Number of UK partners: 10
Number of other fee-earners: 15
Crown Court: Louise Straw, Mike Mackey
Magistrates: Daniel Weed, Suzanne Dooley
Road Traffic: Gwyn Lewis Business
Crime/Fraud: Erin Cowley
Professional Discipline: Charlotte Ellis, Daniel Weed
Areas of Practice
General & Serious Crime: 70%
Road Traffic: 10%
THE FIRM Operating from the office in Manchester, an extensive team of committed lawyers offers unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise with 24-hour, 365 days a year response. The firm has been awarded ‘Crime Team of the Year’ and ‘Regulatory Team of the Year’ at Manchester Law Society Awards on a number of occasions. Jonathan Wall was awarded ‘Paralegal of the Year 2017’ and Michael Mackey having received ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ in 2014. Two current members of the team are Manchester Law Society past presidents.The firm is one of the largest Legal Aid Agency crime providers in Greater Manchester and holds very high costs case accreditation.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
General & Serious Crime: The firm offers advice on all aspects of criminal and related investigations and proceedings, representing clients in every level of tribunal, acting in many of the major trials involving the most serious of offences. The firm has developed a pre-eminent specialism in shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death and the defence of historic sexual offences.
Business Crime & Fraud: The business crime team undertakes cases involving corporate fraud, VAT irregularities, HMRC investigations, money laundering, confiscation and asset recovery, BIS (DTI) investigations, copyright/trademark investigations, money laundering, bribery and corruption and mortgage fraud. A niche unit provides representation for allegations of breaches of trading standards regulations and was successful in this area in defending a kitchen entrepreneur in the largest ever prosecution of its kind in the UK.
Regulatory Law: The firm is involved in the defence of all investigations, including inquests, and prosecutions for breaches of health and safety regulations and breaches brought by other regulators such as the Environment Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Security Industry Authority and Gangmasters Licensing Authority. An area of growth has been in firearms certificate appeals representing members of the National Rifle Association. The firm has been involved in the longest running inquests in UK history which attracted worldwide publicity.
Medical & Nursing Care: The growth in recent years of criminal allegations against medical and nursing staff especially in relation to the regulation of care homes by the Care Quality Commission has resulted in the firm regularly being instructed by both representative bodies and individuals to advise and support through criminal investigations and proceedings.
Professional Discipline: A specialist team provides a national service in representing members of professional and public service bodies including the representation of doctors, pharmacists, teachers, dentists and nurses in relation to regulatory and misconduct issues and criminal investigations and proceedings, backed up by the considerable focus and expertise of the main practice.
Road Traffic: Clients who are alleged to have committed offences in this topical area of law are represented by a dedicated unit, drivingoffence.com, providing a specialist and effective service with an enviable reputation in the successful defence of the full spectrum of motoring offences including speeding, dangerous driving, driving under the influence, mobile phone use, VOSA investigations and a niche specialisation in taxi regulation.
CLIENTS Clients range from government departments, public service bodies, small to medium business enterprises, national corporations, healthcare professionals, leading individuals from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment to the private individual confronted by the police, Crown Prosecution Service and other prosecuting authorities.