Rod Hayler

Rod Hayler

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. 

Rod's level of client care is first class.  Generally holding a caseload of professional clients, such as Company Directors, Accountants, Teachers, Financial Advisers and Doctors, Rod also represents companies that have been prosecuted in relation to tax or regulatory offences.  

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 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. 


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 


See Rod's series of videos entitled "How to Represent Yourself in the Magistrates' Court" here

Find out more about Rod in our "Meet the Team" series 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

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