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Grievous Bodily Harm Solicitors - GBH Lawyers

Top Rated criminal solicitors and barristers at representing clients facing investigation or prosecution for Wounding/Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with Intent, a Section 18 Assault

The offence of causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is contained within Section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. This is the most serious form of assault and occurs when a person intended to cause very serious harm or wounding to the victim.

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Private Criminal Defence Solicitors

Our Specialist Private Client Criminal Defence team of highly experienced and qualified Solicitors and Barristers are available to advise and represent you on a Fixed Fee if you are facing an investigation or prosecution for a GBH or Section 18 Assault.

We are frequently appointed to represent and defend regulated professionals, business owners, public figures and high-net worth individuals that find themselves charged or being investigated for a criminal allegation. If you or a family member is due to appear at the Police Station, Magistrates’ or Crown Court, contact our Top Rated Criminal Defence Lawyers on 0345 222 9955 or complete our Contact Form at the bottom of this page. A member of our team will contact you to explain how we can assist in defending your reputation and safeguarding your liberty.

Our clients choose us because we offer a comprehensive privately funded service that goes miles beyond what one could expect from a legal aid or low-end, quick turnaround law firm. The attention to detail and professionalism of our lawyers gives our clients the best chance possible of avoiding prosecution and to maximise their chances of being found not guilty at trial.

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Our law firm is ranked amongst the top tier of law firms in the United Kingdom with a Band A ranking in the category of Crime (which includes Driving Offence), the highest ranking that can achieved in the Chambers Guide.

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The Legal 500 guide describes Kang & Co Solicitors as being “well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.”

Wounding / GBH with Intent

This offence is committed when a person unlawfully and maliciously, with intent to do “serious harm” or with the intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detain of any other person, either wounds another person or causes them “serious harm”.

Elements of Wounding / Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent:

  • The act: The unlawful application of force causing the breaking of skin or application of “serious harm” to another.
  • The intent: When the accused causes the wound or applies force they must intend to cause “serious harm” or resist or prevent the lawful detainment of any person.

What is GBH?

GBH is the deliberate causing of serious injury to another person. If the skin is broken as part of the injuries sustained to the victim, then unlawful wounding could also be considered to have taken place. Whether the injuries sustained by the victim are ‘serious’ will depend upon the individual circumstances of each case. If the injuries are not considered to fall within the definition of ‘Grievous Bodily Harm’ then a suspect could face a charge for a less serious offence know as ‘Actual Bodily Harm’ (ABH).


Why Instruct Kang & Co Criminal Defence Solicitors?

Clients choose us to represent them for their criminal law case because of our excellent track record and understanding approach towards each case. We understand and appreciate the impact of a conviction on your professional and personal life.

We have an outstanding reputation in the industry and regularly receive positive feedback from our clients. Regardless of how serious or minor the offence, our team of skilled criminal law solicitors are well trained, and highly motivated to protect your rights. If you instruct us to defend your case, we will explain everything to you about your prosecution and will discuss your bespoke defence strategy with you in detail and will advise you on all the possible outcomes.


 Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;

£2,000 + VAT

The Difference Between Section 20 & Section 18

The difference between this offence and a Section 20 assault is that in a Section 18 assault, the offender must have intended to cause serious bodily harm to the victim whereas a in a Section 20  the intention is to cause a wound or apply “some harm” or they should have foreseen their conduct is likely to result in the causing of “some harm”. The difference between the two offences is the intention element.

Sentence for Section 18 GBH

As this is a very serious assault therefore, the offence is classed as ‘indictable only’ which means that the case can only be heard in the Crown Court. The First Court Hearing will take place in the Magistrates’ Court thereafter, the case will be transferred to the Crown Court.

As this offence relates to serious injury being caused to another person, with the intention to cause serious injury the Crown Court has the power to impose a custodial sentence (prison sentence) of life imprisonment. If you have been charged with this offence, you should seek and appoint expert legal representation as soon as possible.

Paying Privately for Legal Representation

We have been covering only private client criminal cases for many years and the benefits to our clients are clear. Our clients receive a much higher level of legal expertise and attention, because they are funding their cases privately. This enables us to dedicate more time in preparing the case, compared with firms that may also offer legal aid. Legal aid lawyers (Duty Solicitors) are often over-worked and are covering more cases than they should, as the nature of their work is not profitable, and this can result in your case not receiving the time and attention it deserves.

Our private client solicitors are specialists in their field, have significant experience and will have dealt with other cases like yours in the past. Understanding the best strategies to help you achieve a not guilty verdict.

In addition to having our own in-house barristers and advocates, we also have strong working relationships with very senior members of the Bar (including QC’s) and other leading legal experts in their field who can form part of your legal defence team.

How to Get Section 18 Reduced to a Section 20

If there is evidence to show that you did not intend to cause serious harm during the assault, the prosecution, in certain circumstances may change the charge to one of Section 20, rather than Section 18 assault which has a substantial difference in terms of sentence. If you choose to appoint our lawyers, as part of your case plan and preparation we shall consider whether this is a viable option.

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“Manjinder Kang is a unique lawyer, in that his approach is to be 100% honest with you. Manjinder guides advices and navigates around all the technical legal speak to make understanding your case easier. I would and have recommended him to all my contacts and associates.” Mr Singh

“Very good lawyers, charged me a reasonable fee, provided me with a meeting with one of their lawyers at their offices where I explained the background to them. They explained the law in simple terms and represented me in Court where they were able to get the result we were aiming for. A very professional and straight-talking company that does what they say they will do. I would certainly recommend using this company for legal issues.”James

“First class experience helped with all queries leading up to court and the barrister was very professional and reassuring on the day. Would definitely recommend” Mr Bains

“I had a great experience with Kang & Co Solicitors. Carla assisted me with a legal matter, and I was very pleased with her services. I would highly recommend using this firm.”Jasmine

How Can Kang and Co Help?

We are a specialist private funded law firm and do not offer Legal Aid.  Our clients are usually unfamiliar with the Criminal Justice System and require skilled legal advice and an understanding approach with robust Court advocacy.

If you appoint us to represent you for the offence of GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) you will benefit from a dedicated specialist Solicitor or Barrister and will experience first-hand why we are a top tier  Criminal Defence Law Firm.

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Birmingham Head Office

1 Victoria Square
B1 1BD

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5 Chancery Lane

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An Excellent Service, Mr. Kang is a highly sought solicitor. Very knowledgeable about the subject to hand and extremely confident with the advice given to me at the time of a stressful situation.

I would recommend Kang and Co Solicitors above any other company I’ve spoken too.

Above all I got the outcome I desired based upon Mr. Kang expertise.​

Miss. P


Very clearly explained the process, took his time over getting a very clear and accurate history of events and mitigation. Barrister on the day was well prepared, went over key mitigation and presented it well in court, an excellent advocate. Barrister clearly explained possible outcomes and most realistic outcome.

Excellent service from initial contact to finishing the court case. Would recommend to anyone.

Robert Morris

Kang & Co Solicitors is a truly specialist high-end law firm providing legal advice and representation for all matters involving Criminal Law, Driving Offences, Transport Law, Pace Interviews, Regulatory Law and Licensing Law.

Our head office is located at 1 Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre and we offer our services throughout England and Wales on a private fee-paying basis. We also have an office at 5 Chancery Lane in London and another office in central Milton Keynes. We are frequently instructed by individuals and businesses nationwide.

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Birmingham Office

1 Victoria Square
West Midlands
B1 1BD

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London Office

5 Chancery Lane

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Milton Keynes Office

The Pinnacle
Midsummer Boulevard
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BP

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
09:00 – 17:00
Weekends/Bank Holidays

Meetings at our offices are by Appointment Only

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