Criminal Law

Criminal Law | VHCC | Extradition

Wainwright & Cummins have been defending clients facing criminal charges for almost 30 years.

We aim to defend the interests of our clients charged with any criminal offence and to protect their inherent civil liberties and human rights. We also have a reputation for looking after vulnerable clients including young people, clients with mental health difficulties and clients facing charges which could damage their professional and personal reputations.

We have considerable experience across a broad range of criminal litigation from minor offences to major offences.

Types of Work/Cases we undertake:

  • Allegations of serious fraud including money laundering; car "ringing"; and online conspiracies to pirate copyrighted material.
  • Allegations of violence including murder, manslaughter, and kidnapping.
  • Allegations of possession of offensive weapons including the use and/or possession of firearms including conspiracy to supply firearms and armed robbery.
  • Allegations of dishonesty such as benefit fraud, conspiracy to steal or defraud, allegations of theft from an employer or public body, and minor acts of dishonesty such as shop lifting.
  • Drugs related crime- from large scale cross-border importation and supply cases to possession of small quantities of illicit drugs.
  • Street crime- including robbery and allegations of anti-social behaviour
  • Public Order Offences
  • Road Traffic Cases including allegations of causing death by dangerous driving.
  • Allegations of sexual abuse including serious sexual offences such as rape, sexual assault, and allegations of possession of s.48 images.

Whatever the allegation we assure you that we will do our utmost to represent you to the best of our ability.

Some of our recent leading cases are as follows:

R v B (2013): The firm represented a client who was charged with eight others with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin. Our client entered a not guilty plea and was acquitted of both charges following an eight week trial.

R v F (2013):
We represented a client charged with attempted robbery and Grievous Bodily Harm Section 18. Our client entered a not guilty plea and the matter was listed for trial. The trial lasted five days and our client was acquitted by the jury.

R v K (2013):
The firm represented a client who was charged with two counts of taking in a prohibited article into a prison, namely cannabis and diamorphine. Our client entered not guilty plea to both allegations and the issue of duress was raised as our clients defence. Following a Goodyear direction, our client entered a guilty plea and was given a suspended sentence.

R v M (2013):
Our client was charged with another with causing Grievous Bodily Harm to a child. Our client entered a not guilty plea and the matter proceeded to trial. Counsel made a successful half time submission resulting in the Judge making a terminating ruling. The Crown Prosecution Service did not agree with the Judge’s ruling and appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeal where the ruling was upheld.

R v K (2013):
The firm represented a client charged with street robbery. Our client entered a not guilty plea and the matter went to trial at the Crown Court. The issue at trial was identification. Following the alleged victims evidence, the Judge directed the jury to find our client not guilty.

R v D (2013):
We represented a client who was charged with benefit fraud to a sum over £68k. Following a guilty plea our client only received a six month custodial sentence.

R v B (2013):
The firm represented a client who was arrested with another for passing counterfeit currency. Our client entered a not guilty plea and was acquitted following trial at the crown court.

R v H (2013):
Our client faced a charge of being in possession of a bladed article, it was alleged that our client put a knife to the throat of their victim. Our client entered a not guilty plea and was acquitted following a trial at the crown court.

R V D (2013):
The firm represented a client charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Our client entered a not guilty plea and elected the matter be heard at the crown court, where our client was acquitted by the jury.

R v F (2014):
Our client was charged with attempted burglary. The client entered a not guilty plea and the matter proceeded to a trial in the Crown Court. Our client was acquitted by the jury following the trial.

R v M (2014): Our client was charged with handling stolen goods. A not guilty plea was entered and the matter proceeded to trial. At the close of the prosecution case, defence counsel made a submission of no case to answer. The submission was successful and the Judge directed the jury to find the client not guilty.

We provide a 24 Hour Emergency Service for clients arrested in London and the South East.

Our Emergency 24 Hour Line is: 0207 737 9339

For more information download our Criminal Law Brochure or

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We cover all of London's Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts and Crown Courts.