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The client was arrested for being concerned in the importation of a large amount of class A drugs. No further action taken against the client in August 2009.

Two clients were charged with robbery of a mini cab driver. Both clients were on bail and both were found not guilty of robbery following a trial at Kingston Crown Court in April 2010.

The client who was a senior HM customs & excise officer was charged with theft of a very large quantity of expensive items seized by HM Customs and Excise at Heathrow airport. The client was granted bail at the first appearance at court. Following a two-month trial client found not guilty at Manchester Crown Court.

The client found not guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary at Canterbury Crown Court in January 2010.

The client who was a Chinese national and an alleged “Snakehead” was jointly charged with 8 other Chinese nationals of Kidnapping, Blackmail, and Grievous Bodily Harm with intent. The victims had been illegally smuggled in the UK allegedly by the “Snakehead” who then demanded ransom for their safe release. Following a 3-month trial at Harrow Crown Court the client was the only one who was found not guilty of all charges even though the prosecution had alleged that he was one of the leaders.

The client was jointly charged with 4 other defendants of Conspiracy to import Class A and B drugs valued in excess of £5million. The prosecution followed an eighteen-month investigation by HM Customs and Excise. The client was granted bail by the crown court. Guilty pleas to importation of Class B drugs were offered to Crown but were rejected. After four-month trial at Canterbury Crown Court client found not guilty of conspiracy to import class A drugs but guilty of conspiracy to import class B drugs (the same guilty pleas we had offered in the first place).

The client jointly was charged with four others of a “smash and grab” robbery on Mappin and Webb jewellers. The client was the only defendant who was found not guilty.

The client was jointly charged with 10 others of Conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Reported in the national press as “Multimillion-pound people-smuggling ring” and “Thought to be amongst the biggest in Europe” Eventually we offered a limited basis of plea, which was accepted by the prosecution. Client sentenced to two years imprisonment most of which he had already served on remand.

The client was jointly charged with 2 others of conspiracy to breach immigration laws by arranging sham marriages for illegal immigrants. The police investigation followed a “sting” by the News of the World reporter Maz Mahmood. It was alleged that the client and a priest at a church in Islington had organised 100’s of these sham weddings. A number of “brides” were also arrested and charged. Clint was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, witness intimidation and breaching a deportation order. The Crown eventually accepted a plea to the arrangement of 40 weddings and offered no evidence in relation to all the others counts. Client received a custodial sentence of 5 years.

The client who was a pharmacist was charged with harassment and sending malicious communication. I made written representations to the crown prosecution service that it was not in the public interest to prosecute a pharmacist of 15 years standing whose career maybe ended if she was convicted. The prosecution agreed to withdraw both the charges.

The client was found not guilty of dangerous driving after re-trial.

The client was found not guilty of racially aggravated common assault in June 2010.

The client was found not guilty of a total of 7 charges including assault occasioning actual bodily harm x 2 in July 2010 following a trial.

The client who was a stallholder was found not guilty of assaulting two customers in July 2010.

The client is one of 4 defendants charged with being concerned in the importation of a very large quantity of class A and Class B drugs and firearms. Client is due to stand trial in January 2011.

The client was found not guilty of taking a prohibited article into prison in February 2010.

The client was arrested for GBH with intent following a fight during which another male was glassed in the eye. No further action taken against the client.

Client found guilty of people smuggling after a lengthy trial in June 2009.

The client is subject to extradition proceedings in November 2010.

The client is subject to extradition proceedings in December 2010.

The client was arrested for terrorism but released without charge after being questioned over 7 days at Paddington Green Police Station.

Client was arrested for terrorism but released without charge after seven days of interviews at Paddington Green Police Station.

I acted as an agent for another firm of solicitors. The client was interviewed over 7 days in relation to a number of terrorism offences. The client was charged but was found not guilty following a lengthy trial.

The client who was alleged to be a Neo Nazi was found guilty of 7 out of 8 counts of terrorism offences in June 2009.