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Criminal Defence

Haldanes is the best-known criminal firm in Hong Kong and has specialized in criminal law for over 40 years. We have a team of criminal defence lawyers with vast collective experience. We have been voted by our peers as the Criminal Law Firm of the Year for 17 consecutive years since 2000.  We have a large Criminal Defence Department and are the only firm in Hong Kong with two solicitor advocates i.e. solicitors with rights of audience to appear in High Court jury trials and all levels of appellate courts. We have a 24-hour telephone answering service to ensure that clients' needs are met.


We have a wealth of experience in dealing with the Hong Kong Police Force, the Independent Commission Against Corruption ("ICAC"), the Commercial Crime Bureau ("CCB"), the Immigration Department, the Inland Revenue Department, the Customs and Excise Department, the Office of Communications Authority, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and many other government bodies.


Haldanes has been involved in many high profile criminal cases, setting new legal precedents and developing a strong reputation in the field. We are familiar with criminal defence from the Magistrates' Courts up to the Court of Final Appeal. We are able to respond quickly to clients' needs from the moment of arrest, with representation at a police station or place of detention, until the conclusion of the trial or appeal. Our ability to respond immediately and effectively to clients' needs is a cornerstone of our firm's criminal practice.


Whilst we often conduct our own advocacy, we are also experienced in choosing the right Counsel when necessary. We have significant international experience, and have been involved in many extradition and mutual legal assistance cases, obtaining commission evidence from overseas, as well as attending on clients overseas to give advice on Hong Kong law.


The criminal defence lawyers of Haldanes maintain a good working knowledge of the criminal courts as well as a familiarity with the methods used by law enforcement agencies. We are able to work closely with the relevant authorities and private investigators in order to achieve this aim. Our partners are also engaged in giving seminars on various aspects of criminal law to professional bodies and companies in Hong Kong.


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