Criminal Family & Children Law Solicitors


Our Crown Court Lawyers


Vickers Chisman Wishlade solicitors are able to represent you in the Magistrates' Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. We offer a high quality service and employ our own experienced Solicitors and Higher Court Advocates.  Duncan McReddie is our in house Barrister.  Alexander Bousfield and Denis Chisman are our Solicitor Advocates. Alex Bousfield joined Vickers Chisman Wishlade solicitors, having left his former practice at Teesside Law (where he was a Director), to take up the advocacy role that used to be provided by the highly respected and greatly missed Peter Wishlade.


Duncan McReddie converted to the Criminal Bar several years ago, but prior to that he was a Partner in Middlesbrough solicitors firm, Freers.


Therefore, both have extensive knowledge of criminal litigation as well as advocacy. 


We can also instruct any independent Barrister or Queen's Counsel required.


Solicitors have been able to conduct Crown Court advocacy since 1994. That work used to be exclusively undertaken by Barristers. Several of our Solicitors have been qualified to the requisite standard for many years and have gained considerable experience and success in this regard, including in the most serious of cases like murders.

Solicitors wear less extravagant gowns than Barristers and do not have to wear a wig (whereas a  Barrister must).  Solicitors are however, able to conduct any Crown Court or Court of Appeal case in exactly the same way as a Barrister.

Our in house Advocates have the advantage of being able to see a case through from the police station, to its conclusion in court. Vickers Chisman Wishlade solicitors support you all the way through the entire Criminal Justice System.

Barristers are regulated by the Bar Council.


Solicitors are regulated by the Law Society and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to conduct litigation. That means Solicitors can act as if they are you when preparing your defence and sign documents on your behalf as your attorney.  Independent Barristers may only act on the instruction of a solicitor; (though some are now qualified to offer direct access).