Private Client Criminal Defence

  • For those for whom legal aid is not available and for those who wish to have the benefit of reassurance throughout the progress of a matter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, our Private Client department has experts that can support you through the process.


    Public Funding for cases also known as Legal Aid is complex and means tested. We are able to provide an estimate as to costs for your case and can, on occasion agree a fixed fee. We are able to provide you with our hourly charging rate and on your behalf negotiate fees with instructed counsel. This gives you the knowledge that your case is cost effective and given our technology we can provide to you live costings of your case.

    Confiscation, Restraint and Cash Forfeiture

    DJMS specialist Confiscation, Restraint and Cash Forfeiture Department is renowned for its expertise in providing legal advice and representation following the confiscation and seizure of assets by prosecuting authorities, the issue of a Restraint Order and cash forfeiture proceedings. The team has successfully acted in number of high profile cases.

    The draconian powers allowing prosecuting authorities to seize assets under The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, enables the government to confiscate the assets of those the authorities suspect to be guilty of criminal wrongdoing. It is no longer a requirement to be convicted of a qualifying offence before such legislation can begin to bite.

    Our lawyers have built up a wealth of experience in defending such matters, and we are often asked to advise individuals and third parties who are affected by Restraint Orders granted by a Crown Court before any charges are laid.

    We will assemble a team that is tailor-made to the requirements of your case. This may include senior legal Counsel and leading accountants, and we guarantee you access to the most up-to-date and relevant expertise.

    Whether you are the subject of a Restraint Order, facing Confiscation proceedings following a criminal conviction or cash forfeiture proceedings in the Magistrates Court, we can make a difference to the final outcome.

    Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate legal advice and representation. Please contact our Confiscation, Restraint and Cash Forfeiture Department on 0191 5101221 or email

    Fraud, White Collar & Business Crime

    The Legal 500 states that the firm’s ‘brilliant team handles a broad spectrum of criminal cases with an excellent fraud and business crime team’.

    The use of specialist government agencies, the introduction of new regulatory powers and a development in the sophistication of technology has resulted in an increase in the detection and prosecution of business crime. Coinciding with this, DJMS has enjoyed a growing reputation for successfully defending those accused of so-called “white collar” fraud.

    DJMS will put together a specialist team tailored to your individual needs, pulling resources from leading accountancy firms and Barristers’ practices. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience with regards to complex and large scale investigations and are able to quickly process the information and identify the key issues for you in a clear and relevant way so that you can mount a pro-active and robust defence.

    A member of the Legal Services Commission’s Specialist Fraud Panel, DJMS is one of the few national firms authorised by the LSC to undertake serious fraud and high profile cases (VHCC). Consequently, the firm has vast experience in the defence of complex and large scale investigations, including international transactions.

    DJMS Fraud & White-Collar Business Crime Department has an renowned international reputation for successfully defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), National Crime Squad, HM Customs & Excise (HMRC), the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), Financial Services Authority (FSA), Fraud Prosecution Division, Ministry of Defence, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Department of Trade and Industry and the Casework Directorate at the Crown Prosecution Service.

    The firm has successfully acted on the full spectrum of fraud and white-collar business crime. Our expertise includes cases dealing with investment fraud, Insider trading, Money Laundering, Pension fraud, Mortgage fraud, Bribery, commodities and currency frauds, Tax and VAT fraud, Duty fraud, False accounting, Fraudulent trading, Advance fee fraud, Corruption, Insolvency, Cartels, Missing Trader Intra-Community (‘MTIC’) and carousel fraud, Boiler room fraud, Credit card fraud, Financial Regulatory Offences, Confiscation Orders, forfeiture and seizure of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act or Drug Trafficking Act, police raids, Corporate Manslaughter, Disciplinary Tribunals, confiscation and forfeiture and Financial Regulatory Offences.

    Our investment in information technology allows us to use the most advanced and sophisticated case management techniques to highlight the weaknesses and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case. The firm works closely with legal, forensic, VAT, tax, IT and communication experts and specialist accountants.

    Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate, first class legal advice, representation and assistance during legal proceedings. Please contact the Private Client Department on 0191 5101221 or

    Road Traffic & Driving Offences

    DJMS Road Traffic lawyers have a wealth of experience in this niche area of law, ensures first class legal advice whatever the offence you have been accused of, whether avoiding penalty points, loss of license or a criminal conviction. Our lawyers can make the difference between you losing or keeping your driving licence, ensuring you the most favourable result.

    Our specialist lawyers have acted on all types of road traffic law including driving bans, failing to stop, careless driving, dangerous driving, alcohol and drugs related offences as well as regulatory offences such as driving without insurance, driving without a valid license, speeding and driving whilst disqualified.

    We will guide you through the legal process from start to finish, including representation at Court if necessary. It may be possible to avoid disqualification or a criminal conviction, where a successful defence can be mounted, if can be proven that a charge would cause exceptional hardship, or where special reasons can be shown in mitigation.

    Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, providing immediate advice, representation and assistance during legal proceedings, ensuring the best interests of our clients. Please contact our Private Client Department on 0191 5101221 or email

    “Thank you for your help, support and guidance. It was wise to leave it all to you – An outstanding result! Many thanks.”

    R v. JW. Birmingham Magistrates Court
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