North East law firm Hay & Kilner’s specialist Crime Team has been officially named as the best in the business.

The Newcastle-headquartered firm was chosen as the winner of the Crime category in the 2019 Northern Law Awards, the fourth time the team has received this high recognition in the last five years.

The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Hotel, where individuals and teams from Hay & Kilner were recognised in 11 separate awards categories this year.

Designed to celebrate the success of all those practising and working in the legal industry in the North of England, The Northern Law Awards are decided by a hugely experienced panel of judges.

Hay & Kilner’s Crime Team was chosen by The Northern Law Awards because: ”Their expanding team of dedicated advocates demonstrated exceptional client retention and growth, placing client care at the forefront of the service they provide. The Team excel in all aspects of Criminal Litigation, uniquely providing expertise and representation from Police Station to the Court of Appeal and beyond. The Team also specialise in many forms of Regulatory work and, where appropriate, provide services to litigants on a pro bono basis.”

Mark Harrison, Partner & Head of the Crime Team at Hay & Kilner, says: “As a team, we’re extremely honoured to have once again received this recognition.

“We strive to improve our high standards every year and we’re proud to see that effort for our clients recognised with this award.”

Hay & Kilner’s Crime Team is a top tier team in independently researched guide to the legal profession, The Legal 500. The team advise clients on all areas of criminal law including white collar crime, fraud and dishonesty, road traffic, murder, homicide, sexual offences and proceeds of crime.

Jonathan Waters, managing partner at Hay & Kilner Law Firm, adds: “We’re very proud that our Crime Team has won this coveted award for a fourth time.

“To be short-listed in so many different categories on the night is hugely positive and everyone at Hay & Kilner feels honoured by this recognition of our consistency and strength-in-depth across all disciplines.”

Established in 1946, Hay & Kilner is one of North East England’s leading independent law firms and provides a full range of legal services to businesses and individuals from both within and outside the region.

It is named as a ‘regional heavyweight’ by the Legal 500, with its services recommended in 19 different practice areas.