Conspiracy to supply class A case involving a modern slavery defence
Between 2020 and 2022 Lloyds PR Solicitors acted for a lead defendant in a four-defendant conspiracy to supply class A drugs case. The case was extremely complex and involved over 80,000 pages in evidence, particularly phone evidence. Our client was a Thai lady who relied upon a defence under section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Because of the seriousness and complexity of the case, we instructed a lead and a junior barristers to represent our client at trial. She was vulnerable and alleged that she was exploited by the other lead defendant.
The case involved calling expert psychologist evidence, NRM evidence and a thorough examination of multiple phone evidence. The case required an exceptional amount of work, particularly because all the defendants were running cut-throat defences. A detailed preparation of the case lead to a unanimous acquittal of our client after eight weeks at trial. Lead solicitors in this matter were Prasad Palihawadana (partner) and Ieva Giedraityte (solicitor). They were assisted by caseworker Amelia McKey.