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APR
20

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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SEP
07

New instructions for Lewis Nedas Law and Siobhain Egan

  1. fcaSiobhain has been instructed to advise and represent a company Director facing a joint FCA/City of London police financial mis-selling investigation;

  2. She also advises a NED and finance professional, facing a FCA and HMRC investigation.

We have been  successfully advising company Directors, accountants, IFA's, bankers etc., facing professional disciplinary/FCA regulatory and fraud investigations for over 30 years. Our specialist team has been highly ranked by the leading legal ranking directories for many years and we achieve excellent results for our clients.

 

Contact us if you require advice and assistance in these fields - 0207 387 2032 or use our online enquiry facility at www.lewisnedas.co.uk

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SEP
05

New instructions for Lewis Nedas Serious Crime, fraud and specialist POCA defence lawyers

  1. bank fraudKeith Wood has been instructed to act for a man accused of cyber hacking and ransom ware activities against some of the leading UK banks; the client was recently extradited from Germany and the case has attracted nationwide publicity;

  2. Jeffrey Lewis has been instructed to defend a company subject to a FCA investigation into market abuse, he will be assisted by Siobhain Egan.

    We have been successfully defending FCA investigations (Regulatory and criminal proceedings) since the FSA was set up in 2001. We adopt a multi disciplinary approach to these cases, drawing upon our criminal/White Collar crime/Regulatory defence expertise which has proved to be a very successful formula for our clients. We note that the FCA intend to intensify their Regulatory and criminal investigations this year, so it will be imperative for any finance professional or FCA regulated company to seek the best advice, quickly.

  3. Siobhain Egan has been instructed to defend an individual facing a banking fraud, and a City Trader facing a criminal fraud investigation. 

  4. Keith Wood, who is one of the leading POCA defence specialist solicitors in the country, has also been instructed in a highly complex set of confiscation proceedings. Keith has been remarkably successful in this field.

 

If you are facing a FCA, NCA, Cybercrime, POCA or serious fraud investigation, contact us on 02073872032 or use our online enquiry facility at www.lewisnedas.co.uk

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MAY
09

Commercial and Litigation Department update

fcaApril was a busy month for the Commercial and Litigation Department with a host of successes for clients with a range of concerns;

  1. A 48 hour emergency injunction; Ian Coupland received instructions early on Friday 21 April 2017 stating that our Tenant client had attended his bespoke tailoring business premises that morning to find that the locks had been changed by his Landlord and that his 10 year lease had been forfeit. Together with the assistance of Annabelle Pantling and all within a very tense period of 48 hours, Ian prioritised and successfully obtained an urgent injunction at the Central London County Court which allowed our Tenant client back into his property just in time to obtain a bespoke suit required by a customer for his wedding the following day (!). Relief from forfeiture was subsequently granted, and our client is now back in his premises and trading as usual.

  2. New instruction by a client under investigation by the FCA; Ian Coupland and Adam Creasey have been working together to assist a client whose business practices are being scrupulously considered by the Financial Conduct Authority. Elements of Director disqualification are to be considered, together with third parties and their own business practices which add further complexity to a long history of behaviour currently falling into question.

  3. A fairly compensated but unfairly treated employee; Adam Creasey has obtained a commendable result for an Employee client who was dismissed after 20 years of service for his Employer, without reason. After a year of working diligently for our Employee client, Adam successfully brought this claim to its Tribunal Hearing on 12 April 2017, where our client was awarded in excess of £20,000.00 in recognition of the unfair treatment and incorrect procedures followed by his Employer in dismissing him so abruptly without reason. Our client has now obtained subsequent employment with a new Employer and is incredibly pleased with the result Adam achieved for him after his many years of previous service.

  4. Major business restructure; Ian Coupland has been proactively advising our Commercial client in a major restructure of his business interests, under section 110 Insolvency Act 1986 in relation to the voluntary winding up of our client’s company.

  5. Reaching settlements; Adam Creasey has assisting an reaching an out of court settlement for a client who stood before a £20,000.00 claim and further Counterclaim, had the deal not been made in the final hours before preparing for a forthcoming hearing. Adam skilfully negotiated with the Claimant in order to obtain a brilliant result for our client and avoid the need to increase costs or spend more time on ongoing court proceedings.

    

 

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DEC
22

FCA regulatory success for Lewis Nedas clients and Keith Wood

fcaKeith was recently instructed to advise and assist the directors of an FCA registered company during a Firm Visit by the FCA. The regulator had a number of concerns about the conduct of certain aspects of the company and during the visit a number of issues were put forward including some very serious breaches of FSMA. At the end of the inspection we negotiated a settlement which involved a temporary restriction on one permission of the firm, rather than a full removal of all permissions which allowed the company to continue to provide services going forward much to the relief of the directors concerned.

 

 

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