Criminal Defence Specialist, based in York we provide 24hr police station cover and provide expert representation in all criminal courts. Additionally, we are experts in fraud, motoring, Courts-Martial and prison law.

Serviced Areas

  • National

Contact Details

  City York
  Postcode YO10 3EB
  Address 148 Lawrence Street
  Phone Number 019 0443 1421

Products & Services

General Crime and Police Station Advice

Criminal Investigations

Whether asked to attend the police station voluntarily or if arrested, ask for Howard & Byrne.

Our role at the police station is to ensure you understand what is happening to you and fully appreciate what all your options are. This will allow you to make informed decisions.

We can negotiate with prosecuting authorities on your behalf to avoid a prosecution, or give you advice on how to pro-actively prepare a defence from the outset.

Criminal Proceedings

As specialist criminal defence advocates we will be your voice in court - making sure you are heard.

Whether it is a guilty plea or advice on your defence, everyone benefits from professional representation.

Our specialist team, will examine the case against you. We will provide you with easy to understand advice and prepare your case for court.

We offer both public and privately funded criminal defence services.

Civil Orders

The Police and the National Crime Agency can seek stand alone Civil Orders without bringing criminal charges. These can be very intrusive or prohibitive.

We can advise and represent you in opposing these orders. We can also seek to vary or remove these and other ancilliary orders which can be made on conviction.

These orders include:

Sexual Harm Prevention Orders
Sexual Risk Orders
Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Criminal Behaviour Orders
Serious Crime Prevention Orders

  • I would recommend this business

Caroline Arron, absolutly amazing after our 3rd attempet she got me released. I cant say enough and no superlative can do her justice. Thank you for all your hard work !!!!

Value for money
Service & support
Overall ratingExcellent

Customer Testimonials

Was recommended a solicitor Mr. James McGowan and he was great. Professional, dutiful and a very good representative to have/liase with. Would definately further recommended this man!

Social Activity

Huge congrats to Yvonne
Twitter   Full Post ›
@minsterfm #LocalHeroAwards Best Boss - what a privilege to sponsor this award - well done Yvonne!!
Twitter   Full Post ›
Looking forward to joining @minsterfm tonight in celebrating North Yorkshires heroes at #LocalHeroAwards - and rai
Twitter   Full Post ›
@ExchangeC Congratulations Alex!
Twitter   Full Post ›
Thanks @minsterfm - Happy Christmas to you too!
Twitter   Full Post ›
York firm named best criminal law firm in region
Twitter   Full Post ›
Having already won the @Yorkshire_Legal Criminal Law award, we have now been told we have been shortlisted for the
Twitter   Full Post ›
Today, weve been delighted to be helping @TheLawSociety, filming to promote #Lexcel
Twitter   Full Post ›

From Our Website

We won 2 awards. Big thanks to the Yorkshire Legal Awards, and we are celebrating being acknowledged as Law Firm of the Year, and Criminal Law Firm of the Year, 2021. You can see the awards ceremony for the Criminal Law Firm here, and for Small Law firm of the Year here. Once again, we have been appointed as aTop Tier firm in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2019 Legal 500 Regional Crime and Fraud Law Firm of the Year. The Legal 500 awards are highly regarded, national, awards, presented by the leading Legal Directory.

It is important that you receive advice as soon as you are aware of any potential prosecution. Even if you are intending to admit the driving offence as we can often help to make sure the offences are correct and to mitigate or reduce the penalty, for example helping you to keep your driving licence. If you receive 12 or more points on your driving licence the court will normally disqualify you for a minimum of 6 months but in some cases we can present to the court the hardship this will cause to avoid you being disqualified.

We have experience in representing defendants facing Category 1 and Category 2 extradition. As well as opposing European Arrest Warrants, we have also successfully defeated attempts to extradite clients to Russia and to the USA. Our success lies in our ability to act quickly and to take the initiative in these proceedings. Our experience of negotiating with foreign law enforcement agencies also stands us in good stead when it comes to resolving cross-jurisdictional issues. We have acted for clients across Europe, the US, Russia and the Middle East, as well as on military bases in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Afghanistan.

From the historic heart of North Yorkshire, Howard and Byrne has been providing an unparalleled level of service to individuals and companies, since 1999. Specialising in all aspects of criminal defence, Howard and Byrne's dedicated team is straight talking and approachable, with a proven track record in delivering personalised, high quality advice and representation. Our client-centred approach enables Howard and Byrne to respond to your legal needs wherever and whenever they present themselves.

At Howard & Byrne we have extensive experience and are recognised nationally for our appeal work. In 2018, we were asked by Justice to work together with themselves, King & Spalding, and the Court of Appeal to bring up to date their booklet, How to Appeal. This is distributed, free of charge, to all serving prisoners in England & Wales, and you can download the booklet here.

Fraud, white collar crime, corruption and bribery allegations require specialist advice. We are recognised both national and internationally in this field, appearing in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We are also members of the Exchange Chambers' Fraud Forum. We can also assist individuals and corporations, in this country and abroad, who are being investigated under the Bribery Act or similar multi-jurisdictional legislation including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (FCPA). We have experience of dealing with prosecuting authorities and investigative agencies both in the UK and abroad.

Whether you are under investigation for an offence or you have been charged and are facing Court Martial, our Military Law team is on hand to provide you with specialist legal advice. All service personnel are entitled to free and independent legal advice whilst at the police station or for interviews with Military Police. Our team regularly represents members of all three armed forces, commissioned and otherwise, at police interviews at civilian and military stations in the UK and abroad. If your matter proceeds beyond the police station and you are informed you are facing criminal proceedings then we have extensive experience at appearing before Courts Martial.

Over recent years there has been a proliferation of Prosecuting Authorities, each with its own areas of responsibility and concern. For individuals and for businesses it can be increasingly difficult to ensure that you are abreast of the regulations which affect you. Regulatory investigations and prosecutions are increasingly common. Howard & Byrne are experts in negotiating with agencies to seek to avoid prosecution and at helping you or your business in mounting a defence. We work together with specialist counsel such as the regulatory team at Exchange Chambers to provide you the highest quality advice.