Tony Meisels

Tony MeiselsPartner

Tony has been with Lewis Nedas Law since 1992, qualifying as a solicitor with the firm and becoming a partner in 2003. In 2006 Tony obtained his Higher Rights of Audience.

As an experienced criminal solicitor, Tony has handled an extremely broad range of matters including murder, fraud, people trafficking, serious sexual offences, drugs importation and supply, violent disorder, child abduction and VAT evasion.

In recent years Tony has developed an expertise in defending in cases involving indecent images of children and extreme pornographic images. Through involvement in such matters, Tony has amassed considerable knowledge of ancillary orders including sexual offences prevention orders (SOPOs), foreign travel bans and registration on the Sex Offenders Register. Tony can also make standalone applications to vary SOPOs, having regard to the less onerous prohibitions approved by the Court of Appeal in R v Smith and others.

Another area in which Tony is frequently instructed to defend is in local authority prosecutions brought against restaurants, cafés and other food-based businesses for food hygiene and environmental health offences.

Some notable/significant cases:

  • R v Napoli and others – a multi-million pound Ponzi fraud mostly within the London Sri Lankan community. The case against K who was represented by Lewis Nedas was discontinued by the Crown.
  • Lee v Wu – a case which received widespread press coverage. The defendant was the subject of a private prosecution brought by a Hong Kong based billionaire who alleged that Ms Wu had invented a phantom pregnancy in order to defraud him of £3 million. Acquitted by a jury on one count while the second count was thrown out as an abuse of process.
  • R v H – concerned a roofer who defrauded HM Revenue and Customs of over £275k but whom, having pleaded guilty, avoided an immediate custodial sentence.
  • R v B – having instructed Lewis Nedas on a private basis B, who was a director of a company in the City, was acquitted of sexually assaulting a young woman on a Central Line train.
  • R v K – K was prosecuted for making false representations to encourage investment in two businesses she ran which concerned chip vending machines and laser surgery clinics. On both frauds K was acquitted.
  • R v T – prosecution of a disqualified company director who formed new companies and then arranged a multi-million pound takeover of an established hair products business.
  • R v A – knife murder in Bournemouth arising out of a turf war over drugs. Only one of the three defendants was armed with a knife but all three were prosecuted on the basis of joint enterprise.
  • R v Jacobs - cold case prosecution for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock in 1985. Client was acquitted by the jury after a five week trial during which the Crown were unable to offer any forensic evidence and sought to reply on questionable witnesses.

Professional memberships/activities: Tony is a member of the LCCSA and is the Law Reform Officer on the Association's committee. He is on the Court Users Group at North London Magistrates Court, attends borough criminal justice group meetings and also participates in HMCTS's London Defence Engagement group.

Personal: Living in North London, Tony regularly plays badminton, loves listening to jazz, and is a long suffering supporter of Barnet FC.

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