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Home Police and Courts: Criminal Appeals


Realistically, it is sometimes possible that despite the best legal representation and the combined efforts of a team of experts, cases do not go the way or manner in which the criminal lawyers in London and indeed the client had anticipated. Where we feel very strongly, based on our in-depth knowledge of the law, that the outcome of a case is unfair to our client; that the conviction is unsafe, we will advice an appeal against such conviction and/or sentence. With criminal defence solicitorswho have been in the business for several years, we have very innovative methods of representing our clients and we remain at the cutting edge of legal discoveries in the United Kingdom. Through these innovative methods, we recognise where convictions can be challenged under new or domestic and/or regional laws. This provides our clients with the reassurance that we will always deliver the most current and relevant service tailored to the specific circumstances of their cases. 

Appealing against a conviction or sentence can be almost as trying as the initial proceedings for clients. We fully understand this and we ensure that there is adequate information available at all times and that we keep our joint expectations as realistic as possible. The first step in appealing against a Crown Court decision is to request permission for such an appeal from the Court of Appeal. It is very often the case that the Court of Appeal, prior to granting permission to appeal against the Crown Court’s decision will require fresh evidence which did not form part of the proceedings before the Crown Court. If this is the case, our team of experts may need to spend considerable time gathering new witness statements and collecting evidence which may prove useful in convincing the Court of Appeal that there has been a miscarriage of justice and that the Crown Court’s conviction is unsafe.

Our solicitors here will also be going through the records of the hearing to determine if and to evidence to the Court of Appeal where any point of law was erroneously applied or left out during the trial. With regards to the sentence, should we deem the conviction safe but the sentence handed down to our client manifestly excessive, this will also be challenged with permission from the Court of Appeal. Owing to the fact that the window through which an appeal against conviction or sentence can be brought is limited, we will provide our clients with full and relevant information to make an informed decision as to whether they are willing to go through the appeal process.


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