SGK Solicitors

TEL: 020 7734 9700

24 HOUR POLICE STATION ADVICE: 07074 959594
35 GREAT MARLBOROUGH ST, LONDON W1F 7JF


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Please click on links on the list for description of services

ADVOCACY SERVICES

The firm makes extensive use of the independent criminal bar to conduct trial advocacy. In addition, Daniel Kersh, Letitia Duffus, Harry Grayson, Madeleine Corr and Julian Weinberg all have Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts, and regularly appear in the Crown Court. Daniel Kersh is recognised for his trial advocacy. All our qualified solicitors also regularly appear in the Magistrates’ Courts, conducting all hearings including trials.

In the first instance please contact: The solicitor with conduct of your case.

APPELLATE WORK

This is an extremely specialised area of work and requires an in-depth knowledge of both procedure and complex legal issues, to best present your case to the Court of Appeal or Criminal Cases Review Commission.  We have particular success in overturning convictions and having sentences reduced, and are frequently referred work in this field.

We regret that other than in exceptional circumstances we do not conduct Appellate Work for new clients under the Legal Aid Scheme.

In the first instance please contact: Paul Graham

ASSAULT

These allegations range from the slightest altercation through to events falling just short of an allegation of murder.  For assaults in a domestic context please see below under ‘Domestic Violence’.

In defending allegations of assault we draw on the best available advice from forensic experts, and exercise our strategic judgement and tactical awareness to achieve the correct outcome.

In the first instance please contact: Philip Hill

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This area has become a zero tolerance target of Government, and a sensitive and tactical approach is required at all stages of the investigation and at any subsequent proceedings.  We are extremely experienced in handling such cases, and have the knowledge and expertise to deal with all the agencies that typically are involved in these proceedings.  Where appropriate we will refer you to specialist matrimonial lawyers for additional assistance.

In the first instance contact: Raymond Shaw or Philip Hill

DRUG OFFENCES

These include offences of simple possession, importation and supply.  More serious offences can be the most heavily investigated, often resulting from lengthy intelligence lead operations.  The prosecution may rely on sophisticated surveillance techniques together with analysis of telephone records, cell site analysis, financial records and other evidence.

In defending such allegations we draw on the best available advice from forensic experts, and exercise our strategic judgement and tactical awareness.

In the first instance please contact: Philip Hill or Paul Graham

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OFFENCES

Investigations by the Environment Agency may require a detailed forensic response from qualified experts in the relevant field.  Our experience includes defending alleged breaches of regulations and negotiating with the Environment Agency as to charge and case disposal.  In such matters we secure the best available advice and expertise.

In the first instance please contact:  Raymond Shaw

EXTRADITION

All extradition proceedings originate from our local Court, City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court.  We have longstanding and extensive experience in this field.  Warrants of extradition can be sought from any country with which the UK has a corresponding agreement, but several obstacles have to be overcome before an extradition can take place.  We are highly regarded in this specialist area of law.

In the first instance please contact:  Paul Graham or Harry Grayson

FINANCIAL CRIME

The introduction of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was a legal watershed.  Allegations of money laundering are now commonplace, and the authorities increasingly pursue Restraint and Confiscation Orders and apply for cash seizures.

Such cases can require urgent analysis of personal financial information and often require the input of expert forensic accountants.  We have the experience and expertise to deal with these complex cases, and where appropriate make use of sophisticated software programmes designed to assimilate data and events that can run to thousands of events and transactions.

In the first instance please contact: Raymond Shaw

FRAUD

We are a member of the Legal Aid Agency’s Very High Cost Case panel, and have extensive experience of representing clients accused of the most complex offences involving fraud.  The new Fraud Act 2006 has introduced into the scope of the criminal law a range of behaviour including seemingly inadvertent mistakes.  Such cases often require analysis of vast volumes of paperwork, handwriting analysis and the input of expert forensic accountants.  Others involve an understanding of complex chains of events concerning numerous individuals and/or companies. 

We have the experience and expertise to deal with these complex cases, and where appropriate make use of sophisticated software programmes designed to assimilate data and events that can run to thousands of events and transactions. 

In the first instance please contact: Raymond Shaw

GENERAL CRIME

The partners have collectively over 50 years’ experience in criminal defence work, so there is little that is new to us.  At the same time, we approach each case with a renewed sense of energy and optimism, and a total commitment to ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients.

Should you be investigated or prosecuted for any offence not covered in the list to the left, then please contact our general crime team manager, Philip Hill.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive typically require a detailed forensic response from qualified experts in the relevant field.  Our experience in defending allegations from gross negligence manslaughter through to breach of regulations concerning the disposal of asbestos has involved securing the best available advice and expertise.

In the first instance please contact:  Raymond Shaw

INQUESTS

Inquests are held where there is a suspicion that a person died from anything other than natural causes.  We are frequently retained by concerned members of families who wish to be represented when the cause of death is investigated by the coroner.  We handle such cases with professional skill and sensitivity.

In the first instance please contact: Paul Graham

INTERNET & CYBER CRIME

In this relatively new field of criminal activity the potential for mistaken accusation is real.  Allegations can include the misuse of the internet in relation to fraud, harassment and indecent images.  We adopt a pro-active approach to such investigations drawing on the best available experts in the field.

In the first instance please contact:  Raymond Shaw

MURDER

We have extensive and in-depth experience of defending the widest range of allegations of murder and manslaughter.  We have dealt with this gravest of allegations in various cases including representing clients allegedly linked to the IRA, Al Qaeda and ‘Gangland Britain’.  The firm has handled cases dealing with personal tragedies, crimes of passion and those involving psychiatric illness.  We have also dealt with cases of gross negligence manslaughter.

Such cases demand a detailed understanding of the range of forensic evidence now typically relied on by the prosecuting authorities.  In defending murder allegations we draw on the best available advice from forensic experts, and will often form a team dedicated to the task.  This is an area where our depth of experience and tactical astuteness is renowned for its effectiveness.

In the first instance please contact:  Paul Graham or Philip Hill

DISCIPLINARY AND REGULATORY OFFENCES

You may be required to appear before your professional organisation for allegations of misconduct or fraud, or allegations involving ethical or professional breaches as well as improper, dishonest or indecent behaviour.  We can represent you early in the investigation stage and if necessary at any tribunal, where we will instruct specialist counsel with experience of your particular tribunal.  We have the understanding, experience and expertise to advise you in such matters.

In the first instance please contact:  Raymond Shaw

ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENCES

These are frequently technical in nature, and it is imperative that you are advised at the earliest possible stage of investigation.  We have built up a skill and knowledge base in this complex area and are able to advise throughout, and ensure the best possible representation should the matter proceed to Court.

In the first instance please contact: Raymond Shaw

SEX OFFENCES

We have defended the full range of offences that are included in this category.

Where appropriate, we draw on the best available advice from forensic experts and specialist counsel, and will exercise our strategic judgement and tactical awareness.  We ensure that you are dealt with sensitively and appropriately throughout.

In the first instance please contact: Paul Graham or Raymond Shaw

TERRORISM & CYBER TERRORISM

We have represented people under investigation and accused of participation in various alleged acts of terrorism.  Such cases require a detailed understanding of the range of forensic evidence and sophisticated surveillance techniques now typically relied on by the prosecuting authorities.  In defending allegations of this nature we draw on the best available advice from forensic experts, and exercise our strategic judgement and tactical awareness.

In the first instance please contact: Paul Graham