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New GMC Defence Instruction for LNL

Jeffrey Lewis is defending an overseas trained doctor who is defending disciplinary proceedings before the GMC.

We have years of experience successfully defending these proceedings. Contact Jeffrey Lewis.

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Are You Facing a Historic Sexual Abuse Allegation?

The recent avalanche of high profile arrests and prosecutions, and the attendant publicity concerning allegations many decades old, raise a number of disturbing legal issues and problems for the accused.

The whole issue is very emotive; the view of the general public, including juries, has changed markedly and the CPS has greatly increased the number of prosecutions (including a number that would previously have been deemed as ‘weak’ allegations).

Another consequence of these prosecutions is that a civil claims industry has mushroomed with claims being made against assets/estates of the accused. So, not only has the accused to worry about defending these types of allegations but also that s/he may lose financially as well. The stakes are very high for any such individual and will often mean that careers, family life, and relationships come crashing down as a result. Sentencing policy in this field means that s/he could face lengthy prison sentences at a late age and when in declining health.

The first thing to do is to find the right firm of criminal lawyers who have a proven success record and who have successfully defended these allegations previously. You will need a team that are approachable, diligent, believe in your innocence, and are prepared to fight for you every inch of the way. Only senior, qualified lawyers have conduct of these cases in our firm - see our Historic Sex Abuse (Defence) page for more details.

We understand the difficulties presented by these cases and have an excellent record of success, using experienced barristers.

These cases can very often come down to the word solely of the complainant; corroboration is no longer necessary. So the Crown will often proceed upon a number of individual witnesses and point to similar facts as the basis of their case.

You will need lawyers who are experts in disclosure, focusing upon the veracity of the witness; who will be familiar with recovered memory syndrome, childhood amnesia syndrome, and the tainting/contamination of witness evidence. You will need lawyers who are prepared to look for defence witnesses, find alibi evidence, and documentary evidence which supports your defence. Essentially, you need lawyers who are proactive.

The defence of these cases is a delicate matter. There is unlikely to be any medical or forensic evidence supporting the complainant’s allegations. It very often depends upon whom the jury believe, and the way in which your defence is presented by your defence team is vital.

If you are facing such allegations contact Jeffrey Lewis or Tony Meisels.

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SFO: Perhaps the Phoenix Will Rise from the Ashes, After All?

A quick analysis of the SFO’s recent activities shows that the SFO director David Green does mean business and has secured additional funding in order to do so.

Finally, the SFO have lost patience with ENRC and all that has gone on with that company regarding an investigation into African bribery and corruption. This is a good example of a potential civil settlement going badly wrong and it looks likely that a criminal inquiry will now get underway since the SFO have served a s.2A notice.

The SFO also want to draw a line under the Rolls Royce corruption allegations originating in Indonesia, and are apparently considering a Civil Recovery Order. Presumably, this case would have been an ideal candidate for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, however these will not come into effect until February 2014. They also seem to have BUMI and the alleged missing £48 million within their sights, and finally perhaps some movement on the Libor criminal inquiry. The SFO are currently advertising for a lawyer to assist with their endeavours in this regard.

It seems that the SFO have secured additional funding after having had their budget slashed in the Government’s recent austerity drive. They have increased income to a new high of £6.6 million in 2011/12 as a result of asset seizures, secured £3.5 million for the Libor criminal inquiry from the Treasury, and also ‘blockbuster’ funding for any investigation deemed to cost more than £1.5 million.

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New Instructions for LNL Civil Litigation Lawyers

Jeffrey Lewis is advising upon two major property litigation matters for members of the Russian community.

Happily, we have Russian speaking legal staff and experienced property lawyers to assist in these two complex property litigation matters.

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Yet another Acquittal for LNL Criminal Lawyers!

Our own excellent in house barrister Danny Barnard secured yet another Crown Court acquittal for an individual facing a very serious firearms allegation.

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