Andrew M. Parker - Chairman & Founder of In Your Defence Ltd.
Andrew's great expertise is in representing clients at the investigation and police station stage. He also actively oversees the cases until they are successfully concluded. He has decades of experience in dealing with all sorts of charges; from minor to major. He established Hedley-Saunders & Co and then the very successful M23LAW motoring law brand. For the last decade at Hedley-Saunders & Co he was Head of Criminal Law and has a tremendous record on serious cases, such as the 29 murder or Attempted murder matters.
Andrew also heads up our specialist operation teams, advising and representing clients throughout England & Wales. Clients and potential clients journey from all points of the compass to consult and benefit from his extensive, insightful, approach.
Andrew now has wider responsibilities, having the honour of being our company chairman. Therefore, he is actively involved in business project management as well as the day to day cases. He is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as our compliance COFA officer.
He has also taken a stated case to the European Court of Human Rights (R v Shannon  & Shannon v UK ).
Andrew has vast experience in acting for suspects, including those with conditions such as: Autism, ADHD, depression and psychological issues. He has also been an advisor at The Law Society, helping solicitors with their problems and legal enquiries. He has acted for celebrities and less prominent individuals in difficulties with the police and all criminal courts in England and Wales.
His interests include: Swimming, Literature, French and European history, the 'Great Outdoors' and supporting Chelsea Football Club. Andrew has also featured on television and in the media generally.
"Where do we start? You were on the case right from the start and helped pave the way for Friday's fabulous outcome...we remain convinced that without your capable intervention and retention of the barrister, it would have been very very different. You most likely have no idea what a special place you have in our lives."
"I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to write and thank you for all your help with my son's recent case - I've been putting it off because it's hard to know what to write that will adequately express our thanks to you for all that you did. It felt for a long time that this was not going to have a happy ending, and I'm not sure what it would have done without you to guide us through..."
"Thanks so much! For all your efforts and hard work preparing for my case. What a result!"
Paul F. Hedley-Saunders - Director of In Your Defence Ltd
Paul Frederick Hedley-Saunders is a solicitor director of In Your Defence Ltd and he works closely with our chairman, Andrew Parker, in the day to day running of the company. Indeed, he has worked with Andrew for over two decades. Their previous enterprise, Hedley-Saunders & Co, started in 1993 and concluded at the start of In Your Defence Ltd in 2013.
When we acted on Legal Aid instructions, Hedley was the duty solicitor at Crawley and Gatwick Custody Centres. Andrew and he would also deal with own client Legal Aid cases throughout England and Wales. These ranged from serious offences such as murder to more minor matters such as dishonesty and assault.
He is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as our compliance COLP officer
Hedley has fulfilled a prominent role in the Criminal Justice System in the South East as a defence practitioner and he is renowned as a careful and considerate advocate.
"On behalf of D and my husband, I would like to say thank you so very much for everything you have done..... for D during what has been a very stressful year."