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APR
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Some of our latest results for our serious fraud and serious criminal defence lawyers

  1. data protectionPaul Mason, Consultant Solicitor, represented an individual accused of racial harassment: The client faced trial on indictment and the alleged victim was a City solicitor whom Paul's client had instructed in litigation worth millions of pounds. That litigation went disastrously wrong for the client, and relations with the City firm of lawyers deteriorated to such an extent that a criminal complaint of racial harassment was brought against him. However, the client was acquitted unanimously by the jury, largely as a result of Paul's painstaking approach to disclosure of documents, which revealed a few glaring and fundamental anomalies in the Crowns case. The case attracted Nationwide publicity. 

  2. The excellent Richard Demczak, of our Oxford Office, continues with his incredible run of acquittals:

    a) Richard successfully represented an individual who faced trial at Oxford Crown Court following charges of administering a poison/noxious substance to Police; a successful legal argument resulted in a decision by the CPS to withdraw the proceedings at Court. The case attracted National publicity.

    b) The same client also faced a supplemental charge of witness intimidation, which the client denied. Richard instructed a specialist computer expert to analyse the large amount of computer evidence. Richard then served that report upon the CPS (which supported our clients defence completely), together with the Defence Statement. Upon receipt of both documents the CPS discontinued the case. This is yet another example of the successful pro-active defence work at which this firm excels.

    c) Richard also successfully defended a man with severe learning difficulties who faced 15 allegations of historic sexual abuse at the Crown Court, many of these charges were over 14 years old. The case involved the use of an intermediary and a psychiatrist because of our clients learning difficulties. The client was adamant that he was entirely innocent of these charges, which included multiple counts of rape, six counts of sexual activity with a child, assault by penetration and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. Both Richard and Counsel  were instructed and visited the multiple sites at which it was alleged that the criminal activity occurred, and it quickly appeared that there were fundamental flaws in the Prosecution case. The jury quickly returned a unanimous verdict of Not Guilty on all counts.

  3. Sean and James Reilly continue their winning streak:

    a) They successfully defended an individual who facing trial, who raised the absolute defence of self defence to a very serious allegation of wounding with intent (Section 18). The client was quickly and unanimously acquitted by the jury.

    b) The Reilly brothers also secured the acquittal of an individual who faced an allegation of possession of a a large amount of class A drugs with intent to supply (the drugs were found in the back of the van in which our client was driving). The Crown's case was heavily reliant upon telephone evidence, which had been served upon us at a very late stage. James Reilly (solicitor advocate) successfully argued before the trial Judge that the evidence was more prejudicial than probative and that essentially the defence were ambushed by the late service of this material (which had been sought several times by us from the CPS). The Judge agreed with the legal submission and he ruled that the telephone evidence was inadmissible, this resulted in the CPS then offering 'no evidence' and the client was immediately discharged.

  4. Siobhain Egan successfully defended:

    a) a City solicitor working for a magic circle firm accused of dishonesty and fraudulent behaviour. 

    b) An accountant working within the charitable sector facing allegations of systematic fraud.

    Siobhain has a particularly successful niche practice defending professionals (medical, legal, accountancy, City financial and FCA regulated individuals) facing regulatory, professional disciplinary, fraud, money laundering, tax and criminal investigations (including sexual allegations) and prosecutions.

  5. Siobhain also deals with Cybercrime fraud recovery: She works with a firm of leading computer forensic specialists who deal with cyber crime, cyber fraud and ransomware. They advise companies and individuals who have been defrauded of large sums of money. Together they represented and advised a businessman who had been defrauded of £250,000. Working closely with the client and the authorities in both the UK and South East Asia, the alleged fraudsters were arrested in both countries. A very large sum of money was frozen by the South East Asian authorities, Siobhain will work with those authorities and corresponding lawyers in that Country in order to recover our clients stolen monies.
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APR
17

New instructions for Lewis Nedas Law leading criminal and serious fraud defence solicitors

  1. frauda) Jeffrey Lewis is advising a Care Home Company facing criminal proceedings regarding neglect of patients;

    b) Jeffrey is also advising and representing an established businessman facing money laundering criminal proceedings; Keith Wood will assist him on this case.

  2. Sean and James Reilly represent an individual who is possibly the last remaining defendant to face allegations of involvement in the Hatton Garden heist. These proceedings have attracted Nationwide Publicity and will be robustly defended.

  3. Keith Wood has been instructed in three separate money laundering (criminal proceedings), a substantial fraud matter and defends High Court Contempt (criminal proceedings) in relation to a website.

  4. Siobhain Egan has been instructed to defend in an international art fraud investigation.

  

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MAR
29

Son of firearms dealer spared from jail

firearmsIn an outstanding result achieved by our Firearms Law specialist Laura Saunsbury, a registered firearms dealer’s son who was charged with an offence of unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm was recently spared from being sent to prison. After considering the representations Laura made on our client’s behalf, the CPS were persuaded that the circumstances of this case were so exceptional that it was not in the public interest to continue with the prosecution.

Our client, a young man who had never been in any trouble with the police before, was facing the prospect of a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment. He received the good news just days before he was due to appear at the Crown Court last month to enter his plea. Our client and his family were extremely relieved and grateful.  In expressing his appreciation our client said the following;

“ Laura was very professional, she gave a great service and kept us up to date each step of the way. She sorted everything out so that it all went in my favour, which was a phenomenal relief to me and my family. If anyone ever asks me who I would recommend for advice on firearms law, it will definitely be Laura Saunsbury at Lewis Nedas Law. Thank you for everything you’ve done.”  

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MAR
29

New specialist criminal and serious fraud defence lawyer, Adam Shaw, joins Lewis Nedas Law

lewis nedas new staffWe are delighted that Adam Shaw has joined our leading and highly successful criminal and fraud defence team, he will be attached to our East London team and work with Unan Choudhury, who leads that particular Office.

Adam was previously with a long established East London practice, he is an accomplished advocate and skillful defence practitioner.

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MAR
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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 www.lewisnedas.co.uk

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