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Not just Criminal Defence Solicitors.

Fighters. Carers. Listeners. Protectors.


We aren’t like other Criminal Defence Solicitors.


This isn’t just a job to us.


We choose who we act for.


If we don’t believe in you we won’t act for you.


If we do believe in you we will fight tooth and nail for you.


We aren’t just another law firm.


How can we help?

As Criminal Defence Solicitors we appreciate that the law can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the legal system. That’s all right, we can advise and support you throughout the whole process regardless of what charges you face. We cover all courts in the country and are able to see clients face to face in Nottingham, Birmingham and London. We find that a lot of our clients prefer to deal with matters via telephone or email. We will work with you, in whatever way you want whether that is by phone, skype, messages or email.

We understand how important this is to you, most of our clients have never been in trouble before. We pride ourselves on our personal service and the care we give to every client. We choose not to do legal aid, we want to offer a better service than legal aid allows. We are not a high volume practice, we take on fewer cases so that we can give every case the care it needs. We are passionate about our service, we have been recognised as one of the top Criminal Defence Solicitors in the prestigious Legal 500 and have won awards for our client care.

We know the law back to front but more than that we are passionate about what we do, we still get angry at injustice, we only take on cases we believe in and we give them our all. We are proactive, we don’t just wait to defend you at court, we start fighting from the beginning. Many of our clients cases are never brought to court because we put up such a strong fight from the beginning. We understand that you want to avoid court at all costs, you want to avoid the stress of a lengthy court case and the impact this will have on you and your family. We can’t always stop a case going to court but you can be assured we will do everything we can to get it dropped as soon as possible.

We believe that our service is second to none and are happy to discuss your case with you at any time.

Click on one of the areas of law below to see in detail how we can help or simply call us on 01623 397200 for free initial advice.



Our expertise extends covers numerous areas of law that affects the individual.


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Our Services

We care about you

To us, clients aren’t just clients. They’re real people whose lives can change because of some interaction with the law. So the service you get from us is real. Because we know how important it is to you.
We offer support, guidance and protection every step of the way
Award winning legal 500 criminal defence solicitors focused on getting the best results for you.

We will fight for you

We are natural fighters. So when you need someone to stand there on your behalf, and fight the big fight, we’ll be right by your side.

We believe in you

When we take on a client, we’re there with you the whole way. We’re there for proper support. You’re not part of a tick-box exercise, or just another name on our list. That’s why we care.

Where we specialise

We have a wide ranging and talented team, with skills in all corners of the legal system. Take a browse of our services below.

Support for those who need us most

One of our particular areas of expertise is our range of disability services. From our ability to navigate all aspects of the law with you in unique ways, through to simply getting simple disabled access into our offices, disability services are something we care deeply about.

What people say...

Katie Forrest has experience and a true understanding of the needs when supporting vulnerable clients. Katie has an abundance of natural talent and can draw upon personal experience when addressing sensitive highly personal issues. True understanding of the financial burden place

I have worked alongside legal professionals for most of my working life and can truly state I have never, until now had the absolute pleasure to award praise of the highest degree upon all members of staff within a firm. Every team member who had dealings with my case interacted with the utmost p

The service received was second to none. I was informed every step of the way with clear communication and even when my case hit some unexpected hiccups the team was fantastic in overcoming these. A special thank you to Helen who on Christmas Eve still chased my case through and Katie who even on

“I already accepted that I must receive punishment for my actions, which is the case. However, the outcome means I am able to continue with my career and put this incident behind me so for that I am very satisfied and grateful. The way I have been dealt with has been excellent and flawless in m

Mr M

“In all moments they were very helpful trying to calm me down, as I was quite stressed for being my first time in Court. I was offered different approaches to my case, so I could choose the one that fitted better on me. I got the lowest fine and ban possible.”

Mr C

“First class. Always responsive and helpful. Very reassuring during a troubling time. I think in terms of value for money it could not be bettered and I would not hesitate to recommend Forrest Williams to others.”

Mr P

“This is a heartfelt thank you all of the help and support that you have given me over the last few weeks. There are not many people in this world that would give their time freely and without judgement. I am truly grateful.”

Ms B

“From the initial conversation with Katie, I have been treated respectfully and made to feel at ease although I was guilty as charged of my speeding offence. All aspects of the process claiming exceptional hardship was made easy prior to the case hearing, with a helpful attitude throughout. The

Mr C

“I would like to say that I am extremely pleased with the service I received from Steve and the Forrest Williams team with respect to my son’s case. The team were always very prompt in replying to emails and returning phone calls. Their advice and help were always very specific and tailored t

Mrs S

“Very good. I spoke with the Forrest Williams team before the court day. I found everyone very thorough in explaining the process and of what to expect on the day. They were professional, friendly and efficient given the time scale.”

Mrs C

“Many thanks for a first class service for my trial from start to finish I received a second to none service from yourself and your team. I was informed every step of the way and I was treated with respect not a number. I would also like to say thank you to Helen she was great answered all my c


“I know I’ve said it before, but I really did strike gold when I found you on the internet, from our first conversation you put me at ease, your company has true family values and is “human” to speak to, everyone cares!! There really are no words that express how so completely satisfied w


“Your customer care goes beyond all expectations, never once have I been made to feel a nuisance, you have always spoken to me with kindness, understanding and reassurance, Katie, Helen and Steve made a very stressful time a lot easier to bare, in fact I shall miss you all!”


“Absolutely superb. The Forrest Williams team was a tower of strength and was professional, reassuring and extremely competent. I have nothing but praise for this team and the service they have provided. Many, many thanks.”


“Forrest Williams were very efficient could not wish for a better service”

Mrs H

“I would unhesitatingly recommend Steven for anyone facing charges relating to any offence, as an exceptionally knowledgeable, skilled, genuinely caring lawyer who is completely interested in getting the absolutely best results for his clients in any circumstances, however they may first ap

Mr D

Extremely satisfied – Katie immediately put my mind at rest regarding the letter I had received, and I felt confident that she grasped my case and my wishes regarding the plea.


Excellent – all your staff have been superb and demonstrate a very caring and empathetic side to a profession not associated with kindness. Never had to deal with court/ lawyers before and you all made it less stressful.


The customer service was excellent – I spoke to Katie, my caseworker, and Steve who always put my mind at ease by being supportive and having time to answer my worries. I always felt I could pick up my phone If I had to or needed to.

Mrs H
Fantastic! Excellent service provided from caring, professional staff. It really helped me to know that you were fighting for me and made an awful ordeal much more bearable. THANK YOU!
Mrs O

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