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Wainwright & Cummins have been defending clients facing criminal charges for over 30 years. Our aim is to defend the interests of people charged with any criminal offence and to protect their inherent civil liberties and human rights.
We provide robust representation to those accused or charged with any crime and will always push for the very best result for every client. Our team has considerable experience across the whole range of criminal litigation, from minor crimes through to the most serious allegations.
We have a strong track record of looking after the rights of vulnerable clients, including young people, clients with mental health difficulties, and those facing charges which could damage their professional and personal reputations. We know that being accused of a criminal offence can be a very stressful time both for yourself and your loved ones, and so we always strive to make the process as easy as possible.
The police are governed by the Police and Criminal Evidence act 1986 (PACE) and its codes of practice. A detainee has many rights at the police station. A fundamental right the detainee has is the right to have somebody notified that they are in custody (although strictly speaking, the arrested person has no right to speak to them himself). Furthermore, the detainee has the right to speak to a solicitor or a police station representative at any time free of charge and in person at the police station. This right can only be postponed in very limited circumstances and such a delay must be authorised by an officer with a rank of at least Inspector. An example of such a circumstance would be to stop the detainee from alerting other gang members of his arrest or to stop the destruction of criminal evidence. Another fundamental right is the right to be examined by the Forensic Medical Examiner (FME) to ensure that the detainee has no immediate or urgent medical needs.
Criminal law is one of the most complex areas of law, and it is constantly changing and being updated. As such, we recommend that you seek out an experienced team of skilled experts instead of relying only on yourself. This will help ease the burden and lessen the anxiety of navigating through the obstacle course that is the criminal justice system; so if you have been contacted by the police, or charged with an offence, you should seek the services of a qualified criminal solicitor.
We are delighted to announce that Our Criminal team have been recognised for our excellence by Legal 500 2016. We aim at all times to obtain the best possible outcomes for our clients. By Instructing our criminal solicitors ensures that your rights will be protected & that you will receive sound and easy to understand advice from the beginning to the end of your matter.
We will assist with every stage of a case, from representation at the police station through to the Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court, and where necessary also the Court of Appeal.
As well as all common offences such as theft, possession or supply of drugs, road traffic offences, burglary, robbery, criminal damage, assault, and so on, we also have experience of more complex matters such as sexual offences, grievous bodily harm, murder, complex fraud, confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and much more.
We have the advantage of having a team of experienced and talented in-house barristers and higher rights advocates. They have gained that experience through countless cases in all courts from tribunals to the Court of Appeal. We therefore have immediate access to the expert guidance seasoned advocates can provide at all stages of proceedings: whether it be during investigation prior to charge, during the first steps in court, fighting trials or where an appeal may be contemplated. Our file managers and case workers can obtain strategic and tactical advice swiftly to take every opportunity to ensure our clients interests are best protected and their cases promoted to the maximum.
Particularly our advocates have experience and are trained in handling complex cases and those involving vulnerable or very young clients or witnesses.
Our advocates are also provide training and developmental advice and support to our practice teams and are available to assist with educational needs and continuing professional development externally.
So while we will always aim to find the right advocate for each client, we are assured we have, in-house, the experience and ability within the firm to cover the needs of the overwhelming majority of clients.
The firm is a member of both the Very High Cost Crime (VHCC) Panel and the Serious Fraud Panel. The have developed a reputation for undertaking the most complex criminal cases including international money laundering, international drug supply, global investment fraud, murder and commercial fraud. The team are led by Managing partner Andrew Wainwright and Senior in House Counsel Rod Jones.
The firm has considerable experience in representing clients resisting extradition requests from all over the world. Working closely with top sets of London barristers we have protected client’s rights both in the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the High Court.
We specialise in human rights law and interpreting international treaty obligations. Extradition law is largely governed by the 2003 Act which was enacted to accord with the European Council’s Framework Decision 2002. The act sets out court procedure and provides a number of bars to extradition.
This has been interpreted by the courts providing an extensive body of case law. Human rights, health considerations and technical considerations about the warrant itself can all play a part in successfully defeating extradition requests. If you need help in this area do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
For any enquires please call 020 7737 9339