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Private Criminal Defence Law


If you are unfortunate enough to be the target of criminal proceedings Clarke Barnes are there to help. Our specialists have more than 40 years experience in dealing with criminal prosecutions of all kinds, from the simplest road traffic matters, to complex fraud cases and appeals to the High Court. We undertake criminal defence work on a private basis only.


Our Consultant, Stephen Gilchrist was ranked in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers & Partners legal directories for his work in this area and has been praised ‘for both his “top legal brain” and criminal fraud expertise’.


We are equally adept at advising and representing clients in complicated proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 which may involve rules concerning confiscation orders after a conviction and civil proceedings in relation to the seizing and freezing of assets.

Representation at Interviews & Arrest

One of the most important and significant stages in the criminal investigative process occurs after arrest, and is the questioning of a suspect under ‘caution’. It is important to have first class legal representation at a police station or at any interview under caution with an experienced solicitor. We can provide such guidance and can be contacted out of hours if necessary.

Court Representation

Clarke Barnes can provide specialist in house representation at Court and we also work with a number of leading sets of barristers’ chambers and a database of top specialists, should expert forensic evidence be required.

Criminal Appeals

In a criminal trial process, a defendant can often argue against a harsh sentence, excessive confiscation order or wrongful conviction. It may be possible to challenge a sentence or conviction by presenting new evidence, arguing the decision was unreasonable or proving that the law was poorly applied.

Clarke Barnes specialise in supporting clients to appeal criminal convictions made in court, and we have the skills and experience to ensure appeal cases are as strong as possible.