Sadie Thomson

Solicitor

Sadie Thomson

Solicitor Manchester Business Crime & Regulation

Sadie joined JMW in January 2017 as a paralegal in the Business Crime and Regulatory team. Sadie completed her training contract at JMW, before qualifying into the Business Crime and Regulatory team in March 2020.

Sadie has extensive experience of dealing with various aspects of Criminal and Regulatory defence. She has assisted in representing clients alleged to have committed a wide range of criminal offences, including:

  • Murder / Attempt Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Kidnap
  • Serious Assault
  • Conspiracy to Supply Class A / Class B drugs
  • Fraud and Dishonesty Offences
  • Money Laundering
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Trading Standards Offences
  • Motoring Offences

Sadie also has also assisted many individuals facing complex confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She has assisted clients that are alleged to have benefitted millions of pounds as a result of their criminal conduct. Sadie also has experience of working alongside skilled experts, such as forensic accountants, in order to demonstrate that a defendant does not have hidden assets.

Notable cases:

Serious Crime

R v FA – Allegations of murder, attempted murder and intentionally assisting offences. The defendant was alleged, alongside eight others held to form an Organised Crime Group, to have been involved in the murder of one individual and the attempted murder of another. Following a nine week trial, the defendant was acquitted of all three counts with which he was charged.

R v AT – Allegations of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, alongside 19 co-defendants. The prosecution accepted that the defendant was not involved in the wider conspiracy and accepted a guilty plea to a smaller conspiracy, involving the defendant and one other individual.

R v NL – Allegations of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. The prosecution accepted guilty pleas to lesser charges. Following extensive mitigation, the individual avoided an immediate custodial sentence.

Financial Crime

R v BW – Allegation of money laundering. The prosecution made the decision to discontinue the proceedings following the service of a detailed defence case statement, which provided details as to the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending.

R v SK – Allegation of theft from an employer in the sum of over £1 million, over a period of 12 years. Following an early guilty plea and the advancement of extensive mitigation, the individual avoided an immediate custodial sentence.

R v CM – Allegation of conspiracy to defraud. Proceedings were brought against the Registered Manager of a care home, who was alleged alongside eight other defendants, to have benefitted in the sum of £30 million through defrauding the residents of the care home. The defendant was acquitted following a trial that ran for over one year.

Confiscation Proceedings

R v DB – Representation of an individual, following a conviction for drug and firearms offences, alleged to have benefitted in the sum of over £2 million. Successfully demonstrated that a number of the assets that the prosecution originally alleged to be available, were not realisable. Successfully persuaded the Judge that the defendant’s wife had a 50% beneficial interest in the matrimonial home, despite the property being registered solely in the defendant’s name.

R v TT – Representation of an individual who pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Successfully reduced the benefit figure, having carefully analysed the material and demonstrated that the prosecution’s valuations of the drugs seized were incorrect.

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