Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
Being accused of a sexual offence is incredibly stressful. It can affect every area of your life, including your family, your career and your reputation. If you are being investigated or allegations have been made against you, you are advised to seek legal representation without delay to protect your reputation and ensure that your rights are upheld.
Expert legal advice and representation
At Taylor Law we understand how difficult it is to deal with allegations of sexual wrongdoing. Our team are sensitive and approachable and will work hard on your behalf to limit any damage and put together the strongest possible defence.
We have in-depth expertise in defending sexual allegations and some of our partners have rights of higher audience, meaning they can speak on your behalf in court without the need for a barrister.
Although there is no right of anonymity for those charged with sexual offences, for our part, we guarantee complete confidentiality in dealing with you. Because your identity may be made public, we recommend facing the situation head-on and starting to put together a robust defence straight away.
Dealing with allegations of sexual offences
If you are being investigated or charged with an offence, it is important that you understand your legal rights and that you do not act in a way which could harm your defence. For this reason, you should seek legal advice as soon as you as you are made aware of the situation.
Our team are experts in representing those charged with sexual offences, to include historic sex abuse. We understand how to conduct an in-depth examination of any evidence the prosecution may have and challenge this wherever possible.
Together with our experts, we will ensure that every aspect of the case against you is tested. In the event that we believe insufficient evidence exists, we will ask the court to dismiss charges against you.
If the alleged offences are historic with little in the way of forensic evidence, we will look closely at the statements of the complainant and any witnesses and examine their credibility. If the passage of time means that a fair trial is unlikely, we will ask for charges to be dropped.
In the event that you are suffering from ill health, we will obtain expert advice as to whether you are able to stand trial.
Choosing Taylor Law
Our criminal defence team are knowledgeable and capable and have an excellent track record in mounting robust defences to sexual charges. We understand how difficult it is to be accused of a sexual offence and we will stay by your side throughout to offer support and guidance.
We will make sure we are always available to speak to you, to update you as to progress and the likely next steps, to advise you of your options and to answer any questions you may have.
We have criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who are experts in the field. If you are the subject of an investigation or allegations of a sexual nature have been made against you, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
Valerie Ann Cadman-Khan