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Principal Solicitor

Yasmin is the Principal Solicitor at AGI Criminal Solicitors.   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 and has been featured in Newspaper Articles.

Recent Cases

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 Linear) – 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.

Mental Health Solicitor
Sian Bradley
Sian Bradley

Sian Bradley is a solicitor specialising in Mental Health Law joining AGI Criminal Solicitors in November 2015.

Having qualified in 2012, Sian has a great deal of experience assisting those detained in hospital under both the civil and forensic provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) as well as those subject to a Community Treatment Order.  She regularly represents clients before the First Tier Tribunal and at Hospital Managers Hearings.

Sian has a particular interest in advising and representing adolescents who have been detained in hospital understanding that this can be a particularly daunting time for young people.  She also has experience in representing those who do not have the capacity to instruct following appointment by the First Tier Tribunal.

Sian has been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2011. She was also selected as a Rising Star in Mental Health law by Super Lawyers in both 2014 and 2015.

Sian also undertakes work in relation to Mental Capacity and Community Care Law.

 

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.

 

Criminal Case Worker

Aisha Aslam has been a valued member of AGI Criminal Solicitors since 2010. She graduated in 2010 with her law degree and has recently completed the Legal Practice Course and Professional Skills Course. 

She is currently handling numerous criminal cases and represents prison law clients at Independent Adjudication Hearings, she also travels up and down the country successfully representing clients for their Parole hearings. 

 In her spare time, she writes music, plays her guitar and enjoys reading.