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NOV
17

Firearms suitability reviews - Early legal help can resolve them more quickly

ammunition 1Our firearms law specialist Laura Saunsbury is regularly instructed to advise firearm or shotgun certificate holders whose suitability to remain a certificate holder is being reviewed by the police. Suitability reviews are on the increase and as a result in many police force areas there is a growing backlog of such cases, leading to extended waiting times before reviews are completed. Laura Saunsbury has had considerable success in a number of recent cases in persuading the police to complete their reviews more quickly than they would otherwise have done, and also to resolve them in favour of her clients. Seeking early legal help from our expert firearms law team can sometimes avoid revocation and so result in your guns and certificates being returned far more quickly, and at far lower cost, than if you have to challenge a revocation decision by taking an appeal to the Crown Court.

In one such case recently, our client, who is a keen clay target shooter and regularly takes part in competitions, contacted us two months after the police had removed his guns and certificates. Within a fortnight of us taking on the case, Laura Saunsbury had secured their return. Our grateful client and his wife expressed their appreciation in the following terms; 

“Thank you so much for your assistance in all of this, Laura, we were very impressed with the work you put in on my behalf.  Prior to your involvement we really did think there was strong chance I would not be getting my guns or certificates back, and had it not been for you, I don’t believe  I would have got them back. Having you on board has been amazing.”

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Laura Saunsbury interviewed live on BBC Radio Two by Jeremy Vine

bbc radio 2Yesterday morning our firearms law specialist Laura Saunsbury made a live guest appearance on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio Two. Following the publication yesterday of a report by the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) of their investigation into Surrey Police Firearms Licensing Department, Laura was asked by the BBC to provide legal insight and analysis on whether there are adequate checks and controls on individuals who hold or apply for firearms and shotgun certificates.  

The IPCC report was commissioned after John Lowe, who had been issued a shotgun certificate by Surrey Police, fatally shot his partner Christine Lee and one of her daughters in February 2014.  Previously in 2013 Surrey Police had temporarily seized Mr Lowe’s shotguns and certificate from him when Ms Lee’s other daughter Stacy Banner reported to police that Mr Lowe had threatened to kill her whilst holding a shotgun in his hand. Four months later Surrey Police returned Mr Lowe’s guns to him after Ms Banner withdrew her allegation.

In its report the IPCC  has identified a series of failings by firearms licensing officers in Surrey Police to properly assess available evidence and Police intelligence held on Mr Lowe before making the decision to return his guns to him. The publication of the IPCC review should therefore not be used as a justification to call for tighter legal controls on the possession of firearms. Instead, as Laura observed in the BBC Radio interview, this case is a deeply tragic, but fortunately rare, example of how an adequate system of control can be in place but nevertheless things can go terribly wrong if Police firearms licensing departments are understaffed and there is a lack proper training and supervision.

To listen to the radio interview in full click on this link to the programme. The interview with Laura begins 7 minutes into the programme.  

   

 

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Laura Saunsbury profiled in the leading CPSA shooting magazine, Pull!

cpsaLaura Saunsbury, who heads our specialist firearms law department, has been profiled in the April 2017 edition of Pull!, the magazine for members of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, which is distributed each month to its 24,000 members. In the article Laura talks about her work as the Honorary Solicitor to the CPSA and what led her to specialise in firearms law. To read the article in full, click here.

   

 

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NOV
22

Another firearms appeal successfully resolved for Lewis Nedas client and Laura Saunsbury

firearmsOur in house expert in firearms licensing appeals, Laura Saunsbury, successfully negotiated a settlement of yet another appeal last month. Our client, an experienced shooter who had held his firearm and shotgun certificates for many years, sought Laura's help when his certificates were revoked in October 2015 following his arrest over a parking dispute.

In spite of our client being cleared of any wrongdoing in this and a number of other alleged incidents in the past, for a long time the Police continued to contest our client's appeal. The case had been scheduled for a 3 day hearing at Lewes Crown Court in mid October 2016. However, after two preliminary hearings and persistent pressure from Laura on the police to reveal further information about the background to the various allegations and the character of the complainants, the police eventually reconsidered their objections and agreed nearly a year later in September 2016 to reinstate both of our client's certificates. 

Our client was a member of two national shooting organisations, the CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association) and the NRA (National Rifle Association), and was fortunate to have legal expenses insurance through both organisations which between them funded his legal costs. In writing to both organisations to express his appreciation our client made the following comments;  

“I would like to express my absolute satisfaction with my solicitor Laura Saunsbury and the barristers Nick Doherty and Helen Dobby.

Throughout the case I received brilliant and excellent client care from Laura Saunsbury and very impressed with Laura's attention to even the smallest details in my case. Laura with no doubt at all is the top solicitor in firearms matters in the country.

I firmly believe it should be appreciated that Laura Saunsbury is a valuable and irreplaceable asset to the future of our sport.”

    

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OCT
18

Another success for Lewis Nedas law and Laura Saunsbury in Firearms Certificate Revocation case

firearm certificateA retired deputy head teacher in Southern England who had held his firearm and shotgun certificates for more than 50 years, sought the help of our firearms law specialist Laura Saunsbury after the Police revoked his certificates following an unfortunate road accident. With Laura’s help an appeal was lodged and detailed representations were made to the Chief Constable to carefully review the revocation decision. Very soon afterwards our client’s certificates were reinstated by the Police without the appeal ever having to go into court. In writing to express his appreciation he said the following; 

There is no doubt in my mind, Laura, that your name and expert input were instrumental in achieving the reversal of my firearms licence revocation. I am absolutely delighted and thank you once again for your invaluable help and support in this matter.”

If the Police have revoked or refused to renew your firearm or shotgun certificate, contact us for expert advice. In some cases we may be able to resolve matters for you quite quickly by negotiation and at relatively low cost.

 

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