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Money Laundering is a blanket term for the disguising of money and valuable assets from their criminal origins. A crime is committed (e.g. fraud) through which valuables are gained and then there is an attempt to mask their criminal nature behind legitimate assets which are used either for personal gain or to aid the business or operation.

There are three stages in this process:-

  • Placement, where the criminally obtained money is acquired.
  • Layering, the complex array of sale and purchase in the books in order to hide the location of the money.
  • Integration, which is the re-emergence of the money through ‘genuine’ transactions

The court will want to establish just how far the defendant had reasonable grounds to suspect the money he was accepting at any of the three stages was laundered or came from criminal origins.

It can be very difficult to establish what reasonable grounds are for suspicion, and as a result many honest and legally rigorous business people find themselves facing laundering accusations.

The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 now require businesses to report suspect transactions that they believe may be laundered.

In order to fight the charges you will need experienced lawyers who understand the intricacies of money laundering law. We are familiar with the difficulties these accusations can cause you and your business and will work with you to find the best possible outcome in court.


If you are at the Police Station or are asked to attend an interview at the police station, it is your legal right to have a defence solicitor represent you- free of charge. If detained by the Police you have the right to inform someone that you have been arrested and to access medical attention if it is needed.

If you are under 18 or a vulnerable adult then the police must contact a parent, guardian, or carer. You must have a responsible adult (who may be a friend, social worker, or family member over 18) with you. Once detained at the police station you are certain to be interview by the police. We strongly advise that you do not agree to an interview without having a lawyer present.

We are available to attend and advise you at any time of the day or night throughout the year, 365 days of the year. There is a very real chance of accidental self-incrimination, even when you are not guilty. There are circumstances where, to make our client less anxious, we can arrange the time of the appointment and meet with you in private, with the full information about what you are being accused of, before the interview and talk over your side of the story.

Our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You need only telephone our 24 hour telephone number to secure immediate representation.


The Youth Court is designed to be informal with a bias towards prevention rather than punishment for young people between the age of 10 and 17, who have been charged with a criminal offence. The Youth Court has no jury and the public are not allowed in. For very serious crimes (such as murder) or those where the youth is charged together with an adult, they may need to go to a Crown Court.

A police station visit can be a very scary experience for a young person . The police should not interview your child until you are present and must ensure a responsible adult is present to make sure your child is treated fairly.

The most important thing is to have solicitors who not only understand the sensitivities involved but are also experienced youth crime solicitors. Wrongful conviction can and has come about when those without a proper understanding of the law are led to admit something untrue and criminal because legal counsel was not provided.


If you were involved with a group of people and a crime was committed by one of them, the police may try to charge you with that crime through the doctrine of Joint Enterprise. Just being present at the scene of the crime or being a member of a group when an individual or multiple people break the law is not sufficient to be convicted through Joint Enterprise. To be found guilty you must have encouraged the behaviour or assisted the offence in some way.

For example, if a group of people chased down and assaulted a victim and then one of the group stole the wallet of the victim, the question of whether the entire group is guilty of joint enterprise in theft is to be decided by the court.

Young people have been affected by this law because of the prevalence of youth gangs and the susceptibility to peer pressure, especially in lower income areas. The youth courts take this into consideration when passing sentence. For more information, visit (Youth Court link to be added).

If you or somebody you know is accused of Joint Enterprise then it is imperative that you hire an expert lawyer. The individual nature of each Joint Enterprise case requires that our lawyers work closely with you, and we will always work hard to achieve that standard both in and outside of the courtroom.


There are many motoring offences but just a few of these include:

  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving while disqualified
  • Speeding
  • Dangerous driving

You can be penalised in several ways. This could be through penalty points, by having your license revoked, by being fined, or even through imprisonment.

With these potentially serious consequences it is essential that you seek representation by experienced solicitors who are specialised in motoring law. This should be done as soon as you are made aware of the proceedings against you. If you are called in to the Police Station we strongly encourage you to contact a solicitor first to discuss the matter.

While the seriousness of driving offences cannot be underplayed, the consequences of a sentence should not be forgotten either:

  • If you lose your car you will lose many liberties and opportunity.
  • If your career depends on having access to a vehicle, you will become unemployed. Loss of a licence could make transporting your family and friends more difficult. Transport becomes costly and laborious.

Legal representation is an absolute necessity to ensure you are not unjustly treated by the court.

Legal aid is not available for motoring cases. We have fixed fees and we will charge on a contract agreed upon and signed by you. We will advise you as to what we expect the likely outcome in the court will be and what your next action should be.


While you will be liable to be charged with a public order offence, in football related events there are special football banning orders that the police can issue.

Whatever the disorder that triggers the police action, be it drunkenness or violence, if it is related to football and in and around football stadiums the police have broad powers to issue these orders.

A Football Banning Order (FBO) can ban you from entering football stadiums or otherwise attending games. It can block access to you from even approaching the stadium itself. It is possible that the order will stop you travelling internationally if it is suspected you plan to attend a football match, this will involve surrendering your passport to the police.

The banning order can last up to 5 years when you are not imprisoned but it can be extended to 10 years if you are.

We have extensive experience in appealing against these orders and can help you understand and fight against the charge, whether at the police station or in the courts.

If you wish to appeal you must get in contact with a legal team specialising in football and public order law as soon as possible. Our expert team can provide you the confidence to know that everything that can be done is being done.


Homicide cases are pursued fiercely by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and they will attempt to build the best and most comprehensive case against the accused that they can. This is why if you or someone you know is accused of a homicide it is imperative you seek legal support immediately.

There are two main types of Homicide

1. Murder

Murder is the charge of having killed someone, without good and lawful reason, whilst having a sound mind and with the intent to kill them. The intent and pre-mediation is integral to the charge of murder. If someone knows they would kill by taking an action, or plans to take an action they know will kill, then it is murder.

2. Manslaughter

Manslaughter is the killing of another person without intent to kill them. There are two types – voluntary and involuntary.

Manslaughter may also be determined to have occurred in cases where the individual had diminished responsibility due to mental incapacity or in those cases where self-defence was a factor.

Murder and manslaughter charges are both very serious charges, with the potential for life-changing consequences. Not only should you seek legal advice as soon as possible, but it is also imperative to work with your solicitor to provide all the facts of the case. At National Legal Service, we have the necessary experience to defend all murder and manslaughter cases.

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