Max is a criminal defence solicitor with over 30 years’ experience of defending clients.
Having qualified as a solicitor in 1988, he became an equity partner in a firm in the city in 1993 and was the supervisor for serious fraud/complex cases.
Since 2006, Max has worked as a consultant solicitor. He represents clients predominantly on a private basis throughout England dealing with cases ranging from public order offences to rape. Max frequently represents at police stations who are accused of sexual offences. A significant number of his clients are professionals whose careers, reputation, family life and financial security would be destroyed if they were convicted of any offence and they are therefore prepared to pay for advice/representation to secure the best possible outcome. A very high proportion of the matters he deals with at police station end with the police taking no further action against the client.
Max only deals with the most serious allegations under legal aid. He has vast experience of dealing with murder cases, particularly cases involving young people having dealt with over 20 cases of murder in the last 15 years and at least 50 in his career to date.
R v G – Snaresbrook Crown Court. Client arrested in October 2019 for possession of indecent images. On advice client gave a detailed explanation denying the offences. Client charged in August 2022. The police had not investigated any of the matters he had raised in the interview. Following failure to comply with directions of court at PTPH crown offer no evidence in relation to all charges.
R v B – St Albans Crown Court. Client one of two accused of robbery and murder. Client accepted that he was guilty of robbery but denied murder. Submission of no case to answer upheld. Co-Defendant convicted of manslaughter.
R v D – Central Criminal Court. Client one of eight charged with double murder. Extensive CCTV and telephone evidence. Client accepted presence at scene of stabbings but denied knowledge of planned attack or involvement. Following 8 weeks trial client and one co-defendant found not guilty.
R v P – Basildon Crown Court. Client accused of historic sexual offences against his former partner and stepdaughter. Client found not guilty of all charges.
R v O-Snaresbrook Crown Court. Client accused of sexual assaults on his stepdaughter. Client found not guilty.
R v C – Central Criminal Court. Client and his brother jointly charged with murder. They got into an argument with the deceased and the deceased’s brother as they passed each other in the street. The deceased ran into a restaurant and came out with a knife which the client managed to get off him during the fight and then stabbed the deceased whilst the other 2 males were also fighting. Client found not guilty.
R v K – Bradford Crown Court. Client was already serving a 16 year prison sentence when he and thirty other defendants went on trial in groups of ten for historical sexual offences against three complainants aged between 13-15. Client found guilty of four counts out of eight.
R v O – Central Criminal Court. Client one of two accused of murder. Client and co-defendant were seen on CCTV footage in verbal altercation with a group of seven to eight boys some of whom were armed with knives. Client and co-defendant then captured on CCTV chasing the deceased and one other whilst holding knives. As client and co-defendant catch up deceased and his friend they both turn around and take knives out and start fighting. Client stabs deceased. Client found not guilty.
R v U – Central Criminal Court. Client, his mother and three others charged with murder. Client’s mother drove the 4 males including her son to the scene of the murder where the 4 males chased two men, one of whom was stabbed to death. Client found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. Client’s mother convicted of murder as were the others.
R v M – Southwark Crown Court. Client and three others charged with conspiracy to defraud Citibank out of £300million. Following 3-month trial jury unable to reach verdict. Re-trial also lasted 3 months. Hung jury again. Crown offered no evidence.
R v M – Woolwich Crown Court. IT worker accused of sexual assault by a female on a train late at night. She alleged he kissed her on mouth repeatedly and touched her under her bra. Incident partially captured on CCTV from train and partially seen by another passenger. Guilty plea on basis agreed with CPS lawyer to the effect that kissing on mouth was for split second and touching on breast was over clothing. CPS counsel at court refused to accept basis but at defence request that he speak to CPS/officer in case, basis of plea accepted and client given suspended prison sentence and community order.
R v B – Snaresbrook Crown Court. Client had met complainant on the street and had gone to her huse where they had drinks. Complainant alleged that she was sexually assaulted whilst asleep and woke up naked. Client found not guilty.
R v S – Central Criminal Court. Client and 3 others charged with murder. Client also charged with the rape of the deceased’s girlfriend after the murder. The alleged rape was recorded by one of the co-defendants. Client found not guilty of all charges following a four week trial.
R v M – Cental Criminal Case. Female client charged with two males of the murder of a female. Client found guilty of manslaughter.
R v R – Central Criminal Court. Client and two males accused of murder. Client was the only female in the house where the alleged offence took place. A neighbour alleged that she heard the client say ‘kneecap him.’ Client found not guilty of murder. Both co-defendants found guilty.
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