Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Solicitors – Defending Your Rights

At Lupton Fawcett LLP, we understand the immense gravity and sensitivity surrounding cases of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO). Our Regulatory and Corporate Defence Team offer expertise and unwavering support for those accused of such offences.

Experienced Solicitor, Richard Etherington, brings over a decade of specialised experience in defending individuals facing RASSO allegations. We are committed to delivering relentless advocacy, compassionate support, and exceptional legal representation to our clients.

Our Track Record of Success:


With a proven track record of success and a high-acquittal rate in Rape cases, our firm has earned a reputation for excellence in this complex and challenging area. We understand the intricacies of these cases and possess the skills, experience, and dedication necessary to vigorously defend our clients’ rights and interests.

Our approach:


At Lupton Fawcett LLP, we embody a “never say die” proactive approach in our representation. We leave no stone unturned in crafting a robust defence strategy tailored to the unique circumstances of each case. From meticulously examining evidence to challenging prosecution narratives, we tenaciously advocate for our clients every step of the way.

Client Service Without Compromise:


Our firm’s mission is rooted in the principle of “Client service without compromise.” We understand the profound impact that facing allegations of rape or serious sexual offences can have on our clients’ lives, and we are dedicated to providing them with the highest level of service and support throughout the legal process. From the initial consultation to the resolution of the case, we prioritise open communication, transparency, and responsiveness, ensuring that our clients feel informed, empowered, and supported at every stage.

Our tenacity extends beyond the courtroom; we tirelessly pursue all avenues of defence, leveraging our extensive network of experts and resources to bolster our clients’ cases. We have long standing relationships with some of the country’s most Senior Barristers and a network of forensic experts we trust with our client’s needs. Our commitment to proactive advocacy means that we are always prepared to go the extra mile to secure the best possible outcome for those we represent.

Compassionate Support:


We understand that facing allegations of rape or serious sexual offences can be an incredibly distressing and emotionally taxing experience for our clients and their loved ones. That’s why, in addition to our legal expertise, we offer compassionate support and guidance throughout the legal process.

We prioritise open communication and transparency, ensuring our clients are fully informed and empowered to make informed decisions about their case. Our team provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel heard, understood, and respected every step of the way.

Understanding the Legal Landscape:

Rape and serious sexual offences encompass a range of criminal acts that can have devastating consequences for those involved. Our firm specialise in defending individuals accused of various RASSO offences, including:


What is rape?

Defined as the penetration of another person’s vagina, anus, or mouth with a penis without their consent, rape is one of the most serious sexual offences under the law. Our team has extensive experience in navigating the complex legal nuances of rape cases and mounting robust defences to protect our clients’ rights.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault refers to any non-consensual sexual contact or behaviour, ranging from unwanted sexual touching to more severe forms of sexual violence. Our solicitors are skilled in challenging allegations of sexual assault and advocating for our clients in these sensitive cases.

What are Historical Sexual Offences?

Allegations of historical sexual offences, involving incidents that occurred many years ago, present unique legal challenges. Our team has the expertise to navigate the complexities of historical cases, including issues related to perseveration of evidence, witness reliability, and third-party material..

What is Grooming?

Grooming typically involves the manipulation or coercion of a vulnerable individual to prepare them for sexual purposes. However under English and Welsh law the offence of Grooming is more properly stated as “Meeting A Child Following Sexual Grooming”, or the attempt of such an offence. Those accused of these offences are likely to have come to the attention of undercover police officers or “vigilante” groups operating online.  Our firm is experienced in defending clients accused of grooming offences and employs strategic defence tactics to challenge the prosecution’s case; particularly where there may be an element of unlawful entrapment.

Familial Sexual Offences

Familial sexual offences involve sexual abuse or exploitation within family relationships, such as incest or familial rape. Our solicitors approach these cases with sensitivity and compassion, while vigorously defending our clients’ rights during investigations or court proceedings.

What Next?


If you or someone you know is facing allegations of rape or serious sexual offences, don’t navigate this challenging legal terrain alone. Trust the experienced and dedicated team at Lupton Fawcett LLP to provide you with the robust defence and compassionate support you need.

Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced solicitors. Richard Etherington can be reached at all times on 07342 071288 or richard.etherington@luptonfawcett.law

With offices in Leeds, York and Sheffield we represent clients throughout England and Wales.

Together, we’ll work tirelessly to protect your rights, preserve your dignity, and pursue justice in your case. At Lupton Fawcett we’re here to fight for you or your loved one.

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