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Successful defence against Serious Thames Water regulatory prosecution for LNL and Jeremy Ornstin.

Jeremy Ornstin forced Thames Water to withdraw a serious regulatory prosecution on the basis that they had no case for our client to answer. Our detailed and robust defence statement identified the fundamental and fatal flaw in their case.

Yet another example of detailed preparation and good quality legal defence work. If you have been charged with a regulatory crime, click here to get in touch.

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Yet another acquittal for Gary Conway, Danny Barnard and LNL

Crown court trial for handling stolen goods: defendant alleged to have been involved in the removal and then storage of high value BMWs in a facility in east London. The jury were out for 14 minutes before delivering a not guilty verdict. The interesting point is that critical to the Crowns case was the fact that keys to the storage facility where the cars were hidden were found at the defendants home. The inference being that he must have stolen the keys in order to access that facility.

In fact after examining the keys and Gary Conway visited a specialist hardware store, it transpired that the keys found (called fire brigade keys) were actually available for purchase at any hardware store over the counter and accessed all types of locks not just the locks at the storage facility. The officer put in his statement that he was adamant those keys only accessed the facility and was made to look mistaken at trial.

This goes to show the importance of dedicated preparation and investigation when defending criminal cases. In truth, good old fashioned leg work on the part of pro-active defence solicitors always pays off. Sadly in these days when Legal aid is being cut to the bone by government, very few defence solicitors will go to these lengths and follow their clients instructions to the full.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, contact us now. Click here to get in touch with our london criminal defence lawyers.

 

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Yet another acquittal success for the excellent Danny Barnard, our in house barrister

The trial was at Southwark Crown Court before Recorder Cherie Booth. The client had been charged with assault and witness intimidation of a 14 year old girl. Essentially this is a neighbour dispute between 2 families. The crowns' case was that that the defendant, a woman of good character in her 40's, saw her neighbour in the street and slapped her to the face and pushed her into the door way of a fish and chip shop. Her neighbour, a 14 year old girl, called the police who arrested the defendant and detained her in a police station for questioning.

Upon being released from the police station the defendant went to the house of her neighbour and banged on the window, threw stones and shouted. The occupants of the house called 999 and the prosecution relied on a tape recording of this call in which shouting can be heard whilst the victim is reporting that the defendant was outside her house. Police were again called and the defendant was arrested for witness intimidation and taken back to the police station for questioning. She was charged with battery and witness intimidation.

In relation to both charges she told police in interview that the victim was lying. She accepted that she admonished the 14 year old girl in the street but denied hitting or pushing her. In relation to the witness intimidation she denied going to the house and stated that she had gone straight home.

At trial the crown called the victim and her mother, an officer also gave evidence. Under cross examination the witnesses provided contradictory accounts which undermined the powerful evidence of the 999 call. Clearly the jury did not find these witnesses credible as it took them just 4 minutes to return unanimous not guilty verdicts on both counts.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, contact us now. Click here to get in touch with our london criminal defence lawyers.

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Stunning asset restraint success for LNL

Jeffrey Lewis has successfully defended asset restraint proceedings on behalf of a foreign national.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds had been seized from the individual but, after lengthy and detailed case preparation (involving complex inquiries abroad) and some "eyeball to eyeball" negotiations with the Crown, the prosecution eventually capitulated and all monies were returned - Another delighted LN client!

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Recent Criminal Cases

The last few weeks have been a busy period for Lewis Nedas. We have been involved in a number of criminal cases, including:

1. R v P- Common assault case whcih was discontinued & client received costs back.

2. R v P- A private trial in which a defendant charged with common assault following a neighbour dispute was acquitted.  The clien was awarded costs.

3. R v J- Fare evasion case in which our client, a teacher, received a conditional discharge after strong mitigation following a guilty plea.

4. R v J- The client was charged with serious assault, however the Crown Prosecution Service led no evidence so our client plead was able to plead guilty to the lesser charge of criminal damage.

5. R v S- Our client was a broker who was charged with common assault however the CPS could lead no evidence, thus our client plead to a lesser charge.

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