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Possession of a Firearm, Ammunition and Assisting an Offender Proceedings - Acquittal

JMW have successfully represented an individual who was involved in a multi-handed five-week trial. Prior to the trial, JMW Solicitors were successful with an application to dismiss Count One (Possession of a Firearm) and Count Two (Possession of Ammunition), based on insufficient evidence. Following the application, Count Three of the indictment (Assisting an Offender) remained and the client was acquitted after trial.

Trading Standards Trial – no case to answer

Expert legal representation from JMW ensures Trading Standards prosecution is stopped mid-trial following disclosure requests and submissions of no case to answer being made. Not guilty verdicts entered and a defence cost order secured. 

HMRC discontinue a six year criminal investigation

Evan Wright represented nine company directors in the discontinuance of what HMRC described to the court at the time as their ‘largest investigation of the last five years’.

Defence of diverting inheritance

Evan Wright was instructed to defend a person suspected of diverting a child’s inheritance for their own benefit. The sums involved were large and the allegations covered a period of years.

Expedited Review of Premises Licence Success

Jonathon Enston secured the reopening of the World Heritage Centre after an incident of serious violence and disorder involving guns and knives led to the premises licence being suspended. An expedited review hearing was required before the Licensing Committee to determine the future of the World Heritage Centre.

R v M – Encrochat – Not Guilty

Jonathon Enston and Elisha Kaur secured the acquittal of an individual alleged to have been involved in a large-scale conspiracy to import Class A drugs. Our client spent two years on remand having instructed us after he had appeared before the Magistrates’ Court.

Successful discharge in extradition case of Poland v DW

Angela Leskaj in our Business Crime and Regulatory team secured another discharge at Westminster Magistrates Court. Angela Leskaj instructed Catherine Brown of 6KBW

Inquest – Death by Road Traffic Collision

Sam Healey, Jonathon Enston and Valentina Oldham successfully represented their client, DF, at an inquest touching the death of KH, before the Coroner’s Court, to consider the circumstances surrounding a road traffic collision in which the parties were involved.

Investigations team successfully concludes private prosecution against former accountant

Our London-based investigations team led by Dan Martin recently concluded a long-running private prosecution in a rare form of ‘out of court’ settlement in a criminal case. Our clients are high-net worth individuals who for many years trusted their personal affairs to be managed by their friend and accountant. The case started when our clients’ newly appointed business advisor discovered that their former accountant, who is in his mid-eighties, had been overstating our clients’ liability to HMRC and fraudulently retaining tens of thousands of pounds every year.

GMC + Dr M

Evan Wright and Valentina Oldham represented an eminent doctor of Oncology, charged by the GMC of dishonesty in relation to the qualification he publicised on websites and in applications for research grants. The doctor was practicing in several countries and depended upon his reputation to support various academic projects.

CIFAS Marker Removal – don’t take ‘no’ for answer

Lily Beweley-West recently assisted an international client, Mr. A, with the removal of a CIFAS fraud marker from his credit file. The marker was preventing him from opening a UK bank account and harming his employment prospects. It was quickly removed following and investigation by Lily, who submitted written representations and evidence to CIFAS absolving the client of suspicion.

Acquittal in Harassment Trial

Peter Grogan successfully represented a client facing harassment charges pursuant to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. It was suggested by the prosecution that the client had pursued a course of conduct which was known or ought to have been known amounts to harassment of the complainant. The prosecution relied heavily on messages and calls between both our client and the complainant.

No Further Action taken in Local Authority Fraud Investigation

Amy Shaffron successfully represented a client in a fraud investigation by a local authority, who confirmed that no further action is to be taken against the client following her interview under caution. The client was accused of providing false information during the process of succeeding her late mother’s tenancy in their council-owned property. This was a very unsettling process for the client, who feared that she may lose her family home. The local authorities basis for believing that she had lied during the process was based on her being named as a tenant elsewhere despite claiming she was living at the family home. She accepted she was named on her husband’s tenancy, but only for the purpose of helping him meet the earning requirements to be accepted onto the tenancy. She did not consider herself as living anywhere else, so did not see it as relevant to her application to mention it.

Representation of prominent politician

Evan Wright represented a prominent politician, accused of misconduct in a public office and corruption. Following a very complex investigation and JMW’s written representations, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed against Evan’s client, although the investigation continues against others

Successful Acquittal in allegations of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Sam Healey has successfully defended a client facing allegations of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and dangerous driving following a fatal road traffic collision.

Successful defence in alleged dishonesty of accountant

Evan Wright represented an accountant in professional disciplinary proceedings who failed to notify his regulator and insurer about the existence of a criminal investigation into his practice. Although lack of integrity had to be admitted, the accountant was advised to deny the allegation of dishonesty in the subsequent professional misconduct investigation.

Successful Acquittal in Allegations of Conspiracy to Defraud a financial institution and money laundering

Sam Healey has successfully defended a client facing allegations of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. The individual was alleged to have used their trusted position to defraud a well-known financial institution and assist in laundering in excess of £350,000.

Successful Modern Slavery Act defence in Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs

Sam Healey represented a client and secures his acquittal on the first day of trial.
It was alleged by the prosecution that a group of nine individuals, including our client, were running a large-scale and sophisticated Heroin and Crack Cocaine supply operation in the Merseyside and Greater Manchester area. It was suggested that our client was involved in the supply of drugs although took his instructions from those above him in the operation.

Discharge of an Account Freezing Order

Evan Wright and Charlotte Kerry were instructed by Mr. A, managing director and founder of a trading company. HMRC suspected that Mr. A had laundered money through his company during the lockdown period. There were also suspicions of Bounce Back Loan Fraud and incorrect claims for Furlough payments.

Were the prosecution out of time to prosecute an offence at the Magistrates Court?

Evan Wright - instructing Jason Pitter QC - represented a defendant charged with sending obscene and offensive messages by WhatsApp. The charges were contrary to s.127(1) Communications Act 2003.

Only Acquittal in Money Laundering Case at Inner London Crown Court

Sam Healey and Helen Kelsall represented a client and secured their acquittal after a 7 day trial at Inner London Crown Court.

Conspiracy to defraud

Mike Rainford, Sam Healey and Sadie Thomson were instructed to represent the registered manager of a care home alleged to have been involved in a large scale conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law. The firm advised, assisted and represented the client for over two and a half years, from the original police interview up until the conclusion of the trial.

Acquittal in alleged Class A drugs conspiracy

Hojol Uddin and Sadie Thomson secured the acquittal of an individual alleged to have been involved in a large scale drugs conspiracy. Following a six week trial at Bolton Crown Court the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts in respect of the following counts faced by the defendant:

OFSTED Suspension Representation

Evan Wright advised two independent children’s nurseries following decisions by OFSTED to suspend the operation of both settings. Evan attended meetings with OFSTED and prepared written representations.

Arrest warrant obtained against alleged fraudster in private prosecution

Amy Shaffron – instructing David Whittaker QC – successfully obtained an arrest warrant against a defendant in a fraud prosecution being brought by JMW on behalf of two victims

Fraudulent evasion of VAT and excise duty to the importation of large consignments of goods to the UK

Evan Wright was instructed by Mr S, a former senior executive of a large European bank following the client’s arrest upon arrival in the UK. Mr S was alleged to have assisted others in the fraudulent evasion of VAT and excise duty in relation to the importation of large consignments of goods to the UK.

No hidden assets and maximum credit for an early guilty plea

Sam Healey was instructed to represent the head of an organised crime group operating out of Merseyside in a confiscation hearing and also appeal.

Representation in front of regulator’s interim orders committee

Evan Wright represented a professional who appeared before his regulator’s interim orders committee. The regulator argued that suspension was ‘necessary to protect the public’ because the Respondent had failed to tell them about a police investigation when renewing their membership.

HMRC concedes appeal against cash forfeiture

Sam Healey was instructed by two clients who were stopped by Border Force as they were about to board a flight to Thailand.

Banking Fraud

Evan Wright was instructed by B in a banking fraud case, described as one of the largest ever cases prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service. It was alleged that individuals associated with the impaired assets division of a large UK high street bank lent money to struggling businesses when the businesses were not in a position to be turned around.

No agreement to commit murder

Sam Healey represented a client who was jointly charged alongside five others in relation to an allegation of conspiracy to commit murder, in addition to other counts of conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

Allegation of crypto-currency fraud

Evan Wright was instructed by D to attend a police interview when it was alleged that D and members of her family had been involved in a crypto-currency fraud.

Death by careless / dangerous driving

Sam Healey was instructed to represent the CEO of a finance company, having been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving contrary to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Evan Wright was instructed by a firm of solicitors investigated by the SRA in relation to the firm’s connection with building developments, which were said to be unregulated collective investment schemes. The SRA alleged serious breaches of SRA Principles and argued a failure to recognise issues raised in SRA warning notices.

JMW secure unanimous not guilty verdict in gangland murder trial

Hojol Uddin, Sadie Thomson and Evan Wright represented and secured the acquittal of an individual alleged to have been involved in a machete attack upon another. David Whittaker QC and Harry Bentley of 2 Hare Court were instructed to represent the defendant at trial.

Investigation by a Local Authority to the safeguarding of children

Evan Wright was instructed by a children’s nursery when it faced investigation by the Local Authority in relation to a safeguarding issue. It was alleged that staff had failed to spot and appropriately deal with harm potentially caused to the child by a family member. The Local Authority portrayed the investigation as a fact finding exercise when it was – in reality – an enquiry with possible criminal consequences. The investigators wanted the nursery to make some damaging admissions.

Allegation of acting unlawfully during a public order incident

Peter Grogan and Evan Wright advised a solicitor who was alleged to have acted unlawfully during a public order incident. The police offered a community resolution, rather than a formal interview and court proceedings.

Alleged fraudulent discounts

Evan Wright was instructed by M, managing director and founder of a company offering logistics services to large corporations across Europe. It was alleged that M has allowed his company to be used to fraudulently obtain discounts on large amounts of IT equipment from the supplier, a multinational company.

HMRC inspection of a company’s claims for input VAT

Evan Wright was instructed by company S, following an HMRC inspection of the company’s claims for input VAT. The Revenue alleged that the company knew or should have known that it had involved itself in a fraudulent VAT chain when ordering goods from particular EU countries.

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GMC + Dr B

Evan Wright represented a doctor charged by the GMC with dishonesty in relation to the preparation of medical reports. The doctor was instructed to prepare reports on behalf of a solicitor’s firm in support of claims for compensation arising from holiday sickness.