Through word of mouth and our reputation we have a large number of clients approach us after they have sought advice elsewhere.
Often this will be at the appeal stage. By then, the damage would often be done. Cases will have been poorly prepared and the assumptions, yield estimates and valuations relied on by the prosecution will not have been challenged. Consequently, as the sentencing guidelines are based on a tariff system which reflects the quantity or yield produced by an operation combined with an assessment of the “sophistication and degree of involvement of the offender” individuals are sentenced to longer terms then they would have been.
In a recent case before the Court of Appeal, the problems that arise when cases are not properly prepared was graphically illustrated.