My name is Richard Bayliss, I am a specialist domestic abuse solicitor offering clear, confidential and independent advice.
I am an experienced freelance solicitor with specialist knowledge of all issues of domestic abuse and violence. I have 16 years of experience and I have represented 1000's of clients at the police station and court, which is why I understand both sides of a case.
My aim is to fight for you. I understand how important your case is. I want the best possible outcome as quickly as possible so that your life can move on again.
I pride myself on offering a solicitor only service, there is far too much at stake to leave your case to unqualified advisors, paralegals or trainees.
How I can help
If you have been accused of domestic abuse or domestic violence I understand what you are going through, I know how much you can lose and how important it is to make the right decisions to protect yourself.
Whatever your circumstances I can help My aim is to get you the best possible outcome so you can get on with you life again.
I am on your side when you need help the most.
Why contact me?
Knowledge is power, cut your stress with specialist legal advice.
Protect yourself, your family, your home, your job.
I can consider your documents and provide advice on any aspect of your case.
Dedicated solicitor assigned to you throughout your case.
Experienced solicitor only service, no paralegals or advisors.
I only work for you and aim to get you the best possible outcome.
My advice is clear, confidential and targeted to your goals.
Advice provided in person, by phone, video calling and email to suit you. Follow up email confirming issues raised and advice given, with further steps to consider and documents from my library.
Costs agreed upfront. Save money by making the right decisions.
If you have been accused - Why contact me?
Advice for suspects can include:
What is the law? Am I at risk of arrest or prosecution?
What are the defences to any offence?
Advice on your police station or Court case.
How to handle a police interview.
Consideration of police or court paperwork.
What do I do if I get charged or a Court Summons?
What happens at Court? How should I plead?
What needs to be proved?
How do I defend and present my case?
What sentence could I get?
What happens in a Trial?
Advice on police station and court procedures, including bail conditions.
Advice on gathering and presenting evidence to help stop a criminal case as soon as possible.
How to make a counter claim against your accuser.
Implications for a DBS check and your employment.
Your rights on appealing a conviction or sentence.
How to change or remove bail conditions.
How to change or remove a restraining or non-molestation order.
Signposting to other organisations that can offer advice and support.
Follow up email after the appointment confirming issues raised and advice given, with further steps to consider and documents and information from me library.
Frequently asked questions...
How is advice provided?
Most of my legal services are provided by phone. video calling and email at a time to suit you. It is not realistic or cost effective to have physical face to face meetings when technology allows for remote communication. Naturally for police station interviews and court appearances I will attend to advise and represent you in person.
I'm not ready to book an appointment, do you offer free consultations?
Yes, contact me to see how I can help. I will not charge you for any initial contact, I want to understand your issues and explain how I can help.
Please note, I will not be able to offer free legal advice via a contact form submission, to do so without full information could be negligent, but I can advise you of how I can best help you achieve your goals with my services.
Do you use advisors, paralegals, police station representatives or trainee solicitors?
No, you will be advised and represented by me. I do not employ trainees, paralegals, police station representatives or general advisors.
Will the same solicitor deal with my case throughout?
Yes, I will deal with your case throughout. I will not pass you case around to different people.
Do you deal with other areas of law?
I can help with other areas of criminal law. If you need assistance with other areas of law please contact me, if I can't help I will point you in the right direction.
Can you offer legal aid services?
I offer privately funded legal services. In certain circumstances I can offer legal aid services, contact me to discuss your situation.
Are you independent of the police, the crown prosecution service and any other agency?
Yes, I am an independent solicitor, regulated by the SRA and the Law Society. I work directly for you and no information is disclosed to anyone else without your permission. I will not act for anyone where there is a conflict of interests.
What if my partner also contacts you for advice?
If I am representing you and your partner contacts me for advice I will decline to act. I will not provide any reason for declining to act. I will not pass on any information about your case.
Why do you advise people accused of domestic abuse or violence?
I do not condone any form of domestic violence or abuse. Each case is different and everyone is entitled to specialist legal advice. I remain independent and will fight for what is in my client's best interests. I understand and respect it is for the Court to decide if a crime has been committed.
Can you work on a no win no fee basis?
No, no win no fee arrangements are usually found in areas of law where there is significant compensation available. Compensation is not a significant factor in domestic abuse cases.
I already have a solicitor, can I transfer my case to you?
Yes, potentially, contact me to discuss.
Can we meet face to face to discuss my case?
Yes, we can, subject to agreeing a fee based on travel. I am based in the South East of England.
How can I keep control of my legal costs?
I only offer fixed fee services to ensure you stay in control of legal costs. All costs are agreed before undertaking any work. Some costs are ancillary to my legal service fees, often these are costs for forensic experts and barristers, in each case where such costs are likely to be incurred I will agree the costs with you in advance.
What payments do you you accept?
I accept payments via credit or debit card and PayPal. If you pay by card to ensure discretion and confidentiality the payment will appear as D.A.L. on your statement.
How can I send documents to you?
If you have the documents on your computer you can email them to me. If the documents are held by another solicitor you can request copies are sent to you by via email and then forward to me. If you have paper copies you can scan documents and email to me. If you are unable to scan your local copy shop can assist. If there are only a few documents you can take a photo on your phone and email to me.
What are the terms and conditions?
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