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About Joseph Beltrami


Beltrami and Company was founded by Joseph Beltrami in 1958. Throughout an illustrious career, Beltrami appeared for the defence in over 500 murder trials and a number of high-profile cases involving, for example, Johnny Ramensky, Jimmy Boyle, and Arthur Thompson, whom he managed to acquit of various criminal charges on many occasions throughout the 1980s. Such successful defences led to the coining of the phrase "get me Beltrami" as a plea for legal assistance and representation in desperate circumstances amongst Glaswegians during the time.

Two of Beltrami’s cases led to the only Royal Pardons granted in Scotland in the 20th century; namely that of Patrick Meehan, falsely accused of murder of a pensioner during a break-in at a house in Ayr, and Maurice Swanson, wrongly convicted for a bank robbery. Further, Beltrami defended successfully in 12 capital murder cases. As the Herald put it, “Beltrami 12, Hangman 0”.

In 1993, Beltrami became the first Solicitor-Advocate to plead in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Defined by peers as an “institution, not only in Glasgow, but in Scotland”,  Joseph Beltrami has long been regarded as Scotland’s best known criminal defence lawyer and has been awarded an honorary life membership of the Law Society of Scotland, the highest honour the Law Society can bestow upon a Scottish solicitor.

More information can be found on the relevant Wikipedia page.


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Beltrami and Company offer a high quality service to all clients, whether the case is legal aided or privately funded. Clients can be assured of complete confidentiality and discretion.

Beltrami & Company are conveniently based near Glasgow city centre but operate throughout Scotland. The firm offers a 24-hour, 365-day a year service for clients in police custody. Any calls to our offices out with normal business hours can be dealt with by an experienced solicitor. Contact us today to find out more.


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