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Legal Aid Excellence

At Hay & Kilner we can provide legal aid advice to anyone accused of committing any criminal offence.

Department head, Mark Harrison, leads our dedicated team of criminal solicitors based at our Wallsend office who provide a first class service to all of our clients. We deal with every type of criminal matter from murders and complex conspiracies through to the prosecution of more minor crimes. We are specialists in handling motoring and driving offences.

If you have been arrested and detained at a police station, it is your legal right to request advice from a legal aid lawyer irrespective of your means and the nature of the offence under investigation. Our dedicated Police Station Department is managed by Lewis Carr. Lewis is available to speak to and to provide representation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 07800 995 885.

For those facing Court proceedings, we can seek legal aid on your behalf to cover the cost of our advice and representation. This comprises a two stage test involving an examination by the Court on the financial means of the accused and the seriousness and complexity of the individual case.

Mark Harrison and Matthew Purves are both Solicitor Advocates who have an excellent track record successfully defending our clients facing criminal charges not only at Police Stations and Magistrate’s Courts, but also at the Crown Court and The Court of Appeal.

For further information, please contact Mark Harrison on 07713 400 372.


  • "Mark Harrison was brilliant from start to finish."

    - Client of Mark Harrison

  • "Exceptionally satisfied with the advice and approachability of Mark Harrison and his supportive staff, who have helped and advised on situations as they arose."

    - Client of Mark Harrison