Rebecca Nieto successfully contested a POCA confiscation hearing. £2 million benefit figure successfully reduced down to £12,900, which, unusually, took the benefit figure below the realisable asset figure. The issue came down to one of legal principle, namely apportionment. Prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel; part of a much larger drugs conspiracy where all parties either pleaded or were found guilty.
Andrew Hill acts for Michael Souter, ex BBC Radio DJ
Thom is now a member of the ‘Young Fraud Lawyers Association’.
In August, Thom Dyke attended the 2013 South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford.
The course, which is internationally recognised as arguably the best and most intensive advocacy course in the world, was taught by a faculty including members of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, as well as Circuit Judges and members of the judiciary from around the world. Thom was taught by HHJ Julian Goose QC, HHJ Alistair McCreath QC and HHJ Joanna Korner QC amongst others, and benefitted from their immensely valuable comments and critiques.
The course involved intensive training in trial and appellate advocacy, the handling of vulnerable witnesses, as well as dealing with complex expert evidence from medical witnesses. Thom hopes to further develop the skills he has learnt, particularly around sensitive and vulnerable witness handling.
Thom prides himself on developing and maintaining an exceptional standards of oral and written advocacy, and continues to build a strong practice in the field of serious crime, public law and regulatory work.