Rod Hayler

Managing Director

Rod leads the Old Bailey Solicitors team as Managing Director and has specialised in criminal defence work since 1998.


He is a trial advocate of 17 years’ experience and with an impressive track record of success.  As a Higher Courts Advocate since 2007, Rod also represents clients in Crown Courts across the country and in the Court of Appeal.

Strong client care ethos 

Rod’s level of client care is first class which is why he holds a caseload of professional clients, such as Company Directors, Accountants, Teachers, Financial Advisers and Doctors.  In recent years, Rod has also developed a practice representing companies that have been prosecuted in relation to tax or regulatory offences.

A proven ability to handle sex cases sensitively but proactively

Rod has built up an impressive and nationwide practice representing clients wrongfully accused of rape or other sexual offences and he has achieved many notable successes in this area.  His ability to form relationships with other specialist professionals has led to Rod being instructed to handle some of the most sensitive and highly pressured cases in this field.

General criminal defence experience

His reputation as a leading 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.

You should consider instructing Rod Hayler to handle your case if you require the following: 

  • A level headed and pragmatic approach
  • Honest advice from the outset of your case
  • Hard work and diligence
  • A lawyer who cares about the outcome of your case and the effect it will have on you


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: [email protected] 


Recent Articles by Rod



See Rod’s series of videos entitled “How to Represent Yourself in the Magistrates’ Court” here

What is a VAT Security Bond and am I required to give one? 

Regulatory success for Old Bailey Solicitors in corporate liability case 

Defending Sex Cases 

VAT Security – A Case Study

OBS client acquitted of marital rape claim

What happens in a criminal court – Part 1

What happens in a criminal court – part 2

Three clients avoid custody for images offences


Find out more about Rod in our “Meet the Team” series here

Read about the book “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” that Rod helped to produce here 



Recent Notable Cases

R v J – HMRC seeking extradition of client to the UK to face tax evasion charges

R v A – Former solicitor client charged with multiple frauds against clients.  Custodial sentence avoided and Confiscation proceedings avoided.

R v R – Private client charged with Fraud in his role as Power of Attorney.  Custodial sentence avoided.

R v H – GBH with intent.  City based insurance broker client.  Custodial sentence avoided.

R v N – Murder.  City based private client 

R v T – Private client facing Contempt of Court proceedings for failing to comply with Jury Service

R v C – Private client charged with Rape of estranged wife.  Successfully persuaded CPS to discontinue case after disclosure failures.

R v M – Private client charged with Rape.  Acquitted after trial.

R v M – Murder. Acquitted after successful submission of no case to answer



Client Testimonials


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

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 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

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

OBS were highly professional and supportive at a very difficult time. Rod Hayler provided rapid response to any queries – October 2017



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