Yesterday lunchtime ITV’s Loose Women covered a subject we are always keen to ensure gets its fair share of airtime.  Parental Alienation.

Parental Alienation was the subject of the below slot and it is so crucial that early signs are spotted so that action can be taken before it is too late.

Early intervention and advice is key, delay in the hope that things will get better will only give the alienator an opportunity to entrench the position with the child.

If you need, or know someone who could do with advice from an expert Parental Alienation Solicitor then please visit our dedicated page today and make contact with Steph and our Team.

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Neal Gozzett successfully defends Sussex businessman accused of multiple assaults and harassment against his ex-partner.

The police boarded a plane at Gatwick to arrest the businessman in relation to the allegations. After a lengthy interview and submitting detailed representations to the police, which included a detailed dossier of evidence (including written and digital), the CPS took no further action in relation to all allegations.

The representations were key in having the matter stopped due to the evidence we obtained, as this attacked the credibility of each allegation.

If you are facing a false allegation in any way and need some expert advice from a law firm with a proven track record in matters like this then please contact Monan Gozzett on 0207 936 6329 or info@mgsolicitors.co.uk

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Neal Gozzett secures no further action for city professional accused of stalking. After obtaining evidence on behalf of his client, Neal Gozzett had the case reviewed prior to the case reaching the Crown Prosecution Service by making representations, resulting in a swift conclusion of the case, thus preventing further stress for his client. Furthermore, he persuaded the police to conduct a voluntary interview, leaving no trace on the Police National Computer which can have a detrimental effect on travel and future job prospects.

If you are facing a false allegation and need some expert advice from a law firm with a proven track record in matters like this then please contact Monan Gozzett on 0207 936 6329 or info@mgsolicitors.co.uk.

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High profile case discontinued after exhaustive efforts by the defence. The defendant was originally investigated in relation to a number of sexual assault matters, following representations by the defence and a lengthy investigation by the police.

CPS indicated that there was to be “no further action” in relation to cases involving a number of complainants, however, some charges did proceed to a full court hearing. The court case was eventually discontinued after comprehensive work was completed in relation to factual inconsistencies and expert evidence was obtained by the defence.

The team from MG solicitors, Maria Monan, Stephanie Dew and Mellissa Piggott worked with Siobhan Grey QC (a member of the ‘fearsome 13′) in relation to this case.’

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By Asif Chaudhery - Associate Solicitor MG Solicitors

As most people will be aware the current legal aid system is under a lot of strain and has been a hot topic for a while now.

One reason is due to the amount of work that has to be undertaken by criminal solicitors and barristers, who I must say work very hard and deserve a lot of credit for what they do.

Appeals is an area of work where legal aid funding can be very restrictive. Your original barrister will draft an Advice on Appeal however said barrister may feel there are no grounds for pursuing an appeal.

But does this mean it is the end for the client?

Not necessarily. Why? It is simple, it may be worth getting a second opinion. Now, I appreciate this may not be possible for all. However, for those that are able to, it may be worth trying to pursue the matter via a private route.

I was involved in one very matter. A client was referred to me after being told by their legal aid solicitors that there were no grounds for appealing a sentence.

After hearing about the circumstances and details involved in this matter it was clear to me that something had to be done and it was worth a try. Thankfully, Claire Mawer, counsel at 15 New Bridge Street, was of the same view.

It is important to mention there are many grounds upon which an appeal against sentence may be lodged. A few examples are:

  • Sentence not justified by law – The Court of Appeal will intervene when a sentence is passed which could not legally be passed.
  • Judges sentencing remarks – The Court of Appeal may allow an appeal where it forms the view that the sentencing judge had taken into account irrelevant factors when deciding the appropriate sentence – this, of course, dependent on the facts that particular case.
  • Matters improperly taken into account – Errors of fact or reliance on inadmissible evidence may justify an appeal being lodged. Similarly, the Court of Appeal can admit new evidence/fact relevant to the issue of sentence such as new expert evidence for example.
  • Sentence wrong in principle or manifestly excessive – A sentence will be generally regarded as being wrong in principle if the sentence was one which could be seen as not being in the appropriate form, for example the defendant was not eligible for a prison sentence. The most common ground advanced by way of appeal against sentence is the argument that a sentence is ‘manifestly excessive’. The fact that a sentence is merely severe will not ordinarily be sufficient. An appeal is only likely to be successful if the sentence passed is one considered to be outside the range for the offence and the offender.

Whilst Counsel and I considered and used the relevant ‘conventional’ grounds of appeal above, it was clear to us that in this particular case the line of argument which was going to work above all others was clear, it was mercy.

Prison-Sentance-Appeal-SolicitorI must state that all cases are based on their own specific facts and no two cases are the same.

This one was no exception. My client was sentenced to three years imprisonment despite being terminally ill with cancer. I am sure there are many in a similar situation however this particular client would have died in prison had we not give an appeal a chance.

As some may be aware the purpose of being sentenced is to restrict one’s liberty. In this circumstance it was clear that this was already the case with the client’s health.

There were other factors in play of course but the point is sometimes it may be worth seeking a second opinion.

The end result was that we managed to get the sentenced reduced to one of 18 months, which when other factors were taken into account effectively meant that the client was released from prison two weeks after the appeal hearing and will be able to spend the little time left with the family.

If you need some advice in relation to an appeal against sentence or conviction please do not hesitate to call us on 0207 936 6329 or email info@mgsolicitors.co.uk

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