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Criminal Law Defence Solicitors & Serious Crime Lawyers


If you are facing a serious criminal charge you need assurance that your legal representatives understand every detail of your case.

Our team of specialist criminal law solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler are experienced across a wide range of offences, from serious fraud to speeding and murder, so you can be confident that your case is in safe hands.

What is Criminal Law?

Everyone is entitled to free legal representation if they are arrested and taken to a police station. If you find yourself in this situation, ask for a solicitor from Lanyon Bowdler and one of our professional lawyers will come and represent you.

We can then look after your criminal case during your stay at the police station, and as the case develops through Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court or the Court of Appeal.

Our Criminal Defence Solicitors have first-rate knowledge and experience of motoring offences, and we would advise getting in touch sooner rather than later if you have been prosecuted for a motoring offence - don’t put it off, even though it might be tempting to do so!

We also have specialists in environmental and regulatory offences, so please contact us if you need legal advice in that respect.

We can assist on various aspects of prisoners’ rights, such as parole board hearings, life reviews, judicial review applications and disciplinary hearings.

Lanyon Bowdler has been a pioneer in flexible payment options, and we can offer fixed fees and service level guarantees to give you certainty over your legal costs.

If you are eligible for publicly-funded legal services, it’s reassuring to know that we are an approved Very High Cost Case (VHCC) panel member, and our specialist team can advise you about how that works.

Civil Legal Advice

To find out whether you are eligible for free Civil Legal Advice please visit: https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice.

Instruct us for Agency Work

We have solicitor advocates based at our offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow and Hereford, so are well-placed to act as agents for other law firms either at the police station or in court.

Please call or email the team to discuss how we can help.

Legal Directories Recommendations

Our criminal law solicitors are recommended and recognised by the 2021 edition of The Legal 500, which states: "The experienced team at Lanyon Bowdler routinely represents clients at the police station all the way through to the conclusion of the case at the Crown Court. It now boasts three higher court advocates who cover the full range of offences from summary matters to indictable offences. The team is also adept at dealing with environmental agency prosecutions such as farm animal burials and deaths in farm accidents. Stephen Scully is a known name for his work on motoring offences. Head of department Adrian Roberts has extensive experience in a diverse range of regulatory and environmental issues."

The 2021 edition of Chambers UK ranks the criminal team at Lanyon Bowdler in Band 1 in Birmingham and surrounds.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler's Criminal Law Specialists

Please give us a call for a friendly, confidential, chat about how our criminal law team can help. If you would like to speak with a member of the team please call the number at the top of this page, complete our online enquiry form, or communicate with our Live Chat facility. 

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler as your legal partner, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on hand to help if you face criminal charges or are under investigation from the Police, SFO, NCA or a regulatory body. 

We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely with you and tirelessly to ensure the best outcomes no matter what you face.  Our team have great experience in all areas of serious crime and regulatory law.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, and across the Midlands and Birmingham.

Our team of Criminal Law Solicitors in North Wales is based at our offices in Conwy, serving clients in North and Mid Wales.

As a leading UK full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in the UK, but please be aware if you are not eligible for Legal Aid, costs will be higher than instructing a local lawyer.


Excellent representation in court.

- Mr Gibson, Telford

Kept me up to date in any process made.

- Mr P Haigh, Suffolk

Overall this process has been a long one, but I've had nothing but help and support from Lanyon Bowdler. I've had support, help and advice all the way through. I've been kept informed throughout and supported when needed. I would highly recommend Lanyon Bowdler. Thank you so much for all of the hard work and support. We finally got to the end and I'm so pleased with the outcome.

- H Mortimer, Telford.

Absolutely brilliant service from Kimberley Roberts, very professional.

- Miss Daniella Jewkes

Personal attention. Good advice.

- Mrs C Bhamra, Shrewsbury

Very professional. All the members of staff I came into contact with were very polite.

- Mr Kevin John Martin, Shrewsbury

Ease of appointment, good communication and efficient.

- Mr Sam Kramer, Shrewsbury

The understanding of my case, the kindness shown to me and the support given, not only by my solicitor but by his secretary.

- Mrs S Oliver, Shrewsbury