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” 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

The best people, the best advice,

the best outcomes

Established in 1999, and with experience at the highest level, we have built a reputation for providing first-rate advice and representation to clients requiring an individual service. 

Our criminal defence lawyers provide bespoke advice to individuals and companies who demand quality at every stage. We have developed a firm of dedicated lawyers and relationships with the best advocates and barristers at the criminal bar.

We continue to be committed to providing effective representation on legal aid for as many people as we can. For those who fund their cases privately, we can usually offer a fixed price and your choice of solicitor or barrister. We understand that your case is fundamentally about you, your life, your business, your future and every aspect of our work is designed to keep you at the centre of what we do for you.

Primary Practice Areas

Fraud and Financial Crime

Old Bailey Solicitors have considerable experience acting for individual and corporate clients facing allegations of fraud, money laundering, cheating the revenue, bribery, corruption and other financial offences. If you are under investigation or have been charged with fraud, Old Bailey Solicitors can provide you with expert legal advice and representation. 

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Tax and HMRC Investigations

If you are suspected of being involved in a missing-trader, intra-community fraud (sometimes known as carousel fraud), HMRC may be withholding your claim to VAT input repayments. We work with leading tax barristers and Queens Counsel to ensure that you stand the best possible chance of reclaiming any disputed amounts of VAT.

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Health and Safety Prosecutions

Health and Safety offences can result in reputational damage, heavy fines and prison sentences. Old Bailey Solicitors can provide expert advice and representation to individuals, companies, directors and employees from the earliest stages of an investigation, including interviews under caution, right through to court proceedings if the case goes that far.

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MHRA Investigations and Prosecutions

Offences under the Medicines Act 1968 include a broad range of crimes including the sale and distribution of unlicensed medicines or the sale of licensed products by unauthorised vendors. Old Bailey Solicitors regularly advise, represent and defend clients being investigated and prosecuted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We can represent you if you are going to be interviewed under caution at the MHRA headquarters in Victoria or at court anywhere in England and Wales.

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Licensing Applications and Appeals

Whether you are an established company or setting up a new business, our experienced licensing team can assist you at every stage of the application process. We can advise you on all aspects of licensing law, including the sale of alcohol, gambling or other entertainment.

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Sexual Offences

Allegations of sexual offences are more emotive and personal than any other allegation. Old Bailey Solicitors have significant experience and have enjoyed notable successes defending those accused of sexual offences . We will handle your case sensitively and compassionately.

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Violent Offences

Offences of violence vary in their gravity. Our criminal defence lawyers have vast experience dealing with the full range of violent offences; from murder, manslaughter, kidnap and robbery to minor assaults. No matter how serious the allegation, we understand the stress and worry that cases of this nature can bring and we guide our clients through their case with sensitivity and defend them with rigour.

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Drug Offences

From large importations to cases of personal possession, our criminal defence lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to represent those under arrest for drug-related offences. There is often a high level of misunderstanding relating to drug offences, including whether or not a particular drug is illegal and what amounts to supply of drugs. It is essential that expert legal advice is sought as soon as possible but Old Bailey Solicitors can help you, no matter what stage your case has reached.

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Driving Offences

The law surrounding road traffic offences is particularly complex, so obtaining expert legal advice at an early stage could be the difference that means you can avoid a driving ban, a heavy fine or even a prison sentence. Old Bailey Solicitors can guide you through the often confusing official paperwork to ensure you are dealt with fairly by the police and the courts.

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If you’re facing prosecution or investigation, then now is the time to talk to us. 

Our Team of leading Defence Solicitors

Rod Hayler

Rod Hayler

Solicitor - Managing Director

Karen Brookes

Karen Brookes

Solicitor - Director

Robert Beighton

Robert Beighton

Solicitor - Director

Camilla Rents

Camilla Rents

Solicitor - Director

Jill Joyce

Jill Joyce

Solicitor

Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette Appleton

Chartered Legal Executive Advocate

Grant Long

Grant Long

Solicitor

Linda Macdonald

Linda Macdonald

Chartered Legal Executive Advocate

Tim Cosham

Tim Cosham

Solicitor

Gillian Hayler

Gillian Hayler

Paralegal

Brian Aldred

Brian Aldred

Higher Courts Advocate

Lesley Fleming

Lesley Fleming

Paralegal

Tim Leete

Tim Leete

Solicitor

Nick Ross

Nick Ross

Solicitor

Stephen Walters

Stephen Walters

Higher Courts Advocate

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From Our Clients

Here’s a few kind words from our happy clientsClick here to see more Testimonials

“Karen, I really wanted to take a moment to thank you for your help. I would not have hesitated to hire your firm to represent me in my case. Likewise, I will personally recommend my friends and family (should future needs arise) to work with a great firm such as yours, and one people can trust with very high standards. Once again, my sincere thanks…it was very much appreciated.” Case dropped

November 2018

“I couldn’t thank you enough for all the help and support you’ve give me throughout this case, Camilla. I am so thankful and grateful for the outcome of this case, I couldn’t have gone through this without the support from you. Once again thank you so much I really appreciate the help.” Client Saved from Custody

“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

Recent News

No Comment?

No Comment?  Rod has specialised in criminal defence work since 1998. He is a trial advocate of 17 years’ experience and, as a Higher Courts Advocate, he represents clients in Crown Courts and in the Court of Appeal. If you’re interviewed under caution by the police...

What is a VAT Security Bond ?

What is a VAT Security Bond and am I required to give one? The Tax & HMRC Investigations Team at Old Bailey Solicitors have noticed a marked increase in “Notices of Requirement and VAT Security” in recent years.  This is a procedure whereby HMRC can request...

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