After initially qualifying as a legal executive and becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, Tony went on to qualify as a solicitor and has been a Partner at Lewis Nedas Law since 2003. In 2006, Tony obtained his Higher Rights of Audience which allows him to practice in the Crown Court.
As a defence solicitor, Tony has extensive experience in serious and complex crime. He regularly represents clients charged with the most serious criminal offences including murder, rape, GBH, fraud and multi-defendant drugs conspiracies.
Tony takes a hands-on approach to the cases on which he is instructed, frequently attending the police station which is a very important stage in the criminal process and then representing clients both in the magistrates’ court and the Crown Court. He is diligent and committed and dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for his clients.
A particular area of expertise for Tony is indecent images, historic sexual cases and ancillary orders often encountered in such matters which include sexual harm prevention orders, sexual risk orders and foreign travel bans.
As well as dealing with serious criminal matters, Tony often defends prosecutions brought by local authorities in relation to trading standards offences, food hygiene and environmental health offences and benefit fraud.
Tony has knowledge of cases involving the trade in endangered species. CITES or the convention on international trade and endangered species of wild flora and fauna provides the framework while enforcement occurs via COTES which is the control of trade in endangered species regulations.
Wherever appropriate, Tony instructs experts to assist him in defending his clients and has extensive links with forensic psychiatrists, DNA specialists, forensic imagery experts, firearms specialists and accountants.
For seven years, Tony was a member of the Committee of the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association and for five of those years he was the law reform officer. He has, in the past, also been involved in court user groups at local courts, attended borough criminal justice group meetings and participated in HMCTS’s London Defence Engagement Group.
The most prominent case in which Tony was involved was that of R –v- Nicky Jacobs who in 2013 was charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riot in October 1985. The Crown sought to rely on unreliable witnesses who were given immunity from prosecution for their own roles in the murder as well as a rap poem written by the defendant when he was just 16 years old.
After a five-week trial in March/April 2014, the jury took less than one hour to acquit Jacobs of the murder of Keith Blakelock. There was at the time extensive press coverage and Tony appeared on Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman shortly before the end of Paxman’s long tenure as presenter of Newsnight. The murder of Keith Blakelock remains unsolved and is indeed the only murder of a serving officer on the mainland of the United Kingdom where no one has ever been convited.
R –v- OP – A bus driver was accused of causing death by dangerous driving when he drove his bus into the back of a stationary bus in front which in turn crushed a passing pedestrian, this being Victoria Coach Station. After a re-trial, OP was acquitted of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving. He always accepted he had caused death by careless driving.
R –v- DSA – DSA stabbed an associate of his several times on the balcony outside his flat following an argument over race.
R –v- JA – a novel and unusual case where JA’s ex-wife launched a private prosecution against her ex-husband for coercive and controlling behaviour because he had refused to provide her with a Get. A Get is a Jewish religious divorce, can only be granted by the man and, without one, the woman is not permitted to remarry within the Jewish religion. The case against JA was discontinued after he granted his ex-wife a get. The couple had been divorced in the family court some 20 years earlier.
R –v- BE – a significant county lines drugs conspiracy in Northampton in which over £600,000 worth of drugs were supplied. BE was a key lieutenant of the king pin in this conspiracy.
R –v- NB – a romance fraud in which NB is alleged to have defrauded six women over a period of almost 10 years. Over £1.5 million was handed to NB during the currency of the fraud and the women losing several hundred thousand pounds each.
R –v- L – the client in this case was an NCO at a RAF base who engaged in sexual activity with girls under the age of 16 years old who were members of the RAF cadets.
R –v- YK – YK is awaiting trial at Inner London Crown Court on charges of murder and robbery. The deceased was stabbed twice by assailants on a stolen moped who were trying to steal an eBike.
R –v- SR – another case awaiting trial in which a number of defendants, all prison officers or managerial staff, assaulted a prisoner in his cell causing a significant brain injury.
Other cases in which Tony has recently acted or is currently acting include a gang rape, a historic sex case dating back almost 40 years, a £100,000 fraud at Boots the Chemist and a sexual assault which occurred at a pool party where almost all who were in attendance were prison officers.
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