Gareth Hawden Solicitor and Higher Courts Advocate Farleys SolicitorsLaw firm Farleys Solicitors has added another specialism to its Serious Crime team with the recruitment of solicitor Gareth Hawden, who brings over 10 years of firearms law experience to complement the team’s existing expertise across complex, specialist and serious criminal defence.

Representing clients across the country, Gareth advises a wide range of businesses, organisations and individual certificate holders in relation to firearms legal and regulatory issues, including ownership, use and licensing.

He has a proven track record in licensing appeals, in addition to representing those involved in firearms offences, and is an experienced advocate in the Magistrates, Crown, and Coroner’s Courts.

Ranked as a ‘top tier’ criminal defence firm for over 17 years by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 Guides to the Profession, Farleys’ Serious Crime team acts for clients across the country in a wide range of serious and complex cases brought by various prosecuting authorities, including the NCA, SOCA, and Regional Organised Crime Units.

Gareth commented:

I am delighted to have joined Farleys and such a reputable team. Firearms law and licensing is complex and brings severe sanctions for those who do not comply or understand the complexities. Taking early advice is always crucial in any firearms situation to ensure you are effectively and strongly represented.

Paul Schofield, Partner and Head of Department commented:

“Gareth has a wealth of experience and a proven track record for delivering first class advice and representation to clients. We are delighted to welcome him to our team here at Farleys as we continue to maintain our position and reputation at the forefront of serious and complex defence cases.”