Corrie gets a reality check from top criminal lawyer

Stories linked to the world of crime played out on TV soap Coronation Street have a distinct feeling of reality – because they have been guided by an expert criminal lawyer.

Rachel Adamson, head of fraud and regulatory at regional niche law firm Adkirk Law with more than 25 years’ experience in her field, has been helping scriptwriters behind the scenes of the famous soap to make sure their stories match up to the real world.

She said: “The scriptwriters want to make sure these storylines are possible. They got in touch to see if I could help guide the script as I see these kind of cases at first hand through clients I represent in court.

“Corrie fans can be assured that the scriptwriters go the extra mile to make sure the storylines, actions and conversations will stand scrutiny. Between us we go into every detail before anything is given the go-ahead to be used.”

John Harrison, QC, of St Paul’s Chambers in Leeds and Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester helped advise alongside Rachel.

Rachel Adamson has acted as prosecutor and defender for clients including high profile cases such as the Euribor trial at Southwark Crown Court which generated national and international publicity.

Rachel has defended cases brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and Trading Standards. Her regulatory defence work has including corporate manslaughter and manslaughter by gross negligence.

Adkirk Law is a leading UK Law firm offering a niche practice with expertise in serious fraud, regulation and police misconduct, acting for many high-ranking police officers accused of wrong-doing.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Adkirk Law: Adkirk Law is a leading UK Law firm offering a niche practice with expertise in serious fraud, regulation, police misconduct, residential conveyancing and complex transactions such as leasehold extensions. With more than 50 years’ experience between its experts, the company partners with other associates across the country where required. Adkirk Law believes in offering legal services that are modern, transparent and tailored to meet the needs of the individual or business requiring them. For further information telephone 0330 111 9728 or email info@lawyersinc.org

 

See www.adkirklaw.co.uk

All media enquiries, please contact:
Paul Tustin or Adam Ogden, Freshfield
01772 888400 or (firstname)@freshfield.com

Women mean business

By Rachel Adamson, director of fraud and regulatory

Women outnumber men in the UK by 900,000 – but only one in five businesses are run by women.

A government-backed review to investigate barriers to female entrepreneurship, revealed the hidden potential of women in business to be worth a staggering £250bn to the UK economy.

The Rose Review concluded: ‘There is no one silver bullet that will transform the landscape for female entrepreneurs overnight. Many barriers are cultural and societal, and will take many years to overcome. However, there are real and practical steps that can be taken given the importance of this matter to the UK economy.’

My business partner Linda and I know only too well how tough it is making your way in the legal profession and setting up your own business.

Many men in our industry make their way to senior positions without having to think too hard about it, often presented with opportunities of succession or taking up equity partnerships. Recent research released by the Financial Times shows that while there are now more women than men practising the law, less than a fifth of senior partners or associates are women.

For professional women, research into financial institutional investment shows a reluctance by investors and banks to lend to women entrepreneurs.

Indeed, only nine per cent of the funding funnelled into UK start-ups goes to women-run businesses, according to the Entrepreneurs Network. Women also tend to start businesses with much less available capital than male entrepreneurs.

Against this background, how can women operate on a level playing field?

At Adkirk Law, it is all about attitudes and values. It doesn’t matter who you are as long as you believe in the same things. You can call it inclusive, we call it doing business the right way.

We put our clients first, second and third because we care. They are the reason we go to work every day. We go above and beyond for them. If you’re good enough and right for us, then it doesn’t matter about your gender.

As colleagues, we all treat each other – and our clients – with the utmost respect. We listen to them and communicate with them in a language they will understand rather than complex legal-speak. This overcomes any issues for us at Adkirk Law, but the issue of women facing unfair barriers as entrepreneurs remains. For our part, we will do everything we can to help break them down wherever they exist.

To contact Rachel Adamson tel 0333 111 2814, email Rachel.adamson@lawyersinc.org

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End delays for accused police officers, says law specialist

A specialist in criminal law is supporting the move by the London Assembly to investigate why there are so many lengthy delays to many cases involving allegations of misconduct amongst police officers.

Rachel Adamson, head of fraud and regulatory at Adkirk Law with more than 25 years’ experience, says that in many cases she believes the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in conjunction with internal professional standards departments are pursuing the wrong people.

At the same time, new Home Office legislation has been introduced from February which aims to simplify the complaints system and put a greater emphasis on handling complaints in a ‘reasonable and proportionate manner’ for new cases after January 31.

Rachel said: “This is a welcome step in the right direction but I question whether it goes far enough. Some cases are so minor that they could be heard quickly with decisions made or sanctions imposed to ensure the officers can carry on with their job and their lives in the meantime.

“A significant statistic says that only five police officers out of 48 accused have been dismissed in the last three years following allegations of misconduct.

“The delays are simply wrong. Some officers have had to wait years while an investigation is carried out during which time their lives and careers are put on hold.

“On a number of occasions in the recent past, I have successfully defended officers in high-profile cases which have brought media attention because they are high-ranking officers accused of breaching professional standards. There are many other cases which aren’t as high profile but equally important – every case delayed brings its own distress for the accused.”

In the case of Parm Sandhu, a temporary chief superintendent, an investigation was launched over allegations she had encouraged colleagues to support her nomination for a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM). She was cleared of gross misconduct some 12 months later after suffering the stress of those claims. The case is now the subject of an employment tribunal to hear her claims that she has been discriminated against for many years.

The firm’s move comes as the London Assembly awaits a response from the IOPC after condemning it for the two-year delay in hearing the case of a PC who was cleared of any wrongdoing after being accused of knocking a moped mugger to the ground.

The Assembly members passed a motion asking for Mayor Sadiq Khan to make representations to the IOPC to significantly reduce the length of investigations and to review the evidential threshold that must be met for an investigation to proceed.
Cases are brought for various alleged acts of misconduct which lead to an internal investigation from the professional standards department or the IOPC.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Adkirk Law: Adkirk Law is a leading UK law firm offering a niche practice with expertise in serious fraud, regulation, police misconduct, residential conveyancing and complex transactions such as leasehold extensions. With more than 50 years’ experience between its experts, the company partners with other associates across the country where required. Adkirk Law believes in offering legal services that are modern, transparent and tailored to meet the needs of the individual or business requiring them. For further information telephone 0330 111 9728 or email info@lawyersinc.org

See www.adkirklaw.co.uk

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01772 888400 or (firstname)@freshfield.com

Enough is enough

By Rachel Adamson, director of fraud and regulatory

A significant statistic revels that only five police officers out of 48 accused have been dismissed in the last three years following allegations of misconduct.

Of the 48 cases pursued during that time by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the stress and trauma caused has affected the officers themselves, their colleagues and their families.

At Adkirk Law, we robustly defend our clients in these cases where they are wrongly accused and need to defend their professional integrity.

Indeed, we believe that in many cases the IOPC in conjunction with internal professional standards departments are pursuing the wrong people. Some cases are so minor that they could be heard quickly with decisions made or sanctions imposed to ensure the officers can carry on with their job and their lives in the meantime.

Cases are brought for various alleged acts of misconduct which lead to an internal investigation from the professional standards department or the IOPC.

On a number of occasions in the recent past, we have successfully defended officers in high-profile cases which have brought media attention because they are high-ranking officers accused of breaching professional standards.

In the case of Parm Sandhu, a temporary chief superintendent, an investigation was launched over allegations she had encouraged colleagues to support her nomination for a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM). She was cleared of gross misconduct some 12 months later after suffering the stress of those claims. The case is now the subject of an employment tribunal to hear her claims that she has been discriminated against for many years.

Other officers have had to wait months and years before their case has been fully heard and completed. In the meantime, they have the stress and worry of the uncertainty during that time.

In June last year, the London Assembly condemned the action taken by the Independent IOPC against PC Edwin Sutton.

The officer was cleared of any wrongdoing – knocking a moped mugger to the ground in the course of his duty – after two years. The Assembly members passed a motion asking Mayor Sadiq Khan to make representations to the IOPC to significantly reduce the length of investigations and to review the evidential threshold that must be met for an investigation to proceed.

We support this proposal, and ask the IOPC – and internal professional standards departments – to examine their own practices.

We take the steps to ensure any officer is protected within the legal framework and that he or she receives the best advice and support through the process because if they are innocent they deserve better. To contact Rachel Adamson tel 0333 111 2814, email Rachel.adamson@lawyersinc.org

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New recruits strengthen growing niche law firm

Specialist North West law firm Adkirk Law has strengthened its practice with the recruitment of two experienced members of staff.

Kieran Egan and Anna Sparrow have joined the Preston-based firm, which specialises in conveyancing, fraud and regulatory law.

Anna joins the firm with 13 years of experience as a conveyancing solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors and Slater and Gordon. She will focus on freehold, leasehold and new build purchases, in addition to remortgages and transfers of equity.

Kieran Egan also joins Adkirk Law from Slater and Gordon, as practice manager. Kieran has over 15 years’ experience in managing business operations, including seven years within the legal industry, mainly in residential conveyancing. He will focus on developing client experience and driving business development as the firm continues to grow.

Linda Kirk, director of conveyancing, said: “Kieran and Anna both have a wealth of experience in managing complex legal situations while providing a personal and caring service to all our clients. Our success is built on offering no-nonsense advice and a quality service, which both Kieran and Anna will help us to deliver.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Adkirk Law: Adkirk Law is a leading UK Law firm offering a niche practice with expertise in serious fraud, regulation, police misconduct, residential conveyancing and complex transactions such as leasehold extensions. With more than 50 years’ experience between its experts, the company partners with other associates across the country where required. Adkirk Law believes in offering legal services that are modern, transparent and tailored to meet the needs of the individual or business requiring them. For further information telephone 0330 111 9728 or email info@lawyersinc.org

See www.adkirklaw.co.uk

All media enquiries, please contact:

Paul Tustin or Adam Ogden, Freshfield

01772 888400 or (firstname)@freshfield.com

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