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General Crime

Monday, Jul-22, 2024

General Crime

Few things in life can be as traumatic as finding yourself on the wrong side of the Criminal Law. Whoever you are and however it happens, you need support and expert assistance at that time more than any other.

McCormicks has from its very beginning offered a legendary quality of advocacy and advice in connection with all Criminal Law matters. The firm is contracted to the Legal Aid Agency to carry out publicly funded work at all stages throughout the criminal process. Free legal advice is available around to clock to anyone facing an interview under caution, whether at the police station or elsewhere. Having legal representation at this early stage can significantly impact upon whether a prosecution is eventually commenced in Court.

From the outset of a case, the firm will advise a client as to his or her eligibility for legal aid and other potential ways of funding the case. In relation to motoring cases, for example, funding may be covered by legal expenses on an insurance motor policy.


The team has a wealth of experience in all areas of General Crime including:

  • All Road Traffic matters including Speeding Offences, Drink Driving Offences and Penalty Point Disqualifications
  • Interviews Under Caution held at the Police Station, Trading Standards Offices, Council Offices, within the Armed Forces or elsewhere
  • Prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court
  • Fraud Prosecutions conducted by the Serious Fraud Office, the Special Compliance Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department of Work & Pensions and the Crown Prosecution Service Special Case Work Directorate
  • Investigations and Prosecutions conducted by HM Revenue & Customs and the Department of Trade and Industry
  • Civil Tax Investigations and Tribunals
  • Regulatory Investigations and Prosecutions conducted by Trading Standards, the Financial Services Authority, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive
  • Directors’ Responsibilities and Disqualification matters
  • Professional Disciplinary Matters including for example, Disciplinary Hearings before the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and The Solicitors Regulatory Authority
  • Internal Corporate Fraud Investigations.

McCormicks was in the first group of firms admitted to the Specialist Fraud Panel appointed by the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Agency) and successfully retained its appointment throughout the period of the Panel's existence. McCormicks has also been a member of the VHCC Panel of the Legal Aid Agency since its inception. McCormicks, therefore, has the experience, knowledge and expertise to carry out all types of Corporate Crime, Fraud and Risk work. McCormicks also boasts 2 solicitors holding the Higher Courts Qualification namely Peter Minnikin and Peter McCormick.

This firm has been involved in some of the region’s most significant criminal cases.” Chambers UK

This Harrogate-based operation acts on allegations of fraud as well as regulatory matters such as trading standards investigations, prosecutions for the HSE and investigations and prosecutions by HM Revenue & Customs and the DTI.” Chambers UK

With more than its fair share of ranked individuals, this firm is best known for the quality of its white collar work.” Chambers UK

"This firm has been involved in some of the region's most significant criminal cases. It recently acted in a highly publicised kidnapping case involving a well-known Yorkshire Barrister. It also has expertise in white-collar crime and fraud matters, and its lawyers "guide clients and follow cases through from A to Z."" Chambers UK

“The firm is a member of the Very High Cost Cases Panel and is instructed on general crime and fraud cases. Senior associate Sara Morgan is also of note and is instructed on professional regulatory work. Recent highlights for the team include defending individuals in cases involving sexual assault and historical sexual abuse, gangland shootings, drug conspiracy, and gross negligence manslaughter. Peter Minnikin was promoted to the partnership in August 2016 and is instructed on a range of general crime matters, including drug, violence and sexual offence cases, as well as a range of regulatory work.” - Legal 500

"Peter Minnikin is the hardest working and most efficient criminal defence solicitor you could hope to meet, which is rare these days. He always does his absolute best for his clients, whilst giving them entirely realistic advice. He is streets ahead of other criminal solicitors. He always turns up to Court to support his clients through the process and ensures that they understand everything that is going on and what to expect. He is the solicitor I would want to instruct if I ever got into trouble with the Police." - Barrister at St Pauls Chambers