Criminal Defence Solicitors, Exeter & Devon

Our Criminal Defence Team has consistently been one of the most experienced groups of criminal defence solicitors in the South West region. We have four Solicitors on the Duty Solicitor Scheme as well as three support staff.

We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year including Christmas. Our service is FREE if we attend the Police Station with you. All general criminal matters before the Magistrates' Courts, the Crown Courts and at the Police Station are dealt with daily. In addition we work very closely with well-respected Barristers' Chambers.

If you or a family member require legal advice for a crime-related related matter, please contact us on 01392 209 209. Contact details for our Criminal Defence Solicitors are listed below.

Some of the areas of criminal law that we specialise in are:

Motoring and Road Traffic offences
Your Driving License - Totting Up & Discretionary Disqualification
Arrest and detention at the police station
All general matters in the Magistrates Court and
Youth Court
All Crown Court hearings
Regulatory offences

Motoring matters
Confiscation Orders
New Practice Note re Criminal Procedure Rules 2011 (CPR)

Qualifying for Legal Aid:
We offer Legal Aid for criminal and family cases, as long as you are qualified to receive it. Please contact our Crime Team to discuss whether you meet the correct criteria. The criteria can also be found on the Legal Services Commission website:

Lisa McArthur Exeter Solicitor

Lisa McArthur - Solicitor

Department: Crime & Personal Injury

Contact: 01392 209211


Lisa was brought up in Northern Ireland and has worked in the legal profession since leaving school. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2000, she has specialised in personal injury law and civil litigation as well as the criminal law.

She has considerable experience of varied and high value claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability cases as well as industrial disease claims.

Lisa also advises clients regularly in the police station and attends the Magistrates Court to represent clients in a range of hearings from plea and sentence to application hearings.

Galina Labworth Exeter Solicitor

Galina Labworth - Solicitor

Department: Crime

Contact: 01392 209207


Galina has specialised in criminal law since she qualified as a Solicitor in 1997. She worked in a busy East London practice, where she supervised a team of solicitors, until moving to Devon in 2006. Prior to qualification, she worked at the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division. She has considerable experience of varied and high-level cases. She has dealt with very serious matters including Murder, Rape and large Drug Conspiracies, together with other more general criminal cases.

She has been advising clients in the police station for over 20 years and attends the Magistrates Court on a regular basis to represent clients in a range of hearings from plea and sentence to conducting trials. She is a Duty Solicitor on both the Court and Police Station schemes. She has particular expertise in working with vulnerable people and has a reputation for going the extra mile for her clients.


Julia Brassington - Solicitor Advocate

Department: Crime

Contact: 01392 209207


Julia graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Philosophy degree before deciding to enter the legal profession. She spent two years at Law School in London and then completed her solicitor’s training in Kent where she chose to specialize in criminal defence work.

In 2005 she was admitted as a solicitor and moved to the East Midlands. In 2011, Julia and her family relocated to Devon in order to be closer to family. Julia has had conduct of all types of criminal cases from minor road traffic to serious sexual offences and murder and can deal with all cases from the initial arrest at the police station right through to conclusion.

Julia was awarded Higher Rights of Audience in 2009, this means that she has the added advantage of being able to represent you as your advocate, not only at the Magistrates’ Court, but also at the Crown Court should your case end up in the Higher Court. Julia also has a particular interest in Youth Court work and has a vast amount of experience dealing with clients in care.

Michaela Rose - Solicitor

Department: Crime

Contact: 01392 209209


Michaela has been specialising in criminal defence for 15 years. She established a specialist criminal defence practice in Wiltshire with two partners upon qualification. After 11 years she moved to the West Country for family reasons where she has continued practising. Michaela has considerable experience in all aspects of crime, including murder, rape and serious sexual assaults. She has more recently specialised in the niche area of road traffic law, which requires specialist knowledge of this intricate area of law.

Swedish by birth, Michaela has lived extensively around the world and is fluent in three languages. She has lived in the UK since 1996, when she arrived to study law at Bristol.


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