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Denney Lau

Denney Lau

photograph by Thomas Wesley criminal defence lawyer denney lau
Partner and criminal higher court advocate Denney Lau

Denney has always been fascinated by criminal defence area of law. He started his career in 2005 as a police station representative and crown court clerk in Leicester, he qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and relocated to Chesterfield. He joined VHS Fletchers in October 2017, was made an Associate Solicitor in 2021 and further promoted to Partner in charge of our Derby office in 2023.

Since qualification, Denney had gone from strength to strength. Denney continued to represent clients at the Police Stations and the Magistrates’ Court, with the offence range from relatively simple shop thefts to spending multiple days at the police stations representing clients facing allegations of murder.

He has a particular interest in advocacy, initially started out in the Magistrates’ Court defending his clients in trials, making detailed and convincing bail applications and fully mitigate on clients’ behalf to achieve best possible sentences.

Denney has a keen interest in self-development and providing the best service to his clients, he completed his Master’s in legal Practice part time and in 2019, Denney secured his Solicitors’ Higher Rights qualification, allowing him to represent his clients before the Crown Court and also the Court of Appeal. Denney continued to defend his clients regularly at crown court, from Plea and Case Management hearings to trials, including multiple weeks drug conspiracy trials. However, despite his busy schedule, Denney continued to represent his clients at the police stations, Youth Court and Magistrates’ Court.

In 2023, Denney also cross qualified as a Barrister, however, he will continue to provide legal services as a Solicitor and Solicitor Advocate at VHS Fletchers.

Outside of work, Denney is the President of Sheffield and District Law Society, in this capacity he attends various events in order to represent other solicitors’ interests and promote access to justice. Denney is also a keen runner having completed many ultra marathons and marathons in England and Europe.


Derby Office:
8 St Mary’s Gate,

Tel: 01332 546818

Email: denney.lau@vhsfletchers.co.uk

R v B.  Murder. Road rage incident resulting in death of a road user. Charge was reduced to Manslaughter and bail was secured pending trial at the Crown Court.

R v S. Possession of offensive weapon. Youth accused of possession of a knife. Full trial in the Youth Court, due to detailed cross examination on the witness’s previous inconsistent statement, Client was found not guilty after trial.

R v T. Sexual activity with a child.  Youth accused of non consensual sexual activity with step sister – despite indication from the District Judge that the client will receive youth detention, but with careful mitigation he avoided custody

R v H. Possession of class B with intent to supply. Defendant was found in possession of large quantity of cannabis, police expert was fully cross examined in trial and own defence expert was instructed. Found not guilty after trial.

R v R. Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. Defendant was charged with kicking and stamping another in a public house causing a permanent four inch scar on forehead. Public house was contacted by the defence and due to further evidence obtained and careful cross examination, the Defendant was found not guilty after trial.

Mr S. Taxi Appeal. Represented client in hearing before local authority appeal committee against the decision to refuse to grant him a hackney carriage taxi licence. Thorough preparation of his case ensured that all available evidence was presented to the committee, resulting in the granting of a licence.

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