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Yasmin is the Director of AGI Criminal Solicitors Ltd.   She trained at the one of the Leading Criminal practices in Manchester and since qualifying in 2002 and has gained a wealth of experience having worked for a number of leading firms in Manchester specialising in Crime and Fraud.   Her areas of Practice include Criminal Law, Fraud, Benefit Fraud, Prison Law, Extradition law. Having obtained her Higher Rights in 2008 and she now predominantly undertakes work in the Crown Court representing clients charged with serious offences.  She has previously served on the Board of Directors (for 10 years) of Partners of Prisoners which a national charity is aiming to assist Families of Prisoners.

Since 2005 she has represented and continues to represent the only 1989 Extradition Prisoner left in the United Kingdom.  This has been described as the ‘longest extradition battle’ Telegraph 8th June 2015.  Phillip Harkins is challenging the potential imposition of Life Without Parole for the offence of Felony Murder in the state of Florida would be a breach of his Human Rights.  His case is presently before the Grand Chamber at the European Court of Human Rights.

In 2016 she was recommended in the Legal 500.  She has appeared on BBC Radio, BBC Television and has been featured in Newspaper Articles.

Yasmin features in the Legal 500 2017 rankings where the Legal 500 state “AGI CRIMINAL SOLICITORS fields an efficient and switched on team” Yasmin Aslam is “well regarded”

In June 2017 The Chief Magistrate for England & Wales Senior District Judge Arbuthnot commented in the case of R v A (Warrant for further detention on a Terrorism case) “that in the years of  her sitting as a DJ she had not heard such articulate though out submissions”

Recent Cases

R v A – June 2017 – Terrorism – represented a client who was investigated for Terrorism Offences.

Harkins v UK Govt  – 11.1.2017 – Solicitor who represented the Applicant at the hearing before the Grand Chamber at the ECHR in Strasbourg on LWOP in the Extradition Context.

R v MC (Operation Linear 3) 2016 – As the Advocate in this case, secured an acquittal for a 17 year old charged with making indecent images after successful dismissal arguments at Nottingham Crown Court.   Thereafter in this case the prosecution sought to make an application for a Voluntary Bill of Indictment which was refused after written submissions made by Yasmin and accepted by the Court.  The prosecution were represented by a QC.

R v C – (Operation Basoon) 2016 – Presently defending a client in relation to drug dealing to Under Cover Police Officers

R v Z 2016 – Defending a client charged with serious sexual offences as part of the ‘Rochdale Grooming’ cases.

R v M – (Operation Linear No 2) 2016 – Successfully argued an Application to dismiss charges of Indecent Images where there were lengthy legal arguments in relation to Accessory/Principals.

R v S – (Operation Mitchum) 2016 –  Advocate for the beneficiary in a large scale Immigration Fraud involving the Khalsa Missionary Society in Manchester.  The defendant was the only person to receive a suspended prison sentence.

R v D  – (Operation Linear) 2016 – Successfully acted Junior for the third defendant in a large scale sexual exploitation case. The scale of the case, including the number of allegations and defendants involved, has led the court to describe the case as exceptional and possibly unique.  After a Forty Day trial at Nottingham Crown Court on successful submissions of no case to answer all the defendants were acquitted.

R v Black and Ors  2016 (Operation Tahiti and Operation Isidor) – Large Scale Operation involving Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs & Conspiracy to Convert Criminal Property, The investigations commenced as a consequence of the co-defendants being connected to Dale Cregan.

R v C (Operation Tahiti and Operation Isidor) 2015- acted as Junior Counsel for a defendant within Operation Tahiti

R v M (2015) successful defence of a man charged with grievous bodily harm

R v C (2015) successfully defended a woman accused of obtaining leave to enter the United Kingdom be deception, possessing false identity documents and obtaining pecuniary advantage.

R v RM (2015) successfully defended a man in relation to a Sham Marriage

R v T (2015) defended a man charged with an historical rape allegation dating back to the 90’s.

R v T (2014) successfully defended a man alleged to have raped a 15 year old girl

R v S (2014) successfully defended a client after a three week trial in a multi handed case at Hove Crown charged with a serious assault including grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Press Releases

Harkins v UK 11.1.2017 Hearing before the Grand Chamber – http://www.echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=hearings&w=7153714_11012017&language=en

Harkins v UK – http://www.humanrightseurope.org/2017/01/united-kingdom-grand-chamber-hearing-for-prisoner-fighting-murder-charge-us-extradition/

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/jan/09/murder-suspects-appeal-against-extradition-to-us-european-court-phillip-harkins

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38576097

http://www.scottishlegal.com/2017/01/11/grand-chamber-to-hear-article-3-appeal-of-briton-wanted-in-us-for-murder/

Harkins v UK 72537/14 (2015) ECHR 476 – http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?      doc=/eu/cases/ECHR/2015/476.html&query=harkins&method=booleanHarkins,

R v SSHD Court of Appeal [2014] EWHC 3609 (Admin) – Life Without Parole in the Extradition Context

Harkins v UK – Rule 39 stay. Articles 3 and 6 ECHR challenges to the UK’s decision to return the Applicant to the US where if convicted he will face a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Harkins v SSHD [2014] EWHC 3609 (Admin) CO/7695/2013

Harkins and Edwards v The United Kingdom (App Nos: 9146/07 and 32650/07), 17 January 2012 –  http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2014/3609.html&query=harkins&method=boolean

“The Longest Running Extradition Battle”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11659805/New-human-rights-claim-in-longest-running-extradition-battle.html

Justice for Phillip Harkins – US extradition victim | SACC

Murder suspect Phillip Harkins loses extradition case – BBC …

Scots prisoner’s ‘last hope’ of avoiding extradition to US in …

Attorney General’s Reference No.23 of 2008 (Bruce Lee) [2009] 1 Cr.App.R.(S.) 355, CA – Successfully represented a client in a Attorney Generals reference in relation to whether a sentence of 5 years for a client who was charged with Possession of a Firearm with intent to endanger life and whether shooting in the direction of police officer was unduly lenient.  Held: sentence was not unduly lenient.

R (on the application of Lynch) v Secretary of State for Justice [2008] All ER (D) 210 (Nov) – Represented a Category A Prisoner, the panel reviewing the category status of the claimant had failed to take a number of material factors into account in its refusal to downgrade his status from category A to B.

Grayson and Barnham v United Kingdom App No 19955/05 and 15085/06 (2008) – Confiscation Orders

Solicitor Advocate

Michael LeveyMichael Levy is recognised as one the country’s  leading experts in the field of serious and complex frauds and money laundering. He has built up a reputation over the last 30 years dealing with missing trader, long firm,  and diversion frauds.

Mr Levy represented several of the leading successful defendants in the London City Bond case which resulted in the Butterfield report into the major failings of HM Customs and excise investigations and prosecutions. Since then Mr Levy has acted for clients throughout the country and has represented them as both solicitor and advocate at courts throughout the country including The Central Criminal Court, Southwark, Harrow, Newcastle, Middleborough, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Reading, Maidstone, Nottingham, Birmingham, Peterborough, Cambridge, Plymouth amongst others.

Mr Levy still handles other areas of serious crime and he is at present instructed on the largest seizure of firearms in the United Kingdom which is to be tried at  The Old Bailey, a major blackmail case being tried at Teeside Crown Court, and a slavery case at Bournemouth Crown Court. He has an ability to digest complex cases and to explain to clients in simple terms the salient points of the case against them.

Solicitor
Baljit Singh
Baljit Singh

Baljit Singh Qualified as a Solicitor in September 2015 specialising in general crime, he joined AGI Criminal Solicitors in November 2011 for work experience.  Within a few months he was offered a permanent position after becoming a key member of staff.

Baljit was sponsored by the firm to undertake the part time Legal Practice Course in September 2012 whilst working 4 days a week and engaging in sports and social activities.  Juggling these was a challenge however it provided an opportunity to utilise time management and organisational skills.

On completion of the LPC in December 2013 Baljit and was immediately awarded a training contract with the firm. Baljit is now working full time as a qualified solicitor and is a key member of the team at AGI Criminal Solicitors.

 

Solicitor

Barbara has over 12 years of experience in the area of Mental Health Law. She is an accredited member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and also a Criminal Duty Solicitor.

She is passionate about mental health and has dealt with a wide variety of matters assisting both restricted and unrestricted clients.   She supports clients capably with her personable approach.

She believes in delivering a service to clients that they understand and appreciate.  She works with empathy and understanding of the issues vulnerable patients may experience.  She believes her role is to ensure that clients receive the best legal representation.

Barbara speaks fluent Italian.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, sport, watching tennis.

Solicitor Advocate

Andrew Cowan is a Criminal Solicitor with over 15 years experience.   He is highly regarded in Manchester and has extensive experience in representing clients charged with serious criminal offences.  He is a Duty Solicitor for Trafford and a Higher Court Advocate.

Solicitor

Shaheen was called to the bar before cross-qualifying as a solicitor. She practised in crime and worked on Very High Cost Criminal Cases. This included international people smuggling and very high value drug importation matters; which involved multiple defendants. Shaheen attends the police station and matters covered include murder and other serious offences.

Shaheen also specialises as a Mental Health Solicitor. Accordingly, she regularly represents clients with s.2 and 3 detentions under the Metal Health Act (1983). Furthermore, she represents clients who wish to make applications to be transferred from prisons to hospitals.

Finally, as part of Community Care, Shaheen helps clients in a range of matters, including care charging issues.

Shaheen has previously given up her free time to work as a volunteer at the Greater Manchester Law Centre and since joining AGI has continued to provide free drop in sessions not just at the GMLC but also Bury Carers Centre.

In her free time, Shaheen likes to spend time socialising and baking.

Shaheen is a fluent in Urdu.

 

Community Care Lawyer

Info to follow…..

Criminal Caseworker

Oliver Levy is a Criminal Caseworker; he has been with the firm since 2015, he studied Business Management and Economics having gained a 1st Class Honours Degree and has decided to embark on a Career in the Law.

His responsibilities cover the whole criminal spectrum from the Police Station right through to Trial and Proceeds of Crime proceedings. These include: liaising with the Police and police station representatives to arrange interviews, filling in Legal Aid applications, completing Bail Applications, preparing cases (taking full instructions off clients, drafting proofs of evidence, contacting potential witnesses and obtaining defence witnesses statements), attending Trial and assisting counsel in whatever way they wish, obtaining information for Section 18 & 17 Statements and investigating and countenancing the Crowns assumptions.

Oliver works on all areas of crime with cases including fraud, firearms, murders, assault, multi handed rapes, sexual assault, grooming and trafficking cases, drugs, modern slavery and armed robberies.   Oliver has an eye for detail and is able to analyse what he reads in the prosecution papers and pursue any defects to show the weaknesses in the crowns case.

Joining his father Michael at the firm, together they have formed a formidable team, much sought after by clients who are willing to travel from all four corners of the country to seek his advice and representation.

The Levys have built up their reputation not only on attention to detail and hard work but also on the client care which they provide being available to their clients 24/7 and in an era when through Legal Aid cuts solicitors, no longer sit behind counsel at trials, ensuring that one of them is always present, quite often being the only representative present in Court in multi handed cases.

Oliver enjoys travelling and cooking and sport.

Recent Cases

R v SD (2017) Large scale multi handed drugs operation in the Northwest

R v SD (2016) Multi handed grooming case which lead to the acquittal of all defendants after 3 trial

R v HS (2016) Largest Import of Ammunition into the UK

R v BJE (2016) Multi handed grooming case which lead to the acquittal of the defendant

Trainee Solicitor

During her undergraduate studies, Hannah gained a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Law and Criminology at Chester University before completing Legal Practice at the MMU Law School with gaining a Merit.

Whilst studying, she has devoted her time to helping young people particularly those within care and the youth justice system.  After completing the LPC, Hannah worked as Paralegal primarily working within the Crime Department at a firm of solicitors in Manchester, before commencing her training contract with AGI.

Hannah has recently commenced her training contract with AGI in the following areas of law: Criminal Law, Mental Health and Prison Law.

Hannah is a keen Manchester United Fan.