Private Prosecutions

Our team has many years of experience in bringing a large number of prosecutions for a number of organisations across the public and private sector and have been able to translate this experience to assist clients aiming to bring private prosecutions for a range of offences.

A private prosecution can be brought by any individual or any company with the right expressly reserved in section 6(1) Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

We can  assist you if you are a victim of crime and frequently act in high profile cases where careful reputation management is required.

Where necessary we can also attend inquests, advise on the procedures surrounding criminal prosecutions and make representations to prosecuting authorities if required. 

We can commence investigations and work with specialist former police officers to gather evidence to the correct evidential standards.

Various remedies are available depending upon the circumstances, and may include private prosecutions, Restraining Orders under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; or defamation action.

Frequently it is quicker and cheaper to bring a private prosecution rather than rely on the civil courts. 

Our team personifies Ashfords ability to look at problems in unique ways, drawing on expertise in criminal law, art law, personal injury, family, intellectual property, employment and litigation to ensure that if you are a victim of crime that you are able to have your voice heard and interests protected.

View our Relevant Experience here


  • Reputation Management
  • Private prosecutions
  • Restraining Orders
  • Inquests

Improving disclosure in the criminal justice system

Following recent well publicised disclosure failures by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Police, it is vital to ensure that miscarriages of justice are prevented.

An excellent criminal litigator

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