Rated criminal defence solicitor who will defend your charge of wounding or causing grievous bodily harm (“GBH”)

If you face a charge of wounding or causing grievous bodily harm (“GBH”), and you can pay privately, then you will want to instruct a rated criminal defence solicitor, like Jim Meyer, to represent you.

Charges of wounding or inflicting GBH, including the racially or religiously aggravated form, are triable either way, and so the case can be heard in the magistrates’ court or crown court. Wounding or causing GBH with intent, however, is far more serious and such cases can only be heard on indictment, in the crown court.

If you are convicted of inflicting GBH or unlawful wounding contrary to section 20 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 then, unless you are found to have lower culpability and caused lesser harm in the context of the offence itself, the starting point under the applicable sentencing guidelines is imprisonment.

A charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent or wounding with intent, contrary to section 18 of the same Act risks a lengthy prison sentence under the guidelines, regardless of culpability or harm categorisation.


Are you looking for a solicitor to help you defend an allegation of GBH?

If you are accused of GBH and looking for a solicitor to you defend you then Jim Meyer can assist. He has represented numerous clients in a similar position:

  • Jim has helped some of them avoid being charged at all;
  • Other clients have been acquitted after trial;
  • Even when clients have admitted to unlawful wounding, Jim has persuaded the sentencing court that they had lower culpability and / or caused less harm than argued by the prosecution, securing a more lenient punishment and in numerous cases helping his clients avoid an immediate custodial sentence.

Jim has acted for clients who have been mistakenly identified as an attacker, or who have acted in self-defence or the defence of another. Some have been falsely accused on the basis of a complainant’s or witness’s malicious lies. Does that sound familiar and correlate to the facts of your case?

Unfortunately, victims can and do erroneously identify their attacker; honest witnesses can be mistaken but nevertheless their evidence can be compelling. Witnesses lie for all sorts of reasons, including a motivation to seek material gain or cover up their own or another’s behaviour; they may seek revenge, or attention and / or sympathy.

In all cases, to provide the best prospects of success, what is required, and what Jim delivers, is a proactive, systematic investigation of the case. Jim’s proven ability to engage in active defence, to respond appropriately at each significant milestone, rests fundamentally on his ability to investigate exhaustively and effectively, managing and responding to information in a continuous cycle of decision-making and action.

Jim gains access to information through methodical planning and action; this gives him a detailed understanding of the facts, particularly features and characteristics about such information which, under other circumstances, would be far from obvious. It is Jim’s tenacity that his clients value and are willing to pay for.

If you hire Jim Meyer as your lawyer, you aren’t just buying his time; you’ll benefit from his obsessive compulsion to dig into the detail of your case and to exhaust all lines of inquiry in an effort to secure you the best result.


How much will it cost?

If you instruct Jim, probably the first thing you will realise is that he is a straight-talking lawyer who provides honest and frank advice without any "BS". The same is also true about what he will tell you in relation to how much it will likely cost you to hire him, and he aims to be completely transparent about what he charges, what this pays for and how this compares to a lawyer being remunerated under legal aid. Jim believes this is the only way his clients can make a sensible, informed decision on how to proceed.

Jim has compiled a database of historical bills for matters in a single financial year to help him estimate how much a case will cost. Looking at this data there are 1,099 cases1 where:

  1. The main allegation was wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm etc.,
  2. There was a single defendant, who
  3. Pleaded not guilty, and
  4. Was subseqently tried before a jury in the Crown Court.

Based on this information, Jim's advice is:

  • The prosecution evidence in a typical case alleging wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm etc. normally runs to approximately 301 pages (note that this does not include CCTV, multi-media or digital evidence; nor does it include any unused material served by the prosecution [i.e. material which the prosecution believes may undermine its case or assist the case for the accused] or any evidence collected by the defence); the minimum number of pages was recorded as 12 and the maximum was 23,615;
  • A crown court trial where there is a single defendant and the main allegation is wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm etc. will normally comprise 21 prosecution witnesses and last around 5 days (the lowest number of witnesses recorded was 2 and the most was 242; the shortest trial recorded was 1 and the longest was 53);
  • For a trial lasting 5 days with 21 witnesses and a similar page count of 301 pages, Jim estimates the total cost (including VAT and the advocates fee but excluding any other disbursements) will be in the range of £50,100 to £77,940. This compares to the typical fee2 of £7,800 paid to the legal team under legal aid.

Graduated table of estimated fees, including VAT
Pages of Material Days in Court
1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days 9 days 10 days 11 days 12 days 13 days 14 days 15 days 16 days 17 days 18 days 19 days 20 days
1-50 £8,880-£13,620 £15,360-£24,300 £21,840-£34,980 £28,320-£45,660 £34,800-£56,340 £41,280-£67,020 £47,760-£77,700 £54,240-£88,380 £60,720-£99,060 £67,200-£109,740 £73,680-£120,420 £80,160-£131,100 £86,640-£141,780 £93,120-£152,460 £99,600-£163,140 £106,080-£173,820 £112,560-£184,500 £119,040-£195,180 £125,520-£205,860 £132,000-£216,540
51-100 £11,420-£17,220 £17,900-£27,900 £24,380-£38,580 £30,860-£49,260 £37,340-£59,940 £43,820-£70,620 £50,300-£81,300 £56,780-£91,980 £63,260-£102,660 £69,740-£113,340 £76,220-£124,020 £82,700-£134,700 £89,180-£145,380 £95,660-£156,060 £102,140-£166,740 £108,620-£177,420 £115,100-£188,100 £121,580-£198,780 £128,060-£209,460 £134,540-£220,140
101-150 £13,980-£20,820 £20,460-£31,500 £26,940-£42,180 £33,420-£52,860 £39,900-£63,540 £46,380-£74,220 £52,860-£84,900 £59,340-£95,580 £65,820-£106,260 £72,300-£116,940 £78,780-£127,620 £85,260-£138,300 £91,740-£148,980 £98,220-£159,660 £104,700-£170,340 £111,180-£181,020 £117,660-£191,700 £124,140-£202,380 £130,620-£213,060 £137,100-£223,740
151-200 £16,520-£24,420 £23,000-£35,100 £29,480-£45,780 £35,960-£56,460 £42,440-£67,140 £48,920-£77,820 £55,400-£88,500 £61,880-£99,180 £68,360-£109,860 £74,840-£120,540 £81,320-£131,220 £87,800-£141,900 £94,280-£152,580 £100,760-£163,260 £107,240-£173,940 £113,720-£184,620 £120,200-£195,300 £126,680-£205,980 £133,160-£216,660 £139,640-£227,340
201-250 £19,080-£28,020 £25,560-£38,700 £32,040-£49,380 £38,520-£60,060 £45,000-£70,740 £51,480-£81,420 £57,960-£92,100 £64,440-£102,780 £70,920-£113,460 £77,400-£124,140 £83,880-£134,820 £90,360-£145,500 £96,840-£156,180 £103,320-£166,860 £109,800-£177,540 £116,280-£188,220 £122,760-£198,900 £129,240-£209,580 £135,720-£220,260 £142,200-£230,940
251-300 £21,620-£31,620 £28,100-£42,300 £34,580-£52,980 £41,060-£63,660 £47,540-£74,340 £54,020-£85,020 £60,500-£95,700 £66,980-£106,380 £73,460-£117,060 £79,940-£127,740 £86,420-£138,420 £92,900-£149,100 £99,380-£159,780 £105,860-£170,460 £112,340-£181,140 £118,820-£191,820 £125,300-£202,500 £131,780-£213,180 £138,260-£223,860 £144,740-£234,540
301-350 £24,180-£35,220 £30,660-£45,900 £37,140-£56,580 £43,620-£67,260 £50,100-£77,940 £56,580-£88,620 £63,060-£99,300 £69,540-£109,980 £76,020-£120,660 £82,500-£131,340 £88,980-£142,020 £95,460-£152,700 £101,940-£163,380 £108,420-£174,060 £114,900-£184,740 £121,380-£195,420 £127,860-£206,100 £134,340-£216,780 £140,820-£227,460 £147,300-£238,140
351-400 £26,720-£38,820 £33,200-£49,500 £39,680-£60,180 £46,160-£70,860 £52,640-£81,540 £59,120-£92,220 £65,600-£102,900 £72,080-£113,580 £78,560-£124,260 £85,040-£134,940 £91,520-£145,620 £98,000-£156,300 £104,480-£166,980 £110,960-£177,660 £117,440-£188,340 £123,920-£199,020 £130,400-£209,700 £136,880-£220,380 £143,360-£231,060 £149,840-£241,740
401-450 £29,280-£42,420 £35,760-£53,100 £42,240-£63,780 £48,720-£74,460 £55,200-£85,140 £61,680-£95,820 £68,160-£106,500 £74,640-£117,180 £81,120-£127,860 £87,600-£138,540 £94,080-£149,220 £100,560-£159,900 £107,040-£170,580 £113,520-£181,260 £120,000-£191,940 £126,480-£202,620 £132,960-£213,300 £139,440-£223,980 £145,920-£234,660 £152,400-£245,340
451-500 £31,820-£46,020 £38,300-£56,700 £44,780-£67,380 £51,260-£78,060 £57,740-£88,740 £64,220-£99,420 £70,700-£110,100 £77,180-£120,780 £83,660-£131,460 £90,140-£142,140 £96,620-£152,820 £103,100-£163,500 £109,580-£174,180 £116,060-£184,860 £122,540-£195,540 £129,020-£206,220 £135,500-£216,900 £141,980-£227,580 £148,460-£238,260 £154,940-£248,940
501-1,000 £45,860-£65,820 £52,340-£76,500 £58,820-£87,180 £65,300-£97,860 £71,780-£108,540 £73,580-£114,540 £75,380-£120,540 £77,180-£126,540 £78,980-£132,540 £80,780-£138,540 £82,580-£144,540 £84,380-£150,540 £86,180-£156,540 £87,980-£162,540 £89,780-£168,540 £91,580-£174,540 £93,380-£180,540 £95,180-£186,540 £96,980-£192,540 £98,780-£198,540
1,001-1,500 £71,360-£101,820 £77,840-£112,500 £84,320-£123,180 £90,800-£133,860 £97,280-£144,540 £99,080-£150,540 £100,880-£156,540 £102,680-£162,540 £104,480-£168,540 £106,280-£174,540 £108,080-£180,540 £109,880-£186,540 £111,680-£192,540 £113,480-£198,540 £115,280-£204,540 £117,080-£210,540 £118,880-£216,540 £120,680-£222,540 £122,480-£228,540 £124,280-£234,540
1,501-2,000 £96,860-£137,820 £103,340-£148,500 £109,820-£159,180 £116,300-£169,860 £122,780-£180,540 £124,580-£186,540 £126,380-£192,540 £128,180-£198,540 £129,980-£204,540 £131,780-£210,540 £133,580-£216,540 £135,380-£222,540 £137,180-£228,540 £138,980-£234,540 £140,780-£240,540 £142,580-£246,540 £144,380-£252,540 £146,180-£258,540 £147,980-£264,540 £149,780-£270,540
2,001-2,500 £122,360-£173,820 £128,840-£184,500 £135,320-£195,180 £141,800-£205,860 £148,280-£216,540 £150,080-£222,540 £151,880-£228,540 £153,680-£234,540 £155,480-£240,540 £157,280-£246,540 £159,080-£252,540 £160,880-£258,540 £162,680-£264,540 £164,480-£270,540 £166,280-£276,540 £168,080-£282,540 £169,880-£288,540 £171,680-£294,540 £173,480-£300,540 £175,280-£306,540
2,501-3,000 £147,860-£209,820 £154,340-£220,500 £160,820-£231,180 £167,300-£241,860 £173,780-£252,540 £175,580-£258,540 £177,380-£264,540 £179,180-£270,540 £180,980-£276,540 £182,780-£282,540 £184,580-£288,540 £186,380-£294,540 £188,180-£300,540 £189,980-£306,540 £191,780-£312,540 £193,580-£318,540 £195,380-£324,540 £197,180-£330,540 £198,980-£336,540 £200,780-£342,540
3,001-3,500 £173,360-£245,820 £179,840-£256,500 £186,320-£267,180 £192,800-£277,860 £199,280-£288,540 £201,080-£294,540 £202,880-£300,540 £204,680-£306,540 £206,480-£312,540 £208,280-£318,540 £210,080-£324,540 £211,880-£330,540 £213,680-£336,540 £215,480-£342,540 £217,280-£348,540 £219,080-£354,540 £220,880-£360,540 £222,680-£366,540 £224,480-£372,540 £226,280-£378,540
3,501-4,000 £198,860-£281,820 £205,340-£292,500 £211,820-£303,180 £218,300-£313,860 £224,780-£324,540 £226,580-£330,540 £228,380-£336,540 £230,180-£342,540 £231,980-£348,540 £233,780-£354,540 £235,580-£360,540 £237,380-£366,540 £239,180-£372,540 £240,980-£378,540 £242,780-£384,540 £244,580-£390,540 £246,380-£396,540 £248,180-£402,540 £249,980-£408,540 £251,780-£414,540
4,001-4,500 £224,360-£317,820 £230,840-£328,500 £237,320-£339,180 £243,800-£349,860 £250,280-£360,540 £252,080-£366,540 £253,880-£372,540 £255,680-£378,540 £257,480-£384,540 £259,280-£390,540 £261,080-£396,540 £262,880-£402,540 £264,680-£408,540 £266,480-£414,540 £268,280-£420,540 £270,080-£426,540 £271,880-£432,540 £273,680-£438,540 £275,480-£444,540 £277,280-£450,540
4,501-5,000 £249,860-£353,820 £256,340-£364,500 £262,820-£375,180 £269,300-£385,860 £275,780-£396,540 £277,580-£402,540 £279,380-£408,540 £281,180-£414,540 £282,980-£420,540 £284,780-£426,540 £286,580-£432,540 £288,380-£438,540 £290,180-£444,540 £291,980-£450,540 £293,780-£456,540 £295,580-£462,540 £297,380-£468,540 £299,180-£474,540 £300,980-£480,540 £302,780-£486,540

1 Note that this doesn't represent all of the data on historical cases; in order to try to provide a "like-for-like" comparison it is restricted to cases where there was a single client and the matter was tried in the crown court. This will give you a general idea but obviously Jim will be able to advise you on the specifics of your particular case and the impact this may have on the likely cost.

2 This is an approximation. There are calculators available on the MOJ\'s website which will help you work out the fee claimable under the scheme, exluding any additional payment made for "special preparation".


Relevant case law in relation to wounding and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm

[2019] EWCA Crim 2202
[2019] EWCA Crim 2202
CA (Crim Div) (Lord Burnett LCJ, Sweeney J, Sir Roderick Evans)
11 December 2019

Concurrent sentences of 40 months’ imprisonment imposed following guilty pleas to three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent was not manifestly excessive where the injuries were in the form of body modification procedures carried out with the victims’ consent. Although such consent could not provide a defence, it did place the offences in the “lower culpability” category for sentencing purposes, notwithstanding the use of a knife.

[2019] EWCA Crim 1772
[2019] EWCA Crim 1772
CA (Crim Div) (Nicola Davies LJ, Spencer J, Edis J)
24 September 2019

An application for permission to appeal against a 13-year extended sentence imposed following a conviction for wounding with intent, where the judge had made a finding of dangerousness without the benefit of a pre-sentence report, was refused. Although such a finding without a pre-sentence report required careful justification, the trial judge had been able to form an impression of the offender and had a proper basis for making the finding.

[2019] EWCA Crim 1143
[2019] EWCA Crim 1143
CA (Crim Div) (Leggatt LJ, Nicol J, Butcher J)
4 July 2019

A judge had not erred in admitting as hearsay evidence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.114(1)(d) evidence from a person who had been at the scene of an offence of wounding with intent but could not subsequently be identified. The unidentified person, a passenger on a bus travelling past the incident, had recorded the registration number of the assailant’s car on her mobile telephone, which was reported to the police by a fellow passenger.

[2019] EWCA Crim 1094
[2019] EWCA Crim 1094
CA (Crim Div) (Males LJ, Simler J, Murray J)
21 June 2019

In a trial of wounding with intent contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 s.18, the judge had been entitled not to leave to the jury an alternative count of simple wounding under s.20. The defendant’s position was not that he was guilty under s.20 having stabbed the victim without intending to cause really serious harm, but that he was not guilty at all. Accordingly, s.20 had not been an obvious alternative count.

[2019] EWCA Crim 1217
[2019] EWCA Crim 1217
CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ, Warby J, Picken J)
18 June 2019

There was a powerful case that the appellant was a party to a joint enterprise in which he had personally intended that grievous bodily harm would be inflicted on the victim. There was a proper basis on which to conclude that the jury’s verdict that he was guilty of murder would not have differed notwithstanding the change in the law of joint enterprise following R. v Jogee (Ameen Hassan) [2016] UKSC 8.

[2019] EWCA Crim 917
[2019] EWCA Crim 917
CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ)
22 May 2019

A sentence of four and a half years’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of an offender who had pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent after carrying out a sustained assault on his partner.

[2019] EWCA Crim 934
[2019] EWCA Crim 934
CA (Crim Div) (Holroyde LJ, Picken J, Sir David Foskett)
21 May 2019

A total sentence of six years and six months’ imprisonment for aggravated burglary, wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon was unduly lenient and a term of nine years was substituted.

[2019] EWCA Crim 621
[2019] EWCA Crim 621
CA (Crim Div) (Thirlwall LJ, Andrews J, Judge Dhir QC)
12 April 2019

The court quashed a sentence of imprisonment for public protection imposed for wounding with intent and replaced it with hospital and restriction orders under the Mental Health Act 1983 s.37 and s.41 respectively. The offender had served more than twice the minimum term ordered and the s.37 and s.41 regime was the most effective way of protecting the public and of monitoring his continued treatment.

[2018] EWCA Crim 2946
[2018] EWCA Crim 2946
CA (Crim Div) (Flaux LJ, Whipple J, Sir Brian Keith)
18 December 2018

A 10-year extended sentence, comprising a seven-year custodial period and a three-year extension period, was appropriate in the case of a 17-year-old offender who had pleaded guilty to affray, having a bladed article and wounding with intent after he stabbed a teenager in the street, causing serious injuries.

[2018] EWCA Crim 2958
[2018] EWCA Crim 2958
CA (Crim Div) (Simon LJ, Carr J, Judge Picton)
22 November 2018

A determinate sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm was unduly lenient and replaced with a 17-year extended sentence where the offender had attacked a sex worker with a claw hammer having been released on licence from a life sentence for manslaughter. He was a dangerous offender and the judge had been wrong in principle when sentencing to take account of how the Parole Board would approach the offender’s release.

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