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

The best people, the best advice

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 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. The vast majority of our staff have been with this firm for a number of years because...

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...

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Client 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 was very much appreciated.

Case dropped - November 2018

Thank you very much for everything Camilla, you've been brilliant. I really appreciate it.

Crown persuaded to discontinue case - November 2018

My daughter and I were really impressed with Tim's calm, helpful and understanding nature and he put us at ease in an awful situation.

Police station client - October 2018

Camilla, this is excellent news and I believe that this success is a direct result of your hard work and your extensive knowledge of the legal system

August 2018 - Financial adviser's case dropped

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

I am extremely happy and elated with the service that was provided by Rod and the team, and would more than happily shout this from the rooftops if necessary.

Acquitted client - August 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 who avoided custody

Thank you so much Karen. It has been an incredibly stressful time for us but your professionalism and guidance made the situation far more bearable. We knew we were 'in good hands,' from the moment I spoke to you and cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. You remained true to your words and because of your commitment to the case, we achieved the best possible outcome.

Charges withdrawn - July 2018

Camilla Rents was excellent throughout the whole engagement with OB Law. Not only was her legal knowledge exemplary, her calming and supportive manner that she showed to my son helped him get through this and minimised his anxiety and stress. Thank you so much Camilla.

Father of recently acquitted youth client

Camilla, I would like to thank you formally for your support and advice during this stressful time, from the initial hearing through to the second and final hearing . In particular how you created a calming and supportive environment from the moment my son met you, which allowed him to engage and to tell his side of the story. My son felt at ease almost immediately which was a contrast to how he was leading up to the first hearing. I doubt whether the same outcome would have been achieved without your help and guidance, but even if the outcome was different I believe that my son was as prepared as best he could have been to face it, and that was down to you.

Parent of Camilla's client - June 2018

Your assistance, leading to a successful outcome, has played a big part in my son's recovery and we are very grateful.

Parent's of one of Rod Hayler's clients - June 2018

You’re a winner Camilla - great stuff!

Recent client - May 2018

You are absolutely the best. You worked tirelessly putting my case together. Jane, your care and concern was superb. Great result.

Recently acquitted client - April 2018

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

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



Sussex House, Crowhurst Road Brighton
Sussex, BN1 8AF (Registered Office)



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Surrey, RH6 7PR
DX: 200400, Horley

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