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Criminal Law

Over the years we have gained a reputation as fierce and effective lawyers, defending clients in cases from road traffic offences to murder. We operate at the cutting edge of the legal system and have one of the largest criminal practices in West Yorkshire.  

We offer a countrywide service from the point of arrest to trial and beyond. Our dedicated, expert team will work with you to ensure the best possible defence is presented. It goes without saying that we understand the court system, the law and latest judgments. We will apply that knowledge to the facts of your case to react to the changing attitudes within the law and build powerful, up to date arguments that provide the best chance of success.  

The team has vast experience in representing individuals in all manner of criminal allegations from theft and violence to money laundering and conspiracies. We have successfully opposed applications for civil orders including Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), Football Banning Orders (FBOs) and Sex Offender Prevention Orders (SOPOs), Premises Closure Orders and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

We undertake private paying and publicly funded (legal aid) work.

Magistrates’ and Crown Court Agency Work

Henry Hyams’ highly experienced solicitors and higher rights advocates attend at the Leeds Magistrates’ and Leeds Crown Court daily and are willing and able to take on instructions as agents acting on behalf of principal solicitors at short notice.

We understand that given the current climate in relation to fixed fees, and an ever reducing budget, it is not always practicable or financially viable to cover each and every case in house as a result of which we pride ourselves on our ability to provide an agency service to our professional colleagues when this occasion arises. If a case is funded by the Legal Aid Agency then our rate will be charged on legal aid hourly rates.  Alternatively should the instruction from the principal be in relation to a private client then a fee based upon the length of time involved in dealing effectively with the case can be arranged.

Clearly it is beneficial to all parties if we are instructed on an agency basis that full instructions, together with supporting documents, are received at our offices as soon as is practicable.




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