Criminal Defence Solicitors, Exeter & Devon

Our Criminal Defence Team has consistently been one of the most successful 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.

With some driving offences, if you are worried about losing your licence, in many cases we can argue exceptional hardship or special reasons on your behalf which, if successful, would mean you could avoid a driving ban.

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, such as: Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Failing To Provide.
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 Criminal Defence 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.

Lisa has become a Director of the company after returning three years ago. Lisa originally joined Rundlewalker for a five-year stint doing mostly Personal Injury work, but then felt the need to move on to gain experience with other firms. She was welcomed back three years ago and retrained as a Criminal Lawyer. Lisa 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.

Lisa is a regular 24-hour duty solicitor for the Police and does Court duty, as well as undertaking personal injury work. She has considerable experience of varied and high value claims, accidents at work, public liability, industrial disease claims and road traffic cases.

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.

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 crime solicitor exeter
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 speeding and everything in between. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2015 and quickly went on to obtain her Duty Solicitor status.

Rachel has obtained her Higher Rights of Audience, which means she is able to represent her clients in the Crown Court. She also regularly appears at the Magistrates and Youth Courts for all types of hearings and 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.

Luke Unsworth - Trainee Solicitor

Department - Crime

Contact: 01392 209216


Luke graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds before converting to Law with the Manchester College of Law.

Following his studies, Luke spent 5 years predominantly working in criminal and motoring law, the last 4 years of which were with a large nationwide law firm. He has also spent a number of years representing clients in interviews under caution with the police and local authorities.

Luke joined Rundlewalker in June 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor and he will undertake seats in the Civil Litigation, Family, Conveyancing and Criminal departments.

In his free time, Luke enjoys watching and playing sport as well as socialising with his friends and family.

Georgina Case - Legal Assistant

Department: Criminal Defence

Contact: 01392 209214


Georgina joined Rundlewalker in 2016 and she has since completed her first Legal Apprenticeship Scheme, obtaining a Level 3 Diploma in Legal Administration. She has completed work in the criminal and conveyancing departments and other general duties around the office. Since joining Rundlewalker Georgina has expressed an interest in criminal law and starts her paralegal course in January 2019 in the hope of progressing towards becoming a criminal solicitor.

Georgina provides support to the Criminal Department and her duties include booking legal visits, Legal Aid queries, new client enquiries, liaising with the Courts, counsel and experts, billing and general case preparation on Police Station, Magistrates Court and Crown Court cases. Georgina can be contacted for updates on matters and to take messages for the department. Georgina is also training for her Police Station Accreditation.


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