Criminal Law Specialists
Unlike the majority of firms specialising in criminal law, Kent Criminal Law does not hold a legal aid franchise.
Many of our clients do not qualify for legal aid, others have made the conscious choice to instruct us privately, despite their eligibility for government funded services. The majority of our clients have had no previous dealings with the Criminal Justice System and feel that they have landed on a conveyor belt.
We offer a discreet and confidential service. Our advice is honest and robust. We work to achieve the best possible outcome for you from the moment of instruction. In some instances the starting point will be writing representations to the prosecuting authority to ask them to reconsider the merits of a prosecution.
All of our clients are offered a free initial consultation. At this meeting we will look at your case and discuss the way forward. There is no obligation to instruct us and we do not clock watch during this consultation which can last between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the complexity of the case. We perform all work on a 'fixed fee' basis. This means that our clients know exactly where they stand in terms of the cost of their defence, for each stage of the process. Further information about our fees can be found here
In addition to those cases brought by the police and Crown Prosecution Service, we have significant experience in dealing with other prosecuting authorities, from local authorities to HMRC and in matters as diverse as fly-tipping and benefit fraud allegations to planning offences and tax fraud.
For further information about our regulatory law services to individual and corporate clients see our regulatory law page.
We have considerable experience in dealing with motoring law. We are also instructed on a regular basis by one of the UK's largest 'specialist' traffic law firms, to represent their lay clients at court. When we are instructed directly in these type of cases our fees for the preparation and advocacy are likely to be significantly lower than those of the 'specialist' firms with large advertising costs. So whether you are a totter facing disqualification and wishing to persuade the court not to disqualify you on the basis of a resulting 'exceptional hardship' or wish to challenge the Crown's case at trial, we can assist.
Although the majority of our work is on behalf of those being prosecuted, in appropriate cases, we can advise and bring a case to court on your behalf.
Harassment & Bullying
Harassment, be it in the form of cyber bullying or in the physical world, is an area of growing concern. The Protection From Harassment Act 1997 provides civil remedies in the form of injunctions and compensation, as well as providing criminal sanctions. Contact us is you are in need of advice in this area. For more information on this area of law see this page or contact us by phone or email.
Our office is situated in Ramsgate but we are able to serve clients in the whole of Kent and indeed, further afield. Many of our clients are working or find it hard to attend appointments during conventional office hours. Where necessary, we can arrange an early morning or evening appointment for you and we open Saturday mornings. If travel to our offices isn't possible we can take your instructions and prepare your case via electronic communications or video conferencing.