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Victims Right To Review (VRR)

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Even if the case against you as a suspect is not proceeding further, you should be aware that this is not always the end of the case. You should consider instructing a strong defence team if you have been advised that the Victims Right to Review (VRR) Scheme...

What is the Sex Offenders Register?

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If you are found guilty of committing a sexual offence in the UK, you are liable to face a range of potential penalties, including lengthy prison sentences. However, regardless of whether you are imprisoned or simply receive a caution, after being found...

How Police Uncover and Investigate Indecent Images

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Indecent image offences are incredibly serious, with the accompanying sentences being severe where a guilty verdict is reached. The police and prosecuting authorities are required to follow a strict set of procedures when uncovering and investigating...

Is It Illegal to Take Pictures of Minors Without Permission in the UK?

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There is often some confusion regarding the law on taking photos of minors without permission, which can cause a number of complications given how serious offences relating to indecent imagery can be. Many people question whether it is illegal to take...

End-to-End Rape Review: its impact on rape and sexual assault cases

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The dramatic decline in rape prosecutions since 2016 prompted the Government to launch a review in 2019 to look at how the criminal justice system deals with cases of serious sexual offences . Its findings, published in the 2021 End-to-End Rape Review...

What Should I Do if I Accidentally Viewed Child Pornography?

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It goes without saying that the laws surrounding indecent material depicting children are incredibly serious and, as such, carry severe penalties and sentences. But what happens if you have accidentally viewed child pornography? Many people may...

What Are the Sentencing Guidelines for Indecent Images?

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Facing a conviction for producing, possessing or distributing indecent images or extreme pornography can be incredibly distressing, with the potential sentences being severe for the most serious offences. However, given that there are a range of difference...

What is the Law on Revenge Porn?

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The ever-increasing influence of the internet and social media over the past decade has fuelled a substantial growth in the distribution of adult imagery, something which is now fairly common knowledge. However, what many people don’t realise is that...

UK Indecent Exposure Laws - A Guide

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Public nudity isn’t just frowned upon in the UK – in certain circumstances, it could be a criminal offence that has the potential to lead to serious penalties. It’s often the case that instances of public nudity or sex in public can lead...

How Long Is a Rape Sentence in the UK?

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Rape allegations are incredibly serious, and, as you might expect, the penalties for rape can be severe. Given the nature of the offence in question, prison sentences are an inevitability, but the exact length of the sentence and any other relevant...

Community order Drugs Supply - Southwark Crown Court 2022

Umar Zeb
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We acted for a defendant charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and possession of both Class B & C drugs in the Crown Court. The case was prepared by us and we instructed professional drug experts to anaylse the drugs to...

Caution Possession of Cocaine - Forest Gate Police Station 2022

Umar Zeb
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Our client was detained at a Premier league football match and found in possession of cocaine having been identified by the drugs dog. He was summonsed to attend court and not offered a caution. He was at risk of not qualifying as an accountant with a...

Should You Say "No Comment" in a Police Interview?

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There are various options in a police interview that you attend voluntarily or under arrest. Our only concern is to make sure that you are not charged. Where you are going to be charged we will do what we can to mitigate this and attempt an out-of-court...

On Bail But Not Charged - What Does It Mean?

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If you are under investigation for committing a crime, the police may decide to release you on bail. While this is, of course, a preferable outcome compared to being remanded in police custody, it still leaves plenty of room for uncertainty and anxiety. ...

When Do the Police Decide to Stop Investigating a Crime?

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If you have been arrested or interviewed by the police but are still yet to be charged or released, you may wonder how long it will take for a decision to be made regarding the outcome of your case. Waiting for your case to be decided can be very stressful,...

Not Guilty Historic Rape - Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court 2022

Umar Zeb
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We acted for a defendant charged with 5 counts of historic rape allegations against his daughter going back over a decade. Our client vigorously denied the allegations. The case was prepared by us and we obtained detailed disclosure from the prosecution...

Assault emergency worker - Not charged community resolution 2022

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We acted on an enhanced private basis for an education professional who was arrested following dangerous and erratic behavior in public which led to police being called. He had assaulted two paramedics whilst heavily intoxicated in hospital. The incident...

Not Guilty Attempted Murder Basildon Crown Court - 2022

James O'Donnell
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We acted for a defendant who was charged with attempted murder following an incident outside the Sugar Hut nightclub in Essex. The prosecution alleged that following a large scale fight our client deliberately drove an Audi Q7 over a man who had been knocked...

Caution - Bishopsgate police station malicious communications 2022

Umar Zeb
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We secured a police caution for a city financial executive who was arrested for making serious false allegations following a drunken night out. Our client was able to meet with senior team members who were able to advise on the best course of action given...

Not Guilty Assault Police - Harrow Crown Court 2021

Umar Zeb
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We represented a young client who was accused of committing an assault on an emergency worker and racially aggravated intentional harassment. We gave careful advice about whether his trial should be at the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. The...

Drug supply dropped - Caution possesion 2021

Umar Zeb
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Possession with Intent to Supply Class C – Caution negotiated at the police station. We were instructed on a Private  basis by parents to represent a 19-year-old male who was to be interviewed for possession of class C drugs with intent...

Dual Stun Gun & Blade knife - Magistrates Court Fine only 2021

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2 knives charges were dropped by the CPS with our professional efforts. We represented a private client businessman charged with having possession of 3 knives and also having a dual stun gun and CS spray. We took detailed...

How Can I Get the Police to Caution Me?

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We offer a bespoke private fee service . If we have not already acted in your case, we can take over file from your duty solicitor or another firm. Often you will just need a good solicitor to write to the police setting out your case and the reasons to...

Charges reduced sexual Assaults Custody avoided Crown Court 2021

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We acted for a client charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of common assault. We were instructed on a private basis and took over the case at a very late stage from another solicitor who was acting under legal aid, with the trial date...

Conviction Appeal Exposure Quashed - Harrow Crown 2021

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Our clients Conviction for indecent exposure was quashed. He was convicted of indecent exposure at Willesden Brent court. Umar Zeb Senior Partner instructed Barrister Lady-Gené Waszkewitz of 25 Bedford Row and she represented the...

How Can I Get the Police to Drop Charges Against Me?

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If you are under investigation by the police, you may, understandably, be worried about the prospect of being charged with a criminal offence. However, depending on your individual circumstances, it isn’t always guaranteed that the police will progress...

Suspended Sentence Street Dealing drugs Class A - Croydon Crown Court

Umar Zeb
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We acted for a university student charged with street dealing a large quantity of class A drugs namely cocaine. We made sure that an early guilty plea was entered to secure full credit to reduce his sentence exposure. We were instructed on a private...

Failing notify driver details S172 Road Traffic Not Guilty 2021

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James O’Donnell represented a very well known music artist charged with 3 counts of failing to nominate a driver under S172 Road Traffic Act and driving whilst disqualified. With a thoroughly prepared defence we were able to successfully argue that our...

Assault Police Emergency Worker Not Guilty Uxbridge Court 2021

Sanjay Cholera
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Our client was charged with assaulting an emergency worker namely a firearms officer at Heathrow airport. He was 26 years old with no previous convictions. He pleaded not guilty. The officer sustained an injury to his left knee requiring hospital treatment....

Inciting sexual offence child - Suspended Prison sentence 2021

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We represented a prominent Senior Education Professional who was charged with sexual communication with a child and inciting child sex activity. After he was represented by another firm as duty solicitor at the police station and 1st appearance in the...

Knife case dropped representations to CPS - Thames Court 2021

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We acted for a man charged with possession of a bladed article in a violent incident. Our client had never been in trouble with the Police before. He worked in the finance industry and was studying for finance exams at the time the incident took place....

Why Choose a Private Solicitor for a Magistrates' or Crown Court Case?

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We understand that the prospect of undergoing a Magistrates’ or Crown Court trial can be incredibly daunting, no matter what offence you may be accused of. While you will certainly have plenty of questions about what steps you need to take, one of the...

Drugs supply Suspended Sentence - Highbury Corner Magistrates Court 2021

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Stuart Lloyd advocate represented our client at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of possession with intent to supply class B drugs. The evidence against the client was strong and a large quantity of drugs were...

Not Guilty conspiracy Kidnap and GBH Harrow Crown Court 2021

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Our client was charged with conspiracy to commit GBH and false imprisonment. We fought and secured bail for him. The prosecution wished to proceed to a full trial and we made an application to dismiss which was successful in relation to the false...

Not guilty large drugs conspiracy Class A - Crown Court 2021

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Our client was charged with conspiracy to supply class drugs with a total of 4 other defendants. The prosecution objected to bail at the magistrate's court and he was remanded in custody. Our experienced team made a detailed Crown Court bail application...

CPS agree caution - client already charged at Court 2021

Umar Zeb
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Our client was charged with posession of cocaine class A and he appeared at Thames Magistrates court as the police did not offer him a caution or consider this. We made strong written representations on his behalf to the CPS persuading them to agree to...

Drunk in charge of vehicle dropped by CPS - 2021 Willesden Court

Umar Zeb
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Our client was stopped outside his house by the police on his shared car parking during lockdown. He was having a quiet drink with his friend as the pubs were closed and his friend could not go into his house due to restrictions.  Territorial support...

Successful Appeal ABH Harrow Crown Court - 2021

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Our pursuit for an appeal was successful. A district judge at Brent magistrates court convicted our client of racially aggravated ABH and common assault on two victims. Our client was forced to use minimal force to prevent a late-night assault...

CPS Leading role drug dealing argument dismissed crown court - 2021

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Our client was arrested for dealing class A. The police found a ¼ kilo of heroin in a motor car linked to him a and voluminous evidence that he was running a significant County lines drug operation in Surrey. He was on licence at the time for a...

Guide to UK Pornography Laws

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Pornography is widely available on the internet, but it is important to be aware of what is ‘acceptable’ and what is not in the eyes of the law. UK pornography law is designed to protect the public, particularly those who do not consent or are...

Knife point robbery - Not Guilty - 2021

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James O’Donnell successfully represented a defendant accused of attending an address and robbing the complainants at knife point of £10,000. The defendant was originally represented by the duty solicitor and advised to answer no comment which...

Not Guilty Domestic Assault - 2021 Highbury CornerCourt

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We acted for a client accused of a domestic assault allegation at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court.  Our private client team and Partner Lisa Nicol carried out substantial preparation, meetings and casework.  We located and instructed a senior...

How can I get the CPS to drop the charges against me?

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The prospect of facing a criminal trial is an understandably daunting one. It is important to remember, however, that even where you have been charged with a crime, you will not necessarily need to stand trial – especially if you have the right legal...

Can the police make me unlock my phone?

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We all store most of our lives on our phones, with our daily communications, social media presence and internet search history all being carried around in our pockets. For that very reason, it has become increasingly common for the police to try to seize...

Not Guilty Willesden & Brent Court - Bladed article knife - 2021

Umar Zeb
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We acted  at Willesden and Brent Court for a client charged with possession of a knife during an incident where it was alleged he brandished this knife towards the other party. Our client was forwarding the defence of self defence. Our experienced...

Court of Appeal sentence reduced - 2021

Malik Aldeiri
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SL was sentenced to life with in prison for murder. Malik appeared on behalf of SL at the Royal Courts of Justice (Court of Appeal Criminal Division) and successfully appealed the minimum term originally imposed. He was able to argue that the original...

Section 18 GBH with intent - Not Guilty - 2021

Malik Aldeiri
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DN was a vulnerable youth accused of a s18 wounding. Malik’s hard work and careful eye to detail and analysis of the evidence helped secure an acquittal on a serious charge. He worked hard with the Youth Offending Team and instructed psychologists to...

Conspiracy to rob - dropped - 2020

Malik Aldeiri
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Malik represented RM. This defendant was charged with conspiracy to Rob high value watches. The prosecution alleged that RM was responsible for the knife point robberies and based their case on evidence found on the defendant’s phone. In the...

S18 GBH with intent - Not Guilty - 2021

Malik Aldeiri
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Malik represented DC. He was one of several defendants charged with GBH with intent and violent disorder. He was the only defendant to be acquitted. The incident was captured on CCTV. In preparing his case, he was able to identify breaches of PACE and as a...

Indecent Images - Conditional discharge - 2021

Malik Aldeiri
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Malik represented AA. He was a young man charged with possession of indecent images. The offences happened when AA was a youth, but he was convicted as an adult. Malik argued that the delay in proceedings meant that he was not able to be sentenced as a youth...

Fail provide specimen - dropped - London court - 2021

Umar Zeb
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Our client was charged and appeared at City of Westminister court charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath following an accident and alleged drink-driving. We represented our client  after charge and established that he was suffering from...

Not Guilty Harassment - Willesden & Brent Court 2021

Umar Zeb
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Our client was accused of an ongoing harassment campaign by a neighbour. The case was heard at Willesden & Brent Magistrates Court. We prepared the case thoroughly and the prosecution offered no evidence at court. As the case had a long history a...

Indecent Images - Suspended Prison sentence - 2019

Philip Spicer
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We represented a high-profile businessman of standing in the community who pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images. He possessed more than 500 images with a mixture of  Cat A,  Cat B, and Cat C. The case was highly publicised in the media. ...

No further action - Money laundering - 2021

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We acted for a businessman accused of money laundering. Our Fraud specialist team lawyers advised our client in advance of the police station attendance. We arranged a voluntary attendance at the police station with the specialist police team to avoid our...

What are the legal risks of using the dark web?

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The dark web is often used for illegal criminal activity, which is why it is important to clarify exactly what it is and what the potential risks are for anyone using it. In this post, we outline the law regarding the use of the dark web, how it is used for...

What happens when you get caught with cocaine?

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If you are caught in possession of cocaine, it is important to understand what actions the police may take and what sort of charges could be levelled against you. Being found guilty of possession of cocaine is a serious offence in itself, but the...

EncroChat arrests - we can help

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It is being reported that law enforcement agencies in a number of countries have gained access to what was dubbed the world’s most secure communications network.  The EncroChat system provided high-level encryption that was almost impossible to...

Knife Crime Prevention Orders - Government promises new measures to tackle knife crime

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The new Conservative government has announced plans to crack down on knife crime, with the Queen’s speech setting out their goal to “ensure those charged with knife possession face swift justice”. While the government has not yet gone...

Dealing with a search by Police or Revenue and Customs Officers

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The knock at the door at 6am is one of the things that can inspire the most dread in people.  It is rarely, if ever, a good sign.  When the door is eventually opened to a group of people in uniform, one of whom is brandishing pieces of paper marked...

Cash Forfeiture - A General Guide

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Law enforcement officers can sometimes seize cash either when it is being moved around, or during a search – even a search of your home. They will take it if they have reasonable grounds for suspecting it is recoverable property. Recoverable property...

Conviction quashed in causing death whilst driving uninsured case

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Causing death whilst driving uninsured, unlicensed or disqualified, an offence under section 3ZB of the Road Traffic Act 1988, is controversial. All that it requires is for the presence of an uninsured, unlicensed or disqualified driver on the road to cause...

Proposal to restrict Police bail

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The Law society made a freedom of information request and found out that there are more than 57,000 people currently on police bail awaiting a decision as to what action, if any, will be taken against them. Also the data shown was only taken from 34 of the...

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