Regulatory Offences

If you are being investigated by Local Authorities, the Environment Agency or the Health & Safety Executive (and other government agencies) it is important that your rights are protected.

Again , it is always advisable to consult someone who has experience of dealing with this type of prosecution, as it is very often a very different playing field to other types of case.

For example, we are happy to speak with the prosecution agencies because sometimes proceedings can be avoided by effective negotiation. For these reasons it is essential to act quickly.

If you are either arrested or due to attend the police or interviewing agency by appointment, contact us first. We will attend the interview with you and guide you through the process.

If it should come to Court proceedings, again please be assured that our team of lawyers, and our panels of expert Counsel, and an array of tried and trusted Forensic experts will be brought to bear to achieve the best possible result we can

Residential Conveyancing

Buying a house is a complicated process that requires the help of the experienced and friendly team here at Wilford Smith Solicitors.

We recognise that for most people, buying and selling their home is an exciting but daunting experience. For this reason we do like to stress how friendly and approachable our Conveyancing team is. We would like to think that at the end of the process clients find that the legal side has been conducted in a pleasant, efficient and straightforward way.

We will always provide you with a fixed quote, we are only a phone call away.

Please be aware some  Estate Agents and Mortgage Brokers may give the impression  that people wanting to use their services have to use their appointed Solicitor. This is not true.  We would recommend that you  have the support and expertise of Wilford Smith, independent Solicitors working for you  We will guide you professionally through the whole process of buying or selling a residential property.

Wills

Everyone should have a Will that allows them to make sure that their assets pass to people they want them to in the event of their death. We offer a speedy and efficient service at a fixed price. We find that people who have been putting off making a will for years, before finally ‘taking the plunge’ find the process simple and straightforward. Once it is done and their minds are at rest then we are often told that they ‘cannot believe they left it so long’ . Why not simply pick up the phone and make an appointment today?

Inheritance Tax and Care Fees planning

Clear practical advice tailored to suit individual circumstances

Probate  .

We understand that when someone is bereaved it is always a difficult time. As you would expect, our approach is sympathetic courteous and caring, but beyond that we aim to be practical. For example, whilst many people are concerned about the difficult paperwork but at the same time they are worried about the cost of sorting out the affairs of a loved one. The amount of help needed will vary with each individual. Some people will wish to leave everything in our hands, whilst others might prefer to undertake some of the ‘sorting out’ themselves. Our flexible approach allows us to guide the client through the complexities, but leaving the individual free to choose exactly how much help they wish to pay for.

Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Orders

Helping you negotiate your way through these legal minefields.

Commercial Property and Business Sales and Purchases

We can assist with:-

  • Acquisitions, mortgages and disposals of both freehold and leasehold Commercial Businesses (including retail, office and industrial)
  • Landlord and Tenant – in relation to all aspects of landlord and tenant work
  • Asset Management for property portfolio owning landlords
  • Secured lending work for banks, building societies and other institutional lenders
  • Development Site Acquisitions (both Residential and Commercial) and Site set-up and Plot/Unit disposals
  • Licensed Premises, Pubs, Restaurants and Takeaway

 

We present a friendly but professional service with easy to understand advice and above all, sensible charges.

And finally

Stephen Smith our senior director combines the serious business of criminal defence with authorship broadcasting and other media work for which he is in much demand

This brings him into contact with many celebrities from the world of sport , television and the arts and he has represented many notable clients over the years

Such clients  include Lord  Ahmed the Labour peer whose case attracted worldwide attention and Prince Naseem Hamed the former world boxing champion

Mr Smith has also represented a number of celebrity clients too numerous to mention and has forged many friendships in the world of entertainment through much charity work  and entirely outside of his work in the law

Indeed visitors to the office are often treated to a viewing of the “hall of fame” where photographs of the great and good are displayed.

Mr Smith’s own personal website can be viewed by following this link

Here are some of the serious criminal cases we have handled recently,

R – V – H & others   Preston Crown Court 2011

Multiple defendants charged with conspiracy to import controlled drugs of Class A, B and C. Defendant dealt with by pleas to limited lesser offences following legal argument.

HMRC – V – SH       Sheffield Crown Court 2010

Three defendants charged with conspiracy to import approximately £30 million cannabis from Amsterdam

R – V – I & others     Sheffield Crown Court 2010

Rape and murder of a prostitute. Defendant suffered from a rare condition known as Kleinfelter’s syndrome. Defendant following complex legal arguments regarding admissibility false confession.

R – V – H       Sheffield Crown Court 2009

Multiple defendants charged with conspiracy to murder. First case in the North of England where prosecution relied on anonymous witnesses. Defendant acquitted following legal argument.

R – V – B       Sheffield Crown Court 2009

Elderly Defendant charged with the murder of his wife in an “Euthanasia” related case. Defendant given a conditional discharge following complex legal submissions.

R – V – PH     Sheffield Crown Court 2008

Defendant with rare condition Treacher Collins Syndrome charged with armed robbery. Defendant acquitted of the robbery.

R – V – S        Sheffield Crown Court 2008

Defendant with significant learning difficulties charged with causing wounding with intent. Defendant acquitted following legal argument on admissibility of unreliable confession.

R – V – P        Sheffield Crown Court

Defendant charged with the murder of his wife witnessed by infant child.

R – V – G       Sheffield Crown Court

Defendant charged with the murder of his lodger during a psychotic episode.

R – V – F        Sheffield Crown Court

Defendant charged with the murder of his friend after the consumption of large quantities of alcohol and cannabis.

R – V – A       Sheffield Crown Court

Defendant charged with the murder of the man who attacked her. Acquitted of murder.

HMRC – V – B, B & B         Sheffield Crown Court

Three defendants charged with conspiracy to illegally import tobacco and tax evasion.

TSA – V – B & others           Sheffield Crown Court

Multiple defendants charged with conspiracy to sell counterfeit goods and breaching copyright law.


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