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 essence it was alleged that the client was a significant participant in a major fraud against insurance companies involved in “after the event” claims to cover legal expenses in personal injury litigation.
At a very early stage in the investigation Janes Solicitors made strong representations to The Commissioner of The City of London Police that their client was acting strictly in accordance with the law and was following recognised procedures in issuing the policies. However, the police pressed on and charges were laid about a year ago.
As soon as the client of Janes Solicitors was sent for trial notice of dismissal of all charges was served on The C.P.S. Following a case review by Queen`s Counsel for the prosecution common sense has at last prevailed.
Proceedings for the Judge to decide if costs orders should be made against the police and The C.P.S have been adjourned until next year.
The impact of the investigation and charges to the client’s business has been considerable he is now receiving legal advice on a possible claim for damages.
Published: 5th December 2011