We accept instructions in all criminal cases in Scotland, from the most minor road traffic matter to the most serious High Court case. Examples of crimes which we have considerable experience defending include:
Theft, Fraud & Robbery
Road Traffic Offences
Public Order Offences
Rape & Other Sexual Offences
Parole Board Hearings
We provide a specially tailored Edinburgh Agency Service for Appeal Court work to ensure that Appeals are properly prepared and that procedures and time limits are observed. We are happy to take the stress out of Appeal Court cases for our instructing agents and our solicitor-advocates are available to conduct cases.
We have 2 Solicitor-Advocates with rights of audience in the High Court of Justiciary and The Supreme Court. Both Brian Gilfedder and Leanne McQuillan are available for instructions in the High Court including all categories of Appeal.
All of our solicitors are registered with the Scottish Legal Aid Board to provide criminal legal assistance. Our initial consultation with new clients is always free. If you think you might be eligible for Legal Aid, please mention this when you initially get in touch and we will advise the information you will be required to provide at the first meeting.
Criminal Legal Aid is primarily means tested.
Generally, to be financially eligible for Legal Aid, you are required to have disposable income and disposable capital below certain amounts, these figures are reviewed annually. For more information, visit the Scottish Legal Aid Board website.
At Gilfedder & McInnes, we pride ourselves on being clear and upfront. We only charge privately in cases where the Legal Aid route is not available or has already been exhausted.
Our fees are competitive, set on a case by case basis and will be agreed with clients prior to any chargeable work being undertaken.