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I am a Solicitor Advocate specialising in Criminal Law and have been practising since 1993. I head up the firms Miscarriage of Justice and Crime Team, as well as offering assistance in complex civil litigation.
I have been fortunate to have been involved in putting right a large number of miscarriage of justice cases, many of which have been nationally reported. I strongly believe in standing up for those who have suffered an injustice.
I am recognised as a specialist in defending false allegations with a particular interest in complex institutional care home enquiries and false memory cases .
We work with many national support organisations such as FASO , FACT and BFMS .
- R v Sheikh [ 2004 ] - Historical Allegations Conviction quashed
- R v Grierson [2005 ] - CCRC Referral Historic Cases - Law on Delay Clarfied
- R v Lay [ 2005 ] - CCRC Referral Consecutive sentences to an extended sentence [ Acted as Counsel ]
- R v Robson [ 2006 ] - Substantial Historic Case [ Acted as Junior Counsel ]
- R v Sheikh [ 2006 ] - Key decision on Historic Cases
- R v Wake [ 2008 ] - CCRC Referral on issue of alternative indictments
- R v Joynson [ 2008 ] - Historic Care Home Case conviction quashed
- R v Lawless [ 2009 ] - Murder conviciton quashed on basis of fresh expert evidence
- R v H [ 2010 ] - Law on doli incopax confirmed for historic cases
- R v B [ 2010 ] - Historic Allegations quashed
- R v France [ 2010 ] - Sexual Offences quashed due to fresh evidence
- R V S [ 2010 ] - IPP quashed
- R v L [ 2012 ] - Historic Convictions quashed due to misdirections on complaint evidence
- R v S , B , C & R [ 2012 ] - Sexual Offences quashed on fresh gynaecological evidence undermining original evidence of abuse
- Ali , Dennis , George , Lawless & Tunbridge v Secretary of State for Justice [ 2012 ] - The only succesful challenge to the Govt of Ian Lawless was navigated by Mark Newby as his Solicitor .
- R v Nealon [ 2013 ] - Conviction quashed on Fresh Evidence showing DNA on Clothing related to unknown male and not appellant .
- R v Lawless [ 2015 ] - Posession with Intent to Supply CCRC Referral
- Current CCRC Referral in an Historic Case to be heard at the Court of Appeal Northern Ireland .
- North Wales Inquiry Cases - Acquittals in all 5 Cases instructed in Operaiton Pallail .
- Pending Supreme Court Hearing May 2018 - Challenging Governments Miscarriage of Justice Compensation Scheme
On going work in cases across the UK .
My work with My collegue Mark Barlow of Garden Court North Chambers Manchester is featured extensively in Chapter 26 of the new Edition of Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences.
I contributed to " Hope for the Innocent" a critique of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, other articles in periodicals and the 2009 Major Conference on Historic Cases. I write regularly for The Justice Gap.
I also undertake Prison Law and Jordans are one of the small number of firms now recognised as specialist providers of Prison Law . As the supervising partner of litigation I am keen to ensure that we offer a service that provides clear unbiased advice to our clients allowing them to make a judgement as to the merits of their case. I fully understand the worry that any form of litigation causes and believe that the realistic, open and honest advice that I offer through my department and team allows my clients to make balanced judgements.
I have been supporter of the Round Table for 20 Years, rising to national secretary of this movement which promotes Communinty social and business interaction. I held this post for 5 years in total during which the face of Round Table changed.
I currently act as Secretary to the Round Table Trust a Charitable body which funds young people on community service projects around the world .
- I am a Past President of Doncaster & District Law Society
- I am a Council Member at the National Law Society representing Yorkshire .
- I sit on the Law Societys Criminal Law Committee and the Scrutiny Performance and Review Committee .
When I am not practising the law, I also publicly speak to the media and professionally on criminal justice issues, miscarriage, police conduct and investigations. I teach and lecture on Criminal Justice issues , Police Station and Court practice , LAA Funding Issues and Criminal Appeal Practice . I write extensively on these issues and regularly write for example for the Justice Gap .
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