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JUN
25

Arson Acquittal for Mentally Disordered Client

Danny Barnard, one of our excellent in-house advocates, represented an individual facing arson charges relating to a fire set in the hostel in which he was living.

He was arrested after the Crown built a strong case against him, including CCTV and eyewitness evidence. He was initially remanded to a specialist hospital for treatment under section 36 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and was deemed too unwell to attend his trial, which was held in his absence.

In such cases, a jury is tasked only to consider whether the client had made the act as charged. Thanks to Danny’s forensic examination skills the jury found that the act was not proven and the client was acquitted.

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JUN
19

Yet another Fraud Prosecution Success for Lewis Nedas Law

Unan Choudhury represented an individual facing several charges of fraud spanning over seven years. The case was to be committed to the Crown Court, but ‘eagle-eyed’ Unan spotted a fundamental flaw in the Crown’s case. He made written representations along those lines to the CPS who then discontinued the prosecution.

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JUN
19

Major Dishonesty Prosecution Acquittal

Penny Muir has successfully represented a second defendant facing a multi-charge indictment detailing major dishonesty allegations, involving an internationally known motor manufacturer.

Counsel, instructed by Penny, made a successful submission that there was not a case for the defendant to answer at the close of the prosecution case.

Penny had secured the acquittal of another individual facing similar allegations two years ago.

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JUN
14

Bribery Act 2010 – by Siobhain Egan

As part of the coalition government’s renewed attempts to clamp down on business corruption, this act came into force in July 2011. Its stringent conditions apply to those individuals and companies trading; both foreign and UK companies, as long as the foreign companies operate in this country.

The act demands that individuals and companies have in place adequate anti-corruption procedures. The act is not particularly well-drafted and therefore there are many grey areas which are open to interpretation.

The SFO are advocating the need for self-reporting and the government is currently considering the use of deferred prosecution agreements in this context.

The penalties for failing to install adequate anti-corruption procedures are high. The FSA have recently and repeatedly levied huge fines against companies who have failed to do this.

Lewis Nedas Law have a team of serious fraud experts headed by Jeffrey Lewis, who can assist with advice regarding these anti-corruption systems and other relevant issues. We have a thirty-year proven track record of success in dealing with tax, VAT investigations and fraud, money laundering, and insider dealing.

We work with highly regarded independent forensic accountants and barristers.

We can advise where you suspect fraud or corruption within your company and how to approach the authorities. We pride ourselves upon our ‘City standards of practice’ without the City rates!

Contact Jeffrey Lewis.

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JUN
12

Yet another Firearms Prosecution Success for Lewis Nedas Law

The Crown recently offered no evidence in an antique firearms case at Snaresbrook Crown Court following representations made by Tony Meisels of this firm.

Our client, a retired man in his sixties with no previous convictions, had been charged with two counts of possessing a firearm without a certificate, both shotguns being between 87 and 107 years old. He had inherited the weapons from his late father over twenty years ago and at one point they had even been on a manifest of items held in the storage facilities of a well-known removals company.

This case was only dropped by the Crown three weeks before trial after persistent representations by Mr Meisels who relied on the statutory defence afforded by Section 58(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 which provides an exemption if the weapon is an antique and is possessed as a curiosity or ornament.

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