The importance of been able to conduct detailed consideration of unused material was highlighted in a recent trial conducted by Edward Hayes. The defence team, led by Maria Monan, were able to identify key evidence from bundles of documentation served by the Crown in this complex investigation which assisted counsel, Mr Gregory Fishwick, in securing an acquittal. The defendant and three others all appeared before the Central Criminal Court charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.  The other co-defendants,

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Being accused of hurting your baby is, without a doubt, any parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, parents and carers from every walk of life can find themselves in this devastating predicament. Here Edward Hayes LLP, provides essential advice on what to do when you have been falsely accused of hurting your baby: 1. Stay calm and focus on your child Emotions will understandably be running very high. Everything you say and do will be noted by any professionals present and referred to at a

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Maria Monan represented a young professional acquitted of causing grievous bodily harm. We were instructed as a firm of specialist criminal lawyers. Following comprehensive preparation and the instruction of leading Queen’s Counsel and an expert Physician, a successful half time submission of no case to answer was made, resulting in the jury being directed to acquit the defendant before the close of the Crown’s case, and without the need to open the Defence case or call the Defendant to give

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Non-accidental injury and shaken baby syndrome cases are often, understandably, highly emotive, challenging and controversial. Being faced with the accusation of hurting your child can bring total devastation to families. Here is what you need to know about non-accidental injury/shaken baby syndrome. What is non-accidental injury? Non-accidental injury (NAI) is a term used to refer to any abuse or injury purposely inflicted on a child; this abuse can be emotional or physical. Physical abuse

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The Family Law Team represented a Mother falsely accused of the non-accidental injury of her 4 month old baby boy in the reported case of Re L (Withdrawal : Head Injuries - Unknown Cause) (Rev 1) [2015] EWFC 67 (06 July 2015).  Worthing NHS Trust were criticised by HHJ Jakens after they reported to social services that the baby had been shaken without undertaking adequate medical investigations – this led not only to baby L being placed in foster carer for over 8 months but the Mother and Father

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