Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice

Our outstanding criminal defence lawyers are experienced in helping to guide clients through the options before them and advising on the best course to take.  Our criminal law team includes specialist solicitors and police station advisers.  

Our reputation is based on over 75 years of providing the highest quality advice and representation to our clients: protecting their rights and interests, holding the police to account and striving to get the best result.

While we have faith in the criminal justice system we recognise that it is fallible.  To be convicted of an offence or otherwise be the subject of any adverse finding is hurtful and frustrating.  We recognise the irreparable damage to your reputation that this can cause.  We will advise you clearly and honestly about the merits of the decision and identify where and how it is susceptible to challenge.  We will support you in making a pragmatic decision about what to do to reinstate your reputation.

There is more than one way to challenge a decision.  Each has its own considerations, timescales, advantages and disadvantages.  While timescales are usually fixed, you can apply outside these timescales if you have a sufficiently good reason for the delay.  No matter how old the decision is, it is worth asking for advice if the issue is important to you.

We will look carefully at every aspect of the decision that has been made.  Where appropriate, we will undertake fresh investigations to substantiate your account.  We will identify and discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  Our intention is to ensure that the strengths are presented clearly and, where possible, to strengthen or mitigate the factors that contributed to the previous adverse decision.

In managing and protecting your reputation we work with our expert reputation management team to assist us in dealing with adverse publicity or challenges.  Our criminal defence practitioners work closely with our Public law team who are experts in challenging decisions made by public bodies.

What clients and directories have said

The lawyers on the crime team are relentlessly good at what they do. They have a collaborative approach and are incredibly thorough and detailed in their work."

Chambers UK 2021

Highly collaborative and team based in everything they do. Friendly and down to earth while also being world class. Uniquely able to bring together the brightest and the best but without being pompous or superior in their attitude. Great listeners, hard workers and tactically the best in the business."

Legal 500 UK 2021

A dynamic team that shows good attention to detail."

Chambers UK 2021

The KN team are one of the best known, oldest and highly regarded teams in this area of work. They get first rate work and deliver excellent results."

Legal 500 UK 2021

In dealing with the firm, every aspect was outstanding and of the highest quality."

Chambers UK 2021

Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice Insights

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PACE under review: no excuse for failing to maintain the dignity of those held in custody

Unduly lenient sentences: a numbers game

Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases – time to restore fairness in the criminal justice system

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification

The Attorney General and Unduly Lenient Sentences: Time for a Review

The Trial: A Murder in the Family – The Verdict

UK prisons: is there any hope?

When can the High Court quash a police force’s crime-recording decision?

Is a conditional caution the way forward for dealing with and rehabilitating those accused of viewing indecent images of children?

Fitness to plead - time to codify the test?

Michael Caplan QC offers evidence to justice committee hearing on young adult offenders

PACE update: Changes to Code E

Kingsley Napley's submission to the Select Committee's inquiry into court charges

A welcome gift: the Law Commission’s new sentencing code

Potential for miscarriages of justice in historic sex claim investigations

Court of Appeal provides guidance on good character directions

Contempt of Court: Jurors in the dock

Access to justice of greater concern to public than free healthcare?

The Rivlin Report - recommending a way forward for the Criminal Justice System?

Tough on crime – but not on the causes of crime

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