We undertake a wide range of criminal prosecutions on behalf of range of public bodies.
As well as handling post-conviction confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, we deal with appeals against conviction and sentence to the Crown Court or Court of Appeal, and case-stated appeals in the High Court.
Areas of expertise include fraud planning law, trading standards, waste, food safety/hygiene, health and safety, private sector housing, and other regulatory regimes.
- Successful prosecution of Poundworld on behalf of a London borough for Health and Safety and Food Safety and Hygiene offences resulting in largest recorded fine.
- Successful prosecution of serial fly-tipper on behalf of large London borough securing maximum magistrates court sentence of two consecutive 6 month prison sentences. Case covered in national press.
- Regular prosecution of rogue landlords on behalf of large London borough including breaches of HMO mamangement regulations and failure to properly licence.
- Prosecuted a fraudster on behalf of two large London Boroughs and the DWP who claimed benefits in three different identities including possession of fake passports. A three month prosecution resulting in sentencing to a 7 year custodial sentence.
- Cash seizure/forfeiture proceedings in the magistrates’ court including post-conviction Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation proceedings together with defending an unsuccessful appeal against conviction and resulting sentence to the Court of Appeal.
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