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 two Solicitors on the Duty Solicitor Scheme as well as one member of 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 209209. Contact details for our Criminal Defence Solicitors are listed below.

"I have no hesitation in recommending Rundlewalker and in particular Rachel Smith who helped us navigate through a difficult case with compassion, professionalism and patience. She made a harrowing experience more bearable by always being there to answer queries or concerns and by making it her mission to achieve the best possible outcome. Thank you for everything."

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 Solicitor Criminal Defence 

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 returned to Rundlewalker in 2015 after leaving to gain experience at other firms for a period of 7 years. After specializing in Personal Injury Law for 15 years she decided to retrain as a Criminal Lawyer. She now is Head of the Criminal Department and deals with a large caseload of criminal work including matters at the Police Station, Magistrates Court and Crown Court. She was promoted to a Director of the firm in October 2018.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys swimming, cycling, and walking her dog. She is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, which usually involves shopping!

 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.

exeter criminal defenceGeorgina Case - Accredited Legal Representative

Department: Criminal Defence

Contact: 01392 209203


Georgina joined Rundlewalker in 2016. Since joining, she has completed a Level 3 Diploma in Legal Administration and qualified from Cardiff University for the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme. She is awaiting the results of her Paralegal Qualification in May 2021 through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with the ambition to becoming a Fellow in the coming years.

Georgina can represent anyone in the Police Station for any number of offences and can be contacted 24/7 for this service.

Georgina continues to provide support to the Criminal Department and her duties include Legal Aid queries, client enquiries, liaising with the Courts, Counsel and experts, billing and general case preparation on Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court cases. Georgina can be contacted for queries on all matters in the Criminal Department.


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