He qualified as a duty solicitor in Leeds in , he trained with a Leeds firm, where he remained for 20 years.
He has experience of large scale fraud, including crime and regulatory matters.
He has acquired specialist knowledge in dealing with prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act.[ he attended before the Parliamentary Select Committee to assist clients in making representations on the new act ]
He has assisted various clients, from individuals, professionals, boarding kennels, livery yards, Pet Shops, Farmers. He has dealt with most types of animals from Crocodiles, Parrots, Llamas, Dogs, Cats.
He has experience in both prosecuting and defending in road transport cases.
Cases of note:
Case of R
Lady prosecuted for having over 300 animals in her house. She had taken in animals abandoned at the roadside, successfully helped this lady get the lifetime ban lifted.
Case of P
Successfully defended lady, charged with over 30 offences. By careful and thorough analysis of the prosecution case to established gaps in the prosecution evidence thereby securing her acquittal on 26 of the charges. The remaining charges were withdrawn by the prosecution before the appeal was heard. ( This case was highlighted in Daily mail as thye RSPCA shot 12 horses despite claiming £200,000 in boarding costs for them)
Case of D
Successfully represented a professional who had the misfortune of being prosecuted. After thoroughly analysing and reviewing the evidence established the prosecutor had not made full disclosure .Responsible for making representations to the Crown Prosecution Service, to take the case over, and not prosecute.
Case of D- was
Successfully represented a student vet, 5 years into her degree, accused of drowning a dog in a hydrotherapy pool. RPSCA prosecuted her, and the absent owner. Careful analysis of the case established non-disclosure of material evidence leading to an abuse of process determination.
DVSA v A Ltd
Prepared case for prosecuting large scale breach of drivers hours, resulting in company pleading guilty to over 130 charges, and further TIC’s to a fine of £300,000 and prosecution of drivers.
DVSA v I Ltd
Successful prosecution of company and drivers for breach of drivers hours, rest periods.
DVSA v I Ltd
Prosecution of 20 drivers for breaches of drivers hours offences