Here you’ll find links to solicitors who are experienced at dealing with cases surrounding police and protest.
You are entitled to free legal advice inside a police station, and can ask for one of the criminal solicitors below who will either attend in person or give advice over the phone, free of charge. You do not need to accept the duty solicitor, who may be less experienced with protest.
We use the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) solicitor list to provide comprehensive cover across the UK, based on the pooled experience of many activists over many years. Each solicitor is graded by an experienced panel.
Green and Black Cross is not a solicitor firm. Our legal support work is carried out independently, and we do not accept any financial support from any solicitor firm.
Choosing the right solicitor
There are a few types of solicitor, take a read to help you decide which type you’ll need. If you’re still unsure of which solicitor you might need, and your situation is related to protest, give us a ring.
Criminal solicitors help when you’ve been arrested. They can attend interviews at police stations, challenge bail conditions and represent you in court. Advice from solicitors is free at the point of arrest and in the police station, but you might have to pay for representation at trial if you’re not eligible for legal aid.
Civil Solicitors help you take a case against the police or another body for wrongdoing. You may have to pay if you’re not eligible for legal aid.
Public Solicitors help you challenge the lawfulness of legislation or policies.
Prison solicitors provide legal representation to people in prison.