Criminal defence solicitor recommended in legal directories running a highly rated company, Birds Solicitors. Co-author of Police Station Advisers Index. Committee member of CALA and LCCSA. The company undertakes criminal work at all levels including high profile and complex criminal cases and serious fraud.
Widely recognised as a leading criminal silk, Henry Blaxland QC’s practice encompasses fraud, terrorism and homicide cases. He is often instructed in appellate matters.
Henry has practised in criminal defence work for his entire career at the Bar. His principal areas of work now comprise fraud, with a specialism in confiscation, and terrorist cases with an international dimension. He is widely known for his appellate practice, acting in cases referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). He also appears for appellants in extradition cases.
Sophie is a pupil barrister at 1 Pump Court Chambers. In 2014, she helped launch the Centre for Criminal Appeals, a legal charity challenging unsafe convictions and has experience in litigating 'fresh evidence' cases at the CCRC and Court of Appeal.
She also spent for three years at Reprieve UK, as a casework lawyer and investigator on the death penalty team, assisting European nationals facing execution in the United States. Sophie also worked for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama representing indigent prisoners on Alabama’s death row.
Tom has always been a devoted criminal defence Barrister, dedicated to providing full and fearless representation.
Outside of work, Tom continues his support of those desperately in need of a strong defence in his following of Sheffield Wednesday FC.
Tom has a formidable reputation as a passionate defender and a strong advocate. He is regularly instructed as Leading Junior Counsel in high-profile cases of significant complexity, legal importance and serious violence.
Philippa was called to the Bar as a Barrister in 2009 before working and training in two very busy and established criminal firms. Philippa joined Birds Solicitors in October 2010 and cross qualified as a Solicitor in 2011. She has a busy and thriving criminal practice which encompasses a whole spectrum of serious criminal work, including violent and sexual offences, such as rape, indecent images and extreme pornography cases, false imprisonment, kidnap, robbery, drugs, fraud, murder, corruption, human trafficking and child cruelty cases. Philippa is also involved in International Criminal Law work, involving war crimes and child soldiers. She also has a large appellate case load and regularly advises on appeals against conviction and sentence in relation to applications to both the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Peter Wilcock’s practice encompasses criminal defence (including both the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and appellate work), regulatory and crime-related civil proceedings, mental health and inquests. Peter’s criminal work has encompassed the full range of serious offences from terrorism to professional crime and fraud.
Peter sits as a Tribunal Judge in the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health) and is particularly interested in cases raising psychiatric issues.
David is regularly instructed in all varieties of serious criminal cases, including murder. He has particular experience in complex fraud and money laundering cases.
He also recognised as one of the leading appeal lawyers with an extensive practice advising and representing convicted prisoners on the merits of out of time appeals against conviction and sentence. In 2014 he was led in the Supreme Court acting for interveners in a case of public importance relating to post-conviction disclosure.
David is registered with the Bar Council to undertake public access work, meaning he can be instructed directly by members of the public in appropriate cases.
Kalia is a pupil Barrister at 3 Temple Gardens. The Chambers of John Coffey at 3 Temple Gardens are a criminal law set specialising in all areas of criminal practice with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution.
Lucie is a specialist criminal defence practitioner with particular experience of and expertise in appellate work, serious violence, high value fraud/regulatory, confiscation, drugs and sexual offences. She is a formidable, meticulous and intelligent criminal advocate, with great presence in court. Lucie engages well with a jury but is also persuasive in technical legal argument before a judge. Outside of court she has a calm and reassuring manner with lay clients; she inspires confidence.