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Rob Rode


Rob is a nationally and internationally recognised specialist criminal defence solicitor.

Tony Murphy


Tony is a nationally known practitioner in criminal law.

Susannah Proctor


Susannah heads up the criminal defence team.

Keith Allen


Keith is a leading criminal defence solicitor.

James McAulay


James became a Mental Health Accreditation Panel Member in 2009.

Andrew Stewardson


Andrew deals with all aspects of criminal defence work

Matt Goode


Matt joined the firm in January 2013.

Julie Murphy

Senior Advocate

Julie is an experienced specialist criminal defence solicitor.

Claire Wardle

Senior Advocate

Claire is an experienced criminal defence solicitor

Helen Taylor

Senior Advocate

Helen has a long history acting as a defence solicitor for both legally aided and privately funded clients

Anna Moran


Anna became a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme in 2014

Cheryl Rudden


Cheryl qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has specialised as a criminal defence solicitor since then

Patricia Walker


Patricia is a qualified Police Station Representative, a Duty Solicitor and holds a Master’s Degree in Law.

Tracey Hepworth


Tracey joined the firm in 2010 having previously had a career in the civil service

Paige Newell


Paige holds a Business and Management BA Hons degree from Leeds University with a 2:1

Ella Barker


Ella is a criminal case worker in the criminal law department.

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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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