Notable cases

NOTABLE CRIMINAL DEFENCE CASES

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We are experts in criminal defence. Many of our cases have attracted national and international media interest.

Murder

2021 R-v- IE, Sheffield Crown Court. Secured the acquittal of the defendant in a multi hander double attempted Murder. A call was received from ambulance reporting that two patients had been shot in the arm and back in the Sheffield area. Firearms officers attended and found the victims conscious, breathing and walking around but with shot gun injuries. The defendant was arrested and it had been established that he had also been arrested earlier in the day in an incident involving a family member of one of the victims and then released some hours before the shootings. This was the likely the catalyst for the shootings as asserted by the prosecution. One victim Sustained around 40 pellet wounds in the right upper arm and forearm, wrist, hand and fingers, right hip, and right side of chest. Several pellets still embedded including one under nail of right index finger. The other victim sustained 4/5 pellet wounds to the back. The defence case was that this was a case of mistaken.

Drugs Conspiracies/ Supply of Drugs

2019 – R -v -HK – Manchester Crown Court. Operation Gamber. Represented HK in a multi hander conspiracy to supply class A drugs namely heroin and cocaine across the North West and Midlands involving 16 defendants involved in a large-scale narcotic distribution group. 90,000 pages of evidence were served. The investigation was led by Greater Manchester Police Serious and Organised Crime Group unit. The case was widely reported in the media.

2018- R -v- DG – Manchester Crown Court. Operation Cosmetic. represented DG in a multi hander and multi-million-pound conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to produce 300kg of amphetamine involving national distribution of drugs. The case attracted national media coverage. 

2019 – R-v- MM – Sheffield Crown Court. Represented MM in a multi hander conspiracy to produce class B drugs. We successfully made an application to dismiss against MM.

2018 – R-V- AW – Sheffield Crown Court. Represented a client in a multi hander conspiracy to supply class B drugs. AW was acquitted.

2021- R – v – HD . Sheffield Crown Court. Represented HD in a drug cultivation matter involving Class B (Cannabis) drugs with a street value of over £800,000. The court heard how this was a very sophisticated cannabis production set up indicative of a highly professional industrial scale cannabis factory and implemented as part of an organised crime group. The defendant pleaded on the basis he had arrived into the UK in a lorry two weeks prior to his arrest on the promise of legitimate work, he effectively acted as a gardener and was not involved in the operational or management of the premises nor was he involved in the setting up of the cannabis. It was successfully argued that the defendant played a lesser role within the sentencing guidelines. The case attracted media interest.

2021 – R -v -SH – Manchester Crown Court. Represented SH in a multi hander involving  Firearms, ammunition and Possession with Intent to Supply Class A drugs namely heroin and cocaine across Greater Manchester. During the trial, we produced a vital piece of evidence, namely a Psychological report based on the defendant’s very low IQ level. The case attracted media interest

2020- R – v – CC . Leeds Crown Court. Represented CC in a drug cultivation matter involving production of 171 cannabis plants having a street value of £90,000. The court heard how this was a very sophisticated cannabis production set up and implemented as part of an organised crime group. CC was spared a prison sentence.

2021 – R-v- IE. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented IE where he was tried for possession with intent to supply class A drugs involving a significant amount of  cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. The case attracted media interest.

2019 – R-v- DC. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented DC where he was tried for possession with intent to supply class A drugs including crack cocaine and heroin. The case attracted media interest.

Fraud Conspiracies

2019- R -v- MA . Sheffield Crown Court. Operation Loft. Represented the main defendant in a multi handed conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration involving nine defendants. The applications were made on an industrial scale. The case involved a two-year investigation by Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team. This was a lengthy trial and the case was widely reported in the national media.

2019 R-v- SA, Liverpool Crown Court. Operation Codete. Represented the defendant in a multi handed conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration involving a wide international element. After successful negotiations, SA was spared a prison sentence, although the maximum sentence for assisting unlawful immigration, contrary to section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971, is 14 years’ imprisonment.

Money Laundering

2020- R-v- QA – Snaresbrook Crown Court. Represented the defendant in a Money Laundering matter. After successful representations, the defendant was spared a prison sentence.

2019 – R-v- EC . Derby crown court. Represented EC in a two-hander money laundering case to the value of over quarter million pounds. After successful representations, EC was spared a prison sentence.

Prison Mutiny

  • 2019 – R v MM. Maidstone Crown Court. operation Disclaim. Represented MM in a seven week prison mutiny (riot) trial at HMP Swaleside involving a total of 21 defendants and four separate trials. The case was widely reported in the national media.

Firearms

2020 – R v KH. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented KH who had been charged with possession of a weapon namely a Linher handy prod stun gun designed or adapted for the discharge of an electrical current. We successfully persuaded the court that the Linher cattle prod did not conform to the definition of a prohibited weapon. A not guilty verdict was entered.

2020 – R v KH. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented KH who had been charged with possession of a weapon namely a stun gun designed or adapted for the discharge of an electrical current. Successfully persuaded the court that the stun gun did not conform to the definition of a prohibited weapon. A not guilty verdict was entered. 

Sexual Offences

2021 – R-v- BH. Sheffield Crown Court. The case involved historical sexual offending. We represented BH who was tried for multiple counts of Indecency with a child and Indecent assault over a period of time where such offences carry maximum sentences of 10 years imprisonment. The defendant was a minor at the time and in later life diagnosed with autism. Following successful submissions, BH was spared a prison sentence. The case attracted widespread media interest.

2019 – R-v-LS. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented LS in a multi hander conspiracy to pervert the course of justice as part of a wider sexual abuse case. After trial LS was acquitted.

2018 – R -v- MM Leeds Crown Court – represented MM in a 10 day rape trial where he was accused of multiple counts of serious rape over a number of years. MM was acquitted.

Kidnapping

2020 R-v- AS, Basildon Crown Court. Represented the defendant in a multi handed kidnapping case. Successfully negotiated a lesser charge. The case attracted widespread media attention.

2019 – R-v-MA . Sheffield Crown Court. Represented MA in a kidnapping case involving two defendants.

Arson with Intent to Endanger life

2021 – R-v- NK. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented NK where he was tried for Arson with intent to endanger life where substantial damage was caused to adjoining properties. We instructed a Fire Investigation Expert to determine whether any fire damage to the building and the defendant’s clothing was consistent with the defendant starting the fire.  After trial the defendant was acquitted.

Assault

2019- R-v WS. Nottingham Crown Court., Operation Hames. Represented a client in a multi hander affray with five defendants. The victim, who was a student from the Middle East, died of a stroke after falling into a coma following the incident. This case attracted huge international media coverage and worldwide campaigns against the defendants. WS was spared imprisonment. 

2020 – R-v- DL. Leeds Crown Court. Represented DL. In a multi hander serious assault (section 18) and violent disorder trial involving seven defendants.

2018- R -v- BB. Sheffield Crown Court. represented BB who was accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The Complainant had suffered horrific head injuries. BB was acquitted.

2021- R -v- JR. Sheffield Crown Court. represented JR on a matter of Affray where he was accused of swinging a pool. cue. The defendant was spared a prison sentence. The case attracted media interest.

Section 18 Assault

  • 2020 R-v- NM, Sheffield Crown Court. Represented the defendant who had pleaded guilty for causing grievous bodily harm with intent where it was alleged the defendant had used his car to drive into the victim. . Successfully appealed against sentence at the Court of Appeal where the appeal had been made on the basis the learned Judge gave no weight, and made no adjustment for, the mitigating factors, the Judge erred  in considering the case fell within category one of the sentencing guidelines and where the Judge erred in making no adjustments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The case attracted widespread media attention.

Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving

  • 2019- R-v- IT. Manchester Crown Court. represented IT who had been charged with causing serious injury with dangerous driving where the victim had suffered injuries resulting in being hospitalised for two months. IT was spared prison.

Criminal Damage Conspiracies

  • 2020- R -v- EJ. Sheffield Crown Court. Represented the client in a multi handed conspiracy to commit criminal damage in the form of graffiti on trains involving Northern trains, East Midlands trains and Virgin trains causing extensive damage over a period of time. EJ received a suspended sentence.

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