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New Instructions for LNL Fraud & Criminal Lawyers

  • gavelJeffrey Lewis is instructed to advise/represent a banker facing large-scale international fraud proceedings.
  • Siobhain Egan has been instructed in another NCA prosecution.
  • Sean Reilly has been instructed in £multimillion money laundering prosecution at Bristol Crown Court.
  • Sean and his brother James are also instructed in a matter involving robbery, kidnap, and false imprisonment x2, currently at Norwich Crown Court.
  • Tony Meisels acts for an HGV driver in a three-handed case at St Albans Crown Court involving the importation and supply of cocaine over a nine-month period between February and November 2014. The Crown have not specified how much cocaine was imported, but it is alleged that drug runs from the continent occurred at least monthly with up to 4kg of drugs entering the UK on each occasion.
  • We have been instructed in three major historic abuse prosecutions, which will be dealt with by our specialist sex offence defence lawyers.
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Drugs Prosecution Acquittal Success for Leila Abdul-Rasool and Lewis Nedas

Leila Abdul-Rasool had a client who faced an indictment for conspiracy to import class A drugs, namely 3.9kg of opium and also some simple possession charges. It was a case involving four co-defendants, one of whom was the co-defendant’s brother-in-law.

On 7 February 2012 UKBA officers at Heathrow Airport detected a quantity of opium hidden at the bottom of two boxes. The parcels had been sent from Iran via Dubai to an address in Mill Hill London. A controlled delivery took place on 10 February 2012. The client was arrested when he was observed by officers helping his brother-in-law carry a box from the boot of one of the co-defendant’s car to his flat in Chelsea Harbour. It was the client’s case that he had no knowledge of the contents of the boxes and was just helping his brother-in-law carry the parcel to his flat (where the brother-in-law, normally resident in Iran, was staying). When his home was searched, the police found various paraphernalia associated with opium use. They also found distinct tea sets of the same brand and design that were found concealing the drugs in the parcels. The Crown therefore inferred there must have been previous consignments delivered. On this point, it was the client’s contention that these tea sets were purchased in England as a gift for his wife, by his son, who now lives in Brussels.

In preparation of the client’s defence, Leila visited various Iranian shops in Southwest and West London and managed to trace the same design of tea set, to show that these tea sets may well have been bought in London and were not part of other consignments. Leila gave evidence in court to this effect.

The client’s brother-in-law pleaded guilty before trial and the other two co-defendants’ defence was that they thought the parcels contained antiques from Iran.

After a three-week trial, our client was acquitted and was delighted with the result.

 

 

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Stunning Lewis Nedas Success in Drugs Prosecution

Penny Muir was instructed in a case in which there was an allegation of importation of a large quantity of the Class A drug crystal methylamphetamine. This was transported into the country by a third party from Iran, who subsequently tragically died when a lethal quantity of the drug, which had been carried in condoms and swallowed by him, burst and therefore entered his body.

The prosecution alleged that Penny Muir’s client was the organiser of this drug’s importation into the UK, and, if he had been convicted, there is no doubt that the sentencing judge would have regarded the death of the third party as an aggravating feature, and a lengthy sentence would have been imposed. However, after a five-day trial, Penny Muir’s client was acquitted unanimously by the jury at the Isleworth Crown Court.

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Outstanding Acquittal for Lewis Nedas Law

Miles Herman represented a defendant facing multiple counts of importation of Class A drugs totalling over 200kg. Following a contested trial on all matters, the defendant was acquitted unanimously on all charges.

This stunning success followed painstaking work undertaking by Miles, assisted by Charles Conway (Senior Lead Counsel) and Nick Ornstin (Solicitor Advocate from this firm), over a period of years. The value of the drugs the prosecution put in the region of £9,000,000 and the operation code named ‘Galling’ involved dozens of officers from the Serious Organized Crime Agency. The matter was prosecuted by the Organized Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Our Best Drug Crime Prosecution Case Successes 2009-2011

Our top results in defending drug crime prosecutions from 2009-2011. For specialist criminal defence advice contact our drug crime lawyers in London. For our latest case successes click here.


Sentencing Success for Jeffrey Lewis

December 12, 2011

Jeffrey represented an individual who pleaded guilty to receiving a substantial quantity of class A drugs sent from abroad.
The superb Anna Morris (Garden Court Chambers), who mitigated in full, represented our client. Instead of ordering a custodial sentence of four years, the sentencing Judge departed from the Sentencing Guidelines and sentenced him to a conditional discharge because the client had progressed successfully in drug rehabilitation.


Jury out For Five Minutes Before Unanimous Acquittal on Drug Supply Case

Melissa Rollins represented an individual facing two charges of supplying drugs from a café in South London. As a result of Melissa's unstinting hard work, he was acquitted by a Kingston Crown Court jury after they deliberated for only five minutes.

Counsel was the superb Nadeem Holland of Castle Chambers. Client, friends and family were thrilled because he had protested his innocence all along.


Fantastic Sentencing Result in Drugs Case

February 16, 2011

Keith Wood recently represented a client arrested with 12kg of class A drugs. After having been carefully advised, the client made full admissions during police interview. He was sentenced to just over fours years' imprisonment and was absolutely delighted with this particularly good result.


Two New Major Instructions for Criminal Dept. this Week

July 8, 2011

Lewis Nedas have been instructed to represent two individuals facing large scale money laundering and drugs conspiracy allegations respectively.


Sentencing Result in Drugs Case

February 16, 2011

Keith Wood recently represented a client arrested with 12kg of class A drugs. After having been carefully advised, the client made full admissions during police interview. He was sentenced to just over fours years' imprisonment and was absolutely delighted with this particularly good result.


Huge SOCA Prosecution

Siobhain Egan has been instructed to represent an individual who, along with 24 others, faces trial in Liverpool Crown Court concerning allegations focusing upon importations of large seizures of class A drugs (500kgs of cocaine/heroin) and money laundering.


Interesting Drugs Importation Success

August 6, 2010

R -v- B Croydon Crown Court —14 July 2010

Client attended court to stand trial on indictment containing one count — being knowingly concerned in fraudulent evasion on the prohibition on importation of a Class B drug contrary to S.170 Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. Alleged client knowingly carried 14kg of cannabis (approximately £40k worth) in her luggage from Jamaica to London Gatwick. She maintained she had no knowledge of the drugs and a third party must have put in bag without knowledge.
Client contended that she went through security checks twice in Jamaica prior to check-in and were no drugs in her case. Prior to start trial Crown produced a pocket book from English officer in Jamaica confirming this.
During course trial it came to light that there was a difference in weight of luggage at check-in Jamaica and upon arrival to Gatwick and therefore drugs must have been placed in case after check in. Submission no case to answer made after prosecution case on basis of weakness of prosecution case, namely that save for collecting her luggage the client had done nothing in furtherance of the importation. Her act in collecting her bag was an innocent act and the sole act the Crown relied on to prove case. Judge upheld submission and jury directed to find her Not Guilty.
Solicitor: Leila Rasool; Counsel: Mark Kimsey, head of Castle Chambers


Another Great Success for Lewis Nedas & Co

July 31, 2010

Siobhain Egan recently represented an individual accused of blackmail. The alleged victim is a man currently on parole after having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of seventeen years for a drugs conspiracy.
He alleged that our client had blackmailed him concerning a sum of £1.75 million which, according to the alleged victim, was the value of the drugs in his prosecution. The alleged victim then attempted to withdraw the allegation stating that a member of his family who lived in Northern Cyprus had been threatened. Unfortunately for him, the relative was in London at the time and before he returned to Cyprus he voluntarily swore an affidavit denying that he had been threatened by anyone. This was forwarded to the CPS who still wished to proceed with the prosecution against our client.

We then discovered that the alleged victim had not been full and frank concerning his confiscation statement and identified his beneficial interest in a property company with substantial assets. We again put this to the CPS who insisted that they intended to proceed.

Our client denied any involvement in this allegation all along and eventually, some five and a half months later on the day of trial, he was released when the CPS finally dropped the prosecution against him.


SOCA Prosecution: Drug Importation Conspiracy

June 15, 2010

Unan Choudhury and Miles Herman represent an individual facing a multi- drug importation conspiracy indictment. This is a SOCA prosecution involving 110kg of class A drugs.


Another Drugs Conspiracy Success

March 9, 2010

A client who was facing an allegation of conspiracy to supply 80kgs of heroin had his case discontinued after representations were made. Siobhain Egan dealt with this case.


Another Drugs Conspiracy Supply Success

January 27, 2010

Leila Abdul-Rasool, working with Unan Choudhury, represented an individual who, along with two co-defendants, faced an allegation of conspiring to supply Y2  kilo of class A drugs (100% purity). The client was acquitted, both of his co-defendants convicted and he was brilliantly represented by David Burgess of counsel (9 Bedford Row). Our client was delighted.


New Instruction on Large Scale UK-Franco Drugs Conspiracy

January 6, 2010

Penny Muir has been instructed to represent an individual who faces an allegation of conspiring to possess 26kgs of amphetamines. Four other conspirators have been convicted in France and are serving terms of imprisonment. Interestingly this allegation involves staff at Dover Docks.


Christmas Day Instructions

December 29, 2009

Another case Christmas day instruction, Tony Meisels represented an individual charged (along with a number of others) with a series of armed robberies concerning security vans. We also ensured that this client was advised and represented in the police station on Christmas Day and in court on Boxing Day.


New Drugs Case Instruction

December 29, 2009

Lewis Nedas & Co have been instructed (on Christmas Day) to represent an individual charged with possession of 30 kilos of class A drugs (heroin). Jeffrey Lewis and Keith Wood are dealing.


New Extension of Powers under Civil Recovery Orders

November 26, 2009

Nick Brett represented a client facing a claim for civil recovery in connection of allegations of drug trafficking and money laundering which were dismissed by the Court, but it was held that a Civil Recovery Order was valid where allegations of false and misleading statement on a mortgage application form had been proved against the client. Case reported at SOCA v Pelekanos EWHC 2307.


New SOCA Drugs Prosecution

November 3, 2009

Lewis Nedas & Co has been instructed on a SOCA investigation of a major importation of controlled drugs into the UK. The case concerns two linked importations.
On 23 July 2008, 16kg of cocaine were transported and on 28 November 2008 32kg of cocaine, 57kg of heroin and 117kg of amphetamine sulphate were concealed in a shipment to the UK.
Five persons were arrested, interviewed and charged and are due to appear at a committal hearing at Hayward's Heath Magistrates' Court on 2 December 2009. Jeffrey Lewis and Miles Herman are dealing.


Huge SOCA Prosecution

Siobhain Egan has been instructed to represent an individual who, along with 24 others, faces trial in Liverpool Crown Court concerning allegations focusing upon importations of large seizures of class A drugs (500kgs of cocaine/heroin) and money laundering.


Fantastic Sentencing Result in Drugs Case

February 16, 2011

Keith Wood recently represented a client arrested with 12kg of class A drugs. After having been carefully advised, the client made full admissions during police interview. He was sentenced to just over fours years' imprisonment and was absolutely delighted with this particularly good result.


Lewis Nedas Instructed in Large Scale Heroin Importation Case

November 30, 2010
Siobhain Egan is representing one of five individuals facing trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court involving the importation of 100kg of high quality heroin which was smuggled into the UK amongst a delivery of carpet tiles.


Huge SOCA Prosecution

Siobhain Egan has been instructed to represent an individual who, along with 24 others, faces trial in Liverpool Crown Court concerning allegations focusing upon importations of large seizures of class A drugs (500kgs of cocaine/heroin) and money laundering.


SOCA Prosecution: Drug Importation Conspiracy

June 15, 2010
Unan Choudhury and Miles Herman represent an individual facing a multi- drug importation conspiracy indictment. This is a SOCA prosecution involving 110kg of class A drugs.


SOCA Arrests

July 19, 2009
Penny Muir has just been instructed to represent a defendant arrested by SOCA and who is facing allegations concerning possession with intent to supply 10kg of cannabis. This represents a departure for SOCA who have recently been severely criticised for being focused solely on intelligence gathering.

 


 

 

Fantastic Sentencing Result in Drugs Case

February 16, 2011

 

Keith Wood recently represented a client arrested with 12kg of class A drugs. After having been carefully advised, the client made full admissions during police interview. He was sentenced to just over fours years' imprisonment and was absolutely delighted with this particularly good result.

 

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