The best criminal lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in 2022 - Spear's Magazine

The best criminal lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in 2022

The best criminal lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in 2022

Welcome to the Spear’s ranking of the best criminal lawyers for high-net-worth-individuals in the UK. The list features our Top Recommended advisers.

Criminal lawyers help clients accused of a crime by ensuring their legal rights are upheld and by making sure they are properly represented from arrest all the way through to trial, providing strategic legal advice at each stage of the process.

HNWs who are the victim of crime may also have cause to engage a criminal lawyer – to provide advice and/or bring a prosecution.

Criminal lawyers can also provide assistance to high-net-worth individuals who – personally or via their business interests – are either carrying out, or are subject to, an investigation.

Due to their considerable wealth, high-net-worth individuals are often targeted by criminals, making a good criminal lawyer essential to defend their clients where necessary.

The Spear’s Index of criminal lawyers is an invaluable resource to find the very best defence and prosecution solicitors and barristers who specialise in high value financial crime, fraud and regulatory wrongdoing. They come from some of the biggest firms such as Matthew Ewens at full-service Mishcon de Reya, as well as ultra-specialist boutiques such as Ben Rose of Hickman & Rose.

Spear’s publishes annual rankings of the top private client advisers and service providers to HNWs. These are drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams.

The criminal lawyers featured are included in the table below, along with their Spear’s ranking and focus. 

Click on the individual names to be directed to more detailed profiles of each adviser on The table is ordered by ranking and then alphabetically by surname. The Spear’s Corporate Law Index can be found here.

To explore all the Spear's indices, and to use our find-an-adviser tool to identify the private client adviser who is right for your specific requirements, go to the Spear's 500 website.

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