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Notable Cases

Criminal Law

MURDER

      1. A babysitter looking after several children & a dog were murdered. On application, bail was granted pending trial. With the use of cell-site analysis and a lip-reading expert, the defendant was acquitted of murder.
      2. The client was accused of murder & rape after death. The client was acquitted of rape following significant representations, including the use of experts.
      3. This case involved the stabbing to death of a male. The defendant was charged with murder. He was offered a plea to manslaughter, but following advice, he maintained his not guilty plea. He was acquitted of murder.
      4. This was a complex case where the defendant was charged with the murder of his sister. This was vigorously defended, including holding back the funeral to instruct appropriate experts. The client was acquitted of murder.

ATTEMPTED MURDER

      5. The defendant cut open the complainant’s stomach requiring emergency intervention to save his life. With significant mitigation, the defendant received a substantially reduced sentence.
      6. The defendant stabbed the complainant several times. A charged of attempted murder was reduced to a s.18 GBH following representations. The charge of Attempted Murder was successfully defended. The client was given a very favourable sentence following mitigation on the s.20 GBH.

SECTION 18/20 GBH, ABH, & COMMON ASSAULTS

      1. The defendant was charged with a s.20 GBH when hitting someone with a pool ball in a sock. Following representations, the s.20 GBH was reduced to a s.47 ABH. The defendant was given a light sentence following mitigation.
      2. The defendant was accused of hitting a male causing bruising (Common Assault). At trial, the defendant was found not guilty.
      3. The defendant was a form Military Soldier accused of Common Assault by running into a female driver with his car. Following trial, the defendant was found not guilty.

DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING

      4. This was a complex case. The defendant was accused of Death by Dangerous Driving when knocking down a male known to be a prolific drug user. With the use of experts, the defendant was acquitted.

DRUG CASES

      1. This was a complex case where the defendant was charged with Conspiracy to Supply Drugs with 10 other defendants, attracting significant media attention. Following a lengthy trial, and the use of experts, the defendant was found not guilty of conspiracy.
      2. The defendant was accused of hiding £1 million pounds worth of drugs. Observations of the scene were carried out; proving that the prosecution case was flawed. The client was acquitted of all charges.
      3. A year long surveillance was carried out by the police regarding a Conspiracy to Supply a significant amount of drugs. The crown used cell-site analysis, surveillance techniques & records, audio and visual recordings to prove their case. After a lengthy Crown Court Trial, the client was acquitted of Conspiracy to Supply the said drugs.
      4. PWITS. Possession with Intent to Supply. Numerous cases where defendants’ were interviewed at the Police Station resulting in ‘No Further Action’ (NFA) against them due to my appropriate advice & representations. Also had numerous cases won in the courts where defendants’ have been charged.
      5. Possession of Drugs. To many to mention whereby defendants’ have been accused of having drugs, for example, in their house or car. I have successfully fought for the defendants’ resulting in many either being NFA’d at the Police Station or them being acquitted in Court.

SEXUAL OFFENCES

      1. The defendant was accused of Rape by having sex with someone under the age of 16 with mental health issues. With the use of experts, including vigorously challenging the prosecution evidence, the defendant was acquitted.
      2. A soldier was accused of raping a girl. He was advised by his former solicitor to give a no comment interview. After successful completion of the transfer, he gave a comment in police interview which resulted in NFA.
      3. The defendant was accused of inappropriately touching a girl in the woods. At police interview, he was advised to give a comment interview which resulted in NFA.
      4. The defendant was accused of raping a girl. At police interview he gave a comment interview which resulted in NFA.

WHITE COLLAR FRAUD CASES (INCLUDING VAT FRAUD)

      1. The defendant was accused of defrauding HMRC. A full comment police interview resulted in NFA.
      2. The defendant was accused of committing commercial fraud. After detailed representations, the Judge in the case was removed and the level of alleged fraud was significantly reduced. Also represented for alleged Proceeds of Crime.
      3. The defendants’ were accused of £1 million fraud by defrauding HMRC. This was successfully dealt with at the police station.

BENEFIT FRAUD

      1. The defendant was accused of defrauding the benefits agency in the sum of £80,000. This sum was significantly reduced resulting in the defendant escaping imprisonment.
      2. The defendant was accused of defrauding the benefits agency in the sum of £16,000. This sum was significantly reduced resulting in the defendant escaping imprisonment.
      3. Numerous benefit agency interviews under caution have been attended with no prosecution following due to significant representations.

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