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Are you being treated as a terror suspect? Have you been accused of circulating terrorist publications? Have you been linked to terrorist training or possessing terrorist information? If you need representation from experienced terrorism lawyers, it is essential that you speak to our team today.

At JD Spicer Zeb, our specialist terrorism law solicitors in London provide 24-hour police station representation to terror suspects. With over 45 years of experience, we know exactly what is required to build the strongest defence against terrorism allegations, ensuring your rights are firmly protected.

We have acted in some of the most serious terrorist plots from the police station, demonstrating our expertise in handling cases involving the most complex terrorism charges in the UK.

If you are being held by the police under terrorism offences, you are entitled to free independent legal advice and representation by a qualified police station representative, unless certain exceptions apply.

Our specialist terrorism lawyers can provide advice on terrorism charges for free under legal aid at the police station and are able to attend the police station at short notice for serious cases.

We provide:

  • 24/7 legal support in person and over the phone, 365 days a year
  • Representation anywhere in England or Wales
  • Accredited Police Station Representatives to support you during a police interview
  • Clear, effective legal advice in any language (see our languages spoken)

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Whether you have been accused of a terrorism offence, been arrested, charged or released on bail, or are just worried about a family or friend in this situation, it is important that you get in touch with one of our specialist terrorism lawyers.

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

For urgent advice at any time of day or night regarding defence against terrorism charges, please call our Emergency Number 07836 577 556.

Our expert terrorism solicitors in London, Birmingham and Manchester are ready and waiting to help you when you need us most. With our expertise and knowledge of terrorism law, the Terrorism Act and Human Rights Act, we are the experts you need on your side to defend you and your rights.

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Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s terrorism solicitors?

At JD Spicer Zeb, we only employ experienced and dedicated lawyers in the complex and specialised area of terrorism law in the UK.

If you are facing charges under the Terrorism Act, we know that this will be a very stressful and worrying time for you and your family. You will want to ensure that you are being represented by a solicitor and team that has proven capabilities in terrorism law, genuine experience and an excellent track record of success in delivering the best results in the circumstances.

We also have close contact with terrorism barristers in London and the rest of the UK, and QCs who specialise in this area and who can assist in your defence.

As a firm, we have over 45 years of experience in advising on a wide range of criminal offences, including terror offences. Our industry-leading expertise in handling matters as complex as terrorism is reflected through our Law Society accreditation for Criminal Litigation. We also hold the Lexcel accreditation for the high standards of our legal practice.

The Courts take terrorism charges very seriously. If you have been charged with a terrorism offence your liberty is at risk and, if convicted, you could receive a lengthy custodial sentence. Therefore, choosing quality legal representation from specialist terrorism solicitors is vital to the positive direction and successful outcome of your case.

JD Spicer Zeb terrorism lawyers have wide experience and specialist expertise in dealing with terrorism cases at the police station and up to the Crown Court.

We were also involved in the following notable cases:

  • The Ricin terrorism Plot
  • The Forrest Gate Two
  • Transatlantic terrorism plot

Our specialist team have wide experience and detailed knowledge of:

  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Terrorism Act 2000
  • The Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001
  • The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005
  • The Terrorism Act 2006
  • The Counter-Terrorism Act 2008

How can we help?

Common questions

We always work with the most experienced and best leading UK barristers, KCs (Kings Counsel). We cover all criminal cases 24/7 at the police station and court. Offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester cover cases across England and Wales. We can offer Legal Aid and affordable Private fee agreements. We can see you the same day, including virtually. Our Senior Partners supervise all of our cases.

How quickly do you respond?

We respond quickly even during out of hours. We do not get our work by paying for online adverts but based on the fact that few criminal law firms can match our 45 years of experience. Most of our cases are still from word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied clients. We are called daily by dissatisfied clients from firms with less experience than us. We respond very quickly to new enquiries. We know what clients seek and so we update clients rapidly.

Can you get cases dropped?

Yes, read about the recent cases we've helped our clients with here.

We always keep you updated and give straightforward advice. We will get cases dropped early where the case is weak or should not be prosecuted. We will be upfront with you about where you can benefit from a good result with an early guilty plea, such as a discount on your sentence. As we work on cases across all levels with clients from all walks of life, we are excellent at giving clear, spot-on advice. As an established firm, we can allocate a whole team to your case often at short notice to secure evidence to minimise the damage to you. 

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Do you offer free consultations?

Where it is possible, we aim to provide an initial consultation to you. If we can speak to you, we can if required inform you about  –

  • Whether we can take the case on and our relevant experience.
  • Public and private funding benefits.
  • Assistance in applying for legal aid where we are likely to accept instructions.
  • An outline of options in police interview only. We will not advise you on which option to adopt.
  • Providing our free written guide explaining the police station process.
  • The gravity of routine and day-to-day offences you face.
  • Consequences of not attending the court or police station.
  • Consequences of interfering with any witnesses.
  • Retaining any evidence in support of your case.
  • If possible an outline of the elements of the offence that the police or CPS must prove.
  • This consultation will normally be by telephone or email and will only be for as long as we deem necessary to establish if we can act for you. If we cannot usefully give you any advice in this manner then we will not continue with the consultation. We will not discuss the case in depth for you to be able to decide on your plea or any significant aspect of the case, as this cannot be undertaken informally.
  • Referring you, if possible, to other firms for matters out of our specialism or if we cannot help.

Consultations do not apply to the following cases –

  • If we do not intend to take the case on.
  • Road Traffic cases, drink driving, drug driving, driving bans, speeding, no insurance, mobile phone use, points etc.
  • In all cases where we do not have the capacity to take your case or the availability of suitably qualified staff to provide an initial free consultation. This is applicable in all cases but especially where a more senior lawyer is required because of your personal needs or the complexity of the case.
  • Harassment/stalking/ coercive behaviour/malicious communications or road traffic cases and most sensitive cases. These cases are often too complicated to assess in short consultations.
  • The locations concerned may be too distant to represent you adequately or it may not be cost-effective for you or us.
  • The case is too complicated to assess or raises various charges or facts, complexity, or history to be considered informally or in a short consultation.
  • In most Legal aid transfers where legal aid is granted to another firm except in very grave cases, we may assess the case and merits for a transfer.
  • If your relationship has broken down with your existing solicitor or several solicitors.
  • If you have been released under investigation and have already had a police station attendance. 
  • If you hold legal aid with another firm and seek a second opinion.
  • If you are calling on behalf of the client as a friend or family member unless you have full authority and full facts.
  • To businesses.
  • Advising whether you were given good advice by your other solicitor.
  • Whether to decide to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Whether you have an arguable defence in law or factually complicated defences.
  • Any advice you have had after your first court appearance.
  • Any advice on appeal on conviction or sentence.
  • If we feel we are unable to communicate with you.
  • If we are likely to be conflicted or breach our professional rules.

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

Our terrorism lawyers can represent you on all types of terrorism cases and offences, including but not limited to:

  • Act preparatory to terrorism
  • Incitement of terrorism
  • Dissemination of terrorist publications, including glorifying an act of terrorism
  • Terrorist training offences
  • Funding terrorism
  • Possessing information for terrorist purposes
  • Conspiracy to murder
  • Failing to disclose information that may be of use to authorities in preventing terrorism
  • Being a member of a terrorist organisation
  • Support of a terrorist organisation
  • Collecting of information

Act preparatory to terrorism

Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 outlines that someone can be charged with ‘preparation of a terrorist act’. This is where someone is deemed to have had the intention of committing an act of terrorism or intends to assist someone else to commit an act of terrorism.

This also includes preparation at an early stage, including internet research.

Incitement of terrorism

Incitement or encouragement of terrorism will involve any published statements (or steps to encourage another person to publish statements) which encourage others to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism.

The statement could also be considered reckless as to whether someone else may be induced into committing acts of terrorism.

Dissemination of terrorist publications

You may be charged with dissemination of terrorist publications if you are found guilty of:

  • Distributing or circulating a terrorist publication
  • Giving, selling or lending a terrorist publication
  • Offering a terrorist publication for sale or loan
  • Providing a service to others which enables another to obtain, read, listen or look at terrorist publications or acquire them by means of a gift, sale or loan
  • Transmitting the content of terrorist publications electronically
  • Having a terrorist publication in your possession with a view to becoming the subject of any of the above

Terrorist training offences

Charges for training for terrorism can be brought where there is evidence of any instruction or training in the skills that can be used to commit an act of terrorism. It also must be shown that, at the time, the person knew that their instructions or training would assist in the commission of terrorist acts.

Funding terrorism

If you invite, receive money or other property, and have reasonable belief that this will be used for the purpose of terrorism, this can lead to a charge of fundraising terrorism.

This can be further separated into the following:

Use and possession

A person may be charged with ‘use and possession’ for the purpose of terrorism if they use money or property for the purpose of terrorism or if they possess money or property and intend for it to be used for the purpose of terrorism.

Funding arrangements

A person may be charged with ‘funding arrangements’ of terrorism if they enter or become concerned in an arrangement whereby money or other property is made available for the purposes of terrorism.

Money laundering

A person may be charged with ‘money laundering’ if they enter or become concerned in an arrangement which facilitates the retention or control of terrorist property by concealment, removal from the jurisdiction, by transfer to nominees or in any other way.

Possessing information for terrorist purposes

You can be charged for possessing an article which gives rise to reasonable suspicion that said possession is for a purpose which is connected to the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Conspiracy to murder

Offences which are not included in terrorism law in the UK can also be classed as having a terrorist connection, including conspiracy to murder, or causing an explosion. Any cases with terrorist connections, including conspiracy to murder, are likely to attract a higher sentence on conviction.

Failing to disclose information that may be of use to authorities in preventing terrorism

A person may be charged with ‘failure to disclose information about acts of terrorism’ if they have information which they know or believe might be of material assistance in preventing the commission of an act of terrorism or in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of a person involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Being a member of a terrorist organisation

A person may be charged with ‘being a member of a terrorist organisation if they belong or profess to belong to a proscribed organisation. 

Support of a terrorist organisation

A proscribed organisation is an organisation that the Home Secretary believes commits or permits acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism, promotes or encourages terrorism or is otherwise concerned with terrorism.

Collecting of information

A person commits a terrorism offence if they:

  1. Collect or make a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (includes downloading); or
  2. Possess a document or record containing information of that kind; or
  3. View, or otherwise access, by means of the internet a document or record containing information of that kind.

A record could be photographic or an electronic record.

Our terrorism law solicitors can advise you at any of our offices or at any location in the United Kingdom including in prison.

Pre-charge bail

If you are interviewed under caution for a terrorism offence, you may be subsequently released on pre-charge bail. Pre-charge bail (often referred to as being released on bail) could be granted in situations where the police need more time to conduct their investigation or gather evidence.

After you are released on pre-charge bail, you will usually be subject to various bail conditions, such as not being able to visit certain places, contact certain people and/or being required to attend the police station on a certain day.

To find out more in relation to pre-charge bail, please use the links provided below:

Fees and Funding

We are always clear and transparent when it comes to the costs involved in our team’s terrorism defence in London and the rest of the UK.

Legal aid public funding may be available in some cases and will depend on the seriousness of the case, your current financial situation and whether it justifies the grant of public funding.

For clients that do not qualify for public funding, the alternative option will be to fund a case privately.

To find out more about the way we handle fees (both legal aid public funding and private fees), please use the links provided below:

Related offences

Please note that our expert solicitors also provide advice and support with related matters, including:

Related cases

Common questions about terrorism defence in London and the UK

What is an act of terrorism?

Under the Terrorism Act 2000, terrorism is defined as the use or threat of certain act (listed below). In this context, these acts would be carried out with the intent of influencing the government or international organisation, or to intimate the general public.

These acts could also be carried out with the intent of advancing a political, religious, racial, or ideological cause.

The specific actions that could be considered an ‘act of terrorism’ include:

  • Serious violence against a person
  • Serious damage to property
  • Endangering a person's life (other than that of the person committing the action)
  • Creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public
  • Action designed to seriously interfere with or seriously disrupt an electronic system.

The use or threat of an action which involves the use of firearms or explosives is considered to be terrorism, regardless of whether the intent was to influence the government, an international governmental organisation, or to intimidate the public.

Acts of terrorism can occur inside and outside the United Kingdom.

It should be noted that, for an act of terrorism to be convicted, the actual act does not have to have taken place. Any planning for collecting information related to a terrorist is considered to be a crime in its own right under British terrorism legislation.

What does the Terrorism Act 2000 do?

The Terrorism Act 2000 is one of the primary legislations for terrorism law in the UK.

It provides provisions for terrorism charges to be brought for various offences, including fundraising for, and the financing and support of, terrorist activities, possession for terrorist purposes, failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism and being a member of a terrorist organisation.

The Terrorism Act 2000 also allows a constable to stop and search a person who they reasonably suspect to be involved in terrorist activity. This excludes ‘vehicle only’ stop and searches.

Since the passing of the Act, it has been heavily amended by subsequent Acts, including the Terrorism Act 2006.

The Terrorism Act 2006 included a number of new terrorism charges, including preparation of a terrorist act, encouragement of terrorism, dissemination of terrorist publications and training for terrorism.

What is the United Kingdom's policy toward the financing of terrorism?

The UK has various legislative frameworks in place to criminalise any type of financing of terrorist activity.

The offences of fund-raising for terrorism, use and possession, funding arrangements of terrorism and money laundering can all lead to serious sentences for anyone convicted.

In addition, financial sanctions, such as asset freezes, may be imposed to disrupt terrorist financing. The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA) provides the legal framework for the UK to impose, update and lift sanctions.

What is the penalty for terrorism?

The exact penalty you could be liable to face for a terrorism-related offence will depend on a multitude of factors, including the specific offence, the perceived level of culpability, and the harm caused.

As can be expected, the potential sentences for terrorism offences are serious. Life imprisonment can be handed for certain offences, while the minimum sentence you could receive involves high-level community orders. Terrorism offences will typically be triable either way, meaning they can be heard at the Magistrates’ or Crown Court.

Detailed information on the potential sentences for specific terrorism offences have been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and can be found here.

How long can you be held under the Terrorism Act?

Under normal circumstances, the police would only be able to hold you for up to 24 hours before charging or releasing you. However, under the Terrorism Act, you can be held for up to 14 days without charge.

What are the types of terrorism charges?

There are various types of terrorism charges in the UK which would require the support of our solicitors, in conjunction with specialist terrorism barristers in London and the rest of the UK.

The types of terrorism charges our team can support with include:

  • Act preparatory to terrorism
  • Incitement of terrorism
  • Dissemination of terrorist publications, including glorifying an act of terrorism
  • Terrorist training offences
  • Funding terrorism
  • Possessing information for terrorist purposes
  • Conspiracy to murder
  • Failing to disclose information that may be of use to authorities in preventing terrorism
  • Being a member of a terrorist organisation
  • Support of a terrorist organisation
  • Collecting of information

Will I be given a fair trial if I am accused of terrorism?

The right to receive a fair trial in the UK is enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998, Schedule 1, Article 6. If you are accused of a terrorism offence, you will have a right to a fair trial.

Under these guidelines, everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty and those charged with a criminal offence, such as a terror-related offence, have a range of minimum legal rights.

What is the maximum sentence for terrorism?

The maximum sentence you could receive for a terrorism offence is life imprisonment.

Contact our terrorism solicitors today

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

Or email: solicitors@jdspicer.co.uk

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

Private Consultation

For a private and confidential consultation, please contact a senior partner on 0207 624 7771 or email our head of crime departments Philip Spicer, Lisa Nicol or Umar Zeb.

In Urgent Cases

For immediate representation and advice from our terrorism lawyers, you can contact our Emergency Number: 07836 577 556 and we will provide you with the urgent assistance you need.

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