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 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 and Guildford’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.

Taylor Rose TTKW Limited (Taylor Rose) is pleased to announce it has acquired McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited together with related staff and offices to create a top 75 law firm. The combined firm will represent revenues of over £40 million and have 32 offices nationwide covering Cumbria to Sussex with headquarters in Peterborough and London.

Both firms place great value on providing a high quality service to their clients. The combined firm will prioritise client service during this uncertain time and provide a platform for investment in future growth. McMillan Williams’ focus on property complements Taylor Rose’s own property capabilities to create a Top 10 residential conveyancing firm in the UK. Other legal teams being welcomed into Taylor Rose include Litigation, Private Client, Crime and Family.

The complementary services with distinct geographies allows for immediate cross selling and scale. The enlarged group also expects to be able to access a wider range of financing opportunities to support its continued growth. Recent investment in people and technology by both firms will support the delivery of high quality advice to clients and facilitate future acquisition activity.

Taylor Rose’s unique business model covering owned offices and employed staff, alongside a fast-growing consultant solicitor programme has allowed it to offer an attractive mix of options for McMillan Williams’ operations.

The acquisition completed following discussions which began in 2019. McMillan Williams’ advisors, Quantuma LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, considered Taylor Rose, with its compelling cultural and strategic fit, best placed to complete a deal with minimal disruption to the McMillan Williams business, its clients and staff.
Taylor Rose has been advised by John Llewellyn-Lloyd, Head of Professional Services, Arden Partners.

McMillan Williams has been advised by legal sector specialists Sean Bucknall and Andrew Hosking, Partners at restructuring advisors Quantuma, alongside legal regulatory experts Samantha Palmer and Steven Cottee, Partners at Pinsent Masons' Professional Practices team.  The McMillan Williams Board have also been advised by Lee Sennett at Shoosmiths.

Taylor Rose is excited to be working with the excellent legal teams and support staff at McMillan Williams and is looking forward to building on the strong client base it has developed over the last few years.

Commenting on the acquisition, Adrian Jaggard, CEO of Taylor Rose:

“Taylor Rose aims to be a leading player in the UK consumer law market. The excellent fit of our two businesses is clear and is a major step forward in achieving our goal. I have been very impressed by the quality and dedication of the McMillan Williams staff notwithstanding recent uncertainty. We look forward to welcoming the legal and support teams into the Taylor Rose family. I am very confident that together we can maximise the opportunities of our combined business. Our resulting strength leaves us well placed to benefit as the Legal Services Market starts its journey of recovery from the stresses of the pandemic.“

Commenting on the acquisition John McMillan, Chairman McMillan Williams;

“We are thrilled to be joining the Taylor Rose platform and the opportunities for both our clients and staff within Taylor Rose. A shared culture, complementary services and distinct geographies made Taylor Rose an obvious home for McMillan Williams and there is enormous potential to bring our respective strengths to bear moving forward.”

McMillian Williams Client Enquiries

Clients are assured that their McMillan Williams file handler will continue to progress their matter, ensuring continuity and avoiding disruption. You can continue to contact your file handler on the same contact number and email address.  However if you have a general question which has not been answered please email info@taylor-rose.co.uk.

Media Enquiries

For media enquiries please contact Adrian Jaggard at Adrian.Jaggard@taylor-rose.co.uk.

For more information about McMillian Williams Solicitors please visit www.mwsolicitors.co.uk or more information about Taylor Rose TTKW please visit www.taylor-rose.co.uk.

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