CASES & NEWS
Breach of s.179 Planning Enforcement Notice. R v L: Harrow Crown Court. This case is a good illustration of how a barrister needs to have a good grasp of the facts, the relevant law, and to have a poker face. And why people should find a lawyer who knows his or her stuff. In this …
I was instructed in to represent a young man who was one of 22 defendants alleged to be involved in more than 80 offences involving the trafficking and serious sexual abuse of girls. There were a total of 247 witnesses giving 28,000 pages of evidence. The case was one of the largest, most sensitive and …
R v X, Harrow Crown Court, April 2019: After a string of fraud cases, I was instructed in a case alleging conspiracy to possess shotguns. The case hinged on DNA evidence. DNA evidence is often used in criminal cases, see for example, where it has been used in murder cases – R v P. In …
For most of 2018 Nick defended the principal defendant in 35-week fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court. This complex case arose from the largest ever investigation carried out by the Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigation department. Press report (albeit there are inaccuracies).
Nick represented KS who was accused of being involved in a massive conspiracy to supply cocaine. After a six-week trial, KS was the only defendant to be acquitted. The co-defendants received a total of 116 years’ imprisonment.
Although a defence barrister, Nick was instructed to advise pre-charge and then to prosecute in the case of Ian Paterson who was convicted of carrying out unnecessary operations on patients and received a sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment. This was a one-off case involving complicated medical and criminal issues brought against one of the country’s leading …
Nick represented TOWIE’s Michael Hassiniwho was acquitted of assault. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4033926/TOWIE-star-Mike-Hassini-kicked-custody-officer-police-cells.html
Defended Richard Rye at the Old Bailey in a case involving the largest ever importation of firearms into the UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36446462 http://www.itv.com/news/2016-04-21/gang-guilty-of-smuggling-guns-arsenal-into-uk-that-could-unleash-carnage-on-a-terrifying-scale/
Nick represented a lady at the Old Bailey who was acquitted after it was alleged she ran a company and diverted money from the company into personal bank accounts in order to suppress profits and cheat HMRC of VAT, Corporation Tax and Income Tax. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3406911/Gipsy-couple-drove-Bentley-failed-pay-160-000-tax-profits-lucrative-driveway-paving-business.html
Nick defended Irene Smith in a conspiracy to murder case which attracted national press attention when it was suggested that Irene Smith planned with her bigamist husband to kill his other wife in order to protect a family property development. Although Irene Smith provided a false alibi and concealed clothes worn by the murderer, she was found not guilty of …