Abigail is a Solicitor Advocate based at Stokoe Partnership’s Central London office.
Practising exclusively in criminal defence, Abigail is an experienced and tactical solicitor. She provides legal advice and representation to those accused of the full spectrum of criminal offences, but primarily complex and serious crime in the Crown Court.
Abigail is frequently sought out by clients for her expertise in handling sensitive, legally complex, or high-profile cases of the utmost gravity, many of which attract widespread media attention, or involve vulnerable Defendants. She routinely defends clients charged with conspiracies, serious drugs and firearms offences, serious violence including homicide and GBH, terrorism, and rape.
Since joining Stokoe Partnership Solicitors in 2021, Abigail’s cases have often focused on the defence of those across the country charged with allegations arising from the hack of the Encrochat network.
Her reputation for the meticulous preparation of her caseload has also seen her instructed in Trading Standards, HMRC and SFO prosecutions across the UK, defending those involved in complex white collar financial crime, where her technical legal knowledge and analytical aptitude produce positive results, and satisfied clients.
Abigail is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 for General Crime, the 2021 guide noting that she “is a standout star. Her dedication to a case is absolutely remarkable and incomparable to the expected norm. She is intelligent, dedicated and tactically astute.”
The Legal 500 UK Guide 2022 similarly recognised Abigail as “an excellent solicitor with an unrivalled work ethic allied to an excellent analytical mind” as well as being “ a future if not current star of the legal profession.”
“Her client manner is fantastic and engenders confidence and trust from the most weary and wary of clients, won over by a calm, methodical and painstaking approach to doing everything that can be done to assist them in their case,” the guide notes.
04 Jan 2024
Partner Bambos Tsiattalou discusses the SFO’s hiring spree in The Times
Partner Bambos Tsiattalou argues that the push for increased manpower at the Serious Fraud Office must translate into effective prosecutions.
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12 Oct 2023
Partner Amjid Jabbar and Solicitor Advocate Abigail Ashford discuss the armed police shortage in The Times
In light of recent controversy surrounding armed police officers and the use of lethal force, Partner Amjid Jabbar and Solicitor Advocate Abigail Ashford argue that transparency and accountability are vital if the Metropolitan Police is to resolve its troubled relationship with the public.
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“Abigail Ashford is a standout star. Her dedication to a case is absolutely remarkable and incomparable to the expected norm. She is intelligent, dedicated and tactically astute.”