Criminal Defence Specialists
Chris has practiced criminal law for over 25 years. He has been a Duty Solicitor for 20 years. He set up Pickwick Solicitors is 2012 and it has grown from strength to strength. Chris specialises in very serious matters from murder to fire arms offences. Chris is very experienced in driving matters and is a regular at Magistrates' Courts throughout London and the Home Counties. In his spare time, Chris likes to watch rugby and is an active member of Woodford RFU. Chris is very approachable and can by contacted on [email protected] or 07961102829
Hazel Hannan-Consultant Solicitor
Hazel became a Duty Solicitor in 2018 and is a regular at the London and Home Counties Magistrates' Courts. She also attends police stations to represent clients. Hazel also specialises in very serious matters and is a frequent solicitor for Service Personnel.
Pickwick Solicitors usually work on a fixed fee basis. VAT is charged if Counsel is required in the Crown Court or if an Expert Witness is required. VAT is charged at 20%.
All cases begin at the Magistrates' Court. For minor offences, such as most driving offences, these are usually dealt with at the First Appearance at the Magistrates' Court. If a not guilty plea is entered in the Magistrates' Court , a trial would usually take place within 1-3 months of the First Appearance.
If a case is sent to the Crown Court for trial or the Defendant elects a Crown Court trial, the trial would normally take place within 6 to 9 months, however, due to the pandemic many cases are taking a substantially longer period to come to trial.
I believe that you will find us to be informative and efficient but if you are not satisfied with any aspect of the service please raise your concerns in the first instance with us and we will provide you with details of our complaints procedure. If you still have queries or concerns, please contact the Legal Ombudsman who will then consider any points raised in order to try to resolve the difficulty. Their website is www.legalombudsman.org.uk
If you have complained to us about breaching the SRA code of conduct, and you are not satisfied with our response you can report us to the SRA