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MAR
29

Son of firearms dealer spared from jail

firearmsIn an outstanding result achieved by our Firearms Law specialist Laura Saunsbury, a registered firearms dealer’s son who was charged with an offence of unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm was recently spared from being sent to prison. After considering the representations Laura made on our client’s behalf, the CPS were persuaded that the circumstances of this case were so exceptional that it was not in the public interest to continue with the prosecution.

Our client, a young man who had never been in any trouble with the police before, was facing the prospect of a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment. He received the good news just days before he was due to appear at the Crown Court last month to enter his plea. Our client and his family were extremely relieved and grateful.  In expressing his appreciation our client said the following;

“ Laura was very professional, she gave a great service and kept us up to date each step of the way. She sorted everything out so that it all went in my favour, which was a phenomenal relief to me and my family. If anyone ever asks me who I would recommend for advice on firearms law, it will definitely be Laura Saunsbury at Lewis Nedas Law. Thank you for everything you’ve done.”  

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MAR
15

More successful results for Lewis Nedas Law Criminal and Fraud defence lawyers

  1. police interviewThe Reilly brothers secure yet another acquittal in the Crown Court: James Reilly (advocate) and Sean Reilly (solicitor with conduct) represented a man of good character, accused of committing an offence of indecent exposure in a public place in the presence of an 11 yr old child. Our client denied the offence throughout, giving a full and credible explanation when interviewed by police, who nevertheless decided to prosecute. He was robustly defended by the Reilly’s, who meticulously prepared his defence, and was acquitted by the jury after a short deliberation;

  2. Success in the Court of Appeal: James Reilly (advocate) and Unan Choudhury (solicitor with conduct) successfully represented an individual who was originally sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 4.5 years, however, after hearing his appeal it was reduced to 2.5 years.

  3. Siobhain Egan successfully represented a banker accused of rape: Our client was invited in for a voluntary interview with police. He arranged to see Siobhain beforehand, who carefully went through his instructions that all sexual activity was consensual. Wary of the recently highlighted issues concerning evidential disclosure, Siobhain went through his texts, emails, WhatsApp/Instagram photographs and tracked his use of Uber taxis that evening, which substantiated his defence and identified potential witnesses together with CCTV cameras and more. 

    When interviewed, and before he handed his only phone to Police, it was disclosed to the officer that this material was in the phone and he was carefully taken through that material. After considering the material, the investigation was quickly determined and no further action was taken.

    This was an exceptionally stressful experience for our client, who is a man of good character and who had never been interviewed by Police before this incident. It also emphasizes the need for thorough, pro active and diligent defence preparation before Police interview, and the importance of analysing material on phones/social media to support the clients defence, which could then be raised in interview. Not every client is going to have this opportunity.

    If arrested, the police would normally take the arrestees phone on the spot, and it is not always possible to think clearly or remember accurately, all communication which may have passed between the individuals involved, mid arrest. It does show the importance of having a reputable, pro active defence lawyer who should make a point of asking the arrestee, as soon as possible, whether there is any material on a phone/social media/app, which could assist the defence and undermine the Prosecution case against the arrestee. Otherwise, it presents tremendous difficulties for a criminal defendant and leads to complex legal issues concerning disclosure, ploughing through thousands of pieces of correspondence and a likely remand in custody before trial.

  4. Siobhain also represented an accountant who was suspected and investigated for a criminal offence of dishonesty and fraud: After robust submissions were made, the matter was discontinued.

  5. Fare Evasion success for Tom McLaughlin and LNL client: We were instructed by a trainee professional who had been investigated by a private prosecutions team working for/with a major rail company concerning a potential prosecution for fare evasion. It was obvious from the clients instructions that s/he had important issues to raise with the rail company’s prosecutors, and we wrote a detailed multi page letter explaining the situation, 7 months ago. The Prosecutors did not reply to that or other subsequent chasing letters. When we complained to the Court, they too failed to receive any response from the Prosecutors. 

    It was impossible to be put through to any lawyers in that department, because as we later found out from the rail company’s unhelpful Customer Services Department, there are not any lawyers or indeed anyone to speak to in the Prosecution team! Eventually the matter was listed for trial at the Magistrates Court and Tom McLaughlin, one of our excellent defence solicitors, attended court and explained the situation, and the case was dropped by the presenting prosecutor! Had anybody bothered to read the correspondence in this case when it was received, the whole situation could have been avoided. 

    This raises important issues about the dangers of Private Prosecutors bringing criminal prosecutions. There is no consistency in approach, they work completely unaware of their duties pursuant to the Code for Prosecutors and their duties of disclosure/to review the decision to prosecute throughout the process.

  

If you are facing a criminal prosecution (private or state) and need advice and assistance, please contact us. You can do by telephone on 02073872032 or, use our enquiry form at www.lewisnedas.co.uk

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FEB
20

More successful results and recent instructions for Lewis Nedas Law specialist defence lawyers

barrister wigSuccesses

(i.) More successful results for Tony Meisels:

  1. Canine death warrant overturned on appeal; On 1st February at Harrow Crown Court, Rosetta a Pitbull terrier had her destruction order overturned.  In 2016 she had been adjudged to be a prohibited breed and made subject to an exemption order together with a contingent destruction order after attacking another dog in the street. Already in the ‘dog house’, Rosetta attacked another dog in February 2017 when in breach of the contingent destruction order she was let off the lead by the owner’s son. Following this she was yet again seized by the police and an order for her destruction was made in the lower court. However following the successful appeal she will be restored to her owner. The fee earner with conduct of this matter was Tony Meisels and he was assisted by expert counsel Pamela Rose at Mitre Court Building;

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12

Recent successful results and new instructions for Lewis Nedas Criminal and Fraud Defence solicitors

FraudinvestigationSuccesses

  1. Jeffrey Lewis, together with Ian Coupland, was instructed by a European company to defend a private fraud prosecution brought by Amazon in this country. Amazon were represented by a National UK law firm. After robust representations made by Jeffrey concerning some basic issues (i.e. jurisdiction), the prosecution was thankfully discontinued.

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DEC
22

More successful results for Lewis Nedas Criminal and Fraud defence lawyers

  1. super lawyer comicRichard Demczak successfully secured the acquittal of an individual who faced two charges of rape on indictment. The case was tried at Oxford Crown Court, and the superb John Carmichael, barrister, was the instructed advocate;

  2. Siobhain Egan has recently and successfully represented the following clients:

(a) An accountant whose trial for money laundering and POCA offence resulted in a Judge directed acquittal after successful legal submissions were made upon his behalf;

(b) A research scientist and management accountant (separate cases) both investigated for systematic fraud, one case was dropped completely and the other avoided a criminal prosecution as a result of strong legal submissions, put forward by Siobhain, together with a civil remedy;

(c) Another accountant who pleaded guilty to a  rarely used Charity Commission offence concerning the reckless preparation of charity accounts, he received a short custodial sentence which was suspended for 18 months. His advocate was the excellent Rishi Nathwani, barrister.

    

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