Welcome to Edward Hayes LLP - Solicitors & Advocates
We are an internationally recognised law firm based in Fleet Street and at the Guildhall, Central London, Deansgate, Manchester and throughout the South of England with excellent links to all major centres.
Perhaps best known for our involvement in high profile litigation, the firm is also highly regarded in other areas. We are able to provide support and expertise in most areas of business and private life. Our lawyers are highly ranked in their specialist fields and we have won a number of awards, above all we are committed to prioritising the needs of our clients.
The majority of our lawyers are trained litigators which means they are natural fighters. Our training in litigation and experience of actual court disputes means that in many arenas our lawyers have a natural and distinct advantage over contemporaries who may have never appeared in a contested court case.
ROLE OF OUR SPECIALIST FAMILY PRACTITIONERS IN RECENT COMPLEX FACT FINDING HEARING
Mr Justice Baker comments on exceptions to 26 weeks time limit in care cases and the importance of specialist family practitioners is emphasised. In Devon County Council v EB & Ors  EWHC 968 (Fam), a complex fact finding hearing concerning twins born to parents who suffered from a range of medical conditions, Mr Justice Baker took the opportunity to comment on the introduction of a 26 weeks time limit for care proceedings, the adducement of expert evidence and the role of specialist family practitioners. Baker J said:
"[T]his case demonstrates that, whilst it will be possible to conclude the vast majority of care cases within 26 weeks, as proposed by the modernisation reforms, there will still be a small minority of cases, exceptional cases, where the investigation takes longer. ..... Judges must be vigilant to identify those rare cases which require longer time. It is, of course, important that these cases are identified as soon as possible at the outset of proceedings and that any delay is kept to a minimum." In respect of expert evidence he said:
"Judges will be rigorous in resisting the call for unnecessary use of experts in family proceedings but equally will not hesitate to endorse the instruction of experts where, under the new rules, they are satisfied that they are necessary for the determination of the issues in proceedings."
As to the contribution of specialist family lawyers, he commented:
"Finally, this case demonstrates again the crucial role played by the specialist family bar and solicitors. The role played by all of the representatives for all of the parties in this case has been of the utmost importance. All judges are very concerned at the prospect of an increase in self-represented litigants and the consequences for the family justice system. Not enough recognition is given to the contribution to the family justice system made by family lawyers."
For the judgment in this case, please see http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed113427
Paul Storey QC and Christopher Butterfield, both of 29 Bedford Row, appeared on behalf of the mother.instructed by expert family solicitors Edward Hayes LLP.
EDWARD HAYES LLP SPECIALIST FAMILY TEAM
Led by Helen Fitzsimons and William Bache, Edward Hayes LLP successfully represented a father in the High Court of Justice, Family Division, Manchester Civil Justice Centre, whose children had been returned to his care following allegations of non-accidental injury/baby shaking. We proved that a head injury was consistent with a low level fall, as explained by the father. The children were all returned to the family's care as a 10 day fact finding hearing collapsed. The police investigation was abandoned and the family reunited.
Helen Fitzsimons successfully represented the mother of a 2 year old child who was returned to her care following allegations of neglect. We were able to obtain for the mother, a diagnoisis of ADHD, which resulted in her being properly treated and as such, enabled her child to be returned to her care.
EDWARD HAYES LLP FAMILY LITIGATION TEAM
Successful win after a 15 day fact finding shaken baby case in the High Court in Exeter. The team were led by Paul Storey QC and William Bache. Numerous experts and social workers were discredited as the court found our clients to be "doting parents". A terrible miscarriage of justice wa avoided in this shaken baby non-accidental injury case. the family of 5 are now reunited and a huge police investigation dropped. Our team are the most experienced and successful lawyers in this field. Our successes range from the landmark case of Angela Cannings to numerous continuing appeals that have involved non-specialists and basic high street legal aid lawyers. We are able to accept instructions from anywhere in the UK and can provide worldwide assistance through our international work.
The Business Crime Team defeated allegations of conspiracy to defraud in a massive advanced fee case in the Midlands. Our team, led by Lee Karu QC, Khadim Al'Hussan and Yogesh Patel analysed 17,000 pages of detailed forensic accounting material and disproved the charges before the trial even commenced.
Charles Long and Sarah Forshaw QC won yet another case involving false allegations of sexual misconduct. Our success rate in dealing with such cases is unrivalled and almost 100% for privately funded cases. The charges of rape and indecent assault arose at a drunken office party and involved senior executives and should never have been prosecuted. Legal aid lawyers are generally not equipped to deal with these cases. A defendants costs order was made. Since October 2012, such orders are no longer available. Now a successful defendant can no longer recover his reasonable costs following recent charges in legislation.
LONDON - FILM FRAUD
Edward Hayes LLP are instructed in a number of HMRC high profile multi-million pound international film fraud VAT cases. Our business litigation team, led by Christopher Hayes, are top rated in the recently published leading directories.
INTEREST RATE SWAPS
Edward Hayes LLP are taking numerous instructions to act in multi-million pound interest rate swap misselling cases. Our business litigation team instructs Abbas Lahka QC and Graham Broudie QC to litigate these landmark cases. If you or your business have been affected, you should contact us immediately.
Neal Gozzett won another serious sexual offence case in Portsmouth Crown Court. Our client was acquitted by the jury on all counts. The case involved expert evidence from the prosecution which was successfully challenged. If found guilty, a lengthy custodial sentence would have been imposed and ruined the client's life and any future career. Expert knowledge and preparation is required in these types of cases. The success rate of Edward Hayes LLP in winning cases involving the gravest of allegations is unrivalled.
Helen Fitzsimons successfully represented the mother accused of non-accidental injury (shaken baby). The baby remained in the care of the mother despite social services seeking to place the child in foster care.
Edward Hayes LLP family department successful in International Case
We have represented the Mother of three children in the High Court to vary an Order of the French courts in respect of contested issues of residence and contact. The Mother and Children and now happily settled in the UK.
Care applications doubled over the last four years - October 2012 figures show 9% on last year
In October 2012, Cafcass received a total of 937 applications. This is a 9% increase on October 2011 levels. For the first seven months of the 2012-2013 period care applications have numbered 6,323. For the same period in 2008-2009 they totalled 3,104.
Re G (A Child) (CA)  EWCA Civ 1377
Helen Fitzsimons represented a child in this important reported case in the County Court and at the Court of Appeal ensuring that both the child’s interests were paramount and long-term future was determined without delay.
HMRC Confiscation Order Victory
Edward Hayes LLP recently involved in Operation Devout Confiscation Proceedings in Northampton Crown Court where the client's assets were said to be vast and hidden across the globe and total in excess of £23 million.
Jason Halsey in-house advocate at Edward Hayes maintains his 100% success rate.
Our trial advocates and indeed our overall success rate is, we believe, unrivalled. Jason exemplifies this.
Legal 500 - Edward Hayes LLP recognised as a top tier firm
Additionally, Maria Monan and Christopher Hayes named as 'Recommended Lawyers'
"White Collar Crime Law, Firm of the Year in England"
Edward Hayes LLP awarded the prestigious title of white collar crime law firm of the year
Legal expenses insurance and directors and officers insurance policies often referred to as D and O policies – we are currently representing a number of directors and individuals under such policies. If you are facing legal proceedings you should check with us to see if you are covered.
Libor Investigation Lawyers Appointed
We are currently acting for a number of witnesses in relation to an international investigation conducted by the Financial Services Authority, Department of Justice, Securities and Exchanges Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Commodities Future Trading Commission.