I’m facing trial for an offence

Even if your case is headed towards trial, it is not too late to seek legal advice from the best criminal defence lawyers. Good representation is vital at every stage in the process.

As leading family and employment lawyers, Vardags can also help minimise the wider impact of criminal proceedings on your personal and professional life.

As top criminal lawyers for high net worth and high income individuals, we can help you protect your liberty, your reputation, and your career.

Our specialist criminal representation for entrepreneurs, professionals, sports stars, and celebrities is available around the clock, and we can help in cases of fraud, sexual or drug offences, domestic violence, or driving offences.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I’m worried my lawyer isn’t doing enough

Given what is at stake in a criminal trial nothing can be left to chance and an individual facing trial must be assured that their lawyers are working tirelessly to both strengthen the defence case and exploit any weaknesses in the Crown’s evidence and by doing so afford them the best chance of acquittal.

They must feel confident they have a close working relationship with their lawyers where they can discuss any issues that may arise and be kept abreast of any developments in the lead up to trial. If an individual has any concerns with regard to their lawyer’s preparation for trial, they must try to resolve these issues as soon as possible. If they feel they have lost confidence in their legal team, it is essential they act swiftly in seeking alternative representation in good time before trial to ensure they walk into court fully prepared for trial.

If you are dissatisfied with your current lawyer, it is never too late to move to Vardags. We are experienced at taking over cases from other firms. Our innovative approach to the law can often get results which other firms cannot.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I don’t think there is sufficient evidence to justify trial

There are a number of significant moments during the course of criminal proceedings in which decisive intervention can be made to halt proceedings on the basis that there is insufficient evidence.

There is opportunity to make representations to this effect prior to any decision to charge and where the decision has been taken by a police officer there is still scope to apply at the first hearing at the Magistrates’ Court for the matter to be referred back to the police for a further review of their earlier charging decision.

Once the matter has proceeded to the Crown Court, the defence are permitted to make an application to dismiss the case where they can show there is not sufficient evidence to support the allegation.

Once the matter progresses to the trial itself it is still open to the defence to make an application that there is no case to answer. Such an application will usually be made at the close of the Crown’s case and it will succeed where the court is persuaded that there is no evidence or the evidence is of such a tenuous nature that no jury could safely convict upon it.

At Vardags we will leave no stone unturned in our attempt to stop a matter from reaching trial.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I’m worried that a previous conviction will be brought up

The starting position is that evidence of a person’s misconduct or disposition towards misconduct is deemed inadmissible and should not form part of any trial.

There are, however, a number of ways in which this evidence may be admitted at trial. The decision to admit bad character evidence will not be taken lightly and will involve a careful weighing up by the judge of the probative value of the evidence against any unfairness or prejudice which might be caused to the accused individual.

Factors which will be taken into consideration will include the nature and severity of any prior misconduct, the number of past incidents, the time that has elapsed and their relevance to the allegations in question. The conduct of the accused during trial might also have a bearing on the decision to admit his bad character. For example, where the accused puts forward a false impression of themselves or impugns the character of the complainant, the accused risk exposing themselves to a similar attack on their character.

Evidence of bad character is one of those issues that may arise during trial and which the defendant and his lawyers must be ready and prepared for to ensure any application for its admittance is robustly opposed and where the application is granted to ensure any prejudicial effect of the evidence upon the defendant is limited as far as possible.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

Qualifying Individuals

Vardags specialise in cases involving high net worth individuals, their families and their companies.  Free consultations are offered for clients with net assets in excess of £2million or involved in other high value disputes.
24 Hour Emergency Legal Representation Call Vardags London: 020 7205 5792
If you need a lawyer immediately because a person has been taken into custody or involved in an incident, Vardags can provide emergency legal cover at any time. We offer a swift response in person, anywhere in London or within the M25. Outside that area we may still be able to help. Call our confidential 24 hour enquiry line for immediate help.If you have been arrested or you are the subject of a dawn raid we strongly recommend you have a lawyer present in order to advise you on your options in dealing with police and other investigating bodies and to ensure your rights are protected. Note that we normally charge £350 per hour including travel time and our fees in connection with emergency legal services will usually be a minimum of £2,000 + VAT.
*All enquiries are completely confidential. We do not handle Legal Aid cases. Our lawyers do not undertake criminal work on a no win, no fee basis.
We will only use your information to respond to your enquiry.

*Free consultation for qualifying individuals. We do not undertake legal aid work but there are often other ways to fund your case. We do not act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis in civil disputes.

Call Vardags London: 020 7205 5792

Our confidential enquiry lines are staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year.