I am one of the few Barristers to have successfully appealed a number of Crown Court convictions. I have also successfully defended a large number of convictions from the Magistrates’ Courts.
To appeal a conviction from the Magistrates’ Court a defendant must lodge a Notice of Appeal (available on gov.uk) at the Court within 21 days of your sentence. I can help with this.
You can appeal ‘out of time’ i.e. if you miss the 21 day deadline but you need to appeal to a Crown Court Judge for this giving reasons for the delay – I can help with this.
To appeal a conviction from the Crown Court you must lodge Grounds of Appeal with an NG Form (available on gov.uk) – you must do this within 28 days of your conviction – even if you were sentenced at a later date – I can help with this.
You can even appeal a conviction from the Crown Court if you pleaded Guilty – I can advise on this.
It is very important that you put in the most powerfully drafted Grounds of Appeal possible. I can do this for you. In an appeal from the Magistrates’ Court you are entitled to a complete re-hearing of your case.
In an appeal from the Crown Court you can appeal only if your conviction was ‘unsafe’ or ‘wrong in principle’.
I can provide strong detailed advice on all of these matters and help you get the result you deserve. Appeals to the Court of Appeal are a highly specialised area of practice and one where I thrive.
Stages of an Appeal
The stages of appeal in the Court of Appeal are as follows:
(1) Application for Permission to Appeal before the Single Judge – this is generally conducted by a High Court Judge on the papers – however a little used technique is to appear in person for this hearing (s.31 procedure) this has a far higher success rate and it is a device that I use to increase your chances of success,
(2) If permission is granted then the appeal progresses to the Full Court of Appeal – this is where you need an experienced and able Barrister to fight your case in Court – this is where I thrive,
(3) if you are not successful in the Full Court you can appeal to the Criminal Cases Review Commission – they can then refer your case back to the Full Court of Appeal once they have investigated it – I am very familiar with this procedure and I can help you to maximise your chances with the CCRC.