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Shaw Graham Kersh LLP : Specialists in Criminal Defence

Shaw Graham Kersh LLP is a leading criminal defence law firm based in Central London. The firm is ranked in the top ten law firms in London conducting criminal defence work by Chambers and Partners 2024, receives similar praise in the Legal 500, and is commended in the latest edition of The Times Best Law Firms.

The firm is committed to providing its clients representation of the highest quality, irrespective of background or history. Shaw Graham Kersh LLP understands that however major or minor the offence, for the individual involved, the experience can be traumatic. Their approach therefore combines top level pragmatic expertise with sensitivity and total discretion. The firm undertakes both private and publicly funded work.

quotemarkThey have a well-rounded team who can take any kind of work and take it to the highest instances.”

quotemarkA very strong practice across the spectrum of criminal law. It is a relatively small team made up primarily of very experienced solicitors. As a result, the quality is excellent and very partner led.”

quotemarkMadeline Corr is a star. She is approachable, tactical, and absolutely on top of the brief. A real joy to work with and deservedly a recently made partner.”

quotemarkSGK has always punched above its weight. A boutique firm that has successfully competed with global law firms in private criminal work, that makes no distinction between the lucratively and the publicly funded case: a rarity."

quotemarkAn extremely impressive and professional firm offering a bespoke service to all clients. Each case will be prepared in detail, thoroughly and fantastically presented from Magistrates Court to appellate level, if necessary. Partners and paralegals work closely with counsel at all stages, which provides lay clients with a real team effort and sense of security.”

quotemarkThey are an extremely well run and committed firm who care passionately about their clients. The office exudes warmth and friendliness. They have maintained a very high-level of service to their clients for many years.”

Legal 500 2024

quotemarkThey are fully committed, from police station to appeal, and they are very hands on. Clients get a really good service from them."

quotemarkThey are quick in how they move things along and great at identifying procedural issues.”

quotemarkI was impressed by their level of preparation and felt that they really cared about their client.”

quotemarkTheir client care is excellent and they provide really useful and clear instructions that always focus in on the right issues.”

Chambers and Partners 2024


The firm are specialists in criminal defence undertaking all serious and complex crime including murder/manslaughter, assault, drugs supply, fraud and money laundering, restraint and confiscation proceedings, civil freezing orders, corruption and bribery cases, sex offences, terrorism, internet crime, and Encro Chat investigations.  The firm has additional expertise in defending extradition proceedings, and handling investigations/proceedings brought by the FCA, CMA, Local Authority prosecutions, and professional disciplinary proceedings.

"Paul is very good with clients and always on top of the material."
"He is one of the most experienced solicitors and his judgement is sound."

"Raymond Shaw is a really strong criminal defence advocate."

"He is extremely intelligent and experienced, highly tactical and never does anything without considering every angle."

"Ray is just amazing - he is responsive, very thorough and tenacious where appropriate. Clients love him."

"He is really supportive of clients and really good on the law."

"Madeleine is a fantastic solicitor."

Chambers and Partners 2024

"The quality of the solicitors, the advice and the service at SGK is outstanding. With such a breadth of experience in the firm, this really is where I would go if I was in trouble."

"SGK are an excellent criminal firm. Their reputation is well deserved and their place in serious and high profile trials unsurprising."

Legal 500 2023

"There is great experience across all levels at Shaw Graham Kersh, with some outstanding individuals. Their work is well considered and meticulously prepared."

"Their client care goes above and beyond and they make sure everything is running smoothly for them."

Chambers & Partners 2023

For the first time, the firm is commended this year in The Times Best Law Firms.

“Shaw Graham Kersh has historically acted in gang-related murders. More recently it has developed a specialism in representing women accused of murder” recently including “a young woman…accused of murdering a man in her flat. The evidence suggests that the woman, who has mental health problems, had been sexually assaulted before the fatal stabbing”.

“Shaw Graham Kersh successfully defended a company director accused of sending fellow directors a series of harassing emails. The defendant alleged that the two complainant directors had been blackmailing him. They were subsequently prosecuted and convicted for blackmail and the charges against the client were replaced with a less serious version of the offence”.

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