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Wainwright and Cummins

Firm: Wainwright and Cummins

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Postal address: 413a Brixton Road, London, SW9 7DG (Map)

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Telephone: 0207 737 9330

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Email: criminaldepartment@wainwrightcummins.co.uk

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Web address: www.wainwrightcummins.co.uk

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About: Wainwright and Cummins have been serving members of the public for 25 years, setting a standard for providing high quality cost effective legal solutions. For a number of years we have offered a dedicated 24 hour telephone service and can advise and represent clients as and when required.

We aim to defend the interests of our clients charged with any criminal offence and to protect their inherent civil liberties and human rights. We also have a reputation for looking after vulnerable clients including young people, clients with mental health difficulties and clients facing charges which could damage their professional and personal reputations.

We have considerable experience across a broad range of criminal litigation from minor offences to major offences. Whatever the allegation we assure you that we will do our utmost to represent you to the best of our ability
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Specialisms: All criminal offences, Appeals, Prison law, Judicial review

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Memorable cases: R v Oki & Others: a large-scale counterfeit currency conspiracy, which attracted national publicity in March 2009.

R v. Terry: Massive international motor fraud, recently the subject of BBC 1 series “Car Wars”.

R v Derek Symmons (2006): Receiving wide-spread national media coverage, a murder dubbed “The Body in the Boot” case.

Michael Bryan v Secretary of State for Justice – 2010
A ground-breaking successful judicial review to overturn a decision preventing a serving prisoner from visitation with his children.

R v. Stockton & Others – 2010 Representing a defendant involved in long-standing police investigation of a six-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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Senior solicitors: Andrew Wainwright (Solicitor):
Head of the Criminal Department
Andrew is the joint founding Partner of the Firm.
Andrew is a supervisor on the serious fraud panel. Andrew has supervised and been engaged in murders and manslaughter matters, police investigations into Solicitor’s misconduct, reverse transaction fraud. Andrew has also worked on a multi-million pound vehicle fraud case, very large cases involving importation of drugs or contraband, DTI insolvency proceedings, Corporate false accounting, extradition proceedings, DWP proceedings involving false declarations by employers, numerous money laundering cases/proceeds of crime cases.

Curtis Myrie: (Solicitor)
Curtis is dual qualified (barrister and practicing solicitor) and heads the prison law department. With expertise in both prison and criminal law Curtis is best suited to assist those accused of committing criminal offences whilst on parole license. His sensitive but tenacious approach also makes him ideal to represent particularly vulnerable clients.

Danny Lyness (Solicitor):
Danny Lyness trained at Wainwright & Cummins qualifying into the criminal department. He has a strong interest and considerable experience in extradition matters and is always keen to champion human rights.

William Pope (Solicitor):
William Pope is a consultant solicitor specialising in trial advocacy who represents clients at police stations and court appearances.

He has been a freelance solicitor since 2005 and has represented clients across the spectrum of criminal law from shoplifting and domestic violence to armed robbery, rape and terrorism offences.

Hanna Gronborg (Solicitor):
Hanna works in the prison and crime departments. With a particular interest in representing young people and other vulnerable clients, she has gained experience in a wide range of prison law cases, including parole and lifer matters, as well as representation at adjudications. She brings judicial review challenges in the Administrative Court for clients in detention.

Ed Atkinson (Solicitor):
Having been a specialist in criminal defence, Ed has conducted the defence in numerous murder cases as well as major drug conspiracy trials, kidnapping, false imprisonment and historic sex abuse cases. He has extensive experience in defending solicitors and other professionals in varied criminal trials in relation to their professional dealings and private matters.

Mary Pearson (Consultant Solicitor):
Mary joined the practice in 1999. She now works in a consultancy capacity and has substantial experience in advising clients on Serious Crime and Fraud. She enjoys representing her clients in Police stations along with the cut and thrust of advocacy in the Criminal courts. She brings her compassionate and tenacious personality to bear in ensuring the best possible result for her client

Judith Hawkins (Solicitor):
Judith joined Wainwright & Cummins in July 2010 having qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She represents clients at both the magistrates’ and youth courts as well as running Crown Court cases. She has expertise in many areas of criminal defence law and represents client charged with everything from driving offences to kidnap and rape.
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Inhouse advocates: Peter H. Burton (Solicitor-Advocate):
Peter has been a Solicitor-Advocate since 1994 with a particular specialism in Firearms Law. This includes advising in respect of regulatory problems and prosecutions that can be experienced by licensed shooters and Dealers. He acts in connection with the revocation, refusal and variation of certificates on appeal. Peter also deals with complex fraud cases.

Robyn Murdo-Smith (Solicitor-Advocate):
With over 30 years experience Robyn’s experience ranges from acting as Junior Counsel in a Marriage Fraud to being lead by Queen’s Counsel in Murder trials. Robyn represents clients at the Royal Courts of Justice in Judicial Review proceedings and has also been involved in an Attorney General’s case.

Kathleen Mulhern (Barrister):
Kathleen dedicates her practice to criminal defence. Since joining the firm she has gained extensive experience in a wide range of offences including serious drugs matters, thefts and assaults to benefit fraud, money laundering, serious drug offences and confiscation.

Rod Jones (Barrister):
Rod specialises in defence work. He has defended, as leader and junior counsel, in most forms of serious crime such as serious violence, kidnapping, serious sexual offences, customs & excise fraud and drugs trafficking, giving him substantial experience in dealing with sensitive and difficult issues and clients alike.
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