Crime & Criminal Law Team

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.

In her spare time, Lisa cycles, plays netball and is a keen runner. She is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, which usually involves shopping!

Galina Labworth Criminal Defence

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 and has consistently been rated in the top three "Best Criminal Defence Solicitors" in Exeter, see the full story here.

In her spare time, Galina has an interest in amateur dramatics, making mosaics and most of all, enjoying family time with her three children - which ideally involves a stroll on the Moors ending with a large glass of wine by the fire in a local pub.

Rachel Smith - Solicitor Advocate

Department: Crime

Contact: 01392 209206


Having graduated from Plymouth University in 2009, Rachel has specialised in Criminal Defence work throughout her career, having spent 7 years at a busy North London firm where she completed all aspects of her training, before relocating back to Devon.

She has been representing clients at the police station for a number of years, with cases ranging from murder to shoplifting and everything in between. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2015 and quickly went on to obtain her Duty Solicitor status.

Rachel regularly appears at the Magistrates and Youth Courts for all types of hearings and has also obtained her Higher Rights of Audience, which means she is able to represent her clients in the Crown Court. She prides herself on fighting tirelessly for every client to ensure the best possible outcome can be achieved.

Away from the office, Rachel can normally be found travelling the country watching Chelsea play football, or enjoying a glass of wine.


Lindsay Fowler - Legal Secretary

Department: Crime, Litigation & Personal Injury

Contact: 01392 209203


Lindsay is an experienced Legal Secretary who supports the Fee Earners in both the Personal Injury and Litigation Teams. And, after many years at Rundlewalker assisting in various departments, Lindsay has now found a keen interest in working with the Criminal Team where she is a full-time administrator. She previously worked for a large firm of Solicitors and has experience of many types of law including Probate, Wills and Trust administration.

In her spare time Lindsay enjoys horse riding and spending time outdoors.


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