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Edward Hayes LLP Solicitors

Firm: Edward Hayes LLP Solicitors

Postal address: Ocean House, 16-18 Beach Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5HT(Map)

Telephone: 01903 759024 or (Emergency Telephone:)0800 085 9684


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About: Edward Hayes LLP is based in Central London and the South of England with associate offices overseas providing strong international links. This prominent criminal practice handles complex fraud cases, business and white collar crime together with other serious and high profile cases.  The firm have been members of the Specialist Fraud Panel and the subsequent VHCC Panel since its inception and have been involved in the majority of major cases in the last 10 years.  The firm was founded in 1961 and is one of the highest regarded niche litigation practices in the country defending businesses and individuals throughout the country and overseas.  The firm’s reputation is based on vigorous representation of clients and a commitment to careful and thorough preparation of cases.

The firm has a reputation as a strong law firm.  The main Central London flagship office in Fleet Street is close to the Royal Courts of Justice and at the heart of the legal world. The first has strong associates in New York, Brisbane, Mumbai and Dubai.  Nationwide high profile cases are routinely dealt with.

The firm has rocketed up the rankings and now features as one of the premier practices within the country.Partners are regularly asked to speak at legal functions and the firm has built up an enviable reputation.

The firm is highly rated in the Legal 500.

The firm is experienced in dealing with city professionals including lawyers, doctors, senior police officers, financiers, directors and officers in the military together with high profile sports personalities as well as everyday people caught up in intricate and complex criminal allegations.

Edward Hayes is committed to excellence

Specialisms: Serious fraud, White collar crime, Business crime, Serious crime, Confiscation and asset recovery, Insider dealing, Tax evasion, Cartel offences, Regulatory matters, ExtraditionLine
Memorable cases: R v Williamson – largest ever corporation tax/liquidation fraud – client acquitted, defendant’s costs order awarded

R v S – defending in the Jean Charles de Menezes’ enquiry

R v Mote – defence of Ashley Mote MEP on serious fraud charges through to European Court and CCRC

R v C – largest ever murder enquiry in Hampshire – client acquitted

R v Winters – £5billion cocaine conspiracy – client acquitted, defendant’s costs order awarded – one of the longest trials in criminal history – 11 months.

Senior solicitors: Christopher Hayes

Qualified solicitor since 1991 and partner at Edward Hayes from 1995, specialised fraud supervisor and higher court advocate dealing with white-collar crime, business crime, tax and VAT investigations, appeals and complex family case, including a recent series of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) matters. Cases include R –v- Corcoran, successfully defended and secured release of Corcoran, one of the highest profile murder cases in South.  R –v- Ayres, successfully defended son accused of attempted murder on his wealthy parents.

Charles Long

Partner at Edward Hayes since 2004.  Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate dealing with business crime, SFO, HMC&E, DWP, DTI, Police Federation, superintendents’ Association, white-collar crime and appeals.  Has 25 years of litigation experience.  Cases include R –v- Doherty (largest fraud in Welsh law history); Operation Devout; represented one of the police officers in the Jean Charles de Menezes’ enquiry; R –v- J (GP charged with serious fraud).

Yogesh Patel

Partner and Higher Court Advocate dealing with tax and VAT investigations, asset recovery, confiscation and High Court litigation.  Also specialising in disciplinary work, particularly GMC proceedings, extradition and related terrorism offences.  Cases include R –v- Richardson (murder acquittal), R –v- Bowdrey (reported case regarding extended licence); R –v- Beer (reported case regarding no power to grant retrospective consent); R –v- Lelito (successfully resisted an extradition warrant to Germany); R –v- Lumen (defended one of the first persons charged under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 200).

Marian Monan

Qualified solicitor since 1994, partner at Edward Hayes since 2004.  Specialises in business crime, tax and VAT fraud, POCA proceedings, complex criminal investigations, private crime and road traffic offences.  Cases include: Operation Ballack (complex money laundering investigation); R –v- Lawson (father found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, diminished responsibility, suspended sentence imposed).

Mark French

Qualified solicitor since 1999, partner at Edward Hayes since 2007.  Specialises in all areas of criminal law with particular emphasis on serious violent crime and sexual offences, together with fraud, drugs importation and people trafficking.  Has represented clients facing extradition proceedings and has experience in personal injury law.  Represented one of the defendants in the reported case of Tirnaveanu (2005), which involved allegations of fraud and people trafficking.

Grant Ambridge

Qualified solicitor since 2002, partner at Edward Hayes since 2008.  Specialises in serious criminal offences and fraud/white-collar crime.  Recent cases include R –v- R 2005 (murder firearms, defendant acquitted), R –v- L 2005 (misconduct in public office, large scale sale of information from Police National Computer, stayed on abuse of process) R –v- H 2006 (murder / street stabbing), R –v- R  2009 (murder/shaken baby syndrome, defendant acquitted), R –vv S 2009 (MTCI fraud/ money laundering).

Inhouse advocates: Hannah Smith

Hannah acts as in-house counsel. Hannah has been instructed in cases of serious fraud and ranging through to murder and general criminal offences. She is a panel advocate as leading counsel, counsel alone and junior counsel for the purposes of the VHCC panel.

Languages offered:English, Polish, French

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