Update: Nile Arnall, a solicitor often used by demonstrators, is closing and no longer taking cases

Based on previous experience and/or because they are known to be representing Stokes Croft defendants, the following solicitors are worth checking out if you need one. (Please note that no solicitor firms are formally involved with or employed by BDS, and vice versa.) As well as picking a good one, you should read this excellent advice from LDMG on getting the best out of your solicitor. Remember that it is always possible to change solicitors if you are not being well-represented, even if you are on legal aid…

  1. Sansbury Douglas solicitors, 6 Unity Street, Bristol, BS1 5HH
  2. Aidan Woods & Co solicitors, 348 Stapleton Road, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 0NN Tel: 01179522006 (24hr)
  3. Bindmans solicitors (in London) – will help Stokes Croft defendants. Also have experience of suing cops for wrongful arrest.
    Tel: 0207 833 4433 or main contact is Mike Schwarz at
  4. Kellys solicitors (in Brighton) have been excellent when representing people arrested at protests. 9 St. Georges Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB. Tel: 01273 674898
  5. Paul Stevens & Co Solicitors, 48 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8BH Tel: 01179429308 and main contact is Nicola Smailes
  6. Price & Co solicitors (Stephanie Price) – renowned for suing the cops we hear, but may not take on legal aid cases. Try for ‘no win no fee.’ 16 Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4UD Tel: 01179494144
  7. Bhatt Murphy solicitors (in London) are well known for suing the police too, and often take legal aid cases. 27 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN Tel: 020 7729 1115

We also suggest you check out the solicitors list from Network for Police Monitoring, especially if your case is outside of Bristol –

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