Murray Hughman is a boutique criminal law firm based in the centre of London.

Our team is comprised of some of the most experienced and reputable criminal lawyers in London..

About Murra Hughman

Murray Hughman represents the union of two prominent London law firms.

Murray’s Partnership and Hughmans Solicitors amalgamated in August 2020 having both been dominant forces in criminal law for decades. Together, the Murray Hughman team hold an outstanding reputation in the field of serious and complex crime.

"They provide solid and consistent advice and go the extra mile for their clients."

Chambers and Partners 2022 Guide

“The best defence Lawyers in London”

Client

"He is an exceptional lawyer."

Chambers and Partners 2022 Guide

Meet Our Team

Grant Ambridge
Managing Partner

Grant Ambridge

grant@murrayhughman.co.uk

Grant has worked exclusively in criminal litigation since his qualification in 2002. He has extensive experience in serious and complex offences ranging from fraud, sexual allegations, homicide, drugs and violence. He has extensive experience of all stages of the process from arrest, pre charge representation, litigation and Trial.

He has been instructed to deal with allegations/ charges brought by the Crown Prosecution Service , HMRC, National Crime Agency, Trading Standards and Serious Fraud Office.

Due to the work Grant does many cases do not reach the charging stage.

Grant Ambridge UK 2022
Grant has been recognised for his work by the established directory Chambers and Partners. He has been recognised in this guide year after year and most recently has been ranked a Band 2 leading individual in the 2022 guide.

He is an exceptional lawyer.” “Grant has an ability to put clients at ease yet at the same time they know that he will have their back. He is well connected and displays an impressive tactical ability.” Chambers and Partners 2022

Notable cases:

R – v – Ursula Collins – Southwark Crown Court – 2021
Represented a metropolitan police scientist charged with multiple counts of misconduct in public office concerning the failure to store exhibits correctly and cause undue delay in police investigations. Leon Kazakos QC – 2 Hare Court instructed.
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R – v – NJ – Woolwich Crown Court -2020/2021
Represented youth charged with joint enterprise murder involving a sawn off shotgun. The defendant was found not guilty following successful legal arguments on “res gestae” followed by a half time submission of no case to answer. Martin Heslop QC and Merry Van Woodenberg 2 Hare Court instructed.
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R – v – Gilbert Khoo – Southwark Crown Court – 2020/2021
Represented the first defendant to be charged with illegally exporting (smuggling) endangered European Eels outside of the EU. A non-custodial sentence and minimal confiscation order achieved following representation in and out of court.
Read more via bbc.co.uk
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R – v –  John Leslie – Southwark Crown Court – 2020
Represented former Blue Peter presenter in a historic allegation of sexual assault who was acquitted after Trial , with the Jury reaching the not guilty verdict following 23 mins of deliberation. Gudrun Young 2 Hare Court instructed.
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R – v – AD – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2018 (Juries Act 1974 Offences)
Grant represented AD (on a privately funded basis) who pleaded guilty to researching the case he was trying during the trial period for reasons connected to that case and he intentionally disclosed this information to other members of the jury that had been obtained by research in contravention of s20A and the information had not been provided by the court. The offence in almost every circumstances result in an immediate custodial sentence. However following excellent mitigation put forward by Grant and Counsel the Court took an exceptional stance and AD’s term of imprisonment was suspended with community punishment. Fiona Robertson 2 Hare Court instructed Counsel for AD
Read more via itv.co.uk

R – v – DH – Inner London Crown Court – 2018 (Sexual Assault)
Grant represented a Nurse (privately funded) employed by a national charity charged with a sexual assault. Following extensive representation to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the severe evidential deficiencies the case against DH was discontinued. Grant represented DH and subsequent Nursery and Midwifery Council hearing with regard to his eligibility to practice. Following representations at two hearings DH has been allowed to continue his career without restrictions.
Read more via getsurrey.co.uk

R – v – S – Nottingham Crown Court – 2018 (Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs)
Grant together with Andrew Rootsey of the Firm represented S who was charged with others with supplying large quantities of cocaine between London and Nottingham with S being alleged to have been head of the London operation. Following a 6 week Trial S was unanimously acquitted.

R – v – MR & PR – Nottingham Crown Court – 2017 (Slavery and Fraud)
Grant was instructed to represent a father and son charged with Fraud together with their extended family who were also charged under the modern slavery provisions. Due to the sheer number of defendants and charges the case was split into three different Trials. At the conclusion Grant’s clients were the only ones not to receive custodial sentences. Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) for MR and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) for PR
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R v. VM – Manchester Crown Court – 2016 (Drug Importation)
Ongoing Trial for the importation of cocaine and heroin. The Defendant was charged with others of being an organiser in importing large quantities of drugs from Belgium. Investigated and prosecuted by the National Crime Agency.
James Martin (5 Kings Bench Walk) instructed as counsel.

R v. MR & PR – Nottingham Crown Court – 2016 (Money Laundering and conspiracy)
Ongoing proceedings for Conspiracy to Defraud and Money Laundering involving 16 defendants and in excess of 20,000 pages of evidence.
Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) instructed Counsel.

R v. TR – Nottingham Crown Court – 2016 (Conspiracy and trafficking)
This case involved conspiracy to rape and people trafficking. The Defendant were charged with 35 other defendants to rape and traffic vulnerable persons for the purpose of sexual abuse. Following defence disclosure requests and legal argument the matter was stayed for abuse of process.
Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) instructed Counsel.

R v. MR – Blackfriars Crown Court – 2016 ( Money laundering )
This was a case where the first Defendant was represented. He was a businessman, in a multi-handed high value alleged money laundering conspiracy. The trial, which was expected to take six weeks, collapsed on the third day as a result of successful legal arguments and persistent disclosure requests which caused the prosecution to offer no evidence. All defendants acquitted.
Richard Wormald (3 Raymond Buildings) instructed Counsel.

R v. MH – Manchester Crown Court – 2014 ( Conspiracy to assist an offender )
This case involved a conspiracy to assist an offender. The Defendant was charged with others of assisting the notorious Dale Cregan by helping him escape and hide after he had assassinated rivals and prior to killing two unarmed police officers. Following two trials the Crown offered no evidence due to lack of disclosure.
Tyrone Smith QC (25 Bedford Row) and Emma Goodhall (Doughty Street)
Read more via manchestereveningnews.co.uk

R – C & C – Blackfriars CC – ongoing – (Fraud and Money Laundering)
Grant was representing 2 of 12 defendants alleged to have been involved in a large scale Diversion Fraud to the value of £8 million.

R v. EM – Hove Crown Court – 2014 (Murder)
Defendant charged with shooting a rival on a busy Brighton Street. Case involved a large number of eye witnesses and the instruction of Firearms experts. Following a fully contested trial the Defendant was acquitted of all charges. Simon Mayo QC (187 Fleet Street) and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) instructed Counsel.
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R v. B AL – Southwark Crown Court – 2013 ( Fraud and conspiracy )
This was a case involving fraud and conspiracy to cheat the Revenue – The defendant was charged with defrauding HMRC by claiming Film Tax Credits and VAT for the making of a feature film “Landscape of Lies”. The case involved over 10000 pages of evidence and multiple defendants.
Orlando Pownall QC (2 Hare Court) and Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) instructed Counsel.
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R v. R, R and R – Croydon Crown Court – 2013 (Fraud)
This was a large scale building fraud on multiple homeowners. The value of the fraud was in excess of £500,000. Voluminous material building experts needed to be instructed to assess the quality and value of the work. Confiscation sought in excess of £3 million. This was eventually negotiated down to £300,000 for the main Defendant only.
Trevor Burke QC (3 Raymond Buildings), Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) Instructed Counsel.

R v. JM – Central Criminal Court – 2013 (Murder)
Defendant charged with murdering his former partner and mother of his child. He then hid the body in the boot of his car to avoid detection. Following a full trial the Defendant was acquitted of murder. Orlando Pownall QC (2 Hare Court) and Charles Langley (2Bedford Row) instructed Counsel.
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R v. MM – Kingston Crown Court – 2012 (Fraud and money laundering)

R v M & Ors – 2011 & 2012- (Operation Vara) (Fraud)
Lead Junior Defending. Successfully defended a man accused of evasion of import Duty and VAT on gold jewellery. Over £8 million evasion involving an international investigation which moved from the UK to Europe, on to India and Dubai.
This was a case involving a conspiracy to evade import duty and VAT payable on the importation of gold jewellery. In total over £8 million was said to have been evaded. Mr Martin was led in this case by Mr Leon Kazakos and represented a defendant accused of being one of the men responsible for importing the gold Jewellery from Dubai into Frankfurt. The fraud involved the handover of the gold to another member of the conspiracy who would then import into the UK passing off the import as intra-EU trade and therefore VAT exempt. Some of these activities were observed by a covert intelligence unit of the German Police. The case involved complex VAT legal questions as well as jurisdictional issues.
Following 4 Trials the defendant was acquitted of all charges
Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) and James Martin (5 Kings Bench Walk) instructed Counsel.

R v. JC – Guildford Crown Court – 2011 (Murder)
Defendant accused of murdering his employee with one punch following an argument in the work place. The Defendant was acquitted of murder. Trevor Burke QC (3 Raymond Buildings) and Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row)
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R v. HS – Birmingham Crown Court – 2011 (Fraud and money laundering)
Operation Elemi. The Defendant was charged with laundering the proceeds of large scale MTIC frauds. The case involved voluminous amounts of evidence and a lengthy trial with multiple defendants.
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R v. R – Truro Crown Court – 2009 (Murder)
Defendant was accused of shaking her baby son to death whilst on a family holiday. Following a lengthy trial and the instruction of various medical experts in her defence, she was acquitted of all charges. Maura Mcgowan QC and Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) instructed Counsel
Read more via bbc.co.uk

R v. H – Central Criminal Court – 2006 (Murder)
16 year old boy accused together with one other of stabbing a man outside the Mass Nightclub in Brixton.
Andrew Campbell Tiech QC and Zarif Khan (Drystone Chambers ) Instructed Counsel.
Read more via dailymail.co.uk

R v. R – Central Criminal Court – 2005 (Murder and Firearms)
Defendant was charged with one other of shooting another man at a Traveller Site in Surrey. The Defendant, following a full Trial, was acquitted of all charges. Andrew Trollope QC (187 Fleet Street) and Susan Rodham (5 Kings Bench Walk) instructed as Counsel.
Read more via getsurrey.co.uk

Cameron Snodgrass
Partner

Cameron Snodgrass

cameron@murrayhughman.co.uk

Cameron is an experienced lawyer working solely in criminal defence since qualifying in 2002. He has many years of defending clients charged with, or investigated for, the most serious offences.

Cameron started his career working for one of the largest criminal defence firms in London. He was based in the South London Office where he was appointed head of the criminal department, running a team of experienced criminal lawyers. In 2013 he joined Murray Hughman becoming a partner in 2016.

Cameron specialises in serious crime including homicide, serious fraud and money laundering, large scale drugs cases and serious sexual offences. Over the years he has developed a particular specialisation in the offence of murder.

He is instructed on a private basis as well as representing clients under the Legal Aid Scheme.

Cameron has a strong ability to connect with his clients in a way that makes them feel at ease. He takes time to ensure that each client understands how the law and the criminal justice system applies to their case. Due to his extensive experience, he is able to deal with complex legal issues and explain them to clients in terms that they can understand.

Cameron’s ability to identify the important issues at any early stage, ensures that each and every client has their case presented in the most advantageous way. This ability also assists his clients to understand the case against them and helps them concentrate on the important aspects of their defence. He is tactically aware and astute and this is borne out by his high rate of acquittals.

Cameron is often recommended to client by previous or existing clients, and indeed, other solicitors and barristers.

References:

R v H – Woolwich Crown Court – 2021 (Murder)
The Defendant was charged with one other with the murder of his cell mate at HMP Belmarsh. It is alleged that the Defendant attacked his cell mate at HMP Belmarsh beating him to death.

R v U – Woolwich Crown Court – 2020 (Murder)
The Defendant was a youth charged with others with the murder following a large group of youths entered a South London estate and chased another group resulting in a fatal stabbing. Defendant acquitted of murder.

R v H – Southwark Crown Court – 2020 (Fraud and money laundering)
The Defendant was alleged to have been a leading member of a gang who carried out complex banking fraud of numerous banks with multiple victims to fund a lavish lifestyle and the purchase of high value goods. The total amount of the overall frauds was approximately £1 million.

R v B – St Albans Crown Court – 2019 (Conspiracy to commit GBH)
The Defendant was charged with a number of others in respect of a “gang war” in Bedford. The case involved four separate tit for tat incidents involving violent assaults using knives and firearms. There was a significant amount of telephone data and CCTV evidence that had to be scrutinised extremely carefully. The Defendant was acquitted.

R v. G – Central Criminal Court – 2015 (Murder)
So called “honey trap” murder case. The Defendant was the so-called “honey trap” used to be-friend a professional gambler who was then robbed and killed in his own address. Defendant acquitted of murder.

R v. F – Blackfriars Crown Court – 2014 (Conspiracy to rob)
This was a case whereby the Defendant was alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to rob. All the defendants were on mopeds when, in an organised way, they targeted wealthy members of the public to rob them of high value goods and vehicles.

R v. D – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2014 (Fraud and money laundering)
Complex fraud/money laundering case involving the use of fraudulently obtained chip and pin machines being used in brothels. The case involved a number of sham companies to hide movement of money. The fraud was estimated to be in excess of £2 million.

R v. C – Isleworth Crown Court – 2012 (Rape & People/Sex trafficking)
The Defendant was alleged to have been part of a large group of individuals who trafficked women into the UK from Eastern Europe to work in brothels against their will. The Defendant was also charged with a number of rapes of trafficked individuals. The investigation was an international one involving a number of Eastern European police forces and the trial lasted 3 months.

R v A – Murder at the Old Bailey – 2012
Multi handed murder case where by a gang issue at a party led to a group of male chasing and attacking another group following a shooting. This was a joint enterprise case.

R v. C – Central Criminal Court – 2012 (Murder)
Murder case involving a shooting in the street. This was a joint enterprise case whereby one of the Defendants, 4 co-defendants, was alleged to have been the shooter. Defendant acquitted of murder.

R v. O – Isleworth Crown Court – 2009 (Drug offences)
Conspiracy to import large amount of Class A drugs. The Defendant was alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to import over 70KGS of cocaine disguised as food seasoning from Africa.

R v A – Murder at the Old Bailey – 2009
This was a case whereby the defendant was alleged to have armed himself with a knife for self-defence, which was used during a chance meeting in the street. The victim having previously made threats to the defendant.

R v. D – Croydon Crown Court – 2008 (Kidnap and GBH case)
The Defendant was part of a group who allegedly kidnapped and tortured the victim in apparent revenge for the theft of a large amount of drugs.

R v. P – Central Criminal Court – 2007 (Murder)
Murder case where Defendant accused of murdering husband by stabbing him numerous times whilst he was in bed. Prosecution accepted a plea of guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility on the 1st day of trial.

R v. B – Central Criminal Court – 2007 (Manslaughter)
Manslaughter case. Defendant was extradited back to the UK from America to face manslaughter charge relating to the death of female following botched burglary.

R v. E – Central Criminal Court – 2004 (Double murder)
Double murder “by execution”, case involving Jamaican gangsters that lasted 5 months. One of the victims was a “Don” from Jamaica, who had previously been the Defendants best friend but with whom he had allegedly fallen out. Defendant acquitted of both murders.

Luke Gittos
Partner

Luke Gittos

luke@murrayhughman.co.uk

Luke is a specialist in complex litigation

He acts for both criminal and civil clients and also represents companies and individuals during regulatory investigations.

He is regularly instructed in cases involving cross-jurisdictional transactions and international finance. He has recent experience in regulatory investigations by the FCA and has acted for companies and individuals in investigations by HMRC and the SFO.

“Luke is hardworking, diligent and detail oriented. He does big, complicated cases. He prepares cases very well” Chambers and Partners

Notable cases:

R v PS & ET – High value money laundering allegation
Acting for two defendants in high value money laundering allegation connected to VAT evasion on imported alcohol. The estimated loss to the Revenue is £40 million.

R v DF: – Murder appeal
Instructed in relation to a murder appeal dealing with complex issues of female mental health and psychosis. Instructed on a private basis to review the findings of a previous trial team.

R v BM – Allegation of murder
Undertaking a pro-bono investigation into the conviction of an alleged member of the provisional IRA for the murder of a Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2009. Reviewing the findings of a ‘Judge only’ trial.

R v L – Allegation involving ticketing fraud
Instructed with respect to allegation involving ticketing fraud with respect to the 2015 rugby world cup worth in excess of £1 million. Client was principal defendant and was acquitted of all charges.

H and Ors v FCA – Advising in complex FCA inquiry
Advising a network of Independent Financial Advisors in the course of highly complex FCA inquiry into improper transfer of pension funds

R v. P – Complex and large scale money laundering allegation
Complex and large scale money laundering allegation, involving the alleged movement of large sums to be sent to terrorist organisations in Syria.

R v P – Commercial fraud worth in excess of £500,000
Commercial fraud worth in excess of £500,000 with victims including Crystal Palace Football Club.

LT – Highly complex investigation into historic sexual abuse
Assisted client in developing argument against his extradition from South Africa having been sought in connection to a highly complex investigation into historic sexual abuse. Assisted the client’s South African legal team in an analysis of the relevant legal framework to develop an argument that his extradition would be contrary to the RSA constitution.

R v ETJ – Controlling prostitution and money laundering
Large scale allegation of controlling prostitution and money laundering across the north of England, arising out of the ownership of a chain of escort agencies. The first trial jury failed to reach a verdict. A suspended sentence was achieved following plea negotiations.

R v A – Alleged credit card fraud
Alleged credit card fraud worth in excess of £60,000, involving the targeting of vulnerable victims over the telephone.

R v L – Large scale international conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine
Large scale international conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine involving informant evidence. The Crown offered no evidence on all drugs charges following a lengthy disclosure argument.

R v N – Complex allegation of VAT and PAYE
Retrial of a complex allegation of VAT and PAYE fraud centered around the construction industry. The value exceeded £1m. Achieved a suspended sentence for the defendant following a significant concession regarding the indictment.

R v MU – 10 year prison sentence overturned on appeal
Conviction which resulted in a 10 year prison sentence overturned on appeal following criticism of previous legal team. The prosecution subsequently offered no evidence. The defendant was released from custody and faced no further charges.

R v B – Money laundering and corruption
Acted for defendant accused of laundering £18,000 and corrupting a public official. The case involved the sale of contraband in prison. The defendant was acquitted of all counts following trial.

R v T – High profile client accused of rape
Assisted Peter Hughman in securing the acquittal of a high profile client accused of rape.

R v M – Conspiracy to import 18 kilos of cocaine
Currently instructed in a series of cases involving the interception of the ‘EncroChat’ network, including one conspiracy to import 18 kilos of cocaine from a cruise ship.

R v H:
Represented defendant in murder allegation.

R v H:
Represented principal defendant in a joint enterprise murder allegation. Client acquitted following representations with regards to the Crown’s case on causation.

R v C:
Conspiracy to produce counterfeit currency.

R v C:
Currently instructed in the largest ever conspiracy to produce counterfeit currency, involving the alleged production of £53 million of false notes.

Katie Kipps
Partner

Katie Kipps

Katie@murrayhughman.co.uk

Katie Kipps is a Partner specialising in heavyweight criminal litigation. She joined the firm in August 2020 after over a decade working at Hughmans Solicitors, a leading law firm in the City of London.

Katie has extensive experience of dealing with cases ranging from murder and sexual assault to complex frauds, insider dealing and international drug conspiracies. Her practice focuses on defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority (formerly the FSA), and the National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA).

Katie is particularly well known for her investigative skills and is celebrated for achieving excellent results for her clients.

Katie specialises in confiscation and restraint proceedings arising out of actions brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

In recent years Katie has run the private prosecution limb of both firms. She advises both private and corporate clients on investigating, and launching private prosecutions. She has successfully opposed costs applications in relation to the same. She also defends clients who are the subject of private prosecutions, and did so in the Allseas case which was the biggest fraud case brought by way of a private prosecution.

Katie regularly conducts appellate work, and is also experienced in bringing actions against the Police, under the Police Property Act and claims against Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Katie has built an excellent reputation in the criminal law arena. She undertakes both private and legally aided work and performs her own advocacy where appropriate. She regularly briefs London’s top Queen’s Counsel and junior counsel.

References:

Her preparation is outstanding and so is her client care

Excellent knowledge of legal issues and able to think outside the box

I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her for serious crime work

“She is very good with clients. Clients find her empathetic and supportive. She is an excellent Solicitor in many ways. She prepares cases thoroughly and is responsive to Counsels needs” – Chambers and Partners 2022 

Notable cases:

R v MK:
Katie successfully defended a Bank Compliance Officer against an allegation of money laundering. The client’s husband had been charged with a number of counts of fraud, allegedly committed whilst he was employed at The Commonwealth Secretariat and latterly at law firm Cooley (UK) Ltd. Following service of evidence, the defence wrote to the CPS inviting them to review the evidential test of the Code for Crown Prosecutors. In the unusual circumstances of this case the defence provided the prosecution with some of the evidence they had in their possession demonstrating why our client had believed that her receipt of monies from her husband was legitimate; and, Katie invited them to conduct further inquiries into the evidence they had possession of, and which was bound to affect the application of the Full Code Test. A dismissal application had been prepared, but as a result of the representations, the CPS offered no evidence against our client at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court early this year.

R v AP:
Katie is defending a client charged with serious Class A drug importation charges. The investigation focuses around the hack of the EncroChat phone network (Operation Venetic). Case ongoing.

R v H:
Katie is representing a client who is accused of assisting another offender, who is accused of murder. Specifically he is accused of driving his co-defendants away from the scene of a fatal stabbing. The case preparation involves careful consideration of CCTV and Ring doorbell footage, as well detailed cell site and ANPR evidence. The case is ongoing.

R v M:
Katie is currently representing a client in proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 where the prosecution allege a benefit figure of £34 million. The case for which her client was already convicted is a complex international drug importation brought by the NCA.

R v Zheng:
Katie represented a Chinese national in proceedings for money laundering involving the misuse of the Daigou ‘luxury items’ trading system.

R v Parvizi:
Katie worked alongside Peter Hughman in securing an acquittal in the largest ever investigation into insider dealing by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  She was responsible for much of the detailed investigatory work undertaken by the defence, in relation to which she briefed trial counsel Orlando Pownall QC and David Whittaker, both of 2 Hare Court.
Read more via hughmans.co.uk

She regularly advises clients who are the subject of an FCA investigation.

R v Piper:
This case concerned five counts of fraudulent activity, carried out between 2008 and 2014. The main allegation related to an investment fraud, which involved cold calling wine investors and taking control of their portfolios from bonded warehouses. The Defendant pleaded guilty to four counts. Comprehensive analysis of the Crown’s figures and the methodology used resulted in the overall value of the frauds being reduced. As a result of Katie’s extensive inquiries involving a Solicitor who had previously been struck-off the role, the Crown dropped one count altogether.
Read more via telegraph.co.uk

R v T:
Katie acted for a high profile client accused of rape. As a result of studying hours of CCTV footage, she and found a clip, which the Police had completely overlooked, which categorically assisted in discrediting the Complainant, eventually resulting in her client’s acquittal.

R v R:
Katie defended a boy charged with a serious section 18 GBH and witness intimidation. She conducted investigations in Manchester where the alleged attack took place. She re-traced the journey, paying close attention to timings of routes, according to the complainant’s account. Her work was key in proving that the complainant’s account simply could not be true, which resulted in an acquittal for her client.

R v Reilly:
Katie fought ruthlessly for this client in confiscation proceedings. The client was convicted for drug and firearm offences following the discovery of highly sophisticated, underground drug bunkers in Essex, where a number of firearms including AK47 assault rifles were found. The Crown argued for a benefit of £5.6 million, and asserted the client had available assets in the sum of £2.6 million. Katie fiercely challenged the Crown’s case, resulting in a substantially reduced benefit figure of £407,780 and £121,860 in available assets.

R v Leitz:
Her client convicted of drug trafficking offences was subject to proceedings under The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This client had substantial assets, held across four jurisdictions, and an initial benefit figure of £2.7 million. These proceedings lasted for 3 years and as a result of thorough and tough negotiations an order was made in the sum of his benefit, which had reduced to £200,000.

R v G:
This client was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for his organisational role in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The total value of the conspiracy was estimated at £23 million. The purity of the drugs was the highest seen in the UK. Katie represented the client in confiscation proceedings which followed. The Crown made a number of assumptions, claiming that the client had assets in a foreign jurisdiction. Due to the investigative work conducted by Katie in Spain the court had to order that the client had no available assets and a confiscation order was made in a nominal sum.

R v Seabrook:
Katie defended a client in confiscation proceedings where the Crown asserted the client had hidden assets. As a result of her tough negotiations, the Crown conceded their argument just before the hearing itself, which resulted in a confiscation order being made in the sum of just £1,920.

R v K: 
Successfully defending her client who was a company director being privately prosecuted by a business associate, for allegations of fraud and theft. Katie made representations to the CPS and asked that they take over and discontinue proceedings. The CPS did exactly that. The private prosecutor appealed that decision and was unsuccessful.

Peter Hughman
Solicitor

Peter Hughman

peter@murrayhughman.co.uk

Peter Hughman is recognised as a leader in the field of criminal law.

He specialises in the highest level of criminal litigation, with particular expertise in complex white collar crime and serious drug cases. He has won a series of high profile cases where the client’s previous defence team advised there was no prospect of success. He has extensive experience in defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority (formerly the FSA), and the National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA).

Until recently he was a Senior Partner of Hughmans Solicitors LLP, a London firm, trading with an excellent reputation for over 40 years.
He joined Murrays in 2020 as a Consultant Solicitor.

Peter is a published author (Just How Just? (Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd) and Most Unnatural: An Enquiry into the Stafford Case (Penguin) and is regularly asked to contribute to a range of criminal law and related matters, including the BBC’s Panorama.

References:

Chambers & Partners has variously described Peter as follows:
With an “outstanding reputation“, the “utterly exceptional“ Peter Hughman stands out for his “ability to immediately understand the issues in a case.“

“Devastatingly good. He maintains an excellent reputation amongst peers.“

The “phenomenally intelligent“ Peter Hughman stands out for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes particular expertise in appellate litigation.

He is highly respected by market observers, as one source notes: “He is the doyen of criminal solicitors and has exceptional judgement and integrity.“

Notable cases:

Leading appellate cases involving Disclosure, Entrapment, and Abuse of Process.

Complex international drug and fraud conspiracies.

Insider Trading.

Historic sexual abuse allegations made against celebrity defendants.

Emma Lambie
Solicitor

Emma Lambie

emma@murrayhughman.co.uk

Emma is a dedicated criminal defence solicitor covering all aspects of criminal defence and regulatory work, and has developed a faithful client base after working in this area for 20 years and receives much of her work by way of referrals from previous clients and their families.

Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2003, initially having experience in Mental Health Law before specialising in Criminal Defence. She was one of the founding partners of LLM Solicitors Brixton.

Emma is regularly instructed in extremely serious and high profile cases. She has vast experience in dealing with Homicide, Terrorism Offences, Serious Sexual Offences, Complex Fraud and regularly acts in cases representing ‘so-called’ Serious and Organised Crime Groups. Emma is particularly adept at complex cases involving technical evidence and is known for her tenacious attitude towards the Prosecution and Police.

Emma has particular experience dealing with Youth & otherwise vulnerable Defendant’s, particularly in serious multi-handed cases. Reports are often made by them and their families commenting on her empathetic handling of cases, which leaves them feeling thoroughly supported throughout what is an extremely traumatic experience, not just for a suspect, but for many of those around them.

Emma is a member of the LCCSA, Amnesty International & Liberty Lawyers Division and Women in Criminal Law.

Notable Cases:

R v Calvin Lopoua (2021)
Youth Defendant charged as part of a multi-handed murder, acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter;

R v- Glodi Wabelua ( 2019)
Described as a ‘landmark’ slavery case dealing with OCG’s and county lines drug dealing;

R v Ahmed Hassan (2018)
Parsons Green Bombing- Complex Counter Terror prosecution for Attempted Murder;

Andrew Rootsey
ACILEx Lawyer

Andy Rootsey

andy@murrayhughman.co.uk

Andy is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (ACILEx).

A highly regarded practitioner, Andy has been defending clients accused of criminal offences since 1999.

Over almost a quarter of a century, Andy has represented clients for almost every criminal offence imaginable, ranging from simple driving offences to murder.

Andy is respected for his tactical and logical approach to cases and instils confidence in his clients with his excellent client care and ability to identify and deal with the core issues in a straightforward manner. A good communicator, Andy can explain complex issues to his clients in uncomplicated terms. He is also very well known for his robust and highly effective representation of clients at the Police Station.

Friendly and approachable, he has represented clients from every walk of life, from Surgeons to former Flying Squad Police officers to Union officials to Premiership Football Managers.
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He embarked upon his career in criminal law in 1999 at Kaim Todner solicitors where he was heavily involved in some of the most serious and well-known cases in recent times e.g. Victoria Climbie murder.
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At around this time, Andy was also involved in the preparation of the oft cited case of R-v-Hoare and Pierce. The trial concerned the large-scale manufacture of amphetamine and would later became one of the important cases with regards to adverse inferences that may be drawn at trial following silence in police interview.
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Via his links with leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), Andy was instrumental in the agreement between the firm and the RMT Union to become the official criminal defence solicitors for the Union. The agreement led the firm to represent Union members nationwide for offences including manslaughter (R-v-S Leicester Crown Court, railway manslaughter, Health and safety law).
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Andy then moved on to a respected city firm and assisted in the running of their Appeals department, preparing appeals to the Court of Appeal, reviewing evidence, investigating miscarriages of justice and making representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission that cases should be sent back for fresh appeals.

Andy went on to work as a consultant at a number of prominent and established firms listed in the top tiers of the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Legal Directory before joining Murray Hughman Solicitors in 2013.

Andy continues to fight tirelessly and fearlessly for all of his clients, as he strives to obtain the best possible outcome, at the very earliest opportunity, in every case that he is instructed on.

In his spare time Andy enjoys a round of golf, running, gardening, as well as following the trials and tribulations of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

In 2003 Andy passed the Solicitors Regulation Authority Police Station Accreditation Scheme at the University of Cardiff. In 2005 he obtained a 2:1 Honours degree in Law from the University of East London. In 2011 Andy became an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Since joining Murray Hughman, Andy has been instructed in a large number of serious and high-profile criminal matters, many of which have been reported in the national press.

Notable cases:

R v Debbie Hicks – Breach of Coronavirus Regulations and Public Order Act
Andy currently represents Debbie Hicks, a human rights protester against coronavirus lockdown related measures and campaigner for freedom of speech. Debbie currently faces trial for filming at the Gloucester Royal Hospital in December 2020 to highlight the lack of patients being treated. Andy is also representing Debbie in three further separate trials relating to her participation in anti-lockdown protests and political campaigning when coronavirus regulations were in force.

We are arguing on Debbie’s behalf that protest is not, and never has been, completely illegal during the pandemic – even under lockdown and that her continued prosecution amounts to an abuse of process. Andy is currently preparing to argue the cases before the High Court if necessary. The Sun-anti-covid-lockdown-activist-filmed-hospital Hannah Thomas and Merry Van Woodenberg of 2 Hare Court Chambers are instructed Counsel.
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R v John Leslie – Historic Sexual Assault, Southwark Crown Court
Andy, together with Grant Ambridge of the firm, represented the former Blue Peter presenter who was on trial after being accused of an historic sexual assault when allegedly grabbing a woman’s breast at a Christmas party in Soho in 2008. After just 23 minutes of deliberations the Jury returned a unanimous Not Guilty verdict following the week-long trial.  Gudrun Young of 2 Hare Court Chambers instructed Counsel.
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R v R – Attempted Stranger Rape, Bladed Article, ABH, Woolwich Crown Court
The client was alleged to have held a knife against a woman’s neck whilst walking in the park and told her that he wanted sex and for her to get in the bushes.  Andy instructed a psychiatrist to confirm that at the time of the allegations the client was experiencing a psychotic episode, when he was hallucinating and believed the complainant to be his dead mother whom he wanted to give a necklace to by holding it up to her neck. Sufficient doubts were raised, and inconsistencies highlighted in the evidence as to the existence of any knife and what was said by the client to the complainant. The client was acquitted of the offences. Merry Van Woodenberg of 2 Hare Court chambers was instructed Counsel.

R v L – Perverting the Course of Justice, Maidstone Crown Court
The client, a vulnerable female, with mental health issues, was alleged to have made two false reports to Police about the theft of her car when in fact her boyfriend had taken the vehicles and crashed them before fleeing the scene. Extensive written representations were made to the Prosecution that it was not in the public interest to continue with the prosecution. The prosecution agreed and offered no evidence against the client, and she was acquitted. avoiding the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. Joanne Kane of Sergeants Inn Chambers was instructed Counsel.

R v S – Conspiracy To Commit Fraud, Inner London Crown Court
The client was alleged to open numerous financial accounts in a variety of false names, using fake and or doctored identity documents in order to acquire substantial overdraft credit from a private bank. Harry Bentley 2 Hare Court was instructed Counsel.
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R v W – Fraud, Winchester Crown Court
Trading Standards prosecuted our client for offences under the Fraud Act in relation to overcharging and unnecessary building repairs being performed at numerous properties across Hampshire and Berkshire. Donal Lawlor of 197 Fleet Street Chambers was instructed Counsel.
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R v M – Conspiracy to Commit Blackmail and False Imprisonment, Southwark Crown Court
The client was one of Five men who held a wealthy businessman’s son captive for 14 hours and tortured him by pulling out his diamond teeth implants in order to extort cash from him. Leon Kazakos QC 2 Hare Court was instructed Counsel.
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R v D – Modern Day Slavery and Perverting the Course of Justice, Mold Crown Court
Following careful scrutiny of the unused material by the defence and our insistence upon service of psychiatric reports with regards to the complainant’s mental health and the subsequent defence representations which followed, the Prosecution reviewed the case and offered no evidence against our client, and he was formally acquitted. Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court was instructed Counsel.

R v S – Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs, Nottingham Crown Court
Andy together with Grant Ambridge of the Firm represented S who was charged with others with supplying large quantities of cocaine between London and Nottingham with S being alleged to have been head of the London operation. Following a 6-week Trial S was unanimously acquitted. Susan Rodham of 5 Kings Bench Walk was instructed Counsel.
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R v B – Serious Sexual Assault, Woolwich Crown Court
Andy represented a young man charged with tying up and violently and unnaturally sexually assaulting his former partner. After a contested Trial the client was acquitted. Gavin Irwin of 2 Hare Court was instructed Counsel.

R v C – Running a Fraudulent Business, Mold Crown Court
The client was accused of running a fraudulent business providing sub-standard building work across the UK to the value of over £1 million. Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court was Instructed Counsel.
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R v R – Child Sexual Trafficking and Exploitation, Nottingham Crown Court
The client was charged together with over 30 co-defendants and was accused of involvement in numerous allegations against a child of serious sexual exploitation, trafficking, rape and the possession of indecent images. The client was acquitted of all charges. Charles Langley of 2 Bedford Row was instructed Counsel.

R v C – Modern Day Slavery, Guildford Crown Court
The client was charged with modern day slavery offences, following a thorough investigation by the defence and after obtaining crucial witness statements casting serious doubts on the prosecution case the Prosecution offered no evidence against the client and he was acquitted . Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court Chambers was instructed Counsel.
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R v C – Kidnap and Torture, Norwich Crown Court
The case involved eleven members of the same family who had kidnapped and tortured a couple they had accused of murdering a family member.  Tom Buxton of Crucible Chambers was Instructed Counsel.
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R v K – Murder, Central Criminal Court
The case involved the brutal gangland murder of a young man in South London. The client stood trial at the Old Bailey together with his five co-defendants and he was acquitted following submissions by the defence that there was no case to answer. Martin Heslop QC of 2 Hare Court Chambers and Gerwyn Wise of Garden Court Chambers were instructed Counsel.
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R v R – Modern Day Slavery, Aylesbury Crown Court
The client was accused of modern-day slavery offences against two foreign nationals including offences of holding a person in servitude, making threats to kill and subjecting them to violence. Simon Kitchen of Drystone Chambers was instructed Counsel.
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R v M – Handling Stolen Goods, Nottingham Crown Court
The client was accused of handling over £1,000,000 of stolen goods as part of an alleged professional criminal enterprise, the client was acquitted. Oliver Renton of Crucible Chambers was Instructed Counsel.

R v D – Kidnap and Armed Robbery, Bristol Crown Court
The client was accused of kidnap, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm. The client was alleged to have kidnapped a business associate at gunpoint and held him captive in a desolate area of Bristol before robbing him. The client was acquitted. Simon Kitchen of Drystone Chambers was Instructed Counsel.

R v B – Fraud and Money Laundering, St Albans Crown Court
The client was accused of fraud and money laundering. He was alleged to have carried out a series of building work scams against vulnerable adults, the client was acquitted. Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court Chambers was Instructed Counsel

R v Z – Sexual Activity with a child, Kingston Crown Court
The client, a 19-year-old male was charged with an offence of sexual activity with a child having started a sexual relationship with his girlfriend who was a few weeks shy of her 16th birthday. Following extensive written representations and a protracted battle with the Crown Prosecution Service the Prosecution agreed to offer no evidence against the client and he was acquitted avoiding both a trial and becoming subject to the sexual offender’s register. Emma Goodall QC of Doughty Street Chambers was instructed Counsel

R v P – Conspiracy to Burgle, Birmingham Crown Court
The client was charged with conspiracy to burgle – following the instruction of defence psychiatrists who deemed the client unfit to stand trial and extensive written representations from the defence, the prosecution reluctantly agreed to offer no evidence against the client without the need for a full hearing and he was formally acquitted.

R v T – Smuggling and Money Laundering
Following a large-scale operation by the National Crime Agency the client was arrested together with a number of successful businessmen on suspicion of money laundering. This was in relation to the illegal smuggling of alcohol and the provision of an alleged money laundering service which included the placement, layering and integration of the proceeds of crime running into millions of pounds. At the time of his arrest the client was found with £50,000 in cash on his person. Following a scathing ruling by the Divisional Court, the Court confirmed that the National Crime Agency had unlawfully obtained search warrants in the case. All proceedings were subsequently discontinued against the client and his co-suspects.

R v M – Witness Intimidation, Wood Green Crown Court
The client was charged with witness intimidation having allegedly made threats to a witness in a serious assault case that they would be shot and murdered if they gave evidence in the case –The client was Acquitted. Donal Lawler of 187 Fleet Street Chambers was instructed counsel.

Melissa
ACILEx Lawyer

Melissa Ansah

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Melissa has worked in criminal defence law since 2013, qualifying as a lawyer in 2018 via the CILEx route. Melissa is a CILEx Advocate which permits rights of audience in the Magistrates and Youth Courts. Melissa has a busy practice defending clients accused of a wide range of offences. Melissa is a passionate criminal defence lawyer with a particular interest in representing young and vulnerable clients. Melissa is able to put clients at ease from the very outset. She understands the importance of building a trusting relationship and the importance of continuity, resulting in her regularly representing clients from the Police station interview through to trial. Melissa is respected for her meticulous case preparation and her dedication to secure the best outcome for her clients.

“She is junior but brilliant. I am constantly amazed at the level of work she puts into cases. She goes so far above and beyond anything i have seen from junior solicitors. She is really impressive” – Chambers and Partners 

Notable cases:

R v BM – January 2022 – Snaresbrook Crown Court

Allegations of conspiring to possess a firearm and ammunition. The case involved complex legal argument on the admissibility of gang evidence (which included drill music). The Crown submitted that the evidence provided important context and served to rebut the defence of innocent association with the co-defendant, who was found in possession of a loaded semi-automatic weapon. The client was acquitted

R v SS – January 2022 – Inner London Crown Court

Client was charged with Section 18 GBH and possession of knife. A favourable basis of plea was submitted alongside a mitigation bundle including highlighting the law on delay in proceedings as mitigation as well as supportive letters / reports showing the defendants positive steps to leave his past life behind him resulted the Judge departing from the starting point of 4 years and passing a sentence of 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years.

R v TH – December 2021 – Central Criminal Court

The Defendant was charged with Death by Dangerous Driving. The Defence successfully argued, with the assistance of numerous expert medicolegal reports, that the correct charge was one of death by careless driving.

R v Youth Defendant – November 2021 – Central Criminal Court

Representing the only youth defendant in a multi-handed revenge attempted murder. The Defendant disputed identity. Crown dismissed the case the week before trial following a review in light of unused material.

R v JR – August 2021 – Inner London Crown Court
Supplying Class A Drugs. Lengthy negotiations to persuade the Crown to accept the written Basis of Plea resulting in the defendant being sentenced as a “lessor role” and sentenced to a Suspended Sentence Order.

R v JG – July 2021 – Snaresbrook Crown Court
Conspiracy to Murder. Crown offered no evidence after a written application to dismiss was submitted.

R v AA –  June 2021 – Uxbridge Youth Court
Supplying Class A drugs and possession of a bladed article. Crown discontinued the case as a result of written representations in which it was submitted that there is not sufficient evidence for realistic prospect of a conviction nor is it in the public interest to prosecute a 15 year old boy in light of the National Referral Mechanism positive conclusive grounds decision

R v MR – March 2021 – Bromley Youth Court
The defendant was alleged to have committed multiple robberies, the Crown discontinued the case as a result of defence legal arguments highlighting the Crown’s statutory disclosure failings.

R v JR – February 2021 – Harrow Crown Court
Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life – acquitted after trial.

R v TM – January 2021 – Wood Green Crown Court
Supply of Class B Drugs. Offence committed in breach of a Suspended Sentence Order for Class A Drug supply and sentenced to a community order concurrent with the existing Suspended Sentence Order as a result of expert medical reports and a mitigation bundle

R v AM – January 2021 – Romford Youth Court
Crown discontinued charges of Robbery, Kidnap and Blackmail as a result of defence legal arguments highlighting the Crown’s statutory disclosure failings.

R v LM – October 2020 – Luton Youth Court
Represented the defendant at his sentence hearing having entered a guilty plea to his 3rd offence for possession of an offensive weapon / bladed article which resulted in the mandatory minimum sentence of 4 months detention and training. Successful in arguing that it would be “unjust” to impose the mandatory minimum sentence, the defendant was sentenced to a Youth Referral Order.

R v OD – September 2020 – Lewes Crown Court
County lines drug operation in Kent and Sussex, the second offence committed on bail. A medical expert report was submitted in support of mitigation resulting in the defendant receiving a Suspended Sentence Order despite the Probation pre-sentence report not supportive of a community based sentence.

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