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JUN
01

Riot Acquittal! Judge at Wood Green Throws Out Riot Case

Jeremy Ornstin successfully challenged the admissibility of video CCTV identification that the prosecution relied upon during a riot case at Wood Green Crown Court.

CCTV stills were circulated after the August riots, and an intelligence officer purported to recognise the defendant from the still, having seen his details published with ‘mug shots’ naming him from previous arrests. She emailed her superiors stating that she believed that the still “could be” that of the individual and she gave the name.

Two months later the defendant was arrested. On that date, the analyst wrote a witness statement, now stating that the photo still “was” of the defendant.

The Crown also attempted to adduce the evidence from one of the interviewing officers who claimed that he was able to confirm the recognition by stating that it was obvious from looking at the CCTV still and the defendant being interviewed that it was the same person.

Expert facial mapping evidence that we obtained and asked the Crown to admit, concluded that the CCTV material was of too poor a quality to discern any facial details.

Neither witness had ever viewed the actual CCTV footage, nor ever previously had any direct dealings with the defendant. However, this did not stop the Prosecution from asserting that the defendant was the man in the CCTV footage.

Unsurprisingly the judge halted the trial, upholding defence submissions that there was no legal basis for admitting the evidence, and recorded not guilty verdicts to counts of violent disorder and attempted burglary.

The trial advocate was Jeremy Ornstin (director and head of our advocacy department), and the instructing solicitor was Tony Meisels.

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JUN
01

Yet another Lewis Nedas Law Acquittal

We acted for a young man of good character accused of a serious allegation of GBH after a disturbance at a London bar. He protested his innocence throughout, stating that some of the witnesses had innocently misidentified him.

Taking advice from the superb Kaly Kaul QC (9-12 Bell Yard Chambers) who was the advocate in this case, we instructed specialist photographers and video experts to provide a “walkthrough” video of the bar, demonstrating the detail of our client’s defence to the jury, who quickly acquitted him. We would not have been able to provide the quality of the video/photographs had the client been legally aided, the client’s parents paid for his defence costs which also enabled us to instruct Kaly Kaul QC.

Thankfully, the Recorder of London made an order for the recovery of all costs paid out so far by the family, which will be the subject of taxation by the NTT.

Siobhain Egan had conduct of this matter.

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MAY
01

Procurement Fraud Investigation Success

Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan represented an individual who faced a long term and large-scale procurement fraud investigation. The allegations centred on a company that is a household name.

After receiving detailed representations, the Crown discontinued the investigation.

We excel when it comes to ‘nipping investigations in the bud’. Contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan.

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MAY
01

Extradition Appeal Success for Lewis Nedas Law

Another extradition appeal success for Nick Wragg and James Stansfeld of counsel (Great James Street Chambers).

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MAY
01

Excellent Sentencing Success for Danny Barnard’s Client

Danny Barnard (who is one of our superb in-house advocates) secured an excellent result for his client at the Central Criminal Court.

Our client had stolen £30,000 of Tiffany jewellery from an unlocked van in Hatton Garden. He had previous convictions for dishonesty, but pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and as a result of Danny’s keen advocacy skills he was able to persuade the Sentencing Judge to initially defer the sentence and then to impose a two year community penalty.

Our client was delighted.

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