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About Our Lawyers
Tank Jowett Solicitors is a niche high profile criminal defence law firm, based in the heart of the legal district in Central London, specialising in the defence of those facing criminal proceedings. The firm was originally established in 2000.
What sets Tank Jowett Solicitors apart from almost all other criminal law firms, is the sheer volume of very serious criminal cases the lawyers at the firm have dealt with over the last 20 years.
History of tank Jowett Solicitors
Tank Jowett Solicitors was set up in January 2000 by Baljit Tank and Simon Jowett, who were very shortly afterwards joined by Rajesh Bhamm as an equal partner.
Throughout the 2000s, the firm grew and established a reputation in London and across the country for defending in high profile cases, always through recommendation.
SOLICITOR & PARTNER
Rajesh qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has specialised in criminal defence work since then. Initially training in commercial law and undertaking fraud cases, at the stage of a trainee solicitor, he has over 20 years’ experience practising criminal law. In 2001 he joined Baljit Tank and Simon Jowett as a partner in Tank Jowett Solicitors.
Rajesh has defended in some of the most serious and complex cases in the country. He is regularly instructed in drugs, murder, fraud and money laundering cases as well as in cases involving organised crime. Rajesh routinely deals with fraud cases involving pharmaceuticals/medicines (MHRA), post office frauds, company frauds, VAT fraud and tax evasion. Over the years he has dealt with many sexual offences, concerning historical and recent rape allegations, possession of indecent images, paedophile allegations, sexual abuse and other domestic related matters. Rajesh is also regularly instructed in allegations involving firearms and armed robberies.
Rajesh has a meticulous approach to case preparation and is outstanding in his understating of forensic issues and tactical considerations. He has been involved in cases in which disclosure failings by the prosecuting authorities have been unmasked.
Rajesh’s practice covers all parts of the country and all levels of the criminal justice system, including pre-arrest and pre-charge advice through to representation at the Magistrates Courts, Crown Court (jury trials), and appeals against conviction and sentence. The investigation stage of a police enquiry can be very lengthy and stressful for the suspect in question. Rajesh is proactive in engaging with the investigating authority and has on many occasions persuaded the prosecution not to bring charges against his clients, by making representations challenging the evidence in the case.
Rajesh is a tough advocate, and has had substantial success fighting his own trials. He is experienced in cross examining police officers, expert witnesses and vulnerable witnesses. He is further experienced in dealing with inadequacies in the prosecution case and challenging non-disclosure.
Rajesh recognises the stress and anxiety that clients face, when subject to serious allegations, and how their personal and business lives can be affected. He prides himself on his ability to assist clients on how to navigate through these difficult circumstances. Rajesh only ever defends clients who face criminal allegations and never prosecutes. His clients come from all walks of life. Rajesh has advised company directors, accountants, city traders, and members of the medical profession to name but a few examples. He is committed to fighting injustices faced by his clients.
Rajesh is regularly recommended to clients by other professionals including barristers, accountants and other solicitors, because of his reputation for thoroughness, empathy and determination to achieve the very best outcome for all his clients.
Rajesh instructs a broad spectrum of barristers in the Crown Court. He ensures that he selects the most suitably qualified and experienced barristers for each case, with his client’s approval. Rajesh very often works with the most talented Queens Counsel in the country, such as Narita Bahra QC, and leading juniors.
Notable cases: -
Rajesh has been a qualified solicitor in excess of 20 years. The following is just a short selection of the many cases that he has been involved with, over the years that he has now practised:-
R v NS - Northampton Crown Court – 2017 – Murder - Following a 26 day murder trial at Northampton Crown Court, NS was unanimously acquitted of murder. This case was four-handed and became cut throat with NS co-defendant’s heaping the blame on each other. The Crown served expert evidence showing all four co-defendant’s leaving Northampton in tangent, moments after the death of the deceased.
R v MH – Crown Court – Murder. This case involving a defendant who had a previous conviction for manslaughter in very similar circumstances. Whilst the Jury convicted after 18 hours deliberation, Rajesh launched a successful appeal against sentence – The sentencing judge had imposed a minimum term of 33 years, but Rajesh appealed on basis that judge erred in invoking schedule 21 as a consequence of which the starting point should be 15 years and accordingly reduced the minimum sentence to 27 years. Rajesh instructed Sam Stein QC of Nexus Chambers in this case.
R v T – Old Bailey – 2004 – Double Murder. Rajesh was the solicitor with conduct of this most serious and complex double murder case within the Sri Lankan community. The trial lasted 9 months and involved many prosecution witnesses, tens of thousands of pages of prosecution evidence and a wide range of difficult issues involving identification evidence, admissibility of prosecution evidence, alibi defences, cell-site evidence and joint enterprise.
R v B – Nottingham Crown Court – 2005
Rajesh was instructed in a three handed murder. Rajesh's client allegedly lured the victim from his residence in order that the co-defendant (gunman) could shoot and kill him. A great deal of preparation was undertaken in the case including door to door enquiries with members of the public, following which Rajesh secured the acquittal of his client from the murder charges faced. William Coker QC was instructed in this case.
R v AM – Islewoth Crown Court – Attempted Murder. Whilst Rajesh's client was initially charged with attempted murder, following defence representations the charges were reduced to s.18 GBH. The complainant suffered life threatening injuries as a result of AM’s alleged use of his car as a weapon (the case was heavily aggravated by this act). The complainant having been involved in an argument with AM, AM had driven the car deliberately at oncoming traffic in order to dislodge the complainant and cause him maximum injury. The complainant fell out of AM’s car after colliding with a stationary Transit van at around 50mph. The entire incident was caught on CCTV from two different angles which bore out the complainant’s account. The Jury was 'hung' (could not reach a verdict) after the initial trial. At the retrial following negotiations with the Crown on the ‘basis of plea’, a favourable sentence was obtained for AM.
R v D – Southwark Crown Court - 2018 – Prosecution by Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The Defendant was alleged to have been one of the ringleaders running a sophisticated and lucrative shipping business, with the aim of importing prescription only medicines, unauthorised medicines and Class C drugs from India to the UK, for onward sale across Europe. Over 50,000 pages of evidence had to be considered.
R v K Crown Court – Prosecution by Royal Mail Revenue Protection Department.
Allegations of a conspiracy to defraud the Royal Mail of £33million, and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Our client was represented by Queens Counsel and was acquitted of all charges. There were four defendants charged. Rajesh met with the client pre-charge, had detailed conference with Queen’s Council, at that stage provided complete continuity for the client, in the police station stage, the Magistrates Court and then in the Crown Court. Eventually securing a complete acquittal in relation to all charges.
R v P – Kingston Crown Court – 2005
This case involved Rajesh defendant a defendant who was one of thirteen defendants. This case was described (at the time) as one of the largest prosecutions in the country. This was a multi-jurisdictional case, involving Mexico, Singapore, India and China. There were hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence served in this case (VHCC). Rajesh had to consider this material, ultimately taking the client through the same, extracting his detailed instructions. A favourable outcome was secured for the client.
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea v X - 2019
X was a person of good character and a trainee solicitor of a reputable corporate practice. X was alleged to have used her sisters blue badge fraudulently, having parked in a disabled bay without her sister present. X had made full admissions in a roadside interview under caution with the fraud inspector. At trial, Rajesh successfully put forward that although X had parked in the disabled bay without her sister being with her, as she was going to drop her sister home some hours later, no offence had been committed. The trial largely hinged on the successful cross-examination of the fraud inspector, who admitted that his note of the roadside interview was not verbatim. If convicted, X would have almost certainly have been denied onto the roll of solicitors, as the offence is one of dishonesty.
Police v EC – Staines Police Station – 2020
Wrongful retention of credit - EC was a trainee teacher at the time of her arrest. EC was accused of being a money mule, following over £20,000.00 of fraudulent bank transfers entering into accounts in her name. EC account was successfully put forward that she had no involvement in the illicit transfers and no further action was taken against her.
R v R – Northampton Crown Court – 2018
This was a large scale county lines drug conspiracy. Rajesh was instructed by a defendant, who was said to be highly involved in the said conspiracy with twenty-two co-defendants. The case concerned mobile cell-site evidence, identification evidence, child witnesses and legal arguments concerning issues of admissibility of evidence and disclosure.
R v OS – Reading Crown Court – s.18 GBH and common assault. Rajesh represented a male who was alleged to have broken his ex-partners jaw and assaulted both of her parents in a drunken attack. The Crown Prosecution Service called our client’s ex-partner, her parents and their teenage daughter to give evidence at the trial. All four witnesses said that they saw our client punch his ex-partner and that he caused her broken jaw. Our client was acquitted of all counts following a five day trial at the Reading Crown Court. We had successfully put forward our client’s defence that the cause of the complainant’s broken jaw had not been established and that the defendant had acted in self-defence against her parents.
R v TH –
Rajesh represented a male who is said to have been a member of a organised crime group.
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Simon Collingham is a Road Traffic Barrister. He was called to the Bar in 2011 and is a Member of Inner Temple. Simon was a mature entrant to the Bar, having completed over 30 years’ operational experience as a Police Officer in various disciplines, predominantly in Roads Policing and further complemented by working as a Litigation Executive for DAC Beachcroft solicitors, defending motor prosecutions associated with serious road traffic collisions. He brings vast experience and expertise in investigations, forensics, disclosure and PACE within criminal law.
Simon is a highly regarded road traffic specialist. He has considerable knowledge of Road Traffic Law complemented by a unique practicable experience in this area. He can offer an invaluable insight into the investigative and technical processes and has been frequently approached by other counsel to give advice in this field. He is a particular specialist in cases involving Drink and Drug Driving, Speeding and Failing to Provide Driver Details (s.172) offences.
Simon has built a reputation for his well prepared, realistic and persuasive advocacy in this challenging area. His personable and very approachable manner means he is a popular barrister with both the clients he represents and the firms that instruct him. With a depth of life experience, Simon is able to provide exceptional client care in pressured situations.
Simon is accredited under the Bar Standards Board Public Access Scheme for direct public access instructions and to conduct litigation.
Christina George - stone
Christina has over a decade of experience in Criminal Defence. She always commits to a high level of involvement in all stages of her cases to ensure her clients are guided through the legal procedures they face with all the information they need to make informed choices. Her aim in every case is for her clients to feel supported from beginning to end of their matter.
Most of christina's cases come from referrals and recommendations. She is committed to securing the best results for her clients and about her work and well-know for her down-to-earth approach and excellent client care
She has conducted a wide range of cases but has a particular interest in the vulnerable and young people.
PARTNER AND SOLICITOR ADVOCATE
Adnan is a strategic, efficient, and technologically skilled Lawyer who has worked on some of the most complex cases within the Jurisdiction. He is described by members of the Legal 500 as a “star” and works alongside some of the leading QC’s in Chambers, on cases which regular appear in the national press.
Adnan has extensive experience on high profile cases where investigations have been brought by various enforcement authorities, including the following; Serious Fraud Office, Economic Crime Unit, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (MHRA), Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, National Crime Agency (NCA), Crown Prosecution Service, Environment Agency and their overseas equivalents.
Adnan’s clients come from all walks of life. He has advised company directors, accountants, city traders, teachers, government officials, military officers and members of the medical profession.
His phenomenal results and level of instruction are testament to his work rate and winning strategies. Below are just a handful of the cases he has worked on.
Fraud and Financial Regulation
R v P: Multi-Million pound Conspiracy to Evade Excise Duty on Tobacco on an international scale, involving in excess of 18,000 pages of evidence. The case involved analysis of vast quantities of electronic data and exposing weakness and inadequacies of HMRC disclosure processes and protocols.
R v S: Multi- Million pound Conspiracy to Defraud Central Clearing banks.
R v A: Multi-handed Fraud involving Luxury motor vehicles, described as a “complex and highly-organised" operation.
R v S: Multi- Million pound Fraud involving exportation of construction plant machinery and prestige motor vehicles to Dubai. Proceedings were brought under Proceed of Crimes Act 2002 involving millions of pounds of hidden assets.
R v V: Multi- Million pound Fraudulent Trading with an International Element. Acted for the Financial Director of the company.
R v V: Multi- Million pound Money Laundering allegations involving proceeds of crime into a high value business.
R v R: Conspiracy to make/ distribute and sell counterfeit clothing on an industrial scale, involving the following brands; UGG, Timberland, Mackenzie, Adidas, Lacoste, G- Star and Henleys.
R v N: Director of a Los Angeles based Film Company, charged with Cheating the Public Revenue for a vast amount of money.
R v M: Multi-Million pound Trading Standards Prosecution. Described as the largest counterfeiting fraud operation ever uncovered on Ebay.
R v R: £40 Million MTIC (Missing Trader Intra-Community) Fraud / Carousel Fraud.
R v K: Multi-Million pound Conspiracy, involving the supply of illegal immigrants to companies in the construction industry, and associated money laundering charges.
R v S: £20 Million Mortgage Fraud. Acted for an Accountant in the conspiracy.
R v K: Multi-handed Serious Fraud Office Prosecution of Corruption, Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering within a County Council.
R v M: Banking Fraud. Allegations of defendants acting as Police Officers from Scotland Yard. The case also appeared on BBC CrimeWatch.
R v C: Charges brought for money laundering which involved a Mortgage Advisor at a leading Corporate and Investment Bank, who it was alleged bypassed security measures to assist transfer criminal property.
R v M: Acted for managing director of a company in a complex multi-million pound solar panel fraud. The case involved the instruction of a forensic accountant who was able discredit the prosecution case.
R v A: Acted for a banker in a multi handed complex banking fraud. The operation was described as orchestrated by a sophisticated network. It was alleged bogus invoices were created to falsely represent trading agreements.
R v R: Acted for a university professor involved in a large-scale conspiracy relating to a mortgage fraud. It was alleged that someone had impersonated the owner of the property in a sophisticated operation to obtain a large sum of funds. The proceeds thereafter were transferred between various individuals and companies.
R v B: Complex pharmaceutical fraud involving a senior dispenser who failed to note a large volume of medication in the controlled drugs register.
R v R: Acted for a legal advisor based at a high-profile solicitors firm in Chancery Lane who faced an allegation of fraud by position.
R v T: Acted for a director of a building and dismantling company in a corporate manslaughter case. This prosecution was brought by the health and safety executive. Allegations centred on breaches of safety of workers and failing to ensure work is planned regulated and monitored in a way which ensures it is carried out without risk to safety. Complex case involving expert evidence and sub-contractors also present at the demolition site which led to a cut throat trial.
R v F: Historic Conspiracy to commit murder of political cartoonist who was shot in central London in 1987. It was alleged the assignation was by members of ‘force 17 group’ which was an off shoot group of the PLO due to an offensive cartoon image depicting Yasser Arafat.
R v V: Conspiracy to commit murder. Contract killing which had taken over 6 months to discover the body. The murder squad described it as one of the biggest jigsaw’s they have had to piece together.
R v A: 12 handed conspiracy to commit murder. Complex case with over 30,000 pages of evidence served.
R v W: Cut-throat murder case in which the defendant and his partner each blamed the other for the murder The case attracted national media attention (“The baby on the bus” case).
R v M: Murders of three generations of one family commonly referred to by the media as the “Clydach Massacre”. It sparked the biggest hunt in Welsh criminal history.
R v S: Murder of a high profile figure in the West Midlands. The case involved complex cell site evidence. It was the biggest case ever investigated by Warwickshire Police.
R v B: Multi- handed Murder of a Director in the telecommunications industry.
R v A: - Death by dangerous driving involving a head on collision. Case involved instructing a forensic collision investigator who able combat some of the allegations put forward by the police expert.
R v U: 13 Defendant conspiracy to commit Murder. The cases involved the shooting of a local businessman in the underworld in the West Midlands. A turf war spiralled out of control with reprisal attacks. The case involved complex cell site and ANPR evidence.
R v I: Conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Complex encro -chat case involving the supply of 1000 kilos of cocaine, allegedly supplied in just a few month period.
R v A: Multi handed Conspiracy to import and supply 40 kilos of cocaine and ammunition. The sophisticated cocaine supply network stretched from Mexico, the USA, and Canada to the streets of London. This conspiracy, involved organised drug distributers based in Mexico City using British Airways transatlantic flights and a sophisticated team of distributors in London.
R v Z: Multi -Million pound drugs trafficking case involving a sophisticated organised criminal group with allegations of the defendants owning 11 production factories within the UK. The defendants were described as having close links with “respectable members of Beijing society”.
R v M: £6 million Conspiracy to supply Class A across Canterbury and the south coast. Described as a ‘sophisticated operation’ and “business- like crime run in open daylight”.
R v R: £22 million Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. International drugs ring described as distributers for a much larger operation that sourced and supplied drugs across the UK.
R v S: Multi- Million Conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs. Described as a “highly organised” operation with various storage locations around the country.
R v H: Multi- Million-pound Conspiracy to import Class A Drugs from the Caribbean. A well-established logistics company was alleged to be involved in the international operation.
Other Serious Crime
R v H: Alleged leader charged with conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice. Allegations arose out of the grant in 1995 of the Royal Pardon by the then Home Secretary (Michael Howard). The case generated 2 books, a documentary and various investigations by Parliament into informant handling. There were over 30,000 pages of evidence served and allegations of corruption throughout the Criminal Justice system.
R v J: Charges brought under the Official Secrets Act against a British army interpreter, who worked for the head of NATO forces. The client was accused of spying for Iran while serving in Afghanistan.
R v C: Complex confiscation proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002, where the Crown estimated the benefit figure to be over a 6 figure sum. Successful negotiations reduced the figure significantly.
R v M: Multi handed Conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law by orchestrating sham marriages. The case involved a West Midlands lawyer and a corrupt police officer.
R v H: Multi handed conspiracy to import and supply firearms.
R v L: International multi-million-pound modern slavery case alleged involving the exploitation of foreign workers in the construction industry.
Other areas of practice
Adnan’s experience includes cases involving the regulation and internal governance of professional associations.
Furthermore his experience extends to Cash and Asset Forfeiture and Restraint orders.
Impact of Public Policy and Causation on Public Authority Negligence Claims.
Formed part of legal teams featured and quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, BBC News, The Mirror, Sky News, The Independent, Sunday Mail, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, London Online, Mortgage Strategy, Sheffield Telegraph, Liverpool Echo, Military Times and various numerous journals and news services.
Understanding of Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.
Stephan has undertaken the Legal Practice Course, following a university law degree. Ukranian born, Stephan is fluent in Russian, Ukranian, Hugarian and English, and attracts clients from numerous jurisdictions facing a multitude of various criminal legal issues.
Stephan prepares cases for trial, attends prison visits around the country, and is a safe pair of hands in any criminal defence case matter.
Stephan has a background in finance, having worked in asset management and product development for JP Morgan, and is experienced in preparing fraud cases for trial. He has substantial experience in communication with the Financial Conduct Authority.
He is currently preparing defence cases in the following areas:
- Encro chat prosecution involving firearms and drugs matter at Southwark Crown Court
- Manslaughter case involving death of an individual following a fight
- Burglary of commercial premises
- Death by dangerous driving prosecution
Simon qualified as a solicitor in May 1997 and in late 1999 made the decision to start Tank Jowett Solicitors with Baljit Tank, his colleague from university, both of whom shared a passion for criminal defence work.
Throughout the years, Simon has taken on cases in all aspects of criminal law, from low level criminal offences up to the most serious of crimes.
Simon has defended in countless serious and high profile cases throughout his career, including over 20 murder cases leading to a crown court trial - one every year on average, fraud, drug importation on a large scale, and blackmail to name but a few, including many cases in the Court of Appeal. Simon has given numerous media interviews and his name is regularly quoted in newspapers as representing defendants in serious cases. All of Simon’s serious and high profile cases have come from recommendations and referrals, a testament to his diligence and hard work. Simon has taken on cases at various stages of the prosecution from being the lawyer in the police station interview, to being called in to take over the case in the middle of the trial.
Simon has been defending clients with great success for 25 years. That has allowed him to build up a work ethic and practice in maximising the chances of success in a case. His rules of running a case are as follows:
- “There is a direct link between the amount of work the lawyer puts in to a case and the result”. Simon has achieved for clients what many other lawyers have failed to do, but in many cases it comes down to honest hard work. As he says, “Many lawyers give up too easily. They think there is no point, or they can’t be bothered, perhaps because they may be working for a fixed fee, or they switch off at 5.30pm. It’s at that point that you are really letting your client down. You have to see the result you want, and not give up until you achieve it, which could include a not guilty verdict, or the case being dropped.”
- “Instruct the best barristers, but don’t depend on them”. You have to take responsibility for the case. If you are using a barrister, make sure he or she has a good track record, and cares about your client’s case. But you can’t just leave the case to them. You have to make sure the case is fully prepared, before it goes to the barrister.
- “Every case is equally important”. Simon has defended in countless murder cases, but often relishes defending in small cases as well. Why? Often the smallest criminal case will be, to the client, the biggest most important issue in their life at that moment in time. As Simon says, “criminal cases, including small cases, such as a harassment case, or a theft matter, can destroy careers, split up families, ruin businesses, and cause irreparable damage to people’s lives. Even if the penalty as low, the client could lose his whole business, his job, or his career. He goes on, “I have walked into the office having just come back from an Old Bailey murder trial, and seen a professional client wrongly accused of harassment. The case may seem minor. But, the chances are, he hasn’t slept for a month. His stress levels are through the roof. That case is a must win. The client is depending on you. Don’t let him down”.
- “Remember the responsibility on your shoulders”.The alleged victims have the support of the police and the whole system. But the criminal defendant? Who may very well be innocent? He or she gets one lawyer to fight for them. Never forget, as a criminal lawyer, just how much responsibility is on your shoulders.
- “Just because your client is innocent, or only played a minor role in the commission of an offence, does not mean that the Prosecutor will see it that way”. The system can be grossly unfair on your client. Many prosecutors, especially in large conspiracy type cases involving tens of thousands of pages of evidence, get lost in their own evidence. The danger is that they create a false inaccurate picture of what your client did, because they don’t understand their own case. Getting the Prosecutor to change his or her mind can be sometimes almost impossible. But in many cases it is achievable. The criminal lawyer must never relax, until the result is achieved, such as a not guilty verdict, the case being dropped or a low sentence. The Prosecutor must be educated as to why your client is innocent, if you want him to drop the case.
- “Remember the value of expert evidence”.Simon regularly instructs experts in the form of forensic accountants, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, drugs experts, and road traffic experts to name but a few. Expert evidence can bolster your client's case in a way that could prove decisive, and should always be explored.
- “Always explore the possibility of preventing your client from being charged”. Very often, clients are placed on police bail, pending further enquiries, but the vast majority of lawyers do nothing to prevent their client from being charged, preferring to sit back and wait for a case to materialise. This is however missing a golden opportunity to advance your client’s interests. Work on preventing your client from being charged, by obtaining as much evidence as possible, and making representations to the police and prosecutors that there is no realistic prospect of conviction, or that the case is not in the public interest, the two tests that prosecutors must apply before authorising a charge.
- “Hire the best staff”. Simon has employed hundreds of would be lawyers over the years. Many of today’s solicitors in London trained under Simon. Simon nowadays has the following message: “Nowadays, I only take on people who have demonstrated a clear passion for the law, and criminal law at that. I need efficient hard working people to help me with my work. In 2008 I was running a murder trial, a spying case, the Royal blackmail case and a conspiracy to obtain a Royal pardon, all at the same time. But the solicitors I had working with me were exceptional, and together, we gave the clients the service they deserved.”
R v Kenneth Noye 2013 Simon was instructed to act in appeal proceedings, and made huge efforts to achieve justice for Kenneth Noye fighting against continuous unwarranted adverse publicity and groundless prejudice and bias. Simon travelled internationally in his enquiries in this case including spending time trawling through the archives section of the High Court in Madrid.
R v ZS 2015 This client was recommended to Simon and faced charges of conspiracy to traffick prostitutes and control prostitutes, one of 10 defendants. In a huge case lasting over a year, with 15,000 pages of evidence, the client was eventually found not guilty, the only defendant to be acquitted. This case involved travelling around Europe taking statements and gathering evidence to secure the client’s defence.
R v Ronald Arthur Biggs 2009 Simon was instructed by the former ‘great train robber’ to secure his final release from prison, taking on the Home Secretary in the High Court, winning the first stage of a Judicial Review, before securing his release on compassionate grounds. 'Ronnie' Biggs went on to live in Barnet, North London, for 4 years, before finally passing away in 2013. As Simon says, 'the decision to keep Ronnie in prison was purely for political reasons - the government could not afford to be seen to be weak on crime. But 45 years had passed since the original offence, and Ronnie had served his time - justice required that he be released.'
R v NW 2014 Simon was approached by a client in Wales wishing to change his lawyer facing charges of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs and money laundering. The client had already been advised to plead guilty by his former lawyers. Had that client been convicted, he would have faced 10 years in prison. But the further Simon looked at the case, the more it became apparent that the Crown Prosecution Service had largely constructed a case out of circumstantial evidence and hearsay evidence. The potential impact on the client was horrifying, as he was the sole carer of a 10 year old boy. After 4 months of instructing drugs experts and forensic accountants, and detailed representations, the Crown Prosecution Service eventually agreed to drop the main charge, and the client pleaded guilty to low level cannabis supply. The result? A suspended sentence.
R v TS 2012 After the client sacked his lawyer and instructed Simon in August 2011, Simon took on an immense but flawed HMRC prosecution involving over 40,000 pages of evidence, alleging Cheating the Public Revenue. The livelihoods of TS and his coaccused had been destroyed by an ill thought out investigation, and when Simon took on matters, the client was at a low ebb. Fifteen months later, after Simon involved expert forensic accountants to help pull apart the Crown’s case, and only 6 weeks before a 3 month long trial was due to start, the Crown finally bowed to pressure and dropped the cases against all 3 defendants.
R v Ian Strachan 2008 'The Royal Blackmail' Simon represented one of two persons charged with blackmail on a member of the Royal Family, the first case of such a kind for over 100 years, and reported on the front page of every national newspaper. Huge public resources were invested in prosecuting the defendants, and Simon worked tirelessly for 9 months on the case, battling against the weight of a well funded prosecution machine.
R v FF 2005 Simon defended a young Somali man facing murder charges over a 12 month period, advising him over 3 days of interviews in the police station, obtaining bail for him in extraordinary circumstances, before eventually, on the eve of the trial, persuading the Crown Prosecution Service to discontinue the charges, in what was a tremendously stressful period for the young man, who to this day remains thankful to Simon for his hard work and support and recommends clients on a regular basis.
R v JH 2008 Simon represented the lead defendant in a Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice case, where it was alleged that the Defendants had conspired together to obtain a Royal Pardon for two convicted drug dealers in 1995. The case involved allegations of corruption throughout the Criminal Justice system from customs officers to judges and even the then home secretary, and with 30,000 pages of served evidence, and five months to prepare after the Defendant sacked his lawyer and asked Simon to represent him, it was a huge undertaking.
The above are just a small number of the serious cases Simon has dealt with. He has secured numerous acquittals for his clients over the years, and is thanked by clients and their families for the tireless effort and energy he puts in to cases. No case is too big, and no case too small. Each criminal prosecution is tremendously important to a client. Whatever the criminal charges his clients face, his approach is to take on the matter as if it were his own, and devote all his resources to achieve the best possible outcome he can. As one City of London police detective recently begrudgingly said to Simon in the middle of a £8million mortgage fraud confiscation case – ‘If I ever got into trouble – I’d use you!’
Simon regularly takes on cases on either a private or legal aid basis and can be contacted directly as above.
I was arrested by 32 anti terrorist police officers, faced the entire might of the Metropolitan Police force, and was prosecuted by the No 1. prosecuting barrister in the country all for what I will always claim was a misconceived and false blackmail allegation by a member of the Royal Family. Despite that, Simon was the rock of my defence. He was totally unfazed by the press obsession with the case, or the prosecution resources levelled against me, and worked tirelessly to achieve justice for me. I will forever be grateful to him for his efforts and would always recommend him.
Where do I start? Without Simon I would probably have been wrongly convicted and would have been spending the next 10 years in prison, so misconceived were the allegations against me. Simon’s insight into the case, and his involvement of an expert forensic accountant destroyed the case against me. The Judge finally saw things from my perspective, and the Crown were forced to drop the case, not just against me but also against my co defendants. I was finally able to start getting my life back on track after a horrendous 3 years. Simon achieved this for me, no question about it, and I will forever be grateful to him for what he did.
I needed a lawyer to fight my corner properly, recognise the bias and prejudice throughout my case, and help me fight for justice. I wish I’d used Simon from the start. He understands my position, and doesn’t give up. I would recommend him to anyone serious about their defence in criminal proceedings.
Ornela has a degree in law and politics and a post graduate diploma in legal practice. She is following the path to qualification as a solicitor.
Ornela is fluent in Albanian, and regularly takes on cases from that community, and has substantial experience in drugs, murder, prostitution, fraud and extradition cases, assisting the main solicitor in preparation of the case in all ways.
Ornela regularly attends prisons and takes instructions on cases.
In any given week, she will also advise a number of persons at the police station arrested for a variety of offences, and is regarded as having solid judgement in complex matters.
She has developed a niche in the field of repatriation cases where prisoners seek repatriation to their home country to serve their prison sentence there.
Ornela is an extremely hard working, dedicated member of the Tank Jowett team, and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome on the cases she takes on.
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Alison Morgan qualified as a solicitor in 2004, and is a highly regarded Solicitor Advocate specialising in complex and serious cases. She has an unrivalled acquittal rate and is especially known for her ability in bail applications on the most serious cases. Alison has been instructed by clients remanded in HMP Belmarsh facing charges of murder and has successfully applied for bail, putting forward compelling and persuasive arguments. Alison has regularly proceeded to win those, and other, cases. She has an excellent reputation amongst her professional and lay clients and is well respected amongst her colleagues.
After a teaching career she became a solicitor, almost immediately representing defendants charged with very serious cases due to her strong character and ability to handle even the most difficult of clients. So impressed with her abilities during her first months, the partners of the firm at the time put her to work on a murder trial involving 5 defendants immediately entrusting her with the preparation. To date Alison has represented defendants in over 35 murder trials as solicitor solely or as solicitor and junior counsel simultaneously, many of them at the Central Criminal Court, otherwise known as the Old Bailey, in London.
She has, from very early on in her career and throughout, dealt with many serious cases including s.18 GBH, kidnapping, fraud, serious and complex drugs cases, firearms, cases involving serious violence and has represented numerous different clients facing murder charges.
A large number of the defendants she has represented facing murder trials have been found not guilty after lengthy trials, at this stage a 85% acquittal rate, mostly at the Central Criminal Court. She has also secured acquittals on serious drug cases and other charges.
The murder cases she has dealt with have almost exclusively involved tens of thousands of pages of prosecution evidence, including mobile phone evidence, forensic material, CCTV, live witnesses, body mapping, forensics and surveillance and other complex evidence. Alison is able to analyse all this evidence with meticulous precision and identify the strengths and flaws in the prosecution case in each matter.
She is responsible in such cases for managing and controlling the case, but instructs some of the very best barristers in London, and in turn some of the best Queens Counsel, all of whom have featured in the Legal 500, a benchmark guide to the best lawyers in the country. She does this to ensure that the clients receive the very best representation available and always uses the most reputable of chambers. Alison can almost instantly know which barrister is right for each case and there has never been an incident where the client was unhappy, although she is always open to any client suggesting their own counsel.
Alison puts her heart and soul into each case. As she says – ‘the clients I represent in cases, often face very long periods of potential imprisonment – in essence they have their whole lives at stake, and they have put their trust in me. I take that responsibility very seriously’. Her more simpler motto is ‘its worth a try, so let’s try it’.
Each case to Alison involves not accepting but challenging the prosecution evidence. ‘Often the evidence has been gathered to fit a narrative that the prosecution needs to meet’, says Alison. ‘You cannot allow that to occur. You have to investigate and question that evidence, as often it is just plain wrong’.
When acting as counsel in court, Alison has an impressive track record with an extremely high acquittal rate on each case. It is testament to her abilities that she has been first on the indictment on a number of multi handed cases, one in particular being a particularly serious GBH. All defendants were acquitted. Two of the four barristers behind her have since become Queens Counsel, one remarking, “are you going to leave any questions for us to ask?!”
Alison was recently commended by a Crown Court Judge at the end of an aggravated burglary trial as delivering one of the best closing speeches he had ever heard. The clients were all acquitted.
Alison’s case history
Alison has defended in numerous serious cases involving shootings and stabbings. She works tirelessly on all her cases be they minor assaults, frauds, terrorism allegations, murders, robberies or thefts. Some of her most recent cases are featured below:-
R v MWK Old Bailey Torture, stabbing and shooting case heavily focussing on forensic and other expert evidence.
R v GP Old Bailey Alison spent one hour with this defendant and knew that he was incapable of being involved in the murder with which he was charged. But the Crown Prosecution Service would not drop the case. Alison persevered, instructing Professor Gudjonsson, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London, and one of the top clinical psychologists in the world, to carry out an assessment on the defendant with regards to suggestibility. This report was used in the defendant’s trial. He was the only one acquitted out of 3 defendants.
R v SP Old Bailey This was a particularly difficult case involving a trainee lawyer who developed mental health problems prior to his involvement in a killing. Alison was able to form a good rapport with her client who had been sent to Broadmoor. He was later convicted of manslaughter based on diminished responsibility. This case in particular highlighted the issues involved in dealing with mentally disordered defendants.
R v PM Old Bailey Alison’s client was charged with a fatal shooting in North West London. Three eyewitnesses all identified the Defendant as the culprit, but this was not accepted by the Defence, as managed by Alison. The Prosecution tried to have these witnesses called anonymously, but Alison challenged this; all these witnesses were later exposed as having an incentive to lie which Alison had discovered after relentless investigative work. As Alison says “you have to think like the police, who take these cases very personally. You can’t just accept their work, you have to see through it, and question it at every stage”. Gun powder residue evidence was challenged, and enquires were made with trainer manufacturers to comment on cultural and fashion issues to show that the Defendant was unlikely to have worn such trainers so many years out of date as they had found gun powder residue on one set of old trainers. The result – the Jury acquitted the Defendant. Alison later commented: “without the work of the Defence, our client would wrongly have been serving 30 years in prison before any hope of parole, but instead, a miscarriage of justice was prevented”. Alison also told her client to give evidence when this had been debated. As stated to her client: “I like you, and if I like you, the jury will like you.” Alison considered it essential to build a close rapport with her client, enabling difficult strategic decisions to be navigated with ease.
R v KK Central Criminal Court After 27 minutes the lead Defendant, as represented by Alison and the Queens Counsel she instructed was acquitted – which was the quickest ever murder acquittal after a 6 week trial at the Old Bailey. The case involved Alison’s expert cross examination of police officers. The charges involved a case of a shooting, mistaken identity, gang warfare, where cultural issues and especially rap videos lay at the heart of the case. The Crown claimed in court that this was a tit for tat murder, which Alison disputed. Her cross examination of a police officer led to comment in the Judge’s summing up on that piece of evidence being “plainly wrong.” The jury agreed.
R v DT Inner London Crown Court This was a murder case where Alison instructed a cardiologist to examine the Crown’s evidence. Detailed cardiology evidence was presented in this case and Alison was instrumental in ensuring that the expert cardiologist instructed knew exactly what was required in regard to scrutiny of the evidence presented.
R v MR Central Criminal Court In a stabbing leading to a murder case, Alison took the bold step of advising her client to give evidence and he was acquitted. This was a five defendant murder case. Three of the defendants were acquitted of all counts, including Alison’s client.
The above are just a small number of murder cases Alison has dealt with over the years. Below, are a small selection of other very serious charges Alison’s clients have faced.
R v GF Multi handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in the West End of London area. After lengthy preparation Alison able to achieve for the client an extremely low sentence.
R v FS This case was otherwise known as “The Bank of Terror” case as her client was accused of large-scale frauds to fund terrorism. However tenacious defence work led to that claim being unfounded and the Crown were unable to present to the jury any links to terrorism. The trial lasted two months at the Old Bailey and was reported on the front page of every national newspaper.
R V BA Large drugs and firearms case, resulting in three lengthy trials of the same counts for various legal reasons. This client as many of her clients above was and remains a long-standing client of Alison’s and although convicted has recommended her many times for other matters.
R v AMJ Once again Alison’s client was first on the indictment on a £250,000 money laundering trial where he avoided prison after a 6 week trial. Alison mitigated on behalf of her client after this lengthy trial to a standard where although immediate custody had seemed inevitable, the client was instead able to return to his family.
R v JJ This was a 4 defendant GBH trial resulting in acquittals. Alison’s client was number 1 on the indictment and she acted as counsel on his behalf alone.
R v SJ The defendant was previously convicted of Possession with intent to Supply Class A drugs and had received 5 years imprisonment. He was arrested again for the same offence 2 years after leaving prison. Alison mitigated for him in court, and he received 3 years and 6 months imprisonment despite expecting a much higher sentence.
R v SB The defendant had a long list of criminal convictions, including for firearms cases. He was on licence when arrested for possession of a firearm with intent. Alison instructed excellent counsel once again and coordinated the whole matter. Her client was rightly acquitted.
R v AD Aggravated burglary, again acquittal secured. This case involved the often difficult decision as whether or not to give evidence. Alison opted for her client to not give evidence, a risk she knew could backfire, but her judgment was correct, and the defendant was acquitted.
As well as the above Alison represents defendants in the magistrates court too, viewing each case as neither too small or too big. She will represent those charged with shoplifting or common assault as well as those charged with the most serious crimes in the same way, always seeking the best possible outcome regardless of the type of case.
The sheer scale of Alison’s case history (all instructed through recommendation) is testament to the amount of work she attracts through recommendation and referral – 100%
Alison represents to the best of her ability defendants from all backgrounds throughout society.
Alison’s philosophy on case preparation is straightforward. Says Alison – ‘The responsibility is immense. Take it seriously, leave no stone unturned, and above all, put the client first, as if he or she were a close family relative. If you follow these rules as a defence lawyer, you will do the very best for your client.’
Alison has appeared on television and radio as an invited guest discussing various issues centred around the criminal justice system and has been called on numerous times by journalists for comment.
SOLICITOR ADVOCATE & PARTNER
Jeffrey qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and has dedicated his professional career to the services of clients facing a variety of legal issues. Jeffrey has specialised in a number of areas of law over the years, including criminal defence, including extradition, conveyancing, wills and probate, family law and civil litigation. Jeffrey opened Gordon Shine and Company Solicitors in 1980, the firm becoming Tank Jowett Solicitors in 2020, after 40 years of successfully operating.
Nowadays Jeffrey spends the majority of his time focussing on criminal defence and extradition cases.
Jeffrey is qualified as a higher rights courts advocate, and has conducted over 100 trials in the crown and magistrates courts and has been described as a thorough, meticulous and tenacious advocate.
Jeffrey is particularly knowledgeable as a criminal practitioner, and uses his skills to maximum effect when defending his clients.
As well as his criminal law experience, Jeffrey can point to extensive experience in the areas of probate, family law, and civil litigation.
JEFFREY SHINE’s Case Histories
R v T – Old Bailey – 1995
Somilian gang murder case
R v G – Old Bailey – 2005
Manslaughter case involving the raising of the defence of provocation
R v B – Norwich Crown Court – 2005
Fraud and VAT trial involving travel to Damascus and Antwerp to interview witnesses
R v J - Wood Green Crown Court – 2012
Conspiracy to commit Arson – multi handed case involving setting fire to the M1 motorway
R v E – Westminster Magistrates Court – 2013
This high profile extradition case, saw Jeffrey eventually being successful in preventing the extradition of his client who was wanted for people trafficking, arguing that the need to care for her mentally disabled daughter provided a sufficient Article 8 argument.
R v H – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2015
Fake passport factory trial
SOLICITOR & MANAGING PARTNER
Baljit Tank qualified as a solicitor in 1996 in Birmingham, and was instrumental in setting up Tank Jowett Solicitors in January 2000.
Nowadays Baljit focuses on representing defendants across the full spectrum of criminal law, from complex corporate crime through to murder cases in different courts across the country.
At any given time, Baljit’s cases are in the Crown Courts all around England and Wales, and are regularly reported in the news.
He has given interviews to the media regarding some of his more high profile cases, offering a wealth of experience to the clients that he represents, and is responsible for the management of countless teams of lawyers on different complex and serious cases at any given time.
Baljit can point to his particular experience in the following areas:
- Murder cases: each year Baljit takes on the representation of a number of defendants facing the gravest of cases.
- Terrorism cases: Baljit has taken cases to trial and secured acquittals in this field.
- Serious fraud cases: Baljit has wide ranging experience in a variety of frauds, including MTIC frauds, HMRC prosecutions, company frauds, and other complex paper heavy cases.
BALJIT TANK’s Case Histories
R v X – Paddington Green Police Station 2003
Terrorism investigation and police interviews involving Chechen separatists and organising the funding of terrorism
R v S – Old Bailey - 2004
Murder within the Sri Lankan community in Wembley involving shootings.
R v H – Kingston Crown Court – 2005
Pharmaceutical fraud, involving fake viagra - Over 100,000 pages of evidence. Baljit supervised no less than 10 lawyers working on the case. After Baljit’s client was convicted at trial, Baljit successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal and H’s conviction was quashed, and he remains a man of good character
R v X – Kingston Crown Court - 2006
Murder case – gang fight in South London between rival drug dealers. Defendant eventually acquitted.
R v A – Southwark Crown Court - 2009
Complex fraud case with multiple defendants.
R v S – Southwark Crown Court – 2010
Conspiracy to defraud – stolen high value plant machinery for onward sale abroad.
R v A - Southwark Crown Court - 2011
Huge conspiracy to import cocaine and ammunition using British Airways flights into Heathrow, from Mexico City.
R v D - Southwark Crown Court - 2012
Counterfeit goods importation conspiracy involving fake trainers being sold on the streets of the UK, prosecuted as trademark infringements.
R v B - Warwick Crown Court - 2013
Baljit supervised the legal team defending in an 8 defendant conspiracy to murder in gangland shootings.
R v W - Harrow Crown Court - 2014
Large scale conspiracy to steal high value motor vehicles
R v P - Birmingham Crown Court - 2015
Cold case murder prosecution from 1991 - the body of Nicola Payne, which had never been found. Defendant acquitted after lengthy trial.
R v U - Plymouth Crown Court - 2016
Highly complex Conspiracy to Supply class A drugs case and money laundering involving extensive supply throughout the South West of England. Eight defendants in total and 18,000 pages of evidence.
R v W - Old Bailey - 2018
Murder of a child case involving defendant and his partner both blamed each other for tragic death. Client acquitted of murder.
R v K - Luton Crown Court - 2019
Large Conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin case involving complex cell site evidence served within 30,000 pages of evidence.
R v A - St Albans Crown Court - 2020
Murder case involving gang fight between different criminal groups during drugs war.
Golnaz qualified as a solicitor in 2018, and since that time has dedicated her professional life to succeeding as a criminal lawyer.
She appears in court and the police station, attending clients in custody and advising in police station interviews on most days. She has appeared as advocate in a number of trials and secured acquittals.
She has a general practice in all types of criminal work, and has prepared the most serious of cases throughout her career so far.
Golnaz Tabaei’s Case Histories
R v W – Old Bailey – 2016 - Murder
Golnaz helped prepare this murder case which eventually resulted in an acquittal of the most serious murder charge. She attended on the client in prison as the main person responsible for taking his instructions and discussing strategic issues.
R v R – Old Bailey – 2020 – Murder
Golnaz is currently preparing and working on this case, taking instructions, and preparing counsel for the up and coming trial.
R v R – Isleworth Crown Court – 2018
Sham marriages prosecution for defrauding the secretary of state. Featured on BBC TV programme – panorama.
R v S – Harrow Crown Court – 2019
Attempted murder. Client eventually saw charges lowered.
R v M – Isleworth Crown Court – 2016 – GBH
Case dropped after proactive defence prepared by Golnaz
R v I – Luton Crown Court – 2017
Series of sexual assault charges, complicated by mental health health issues and eventually a reduced sentence.
R v M – Lewes Crown Court – 2019
possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. Case ongoing
R v S – Canterbury Crown Court – 2019
Fraudulent prohibition of a prohibition on exportation – Complex prosecution of individual exporting heroin to Croatia.
R v A – Old Bailey – 2017
Conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life – Client acquitted of main charge
R v M – Lewes Crown Court -2019
Conspiracy to supply class A Drugs. Reduced sentence following mitigation put forward.
R v F – Manchester Crown Court – 2018
12 charges of indecent assault, lengthy trial with Queens Counsel instructed.
R v M – Southwark Crown Court – 2017
4 charges involving burglary, client avoided prison following extensive preparation by Golnaz.
Sona is a Senior Solicitor-Advocate in Crime having appeared regularly in the Crown Court since 2003. Additionally, Sona has also argued appeals in the Court of Appeal.
Sona covers matters as straightforward as theft to more complex assaults and murder. Sona has appeared in a number of notable cases including:-
- a nine month pharmaceutical fraud which had extensive international elements to it;
- an “Honour-based” killing, where her client was found not guilty of the murder of his niece and serious assault of her then boy-friend;
- cash-point armed robberies – where two of the alleged robbers were shot dead by the police;
- conspiracy to supply class 'A' drugs in the Suffolk area;
- causing death by dangerous driving;
- numerous sexual offence cases including rape, sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years
Sona has extensive experience in drug matters, firearm offences, serious assaults, benefit fraud, motoring matters and more recently Sona has successfully defended in a number of sexual offences including rape.
Sona has extensive experience in police stations and as a result brings her personal knowledge of the workings of the police to her crown court advocacy, thus ensuring there has been no untoward conduct by the police in their investigations.
Whilst not at the Crown Court or at Police Stations Sona spends her time in the Magistrates' Court. Here, Sona has specialist knowledge in motoring and youth matters.
Jack Ward has degree in Law, and is undertaking the legal practice course, on the path to qualification.
Jack has been with the firm since 2018, and assists in the preparation of serious and complex criminal cases. He has gained extensive experience in criminal law, and is trusted part of the team.
Jack regularly attends the police station and advises suspects detained facing criminal allegations. Each week he advises several clients in police interview for a wide variety of matters, many very serious, and is a strategic thinker in the delivery of quality advice in the most difficult of cases.
Jack has prepared cases for trial for clients charged with murder, fraud, drug supply, modern slavery, theft, sexual offences and other serious matters.
As well as advising suspects in the police station, Jack regularly attends Crown Courts, prisons and conferences.
He is a very capable hard working individual dedicated to achieving successful results for his clients.