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NOV
15

Militaria collector spared jail in another success for Lewis Nedas client and firearms law specialist Laura Saunsbury

ammunition 1In another success for firearms law specialist Laura Saunsbury and LNL, one of the country's most well known militaria collectors was spared from a jail sentence after pleading guilty to possession of a small quantity of live ammunition.

A two year ordeal which began in September 2014 finally came to an end in late September 2016 when Judge Carroll in sentencing our client at St Albans Crown Court stated "there is nothing wrong with your hobby... I accept you had no criminal intent". The case attracted considerable media attention, particularly at the time of our client's arrest and was later profiled on an episode of the BBC Countryfile programme.

A fireman with a keen interest in military history, our client admitted possession of a small quantity of live ammunition but was cleared of the majority of the charges.

Laura's careful preparation of the case, which included working closely with the leading independent expert witnesses on firearms and explosives, David Dyson and Stephen Aldred, was key to the successful outcome. In court our client was most ably represented by the specialist firearms barrister Nick Doherty who persuaded Judge Caroll that even a suspended prison sentence was not necessary and to limit our client's punishment to unpaid community work.

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NOV
09

New Acquittals and Instructions for Lewis Nedas Specialist Crime and Fraud Lawyers

  1. handshake woman and manAnother acquittal in a rape prosecution trial for Lewis Nedas Law client.

    Siobhain Egan represented a businessman who faced two sets of separate proceedings involving rape and sexual assault allegations; he was acquitted at his first trial in July 2016 and again following the second separate trial in November 2016.

    The superb David Nathan QC represented Siobhain''s client at both trials;

  2. Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan instructed to advise upon potential appeal for individual convicted of £53 million fraud, which attracted nationwide publicity and subsequent confiscation proceedings .The appellant was represented by another firm of solicitors at trial;

  3. Unan Choudry is instructed in multi-million money laundering allegation.
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OCT
31

More Acquittals for Lewis Nedas clients and their Specialist Criminal and Fraud Lawyers

  1. gavel 2Leila Abdul-Rasool represented an individual facing allegations of historical sex assault and trial in the Crown Court. As a result of Leila's determined approach to both the preparation of the case and requests for disclosure, the CPS decided to drop the prosecution a week before trial;

  2. Siobhain Egan represented a banker facing a police investigation for fraud. As a result of strong representations made to the police, the investigation was dropped;

  3. Penny Muir represented defendants in three separate trials over the last two months, and all three of her clients were acquitted:

    a) In the first matter, she represented a man who was a professional in the financial services industry and had no previous convictions. He was charged with a number of offences of possession with intent to supply drugs, and also possession of counterfeit currency. The case took well over a year to come to trial and during that time, our client was extremely anxious and stressed. Penny instructed the brilliant young barrister, Sam Trefgarne, of 23 Essex Street Chambers, to represent him, and our client was acquitted after less than an hour’s deliberation by the jury. We are proud to say that Sam worked for a year at Lewis Nedas Law before taking up his place as a trainee barrister at chambers. We predict a great future at the bar for him;

    b) Penny’s client in the second trial was charged with two matters of false imprisonment and two matters of assault. The circumstances were very serious, and involved a dispute about money. Penny instructed Douglas Page of Breams Buildings, who dealt well with a number of difficult legal and factual issues in the trial, including the use by the prosecution of our client’s previous convictions in the case against him, but again the jury took just over an hour to acquit him;

    c) Finally, Penny represented a lady of previous good character who was charged along with others in a fraud and money laundering trial which lasted two weeks. Penny instructed the excellent Charles Langley of 2 Bedford Row Chambers and again, our client was acquitted by the jury. She was naturally delighted and relieved as her health had suffered due to the stress of the proceedings.

 

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OCT
26

BBC Newsnight interview Lewis Nedas clients upon 'Fake Sheikh' conviction and sentence.

newsnight 2John Sweeney of BBC Newsnight interviewed three of our clients; John Alford, Herbie Hide and Alex Smith, in our offices on 21/10/2016, about their personal suffering as a result of the 'Fake Sheikh' Mazer Mahmood sting entrapments, which led to their convictions.

During the interview they explain how these convictions have devastated their lives and those of their families, and it makes very powerful television.

All three are applying to the CCRC so that their convictions can be overturned as a result of Mahmood conviction for perverting the course of justice.

Watch the full BBC Newsnight interview on the BBC iplayer, here.

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OCT
21

Statement of John Alford

Parliament enacted the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 over 30 years ago which revolutionised policing, protecting British Citizens from corrupt police practices and unscrupulous behaviour.

To date, despite the findings in the Leveson inquiry, payments by newspapers for illegally hacking private individuals and several aborted trials at enormous public expense, there is still nothing in place with teeth, to prevent rogue and dishonest journalists securing a story against individuals using any methods they see fit, regardless of the human cost.

Following his (prison) sentence today, having been convicted by 12 members of a jury good and true, the public now sees that Mazher Mahmood has been proved a dishonest journalist with dishonest practices, who routinely manipulated evidence, lied and cajoled witnesses to obtain a story for his paymasters, whatever it took.

I was, as were many of his targets, victims of this vile, corrupt regime – he was given enormous budgets and carte-blanche to create crimes that would never have existed but for his existence. In my case Mazher Mahmood withheld evidence, destroyed tape recordings and lied on oath again and again, hiding behind a false cloak of ‘journalistic privilege.’ This didn’t happen to just me, but on dozens of occasions to others, who have had their lives ruined.

During his ‘career’ he has hoodwinked prosecution barristers, respected judges and the great British public. There are a number of cases involving him and his methods, including mine, with the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Today is a day of hope for all of his victims and a day of victory for those proper journalists that stood up to him and are willing to report the truth.

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