James Palfrey

James Palfrey is a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in all civil and criminal courts.

James is an established and able advocate, with many years of experience and practice in the Crown Court. His specialism is in defending serious violent and sexual offences, regularly appearing on behalf of defendant’s charged with matters such as kidnap, grievous bodily harm, robbery, and rape. He began his career in East London, with the longest established firm in Hackney. During his training more

Nicola Palfrey

Nicola Palfrey is a partner with rights of audience in all civil and criminal courts

Nicola is a solicitor and experienced trial advocate representing clients both in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. Nicola successfully overturned a conviction in the High Court, establishing one of the leading authorities in defining the law on assaults on police officers. Throughout her career she has represented clients facing allegations of murder; conspiracies; serious drugs offences including more

Matt Marsh

Matt Marsh is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in working on criminal cases in the Youth, Magistrates and Crown Courts

Matt has a 1st class honours degree in social policy and began his legal career in local government. Working in the contracts and litigation Matt gained experience of public procurement, contracts and tendering, as well as housing, employment disputes, defending civil claims and negotiating out of court settlements. At Hollingsworth Edwards, Matt regularly attends police more

Tim Starkey

Tim Starkey is a barrister, working as an advocate and police station representative for Hollingsworth Edwards.

Tim is an experienced advocate with considerable experience in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. His work encompasses armed robberies, GBH, sexual offences, fraud, drugs importation and confiscation hearings. Tim has particular expertise in immigration offences and has conducted a number of high profile cases involving human trafficking. In addition, Tim has considerable more

Matt Horne

Matt Horne is a Solicitor Advocate with an accountancy background who specialises in criminal defence, particularly complex cases

Matt conducts a wide range of criminal litigation in offences, from assault and robbery to more specialised crimes such as high-value fraud and dangerous dog offences. He joined Hollingsworth Edwards in August 2011 and is an accredited police station representative as well as managing his own caseload of both Magistrates’ and Crown Court matters. Prior to his legal more

James McGuinness

James McGuinness is a criminal solicitor whose practice is enhanced by a strong civil law background

James has over 12 years of legal experience. Having initially qualified in Ireland he has rights of audience in the jurisdictions of both England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. When working in Ireland James’ practice was predominantly civil having a broad range of practice areas, including family law, wills, probate, and personal injury. His varied case load and more

Iain Cassie

Iain Cassie is a Barrister and experienced defence advocate

Iain is an experienced and skilled Crown Court advocate who has also appeared in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in appeals against both conviction and sentence. He was led in a Jamaican death penalty case heard before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. This was a successful appeal and the appellant was spared the gallows. Iain has a significant range of experience within criminal law and also represents more

James Davis

James is a trainee solicitor who specialises in criminal defence

James has worked within criminal law firms, both in London and abroad, for the past five years. He has had extensive involvement in trial preparation, on matters ranging from fraud and associated money-laundering to serious sexual offences. He studied Law at the University of Durham where, in addition to conducting in-depth research into the European extradition regime, he won an International and Comparative Criminal Law more

Bilal Chaudry

Bilal Chaudry is a paralegal specialising in criminal and regulatory law

Bilal graduated from the London School of Economics moving on to achieve a distinction in both his post-graduate diploma in law and his Legal Practice Course. Bilal worked with the Innocence project using his skills to assist prisoners who may have been wrongfully convicted overturn their convictions. At Hollingsworth Edwards, Bilal works on a wide range of criminal and regulatory cases and takes a keen more

Johanna Williams

Johanna Williams is a paralegal specialising in criminal and regulatory law

Johanna studied law at the University of Edinburgh. During her studies Johanna’s ability to understand and analyse the practical application of law was recognised by the award of a first class honours for her research into the myths surrounding rape and sexual offences. Johanna’s commitment to law was further evidenced by her pro bono work with the Citizens Advice Bureau, and her work in Kenya, where more

We have an exceptional record of Not Guilty verdicts

At Hollingsworth Edwards we specialise in matters of criminal law and professional discipline. We also assist clients in dealing with general regulatory issues, such as licencing applications or appeals, or regulatory prosecutions.

We are based in Shepherds Bush, West London, although our practice is countrywide.

At Hollingsworth Edwards we offer a bespoke service to clients wanting a dedicated team of skilled lawyers who can give them advice they can trust.

Our dedication to those we represent is borne out by the exceptionally high record of success we achieve on behalf of our clients, and while we cannot promise success, we can promise that our representation will improve your chance of securing the best outcome. When one's liberty or professional reputation is at stake you can rely on us to ensure your interests are not compromised.

Although much of our work is privately funded, our ethos is to provide the highest standard of representation to all our clients, whether publicly or privately funded. 

We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We have also been awarded the Specialist Quality Mark by the Legal Aid Agency.

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Criminal Criminal Defence Service Community Legal Service

What to do if you are arrested.

For most, the process of an arrest is an unusual and unsettling experience. After all the police are not referred to as the police force for nothing: the state invests them with the power to deprive the ordinary citizen of his or her basic liberties, liberties which we would ordinarily take for granted. For example, being arrested is likely to involve being forcibly handcuffed, required to consent to strip searches, required to supply.... more

Can the police take my fingerprints?
Is it true I do not have the right to remain silent?
Can the police force me to have my photograph taken?