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General Crime

CW-v-DVSA (Administrative Court) – acted as advocate for the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency on an appeal by Case Stated in which the appellant was arguing that the continuing professional competence provisions were ultra vires and should be struck out.  DVSA were successful in defending the claim.  Instructed by Andrew Stewardson.

R-v-JM (Leeds Magistrates’ Court) – acted in the defence of a lady accused of neglect of her son.  Following submissions made by Keith the case was dismissed by the Court after the prosecution closed its case.  This was a matter that Keith was instructed on after another firm of solicitors advised the defendant incorrectly to simply accept the allegation.

R-v-SW (Harrogate Magistrates’ Court) – acted as defence solicitor for a man accused of assaulting his daughter.  Keith made representations to the Crown that they should drop the case, however, the Crown reviewed the case and indicated that they would proceed despite the representations.  Following cross examination of the complainant during which it was accepted that the complainant was the aggressor Keith made submissions of no case to answer and a not guilty verdict was returned without any evidence called on behalf of the defence.

R-v-TH (Bradford Crown Court) – acted as solicitor advocate for the defendant alleged to have stolen over £75,000 in cash from a gentleman that she was carer for.  The defendant was acquitted after trial.

R-v-CW (Leeds Crown Court – acted as defence solicitor for a successful business man who was alleged to be responsible for causing permanent damage to the hearing of another male following a fight outside a public house.  Instructed to act on a private paying basis Keith prepared the matter for the a contested trial at Court.  During the trial the defence were able to demonstrate that the Crown could not prove that the defendant caused the injury in question.  Originally looking at a sentence in the region of 4 years the defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser offence and was sentenced to a conditional discharge.

R- v-TM (Central Criminal Court) – provided advice and representation at the police station through to trial to Thomas Mair the man convicted of the killing of Jo Cox MP.  Acted as defence solicitor throughout the trial which was allocated to the terrorism lists at the Central Criminal Court.

R-v-DB – (Leeds Crown Court) – defence solicitor and advocate for the lead singer of Black Lace.  His confiscation order was agreed at a £1 available amount.

R-v-W – (Leeds Crown Court) – defence solicitor for a client who was amongst the first in the country charged with the offence of controlling and coercive behaviour along with other offences of domestic violence.  Keith represented the defendant as his solicitor at the police station interviews and then prepared his defence in the crown court.  The case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service prior to trial.

R-v-N – (Canterbury Crown Court) – defence solicitor for a client  falsely accused of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  Trial took place over 10 days and the Court invited a submission of no case to answer after hearing the defence case.  Keith was thanked by the client for all the support offered in the preparation of the defence case and throughout proceedings.

Henderson-v-Crown Prosecution Service – Keith instructed Nicholas de la Poer of New Park Court Chambers.  This was an appeal by case stated against a decision of the Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court.  The appellant was convicted of three racially aggravated public order act offences and three “underlying” public order act offences based on the same facts.  The High Court ruled that the decision was unlawful and in doing so ruled against the advice given to Magistrates’ Courts across the country.  This case will result in a change to the national practice and settles once and for all the correct approach to alternative charges in the Magistrates’ Court.  The result of the case is that the appellant had the three convictions removed from his record. A more detailed summary can be read here and the Guardian article on the case here.

A Youth-v-Director of Public Prosecutions – Keith acted as defence solicitor and original advocate in the case of a young man aged 17 who was sentenced by the Crown Court to a sentence that was twice what an adult with similar charges would have received.  The case was appealed by case stated to a divisional court of the High Court and on the 24th February the appeal was heard. Nicholas de la Poerof New Park Court Chambers was instructed by Keith acting as defence solicitor. The Court found that the sentence passed was unlawful. In the ruling the divisional court have amended the law and how that has been interpreted by Court’s up and down the country.  As a result of this case a youth defendant can no longer be sentenced to more than the equivalent adult defendant the court held that remarks that seemed to approve longer sentences for youths in LCC v DPP [2001] EWHC 453 (Admin) were obiter and not law.  It is anticipated that a number of texts on sentencing practice and criminal law will be amended to reflect the new position.  For this defendant it meant the sentence was halved by the Court at a rehearing.  The judgement can be found here.

R-v-L (Leeds Crown Court) – Defence solicitor for a successful businessman man accused of historic rape and other sex offences.  The case was funded privately by the family. The accused was acquitted by the jury after a 7 day trial with the family thanking him for his “great advice and effort on our case…we really appreciate it”.  Handpicked by client after careful research along with Nicholas Lumley QC of Park Court Chambers.

R-v-M (Leeds Crown Court) – Acting as solicitor-advocate Keith represented a man accused of making indecent images of children.  Originally, the allegation was that there were over 3000 indecent images but following defence submissions this was reduced to around 800.  At trial Keith acted in the defence of the accused who was found not guilty.

R-v-N (Leeds Crown Court) – Acting as solicitor-advocate Keith defended a man accused of armed robbery.  Undertaking both the advocacy in the Crown Court and managing the preparation of the defence as solicitor Keith secured the acquittal after trial despite claims the man was identified as being present by eye witnesses and forensic evidence.

R-v-W (Leeds Crown Court) – Acting as solicitor-advocate Keith defended a man accused of making over 150 indecent images of children.  The case was listed for trial but following representations made to the Crown by Keith the Crown reviewed the case and offered no evidence.  This case involved admissions by the defendant that he  had used chat rooms to contact persons over the age of 16.  At early hearings the Court had tried to claim that the defendant did not have a defence to the charge at law but Keith  disagreed with the interpretation of the law by the Court.

R-v-B (Leeds Crown Court) – Acting as solicitor Keith prepared the defence of a man accused of historic sexual offences from 20 years earlier.  Using a variety of experts and careful research the defendant was acquitted of all charges after Trial.

R-v-P (Preston Crown Court) – acted for a defendant in a 12 defendant conspiracy relating to possession of firearms and the supply of class A drugs.

R-v-N (Liverpool Crown Court) – acted on behalf of a defendant in a 26 defendant conspiracy relating to possession of firearms and import of class A and C drugs.

R-v-D (Leeds Youth Court) – Keith appeared before the Youth Court and argued successfully that the prosecution should be halted as an abuse of process on the basis of delay and manipulation by the CPS of the charging decision.

Serious Crime

We set out below some of the cases we have been working on in the past 18 months and before:

  • R v W murder
  • R v A attempt murder
  • R v B murder
  • R v C Indecent images (largest seizure ever nationally)
  • R v S terrorism
  • R v H attempt murder of child
  • R v T terrorism
  • R v P terrorism
  • R v A assisting an offender (murder)
  • R v K conspiracy to pervert course of justice (murder)
  • R v C controlling prostitution
  • R v H conspiracy to supply
  • R v B conspiracy to supply
  • R v F conspiracy to supply
  • R v A conspiracy to supply
  • R v B conspiracy to supply
  • R v C historic rape
  • R v M Sexual assault
  • R v R historic rape
  • R v D conspiracy to import
  • R v B conspiracy to steal (diamond heist)
  • R v R death by dangerous
  • R v E conspiracy to supply
  • R v M conspiracy to steal (lorry jacking)
  • R v S conspiracy to supply
  • R v M conspiracy to supply
  • R v M violent disorder
  • R v N conspiracy to pervert course of justice
  • R v J murder
  • R v M human trafficking
  • R v K conspiracy to supply
  • R v D  conspiracy to supply
  • R v B  conspiracy to supply
  • R v P Conspiracy to supply
  • R v M care home abuse(historic)
  • R v J  conspiracy to supply
  • R v H Firearms and pervert course of justice (terrorist links)
  • R v H death by dangerous driving
  • R v N conspiracy to import

Defence lawyer defendant tried and acquitted of murder (joint enterprise)

Defence lawyer defendant charged murder. As result of representation at the police station and at trial acquitted of murder-pleaded to conspiracy to burgle

Defence lawyer in a case involving a convicted murderer accused of threats to kill in similar circumstances to the historic murder offence following his release from prison.

Defence lawyer in violent disorder matter representing two members of the Catalans Dragons Rugby League team. Advising from the police station through to Crown Court.

Defence lawyer in drink driving and failure to stop at the scene of an accident case for a high profile sports person. Advised at the police station and assisted in navigating the client through the procedure and minimising the impact of an offence which could have had major implications on his career. Successfully preventing media attention.

Defence lawyer in a robbery and kidnap matter involving a defendant with mental health difficulties.

Defence lawyer for a company director facing allegations of kidnap and false imprisonment.

Proceeds of Crime / Asset Recovery

Defence lawyer in confiscation proceedings of in excess of £1m following large scale VAT fraud.

Defence lawyer in confiscation proceedings following defendant’s conviction for production of cannabis following a large scale police operation into  local cannabis farms.

Defence lawyer in complex confiscation proceedings involving alleged hidden assets and dissipation of funds in Vietnam.

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