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Solicitors

Michelle

Ms Michelle Jacqueline Denney

Solicitor

Michelle Denney was admitted as a Solicitor in 2002 having completed her Police Station Accreditation in 2001 during her Training Contract.

She qualified in Manchester and completed the first 10 years of her practice in criminal defence there during which time she gained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2007.

Michelle has experience of dealing with a wide range of offences including drugs, burglary, robbery, firearms and assault and regularly represents clients at the Police Station, the Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Courts.

She has also conducted several successful appeals against sentence in the Court of Appeal. She manages her own case load of Crown Court cases and undertakes litigation work in addition to her work as Magistrates and Crown Court Advocate. Michelle is a qualified Legal Aid Supervisor.

Michelle has experience in arguing against and negotiating terms on various types of ancillary orders available to the Court when passing sentence and negotiated a significantly reduced Criminal Behaviour Order for a Client convicted of drug offences (R v A-T 2019). She has been commended by Judges and her Peers on the quality of her written and oral legal arguments regarding bad character and hearsay evidence.

She appeared at the Court of Appeal where she successfully appealed the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (R v B 2019).

Michelle has taken part in a voluntary scheme of mentoring young people organised by a Resident Judge at one of our local Crown Courts where local schools participate in mock trials.

Michelle’s Notable Cases;

  • R v M [2017] Client acquitted after trial of conspiring to intimidate a witness.
  • R v S [2018] Michelle represented a young person in a 6 day trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with a robbery where the Adult Co-Defendant produced an imitation firearm and ran a cut-throat defence
  • R v H-F [2018] Michelle successfully represented a woman of good character charged with theft in breach of trust from an elderly lady for whom she was employed as a career at the time of the alleged offence. She was unanimously acquitted by the jury
  • R v B [2021} Michelle was successfully in opposing the Prosecution application for a Criminal Behaviour Order following lengthy written and oral submissions.
  • R v S {2021} Michelle represented Client charged with an allegation of Wounding with Intent to Cause GBH where he was acquitted after trial.
  • R v C [2021] Michelle represented Client at his trial and subsequent re-trial for an offence of wounding for which he was acquitted.
  • R v A-P {2021} Client faced serious allegations of robbery one of which was a targeted offence of car-jacking. The trial required Michelle to make lengthy legal submissions regarding the admission of hearsay and bad character evidence.
  • R v R-A [2021} Client charged with wounding with intent for which he was alleged to be part of a group in a targeted knife attack captured on CCTV. Michelle was successful in persuading the Judge that the Defendant was not dangerous and that a determinate sentence was appropriate.
  • R v H [2022] Client pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause GBH. Michelle was successful in arguing that he was not a dangerous offender (or was no longer so) despite previously having been found to be dangerous.
Jo

Miss Jo Schaefer

Solicitor

Jo joined Kingsbury Ellis Solicitors in early 2021 as a solicitor in our Lower Crime Team (encompassing the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court and Police Station Departments).

She undertook her training at a niche practice in central London specialising in heavyweight serious and complex crime, with clients across the country. She later joined a large firm in North West London where she worked on Magistrates’ and Youth Court matters as well as extradition and High Court appeals.

She has experience across a broad range of criminal matters including fraud, murder, firearms, drugs supply and serious violence.

Jo is a persuasive advocate and regularly attends the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, providing excellent client care. She is committed to giving a voice to her clients and takes a holistic approach in her preparation of their defence.

Her notable cases include:

  • R v R – Preparing Acts for Terrorism conviction being reviewed by the CCRC
  • R v A – Op Starlight, Conspiracy to Supply Class A spanning Middlesbrough to Brighton, 25 defendants, client acquitted after 16 months on remand in custody
  • R v T – s18 GBH
  • R v R – Importation of Firearms with Intent to Endanger Life, reported in the national media to be the largest ever seizure of imported firearms
  • R v VG – Importation of 50 kilograms cocaine, widely reported in UK and international media
  • R v S – Money Laundering, successful half time submission due to strength of defence forensic accountant’s report
  • R v R – PWITS Class A, Crown discontinued case on the day of trial due to strength of defence preparation and expert reports prepared
  • R v R – (Court of Appeal) – Possession of Explosives, defendant had previous terrorism conviction, case successfully dismissed by Judge on abuse of process grounds which the CPS appealed, Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal
  • R v O – Rape, 48 count indictment, 7 defendants, widely reported in national media, client acquitted
  • R v B – Million-pound international VAT fraud, only defendant to be acquitted
  • R v E – Conspiracy to Supply Class A, only defendant to be acquitted after calling a number of defence witnesses and instructing cell site experts
  • R v C – Murder, 14-year-old defendant
    Senior Litigator & Police Station Accredited Rep

Senior Litigator & Police Station Accredited Rep

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Ms Nazia Baig

Senior Litigator & Police Station Accredited Rep

Nazia joined Kingsbury Ellis in summer 2021.

Nazia has specialised in criminal defence work since 2004. She gained considerable experience before obtaining her Police Station Accreditation in 2010.

Nazia regularly attends police station interviews and is well versed in dealing with all types of cases.

Nazia has vast experience in dealing with offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture and Restraint Orders. She has also worked on VHCC cases, often involving multiple defendants, high value offences and serious organised crime dealing with voluminous prosecution disclosure.

Nazia is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

Paralegal

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Miss Umma Hussain

Paralegal

Having joined Kingsbury Ellis after completing her LLB, Umma plays a crucial role in aiding the team in all criminal matters.

Her primary focus lies with all matters associated with police stations and magistrate’s court, as well as assisting in the day-to-day operations of the company.

Her dedication to client care, her excellent communication skills and her professional approach is second to none and she is well respected and liked by all

Allegations of fraud require a clear strategy from the outset.