Saturday, January 05, 2008

Private Investigator

Criminal defence firms are getting jumpy as 14th January 2008 approaches. On 14th January 2008 new General Criminal Contracts begin for firms who are still undertaking legal aid criminal defence work. On 30th November 2007 firms had to declare how many duty solicitors they employed as of 30th November 2007 in order to be awarded rota slots on duty solicitor rotas for police station work and magistrates court work. So if you had more duty solicitors declared for your firm on 30th November 2007 than you had previously you would be awarded additional rota slots. Although rota slots do not always generate masses of work they are always a good opportunity to pick up extra work, and every now and then you can pick up a good case from being a duty solicitor.

What I am about to describe has come from a series of Chinese whispers and could be entirely false - even if it is rubbish it is entertaining rubbish. A firm in Basildon also has other offices, and it is rumoured in order to get more slots on the Basildon rotas the firm pretended that some of it's solicitors based in other offices had moved to their Basildon office. This was interpreted to be a scam by another firm in Basildon who decided to hire a private investigator to follow the newly proposed solicitors to the Basildon rotas and the private investigator discovered that the newly proposed solicitors were in fact based in a London office. So, the other firm in Basildon made a complaint to the Law Society that the first firm was not "playing by the rules". The firm that was running the scam has now started legal proceedings against the other firm for defamation!

The above story shows how desperate some firms are getting in the new age of criminal legal aid.

32 comments:

PCSO said...

That’s genius.

PI Guy said...

I'm loving that. It's a brilliant use of a PI. Did the other firm also use a PI to gather evidence of Slander? If you don't mind can I link to this post in a PI forum?

Anonymous said...

Who was it that said there is honour amongst thieves?

Gavin said...

PI Guy please fell free to post a link to another site (provided it is a suitable site!)

Anonymous said...

Great to see an undignified scramble by their middle-class friends and defenders for yet more tax-payers money to be wasted on the undeserving and over-demanding underclass.

Calabar Gal said...

LOL!! Watching the drama unfold......

badf said...

Perhaps they'll be charged with some kind of fraud - do you think they will rely on the duty solicitors to defend them? Hope the other firm isnt on that day!

Anonymous said...

just confirmed what we always knew.....solicitors are all crooks

Howard Wilson said...

Scam -OR- Aggressive Business Practice?
I would suggest the latter and this must be so.

This country has a Government that, in the name of 'Freedom', constantly erodes and undermines our civil rights. Their persistent canker of the Criminal Justice System is causing massive attrition amongst law firms dealing with criminal defence work, so it is only natural that firms such as this resort to whatever measures possible in order to protect both their business and thier livlihoods.

Howard Wilson said...

.....their livelihoods, rather.

fred said...

Hi Gavin

I read your 2006 blog about your client who was almost prosecuted when his actions had been self defense. I am a journalist researching how far citizens can go in self defense following J Straws comments at the Labour Conf last month. I am interested in finding out what advice a barrister would give to a potential have a go hero, and what if anything J Straws proposed changes wouls make.

You can email me at michaelgooding@btinternet.com in confidence or put a post on sire if you prefer.

best Mike.

A Peirson said...

Does this Constitute Evidence.
Watch the Building fall, Never before in History has a Steel structured Building collapsed due to fire
because the Fire is not hot enough to Melt the steel to make it collapse.
Yet on 9/11 THREE Steel Buildings collapse, at free fall speed, neatly into their Own FootPrints
http://www.911blogger.com/node/6054

Larry Silverstein (who bought the Buildings 6 weeks before 9/11 AND Insured them against terrorist attacks [How lucky was that] ) says the Buildings were Pulled. Now the Word 'Pull' is a demolition term which means, Demolish.
A building of this size would take literally weeks to prepare for demolition, this begs the question then, When was it prepared.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC0qGJ3M7KI


The BBC and Fox News Reported the collapse of Building 7 20 Minutes before it did,
in fact on her report. the building can be seen behind her.
When Questioned Over this, the BBC say they have now LOST their 9/11 tapes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/part_of_the_conspiracy.html


Many thousands of Scholars Question this, Jet fuel Does NOT Burn hot enough to Melt steel.
http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/WhyIndeedDidtheWorldTradeCenterBuildingsCompletelyCollapse.pdf

Japanese Government on TV Openly Questions the Official 9/11 view as a 'fairy story'
http://www.911blogger.com/node/13392

German Secret service and the Ex Italian PM says that Intellligence agencies know 9/11 was an Inside Job
http://www.prisonplanet.com/021104vonbuelow.html
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/december2007/120407_common_knowledge.htm
Japanese Parliament questions 9/11
http://www.911blogger.com/node/13340
http://www.911blogger.com/node/12215

Can you disperse this Information to make it more widely Known.

Howard Wilson said...

Oi, 'a peirson', take a look at this link

http://www.markthomasinfo.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3481

That will give you chapter and verse how the towers collapsed.

Could you tell Elvis and Lady Di while you're there please?

PCSO Bloggs said...

Can we expect anymore posts from this blog?

PI Guy said...

I started a forum for PI's and other legal professionals. It's the UK's 1st "open" PI forum.

www.e-legal-gathering.co.uk

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Do some of your own investigating
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Justin said...

To the poster above... Pleaaaase those sites are nothing but gateway sites and offer NOTHING. On top of that they look like they were designed by a 5 year old in microsoft word or something.

Use a real website like White Pages or Number Investigator.

Pavan sharma said...

the article says he fled the country but yet it said he was caught in Maryland. huh. when did Maryland change from a state to a country? Am I missing something here or does the editor of this article needs to proof read what he is writing.

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A very intersting piece, spam comments not included.

Steven said...

Its a very intersetign rumour, if it proves to be true I would not be surprised.

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