The Court of Appeal commonly cited as “CA”, “EWCA” or “CoA” is the highest court within the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and second in the legal system of England and Wales only to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
The Court of Appeal was created in 1875, and today comprises 39 Lord Justices of Appeal and Lady Justices of Appeal.
The court has two divisions, Criminal and Civil, led by the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls respectively. Criminal appeals are heard in the Criminal Division and civil appeals in the Civil Division. The Criminal Division also hears appeals from the Crown Court, while the Civil Division hears appeals from the County Court, High Court of Justice and Family Court. Permission to appeal is typically required from either the lower court or the Court of Appeal itself; and with permission, further appeal may lie to the Supreme Court.
We have an expert understanding of the appeals process. From appealing a conviction or confiscation order, or simply providing advice, our barristers are equipped with the technical knowledge to ensure the most robust case is always put forward.
We have decades of experience in defending and prosecuting a range of criminal cases, combining straightforward, practical advice with strong advocacy skills.
Our members are experienced at absorbing vast volumes of complex material and can successfully identify the central issues of any case. Members can help answer client questions, draft documents and robustly and tactfully argue a client’s case before the court. Our members are well prepared to handle appeals and prosecutions brought in by a range of prosecution authorities, such as; CPS, SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCS, DWP and the RCPO. These include regulatory cases as well as criminal defence appeals.
Our barristers will assist in making appeals to appellate bodies, including the Crown Court, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court. Although there is no automatic right of appeal against a conviction, we can accept instructions to advise whether sufficient grounds for an appeal exist.