How can you be guilty of an offence you did not actively take part in or know was going to happen? Whether you were the person who was holding the gun, the driver of the getaway car or even in receipt of communication from someone involved in the offence at the time of an incident, you can be equally responsible and prosecuted under the joint enterprise doctrine. This allows a number of people to be prosecuted for an offence without the requirement to consider each person’s individual involvement

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The Crown’s case centred around two allegations of rape of a girl under 16 years, following Maria Monan‘s advice at a voluntary interview the defendant submitted a written statement, this was closely followed by comprehensive written representations which resulted in the case being discontinued.

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Neal Gozzett successfully defends a motorist who faced an immediate ban for driving 85mph in a 50mph zone.  She had pleaded guilty by post prior to legal advice and Gozzett successfully persuaded the court to re-open the case under s.142 Magistrates Court Act 1980 and vacate her guilty plea. He persuaded the Prosecution that it wasn’t in the Interests of Justice to pursue the allegation due to her medical circumstances at the time of the offence. After the successful submission to the court the

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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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