Crime Cases

Acting for a Local Authority in a benefit fraud case

Paul acted for a Local Authority, prosecuting a long-running benefit fraud case involving overpayment of over £50,000 of Income Support, Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit/support over three-year period. It was alleged that the Defendant had deliberately and repeatedly failed to declare that she was living with her partner (later her husband, and the father Continue reading

Successful Crown Court Appeal against conviction

Rachel’s client had previously been convicted in the Magistrates’ Court of an offence of failing to provide information as to the identity of a driver (section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988). Following his appeal, Rachel represented him at the Crown Court for a full rehearing of his case. The defence was based partly on the Continue reading

Avoidance of disqualification for a client with 15 points

Rachel represented a Defendant with 15 points on their driving licence, in a case involving failing to give information (a ‘section 172’ offence). The client also had a recent conviction for the same offence, something which was of concern to the Magistrates. However, Rachel used her considerable advocacy skills to argue ‘exceptional hardship’ on behalf Continue reading

Multi-day benefit fraud trial

Dean acted for a local authority in a multi-day benefit fraud trial in which it was alleged that the defendant had failed to notify the authority that she was living with her partner, thus affecting her entitlement to claim housing benefit and council tax support in an amount in excess of £10,000. The defendant called Continue reading

Prosecuting multiple public order offences

Sophie conducted a complex multi-day trial against three youths who faced a total of over ten charges including affray and other public order offences. The case involved Sophie in cross-examining multiple civil witnesses, as well as reviewing both CCTV and forensic evidence. This case highlights Sophie’s skills in: cross examination of multiple witnesses use of Continue reading

Avoiding driving licence revocation

Sophie defended a local resident who faced a charge of failing to provide information in accordance with section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. Notoriously, such charges are difficult to defend against as they are offences per se. The duty falls on the defence to prove that they had acted with due diligence. Sophie Continue reading

Use of excessive force

Sophie successfully prosecuted an acting police officer for the use of excessive force amounting to an assault in a two day trial before a District Judge. The case involved questioning several witnesses to the incident who had been intoxicated at the time, lengthy examination of police records and cross examination alongside CCTV evidence. Due to Continue reading