Murder, Manslaughter and Grave Crimes

No offences are more distressing or serious than murder or manslaughter – and the graver the crime, the more vital it is that you have the most experienced, talented and determined criminal defence lawyers on your side.

We have decades of experience between us here at Walker Lahive, and we’ve devoted our professional lives to defending people on every sort of criminal charge imaginable.

Whatever you’re accused of, or whatever you may have done, we’ll be in your corner, fighting for you. We’ll defend you with all our skill and all our professional expertise – and we’ll help you find the most accomplished and effective barrister or Queen’s Counsel to put your case across as convincingly as possible at the Crown Court and the best forensic experts and health consultants if necessary.

We have experience in cases involving:   murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, infanticide including ‘shaken baby syndrome,’ arson with intent to endanger life, causing death by dangerous driving and threats to kill.

Our lawyers insight

“The strength and quality of your defence, and the presentation of your side of the case, could make the difference between you spending years of your life in prison, or walking free from the court to be with your loved ones and resume your life. Being on trial for murder or manslaughter can be intensely traumatic for anyone, but you can count on us to support you every step of the way, explain what's happening, and ensure your rights are respected by everyone involved. Our reputation as the go-to law firm for criminal defence has been won over 30 years by doing our utmost for thousands of people who have come to us for help.”

WIlliam Lahive - BA (hons) Law - Director

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WIlliam Lahive - BA (hons) Law - Director

Murder & UK Law

Murder is an offence under the common law of England and Wales. It is considered the most serious form of homicide, in which one person kills another with the intention to unlawfully cause either death or serious injury. The person charged with murder must be tried at a Crown Court before a judge and jury. After one appearance before a Magistrates Court, the case will be sent directly to the Crown Court.

Murder carries a mandatory life sentence for an adult.


There are several reasons that a charge of manslaughter is made out. For example, a person can cause the death of another because:

  • They have a recognised mental illness;
  • They had a loss of self-control – sometimes this occurs when a person has been living with domestic violence and causes the death of their abuser;
  • The survivor of a suicide pact took part in the death of the other party;
  • They were grossly negligent in the care of another person that they were responsible for looking after and that person died as a result.

This is a distressing situation and will require expert legal advice.

Over 80 Years Combined Experience

Our lawyers are criminal defence specialists who’ve honed their skills in untold police stations, courts, tribunals, courts martial, hearings and investigations – decades of dedication and experience that we put to work every day on your behalf.
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Ranked #1 By Chambers In The South West

Walker Lahive is ranked number 1 in Chambers for Criminal Defence Solicitors in the South West of England.
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