Organisation and Characteristics of Criminal Firms

Mike McConville, Jacqueline Hodgson, Lee Bridges and Anita Pavlovic

in Standing Accused

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198258681
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681851 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Organisation and Characteristics of Criminal Firms

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This chapter discusses the organisation of criminal firms. It specifically describes the way in which criminal defence practice is organised, in the light of the nature of the work undertaken and the objectives pursued by firms. A variety of firms were investigated during the course of the research, some large mixed practices, and some smaller enterprises handling exclusively criminal work. Some were situated in large cities and others in smaller suburban or rural locations. It explores first the kinds of firm that are encountered in the research and which dictate in important ways the nature and quality of legal advice and assistance that clients experience before examining the features of criminal practice which are of a general character. The most striking aspect of criminal defence in England and Wales is the sheer variety in the styles and forms of defence service providers. The routine criminal practice operates within a restricted geographical area, servicing local police stations and magistrates' courts and drawing its clients from its immediate environs.

Keywords: criminal firms; criminal defence; organisation; criminal work; legal advice; England; Wales

Chapter.  13606 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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