DMH Stallard has a dedicated Public Sector Prosecution Team who have considerable experience dealing with prosecution work for its clients with extremely high successful conviction rates. The team were one of the first law firms in the UK to advise local authority clients in respect of disabled badge prosecutions and have recently secured a landmark case against gaming console fraudsters on behalf of London Borough of Croydon.
" The Team are fully equipped to deal with the volume and varied nature of the prosecutions that the council often pursues. This is best evidenced by the fact that in the past two years we have secured a conviction on every case we have put forward using DMH Stallard."
" DMH Stallard make me feel confident when we attend court. I wholly trust their advice and my knowledge has grown hugely from working with them. The court has complimented on the case preparation on most of my big cases and that’s mostly down to you and your team."
The team have a high success rate in recovering both legal and investigation costs against defendants, where appropriate. We regularly conduct the following types of prosecution litigation:
- Social Security Fraud such as housing and council tax benefit; income support and JSA
- Trading Standards
- Health & Safety
- Environmental Health such as land pollution, air, water; food safety (including applications for Emergency Prohibition Order)
- Licensing Appeals
- Proceeds of Crime
- Parking – Misuse of Disabled Badges
The team are familiar with all the issues that arise in relation to this work and adopt good working practices to make sure that cases are pursued in a timely and cost effective way. In all cases and following consideration of the case papers, we provide a detailed written Advice prior to prosecution.
Such an Advice sets out the nature of the offence; the evidence and law (including penalties) and any additional evidential issues which may need addressing. Following each and every hearing a Court Report is sent to the client within two days detailing the outcome; next hearing date (if applicable) and next steps to be taken by the client.
We always seek to complement the in-house team, and never compete with them. We are happy to discuss current ways of working to ensure that we adopt best practice and deliver results.
In the first instance, enquiries should be sent to Tina George firstname.lastname@example.org who leads the Prosecutions Team.