Leftheris Ridgeway

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Leftheris Ridgeway

Solicitor - Crime

Biography

Year Qualified

2008

Firm Trained With

Bullivant Law

Languages Spoken

English, Greek

Profile

I have over 10 years’ post qualification experience specialising in criminal defence and extradition work, both publicly and privately funded. I have over 13 years' experience in case preparation, legal research, explaining the law simply and have many years experience working with young and vulnerable clients. I work with my clients as a team to ensure they understand their case.

I have experience in preparing cases for a broad range of criminal offences, including serious sexual and violent offences as well as supporting clients who are contesting extradition requests from countries in Europe and the world involving Human Rights arguments.

I work autonomously and robustly preparing my clients cases. I am approachable and take time with each client to ensure they understand each stage of their case and that I understand their instructions to fully advise them on their case and effectively prepare each stage of their case.

Awards, Accreditations & Memberships:

  • Police and Court Duty Solicitor
  • Member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Member of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF)

Recent Successes:

Extradition

  • South Africa v H - A British mans extradition was sought by the South African Authorities to stand trial for offences of fraud.  We obtained expert evidence that the prison conditions were such as to breach the minimum standards required by Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  We also obtained expert evidence that extradition would be oppressive on mental health grounds.  In the face of our arguments and the supporting evidence we were able to secure, the extradition request was withdrawn and discharged.
  • District Court in Bydgoszcz, Poland v P - Mr Justice Supperstone allowed an appeal on Article 8 grounds where succesful arguments were made that it would be disproportionate to extradite Ms P for numerous dishonesty offences.

  • Poland v K - Mr Justice Collins allowed the appeal in re-considering the methods by which a Court in the UK can become involved for itself in the translation of an expression of blood alcohol per mile.

Crime

  • R v F and others – Multihanded manslaughter (shooting) case. Defendant was acquitted, (2017).

  • R v F – Possession with intent to supply and Supply class B drugs – defendant sentenced in lower sentencing range after I carefully analysed telephone data assisting the Defence casting doubt on the Prosecution submissions that it was in a higher sentence range, resulting in a far lower sentence.

  • R v L-W - assault police - successful representations made to the prosecution that police were acting outside their powers lead to the prosecution discontinuing the case the day before trial.

Work in the Community & Pro Bono Work

I currently support the Chelmsford Law Clinic through the Citizens Advice Bureau with pro-bono legal advice in Criminal defence and Extradition law, supporting vulnerable individuals and those who have been unable to get initial legal advice in these areas.

I previously organised a fundraising event to raise money for Downs Syndrome Awareness.

What My Clients Say About Me

"thank you so much for the help and support i got from you it is much appreciated thanking you" - B (Jan 2020)
"I would like to thank Leftheris and McMillan Williams solicitors for all the professional help and support I received. I was feeling very stressed but Leftheris always made me feel at ease with his kind and professional manner.  I would have no hesitation in recommending him and McMillan Williams in the future." - K (Dec 2019)
"Great help from a brilliant solicitor." - DAA (Nov 2019)
"Very polite and patient man. I think what he is doing for the Citizens Advice Bureau is great and I thank him whole heartedly for making the whole process less stressful." - G (Aug 2019)
"I am so grateful for all the help and support and emotional support that Leftheris has given me and my son always there for us at the end of the phone or email he is amazing I could not ask for a better solicitor he is very kind caring and easy to talk to and been there to support us all the way he really is an amazing gentleman and I really can't thank him enough for all his help and support he has really got us through some rough times as my son suffers with ADHD I am truly grateful thankyou from the bottom of my heart" - M (Apr 2019)
"MW were very professional and efficient in the way they've handled my case. The solicitor that was assigned my case was very effective and made sure my case was dealt with in the bets way possible." - CE (Jan 2019)
"What a fantastic team Leftheris Ridgeway was extremely supportive at all times, compassionate and always positive to my needs. He was responsive, provided clear and accurate advice and I believe saved my life, I can't thank him enough. MW Solicitors I can't recommend highly enough, brilliant, thank you. I cannot express my gratitude for the sympathetic and compassionate way you were towards me and my partner. A wonderful, winning team." - K (April 2020)

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