Mortons Solicitors wish our clients a happy christmas and happy new year. Over the festive period Mortons Solicitors office opens on reduced hours on the following days.

24th December 2014 (Xmas Eve) - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

25th December 2014 (Xmas Day) - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout only)

26th December 2014 (Boxing Day) - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout only)

27th December 2014 - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout only)

28th December 2014 - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout only)

29th December 2014 - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

30th December 2014 - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

31st December 2014 (New Years Eve) - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

1st January 2015 (New Years Day) - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

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Mortons Solicitors are proud to announce the arrival of Steven McHugh who joins from another niche criminal defence practice.  Steven is a heavyweight in the criminal defence arena having defended clients for over 30 years at Police Station, Magistrates & Crown Courts.  He joins our busier than ever serious crime & crown court department and will be dealing with the fullest range of criminal & motoring offences.  Steven has already been added to the team photo and have added Stevens profile bio.

From day one Steven hits the ground running with possession of indecent images & serious assaults cases. But over the coming weeks and months will be defending clients for all criminal offences including but not limited to; complex fraud, serious drug offences, robberymotoring appeals, dangerous driving etc.  Steven may also be seen providing police station representation as he is a police station duty solicitor and magistrates court duty solicitor.

Mortons Solicitors are delighted to hear the news of the successful judicial review of the Government plans for cutting criminal legal aid by £220 million.  At the High Court Mr Justice Burnett ruled that the Ministry of Justice consultation process was "so unfair as to amount to illegality".

This marks a significant setback for Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and the 17.5% cuts in fees and proposals to limit the numbers of duty criminal solicitors firms.

The decision of the MOJ not to divulge the contents of the reports prepared by Otterburn and KPMG accountants prevented the thousands of people responding to the consultation from necessary information.

The MoJ said another challenge to cuts in the levels of fees had been unsuccessful. The department will consider the judgment to see whether it is obliged to rerun the consultation process.

Whilst the MOJ decides its next steps, firms such as Mortons Solicitors will continue to provide professional criminal defence representation at Police StationsMagistrates' Youth & Crown Courts.

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Only days after the CLSA & LCCSA succeeded with the Judicial Review of the Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Duty Contracts Consultation, the MOJ respond with another consultation

Regrettably and yet again the consultation appears flawed.  Firstly in that is will only run for two weeks between 24 Sep 2014 to 15 Oct 2014, and secondly they try to limit the consultation to two KPMG and Otterburn reports that were unlawfully and illegally withheld by the MOJ during the previous consultation.

The time frame will not give the CLSA, LCCSA or interested party sufficient time to instruct their own expert.

It is now essential that all stakeholders, solicitors, barristers, clients, etc all respond to the latest consultation before 15th October 2014 at the latest.



The Sentencing Council has published the definitive guideline on sexual offences on 12 December 2013 with the guideline will come into effect on 1 April 2014.

The guidelines covers 54 sexual offences ranging from rape to indecent images of children, exposure and voyeurism.

The guidelines outlines for consideration harm and culpability factors to be determined by the courts when sentencing these cases.

Mortons Solicitors specialise in representation for these types of offences across North West England. You may need specialist and expert advice now! Morton’s solicitors can advise you and provide expert representation. Call us now for immediate specialist legal advice.  We leave no stone underturned in defending our clients against sexual allegations.  With not only reputations but also a persons liberty may be at stake! You should not face an investigation or prosecution for an offence of this type without legal representation.

We have the expertise to defend all sexual offences and will instruct specialist barristers to defend you and your reputation.  We have had considerable successes in defending both historic and recent abuse allegations, indecent images cases where images run from a handful to half a million images.  Our achievements also extend to mitigating on clients behalf and have persuaded the court to impose community orders/suspended sentences rather than custodial prison sentences.

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