Representation at the Crown Court

Have you been accused of committing a serious offence? Has your case been sent by the Magistrates’ to the Crown Court? Have you elected a Crown Court trial? At JD Spicer Zeb, our specialist Crown Court solicitors can help defend you with expert representation and advice, giving you the highest chance of a favourable outcome.

We are called every day by unsatisfied clients of other firms who want to transfer to us. We know you want clear advice and we will put this in writing for you. We always keep clients updated. We use the best barristers from our expert-approved panel. The service will be confidential, and we will do everything in our professional power to obtain the result you seek. Most of our work still comes from word-of-mouth referrals from repeat clients or recommendations from clients, other lawyers and professionals recommend us. We have acted for generations of families who trust our firm.

In many cases, the actual difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome is the solicitor or barrister that acts for you.

We can act for you under legal aid if you qualify or privately. We have many years of experience undertaking private-funded cases and can provide a clear, workable fee structure including a fixed fee for you. Please see our Premium Private Fee Service.

We know that undergoing a trial in the Crown Court can be an incredibly distressing and worrying time for you. The seriousness of cases heard at the Crown Court are reflected in the severity of punishments. As a result, the impact of a guilty verdict can have life-changing consequences for you and your family, possibly for the rest of your life. We can act for you on legal aid or on a private fee basis.  Do not apply for legal aid with your chosen firm of solicitors unless you are sure you will remain satisfied with the service and lawyer. If you already have legal aid, it is unlikely it will be transferred by a court but you can instruct us on a private fee basis. We can also provide second opinions in some cases where you are already represented but need a further opinion. We are regularly instructed by unhappy clients of other firms to take cases over from a legal aid acting solicitor and we act on a private basis. Can having a less experienced solicitor make a difference to your outcome ? Simply put yes and you don't get second chances at the Crown Court. We take daily calls from unhappy clients of other firms. We prepare cases thoroughly and give you only experienced teams to work with at our firm. 

We deal with routine crown court cases including assault, ABH, supply of drugs, burglary, theft, right through to complex drugs cases involving the NCA, rape, murder, GBH, fraud, and complicated money laundering trials, serious sexual offences, and indecent images. We have consistently acted in some of the most complicated and serious lengthy Crown Court trials in the UK which were reported in the media. We have undertaken crown court trials lasting from 1 day to as long as 6 to 12 months in court. We are used to managing complicated cases involving telephone data, ANPR records, financial records, and medical and forensic information. 

We have access to the leading experts in the UK that can assist with cases with forensic, medical and psychiatric issues.. 

We only instruct the best barrister or advocate to conduct your trial or hearings in the crown court. We know and work with the best barristers and advocates who are solely instructed on merit alone. The Partners review and assess the barrister's and advocate's results all the time to ensure they are suitable to work with us to achieve the results our clients demand.

This is why you need to contact our specialist team of Crown Court lawyers so that we can provide you with the advice, support and representation to help increase your chances of securing the best result for you in Court.

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, contact our local offices in LondonBirmingham or Manchester.

Whether you intend to plead guilty or deny charges made against you, we have all the necessary knowledge, skill and expertise to build a strong case for you and present it to the Court in the best possible way.

Are you looking for specialised Crown Court solicitors?

At JD Spicer Zeb, we have a dedicated Crown Court department to ensure a quality service for our clients, both remanded in custody or on bail.

Over the years we have built an enviable reputation and excellent track record in successfully defending people on trial for serious offences in the Crown Court from murder trials at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) to cases involving serious violence, drugs and gang related offences.

Our criminal defence solicitors are ready to take on your case and provide you with all the advice and representation you will need to give you the confidence and peace of mind that your matter is being handled professionally and is in experienced hands.

Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s Crown Court solicitors?

With over 40 years’ experience in defending cases in the Crown Court, our Crown Court team comprises of very experienced lawyers and caseworkers who listen to our clients and fight for their rights.

If you are facing serious charges in the Crown Court, our team of lawyers will take a dedicated approach to ensure that your case is thoroughly prepared in order to present the strongest possible defence when your case goes before the Court.

We will assist you throughout the preparation of your case, advising you of your rights, options, and the decisions you will need to make. We will carefully prepare your matter, obtaining the expert reports, where needed, to build a strong case.

With our best experts representing you, you can rest assured that your case is being handled with the utmost care and dedication.

What type of cases do JD Spicer Zeb’s Crown Court lawyers take on?

Criminal cases in England and Wales are heard in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. While every case begins in the Magistrates’ Court, only the more serious will be heard at the Crown Court.

Our specialist and dedicated Crown Court team is comprised of solicitors, solicitor advocates and caseworkers experienced in dealing with a wide range of cases including but not limited to:

  • Murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated burglary
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Grievous bodily harm (GBH)
  • Conspiracy offences
  • Rape and other sexual offences
  • Possession with intent to supply drugs
  • Serious Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Regulatory Crime
  • Firearms and other weapons offences

We have considerable amount of specialist expertise and experience in the following:

  • Technical cases involving facial mapping, challenging blood splatter; DNA and other forensics
  • Challenging the street value of drugs
  • Fitness to plead
  • Fitness to stand trial

Our department is supported by a strong team of in-house Crown Court advocates who are available to help you with advice and representation at the Crown Court. We can also help you apply for legal aid or work with you on a private client basis, whichever best suits your individual aims or financial circumstances.

Contact our Crown Court solicitors today

For urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about a serious fraud case, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of serious fraud lawyers in London, Birmingham or Manchester on telephone:

  • Brent & Camden London Office: 020 7624 7771
  • Manchester Office: 0161 835 1638
  • Birmingham Office: 0121 614 3333
  • City of London: 0207 624 7771 - our senior Solicitors and Partners can meet by appointment in the City.

Or email:

Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Is it an emergency?

For urgent matters, we have a dedicated 24-hour, 7 day a week emergency number, manned by our experienced team. In the event of an emergency, you may call our emergency number on telephone: 07836 577 556 and we will provide you with the immediate assistance you need.


  • Umar Zeb
      • Umar Zeb
      • Senior Partner - Head of Private Client Crime
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  • Lisa Nicol
      • Lisa Nicol
      • Managing Partner - Head of Crime & Serious Cases
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