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MPR Solicitors instructed in historic sexual abuse cases

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Our Serious and Complex Crime Team have been instructed in a number of sensitive cases going back decades involving allegations of historic sexual abuse. We pride ourselves in giving robust and sensitive advice to our clients at every stage of a case whether at the investigative stage or in the course of court proceedings. We understand how distressing such allegations can be and how they can affect and potentially ruin family relations and the reputation of innocent individuals. Our experienced defence solicitors will try and make the process as smooth as possible ensuring that every aspect of the case is covered.

More recently, MPR solicitors’ specialist sexual offences lawyers were instructed to advise and represent an individual over allegations of historic sexual abuse and child rape going back decades. After extensive police interviews and representations from the legal team, the case was finally dropped by the police in conjunction with advice from the Crown Prosecution Service. Much was down to the unreliable evidence of the alleged complainant whom we discovered had a troubled background and had made false allegations in the past.

It is often good pro-active defence to make pre-charge written representations to the CPS as this can sometimes positively affect a decision in favour of a client whether to charge or not by drawing attention to the weaknesses in the investigation and the evidence. It can be a fine balancing act between giving away too much information or refraining from disclosing important information which may assist the defence case and undermine the Prosecution case. At MPR Solicitors, we can advise you at every step of a police investigation and can on a client’s instructions, make representations to the investigating authorities.

We work closely with some of the world’s leading experts in computer/cyber forensics and can challenge Prosecution evidence. We also have close links with specialist Barristers from leading Chambers in London and together we can put a robust multi-disciplinary defence team in place.