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EXPERTISE

We deal with almost every area of criminal law

Areas of Expertise

What We Do


Tuckers Solicitors is recognised as the UK’s leading criminal law firm, and should be the first choice for anyone facing a criminal investigation. With 10 offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester, our offices are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring the delivery of immediate expert legal advice and representation. Our award-winning and astute lawyers are always on hand to ensure that those arrested are able to receive practical and timely advice. The firm defends more suspects held in police custody than any other law firm in England and Wales; and the daily experience of our lawyers at the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Youth Court is second to none.We act for over 15,000 clients a year, from all sections of society. All have one thing in common: they are innocent until proven guilty and our lawyers will do everything within the rules to ensure that their best interests are served. Our lawyers are known for their strategic expertise as well as the outstanding client service they provide, whilst ensuring that high profile cases are kept out of the public eye.The firm undertakes both private and legal aid work. The firm is structured into dedicated teams, lead by expert solicitors. Tuckers Solicitors has a first class in-house advocacy team, consisting of Barristers and Solicitor Higher Court Advocates.For more information please contact our Kent Office on 01634832332 our London Office on 020 7388 8333, Manchester Office on 016 1233 4321 or Birmingham Office on 012 1236 4324 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Bail Offences


Tuckers Solicitors has a wealth of experience in representing clients for bail applications, changes to conditions of bail, and appeals for refusal of bail.Bail can be granted by the courts or the police. Where bail is granted, the person is released from custody until the next date when they are due to attend court or the police station. A breach of bail occurs when the conditions of the bail are not followed, such as failure to attend the scheduled court date. In these circumstances the defendant is likely to be arrested and may have their bail withdrawn and be remanded in custody. It is then crucial that the defendant be represented as competently and effectively as possible. Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate, first class legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact the General Crime department on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Child Cruelty


Tuckers Solicitors has an outstanding reputation and extensive experience in defending the full range of serious and complex criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of expert lawyers who are specialists in Magistrates and Crown Court proceedings.Any case where the allegation involves a child is fraught with emotion. Our lawyers are sensitive to this. Whether you are accused of child abandonment, cruelty or abduction, you can be confident that we have significant experience of defending such matters. Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Computer and I.T. Crime


Tuckers Solicitors highly trained lawyers have specialist computer knowledge and utilise the latest, most advanced resources when investigating allegations or defending proceedings based on or incorporating information technology.The department has successfully defended cases on copyright allegations, identity fraud, modification of computer systems, diversion of funds, file sharing over the internet through mediums including Torrent, Kazaa and Napster, trade description infringement, piracy, offences involving misuse, abuse and the unlawful access and modification of computer systems, as well as understanding digital language, such as “warez”, “phishing”, “pharming”, “hacking”, “cracking”, “spamming”, “DOS attacks” and “Botnet”. Our team of lawyers and technology experts are able to forensically analyse electronic devices, computer hard drives and telephones, as well as being trained in the software packages used by prosecuting authorities such as the Police, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Federation against Copyright & Software Theft (FACT), the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, as well as numerous local government trading standards departments. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate legal advice and representation during legal proceedings. Please contact the Computer and Internet Crime Department on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Dangerous Dogs


Tuckers Solicitors specialist Magistrates and Crown Court teams provide legal advice on all criminal proceedings brought under The Dangerous Dogs Act. Clients can face charges arising from canine attacks, often where appalling injuries have occurred.Such unfortunate attacks can be very distressing for the victim as well as the dog owner, especially when the animal in question has never previously displayed signs of aggression. A dangerous dog is deemed to be a dog which is ‘dangerously out of control in a public place’.Possible sentences include a fine or a custodial sentence; additionally the dog may be put down. Pit bull dogs, such as terriers, Japanese Tosas and Fila Braziliero breeds, must be registered under the Act. It is a criminal offence to own a Pit bull without registration, as they are deemed exceptionally dangerous to the public. Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate, first class legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact the Dangerous Dogs team on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Dishonesty Offences: Theft, Burlglay, Robbery, Deception, Blackmail


Tuckers Solicitors has an outstanding reputation and extensive experience in defending the full range criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of lawyers who are specialists in Magistrates Court and Crown Court proceedings. Whether you are charged with an offence of dishonesty (such as theft, burglary, robbery, deception, or fraud) or criminal damage (including arson) you will have the benefit of Tuckers Solicitors’ extensive experience in this area of law. No matter what the allegation, be it taking a conveyance without consent (‘TWOC’), false accounting, handling stolen goods, counterfeiting, forgery, or going equipped, we know that you deserve the best possible defence and we are confident we will deliver this for you. Robbery, which is theft accompanied by violence, is one of the most serious types of criminal offences. The firm has successfully defended all counts of robberies, including, knife point robberies in the street, robberies with firearms, serious and organised robberies of banks or other institutions, gang robberies and conspiracy allegations. Blackmail is demanding something from someone and subsequently profiting from this demand. It is a crime under the Theft Act of 1968. The demand must be unwarranted and ‘with menaces’. Menaces are threats to the person for not agreeing to the demand. The threat can be entirely fabricated, and doesn’t have to be necessarily illegal. Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Drugs Crime and Drugs Trafficking


Tuckers Solicitors has extensive experience in defending the full range of serious and complex criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of expert lawyers who are specialists in Magistrates Court and Crown Court proceedings. Whatever the charge, and whatever the scale of alleged operation, we will ensure that you are represented by an experienced lawyer who has the backup of our considerable resources. This may involve surveillance evidence and require the forensic examination of telephone records and tachographs. Whether you are arrested for possession of a small amount of cannabis, or charged with the possession or importation of heroin or cocaine following an extensive police investigation involving months of covert and intrusive police surveillance, there is no other criminal defence practice which is better placed to ensure you the best possible result. Our lawyers have taken test cases to the European Courts in this area and have represented individuals accused of involvement in the supply of ‘legal highs’. Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 020 7388 8333 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Fraud White Collar and Business Crime


When the charges are sophisticated you need a sophisticated defence. The Legal 500 states that Tuckers Solicitors’ ‘brilliant team handles a broad spectrum of criminal cases with an excellent fraud and business crime team’. The use of specialist government departments, new regulatory powers and technological development has lead to an increase in business crime detection as well as prosecution. Coinciding with this, Tuckers Solicitors has an enviable and renowned reputation for successfully defending those accused of “white collar” fraud. Tuckers Solicitors will put together a specialist team tailored to your individual needs. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience with regards to complex and large scale investigations, both nationally and internationally, and are able to quickly process the information and identify the key issues for you in a clear and relevant way so that you can mount a pro-active and robust defence. A member of the Legal Services Commission’s Specialist Fraud Panel, Tuckers Solicitors is one of the few national firms authorised by the LSC to undertake serious fraud and high profile cases (VHCC). Our investment in information technology allows us to use the most advanced and sophisticated case management techniques to highlight the weaknesses and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case. The firm works closely with legal, forensic, VAT, Tax, IT & Communication experts, specialist accountants and Counsel. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate, first class legal advice, representation and assistance during legal proceedings. Please contact the Fraud, White-Collar & Business Crime Department on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com VHCC Fraud Panel Solicitors. Tuckers Solicitors is a member of the Very High Cost Case (VHCC) Panel of solicitors, which deal directly with criminal cases that are of high profile and high value.Tuckers Solicitors provide legally aided advice and representation to clients under VHCC contracts which are usually the most significant and long running high profile and complex cases prosecuted throughout the UK.Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate, first class legal advice, representation and assistance during legal proceedings. Please contact the Fraud & White-Collar Business Crime Department on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com Fraud Expertise: Advance Fee Fraud Benefit Fraud Boiler Room Fraud Competition and Price Fixing Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture Credit Card Fraud Cyber Fraud Dawn Raids, Searches and Seizure Diversion Fraud False Accounting Financial Regulatory Offences Insider Trading Insurance Fraud Money Laundering Mortgage Fraud Pension Fraud Revenue, Tax, VAT, Carousel (MTIC) Fraud




Public Order Offences


Drunk & Disorderly, Disorderly Conduct, Disorderly Behaviour with Harassment, Affray, Threatening Behaviour, Violent Disorder & Riot Tuckers Solicitors has an outstanding reputation and extensive experience in defending the full range criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of lawyers who are specialists in Magistrates and Crown Court proceedings.‘Public Order’ describes a whole myriad of offences within the criminal justice legal system of England and Wales, ranging from breach of the peace, drunk and disorderly, threatening words and behaviour, harassment, to affray, violent disorder and riot. We have successfully defended them all, and no matter how trivial or how serious your matter, we will bring in our considerable experience to achieve the best possible outcome. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Road Traffic Offences


We’ll give you the best chance of keeping on the road. Private Motoring Costs For Magistrate Court Cases Tuckers Solicitors Road Traffic lawyer’s wealth of experience in this niche area of law ensures that our clients receive first class legal advice across the full spectrum of driving offences. Most importantly, we will treat you as a motorist, not as a criminal, when negotiating a path through the process of dealing with the police station and courts. Whether robust representation is required to avoid ill deserved penalty points, loss of licence or a even a criminal conviction, our lawyers will ensure that all possible avenues of defence are pursued to achieve the best result for our clients. Our specialist lawyers have acted on all types of road traffic law including driving bans, failing to stop, careless driving, dangerous driving, alcohol and drugs related offences as well as regulatory offences such as driving without insurance, driving without a valid licence, speeding, totting up and driving whilst disqualified.We will guide you through the legal process from start to finish, including representation at Court if necessary. It may be possible to avoid disqualification or a criminal conviction, where a successful defence can be mounted, if it can be proven that a charge would cause exceptional hardship, or where special reasons can be shown in mitigation.Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate advice, representation and assistance during legal proceedings, ensuring the best interests of our clients. Tuckers Solicitors provides outstanding first class private legal representation, as well as means tested Legal Aid. For more information please contact our Road Traffic and Driving Offences Department on on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com.




Sexual Offences


Rape, Prostitution, Pornography, Gross Indecency, Indecent Assault, Child Sex Offences Tuckers Solicitors has an outstanding reputation and extensive experience in defending the full range of serious and complex criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of expert lawyers who are specialists in Magistrates and Crown Court proceedings, appeals, applications for bail, police misconduct and protection from the media.Accusations of any kind of sexual offence are particularly distressing for the individual and their families. Our lawyers are experienced in defending those accused of sexual offences. These range from matters relating to prostitution (soliciting, loitering, controlling prostitutes, living off immoral earnings, and keeping a brothel) through to pornography, gross indecency, indecent and sexual assault, child sex offences and rape.The Sexual Offences Act 2003 substantially reformed the law relating to sex crime, and Tuckers Solicitors has been involved in defending many of the high profile matters that are reported in the media today. Our lawyers are sensitive to the issues that these cases involve. We know the types of forensic analysis undertaken by the police, and we can guide you through the complicated rules of evidence that will dictate how your defence is best presented at court. Notably, Tuckers Solicitors successfully defended Jack Tweed from allegations of rape in 2011. Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 01634832332.




Terrorism Law


Tuckers Solicitors is recognised as the leading criminal defence firm in the UK. Our specialist Terrorism Law Department has an outstanding record for successfully representing individuals who have been investigated or charged under counter terrorism legislation.The department has acted in cases brought under The Terrorism Act 2000, The Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, The Terrorism Act 2006 and The Counter-Terrorism Act 2008. The new legislation has raised some significant Human Rights issues such as freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial and freedom of association. The firm has acted on matters involving the police’s power to stop, search and arrest, extradition proceedings, hoax bomb threats, cases where assets have been seized or frozen in connection with money laundering or terrorism, allegations of Jihad, public disturbance, aiding terrorism via financial support, matters brought under the Human Rights Act 1998, and where individuals have been suspected, arrested or detained for alleged terrorist activity or promoting terrorism both within the UK and abroad. Tuckers Solicitors ensures our clients’ fundamental rights are protected. The firm has acted on many high profile cases, including Lotfi Raissi v Secretary of State for Justice [2010] where the applicant successfully gained redress for the Secretary of State’s unreasonable delay in dealing with a claimant’s application for compensation in respect of his detention pursuant to extradition proceedings. The law recognises the importance of protecting people’s rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 ensures their protection. The firm acted on the case of HM Treasury v Mohammed Jabar Ahmed & Ors [2010], which was the first case to be heard at Supreme Court, in October 2009. The case was specifically chosen because it raised important constitutional issues that are set to define the output of the UKSC. The Supreme Court found that the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the Al-Qaida and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 art.3(1)(b) were unlawful. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate, first class legal advice, representation and assistance during criminal proceedings, ensuring the best interests of our clients. Please contact the Terrorism Department on 020 7388 8333 or emailinfo@tuckerssolicitors.com




Violent Offences


Murder, Manslaughter, Homicide & Corporate Manslaughter Tuckers Solicitors has defended the full range of serious and complex criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of expert lawyers who are specialists in such proceedings and can provide legal advice and representation in cases of murder, manslaughter and homicide in the Police Station and at Court, and can challenge appeals, should this be warranted.The unlawful killing of another person is the most serious criminal offence against the State and can lead to life imprisonment, so it is essential that you seek expert legal advice. These cases often involve very lengthy and detailed police investigations and our lawyers and in-house Barristers and Solicitor Higher Court Advocates have the experience and expertise to successfully defend clients charged with such offences. Corporate manslaughter or Gross Negligence Manslaughter is usually where the defendant is a director of a company and has committed an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Our specialist Health and Safety Department has a wealth of experience in this field. Firearms, Offensive Weapons & Bladed Articles Tuckers Solicitors has an outstanding reputation and extensive experience in defending the full range of serious and complex criminal law cases. We have a dedicated team of expert lawyers who are specialists in Magistrates and Crown Court proceedings. Whether you face allegations regarding firearms, ammunition, offensive weapons or a bladed article, you will be represented by a firm with considerable experience of defending such matters. This includes the possession, supply and ammunition of such weapons.The evidence against you may be straightforward, or may involve forensic or other scientific contact trace material, such as fingerprints or DNA. You need to have the confidence that your lawyer will understand the full significance of this, and appreciate the inherent weaknesses involved. Tuckers Solicitors will ensure you have that confidence. Domestic Violence Tuckers Solicitors has extensive experience in defending allegations of domestic violence.Domestic violence may be physical, sexual or psychological. It may be inflicted by anyone with whom you are in a domestic relationship, or have been in the past – for example, your spouse, partner, or child. It is important to remember that domestic abuse goes beyond physical violence. Emotional and mental abuse such as belittling, name-calling or other forms of harassment can do just as much damage physical abuse. In these very traumatic and distressing situations, we offer sympathetic and practiced legal help designed to protect your safety and restore your dignity. The Courts offer protection to those that need it and have the power to make Non-Molestation Orders (Injunctions) that demands the person to stop the behaviour they have been inflicting on you and/or your children. The Courts also have the power to make Occupation Orders, which orders the abuser to leave your home and not to go within a specified distance of it. An allegation of domestic violence can be distressing for the defendant, as well as their family. Kidnapping Kidnap is the unlawful and forcible detention of another person against their will. Due to the crime’s infraction on the victim’s liberty, it is a very serious crime.Expert evidence is vital to the outcome of a kidnapping case. Evidence can range from CCTV footage, to DNA samples, to instruments used in the practicalities of the crime, such as the type of rope used to constrain the victim. Due to the importance of evidence in a kidnapping case, is it crucial that the defendant seeks the most diligent and competent lawyers possible. Tuckers Solicitors should be any defendant’s first choice for representation. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 01634832332 or email info@tuckerssolicitors.com




Foreign Exchange Market Manipulation Investigations


The FX market is recognised as having been one of the last largely unregulated financial areas. This has not stopped investigations and prosecutions into the practices of some banks and their traders in this area.

For those caught up in these investigations it can be a worrying and stressful time.

Following the LIBOR revelations regulators turned their focus to other businesses that involved bench marks. For FX this saw a focus on the 4pm fix and other trading activities. Concerns were raised about defrauding clients through front running and collusion. Conversations held in chat rooms became the focus with some of the chats having taken place 10 years before. The language used, issues being discussed and frankly the behaviour of clients are not always understood by the investigators.

In representing those who are subject to the investigations it is important to have an understanding of market practices, the language used and the realities of FX trading.

We have represented a number of directors of UK and overseas banks who trade on the FX market in London and who have been the subject of investigations by their own banks, the FCA and foreign regulators.

We have been able to advise and represent clients facing lengthy investigations and where in one instance the Department of Justice were interested in interviewing one of our clients we were able to work closely with American lawyers based in the UK following which no action was taken against our client by them, the regulator or his own bank.

Richard Atkinson is recognised as having developed a specialism in this area and in advising on market manipulation claims and general fraud allegations. He has developed close working relationships with expert counsel such as Kevin Toomey of 2 Bedford Row, a former FX trader himself and overseas qualified lawyers to deliver a comprehensive and formidable team for his clients.





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