White-Collar and General Crime
Since 1976 the firm has built its formidable reputation in criminal defence. We are known for our proactive defence of clients facing investigation by agencies ranging from local police forces to the National Crime Agency.
We are consistently ranked in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 as a leading criminal law firm in London.
“This ‘superb outfit’ is known for its discreet handling of heavyweight criminal cases, with a significant proportion of its work generated by recommendation. It defends clients facing prosecution by a wide range of bodies, such as the CPS, SFO and local authorities. The firm’s relatively small size enables it to provide clients with a personal service and it is praised for its ‘considerable tactical expertise.’ Peter Hughman is the guiding light at the firm, lauded for his unerring knowledge and confident and direct manner.”
“Despite its relatively compact size, this continually developing litigation boutique impresses sources with its handling of prominent cases, including murder and fraud. Peter Hughman is “devastatingly good.” He maintains an excellent reputation amongst peers.”
We have extensive experience of acting in cases involving allegations of serious fraud and business crime, including successfully defending in the largest ever investigation into insider dealing.
Investigations into companies and individuals are increasingly being carried out by a wide variety of organisations, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), and private prosecutors. We have experience in representing clients at every stage of proceedings and are often successful at bringing investigations to a halt before charges are brought.
We are expert in cases involving insider dealing, the Bribery Act, and serious fraud. We work closely with our civil department to offer a depth of service and understanding that very few other firms have.
The firm has successfully defended in all kinds of serious criminal cases, including murder, sexual offences, drug importation conspiracies, ‘boiler room’ frauds, armed robberies, money laundering, and youths accused of grave crimes. Providing professional, personal advice in the most serious circumstances is what we are known for.
Road traffic offences
We are also able to advise on road traffic offences and have a track record of successfully applying to remove driver disqualifications. We recognise that whilst there is often no possibility of going to prison, losing a driving licence nevertheless has serious impact on people’s lives.
Police station representation
Deciding to be properly represented at the police station may be the most important step anyone under investigation can take. Our criminal lawyers are trained to advise you on the safest course of action to ensure a good outcome in your case. We may even be able to persuade the police not to carry out an arrest in the first place. Complex investigations can take months or even years to resolve, so having the right lawyer can help to ensure you are not subject to inappropriately restrictive bail conditions and a needlessly drawn out investigation.
Representation at court
For cases that go to court, our reputation is for thorough case preparation and for turning over every little detail. We work alongside top barristers and forensic experts to ensure the best outcome for our clients. We undertake cases on a private basis and on a legal aid basis in appropriate cases.
Hughmans is well known for its appellate expertise. We have a track record of overturning convictions on appeal where fresh evidence becomes available following trial or where evidence was missed by our client’s original representatives.
Confiscation and the proceeds of crime
Confiscation proceedings are often the most punishing part of any conviction. We are experts in dealing with the most difficult aspects of confiscation, including hidden assets, tainted gifts, and restraint orders. Instructing solicitors who are experts in confiscation proceedings can prevent more time in prison for non-payment resulting from unjust decisions.
“Proactive and reliable, Hughmans is a boutique firm led by the charismatic and intelligent Peter Hughman. The enthusiastic and driven Lee Adams is recommended for his outstanding client care.”
“At Hughmans, Peter Hughman’s team includes the ‘brilliantly focused’ Lee Adams, who is ‘a joy to work with’. The firm is regularly instructed on investigations.” Chambers and Partners