Stokoe Partnership Solicitors is regarded as one of the leading firms in the UK and has been for serious crime for many years. We are recognised by both of the UK’s leading legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Our expert lawyers are hugely experienced at representing clients charged with murder and manslaughter, and have been involved in some of the biggest and most high profile murder trials in recent years.

We regularly instruct leading members of the Bar, and ensure that cases are paired with barristers that have the highest level of expertise and experience in dealing with the offence. We also work with a range of experts (including medical, psychiatric, forensic, scientific and technological experts) to ensure that the prosecution’s evidence is fully tested and that any defence is properly advanced.

We understand the importance of ensuring that our clients and their immediate families are supported and able to speak to their solicitor at any time. We pride ourselves on being able to consistently offer the highest level of service whenever we might be needed.

 

Notable cases

We successfully represented a client who was extradited to the UK from Spain in respect of an allegation of murder. The client had evaded arrest for eight years before being extradited to stand trial. At trial the defendant was acquitted and his co-defendant, who was due to stand trial before our client had been extradited, and who had accused him, was convicted.


We successfully represented three clients post-conviction who had been sentenced to life imprisonment following their convictions for conspiracy to murder. We successfully quashed their convictions and a retrial was ordered. At the subsequent retrial, the Crown’s disclosure process was placed under intense scrutiny which resulted in the Crown offering no evidence following legal argument.


We represented clients jointly charged with the murder of a 19 year old father following an altercation captured on CCTV in which the victim received multiple stab wounds. At trial one client was acquitted and the other, who had confessed to stabbing the victim, was convicted of manslaughter and received a sentence of six years imprisonment.


We successfully represented two clients in a re trial for murder. They were said to be the heads of an organised crime network which had arranged for a rival gang member to be killed. We secured an acquittal by disputing our clients presence at the scene through phone data.


We successfully represented a client, charged alongside others, with an historic murder having been identified through new advances in the analysis of DNA evidence. It related to gang feud rivalry in different areas of London. We instructed one of the leading experts in the world on DNA and were able to successfully argue against the admissibility of the Crown’s DNA expert evidence, resulting in a successful application of no case to answer against our client.


We successfully represented one of seven defendants charged with murder following a gangland fight in London. The case involved complex investigation by the Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Command Team. Following a full trial our client was acquitted.


We represented a client charged with the murder of a bomb disposal expert. Following a two-year investigation and search for the remains of the body, our client was charged with murder. Our client was subsequently acquitted of the murder, but was convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter.


We successfully represented a young male who had been jointly charged with two females with the murder of a young female. Each defendant blamed the other. The case was successfully dismissed at half time in respect of our client.


We successfully represented a client in respect of a conspiracy to murder. The client escaped from custody whilst on remand and became the first Category A prisoner in 15 years to do so. Following his return to the UK, the client was acquitted.


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