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Stuart McDonald


Stuart McDonald is a senior solicitor with over 25 years' experience in criminal litigation. Having graduated with Honours from the University of Southampton in 1986, Stuart qualified initially as a barrister through the Inner Temple and was called to the Bar in Easter 1988. He re-qualified as a solicitor and was admitted in July 1991.


He has practised at a number of eminent firms in London gaining a vast breadth of experience.  He joined us in April 2002.


Stuart has specialised in criminal defence work since 1992. Over that period he has been instructed in cases covering the full panoply of criminal litigation, ranging from minor road traffic matters to homicide.  He has been a full member of the Court and Police Station Duty Schemes for over 20 years. He is also a member of the London Criminal Courts' Solicitors Association, a member of the Law Society and the Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum.  


Stuart has also been instructed in cases involving substantial offences of drug-trafficking including one of the leading cases involving hidden assets in confiscation proceedings. Many of the matters in which he has been instructed have attracted local and national press interest. He can also claim to have appeared in the very first case to be heard at the new flagship Westminster Magistrates' Court following its opening on 22 September 2011.


Away from the office, his interests include travel, a wide variety of sports, cinema, theatre and music.

R v JH - Drugs - Croydon Crown Court

Took over conductof substantial class A drug supply conspiracy case following withdrawal of other Solicitors. In three months prepared case fully to acquittal at trial.


R v NW - Bladed article - Snaresbrook Crown Court

Client acquitted in 9 minutes on charge of possession of knife - Police had video recorded the seizure.


R v AT - Offensive weapons - Harrow Crown Court

Client charged with possession of baseball bat and metal bar as offensive weapons.  Acquitted.


R v AR - Excess alcohol - Hertford Magistrates' Court

An unusual case where a disabled person was prosecuted for driving with excess alcohol relating to an electric mobility scooter. Stuart persuaded the Crown Prosecution Service  to drop the charge with reference to Section 20 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1974, a little-known piece of legislation.


R v GB & PB - Murder - Central Criminal Court    

A murder prosecution where it was alleged that the two defendants had murdered their brother in a forerunner of the type of case known nowadays as an 'honour killing'.


R v SH - Administering a noxious substance - Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court

A case involving the alleged use of 'Rohypnol' to drug victims prior to offences of theft. Unusually in this case, the defendant was a female.


R v AH - Fraud and forgery - Manchester Crown Court  

One of the first cases involving the notion of 'identity theft', concerning an attempt to impersonate the owner of a house and sell it without that person's knowledge.


R v HM - Assault Police in execution of duty - Willesden Magistrates' Court

Represented client at summary trial and secured acquittal on 2 charges when incident was captured on body worn video.


R v HL - Conspiracy to Commit Burglary - Kingston Crown Court

Client discharged at the close of the Crown's case.



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