I’ve been convicted of a crime but I should not have been convicted or the sentence was unduly harsh

If you have been unfairly convicted of a crime or the sentence was unduly harsh, Vardags’ top criminal defence team can help you protect yourself.

Our innovative approach to the law and relentless enthusiasm for changing the status quo has helped us achieve landmark results at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Alongside your criminal appeal, we will help you manage the fallout from a conviction on your life and livelihood.

As top lawyers for high net worth and high income individuals, we will help you to defend your reputation and your career.

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 if I appeal I’ll get an even worse sentence

Whether someone pleaded guilty or was found guilty after trial there is a route to appeal the sentencing decision usually in situations where they can be shown to be wrong in law or wrong in principle or where it was simply excessive.

The regime for appealing a sentencing decision is different depending on whether the original decision was made in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court and there are different implications which may flow from the two separate procedures. Where the appeal is against the decision at the Magistrates’ Court, anyone is entitled to appeal and the sentence exercise will commence afresh at the Crown Court.

The Crown Court has the powers to reduce the sentence from the original however there is the possibility that they may pass a more onerous sentence than the original.  Where an appeal is unsuccessful costs maybe awarded against the appellant.

Where an individual wishes to appeal a sentence passed at the Crown Court they must seek leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Where leave is granted the Court of Appeal will consider representations as to the appropriateness of the sentence and have the power to uphold the sentence or reduce the sentence as they see fit.

Vardags experience of challenging the legal status quo and taking cases to the highest courts means that we are well-placed to fight your appeal. We will leave no stone unturned and can often find innovative ways to put your case.

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.