Murder & Manslaughter

‘I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. Thank you for all your help and advice you have given me. Thank you for giving me a hard time at times because I needed it and it made me think and realise about how hard and serious the case was. Thank you for making all the right decisions and choosing the right people to represent me at my trial. Thank you for being there for my family when they needed your support. You have saved my life and I feel that I owe you so much. I will recommend you to anyone I know who is in trouble because I know you will do your best to help them just like you did with me.’
– From a client who was charged with murder and was found not guilty. The co-defendant was convicted of murder

In the vast majority of murder and manslaughter allegations defended by criminal defence solicitor, Max Anwar, the investigation ends at the police station with the client being released without charge.

If you have been arrested or invited to a voluntary police interview under caution in relation to an alleged murder or manslaughter, contact Max immediately on 0777026894 for expert advice and representation.

Murder and manslaughter are among the most serious offences under criminal law and a conviction for murder results in a mandatory life sentenceand the total loss of family, friends, and career prospects.

That’s why, if you have been arrested on suspicion of murder and manslaughter, it is crucial that you obtain the advice and representation of an experienced and robust lawyer.

Max Anwar is a private criminal defence solicitor with over three decades of experience helping clients who have been accused of homicide offences, protecting their rights, and preventing charges being brought against them.

Many of Max’s clients have very little experience – if any – with the criminal justice system. Therefore, he acutely understands the stress and anxiety you are probably feeling as a result of being accused of murder or manslaughter and facing the prospect of a significant prison sentence with life-changing consequences for you and your loved ones.

Max has the extensive expertise necessary to explore every possible option available to you and build you a robust defence, so you have the best possible chance of the police choosing to take no further action against you. Max will take a highly tailored approach to your case, personally meeting with you to discuss strategy and tactics, and accompanying you to the police station, whether you have been arrested or invited for an interview under caution.

Police stations tend to be where cases are ‘won’ or ‘lost’. You should never speak to the police about a murder or manslaughter allegation without a criminal defence solicitor present. This includes if you’ve been invited for a voluntary interview under caution; despite being ‘voluntary’, anything you say during an interview under caution can be used as evidence to charge you with an offence.

Max is available at short notice to come to police stations across London and the UK, even out of hours, to provide you with advice and representation. His success rate speaks for itself, with the vast majority of clients being released after police interview with no further action being taken.

Get in touch with Max Anwar, murder and manslaughter defence solicitor in London, today by calling 0777026894 or emailing

How criminal defence solicitor, Max Anwar can help with your murder or manslaughter case

Max Anwar has specialist experience defending clients across all allegations of homicide, including:

  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Unlawful and dangerous act manslaughter
  • Gross negligence manslaughter
  • Attempted murder
  • Attempted manslaughter
  • Conspiracy to murder
  • Causing death by dangerous driving
  • Causing death by reckless driving

Exceptionally Max Anwar may deal with some murder cases under legal aid. However, if you are able to hire a criminal defence lawyer privately, this is always the best option as you will get a much more personal and comprehensive service.


Murder is arguably the most serious crime under criminal law. A person commits murder when they kill someone with the intention to cause them death or grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Due to the seriousness of the offence, a conviction for murder has the potential to completely derail your life. Murder carries a mandatory life sentence and you could spend decades in prison. Once you are released, you will likely find it difficult to find a job as the conviction must be declared to potential employers.

Despite this, Max Anwar’s highly skilled approach to murder cases means his clients are rarely charged with the crime, even after a police investigation. Max’s personalised advice and fierce representation is completely devoted to protecting your rights and preserving your reputation to the greatest extent possible.


A person commits manslaughter when they cause the death of another person, but they did not intend to do so, or to commit GBH, or a defence to murder applies. Whether the death was caused by an unlawful act, negligence, or it was a complete accident, a manslaughter conviction is extremely serious and can also result in a life sentence depending on the circumstances of the case.

As with murder accusations, Max Anwar’s goal is to protect your rights and reputation throughout the manslaughter investigation and your trial if you are charged.  

Police station representation

What happens after you are arrested or invited to the police station for voluntary interview often defines whether your case is made or whether it falls apart. Your words and actions in the police station can have a huge impact on the outcome of your case – ‘no comment’ is not always the right option.

It is absolutely essential that you have a highly experienced criminal defence solicitor with the ability to tactically advise you of your rights and options while you are at the police station.

If you or a loved one are arrested or invited to a police station for an interview, call Max Anwar on 0777026894 immediately and do not answers the police’s questions before Max is there to advise and represent you.

Max will pick up the phone at any time and travel to police stations across London and the UK at short and urgent notice to assist you. In the majority of murder and manslaughter cases, he will be able to get you released without charge or further investigation.

For more information, please visit the Police Station Representation  page.

Defending murder and manslaughter in court

If you are unfortunately charged with murder, manslaughter, or another homicide offence, Max Anwar will support you every step of the way and arranging robust court representation by a barrister or solicitor advocate.

Murder and manslaughter sentencing

If you are convicted of murder, manslaughter, or another homicide offence, Max Anwar will expertly present mitigating factors on your behalf to get your sentence reduced as much as possible.

Murder and Manslaughter FAQs

What are the defences to murder?

If you are charged with murder, there are various defences you can argue to either be acquitted (referred to as complete defences) or to get the charge reduced to manslaughter (referred to as partial defences). Defences to murder include:

  • Self-defence – you used reasonable force to protect yourself from the victim. Self-defence can either be a complete or partial defence.
  • Duress – you were forced to kill the victim due to the threats of another person.
  • Diminished responsibility – you had a mind impairment (perhaps due to a mental illness) which diminished your understanding of your actions or your ability to form rational judgment. Diminished responsibility is a partial defence.
  • Loss of control – the victim seriously wronged you or caused you to fear serious violence from them. Loss of control is a partial defence.

What’s the difference between murder and manslaughter?

Both murder and manslaughter require the accused to have caused the death of another person.

However, with murder, the accused must specifically intend to cause the death or grievous bodily harm (GBH) and there is no lawful excuse for the killing.

With manslaughter, on the other hand, the accused does not intend to cause death or GBH (although they may have intended a less serious offence such as assault or robbery), or they do intend to cause death or GBH but one of the partial defences to murder applies.

What types of manslaughter are there?

Manslaughter can be broken into two main categories: voluntary and involuntary.

Voluntary manslaughter occurs when the accused kills a person with intent to kill or cause GBH but one of the defences to murder (such as loss or control or diminished responsibility) applies.

Involuntary manslaughter occurs when the accused kills a person but did not intend to do so or to cause GBH. Types of involuntary manslaughter include:

  • Unlawful act manslaughter – the accused caused the victim’s death as a result of committing an unlawful act. For example, if the accused pushes the victim who falls and hits their head.
  • Gross negligence manslaughter – Where the accused’s negligence results in death. For example, a builder fails to secure a building site and a wall later collapses, killing a passer-by.

Client case studies

Below are just some examples of Max Anwar’s successful murder and manslaughter cases:


  • Client who was a Lithuanian national was charged with murder and rape of the deceased’s girlfriend. Following a 4-week at the Old Bailey client found not guilty of murder and rape.
  • Following a fight between four men one man died from multiple stab wounds. Following a 3-week trial at the Old Bailey the client was found not guilty of murder.
  • Two clients charged with murder. It was alleged that both clients had murdered the deceased by setting him on fire whilst he slept in a doorway of a shop in Regents Street. Both clients found not guilty of murder.
  • A 78-year-old client charged with the murder of his 46-year-old girlfriend. It was alleged that he had killed her following an argument. The client was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Attempted murder

  • 3 youths were stabbed during a fight involving 8 youths. The client, who was 16 years old at the time, was charged with 3 counts of attempted murder and violent disorder along with 4 other people. With Max’s assistance, he was the only defendant to be granted bail. Client was found not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of violent disorder. He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, but this was subsequently reduced to 9 months.


  • Client accused of killing a man while having consensual sex with him found not guilty of manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court.

Get in touch with murder and manslaughter solicitor, Max Anwar today

If you have been accused of murder or manslaughter, get in touch with Max Anwar, murder and manslaughter defence solicitor in London by calling 07770267894 or emailing

Call 07770267894 at any time 24/7 for urgent police station representation.


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