Aneesha Bhunjun Talk at University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus
12th March 2013
Aneesha is frequently invited to give her opinion on topical legal issues and developments, which have had an impact on her work. She recently gave a presentation at the University of Hertfordshire in conjunction with Amnesty International and Anti-Slavery International where she spoke about her experiences of working on legal matters in relation to the increasingly prevalent issue of human trafficking and slavery.
In brief, Aneesha’s talk took a domestic stance; she spoke of her experience dealing with forced marriages as the Vice-Chair of the Association of Women Lawyers (AAWL) and highlighted the fact that forced marriages are a form of slavery. She raised awareness of the similarities of relevant defined terms within the legislation relating to human trafficking and enforced marriages; drawing a clear link between these two areas of law.
We are delighted to announce that Our Conveyancing team have been awarded the CQS (a quality mark ) by the Law Society. This is yet further recognition of our drive to ensure we reach the highest standards in our client care.
Wainwright and Cummins are delighted to say that the Social Housing team have been included again in Legal 500 for 2012
They say - The 'highly professional' Wainwright & Cummins successfully challenged the council's decision in the homelessness case Woldeab v Southwark LBC. Practice head Emma Prescott is praised for her commitment ..... . Solicitor Sebastian Peattie recently joined from West London Law.
Wainwright and Cummins members walked in aid of Legal Advice centres
HH & PH and Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic of Genoa (2012)
The firm represented parents of three young children appealing under Article 8: the right to family life to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom against an order of the Divisional Court for their extradition to Italy. The case was heard in early March 2012 and judgment is expected later in the Year.
We are delighted to confirm that we have been awarded LSC contracts for 2012 in Housing and Family.
Some of our recent leading cases are as follows:
R v N (2012): The firm represented a client who was charged with seven others with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, including the possession of 249g of Heroin. Our client entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
R v N (2012): The firm represented a client accused of arson with intent to danger life. Despite some admissions being made by our client in his police interview, our client was acquitted.
R v V (2012): The firm represented a client charged with attempted robbery and grievous bodily harm after stabbing a woman several times whilst trying to take her handbag. Our client pleaded guilty of both charges and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
R v S and others (2012): The firm represented a client charged, alongside seven others, with handling/receiving stolen goods and conspiring to commit fraud by false representation. This was a case involving many defendants in a conspiracy to supply 'cloned' stolen cars to the public. Our client was acquitted following a trial.
R v S (2012): The firm represented a male client who was charged with raping another male following a night out.
R v R (2012): The firm acted for a client accused of murdering his employer. He was charged together with two others. Our client was a Polish national.
R v C (2012): The firm represented a client accused of murder after the body of a man was found in a hostel. There were multiple defendant accused of this offence.
R v A (2012): The firm acted for a young man charged with others, with a series of domestic burglaries and an aggravated vehicle taking. He was arrested next to a car, under which the police found numerous stolen items from the burglaries. Our client was acquitted following a trial.
R v S (2012): The firm represented a client charged with fraud involving thousands of pounds. It was alleged that The first trial ended with a hung jury. Out client was acquitted after a retrial.
R v A (2012): The firm represented a postman charged with stealing check books from the post he was due to deliver over the course of 2 years. The firm was successful in securing our client a suspended sentence.
R v D (2012): The firm represented a client charged with the attempted murder of a policeman. It was alleged that our client shot the officer with a gun he was later found in possession of.
R v M (2012): Our client was charged with two counts of robbery. It was alleged hat he robbed two working girls, on two separate occasions, of their payments after he had used their services. Following a trial, our client was acquitted.
R v A (2011): Our client was charged with sexual assault. It was alleged that he pinched the bottom of a uniformed police officer in Leicester Square. The jury acquitted him of the offence.
R v A (2011): The firm represented a client suffering from severe learning difficulties who was accused of sexual assault and false imprisonment. After being found to be unfit to plead, our client was acquitted by the jury after a trial of the issue.
R v P (2011): The firm represented one of a large group of youths accused of numerous robberies and attempted robberies. The firm was able to secure our client a Youth Rehabilitation Order instead of a custodial sentence.
R v M (2011): The firm represented a client charged with four counts of Housing Benefit and Council Tax fraud totalling nearly £30,000.00. Our client was found guilty of the allegation and the firm was successful in obtaining a suspended sentence.
R v M (2011): The firm represented a client charged with murdering his best friend with a pair of scissors after a drunken night out. The client had no memory of the incident so the firm explored the possibility that his alcoholism had adversely affected his brain and consequently his behaviour.
R v T (2011): Our client was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. It was alleged that he attacked his friend with a hammer.