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Shaw Graham Kersh is a leading criminal defence law firm based in Central London. The firm is ranked within the top twelve law firms in London conducting criminal defence work by Chambers and Partners 2021 and is similarly ranked by the Legal 500. The firm is committed to providing its clients representation of the highest quality, irrespective of background or history. Shaw Graham Kersh understands that however major or minor the offence, for the individual involved, the experience can be traumatic. Their approach therefore combines top level pragmatic expertise with sensitivity and total discretion. The firm undertakes both private and publicly funded work.

quotemarkAn absolutely fantastic criminal defence team who provide the highest quality service to their clients. Many lawyers send clients to them by way of personal recommendation – a testament to the trust they hold with the profession.”

quotemarkA small, committed team with lots of practical experience, they are head and shoulders above most firms for dedication and quality.”

quotemarkHighly committed to outstanding levels of service to all clients. Courageous approach to defence strategies and imaginative approach to problem solving in difficult circumstances.”

quotemarkHigh level of commitment to meeting the needs of clients and providing a high quality of service whether privately or publicly funded. Particular expertise in private client criminal work. Consistently demonstrate good results as a result of "going the extra mile."

quotemarkClient care is second to none.”

Legal 500 2021

quotemarkShaw Graham Kersh is a dedicated, experienced and highly effective firm that provides high-quality and timely advice. It is a firm to whom I would refer anyone requiring representation in serious criminal proceedings.”

quotemarkStrong bench of experienced criminal practitioners who act for both private and publicly funded clients. Adept at handling matters concerning complex criminal conspiracies, including people trafficking, gang-related violence and large-scale drug investigations. Demonstrates expertise in cases that involve young defendants as well as those with mental health issues.”

quotemarkThey stand out for their hands-on approach.”

Chambers and Partners 2021


The firm are specialists in criminal defence undertaking all serious and complex crime including murder/manslaughter, assault, drugs supply, fraud and money laundering, restraint and confiscation proceedings, civil freezing orders, corruption and bribery cases, sex offences, terrorism, internet crime, and Encro Chat investigations.  The firm has additional expertise in defending extradition proceedings, and handling investigations/proceedings brought by the FCA, CMA, Local Authority prosecutions, and professional disciplinary proceedings.

"Paul Graham is an exceptionally able and experienced solicitor who is careful, thorough and efficient. He takes a strategic approach from the very beginning of a case, puts clients at ease and has a positive cooperative approach with counsel."

"I would always recommend Phil - you just know he will always go the right way about a matter." "He is very personable and good with clients."

Chambers and Partners 2022

“Raymond Shaw – a highly experienced litigator who is diligent, creative and devoted to his clients. He is a pleasure to work with and is tactically astute.”

Legal 500 2022

"Raymond Shaw is a good defence lawyer who shows judgement, confidence and clear thinking." "He demonstrates excellent client care and superb attention to detail. He is an excellent tactician who provides sensible pragmatic advice."

Chambers and Partners 2022

“Paul Graham has an excellent and well-deserved reputation amongst the legal profession and clients alike. He runs his firm like he runs his cases – with tact, focus and sound judgement.”

Legal 500 2022

“Philip Hill is an outstanding solicitor. He is extremely hard-working, knows his cases back-to-front and there is nobody better with clients. His kindness and sensitivity is widely recognised.”

“Both Paul Graham and Raymond Shaw are stalwarts of the London criminal market and should be praised for their client care, especially with regard to legally aided clients.”

Legal 500 2022

'There is a freshness and energy to this team. At a time when many solicitors are understandably jaded and muted this firm makes opportunities and prepares cases to a very high standard indeed'

Legal 500 2021

"Raymond Shaw is amazing at dealing with people who are having their first interaction with the law."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

"Paul Graham is very knowledgeable." "He knows what he is doing and is very realistic in his advice." "He is very good with clients - relaxed and calming."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

'Really do punch above their weight in terms of service provision and general organisation. Highly recommend'.

Legal 500 2021

Legal 500
Chambers and Partners UK 2022