Membership of this organisation is not based on any form of quality control of the solicitors firms applying to join. Consequently we do not act as a referral agency for those seeking legal representation for appeals or CCRC applications and we cannot guarantee the quality of the work undertaken by firms who are members of this organisation. Clearly any firm or individual joining CALA has an interest in and a commitment to appellate work. The firms are listed in alphabetical order and where specified the contact for appellate work is listed along with the firm’s website address and geographical location.



Emily Bolton

Suzanne Gower

London, Dorset


APPEAL is a legal action charity. Our mission is to fight miscarriages of justice and demand reform.  The lawyers and investigators at APPEAL focus solely on appeal cases, screening applications for assistance and identifying cases where we believe a miscarriage of justice has occurred. 

We analyse the case papers and conduct street level investigation as well as consult with experts on any technical or scientific issues in the case. We then work with counsel to ensure a comprehensive presentation to the Criminal Case Review Commission and the Court of Appeal.  For men we are only able to consider applications from prisoners seeking to challenge convictions and where the applicant is in custody and has at least 2 years to serve - more details can be found here. For women, we consider applications from prisoners seeking to challenge sentence or conviction under certain circumstances, which our outlined on the Women’s Justice Initiative page of our website.

As a charity, APPEAL only represents people who cannot afford to pay for legal representation themselves - we do not take on cases for private clients or ask prisoners or their families to pay fees. 

Steven Bird or Martyn Fisher



Birds Solicitors are criminal defence specialists with expertise in regulatory and fraud matters and a growing involvement in sports law, especially related to football. We were members of the Legal Aid Agency's now abandoned Serious Fraud and VHCC Panels and are Privy Council agents.

The firm was established on 2nd October 2000. Both Steven Bird and Richard Locke were previously partners at Simons Muirhead & Burton. Steven Bird had established a branch office for Simons Muirhead & Burton in Wandsworth specialising in criminal defence work in March 1998. That office was taken over as Birds Solicitors from 2nd October 2000.

The firm specialises in criminal defence work and deals with general crime, serious fraud and a large amount of appellate work and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Although the firm deals largely with criminal law, we also advise in regulatory matters and in prison law. We are developing a sports law department focussing on representation at disciplinary panels and advising on player contract terms.

Our criminal cases range from the minor to the most serious, from the police station to the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court and into the Appellate Courts. We also represent claimants in applications for compensation from the Home office for miscarriages of justice.

We are highly recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories as one of the top firms in London for criminal and fraud work. Both Steven Bird and Tim Greene are highly recommended in Chambers & Partners as individuals and Steven Bird is also listed as a leading individual in the Legal 500.

We have a Facebook page and you can follow us on Twitter


Ashley Smith & Co

Ashley Smith

Romer House

132 Lewisham High Street

SE13 6EE


020 8609 6711/6710

Ashley Smith & Co was set up in March 1988 and deals exclusively with criminal defence work including appeals and review (CCRC) matters and prison law cases. The firm currently holds a category 1 Peer Review rating and Ashley Smith is currently a Peer Reviewer for the LAA and a member of the IFA/ICA LAA Appeals Panel.

The firm has a considerable amount of appeals and reviews work together with prison law and parole matters and on a regular basis applications for leave to appeal conviction and sentence are referred to the full Court of Appeal and further applications are sent to the CCRC on an equally regular basis seeking a review of an Applicant's conviction and/or sentence.

Nigel Leskin

Matt Foot

Claire Sibley



The aim of Birnberg Peirce is to enable those who seek our assistance and in particular those who are most disadvantaged within society to access ways of enforcing their rights and to effectively defend them if charged with criminal offences.

Our predecessor firm, BM Birnberg & Co was established more than 50 years ago to provide what was then hardly recognised as a focus of legal practice to establish and uphold the “civil rights and liberties” of individuals under threat of unjust or oppressive treatment by police or state agencies or authorities. Since that time, and since 1999 as the successor firm, each member of our legal practice has the same commitment – to defend people’s rights.

To achieve this, we place an emphasis on sharing our knowledge and experience between the firm’s different departments in order to ensure every case has the benefit of the widest possible expertise of relevance.

Most of our work is done under legal aid. Where it is available we will assist clients to apply for it.  Where it is not, we will explore alternatives. Relevant information is contained on each department page.


Jane Hickman



Hickman and Rose is a firm committed to justice and the rule of law. We are renowned for the work we do in holding governments and their police forces to account. Our service to individuals and businesses is both national and international.

The firm was established in 1991 by Jane Hickman and Ben Rose. It is listed in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and in Legal 500 for its criminal, human rights and civil liberties work. In 2009 the firm was commended in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report for its work in the crime and universal justice categories.

We are the leading firm nationally on international criminal jurisdiction. We have special expertise in police law, surveillance tactics, and data protection.

We employ an array of exceptionally bright and talented lawyers. Our expertise and training crosses department boundaries so that our civil lawyers are up to date with criminal law, and our criminal lawyers “think outside the box”.



ITN Solicitors


Simon Natas



Simon Natas has over twenty years' experience in criminal law. His work has encompassed appeals to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as references to the CCRC. Simon is particularly well known for his expertise in the field of joint enterprise. As a lawyer for the campaign group Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA), Simon acted as intervener in the hsitoric Supreme Court case of R v Jogee, which led to the abolition of the "foresight" principle in joint enterprise law. He has worked on numerous joint enterprise related murder appeals following the Jogee judgment.


Simon's experience also includes challenges to cell confession evidence and the use of flawed prosecution forensic evidence. He is well known for the legal challenegs he has brought in protest related cases. These include R v Richardson and Wilkinson, an appeal to the Supreme Court arising from a conviction for aggravated trespass.

Richard Graham
67 High Street, Herne Bay
Kent, CT6 5LQ
01227 918436

At Graham & Co Solicitors we are committed to providing specialist advice on appeals. We have recent experience in winning appeals against conviction and sentence for our clients. 

Please contact us for assistance.  


Greg Stewart



0208 299 6000

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The appeals team at GT Stewart is led by Greg Stewart who is the co-author of the Criminal Appeals Handbook (Bloomsbury 2015). He has specialised in criminal appeals for over a decade and his experience includes regular appeals to the Court of Appeal and the High Court by was of case stated and judicial review as well as the Supreme Court (and House of Lords). He heads a team that specialise in this work which is very different to running a case to trial.


The team accept both publicly funded and private cases and work with a select group pf barristers who are well versed in the particular challenges of successfully pursuing appeals. The firm is recommended in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500.     

Swain & Co
Dean Kingham
02392 483322

Swain & Co are committed to helping to those detained in custody.  We specialise in prison law and criminal appeals.  We have a strong record of taking forward appeals against conviction and sentence.  We work closely with Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association (JENGBA), False Allegation Support Network (FASO) and Progression Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (PPMI).

We also assist with application to the CCRC.  We are concerned with the innocent being wrongly detained and do our upmost to ensure justice is ultimately achieved.

Dean Kingham, who heads the team works closely with those whom maintain their innocence achieve justice and progress through the system.  He leads a committed and exceptional team.