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New Approach to Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

A clear and agreed approach for prosecutors in tackling cases of child sexual abuse has been set out by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, after a public consultation showed widespread support for the CPS interim guidelines.

To dispel some of the myths that are often associated with bringing a prosecution, the guidelines also include a list of stereotypical behaviour previously thought to undermine the credibility of young victims.

The list of common myths and stereotypes includes:

  • The victim invited sex by the way they dressed or acted.
  • The victim used alcohol or drugs and was therefore sexually available.
  • The victim didn't scream, fight or protest so they must have been consenting.
  • The victim didn't complain immediately, so it can't have been a sexual assault.
  • Children can consent to their own sexual exploitation.

Alongside the guidelines the CPS is also publishing a joint protocol for information sharing in child sexual abuse cases. Police and prosecutors are now expected to share and seek appropriate information about vulnerable youngsters with and from social services, schools and family courts in accordance with the protocol and a good practice model.

This is supported by senior judges in the criminal and family courts, the Local Government Association, the Department for Education, the Association of Directors of Children Services, the Association of Chief Police Officers, and the Association of Independent Local Safeguarding Children's Board among others.

Contact Lewis Nedas’ Criminal Lawyers in London

For specialist legal advice please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan on 020 7387 2032 or complete the online enquiry form to the right of this page.

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LNL welcome the brothers Reilly to the team.

LNL are delighted to announce that Sean and James Reilly have joined LNL as consultant solicitors to their City office serious crime and fraud team. Both are excellent, experienced specialists, each of whom has Higher Rights of audience and a thriving client following.

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Our Best Criminal Case Successes 2009-2011

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



Yet another Spectacular Acquittal for Lewis Nedas & Co

July 16, 2010

Jeffrey Lewis and Cheryl Rudden acted for Adrian Dodson, the former British, commonwealth and world boxing champion, who faced trial concerning an allegation of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was brilliantly represented by Michael Levy of counsel (2 Bedford Row) and acquitted of all charges.

New Instruction on Murder Case

March 9, 2010

Jeffrey Lewis and Sam Corcoran represent an individual charged with a murder which occurred fifteen years ago. The client was extradited from Spain and awaits trial.

GMC Success for the Firm

December 19, 2009

We were able to persuade the GMC not to hold a full investigative disciplinary hearing concerning a client who is a medical practitioner. The GMC were prepared to accept that there was an alternative approach to the situation and it was resolved to the absolute satisfaction of our client. Siobhain Egan dealt with this case.

Yet another Success for Jeffrey Lewis

December 19, 2009

Jeffrey Lewis was recently asked to represent an internationally renowned sportsman facing an allegation of assault. As a result of his skilful handling of the situation, the police and the CPS were persuaded not to proceed with the prosecution.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

November 25, 2009

Another great success for Nick Wragg and James Stansfeld of counsel (Great James Street Chambers): they recently defended a woman of impeccable character who was employed as a carer; allegations of theft were made against her which she vehemently denied. The CPS failed to adduce proper work sheets and rotas and chose to rely instead upon third party hearsay evidence which we successfully argued was inadmissible. Our client was acquitted.

The Camera Never Lies

November 24, 2009

Nick Wragg recently defended a client at trial facing allegations relating to public order and assaulting a police officer.

The entire incident had been recorded by an independent film maker. We asked for a copy of the film from the CPS and found contrary to the signed statements by police officers, our client was not given an appropriate warning and the officer had in any case acted outside the execution of her duty by grabbing the client. Further, the client was then thrown to the ground by the officer whose dog then bit the client's thigh. Nick wrote to the CPS asking them to review the film and reconsider their position. The CPS decided to proceed and the trial went ahead. It was stopped by the court shortly after the film had been shown and proceedings against our client were stayed. A complaint about the police behaviour and the lack of veracity within their statements is likely to be made to the IPCC.

Terrific Week of Successes for Lewis Nedas & Co

November 23, 2009
Siobhain Egan acted for the wife of an internationally renowned singer / musician / producer who was accused of assault. We managed to find an independent witness and a great deal of background information about the complainant which enabled us to proffer detailed representations to the police and persuaded them to drop the proceedings.

Double Court Success for Lewis Nedas & Co

November 19, 2009

The firm recently represented a young man who faced two sets of proceedings concerning grave offences in different courts.
The client had suffered a mental breakdown at the time that the allegations arose. We pleaded with the branch Crown Prosecutors to review their decision to prosecute our vulnerable client, both of whom refused on grounds of CPS policy. Needless to say he was acquitted by both courts after hearing from renowned psychiatrists and witnesses, and, because his family had paid privately, a full Defence Costs Order was made against the prosecution so that their costs could be reimbursed.

Siobhain Egan had conduct of these cases and our client was brilliantly represented by Dee Connolly of counsel.

Juvenile Defence Success for Lewis Nedas & Co

Nick Wragg successfully obtained a referral order for a young defendant facing allegations of grievous bodily harm, robbery, handling stolen goods, and assisting an offender.
Nick's persistent, tenacious defence of his young client persuaded the Court that there was insufficient evidence as far as the most serious charges were concerned, and in the face of his impeccably argued submissions they accepted a guilty plea of a lesser offence resulting in a referral order.

The law and process concerning young offenders is very complicated and requires experienced, dedicated defence lawyers, such as our team, to achieve the best results.

Self-Defence Success

September 14, 2009

Chantelle Peters-Augustine represented an individual facing the serious allegation of grievous bodily harm against a complainant who had previously been convicted of manslaughter. Our client was found not guilty; an excellent result which reflects Chantelle's hard work and detailed preparation.

Important Success for Lewis Nedas & Co in Parental Rights

August 2, 2009

Nick Wragg recently represented a woman facing an allegation of child neglect. Police had attached a condition of her bail forbidding contact with her children other than via an approved social worker, however her next bail to return date was set for many months in the future whilst police carried out further investigations, and this effectively increased (by the back door) the statutory period depriving parental rights in such a situation.

Nick successfully applied to the Court arguing that this condition necessarily offended s3(a)5 of the Bail Act 1976 and breached the European Convention on Human Rights. Additionally the police had failed to carry out ABE interviews expeditiously.

The Court agreed with Nick's submissions and drastically reduced the next bail period. The date expired and Nick again successfully argued that the condition be withdrawn.
Nick was assisted by the very able James Stansfeld of Great James Street Chambers who acted and advised pro bono in this case.

High Court Judgement

May 12, 2009

Nick Brett recently acted for all three claimants in the case of Scopelight Ltd & Ors v Chief of Police for Northumbria & Ors [2009] EWHC 958 (QB) (07 May 2009) in which the High Court ruled last week that the police cannot, as a matter of law, retain property on behalf of a further private prosecutor under PACE 1984, once a decision not to prosecute has been taken.
Read the full text of Mrs Justice Sharp's judgement online at the British and Irish Legal Information Institute's website here.

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