Criminal Defence Services

Criminal Defence Services

contact-us-button If you are facing the prospect of a criminal investigation or criminal proceedings, early, expert legal advice is essential.

In these circumstances, you look for criminal law knowledge and skills of the highest quality. That is what you will find at Palmers Solicitors in Essex.

Every criminal case we deal with – from road traffic offences to allegations of fraud – has the potential to damage a career or reputation.

In a world where the provision of advice and representation has become dominated by the difficulties brought about by the inadequacies of legal aid, we have chosen to work exclusively with clients, both individual and corporate, on a private basis, to ensure that we are able to continue to devote the time and attention required to best advise and represent those under investigation or charged with offences.

In this way, we are able to deliver bespoke advice and personal attention from a senior solicitor to every client, with the aim of achieving the best outcome.

Our criminal law team is led by partner Jeremy Sirrell, whose extensive criminal law experience includes qualifying as a barrister and acting as a legal adviser to magistrates across Essex before qualifying as a solicitor and establishing our criminal law department.

As a former Crown Prosecutor, he also brings to his criminal defence work valuable insight into the processes and mindset of prosecuting authorities. Jeremy is able to advise on a wide variety of matters, including prosecutions brought by bodies ranging from the Crown Prosecution Service and the Health and Safety Executive to local authority trading standards departments and other bodies.

When we work with you, you will have fast, direct access to your criminal lawyer (not a junior or unqualified assistant) and to the advice you need to make informed decisions.

We offer support in all areas of criminal work, including:

At a time when expert advice is essential, Palmers’ criminal law team will deliver the specialist support you need at a competitive cost. Even in cases where you intend to plead guilty, our expert legal advice can make a significant difference to your case, through skilled and knowledgeable representation that can help to mitigate your penalty.







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BasildonRayleighSouth Woodham FerrersThurrock

 

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Gold Tier Service

(Our fixed fees are based on all works that are carried out within ordinary working hours in Essex) – Magistrates Court hearings only – Crown Court matters will be quoted separately.

Action Cost Work carried out
Attendance at a police station £500+VAT Attendance with you at Police Station, receiving disclosure advising you upon it and attendance at interview itself.
Disclosure (prosecution evidence) £180+VAT Obtaining disclosure and advising you upon it
* Guilty Plea (with specialist)
Upper Tier – More complex matter
£1350+VAT Attending upon you, receiving your instructions advising you concerning your matter, preparing for the hearing and attending with you at court.
*Guilty Plea (with specialist)
Lower Tier – Less complex matter
£1100+VAT Attending upon you, receiving your instructions advising you concerning your matter, preparing for the hearing and attending with you at court.
Not guilty plea and fully contested trial (with specialist) From £1500 +VAT Attending upon you, receiving your instructions advising you concerning your matter, preparing for the hearing including taking witness statements and attending with you at court. Negotiation with the Prosecution if required, dealing with the matter by way of trial or compromise.

*(Particularly serious, urgent and or complex matters will sometimes fall outside of our fixed fee structure and will require a separate quotation)

Sliver Tier Service

Our fixed fees are based on all works that are carried out within ordinary working hours in Essex) – Magistrates Court hearings only – Crown Court matters will be quoted separately.

Action Cost Work carried out
Attendance at a police station (with representation) £500+VAT Attendance with you at Police Station, receiving disclosure advising you upon it and attendance at interview itself.
Disclosure £180+VAT Obtaining disclosure and advising you upon it.
*Guilty Plea (with barrister)
Upper Tier – More complex matter
£1000+VAT Attending upon you, receiving your instructions advising you concerning your matter, preparing for the hearing attending with you at court.
*Guilty Plea (with barrister)
Lower Tier – Less complex matter
£800+VAT Attending upon you, receiving your instructions advising you concerning your matter, preparing for the hearing and attending with you at court.
Not guilty plea and fully contested trial (with barrister) From £1100+VAT Attending upon you, receiving your instructions advising you concerning your matter, preparing for the hearing including taking witness statements and attending with you at court. Negotiation with the Prosecution if required, dealing with the matter by way of trial or compromise.

*(Particularly serious, urgent and or complex matters will sometimes fall outside of our fixed fee structure and will require a separate quotation)

Basildon Office

19 Town Square
Basildon
Essex
SS14 1BD

Fax: 01268 240001
DX: 53002 BASILDON

Rayleigh Office

105A High Street,
Rayleigh,
Essex,
SS6 7QA

Fax: 01268 988489
DX: DX50608 RAYLEIGH

South Woodham Ferrers Office

Prospect House
1/3 Brickfields Road
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex
CM3 5XB

Fax: 01245 324363
DX: 53555 SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS

Thurrock Office

Ascension Chambers
Fleming Road
Chafford Hundred
Grays
Essex
RM16 6HH

Fax: 01375 484448
DX: 54016 GRAYS