After the temporary closures of our offices, we are happy to announce that some of our offices are now open!

The following offices are now open:

We ask that walk-in visits be limited to dropping off documents and signing paperwork only.

Meetings: Should you require a meeting with a member of our team, you must book with them in advance of your visit. Only pre-booked appointments will be accepted.


Please note the following for your protection:

  • We respectfully ask that you wear a face covering on the premises. Our personnel will also wear face coverings. Gloves are available if chosen to be worn.
  • Please do not attend the offices if you have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We have enforced a 1 person limit on visits to the office. 2 people will be granted entry if necessary.
  • Only 2 clients will be permitted into the reception area at any one time. This may cause a short wait outside of the door. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 
  • Please note that our reception furniture has been reduced and the layout of the room changed. This is to ensure we can adhere to the social distancing rules in place.
  • We respectfully ask that you adhere to the social distancing rules in place as well as use the signage, markings and sanitiser provided. 
  • The person meeting you will guide you through the process to ensure that you, and they, are safe.
  • We are unfortunately unable to offer refreshments or the use of toilets at this time. 
  • Please respect other visitors/staff on entry and exit by maintaining your distance.
  • We ask that you exit the area yourself. Personnel will not hold the door for you to ensure social distancing is abode by.

We thank you for your continued support.

Doctor

 

Solicitor Jade Brown is currently acting for a victim of Dr Manish Shah who was convicted in 2018 of sexually assaulting 18 female patients between 2009 and 2013. 

He was convicted of more than 20 further sexual offences against a further 6 patients in December 2019 relating to the same period. On 7 February 2020, Dr Shah was sentenced to 3 life terms imprisonment. Some of Dr Shah’s victims were minors, the youngest being 11. 

At Dr Shah's trails he wad in total convicted on 90 counts of assault. He preyed on those most vulnerable and used his position of trust to commit serious sexual offences.

Dr Shah first appeared in court in August 2017, charged with 118 sexual offences. The charges related to 54 victims. Dr Shah pleaded not guilty. The charges included assault by penetration, sexual assault and also sexual assault of a girl under 13 (the victim was 11).

The first trail began in September 2018. Dr Shah was found guilty of sexual offences in relation to 18 patients. The second trail began in October 2019. This trial related to 8 further patients. Dr Shah again pled not guilty but was found guilty. At the conclusion of this trial he was found guilt of 9 counts of sexual assault and 16 counts of sexual assault by penetration. 


Jade Brown
Jade Brown
Solicitor

At sentencing Judge Molyneux commented:

“You were a master of deception and you abused your position of power. This was a horrible abuse of trust and caused incalculable harm. The details show a pattern of behaviour over five years. Your behaviour was not only sexual but was driven by your desire to control and on occasions humiliate women..

Dr Shah was suspended by the General Medical Council in 2013.

Dr Shah's offences have had a profound effect on his victims. His victims have described him as a sexual predator resulting in their lives being turned upside down.

Jade Brown is seeking an apology and an explanation for her client as to how and why this happened. She is also seeking compensation for the sexual assaults.

If you were a patient of Dr Shah and believe you were a victim, please contact Jade Brown on 0203 551 8375 or email her at jade.brown@mwsolicitors.co.uk. Similarly, if you worked with Dr Shah at Mawney Medical Centre, Romford, you may be in a position to help Dr Shah's victims. 

Jade Brown is very experienced in representing victims of sexual abuse. She is currently instructed by victims of Dr Myles Bradbury and has represented victims at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors we recognise the need to talk to someone who will listen and take the time to hear about what has happened to you, so that we can appreciate better the merits of your case.

If you would like to talk to us about your case, please call us today on 020 3551 8500 or contact us to arrange a call back at your convenience. 

Fraud

 

MW are closely following the developments in the Post Office Subpostmasters case, a scandal in which at least 550 Post Office workers appear to have been wrongly accused of fraud and theft, with many being convicted.


Bellamy Forde
Bellamy Forde
Partner & Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation

A High Court judge approved a settlement of almost £58 million compensation at the end of last year, for those workers accused of the shortfalls in their branches’ accounts. This goes some way to providing vindication for the workers, with their lawyer stating

“They have finally been proved to have been right all along when they have said that the Horizon IT system was a possible cause of shortfalls in their branch accounts”.

This is only the first step towards the workers achieving justice, and closure.

MW have learned that these workers are now hoping to have their convictions for fraud and theft overturned, further to 30 cases being referred by the Judge, to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), with hundreds more referrals expected. The CCRC reviews suspected miscarriages of justice. It will only refer a case back to the appeal court for re-trial where some new evidence, or other new issue, has been identified which might provide grounds for a fresh appeal. Currently, by law the CCRC can only refer a case for a fresh appeal if it thinks there is a ‘real possibility’ that the appeal court will quash the verdict.


Jade Brown
Jade Brown
Solicitor

What’s more, during his High Court ruling, Mr Justice Fraser also confirmed that he would refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions stating in that regard:

“Based on the knowledge that I have gained, I have very grave concerns regarding the veracity of evidence given by Fujitsu employees to other courts in previous proceedings about the known existence of bugs, errors, and defects in the Horizon system”.

We could yet see convictions of Fujitsu employees for perjury.

Victims of this scandal may be able to bring further compensation claims for miscarriages of justice and malicious prosecution.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors we have a team who specialise in miscarriage of justice and malicious prosecution claims. We are keen to hear from anyone affected by this scandal. Collectively our team has over 50 years experience in bringing such claims and have acted for several Claimants who have been wrongly accused and have been successful in bringing legal action and achieving significant sums of compensation.

If you are a former subpostmaster and would like advice please contact us on 0203 551 8500.

Actions Against The Police

 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have upheld our client’s appeal against police complaint findings, and expressed concern at police failure to appropriately investigate and accurately reflect in their recording of the complaint, the clear allegation of race discrimination made by our client.


Clare Evans
Clare Evans
Solicitor - Civil Litigation

The IOPC state that our client S’s specific points as to why he felt he was treated differently due to his race, should be given “careful consideration”, and state further that “there should also be further analysis of the statistics referenced for the previous stop and search occurrences” of the police officers concerned.

Shortly after reaching adulthood, at just 18 years of age, S a young black man of Caribbean heritage and of previous good character, was tasered without warning whilst walking home from college with 2 friends, in Elephant and Castle.

The police recorded having had intelligence that 3 IC3 (police code for ‘black’) males were riding pushbikes and snatching mobile phones from commuters, in a robbery hotspot. S however, was on foot, with one mixed race friend, and one white friend. The IOPC state that: “The intelligence referred to by PC [X] and PC [Y[ has not been reviewed as part of the investigation. It is unclear how the specific intelligence referenced, which relates to three black males on pushbikes, can be related to three males of different ethnicities walking in the city”.  As yet, S is unable to understand why he was considered to match the intelligence provided, and beyond that, why he was treated differentially, and worse than his friends.

The IOPC’s decision to uphold S’s complaint and re-direct an investigation in relation to all allegations, means that the police will now have to respond in a proportionate and meaningful way to the serious complaint of racial discrimination, as well as provide a sufficient response to the complaint of unlawful stop, search and arrest.

S had to have stitches further to the surgical removal of one of the taser barbs from his chest. Worse still, he has suffered the longer term psychiatric consequences of the police treatment he received that cold December 2018 day.

S is considering pursuing a claim for assault, false imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, breaches of his human rights, and for racial discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, and is represented by Clare Evans.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors we have a team who specialise in claims against the police and other state agencies. Collectively our team has over 50 years experience in bringing such claims and have acted for several Claimants who have for example, been assaulted, falsely imprisoned, wrongfully or unlawfully arrested, searched and detained. We assist client in their legal challenges and claims for significant sums of compensation.

If you have suffered at the hands of the police, and would like advice please contact us on 020 3551 8500 or or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

MW condemn the violence used by state forces against members of the public, based on colour or other prejudice. MW recognises the disadvantages and unequal treatment which disproportionately affects Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, and the associated negative impact upon their prospects. Through our work we have seen the pattern of institutional racism within police forces time and time again. We strive to hold state agencies to account where abuses of power appear to have occurred. We are civil liberties lawyers for Claimants and members of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG) as well as Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG).

McMillan Williams are proud to work closely with Options 4 Change, who are closely supporting S. Options 4 Change are a children and young people charity based in the London Borough of Lambeth and since 2005, have provided various support services and projects for their service users. They strive to support local communities affected by youth violence, gangs, schools exclusions and numerous social welfare issues. They work independently and are committed to “Changing minds and lives for better despite the hardships and challenges their service users face”.

Local solicitors McMillan Williams remain open for business whilst their Bath, Guildford & Islington offices remain closed.

McMillan Williams Solicitors has been providing legal services to the businesses and communities of London and the South since 1983. In May they were acquired by solicitors Taylor Rose TTKW, creating a top 75 law firm. They will continue to trade as McMillan Williams, providing a wide range of services including property, family, litigation and wills and probate.

Throughout the Coronavirus Lockdown the McMillan Williams legal team have been home working with telephone numbers diverted and secure IT networks installed resulting in little impact on client relationships and services. The firm’s staff will remain working from home, with the company prioritising the health and safety of employees and clients.

The McMillan Williams team remain committed to providing the highest level of legal advice to Bath,Guildford and Islington’s businesses and communities and look forward to continuing our relationship.

Clients can continue to contact their fee earner on their direct dial number or alternatively call 020 3551 8500.

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