Criminal Law

At Merchiston Solicitors, we have extensive experience of advising and representing clients on all aspects of criminal law. We hold Law Society accreditations in criminal litigation. Our solicitors have the expertise to represent you at every court level from the magistrates through to the Supreme Court. 

We have the breadth and depth of expertise to off the following services to you:

  • Legal Advice at all Enquiries or Interviews under caution
  • Attendances at the Police Station or Police interviews
  • Legal Advice on matters investigated or taken to court
  • Dealing with mentally disordered offenders including youth
  • Criminal Legal advice & Representation before all criminal proceedings including at trial & sentence
  • Advice and representation on Appeals against Conviction & Sentence



Our values

Our values define us and set us apart from other legal practices. Our primary goal is to exceed client expectation, this is at the heart of what we do. We are a modern firm with integrity and traditional values. We pride ourselves as being approachable and client-focused.

Our standards of practice peak excellence and we adopt a result-orientated approach to cases that we take on. We promote diversity in our talent base, are a young multi-lingual team, which can relate to an equally diverse clientele, whom we feel proud to serve.

Why Merchiston Solicitors?

We provide a comprehensive range of services tailored for individuals, public and private sector businesses. We have over 30 years combined litigation experience in the Firm. Our lawyers are receptive to family clients and are commercially savvy in respect of businesses.

Our clients range from private individuals seeking advice in family matters to immigration clients, international telecom businesses, small businesses and companies seeking advice on human resources and employment law. We have a track record of achievements.


Javed is an incredibly diligent solicitor and his team have been invaluable partners to Health iQ. Our experience has always been positive with a great client service. I would recommend his practice highly, especially to SME's.

Jilani Gulam CEO at Health iQ

I had the pleasure of working with Javed. He is one of the most intelligent proactive lawyers that I’ve ever worked with. His understanding of the concepts of telecommunications and billing systems is remarkable. I look forward to working with him in the future.

George Reither Principal at Geotel Communications, LLC

Contact Merchiston Solicitors

Contact us today for specialist advice to see how we can help you. Call 0203 540 6340 to speak to one of our expert solicitors. Alternatively, you can email us on or complete our online enquiry form.

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UK Marriage Spouse Visa

Spouse visa applications, also referred to as UK marriage visas, permit the spouses of UK citizens or settled persons, who are not subject to immigration control, entry clearance to the UK by virtue of their marriage to their sponsors. Under the Appendix FM Immigration Rules spouses already in the UK can make in-country applications without having to leave the UK and make applications from their respective countries. 

Eligibility UK Marriage Visa

There are however specific requirements in order to qualify for marital applications. For instance, both you and your wife must be at the age of majority and you have to satisfy the Home Office that you have a genuine and subsisting marriage, which means you must be legally married or have met each other and intend to live together permanently. 

Under the new rules you as a sponsor must earn at least £18,600 per annum or more if you have dependants, have no recourse to public funds, and be able to support yourself. If you are on benefits you will not meet the financial eligibility threshold unless you fall under certain exceptions such as having a disabled child.

Overstayers Spouse Visa

Under the new rules Appendix FM Rules, if your partner has leave to remain in the UK for 6 months or more at the time of applying and is not a student or a visitor, he or she may be able to switch to a spousal visa without leaving the UK. However, the rules also permit overstaying spouses leave to remain in the UK under the 10 year route to settlement.

We specialise in marriage applications and have a track record of making successful applications on behalf of sponsors even in the most complex of cases. With our strong background in human rights law we ensure your applications cover the international legal grounds needed to secure a positive decision.

UK Marriage Visa Extension

If your spouse is applying from overseas and can meet the requirements then they will normally be granted leave to enter via the 5 year route which essentially means he or she will be granted an initial period of leave of 33 months. If applying from within the UK they will be granted 30 months.

Before the initial period of leave expires it is possible to extend for another 30 months by which time your spouse would have spent 5 years in the UK and then can apply for settlement or indefinate leave to remain, providing you remain married and can demonstrate the maintenance requirements.

Contact Merchiston’s Specialist Immigration Lawyers

Our immigration lawyers specialising in UK marriage visas can guide you and your family through the process of applying to stay in the UK or applying from abroad. Call 0203 540 6340 to speak to one of our expert solicitors. Alternatively, email us on or complete our online enquiry form.


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