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Top reasons to choose the PDS

Discover the reasons to make the Public Defender Service the first choice for your criminal defence.

1. We are criminal law specialists

We are quality, experienced legal professionals. We only defend criminal cases. We can represent you from police station to magistrates and crown courts, including appeal hearings.

2. We are an independent and client focused organisation

We consider the evidence objectively and will advise you on your options, so you can decide what’s best for you. We are independent from the police and the prosecution. We are client focused and specialise in criminal defence for those eligible for legal aid.

3. We adopt a proactive and robust approach

We listen, understand your needs and provide tailored advice. We are completely digital so colleagues across the country can pick up work from others to provide a seamless service.

4. We care about you and your defence

We put your needs first and focus on your defence, which is always our priority.

5. Our advocates travel wherever they are instructed

We can be briefed externally by solicitors in private practice for any client qualifying for criminal legal aid. Our advocates are mobile, offer a specialist service and are able to travel to different locations in England and Wales.

6. We are accredited to meet industry standards

All of our criminal defence lawyers, including solicitors, advocates and QCs, are accredited by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulatory Authority.