Liam Kotrie

SRA-regulated Solicitor

Liam defends in serious criminal and financial cases throughout the UK. He is an exceptional advocate who is absolutely devoted to his client being treated fairly throughout the proceedings. He is a mentor to our younger lawyers, and trains them.

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About Liam

Liam worked part-time during his studies before starting at the firm full-time. Having started at the firm in 2001, he is now one of the two managing directors of the firm. He practises in all areas of criminal defence and is the specialist magistrates’ court trial advocate of the firm with an excellent win record. He supervises the preparation of large-scale Fraud and Serious Sexual Offence cases. He regularly represents professionals who often have never had any previous experience with the criminal justice system and whose careers may be affected by having a criminal record.


Liam was born and brought up in Manchester. He has studied in Manchester, Hull and Lyon, France. He is a higher-rights advocate and duty solicitor acting in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. He was trained by the firm’s founder, the late Mary Monson.

Approach to the work

Liam finds the best way to obtain the required result regardless of the circumstances and that is what we do as a firm. Liam knows that different clients have different needs and not every case is the same. He offers a bespoke service to get the required result. 


In 2023, Liam was named as The Times 'Lawyer of the Week' after he represented a man charged with murder. While Liam has represented many people charged with this offence, his recognition came as this specific case involved a person who had worked as a spy for the British government.

Writing and Media

Liam regularly appears on television (Sky News, BBC News, Talk TV) and radio (BBC Radio 4, LBC) as an expert in criminal law whether discussing his own cases or others currently of public interest. 

Outside the law

Liam enjoys spending time with his family and friends, seeing live music and teaching children boxing. 

Practice areas

Liam represents clients accused of serious crime and sexual offences including murder, drug and firearm conspiracies and rape. He also deals with serious and complex fraud conspiracy cases.

Liam has defended numerous clients charged with murder. These have included murders in relationships and of children.

Liam has many years of experience in dealing with serious sexual offences of all varieties. Whether these are historical offences from decades ago or more recent allegations of different natures.

Liam has represented clients alleged to have taken part in some of the highest value frauds in history being investigated by SFO, NCA and HMRC. Some of these involved international elements adding to their complexity.

Liam has acted in some of the country's most serious organised crime cases including conspiracies involving drugs and guns. Often these involve gangs working together in different parts of the country. He has also represented clients who have been extradited from southern Spain and elsewhere. 

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