Old Bailey Solicitors

Our Criminal
Defence Services

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We are ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners – a directory of the top performing
law firms in the country – for our crime expertise in Brighton and the surrounding areas.

How much does a criminal defence lawyer cost?Read more

At Old Bailey Solicitors, we offer fixed fees for work. 

For a meeting with one of our solicitors, we charge a fixed fee of £350+VAT and for representation at a routine first hearing at the Magistrates Court we charge a fixed fee of £750+VAT.

However, in many scenarios, it is not always possible to provide an exact quote until we have been given more information about your case.  The amount of work can vary significantly from case to case.

Please note that all of our fees are payable in advance and are non-refundable once work has commenced. We will provide you with a copy of our terms of business before taking payment.

If you have questions about fees for your case, please call 0207 8464 999 and ask to speak to our New Enquiries Manager.

What kind of preparation is required before a criminal defence case?Read more

The type of preparation required for your criminal defence case depends on which court is hearing your case and whether or not you have pleaded guilty or not guilty.

If you have pleaded not guilty, it will be necessary to prepare for a trial. In both courts, this will involve meeting with a solicitor to take your instructions and gathering any necessary evidence or reports.

In the crown court, this can also involve the preparation of a defence statement and the requesting of further disclosure.

If you have pleaded guilty, preparation will be based on gathering information and evidence in relation to mitigation, preparation for a Probation pre-sentence report or obtaining medical notes.

For help preparing your case, contact 0207 8464 999 to speak to an expert at Old Bailey Solicitors.

When should you hire a criminal defence lawyer?Read more

No matter what stage your case is at, Old Bailey Solicitors understands that criminal proceedings and investigations can be complicated and daunting. At Old Bailey Solicitors we can assist with your case from the investigation stage at the police station to sentencing at the crown court. If you are under investigation or charged with an offence, it is important to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. If you have an ongoing criminal defence case, you are welcome to contact Old Bailey Solicitors on 0207 8464 999 or at [email protected].

Can a criminal defence lawyer help me if I’ve already been charged with a crime?Read more

If you’ve been charged with an offence and been provided with a court date, Old Bailey Solicitors can still help you with the next stages of your case. Whether you require representation at the first hearing at the Magistrates Court, or need assistance with a trial, Old Bailey Solicitors have an experienced team of legal representatives who can help you with your case. Old Bailey Solicitors can offer fixed private fees for trial or (if you are eligible) we can apply for legal aid on your behalf.

If you have been charged with an offence, you are welcome to contact Old Bailey Solicitors on 0207 8464 999 or at [email protected] to discuss how we can assist.

What factors should I consider when hiring a criminal defence lawyer?Read more

Relevant factors may include the specialism of the solicitor, the availability of the representative and location of the firm.  The level of client care and attention that will be paid to your case is also an important consideration.  

Here at Old Bailey Solicitors, we have a number of experienced solicitors who specialise in a variety of areas of criminal law, from violent crime to financial crime and sexual allegations. 

The availability and location of the legal representative is also an important factor to take into consideration. While Old Bailey Solicitors will offer the same diligent and professional service whether funded privately or via legal aid, private fees are often charged in order to better guarantee the continuity of your representative or barrister.

Contact Old Bailey Solicitors on 0207 8464 999 or at [email protected] to find out whether we can assist you.