If you are being investigated with murder or manslaughter, our specialist murder solicitors are the experts you need on your side.
This page aims to provide general information about murder and manslaughter, but if you are being investigated for, or charged with, these offences, it is vital that you call our murder solicitors as soon as possible.
We are a private firm of murder solicitors who do not undertake any Legal Aid work. We are the firm you need when your case is too important to risk Legal Aid.
Murder is committed when a person who is sane unlawfully kills another person (who is born alive and breathing through their own lungs) with intent to kill or cause GBH.
Manslaughter can be committed in three ways:
- Voluntary manslaughter – killing with the intent for murder but with a partial defence, such as loss of control, diminished responsibility or killing pursuant to a suicide pact
- Involuntary manslaughter –
- either conduct that was grossly negligent given the risk of death, and did kill (this is gross negligence manslaughter);
- OR conduct taking the form of an unlawful act involving a danger that has resulted in death (this is unlawful and dangerous act manslaughter)
- The term homicide is an umbrella term that includes murder and manslaughter as well as infanticide and causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
While the offence of murder requires an intent to kill or cause GBH, attempted murder requires an intent to kill specifically. An intent to cause GBH is not sufficient for someone to be charged with attempted murder.
The complex issue of Joint Enterprise will be key where two or more people are charged. Our murder solicitors will be able to discuss this complicated, and changing, area of law.
There are complete defences, such as self-defence or mistaken identity, and partial defences such as diminished responsibility.