Neal Gozzett is a Senior Partner at Monan Gozzett and a Higher Court Advocate specialising in defending false allegations. Neal has over 17 years of experience in criminal law and specialises in serious complex litigation. This includes the most serious cases of criminal litigation ranging from serious violence, corporate manslaughter, large scale drug supply, sex offences and fraud. Neal advises frequently in false sex allegations and works with senior London Queen’s Counsel on a regular basis.
Through the use of effective representations (oral and written), Neal has a proven track record for getting cases discontinued at the early police station stage, thus avoiding the need for court proceedings which could otherwise be lengthy and stressful.
Neal has specific experience in Road Traffic Law, focusing on highly complex and technical cases, and for cases where the client is at risk of disqualification.
Neal’s experience also includes challenging legal decisions, where appropriate, through judicial reviews and tribunals. In addition, he has steered formal complaints against the Police through the Police Standards Directorate and advised individuals in regulatory matters i.e. The Football Association (FA).
In line with the values of Monan Gozzett, Neal’s thoroughness, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients, has enabled him to be successful in getting clients’ DNA and fingerprints removed from police records where cases are dropped.
Neal has developed a wide-ranging client portfolio over the years, which includes high-profile media/sports personalities and senior business men and women.
Neal Gozzett and senior Counsel successfully secured acquittal of a businessman falsely accused of Sexual Assault. At the commencement of the trial, a legal argument was submitted to the court by the defence, in relation to remarks made by the complainant to the officer in the case on the morning of the trial. This resulted in a direction by the Judge that further statements should be taken immediately, which led to the CPS reviewing the case due and offering no evidence. The jury were therefore directed to return a verdict of Not Guilty, thus preserving the good character of the client.
Serious Sexual Offence Allegation - Successful defence of a private banker / property developer who was falsely accused. Detailed written representations were submitted, alongside a comprehensive dossier that led to no further action being taken at the police investigation stage.
Assault – secures acquittal for Pilot accused of domestic violence. Extensive investigation and meticulous trial preparation lead to Not Guilty verdict at court.
Assaults and Harassment - No further action rewarded after Sussex businessman accused of multiple assaults and harassment against his ex-partner. Neal's representations were key in having the matter stopped after questioning the credibility of each allegation.
Historic Rape – Police station investigation halted after CPS take no further action after detailed written representations sent to CPS. Submitted lengthy representations alongside further evidence obtained - after conducting own investigation to ensure defence version of events looked at in detail, as police did not fully investigate leads provided in interview by client.
Harassment - Business man acquitted on first day of trial of harassment against his ex-partner, after producing evidence to confirm he was being harassed and no action was taken by the police. The Crown offered no evidence on the day after submitting dossier.
Rape – Senior IT consultant accused of Rape by ex-girlfriend. Own investigation conducted including witnesses not interviewed by police and detailed written representations submitted. No further action taken by Crown Prosecution Service.
Rape – Midlands based businessman accused of Rape by ex-wife. Obtained evidence which supported his client’s case by obtaining media downloads and submitting report alongside detailed written representations to the police. Case did not make it to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision, the Sergeant dealing with the case took no further action bringing a swift conclusion to the case.
False Allegation - Driving Instructor represented and cleared of a false allegation and accusation by a pupil. Our client was able to continue with his career and profession with a clear name.
Regulatory – Instructed by client who was a football coach to challenge the Football Association in relation to a life time ban. Submitted lengthy complex legal arguments to obtain an oral hearing, this succeeded. At full hearing successful in persuading the appeal board to remove complete exclusion.
Senior lawyer accused of sexual allegations - Represented senior lawyer at International Banking institution accused of false sexual allegation. Representations made in enquiry which led to allegations being unfounded and client being re-instated to post.
Sexual Assault - Neal Gozzett secures no further action for British expat, residing in France for historic sexual assault. His client residences in France and had to return for questioning and co-operated fully with the UK police force to avoid Interpol being involved. Neal Gozzett being pro-active from the start, avoided his client being under investigation for a lengthy period and as a result, the matter was concluded with no further action being taken.
Sex Offence - Secured No Further Action after conducting own investigations alongside police investigation. This led to a swift conclusion of allegation against businessman accused of Sexual Assault.
Assault - Secured No Further Action for high flying city Accountant for false allegation against his son after making lengthy representations to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Sex offence - Secured No Further Action for Teacher accused of historic sex offence. Expert preparation carried out which lead to a fast conclusion of the matter.
Football Association (FA) disciplinary proceedings - Representing a football coach before the FA disciplinary and safeguarding panel.
Judicial Review - Representing Russian businessman in Judicial Review proceedings in relation the legality of the administration of a police caution.
Judicial Review - Representing a teacher in relation to the legality of Social Services disclosures and procedures in relation to their investigation of an allegation made by a child.
Assault - Rising star in English football acquitted of serious assault.
Sexual Assault - Businessman acquitted of Sexual Assault in Somerset at Taunton Crown Court.
Attempted Murder – Acquitted although admissions at scene to arresting officers.
Technology expert facing allegations of harassment and a breach of Restraining Order. His case was dropped and record of arrest appealed to preserve his reputation
Firstly, I wanted to thank you for all your support throughout these two horrible years of waiting and not knowing. I have to say hand on heart I am not sure I would have got through all of this without your support and kind words, you do not know how much this has meant to me.
Once again a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did and your belief, it means the world to us and the family.
From start to finish, my experience with Monan Gozzett solicitors was excellent. They are so reassuring and there is zero judgment. The whole process is completely personalised and their calming manner always puts you at ease, no matter how stressed or worried you might be in uncertain times.
Neal is a very genuine person who cares a lot about not only the case, but also about you as a person. I’m very grateful for how he reassured me and was consistently straight up about everything - I was always in the loop. Melissa was fantastic at very short notice, dealing with things professionally and she really helped me to make the right decisions at every step.
Thank you to everyone who helped me through this process and no one should hesitate to contact them if you’re in need. You’ll be in good hands.
When I offered to write up a review of my experience of working with Maria Monan I readily agreed to do it. I then realised that it really wasn't that simple, as no words can really describe what she has done for me, my partner, my family and my life! Her specialist field of legal representation in false accusations is without a doubt the best that there is to offer, by far. My case was dealt with the upmost detail and with the personal attention that was needed from time to time, especially when the stress of the case was at it highest. I owe my liberty and future to her.
I called Neal when the situation was desperate. That was undoubtedly the best call I have made in my life. Monan Gozzett did nothing less than give us our lives back... We could never have coped and got through things without having Maria and Ms Grey behind us. The absolute relief when the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty on both counts is indescribable. The debt we owe them is incalculable. The value of what they gave us back is priceless. We could have had no idea how things would evolve from one false allegation. Without Maria and Ms Grey behind us, an innocent man could well have gone to prison. Click to read the full testimonial
Both my husband and I felt that Maria’s advocacy skills in the courtroom were first class displaying a superb balance between politeness and steely pursuit of the true facts. Maria has a demeanour and presence that inspires confidence.
We will be recommending Maria.
So here we are Maria, light finally at the end of this very long dark tunnel. I'm sat here shaking my head still trying to fathom out how all this could have happened, how a profession that is entrusted with the greatest responsibility of all, the education of the next generation, can treat such a valuable resource in her formative first year in such a shocking way!
The wounds will heal but I suspect a scar will remain for sometime.
Finally may I once gain thank you for your support throughout the process, a ridged force we all were able to cling onto!
Finding myself arrested and falsely accused of assault came as a complete shock. The duty solicitor available to represent me at the police station that night did nothing to allay my very real fears that this matter might drag on into a Court case, and if the Police would prosecute such an allegation perhaps the Court might convict on it too? This was probably one of the most stressful periods of my life as the repercussions of a conviction would have devastating consequences on my career, livelihood and family.
I was fortunate to find Monan Gozzett in my search for a specialist in this field and from my first contact with them I felt tremendously reassured by their calm professionalism. It was a source of great relief to know that they had the expertise and experience to deal with just this sort of situation.
Maria understood the situation and made strong representations to the Police to enable my voice to be heard. Her strategy prevented any Court action and ultimately led to a swift and efficient conclusion to the matter. I could not have been in safer hands and I would not hesitate to recommend Maria to anyone in a similar situation.
Once again, I thank you Maria for your kindness, it has been of great comfort to me and I know my parents are extremely grateful.
Maria's immediate response to my initial email sent in the early hours with a phone call at 9.00 am that morning started the process of my defence with dynamic lines of action.
Every meeting or phone call, was always full of professionalism and understanding for the issues I was facing.
My choice of Magistrate or Crown Court were meticulously explained and the implications given for each. Mellissa was also the perfect reassuring anchor, always keeping me informed, enabling me to keep myself grounded. Even when the first trial date was postponed, Neal’s attitude was always positive and continued to raise my spirits.
In court, counsel held the jury’s attention and everyone else in court, with strategic arguments being so well presented. With touches of irony, crucial points made perfectly, especially when questioning the witnesses and in counsel’s closing speech made a simple understandable narrative for the jury.
You phoned me immediately once the unanimous 'not guilty' verdict had been returned to share my relief and always went above and beyond with your concern for my welfare, especially when dealing with family allegations.
Once again my sincere thanks to you all and all the very best for a continuing successful practice.
"Thanks again to everyone in your outstanding team who have given such excellent service in navigating me through such a difficult time. I wish you all the best for the future in your good work protecting people who find themselves in similar circumstances."
"I could not have been happier with the service I received from Neal and the team at Monan Gozzett. When I initially found out I had been falsely accused I had a mixture or emotions, mainly fear, Neal demonstrated his wealth of experience and excellent people skills putting me right at ease. Neal was always available to support me throughout the process and I always took comfort in the fact that whatever happened next Neal would know what to do in order to protect me and my future.
Highly recommend this fantastic firm and should I need a solicitor again I know where to go"
The last 3 weeks have been the worst time for my family. I got a call out of the blue by the police that there was a serious historic sexual allegation made against me going back 32 years. I was shocked and my world just caved in. Friends told me that I needed a solicitor for the voluntary interview. I was apprehensive about having a duty solicitor and hence googled and found Monan Gozzett. It was very clear that they specialized in this area and hence I contacted them on Sunday morning. Within an hour I was contacted by the firm and spoke to Neal thereafter.
What followed was incredible. Neal just calmed me down, pushed back the Interview date and started working with me as we now had time to do things properly. This led to do the right thing at the interview and the closure of the investigation by the police thereafter. I cannot thank Neal enough and my family and I are forever indebted to Neal for being on our side during these very difficult and stressful times. I have no hesitation in saying that should you ever face this type of situation do not hesitate to contact Monan Gozzett.
The client focused, empathetic and supportive service that we received from Neal Gozzett can only be be described as outstanding. When faced with uncertain and stressful times you can be rest assured that Neal provides expert knowledge, support and a beam of hope when you're feeling the hopelessness and disastrous impact that false allegations have. Neal didn't just support us, guide us and give us hope, he saved our lives, our families and preserved our characters. I would recommend Neal to anyone who is facing false allegations against them, he won't steer you wrong.
Our son was original represented by the local duty solicitor and was extremely negative about the potential outcome of case. The solicitor suggested a guilty plea. His words were "I'd sooner be prosecuting than defending this case".
Following my own research I contacted a firm in London, who redirected the case to their Sussex office and was recommended Neal Gozzett. He was the first and continuous point of contact; he was immediately empathetic and advised that the advice we had been given by the duty solicitor, was extremely poor. He was very easy to talk to and grasped the situation straight away and took positive action on the case.
We had several meetings locally and at Neal's offices and he was very positive and supportive. We felt confident and reassured by Neal's handling of our case due to his demeanour and advice.
I will certainly be recommending Neal to any friends/family or colleague with any legal queries.
Thank you for all of your work in this case, it was much appreciated and your advice to my family representation was excellent and most helpful.
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help and extra attention which delivered the best possible result. Your work after hours, instant support and sensitive handling of the case was all very much appreciated. The advice you gave us combined with your considered and experienced approach to his case made all the difference. We were so relieved that this didn't drag on into court or even result in a caution. Thank you so much for everything.
Mr Gozzett dealt with a very serious allegation to which I was falsely accused, I was remanded into custody and was struggling to see the light. Neal visited me weekly and gave me hope that the case was going to be resolved swiftly. Neal has always been punctual and very much on point within all areas he covered, every time I required his professional assistance. He is tenacious and assertive, he never lets a stone go unturned while he carried out his duty, within my case. I would not of trusted anyone else with this case.
His selection of team was always impeccable and suited each time I required his legal assistance.
I would highly recommend his service,I thank him for his help and without it, my life could have been very much different.
Having found myself in trouble with the law, In a totally alien situation. I needed to find a solicitor. My first solicitor was completely incompetent, he also found an equally incompetent barrister. Both compounded my problem making it incredibly stressful for both my wife and myself. A friend recommended Neal. My wife rang Neal and straight away we knew we had contacted the right person. My wife came off the phone with clarity and confidence that we actually had someone on our side, who could deal with the situation. Neal was efficient in every way, dealing with every problem with ease. The barrister, Neal brought to us , was another great confident man, who, when we met gave great confidence to us. Consequently they won my case. I would strongly recommend Neal to anyone, as his strength, confidence and sheer professional ability shine through even from the first contact. Both Julie and myself wish you a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Thank you for being so brilliant with our son. You spoke with him with regard to his intelligence and his vulnerabilities, being strong and tough when needed, so he could actually listen / hear you, at a time when he really needed it.
Your advice was excellent and the course of action obviously just right in the circumstances - impressive in every way.
Thank you for all your help over the past 18 months and it goes without saying I am delighted with the outcome.
Thank you for all of your help and extra attention which delivered the best possible result for our son. Your work after hours, instant support and sensitive handling of the case with our son was all very much appreciated. The advice you gave us, combined with your considered and experienced approach to his case made all the difference. We were so relieved that this didn’t drag on into court - or even result in a conviction! Thank you so much for everything.
My partner's ex-wife had been telling members of our small community that he had abused his children. Being falsely accused is a painful experience for the whole family. As soon as we contacted Neal, he was in regular contact with us: we knew that he was just a phone call away. Neal is easy to talk with, respectful and supportive. He was also sympathetic to our financial constraints and worked with us to find a solution. Since contacting Neal, the police have spoken with my partner's ex-wife, informally warning her.
With a potentially career ending charge against me, I needed a solicitor who I could trust. Neal was recommended to me through local contacts and despite the 100 mile distance, after our first conversation I knew that I had a person firmly at my side. I immediately experienced Neal as being highly professional, focused and driven to get the outcome I so very much needed. Neal's hard work, and going over and above what I ever expected secured a dismissal of charges at court and I only regret that I hadn't had Neal's number when initially arrested and retained in custody over-night. I can't thank Neal enough for all his hard work. Not only have I avoided a criminal record but I have also retained my career, thank-you!
Neal's firm have been an unstoppable force of results! I had huge stress surrounding a drink driving offence, where two previous solicitors had been completely lack lustre. I approached Neals firm after hearing from a family friend that they, "went above and beyond the call of duty!". They did not disappoint. Due to complications in my private life matters were dealt with both professionally and impeccably and there is now no other law firm I would trust.
It has been a pleasure to do business with Neal. While representing me he gave me regular updates both by phone and email. His non stuffy, no nonsense approach has been most effective. He got the job done within time and is refunding money I still had on account. I recommend Neal and Monan Gozzett wholeheartedly.
We contacted Neal following a claim of sexual harassment made against our son at school - he was friendly, approachable and very willing to help, and his advice proved very helpful in allowing us to speak with the school in an informed manner.
His help at a difficult time made things a great deal easier.
I would like to share my experience with Neal Gozzett. It is the first time that I have needed a lawyer for false accusations, therefore I was scared of not making the right decision, but I have to say Neal certainly was one of the best. Neal has been a fantastic support throughout all matters and I found him very professional. He has always done what he says will do and there was never a need to chase him up on anything. Thanks to Neal our end result was great as he managed to get the case dismissed without having to go to court. A huge relief thanks to Neal. I would highly recommend Neal. An amazing lawyer who gets amazing results.
We would like to thank Neal for all of his support and hard work during the difficult time that we went through as a family, over an allegation made against our 15 year old son of sexual assault. Neal got the case NFA'd before any possible court action, which was a massive relief to us all. It was great to know that Neal supported us as a family every step of the way throughout this difficult time, and the advice he gave through many telephone conversations and face to face meeting was very reliable and professional. We will always be eternally grateful for his support and would definitely recommend Neal and his team. Thank you.
Dear Neal, I want to say big thank you! I am so grateful and happy for all your help. The situation made me feel extremely upset but from the first time talking to you, I found myself feeling more positive and confident and had no doubt you could help me. I appreciate all your time working on my case and achieving the best outcome. Thank you so much!
I wasn't even aware these allegations had been made and recorded on NICHE by South Wales Police. These false allegations had a direct impact on my career and livelihood. I spent a whole year trying to clear my name through the Police and Data Protection system. I was passed from pillar to post by the system to no avail. I then contacted several law firms via Google search. Many of whom could not help and some did not even bother to reply to my query. Neal Gozzett replied and gave me some hope to be able to fight these false allegations. We discussed my case and Neal thoroughly examined all the evidence I had gathered.
He liaised with his team and advised me of his recommended plan of action. Neal was always considerate and empathetic of my circumstances. Most importantly Neal gave me confidence to expect a positive outcome. Now my career is back on track following two years of struggle as a result of the false allegations. All thanks to Neal and his team. I am using Monan Gozzett Solicitors to represent me in my Matrimonial Case. I would definitely choose Monan Gozzett Solicitors to represent me and you.
I am beyond happy with my experience with Neal and his team. They were all incredible and the result I received was beyond what I could have expected. I was truly overwhelmed by the outcome and the sheer will power and talent that Neal and his team seem to radiate. Neal went above and beyond normal expectations and managed to dig up every relevant case to use in the proceedings. He was truly amazing, he made me feel at ease and explained every part of the process so well I didn’t once feel under prepared or on my own. It was a pleasure to have someone like him looking out for my best interest. I would recommend his company to anyone dealing with an impossible task as he will find a way! Many thanks to Neal and every member of his team.
I was falsely accused of a serious allegation by a family member. I was unsure what to do or who to call. I managed to find Neal's details across the internet. After speaking with him it was obvious he was very experienced dealing with these types of cases.
Neal found flaws in the allegation and started work on these immediately. The case was prolonged over a 12month period due to staff absences within the Police force.
Neal continued to put pressure on the Police to make sure this case was resolved ASAP. He made it clear his intention was to have this case dropped and not for it to progress to the CPS as it would cost me a lot more money and time.
Neal had the case dropped, allowing me to move forward in my life.
He's courteous, professional, experienced and straight to the point. You pay for what you get and I’m truly grateful I chose Neal to represent me.
A false allegation of harassment by an ex-partner left me feeling worried and completely out of my depth, in understanding the legal system and where to turn. A search on Google introduced me to Neal Gozzett of Monan Gozzett solicitors. Neal immediately reassured me with his knowledge and also confidence on how to proceed and taking control of the situation by taking immediate action. Nothing was ever sugar coated, but I felt I had someone on my side who was fighting with me to ensure the outcome was favourable, which in the end it was due to his excellent advice and action he took. I would thoroughly recommend Neal Gozzett if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being subject to a false allegation, his skills and support throughout the process were excellent.
Allegations were made against me. I then contacted and met with Neal Gozzett of Monan Gozzett solicitors. In the initial meeting I summarised the matter in full with Neal, he then provided comprehensive advice on the matter putting my mind at rest. Based on the meeting I then decided to engage Neal to progress the matter on my behalf. Neal initiated the process by contacting the officer in charge and submitting a set of structured questions, also advising the OIC that Monan Gozzett will be submitting representations on my behalf.
This action is so key at this point in order to stand a chance of an early NFA decision. A couple of weeks later Neal received a phone call from the officer in charge, stating that no further action will be taken, matter closed. Neal then contacted me and delivered the good news, I was so pleased, I can't thank Neal and his team enough. I would like to emphasise the regular updates I received from Neal throughout the whole process. He phoned me, WhatsApp'd me, and accepted my phone calls early evening. Generally, you will not be able to speak with a solicitor after 4:30/5:00 pm. Yet at gone 6pm on some evenings Neal was quite happy to discuss matters with me. Neal, thank you sir, I’m over the moon. I would highly recommend Neal Gozzett of Monan Gozzett solicitors if you are facing a false allegation of any kind.
Being faced with a false allegation of assault left me feeling vulnerable and extremely worried for the future of my career and reputation. My first solicitor had a very laid back approach which left me feeling uneasy. Thankfully, my mother did some research and found Neal. His empathy, understanding and support from the very first telephone conference was a great comfort; this together with his proactive approach to investigation, his attention to detail, his fastidious preparation and his recommendation of expert counsel secured an acquittal. He made sure that I felt continuously supported with regular contact and updates. I would not hesitate for a second in recommending Neal to anybody that finds themselves in a similar situation. I have my life back!
We both, my mother and myself, are very grateful to Neal and the rest of the team for your assistance in this difficult time of my mother's life. Neal’s performance was outstanding on the day of the court hearing. We got the best possible result in given circumstances.
When a policeman phones out of the blue and says, "It's nothing to worry about if you have done nothing wrong", after telling you someone has accused you of something you know you have not done, then it is something you need to act on quickly. But what do you do?
Not knowing or having a "family lawyer" to hand, a search of the internet led me to the Monan Gozzett website. The website appeared very sympathetic and explained that my situation was not unique and part of a growing trend.
However, that did not quell the immediate emotional turmoil such an allegation creates. After a nervous call to the 24 hour phone number, despite it being a weekend, it was answered very sympathetically by the team on call. Within a few days, I'd had a phone call with Neal who suggested a very robust plan of action which would give the initiative to myself and provide time to prepare.
Again this was sympathetically dealt with and as Neal said "Let us do the worrying" which gave me a great sense of confidence particularly as this was his legal area of expertise. This would not necessarily be available with another firm of solicitors picked at random who would not have put in the preparation time or have the necessary expertise.
Neal was always updating me and keeping me informed of developments throughout. I am very grateful to Neal and his team for resolving my situation to a swift conclusion and supporting me through a very stressful period on top of a year that has been awful for a lot of people. I would highly recommend his pro-active, sympathetic approach, and his expertise in an area of the law that is emotionally draining and bewildering to be suddenly involved in. All the very best, Neal and thank you.
A few months ago my life entered a world it never thought possible, a false sexual abuse allegation was made by the mother of my daughter. At first, my thinking was that I am completely innocent, so why do I need a solicitor, so I postponed calling one. However, as time went on with no further knowledge of the accusations, the stress and anxiety continued to mount to unbearable levels. My partner came across Neal by reading the testimonials on the Monan Gozzett website, it was evident by these that he had experience of dealing with false allegations. Don’t wait thinking these things will just sort themselves out, on contacting Neal he immediately gave us immense reassurance, support, and advice that we so desperately needed, his expertise brought swift closure on the abuse allegation. But as with matters like these, the ramifications go beyond initial closure, again Neal was on hand to support and guide us through this period. I can’t thank Neal and the Monan Gozzett team enough for the professionalism and the empathy they have shown during this traumatic time and I wholeheartedly recommend Monan Gozzett and their excellent service.
LLB Hons (Hons) 2001.
Qualified as a solicitor in 2007.
False allegations & Accusations
Reputation and Crisis Management
Police Station Advice & Representation
Chichester Law Society.
Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA).
The Fraud Lawyers Association.