Our work

We are experienced police station lawyers with a proven track record of bringing cases to an end before charge.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our preparation when clients are facing court proceedings.

People who have been convicted - or their family members – often contact us to pursue Appeals against conviction.   

We believe in rights and we believe in change which is why we do outreach and project work alongside our defence case work.

We measure our successes not in profit and shares but in the impact of our work on our clients, on the people and organisations we partner and the communities we engage with.


We want to be at the forefront of using new technology and developing new ways of thinking about the justice system.

How we get paid

We get legal aid for police station cases, for magistrate’s court cases, for cases at the Crown Court and in the Court of Appeal.

We take on private clients. Most working people, even those on a low wage, may not be eligible for legal aid for criminal defence in the magistrate’s court. We offer fixed fees for many cases.


We attract grant funding for our project work; training and outreach on criminal justice issues.

Commons is the trading name of Commons Law Community Interest Company, a co-operative, not-for-profit, limited liability company incorporated in England and Wales registration number 10383728. Commons is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, number 634632. A copy of the SRA's rules can be found at https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page

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