial advocate and assistant paralegals, who will work together to prepare the case for trial or otherwise negotiate the best outcome for the client.


Rod is recommended in Chambers and Partners as a leading criminal defence solicitor, as follows:

Rod Hayler is also a higher courts advocate, and has attracted attention for his “ability to obtain the confidence of very frightened clients.” (2013)

Rod Hayler has experience in handling cases concerning homicide and terrorism offences, in addition to trading standards prosecutions. Market commentators commend his outstanding client care. (2014)


Contact Rod by email at: rod.hayler@oblaw.co.uk


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