Criminal Defence Solicitors

Being investigated or charged by the police for a criminal offence is a daunting prospect for anyone – regardless of the circumstances. Our criminal defence solicitors are here to fight your corner and to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

As one of the longest-serving law firms in the North West of England, Slater Heelis has supported the legal needs of clients around Greater Manchester and Cheshire for over 240 years.

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During that time we’ve successfully represented thousands of defendants, always offering straightforward legal advice at every turn. Many of our clients have no prior experience in dealing with the police or court proceedings and are therefore looking to rely on the support of a senior lawyer. That makes Slater Heelis a natural choice for those who do not wish to rely on legal aid.

The personal service and technical expertise offered by our Criminal Defence solicitors is second to none. We’re here to listen to your situation and weigh up every available option before moving forward on your best course of action. Unlike other firms, you can rest assured that your case will always be handled by an experienced criminal defence lawyer, never a junior paralegal.

As a full-service department, we advise on all aspects relating to private crime and criminal defence law, including: assault, robbery, fraud, motoring offences, money laundering, extradition, drug-related offences, sexual offences, GBH, murder and manslaughter.

Peace of mind when you need it most

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service for every client we represent and easing the burden of stress wherever possible. Our solicitors are more than happy to arrange an initial consultation at our offices in Manchester, Sale or from another location that suits you. We also offer a call-out service for those detained in police custody.

If you’re facing police investigation or criminal charges then it’s essential to seek the advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. By acting early, this allows us to build the strongest possible case in your favour.

Head of our Criminal Defence solicitors, Rachel Fletcher draws on over 12 years’ experience representing private clients across an extensive range of criminal and regulatory matters. Her expertise in this area is a key reason why clients choose Slater Heelis to represent them when facing criminal charges.

If you need to speak to an expert business crime and regulation solicitor, contact our team today on 0161 969 3131 or simply fill in our online contact form to arrange an initial consultation.

What our clients say about us…

“Rachel handled my case personally from beginning to end, always making herself available both by phone and email. It was really refreshing that I didn’t need to speak to anyone else because she handled everything. Rachel was courteous, professional and realistic with her advice making sure that I was kept abreast of all possible outcomes. She had different strategies that came with recommendations and the one she recommended was a winner. I’m a very happy client.”


Mr. DM, Criminal Defence Client

  • What does it mean to be charged with a crime?
  • What are the consequences of being charged with a criminal offence?
  • What is a summary only offence?
  • What is an offence triable either way?
  • What are some examples of either way offences?
  • What are indictable offences?
  • What are examples of indictable only offences?
  • What is legal aid and am I entitled?
  • Should I apply for legal aid or fund my case privately?
  • What happens to fees if I am found ‘not guilty’?

Meet your Criminal Defence solicitors

Rachel is a Criminal Defence Solicitor with 12 years post qualification experience. Rachel has particular expertise in representing private clients in criminal matters, including advising and assisting at the Police Station, Magistrates Court and the Crown Court.

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members on 0161 969 3131