Criminal Justice - A 24 Hour Service; 01429 242402

Our specialist team is on standby, offering our services when and where they are needed most. With one of the largest Criminal Justice Departments in the North East, Smith & Graham guarantees Police Station, Magistrates' Court and Crown Court representation 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.

The members of our department are committed to providing a comprehensive and professional service and routinely travel throughout a wide geographical area to assist clients. We represent clients on private prosecutions and prosecutions brought under Health & Safety and Trading Standards legislation. Our dedicated department prides itself on its reputation for high standards of advocacy.

The department has expertise in and has recently handled cases of the upmost complexity involving white-collar fraud and corporate manslaughter - which is a new and particularly difficult area of criminal law. We have access to and use some of the most highly regarded barristers' chambers in the country; including leading London chambers and provincial chambers.


Martin Scarborough

Martin was born and raised in Carlisle and graduated from Leeds University.

Martin joined Smith and Graham in 1997 and was invited into Partnership in 2003. Martin became Senior Partner at the firm in April 2016. Martin specialises in all aspects of Criminal Justice, he is a member of the Duty Solicitor panel and has extensive experience in the Magistrates Court. Martin obtained his Higher Rights of Advocacy in 2011 and now practices almost daily in the Crown Courts of the North East of England. He has undertaken numerous trials including cases of Conspiracy to Supply Drugs, Serious Violence, Public Disorder and Dishonesty, and has appeared on a number of occasions at the Royal Courts of Justice in London where he has successfully appealed sentences imposed by the Crown Court.

Martin is twice past chairman of Hartlepool Round Table and is an avid Carlisle United fan with a keen interest in all sports, particularly football and golf.


Dave Smith

Dave was born and raised in Hartlepool and graduated from Durham University in 2002 before going on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York a year later.

During his training contract with Smith & Graham, he showed an aptitude to Criminal Law and remained with the firm's Criminal Justice Team following qualification in 2006. Dave was invited to join the Partnership in 2017.

Dave specialises in Magistrates' Court advocacy, he is an accredited police station representative and a qualified duty solicitor. Dave prides himself on being an effective trial advocate and strives to maintain a proactive role at all times both at court and in the police station. Dave also have particular expertise in dealing with applications made under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Outside of work, Dave enjoys spending time with his children, he has a keen interest in ska music and is an avid fan of Manchester City Football Club. 


Ciara Smith

Born and raised in North Yorkshire, Ciara has worked in many solicitors’ firms throughout the North East and North Yorkshire whilst studying part time for a Law Degree.

Ciara graduated with an Honours Degree in Law from Teesside University in 2011. She then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in York gaining a Commendation in 2013.

Ciara joined Smith and Graham in 2015 and began her Training Contract the same year, taking up her first seat in the Crown Court Department, preparing cases for trial and assisting Counsel at hearings in Court. Ciara is also an Accredited Police Station Representative, providing advice and assistance to people who are being questioned under caution at the police station. Ciara qualified as a Solicitor in 2017.



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