Chengetai Mupara successfully represented a Nigerian national who was unlawfully removed from the UK in December 2013 after his application for leave to remain under the 20 year rule was unlawfully certified. The client had lived in the UK for 31 years and made several applications to the Home Office. The Home Office lost all of his data. Efforts to track the documents from the previous solicitor proved fruitless. The client was out of the UK and without money and Legal Aid was refused.
Chengetai accepted instructions under public access and represented the client in three judicial reviews and an appeal.
The Home Office conceded one judicial review and the other two applications were rendered academic after the SSHD provided the remedy sought by the client. The FTT appeal was heard in the client’s absence in February 2017 after the Home Office refused to allow the client to return to the UK to give evidence at his in-country appeal. The appeal was allowed on Article 8 grounds. It took 18 months for the BRP to be issued. At one point the Home Office even refused to issue a BRP despite the fact that the FTT had allowed his appeal.
The client was eventually allowed to return to the UK in June 2018 and received his Residence Permit on 18 September 2018.
Instructed by Ennon & Co Solicitors, Amanda Jones represents a Labour Activist and former leader of Lambeth Borough Council against a private prosecution by Transgender Rights Activists for one count of ‘using threatening, abusive or insulting words’. Not Guilty pleas were entered and the case continues.
Instructed by Dobsons, Kevin Metzger secures a non-custodial sentence for young man charged with Violent Disorder. The judge told the Defendant that ‘he had narrowly escaped an immediate custodial sentence’ when sentencing him to 2 years’ detention in a YOI, suspended for 2 years. One of the Defendant’s friends lost his life in a knife attack earlier this year.
Instructed by Hartnells Solicitors, Kevin Metzger secures a non-custodial sentence for a young man on a dangerous driving charge. The young man narrowly escaped an immediate custodial sentence and was sentenced to 10 months’ suspended for 2 years for what the Judge described as ‘an escapade where the defendant was so drunk he could barely stand when arrested and in his pyjamas.’ There were strong mitigating circumstances.
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Kevin Metzger secures acquittal for lady accused of offences arising from allegations of child trafficking.
OO, having been convicted of one count of cruelty received a suspended sentence.
Kevin Metzger secures acquittal at Birmingham Crown Court in guns and ammunition conspiracy.
Instructed by Hartnells Solicitors, David secures an acquittal in a multi handed drugs conspiracy case on a half time submission on behalf of his client where he successfully argued that a miscarriage of justice would take place if the matter were left to the jury, given the danger of guilt by kinship and associational ties.
David secured an acquittal in the Old Bailey in a sexual allegation of exposure. The case involved assessments of credibility and detailed testing of the evidence of the complainant. There was no dispute as to presence or identification of the defendant.
In R v Jama and others David secured an acquittal in a GBH at Harrow crown court in a trial where counsel was discharged and he had to take over part heard after the prosecution case had effectively closed.
The case involved complex evaluation of DNA expert reports, identification evidence and complex fact management in a multi hander.
The client was convicted of the lesser charge of affray.