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Crime services

We Are the largest Criminal Defence Lawyer Firm in Essex and London.

The sooner you have someone to talk to the better it will be for you. Just make that call. Getting the right, independent advice now could make a crucial difference to the outcome of your case. Your defence starts here.

Whatever the difficulties you may be in, talk to someone on your side to win your criminal case.

If you are worried that you may get arrested or are under investigation or suspicion, Paul Robinson Solicitors offers a friendly, professional and non-judgmental approach to all their clients at a critical and traumatic time.

Paul Robinson Solicitors has wide, comprehensive and successful experience in criminal offences ranging from speeding to murder, assisting at every stage of the entire process; from initial investigation or suspicion, through to arrest and court proceedings, appeals and judicial reviews.

In many cases it may be possible to resolve cases at the investigation stage without going to Court. Your case may be dropped or you may just be given a caution and released. We will always obtain all the necessary information from the police in order to be well-informed to advise you of the best way to proceed.

It may cost you nothing to use us but a lot if you don’t.

Should you be charged, we can help you apply for Legal Aid, when appropriate. If you don’t qualify, Paul Robinson Solicitors offer very good value and, should you be found Not Guilty, can assist in claiming your costs back. Paul Robinson Solicitors are here for you regardless of your circumstances.

Should matters proceed beyond the investigation stage, we do our utmost to ensure that you deal with the same solicitor on the team throughout proceedings for your reassurance and continuity.

24/7 FREE Emergency Advice & Assistance!

Anyone who finds themselves under arrest has the right to independent, legal advice on Criminal Defence Law at the Police Station. Ours is FREE and available 24/7 365 days a year.
That is our commitment to you- all you have to do is call: 01702 342525

The following list is anything but exhaustive.  It would otherwise be far too long. If you’re at all concerned, ask.

Call us now and ask for the Criminal Team. Meet the Criminal Team below. We're on your side! 

Road Traffic

The law surrounding road traffic matters is increasingly complex. Anybody facing points on their licence would benefit from specialist advice as soon as possible. This is particularly important for those who drive for a living and new drivers.

Our team of solicitors have many years experience of representing drivers in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

We can offer both advice and representation on all motoring matters including:
•Totting up procedures
•Careless driving/inconsiderate driving
•Dangerous driving
•Death by careless/dangerous driving
•No insurance
•No licence
•Excess alcohol, driving or in charge
•Drug driving
•Using a mobile phone whilst driving
•Fail to give details of a driver
•Fail to provide a specimen
•Fail to stop after an accident
•Fail to report after an accident

 We can also offer advice on the new driver provisions and when a new driver is at risk of losing their licence.

We offer an initial interview at a fixed fee of £115 + VAT where concerns can be discussed and advice given.  If a case does proceed to Court and the matter is not eligible for public funding then we offer fixed fees for privately paying clients.  This will give clients the assurance that there are no hidden costs.

Asking for advice as soon as you become aware of a problem could not only save you money but it could also save your driving licence.

Did you know that even if you receive 12 points, or more, on your driving licence you can, in some circumstances, keep your licence?

If you did know that, would you know how to go about applying to keep your licence?

Do you know the defences to failing to notify police as to the identity of a driver at a specific time?

Would you be able to successfully argue “special reasons” not to disqualify you from driving if you were convicted of a drink-drive offence?

Our team of solicitors have many years experience of representing drivers in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Asking for advice as soon as you become aware of a problem could not only save you money, but may also save your driving licence.

We are available 24 hours a day. If you have any questions or need help with a matter during office hours (9am-6pm), then please phone our main switchboard on 01702 338338 and speak with one of our motoring specialists.
Out of office hours, for emergency assistance and advice – including weekends and Bank Holiday - please phone our Emergency Number: 01702 342525

Health & Safety

There might be an accident at work and you find yourself caught up with an investigation.  That accident may even prove fatal, and your company becomes the target of an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.  As an employer, the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes obligations on you.  If an Inspector issues a notice, you might find yourself at risk of prosecution.  Even if you’ve taken steps to resolve things, it might be too late.

We understand that any investigation is serious for you, your business and the key staff within it. Penalties on conviction can include fines and even imprisonment, as well as the associated damage to the reputation of the business. Our specialist defence team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP can provide you with advice and representation should you be required to provide information to the HSE or be required to attend an interview under Caution. 
If prosecution cannot be avoided Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP will represent you in the Magistrates and Crown Court and help you prepare your defence case fully to achieve the best possible result.


Fraud cases of varying types can be highly complex and can often require specialist expertise.  Advice in relation to these offences should be sought at the earliest opportunity.We deal with a variety of fraud offences ranging from the basic to more complex and serious cases.  These include eBay fraud, bank and cheque fraud, and insurance fraud right through to commercial and multi-million pound fraud.We have a wealth of experience in dealing with this area of law and can provide clear and concise advice and assistance both at the Police Station and also at the Magistrates and Crown Court.

Benefit Fraud

Have you been contacted by the Job Centre, Benefits Agency or Council and asked to attend for an interview under caution? If so, we can assist.

You are entitled to independent legal advice and representation during the interview to preserve and protect your legal rights.  This includes investigations into:
•Council Tax
•Housing Benefit
•Claims for Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance
•Investigation in to undeclared capital
•Failing to notify of a change in circumstances – Including whether a partner is living with you.

Should you require advice or assistance please do not hesitate to contact one of our dedicated Solicitors who will be happy to discuss this with you.

If you have been summonsed to attend court facing charges of Benefit Fraud relating to any of the above we are also on hand to assist.

We are able to assist you in making an application for Legal aid, this is a two part test – looking at both the interests of justice of your case and also your financial situation.  We will be happy to discuss this with you and advise you on whether you are likely to be eligible.

We understand that offences such as these can be very upsetting and distressing, we are here to offer a professional and caring service.

Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime

This is a very complex and specialised area of law and expert advice should always be sought.

The proceeds of crime are the profits from criminal conduct. It can be money made from drug dealing, fraud, burglaries and a number of other offences.

One of the purposes of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) is to recover monies illegally earned by those involved in criminal lifestyles. This can be from a few hundred pounds to millions of pounds in a large scale criminal enterprise.

The police and prosecution use specialist financial investigators who can gain access to a huge amount of information relating to a persons finances; ranging from bank accounts to properties owned at home and abroad.
Since they have specialists on their side, anyone facing these proceedings should have specialists on their side too.
If you are currently subject to investigation under POCA please call either our Westcliff or Billericay office, and speak to one of our solicitors. We have a wealth of experience in representing client’s interests in these proceedings.

Trading Standards

We have a strong reputation acting on behalf of those facing an investigation by Trading Standards. Successfully defending those accused of breaches. From a business to parking enforcement, Paul Robinsons are an experienced team. We have access to specialist Counsel with strong successful reputations in dealing with these matters and we can let you know exactly where you stand.

Tax/Public Revenue/VAT

Had trouble with your tax return and been asked for an interview with HMRC?  Is your VAT in question and you’re being accused of fraud?  
The HMRC may be trying to establishing that you have claimed too much or reclaimed to little.  Perhaps saying there are false invoices? Paul Robinson Solicitors can assist you from an early stage on these matters. 
We have access to dedicated advocates who can help advise you clearly and coherently. Quite often there are Proceeds of Crime proceedings that follow from the initial prosecution and our team will be there to help you all the way.


Environmental legislation is a complex and constantly changing area of the law and includes pollution or harm caused to land or rivers due to non-compliance of regulations regarding the disposal of waste products, fuel or other noxious substances to noise complaints by neighbours. Such offences now carry significant fines and the potential for imprisonment of the Directors of your business. You or your business may also find yourself facing charges  under the Proceed of Crime Act which can have devastating consequences.

We understand the financial and reputational impact that arises should your business finds itself facing an investigation or prosecution by the Environment Agency or Local Authority. Our specialist defence team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP can provide you with advice and representation throughout any investigation by the Environmental Agency or Local Authority. If prosecution cannot be avoided Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP will represent you in the Magistrates and Crown Court and help you prepare your defence case fully to achieve the best possible result.


Professional sportsperson and find yourself facing a Disciplinary?  Find your livelihood and future on the line?  Paul Robinson Solicitors have experience in assisting at disciplinary hearing and help you put forward your case.  For assistance in this area, contact us for specific advice.

Get in touch today

Our crime service specialists are happy to advise.
Call us on 01702 338338 (Westcliff Office) or 01277 500123 (Billericay Office).

Serena Berry
Associate Solicitor
Michelle Breindel
Charlotte Davison
Associate Solicitor
Georgia Dinallo
Emma Grewock
Laura Mcleod
Madeleine Oakley
Trainee Solicitor
Amy Thomas
Trainee Solicitor

A very professional service

I would like to congratulate the solicitor who represented me in Basildon Magistrates Court November the 18th. A very professional service I received and I was very pleased with the outcome. I would definitely use Paul Robinson solicitors again should I need to do so. Thank you very much and wishing you all the best for the future.
Mr H

A no nonsense approach but professional at the same time

I must say how fantastic and strong you were yesterday a very professional and solid approach you delivered - who knows if you weren’t there what could have happened.  I thank you so much I really mean that . You had fire in your blood Laura, a no nonsense approach but professional at the same time, I was proud to have you supporting me. I’m trying to start life again today with a positive attitude as yours is.  It must be rewarding knowing you helped someone, who had no hope, no vision of the future, to turn it around for them as you have for me . Thank you so much I mean that.
Mr S

Prompt and Concise Response

Thank you for your prompt and concise response. That certainly makes things very clear and straight forward. Overall thank you for all your help and advice……. Should I need a solicitor in the future I will be sure to call your firm
Mr K

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. Highly professional and going the extra mile.

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