Specialist Criminal Defence and Mental Health Solicitors

The Best Form Of Defence

Specialist Criminal Defence & Mental Health Solicitors

ABR solicitors is a niche fraud, crime, regulatory and mental health practice with its head and back office in Leeds. We have offices in Liverpool, Harrogate, Sheffield, York and London.  We are committed to operating in a digitalised Court process.

We believe in ensuring that people and companies are properly represented in their case.  Every case is different.

To do so we always fully assess and challenge evidence. We are committed to fighting for all our clients, both publicly and privately funded.

Our AWards

Top Ranked UK Chambers 2018

Top Ranked UK Chambers

Top Ranked UK Chambers 2017

Top Ranked UK Chambers

5 Reasons to Appoint Us

  • 1

    We are available 24 hours a day to assist clients from the police station to Supreme Court.

  • 2

    We are “exceptionally approachable and easy to work with.” (Chambers UK)

  • 3

    We provide proper representation to all clients, at all stages of the proceedings.

  • 4

    We advise personal and corporate clients, dedicated to providing a quality service. We listen and we help you.

  • 5

    We won’t confuse you with legal jargon.

One of the leading criminal practices in the country

This highly regarded team has a longstanding reputation in all matters connected with criminal law. The leading criminal practice in Yorkshire, ABR Solicitors, is ranked in the top four practices nationwide and the top three in the North West. The criminal law practice is going from strength to strength handling numerous high profile and complex cases all over the country.  A highly regarded team of criminal defence solicitors; fraud and proceeds of crime act are recognised as a particular area of expertise.

In Chambers UK 2013 sources said the ABR Solicitors team is noted for its work in complex and very high cost cases, and its practice is recognised nationwide. “The firm gives the highest possible level in terms of quality of instructions and legal ability.”

The “team has real courage in the cases it takes”. We prepare all cases thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. As described by Chambers we “keep on digging”.

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Meet Our Team

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Rob Rode


Rob is a nationally and internationally recognised specialist criminal defence solicitor.  He is an acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory defence solicitor.  He is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a

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Tony Murphy


Tony is a nationally known practitioner in criminal law. He has represented numerous clients throughout the country in relation to all aspects of criminal law from motoring to murder, theft to conspiracy to defraud.

Tony is a supervisor of the Law

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Susannah Proctor


Susannah heads up the criminal defence team in our Harrogate and York offices.  She is a specialist criminal, business crime and regulatory litigator with a fearsome reputation for fighting for her clients. She has built a considerable reputation for her

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Keith Allen


Keith is a leading criminal defence solicitor.  He is based at our Harrogate office and is part of the criminal defence team.  Keith also works out of the Leeds office and he is committed to providing the firm’s clients with the best criminal defence

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James McAulay


James joined the firm in 2014.  He qualified as a solicitor in 2006 specialising in both mental health law and as a criminal defence solicitor.  James became a Mental Health Accreditation Panel Member in 2009 and has been a member of the criminal defence duty

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Andrew Stewardson


Andrew joined the firm in June 2006 as a paralegal having previously attended Leicester University and the College of Law. He commenced his training contract with the firm in September 2008 and qualified in May 2010. Andrew is a specialist criminal defence

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Matt Goode


Matt joined the firm in January 2013.

Matt has established a formidable reputation as a criminal lawyer in the East and West Midlands with a huge loyal following throughout the Country.  He has for many years provided the people of Nottingham criminal

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Julie Murphy

Senior Advocate

Julie qualified as a solicitor in 1993 with a top Liverpool city law firm, having previously attended the University of Hertfordshire and the College of Law in Guildford.

Julie is an experienced specialist criminal defence solicitor in Liverpool with a

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Claire Wardle

Senior Advocate

Claire is an experienced criminal defence solicitor. Having gained a degree in Community Studies and Applied Sociology, she went on to gain her Common Professional Examination at the University of Central Lancashire. After completion of her CPE, she gained

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Helen Taylor

Senior Advocate

Helen qualified as a criminal defence solicitor in 2006 and is based in the Harrogate office, working alongside Partner Susannah Proctor.

Helen read law at the University of Birmingham and trained at Powell Spencer & Partners in London.  She moved to

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Anna Moran


Anna re-joined ABR in February 2016 having originally trained at the firm before qualifying as a solicitor in 2013. She became a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme in 2014. Anna defends people detained at the police station and also acts as

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Cheryl Rudden


Cheryl qualified as a solicitor with a firm in North London in 2004 and has specialised as a criminal defence solicitor since then. Cheryl has a reputation for being committed to her clients, providing excellent client care and strives for justice on their

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Patricia Walker


Patricia joined ABR Solicitors in 2017 after working for many years at several respected criminal defence firms before joining our specialist team of criminal defence solicitors in York.  She holds her Higher Rights of Audience, enabling her to defend clients

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Tracey Hepworth


Tracey joined the firm in 2010 having previously had a career in the civil service which included amongst other roles working as a judge’s clerk in the High Court before then working as a court clerk in the Crown Courts on the Manchester and Yorkshire

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Paige Newell


Paige joined the firm in 2016 after working within a Mental Health Act department for a number of years. Paige’s role included checking the legality of detention procedures, under which individuals were detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act and

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Ella Barker


Ella joined the firm as an apprentice in 2015 after completing her A-Level qualifications.  Whilst working with the crime department Ella also studied part-time at Leeds City College and in February 2017 completed her apprenticeship.  Ella is currently

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“I would not hesitate to use ABR Solicitors again and cannot thank them enough for their service. Keith Allen did a fantastic job.”

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"We not only found Susannah good at her job but human too."

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"Paige was very good, hard working, polite and ease to get on with."

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"No words can express how grateful we all are as a family, Rob is totally dedicated to his job and all his client’s cases."

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"Professional and friendly service."

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"Thank you for your fast, efficient communications and professional advice throughout my case."

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"Patricia made me feel at ease at a point when I was scared. I am very happy with the high level of professionalism."

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"An outstanding result was achieved by Anna Moran, she fully understood my situation and fought hard for a result in my favour."

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"ABR have always been very good on all my cases and thank you once more."

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"Once again you have been there for me when I needed you the most and I know if I need you, you’ll be there for me in the future."

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