Following a two and a half year battle by Janes Solicitors to establish the innocence of their client, the Crown Prosecution Service finally offered no evidence in a recent hearing at Southwark Crown Court.
In a rarely precedented case, Janes Solicitors working closely with Geoffrey Cox QC, bucked modern precedent by securing an order for costs against the Metropolitan Police in relation to cash forfeiture proceedings both in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. This was a significant victory finalised after lengthy and contested legal submissions
Janes Solicitors fraud team worked closely with Lord Carlile QC and Alexandra Healey QC in the successful defence of Mr Geert van Meel . The Prosecution was brought by the SFO and known as the ‘Beijing Olympics Ticket Case Fraud’. Mr Van Meel was alleged to have made fraudulent representations in respect of the sale of a large number of football tickets for international and premier league matches. At the outset the defence team took a novel point of European Law to challenge the statutory football ticket sales regime as being anti competitive. The Judge did not give a ruling upon this but accepted subsequent legal submissions concerning the Fraud Act. Janes Solicitors cannot say too much more at this stage as the case is continuing against the other defendants.
Janes Solicitors successfully acted on behalf of Merlin Ferry (son of Bryan and brother of Otis) in relation to a charge of possessing a Gurkha knife in a public place. Following representations from Janes Solicitors regarding the fact it was part of a fancy dress outfit the charge against Mr Ferry was dropped and he agreed to be bound over for a period of one year.
Janes have secured the release of a client charged with serious drug offences and money laundering in the South of England after contesting a Prosecution application to extend custody time limits. Having secured victory in the Crown Court we successfully opposed the Prosecution’s attempt to have the decision judicially reviewed the next day.
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