Leading criminal solicitor who successfully defends clients falsely accused of historic sex abuse

Jim is a rated criminal defence solicitor who has successfully defended clients accused of historic sex abuse allegations; with over 27 years‘ experience of defending those accused of a serious sex crime, when you instruct Jim you are accessing his expertise, skills and determination to give you the best prospects of achieving a successful outcome.

Some of these cases rely on forensic evidence, such as a DNA match and/or incriminating data recovered from a suspect’s computer or other digital devices, but most are built almost exclusively on the recollection of the complainant.  It may be that there is more than one complainant, or that there are witnesses who provide evidence regarding the surrounding circumstances; the weight of numbers may make a case superficially strong, but in practice, and in Jim’s experience, the fact that 1, 2 or even 15 witnesses all say the same thing (or something very similar) does not mean that they are right. Perhaps they are all lying (this does happen), or their recollections have been tainted by a discussion and confabulation. Whatever the reason, provided sufficient time and effort is expended it is possible to expose the truth for what it is.

How you can defend a false allegation of historic sex abuse

If you want to successfully defend yourself against a false historical allegation you need to face some hard truths early on:

  • The police are not your friend; they will automatically treat the complainant as “the victim”, and you the suspect, or, worse, the perpetrator;
  • Complainants lie: if you are unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a false allegation then you obviously already know this; what motivates a complainant to lie is obviously complicated and fact-specific, but rest assured that you are not alone. We know that this happens. Perhaps the complainant is seeking material gain, or using the allegation to cover up other behaviour; the complainant may be motivated by revenge or a need for attention and/or sympathy. The complainant may be mentally disturbed or a pathological liar, or may simply be relabelling consensual sex as rape or assault because of disappointment, shame, and/or regret. Whatever the reason, a forensic analysis of the complainant’s and other witnesses’ evidence will likely expose ambiguities, contradictions and other problematic content, including a ‘thin’ account, narrative contrast, disclosures that are improbable, impossible, nonsensical, behaviour that is counter to reasonable behaviour, language used out of keeping with the rest of the account, or changes in language across the account.
  • Complainants can honestly but mistakenly believe they have been sexually assaulted. False memories may be a result of recovered memory therapy or because of confabulation and/or memory conformity, where the complainant’s memories are distorted and influenced by information reported by others. The fact is that memory errors can occur, and it is entirely possible for a complainant’s memory to be shaped by moulding his/her or another’s actual past experiences to create a fictitious perceived past – the so-called memory illusion.
  • Victims of rape and sexual assault can mistakenly identify their attacker; mistaken identity is a common phenomenon in criminal law and sexual assault victims can and do erroneously identify their attackers; honest witnesses can still be mistaken but the problem is that jurors give very strong credence to eyewitness testimony, particularly where the witness is resolute in believing their identification of the suspect is correct.

It sounds obvious, and it is: to successfully defend any false allegation you need to forensically examine the various witnesses’ accounts and create:

  • A timeline of events;
  • A database of knowledge detail (background information, or “discussable topics” – basically any piece of information that you can probe and investigate).

This is what Jim does, day in, day out.  He has spent 27 years‘ honing his skills and whilst there are various techniques for doing this, to do it right requires time and patience (it takes Jim on average about 7 minutes a page to properly analyse a witness’s evidence).  What you will end up with, or what Jim can provide you, is a tool which will enable you and your legal team to:

  • Identify the information available concerning the police case, the prosecution evidence, the police investigation and the defence case and establish what further information needs to be obtained, from where, in what time frame, and how.  You’ll use this assessment to develop a plan of action and a detailed “wants” list, i.e. specific questions that need answering.
  • Manage your conversations with key individuals so that your requests, questions and responses are guided by a clear plan of action and an agreed.
  • Collect and collate your case information, which will likely be distributed across any number of statements, reports, notes, completed forms, tape recordings, exhibits, transcripts, etc.
  • Evaluate and go “beyond the facts”. Too often those who should know better fail to “pull” all of the case information, or devote sufficient time to extract data that is distributed across the available aggregation of oral or written testimony. Because of this, many fail to detect multiple versions, gaps, mismatches, contradiction and other anomalies. Your analysis must (and what Jim provides will) enable you to:
    • Examine, highlight, identify and understand features, characteristics and attributes of the detail before you, its source, or indeed the entire case, e.g. match/mismatch, the presence and degree of gap, ambiguity, vagueness, contradiction, contrast and variation – in breadth and amount of detail, at one point in time and across a time span;
    • Test the status of specific detail, its source, or the case, e.g. in terms of validity, coherence, plausibility, credibility;
    • Plan further investigation, e.g. to resolve gaps and anomalies in the case, in the evidence or in particular accounts and descriptions.
  • Survey: you must conduct a comprehensive and honest appraisal of your findings and draw conclusions – particularly in terms of the need to revise any given perspective on a particular matter – and identify alternative lines of enquiry or courses of action. You’ll develop case theories and themes, and you must always be alert to the possibility for, and supporting evidence of:
    • Confirmation bias on the part of investigators;
    • The withholding or destruction of evidence by the prosecution;
    • The fabrication of evidence;
    • Prejudice and/or bias;
    • Mistaken identification;
    • An incorrect evaluation of the evidential weight of expert opinion;
    • Contaminated evidence;
    • Faulty forensic tests.

How much will it cost?

Jim charges £350 per hour, plus VAT. You can see how this compares to the guideline figures used by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service when carrying out a summary assessment of court costs.

Note that, even if you win your case, in the crown court you are not able to recover any of your legal costs unless you applied for legal aid and were refused on the means test. Even in those circumstances, the costs you can recover are capped at what your lawyer would have been paid under the legal aid scheme. The position is slightly different in the magistrates’ court or in relation to appeals from the magistrates’ court, where you can recover your legal costs regardless of whether you applied for legal aid or not, but these are capped at legal aid rates (so the amount you recover will in practice be much less than the amount you have spent).

The table below provides a very rough guide of the likely cost of hiring Jim to represent you in a contested case that has reached the court proceedings stage. As a very rough guide, to calculate the number of days divide the total number of witnesses by 3 and round up to the nearest whole number.

If you would like Jim to attend a police station or interview under caution, then he will normally agree a fixed fee of £1,800 inclusive of VAT per attendance.


Graduated table of estimated legal costs, including the advocate's fee and VAT, but excluding all other disbursements
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

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