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I am a specialist criminal defence solicitor with over 25 years experience in defending clients of all types of crimes, from murder to shoplifting. You can contact me directly on +447770267894

Subject to a few exceptions (and usually the most serious allegations) I do not deal with cases under legal aid and the vast majority of my clients instruct me on a private basis because they want the best possible service and to achieve the best possible outcome for their case. They prefer not to risk their liberty, livelihood, reputation and family life with a legal aid lawyer, who may be dedicated and professional, but who would be overworked and underpaid because legal aid lawyers receive a very low fixed fee for each case they deal with. In order to survive financially, legal aid lawyers traditionally take on every case and thereby sometimes overstretch themselves.

I prefer to take on a few cases, but charge a reasonable fee for my services, in order to give each client the care and attention they/their case needs. My charges will be competitive and transparent. You will be advised from the outset of my hourly rate and what the total fees are likely to be for your case-whether I charge for the number of hours I actually spend on your case or whether we agree a fixed fee for the whole of the case.

As I also only deal with a limited number of cases at any one time, rather than take on every case as legal aid lawyers to, I am able to provide a personal and tailor-made service for each client that suits them, their needs and financial circumstances.

Many of my clients are professionals, such as teachers, care workers, those in the medical profession, banking and other skilled industries. These are people who cannot afford to take the risk of being convicted, even of a minor offence, as the consequences could threaten their careers and cause serious problems in their personal life. They therefore choose to pay for a service that provides them with the best chance of the matter not proceeding beyond the police investigation stage, or being acquitted if they are charged and go to trial.  Some of my higher profile cases have also featured in the national press.

If your career or reputation is at stake, you want greater control over your case, or the assurance that it will be handled by a vastly experienced solicitor please call me now. I will give your case the time and consideration it needs to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. In the words of John F. Kennedy ‘There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction’.

Representation at Police Stations

Whether you are due to be interviewed as a volunteer or are already under investigation by the police, by taking proactive steps at an early stage I am able to influence the outcome of the investigation so that the matter does not proceed any further then the police station. These steps include taking witness statements, details of any alibi, considering all defences and making representations to the prosecution in advance of their decision to charge.

Legal aid lawyers are unfortunately not paid for advising you in their office, or before or after the interview at the police station. They are also not paid anything for taking witness statements or making written representation to the police/prosecution as to why you should not be charged. Even with the best will in the world, it is not always possible for legal aid lawyers to do this vital and necessary work for no financial reward given the large volume of cases they deal with.

If you are due to attend a police station for a voluntary interview and I am instructed on a private basis, then in most cases I would personally attend at the same time as you. (A legal aid lawyer would only attend the police station when the police are ready to interview, with the result that you may have to wait alone for considerable time, adding to your stress).

If you instruct me on behalf of someone who is already under arrest at the police station, then I would attend the police station immediately and not just when the police are ready to interview the person being detained. If the person is arrested at night, the police may not even interview him/her until the next morning, which would mean the arrested individual will spend the night in a police cell and only receive legal advice over the telephone if the solicitor is a legal aid lawyer. This can be a very traumatic experience for anyone, but especially the vulnerable and those who have no experience of the criminal justice system.

Representation at Court

If you are not eligible for legal aid because your income is above the threshold,or if you are looking for a tailor-made premium service which gives you the best chance of being found not guilty, please call me for a consultation.

Legal aid lawyers traditionally accept every single case because of the very low fixed legal aid rates. By taking every case they over stretch themselves, and even with the best will in the world, they cannot provide the best possible service in every case. I know this from my personal experience as a former legal aid lawyer for over 25 years. During this time I would usually be juggling at least 60-70 cases at once. I now only deal with a handful of cases at any one time, which enables me to provide a much more personal service for each client which suits them, their needs and their financial circumstances.

Under legal aid there is unfortunately no guarantee that the same barrister will represent you each time you appear in court. As a result of the poor rates under legal aid, most experienced barristers are rarely available to attend court unless it is for a very serious allegation As a private client, you would be represented by a very experienced barrister that I have worked with for many years.

I can handle all types of criminal matters, while working with a carefully selected team of barristers including those related to:

  • Murder and manslaughter
  • GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm)
  • Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)
  • Sexual offences/Historic allegations of sexual abuse, including rape
  • Sexual offences involving the internet (downloading/distributing) indecent images of children and grooming
  • Robbery
  • Bribery/Corruption
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Firearms offences
  • Drugs offences
  • Deception
  • Fraud

If you are being represented under legal aid and would like to consider the option of being represented on a private basis, you do not need your current solicitor’s permission to change solicitors. Please give me a call for a free consultation or a quote for my services.

In an emergency can call me directly anytime on +447770267894 or email me at max.anwar@mccormacks.co.uk if your query is not urgent.


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