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Private Criminal Defence Lawyers

Privately Funded Criminal Defence Solicitors


If you are under investigation or facing criminal charges of any kind, it is essential that you have the best legal team on your side to defend you.

People from all walks of life may, at some point, be subject to a criminal investigation. We are aware that a criminal conviction may have life-changing consequences. A criminal conviction for many of our clients would destroy their career, reputation and family.

With more than 35 years’ experience representing clients in Manchester, Stockport and across the country, Clifford Johnston & Co. have a team of specialist defence lawyers with the level of expertise and in-depth knowledge that you will require for the best possible defence.

We will act swiftly and efficiently to challenge any allegations made against you and we will leave no stone unturned.

In the event that you find yourself under investigation or facing criminal charges of any kind, engaging the services of Clifford Johnston and Co. offers you the optimum chance of securing a positive outcome. Our credentials speak for themselves, having seen us shortlisted as finalists for Crime Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards in both 2019 and 2020.

Crime team of the year Manchester

Do I need a Criminal Solicitor?

If you have been accused of a crime, been asked to attend a police interview, been arrested or charged with a criminal offence or even convicted of a criminal offence then you should contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise and assist you.

Privately Funded Criminal Defence

The service we can provide to our privately funded clients ensures a platinum standard of criminal defence services and the very highest standards of professional client care. As a privately funded client you will benefit from the expertise and skill of our most experienced and highly regarded solicitors, who have a level of proficiency and skill that cannot always be covered by the Legal Aid Agency.

Given the constraints on legal aid, Clifford Johnston & Co. has developed a significant private practice representing individuals and professionals in various fields across the UK.  There have been savage cuts to legal aid for over a decade and, therefore, it doesn’t always provide representation at a level expected of professionals or those with personal assets or business.

We are transparent when discussing costs.

Our solicitors charge an hourly rate as set out below.  All prices are exclusive of VAT.

Partner:  £250

Solicitor with over 10 years’ experience:  £175

Solicitor with less than 10 years’ experience:  £150

Alternatively, we may be able to offer a fixed fee so that you can be certain of the total costs involved in defending your case.

Legal Expenses Insurance

Legal expenses insurance covers the cost of pursuing or defending against certain legal actions.

We strongly advise you to check whether you or anybody in your family has Legal Expenses Insurance. Some policies may provide legal expenses cover for everyone in the household.

How can Clifford Johnston & Co. help?

The team at Clifford Johnston & Co. is highly regarded throughout the legal sector for providing the very best in criminal defence services. We provide clear and straight-forward advice to ensure that our clients have a full and comprehensive understanding of their situation.  We provide a bespoke service tailored to the individual circumstances surrounding each case. We have an excellent track record of achieving positive results for our clients

We deal with a full range of criminal offences including:

• Assault
• Burglary
• White Collar & Business crime
• Criminal damage
• Drugs offences and Conspiracy
• Trading Standards, Customs & Excise and Health & Safety Prosecutions
• Driving offences
• Murder and Manslaughter
• Gross Negligent Manslaughter
• Public order offences
• Robbery
• Sexual offences
• Firearms
• Shoplifting, Theft & Burglary
• Fraud

We can represent you and your interests at each stage of the criminal process.

Police station representation

When asked to attend an interview by the police or another investigating body, it is essential that you immediately instruct an experienced legal professional to help you prepare. Thorough and comprehensive planning is key and could make all the difference to the outcome of your case. We will ensure that the investigation is conducted properly, that you know your rights and that you are treated fairly.

Preparing your case for Court

Thorough and comprehensive planning is essential. We will take the time to undertake a detailed analysis of the evidence, exposing weaknesses and inconsistencies in the case against you. We ensure that every avenue is explored, that inadmissible evidence is challenged, that robust defences are advanced on your behalf and that important evidence is disclosed and used to assist your case.

Representing you in Court

We will ensure that you receive first-class representation throughout your case. We enjoy a close working relationship with a network of leading legal experts including barristers, QC’s, forensic accountants, forensic scientists, pathologists and medical experts.

Appeals against conviction

The appeals process is notoriously difficult and complex but we have the necessary skills and experience to guide you through it. We will provide you with clear and honest advice regarding the likelihood of success.

Contact our team today

At Clifford Johnston & Co. we are proud to provide a first-class, yet a cost-effective service, for anyone that needs our help.  No matter what you have been accused of, you will be treated with understanding and respect.

Jared McNally - Private Criminal Defence Lawyer

Jared was listed as a leading criminal defence lawyer in the Doyle's Guide 2020.  He is regularly instructed by professionals and high net worth individuals  He rarely undertakes legal aid work given his extensive privately funded practice.  Individuals who instruct Jared know that they are choosing the highest possible level of representation and direct access to him 7 days a week.  He is, without doubt, an extremely impressive solicitor and a leader in the fields of crime and professional discipline.

Contact our Criminal Solicitors in Manchester today to discuss our private criminal defence service.

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