Murder and Manslaughter Criminal Defence Solicitors

Our Manslaughter & Murder Solicitors offer legal assistance and representation to individuals accused of causing the death of another person.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime like this, you will need an experienced legal team on your side as soon as possible.

Allegations of this nature are extremely serious, often leading to lengthy punishments such as life imprisonment.


Draycott Browne has successfully represented clients in manslaughter and murder cases since 1998, so you can rest assured that you have an experienced legal team supporting you throughout your case.

We will treat you fairly during this time, working with you to receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Our manslaughter & murder solicitors will assist you from the police station to the courtroom, ensuring you receive expert advice every step of the way and providing the best possible defence.

To receive first-rate advice and representation from our serious crime experts, call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

murder and manslaughter classifications

Manslaughter and murder charges are broken down into three distinct charges, each of which require different defences. These are:


For a crime to be classed as voluntary manslaughter, the defendant must successfully prove one of the following defences.

  • Diminished responsibility - if the defendant was suffering from an ‘abnormality of mind’ during the incident, the case will be classed as voluntary manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
  • Provocation - this means that the killing was the result of a temporary loss of control or a fit of rage. The defendant can also claim they killed through self-defence or were provoked by words or actions. If a ‘reasonable person’ would have acted in the same way, the defence of provocation will be used.
  • Suicide pact - if one party of a joint suicide pact survived and the other(s) didn’t, the surviving person will have taken part in the death of another person but will be charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Cases of voluntary manslaughter will be dealt with in the Crown Court and convicted persons can face a sentence ranging from stiff criminal fines to 10 years' imprisonment.


Manslaughter is considered involuntary when a person kills but did not have the intention to murder or cause GBH. Involuntary manslaughter typically falls under two categories:

  • The death was caused by gross negligence e.g. a medical professional provided care that was considered below an acceptable standard, resulting in a patient's death.
  • The death was a result of an unlawful or dangerous act e.g. a driver killed a crossing pedestrian due to unlawful speeding.

Involuntary manslaughter cases vary widely, therefore the sentence for this crime is dependent upon the circumstances of the death. Sentences will be arranged in the Crown Court and can range from heavy fines to life imprisonment.

At Draycott Browne, we pride ourselves on our dedication and determination to achieving the best results possible for all of our clients. If you are looking for a leading team of manslaughter solicitors who excel in their craft, then look no further.

We are highly regarded across the legal profession with a reputation as criminal law experts. We have an incredible breadth of knowledge that will help us to provide you with in-depth legal advice, ensure that you have a full understanding of your situation and assemble a robust defence for your manslaughter or murder case.

Contact Draycott Browne's expert manslaughter solicitors on +44 (0)161 228 2244.


To be convicted of murder, it must be proven that the accused unlawfully killed another person under the Queen's Peace. The defendant must have had the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to another person and must have been of sound mind during the murder.

Due to the seriousness of this crime, murder cases are dealt with in Crown Court, with a minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

If you have been accused of or are being investigated for an offence involving death you must expert legal advise as soon as possible.

Contact Draycott Browne's expert murder solicitors on +44 (0) 161 228 2244.


Arrests are rarely anticipated, which is why our legal advisers are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to assist you at the police station whenever you need us.


Legal fees can be an unexpected cost that you may struggle to afford. By applying for legal aid, you can relieve financial stress during your case, leaving you to focus on what matters. Our manslaughter solicitors and murder solicitors will guide you through the process of applying for legal aid, ensuring you have the best possible chance of a successful application.


Our team of experienced manslaughter solicitors and murder solicitors offer services within Manchester and throughout North West England. If you or a loved one are facing charges of murder or manslaughter, it is imperative you gain the help of legal expert from the very start. Our solicitors are experienced in providing world class representation to our clients accused of such crimes and are here to help you too. Call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

We are highly regarded nationally across the legal profession and noted for consistently delivering the best possible outcomes. We have represented clients in murder and manslaughter cases across the UK including Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, and London. As recognised Criminal Defence Lawyers we can represent you wherever you live in England and Wales.

By entrusting Draycott Browne, one of the UK's most highly regarded Criminal Law Firms, you can be assured that you will be working with a team of highly skilled and experienced Serious Crime Solicitors who have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of this area of law.

Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need expert legal advice or representation, call us in confidence now.

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