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Powell Spencer & Partners

290 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 2DD more info...

0843 0051 877

Areas of law:

Clinical Negligence / Crime (General) / Family / Legal Aid / Personal Injury read more...

QualitySolicitors Lockings

St Mary's Court, Lowgate, Kingston-upon-Hull, HU1 1YG more info...

0843 0053 769

Areas of law:

Commercial Property / Conveyancing / Family / Legal Aid / Licensing read more...

The Johnson Partnership

Cannon Court Yard, off Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 6JE more info...

0843 0052 127

Areas of law:

Adjudication / Child Abuse Law / Crime (General) / Criminal Defence / Criminal Litigation read more...

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We aim to provide a top quality service for: - Anyone detained at a police station, under arrest or as a volunteer - Anyone bailed to return to a police station at a later date - Anyone charged or summonsed to appear before a Magistrate's court - Anyone being investigated by the SFO, DTI, FSA, DWP, Trading Standards or HM Revenue & Customs - Anyone appearing before the Crown Court - Anyone appearing before the Court of Appeal - Anyone whose parole licence has been revoked - Anyone wanting to take a case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission - Anyone wanting to take a case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission - Anyone appearing before a discretionary lifer board - Anyone with problems arising out of the law relating to prisoners - Anyone experiencing difficulties with Professional or Supervisory bodies Our staff are to be well trained, pleasant and patient. read more...

The Johnson Partnership

North Nottinghamshire Business Centre, 32-34 Rosemary Street, Mansfield, NG18 1QL more info...

0843 0051 985

Areas of law:

Adjudication / Child Abuse Law / Crime (General) / Criminal Defence / Criminal Litigation read more...

Dunipace Brown

Clyde Chambers, 6 Clyde Walk, Cumbernauld, G67 1BH more info...

01236453004

Areas of law:

Criminal Defence / Legal Aid read more...

GT Stewart Solicitors

28 Grove Vale, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EF more info...

0843 0051 996

Areas of law:

Crime (General) / Criminal Defence / Criminal Litigation / Extradition / Family read more...

Dootsons LLP

61-63 Church Street, Leigh, WN7 1AY more info...

0843 0051 556

Areas of law:

Accidents at Work / Acquisitions, Mergers & Disposals / Commercial Property / Conveyancing / Estate Planning read more...

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Private client firm with public funding for family work. read more...

Barton & Hendry

Fleming House, Tryst Road, Cumbernauld, G67 1JW more info...

01236735466

Areas of law:

Accidents / Conveyancing / Crime (General) / Employment / Family read more...

Bernard Campbell & Co

94 Ann Street, Belfast, BT1 3HH more info...

0844 3098 109

Areas of law:

Criminal Litigation / Divorce / Family / Legal Aid / Litigation read more...

Burton Copeland LLP

Astley House, Quay Street, Manchester, M3 4AS more info...

0843 0051 575

Areas of law:

Corporate Manslaughter / Criminal Defence / Drug Trafficking / Environmental Law / Fraud read more...

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Status of prenuptial agreements in divorce

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What constitutes gross misconduct?

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What to know when buying a leasehold

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Writing a will

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