We have an exceptional track record of achieving the very best results for our clients. Our success stems from wide-ranging experience in handling criminal matters and adopting a proactive, strategic approach during all stages of a police investigation.

We advise our clients on how a case will likely progress, including the range of sentencing they may face should they be found guilty. We frequently secure positive outcomes for clients and possess the requisite experience in handling the media for clients facing criminal allegations.


The law surrounding drug offences is contained in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and can be incredibly complex. Controlled drugs are generally split up into three classes:

  • Class A drugs include heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, methadone, LSD and magic mushrooms;
  • Class B drugs include cannabis, amphetamines, barbiturates, codeine, mephedrone and some synthetic cannabinoids; and
  • Class C drugs include tranquilisers, ketamine, anabolic steroids, GHB and benzyl piperazines

The law is surrounding classification of drugs is constantly reviewed and updated by law enforcement agencies and official bodies. Recently for example, The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs released an official report stating that GHB should move from Class C to Class B. Our lawyers remain abreast of potential changes to this area of the law and what consequences may come about for our clients. The firm is highly experienced in dealing with complex and large-scale illegal drug cases including:

  • Illegal drug importation;
  • Illegal drug exportation;
  • Illegal drug supply; and
  • Illegal drug trafficking

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Penalties on drugs offences are wide ranging from a fine up to life imprisonment There are sentencing guidelines in which penalties are determined by the classification of the drug, the category of seriousness and the level of culpability. There are several countries which restrict or refuse entry to people who have been arrested or convicted of drug related offences: these include the USA and Australia. Securing top tier legal representation at the outset is of paramount importance in order to ensure that the prosecution deal with your case proportionately.

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Your first response when faced with police questioning is to instruct a solicitor in order to establish the best strategy for your case. Our specialist lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Contact our team to arrange a free preliminary consultation.

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