Increasingly in these austere times it is the media as opposed to Crown Investigative bodies who initially bring allegations of misconduct or illegality. Make no mistake, whilst this will inevitably be presented by the particular media organisation as done in the name of justice, it is primarily done to sell copy or increase an audience. Principles of fairness and justice become secondary to getting a story at all costs. Rest assured, when the media have had their fill, some tin pot bureaucrat involved somehow in the prosecution will see an opportunity for glory and jump on the coattails of the media investigation (or witch-hunt as we prefer to call it) hastily dispatching the police in to cobble together a prosecution.
It is a recipe for disaster. The reason many such high profile cases and trials crumble is because they are built on such shoddy foundations.
Lawyers at Ashcott solicitors are well versed and have a proven track record in identifying those inherent weaknesses that shatter such prosecutions. Will Southcott at Ashcott Solicitors has successfully defended a serving police officer from allegations of ecstasy dealing brought following an apparent undercover investigation by the now infamous Mazhar Mahmood (he of the ‘Fake Sheik’ fame) of the (joyously now defunct) News of the World.
Journalists and a Photographer from the News of the World claimed to have the unfortunate target on tape and film supplying them from a bag containing up to 50 ecstasy tablets. Mr William Southcott was however able to expose lies, half truths and errors within the Crowns evidence resulting in an acquittal of all charges and also establishing the truth that the unfortunate defendants only crime had been a passion for dodgy dance music.
Other notable cases involve Ashcotts Lawyers being consulted in respect of the failed Serious Fraud Office prosecution of Kieron Fallon and 7 others for an alleged betting scam.
Cases such as these require experience and a keen eye to identify conflict in the Crowns case between the need for a good story and an evidentially sound package for a criminal prosecution.
Managing such cases also require media skills including increasingly an ability to understand the influence of the Internet on such high profile matters. Ashcott solicitors are well versed in search engine optimisation and have worked in conjunction with media and PR consultants in the past to ensure clients receive a fair trial and are not unfairly or unduly exposed.
Interestingly on a linked issue Ashcott Solicitors are currently preparing abuse arguments in a Conspiracy case involving 7 defendants where over 96,000 prejudicial news items as against our client have been identified across the media be it Internet, Newspaper reporting, Television documentaries and even, the then Home Secretarys, ill advised press pronouncements earlier in the investigation. The former Home Secretary may even be summonsed as a witness at the trial, or better still prosecuted for contempt. (Even lawyers at Ashcott Solicitors can live in hope)
For further details contact Will Southcott on 0161 2340020 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org