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AUG
08

Further Success for Team Lewis Nedas

At Southwark Crown Court Lewis Nedas secured yet another gold podium placing in Operation Forego.

Jeffrey Lewis and Keith Wood acted for the principle defendant in a multi-handed fraud and money laundering conspiracy. This was a truly enormous case. The investigation into our client commenced in 2008 following Operation Rize and continued until 2011 when he and ten others were arrested. The case initially focused on an alleged corrupt relationship with Council officials concerning a proposed redevelopment, but switched its focus to fraud. The evidence consisted of covert surveillance over the period, as well as expert prosecution financial analysis. The police had seized all the client’s records, amounting to some 60,000 pages. Lewis Nedas were, after much argument, given access to this material and were able to show by a painstaking analysis in the two months before trial that the prosecution analysis was simply not capable of belief, as we demonstrated that all the monies going into the various companies were legitimately derived. The main charges the client faced were dismissed by the judge at the close of the prosecution evidence, as we had been able to prove by our work that the Crown’s case was wholly discredited.

Keith was the litigator in the case, instructing Sam Stein QC and Jonathan Green, both Counsel from Dyers Chambers. Mr P De Nahlik from BTG Global Risks assisted with the financial investigation.

 

 

 

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JUL
24

New Instruction in £Multimillion City of London Fraud Prosecution for Lewis Nedas

Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan represent two individuals facing allegations of £multimillion fraud and money laundering. The case is the subject of a TV series that is focusing upon the prosecution of fraud in the City of London.

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JUL
24

Drugs Prosecution Acquittal Success for Leila Abdul-Rasool and Lewis Nedas

Leila Abdul-Rasool had a client who faced an indictment for conspiracy to import class A drugs, namely 3.9kg of opium and also some simple possession charges. It was a case involving four co-defendants, one of whom was the co-defendant’s brother-in-law.

On 7 February 2012 UKBA officers at Heathrow Airport detected a quantity of opium hidden at the bottom of two boxes. The parcels had been sent from Iran via Dubai to an address in Mill Hill London. A controlled delivery took place on 10 February 2012. The client was arrested when he was observed by officers helping his brother-in-law carry a box from the boot of one of the co-defendant’s car to his flat in Chelsea Harbour. It was the client’s case that he had no knowledge of the contents of the boxes and was just helping his brother-in-law carry the parcel to his flat (where the brother-in-law, normally resident in Iran, was staying). When his home was searched, the police found various paraphernalia associated with opium use. They also found distinct tea sets of the same brand and design that were found concealing the drugs in the parcels. The Crown therefore inferred there must have been previous consignments delivered. On this point, it was the client’s contention that these tea sets were purchased in England as a gift for his wife, by his son, who now lives in Brussels.

In preparation of the client’s defence, Leila visited various Iranian shops in Southwest and West London and managed to trace the same design of tea set, to show that these tea sets may well have been bought in London and were not part of other consignments. Leila gave evidence in court to this effect.

The client’s brother-in-law pleaded guilty before trial and the other two co-defendants’ defence was that they thought the parcels contained antiques from Iran.

After a three-week trial, our client was acquitted and was delighted with the result.

 

 

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JUL
19

Child Abuse Injustice Success for Nick Wragg and Lewis Nedas

Nick Wragg and Dora Belford of counsel have successfully represented a young student accused of the very serious charge of child neglect in that she was alleged to have inflicted a cigarette burn on the foot of her young disabled son.

Family proceedings presided over by a High Court Judge resulted in the commission of expert reports from two specialists in this field. The High Court Judge found that the local authority that brought the proceedings could prove neither whether the injury was in fact a cigarette burn nor how it was caused.

Nick Wragg, with the assistance of Counsel, wrote a detailed letter of representations to the Crown Prosecution Service, enclosing redacted portions of the judgement from the family proceedings. It was represented to the CPS that it would be perverse for this matter to be put before the jury who would be asked to debate the same question as the High Court Judge but would have to apply a much more stringent proof test. Failure by the CPS to consider these representations resulted in the defence listing this matter at Court and recruiting the assistance of the Crown Court Judge who agreed that the matter should be properly reviewed.

The Crown Prosecution Service finally conceded and offered no evidence at court. The baby is now safely returned to his mother.

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JUL
19

IPCC Success for Nick Wragg and Lewis Nedas

Nick Wragg recently represented a professional gentleman aged sixty years with no previous convictions.

The police investigation was flawed in a number of respects, which caused the client a great deal of stress and anxiety. The Crown Prosecution Service was eventually forced to discontinue the case, but the client was deeply hurt by how he had been treated. Nick assisted the client in making a detailed complaint to Sussex Police pointing out a number of significant concerns as to the conduct of the investigation. The matter was investigated by the Police and a report was sent to the client. The client was so horrified at the report that he immediately set about complaining to the IPCC with Nick’s assistance.

After a long investigation, the IPCC recently upheld the client’s appeal in respect to all allegations made, namely: his unlawful arrest, the inadequate investigation, failures in relation to identification actions and procedures, and substandard police treatment.

Both the client and Nick are delighted that their efforts have been vindicated and that Sussex Police must now investigate the allegations properly.

 

 

 

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