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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

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Exceptional result for Lewis Nedas Law's Commerical & Litigation Department

papersProperty litigation specialist Annabelle Randell and Head of Commercial & Litigation Ian Coupland have achieved an outstanding result within 48 hours of instruction, successfully protecting their client’s properties valued in excess of £100,000,00 from repossession.

Our client contacted Annabelle and Ian early on a Thursday morning, informing them that he was in receipt of a letter from his landlord confirming that forfeiture proceedings had been progressed in respect of approximately £2,000.00 in unpaid services charges. A possession order had already been obtained and a bailiff’s warrant was to be executed that following Monday morning in order to formally repossess of our client’s properties.

Within 24 hours of instruction, Annabelle and Ian successfully reached an agreement with the landlord’s solicitors for our client to be granted relief from forfeiture, the bailiff’s warrant to be withdrawn, and for the lease to be restored as if it had never been forfeited in the first place, so enabling our client’s tenant to continue to occupy the property.

By acting so quickly in negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement, and in the process avoiding the increased cost of unnecessary court applications, we managed to preserve the status quo to the benefit of our client as otherwise the financial consequences to our client would have been grave.

Lewis Nedas Law are proud of their achievements for this and many other clients who find themselves in similar circumstances. If you find yourself in a strained relationship with your landlord or tenant please contact Ian Coupland on 02073872032 or

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Recent Decisions on Disclosure/Electronic Discovery/Privilege

At common law there exists a fundamental right, known as legal advice privilege, for communications and documents exchanged between a client and lawyer for the purpose of seeking or giving legal advice to remain undisclosed. A further right, known as litigation privilege, prevents disclosure of communications and documents between a client and lawyer, or the lawyer and a third party, used for litigation.

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New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion

On 30 September 2017 the UK introduced new offences targeting legal and partnership entities that fail to prevent facilitation of criminal tax evasion by persons working for that company or acting on its behalf. The law regarding tax evasion remains unchanged; however, the scope of persons who can fall foul of currently existing rules has been considerably broadened. The burden has been firmly placed on companies and partnerships operating in the UK, even if headquartered overseas, to provide evidence that they have enacted satisfactorily robust procedures to prevent facilitation.

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Recent Global Regulatory Responses to Financial Crime

In the ten years since the 2008 financial crisis, the reaction of global regulatory bodies has been swift to shield consumers and investors from further harm. The most prolific enforcers have been US-based, comprising nearly 80% of the $26 billion worth of fines imposed for market abuse on both US and international entities in equal measure. Over the previous five years, 28 custodial sentences have been handed down in criminal courts worldwide.

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