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Serious and Private Crime

Ewing Law is at the very forefront of serious criminal defence. Both Principal Solicitor Scott Ewing and Lead Counsel Tony Wyatt have been consistently recommended as ‘Leaders in their Field’ in General Crime by the Chambers and Partners Directory, the UK’s leading independent guide to the legal profession, demonstrating that Ewing Law has the experience and expertise to deliver in even the most serious, complex and high profile of criminal cases. Our practice ranges from murder to large scale drug conspiracies, and from kidnap, blackmail and armed robberies to allegations of a sexual nature. In addition we have a particular and much sought after expertise in the fields of corruption, bribery and money laundering.

With decades of experience to call upon, our team members have been instructed to defend in cases brought by all of the major UK prosecuting bodies, including but not limited to the Crown Prosecution Service, the CPS Special Case Work Unit, The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (incorporating Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), the Serious Fraud Office, Her Majesty’s Insolvency Service, the Health and Safety Executive, the Food Standards Agency, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, the British Phonographic Industry, the Department of Business, Enterprise, Innovation and Skills, and local Trading Standards Agencies. This wealth of experience makes Ewing Law the logical choice for any individual or company subject to investigation by any prosecuting body within the United Kingdom.

We are regularly instructed to defend in many of the highest profile prosecutions nationwide, with our reputation in this area of law taking us from London to Newcastle and everywhere in between. In addition, our team members in recent times have worked internationally in states such as Spain, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Examples of the cases in which members of the Ewing Law team have taken a lead role include:

R. v. I.

Defended one of three brothers alleged to have kidnapped, tortured and finally murdered a gay man in a homophobic-motivated attack in which the victim was also forced to reveal the location and security details of his bank accounts and other assets.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. N.

Defended the second defendant in an unusually lengthy and convoluted series of proceedings that included two multi-handed trials and two successful appeals against conviction over five years, all arising from an alleged ‘Sri Lankan Honour Killing’. The second appeal against conviction came with a direction that there should be no further prosecution of the defendants for the alleged murder.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. T.

Acted for one of two defendants in the longest murder trial ever heard at The Old Bailey, spanning in excess of 9 months.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. C.

Represented an 18 year-old man in respect of an allegation of murder in which he was accused of having executed a man outside of a primary school in full view of the victim’s two children and their school friends.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. P.

Defended a respected local businessman and quantity surveyor for an allegation of murder. Due to the highly unusual circumstances behind it this case attracted keen national press interest.
Liverpool Crown Court

R. v. B.

Defended the elder of two brothers alleged to have led a home invasion and attempted murder, in which a mother’s a throat was cut and her son was stabbed twice in the abdomen. The trial followed a guilty plea from the younger brother.

Kingston Crown Court

R. v. C.

Represented a 16 year-old youth from the travelling community, alleged to have attempted to murder a man from the same background as part of a ‘family feud’ by opening fire on the victim’s caravan with a variety of firearms.
Leicester Crown Court

R. v. B.

Acted for the second defendant charged with a conspiracy to solicit murder, in which the defendants were subject to a long-term police ‘sting’ operation where an undercover police officer posed as a contract killer.
Basildon Crown Court

R. v. P.

Acted on behalf of the first of two defendants accused of a late-night home invasion and subsequent torture of an elderly man living on his own in a remote country house. The sentence of indeterminate imprisonment for public protection (IPP) imposed in this case was appealed and the subsequent judgement of the Court of Appeal is now a leading authority to be followed when a sentencing judge is considering the imposition of an IPP.
Basildon Crown Court / Court of Appeal

R. v. M.

Acted for the first defendant in a multi-handed trial in which the defendants were alleged to be a highly organised gang who meticulously planned a series of security van robberies and the robberies of so-called ‘drugs safe houses’.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. J.

Acted for the defence in a multi-handed trial arising from an alleged conspiracy to import an estimated £15 million worth of Class A Drugs.
Manchester Crown Court

R. v. M.

Defended in a multi-handed trial alleging a major conspiracy to smuggle both tobacco and alcohol.
Bristol Crown Court

R. v. M.

Defended a 14 year-old youth in a multi-handed trial in which he was accused alongside a number of adult co-defendants with possession of firearms with intent and a long series of serious armed robberies.
Wood Green Crown Court

R. v. J.

Defended a former ‘World’s Strongest Man’ contestant accused of having conspired to rob a Heathrow Airport cash depot. This was fixed to be the ‘follow-on’ trial to the case of R. v. Twomey & others (famed as the first and only trial without jury to take place in England in 200 years), but the prosecution was abandoned as a result of legal argument advanced on behalf of this defendant.
Kingston Crown Court

R. v. W-J.

Acted on behalf of one of two defendants alleged to have engaged in a conspiracy to blackmail a businessman alleged (but never proven) to have been involved in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud. The prosecution alleged that the blackmail was ‘underwritten’ by well-known gangland figures.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. W.

Acted for the first defendant in a multi-handed prosecution of a group alleged to have been behind a notorious spree of robberies on motorbikes, highly publicised in the national press as the “Chelsea Jewellery Robberies”.
Southwark Crown Court

R. v. N.

Represented one defendant in a multi-handed prosecution arising from an alleged conspiracy to import large quantities of cocaine via a private airfield, in what was widely reported as the ‘public schoolboy drug lords’ case due to the privileged backgrounds of a number of defendants.
Southwark Crown Court

R. v. J.

Acted for the supposed ‘paymaster’ behind what the prosecution alleged was a major international people trafficking operation.
Southampton Crown Court

R. v. S.

Defended in a multi-handed trial in the first ‘white slavery’ prosecution brought in 200 years, the first of a series of such cases involving the travelling community.
Southampton Crown Court

R. v. K.

Acted for a defendant alleged to have been one of the ‘Board of Directors’ behind a highly-publicised conspiracy to import cannabis, the largest ever prosecuted in the UK with a value estimated to be in excess of £62 million.
Southwark Crown Court

R. v. F.

Defended in a lengthy multi-handed trial arising from an allegation that the defendant led a professional gang that committed a long series of bank and security van armed robberies.
Liverpool Crown Court

R. v. N.

Represented one defendant in a multi-handed trial arising from the alleged importation of 5 tonnes of cannabis, complicated by competing prosecuting bodies brought about by a parallel allegation of conspiracy to produce false travel documents (passports).
Southampton Crown Court

R. v. W.

Acted for one defendant in a multi-handed trial arising from an allegation of conspiracy to import in excess of 2 tonnes of cannabis.
Weymouth Crown Court

R. v. C.

Defended in a multi-handed trial alleging a major conspiracy to smuggle both tobacco and alcohol.
Central Criminal Court

R. v. M.

Acted alone for one of 16 defendants alleged to have together controlled the two largest brothels in the North of England. These proceedings never made it to trial, following a successful three-week abuse of process argument that resulted in the judge ruling that it would be ‘unfair to try’ the defendants in light of the previous conduct of the police.
Sheffield Crown Court