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Year of Call - 1983
Lesley Manley is a highly experienced barrister. She has well deserved reputation for dealing with challenging cases and clients.
She has defended in a number of serious fraud matters.
The case of R V G concerned an alleged cheat on the Revenue of £1.2 million by a two defendants. Having inspected original files held by the Revenue the court ruled Lesley and co-defending counsel, a commercial specialist and using a multi disciplinary approached successfully argued that the prosecution was an abuse of process. Both defendants were acquitted. Thereafter Lesley was instructed in a complex conspiracy to defraud in Gibraltar.
She became known internationally for her role as defence counsel in R v Marrache. The trial lasted for 9 months and was the longest running fraud trial in the history of Gibraltar and concerned the loss of £40 million pounds. This case was tried at The Supreme Court of Gibraltar. This was a complex case that necessitated reviewing of the bankruptcy files from various civil actions brought by those who had suffered financial loss, reviewing volumes of other unused material including trust agreements.
In addition to factual issues in the trial the case gave rise to numerous legal complications and arguments which included recusal of Judge, abuse of process, applications to exclude evidence and a possible appeal to the Privy Council in relation to Judge only trial.
This case was complex not only in terms of the financial and Tusts aspects of the case but in terms of its international aspects. Evidence was received by live link by agreement with the government of the Czech Republic. There was evidence relating to a number of EU countries in particular Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and the Republic of Ireland and also to Israel, Canada and the United States.
This case was the subject of international media attention and reports can be found on www.chronicle.gi and www.gbc.gi/ . This matter is the subject of an appeal to the Privy Council.
In addition to acting as junior in respect of the criminal matter Lesley researched legal issues in respect of constitutional matters and appeared in court to assist Charles Gomez, Gibraltar Counsel, who brought a Constitutional Motion against the Attorney General’s Office and The Governor of Gibraltar on behalf of Behalf of Benjamin Marrache. The trial concluded in 2014.
On her return to the UK and upon joining Churchcourt Chambers Lesley was instructed as leading counsel in OPERATION AGULLIAR R v N in £1 million pound fraud at Southwark Crown Court. The defendant was deaf and accused of conspiracy to defraud the DWP of ATW payments and also charity funds. Conferences and the giving of evidence were facilitated by the services of a sign language interpreter
Lesley Manley is very experienced in defending in cases alleging sexual offending including cases where other offences such as violence, cruelty or robbery are connected. She has acted as leading and junior counsel.
Lesley is often instructed to represented defendants accused of serious sexual offending including multi-handed cases involving human trafficking and grooming. Recent examples are set out.
In particular she has special expertise in representing defendants with mental illness, mental impairment and autism. She has written published articles on this point. She is also experienced in representing deaf defendants
She has been asked to provide written advises for convicted persons in connection with references to the Criminal Appeals Review Commission.
Lesley is a trained vulnerable witness facilitator and has provided training on several occasions to other members of the bar.
She is also a pupil supervisor and trained advocacy trainer at Middle Temple where she has taught for over 15 years.
This year she attended the Advocacy Trainers Symposium at the ICCA. She also was selected to attend the Florida Advocacy Course in Gainesville in 2018. She has experience of the most up to date teaching methods used nationally and internationally.
The diverse nature of her practice has led to her being instructed in a wide range of offences. Examples are armed robbery, kidnap, attempted murder, murder, child cruelty, cases where rape has been accompanied by section 18 and robbery, aggravated burglary and copyright theft.
“Are you fit for fitness to plead” published in Crimeline Mental Impairment Identifying The Signs
”I’ll prove I’m innocent. I’ll take a lie detector test” . The admissibility of Polygraph Evidence by Colin Witcher and Lesley Manley
False Allegations of Rape
Fitness to Plead
Mercy killing-An act of Compassion or Self Interest.
Murder-Sexual Infidelity as a defence
She has provided lectures in the fields of the development in the law of sexual offences, vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, fraud and the development of the law in relation to firearms.
Criminal Bar Association
In 1994 she was chair of Education Appeals in Tower Hamlets
She is also an approved pupil supervisor and an advocacy trainer at Middle Temple
Lesley Manley is appreciated for her sensitive approach at the Coroner’s Court.
She has acted in numerous fatal road traffic collisions.
2015 Acted on behalf of parents who tragically lost 3 year old child in fatal traffic accident.
2013 Acted on behalf of family whose relative had died as a result of fall from Beachy Head. Verdict. misadventure.
She has also acted in a variety of difficult cases. They include
An inquest into the death of a baby when suffocated by a family member
Represented a Custody Sergeant ( Newcastle Coroner’s Court) following the death of a man who had swallowed a drug package.
An inquest into the death of a wife whose husband had been originally charged with her murder. Verdict. Suicide.
Instructed as leading counsel in multi-handed million pound fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court to commence in 2016.
The defendants were accused of cheating the Revenue of £1.2 million pounds. An abuse of process argument advanced by previous counsel had been dismissed. The defendants continued to maintain they had immunity from prosecution. Isaac Jacob of 9 Stone Buildings co-defended in the matter using a multi-disciplinary approach with their respective knowledge of tax law and criminal law. In due course the Revenue found a file which lead to the re-opening of the abuse argument and the case against the defendants was stayed.
In R v W (and others) at Maidstone Crown Court the defendant was charged with a conspiracy to defraud the NHS by way of dishonesty in respect of procurement of contracts. The trial was estimated to last 6 weeks but collapsed after 4 days as a consequence of the defence raising issues in connection with disclosure and failure of the Crown to properly investigate matters which may have pointed to the defendants’ innocence.
Croydon Crown Court. Defendant charged with substantial benefit fraud but no evidence offered after DWP accepted the level of domestic violence she had suffered was so severe that she was psychiatrically incapacitated by post traumatic stress syndrome.
Drugs Importation / Class A Drugs at Croydon Crown Court.
Case involving serious Harassment of Officials with issues of Fitness to Plead to be determined at Aylesbury Crown Court.
Case involving the arranging of Sham marriages. Newcastle Crown Court.
Sham marriage case at Isleworth Crown Court.
Undercover police operation in respect on online attempts to be provided with 3 year old child.
Supply of class A drugs. Defence of duress advanced.
Sexual Activity with child. Female offender.
Acting for the lead defendant in multi-handed trial accused of blackmail, threats to kill and witness intimidation.
Drug importation. Multi-handed case concerning the importation of £1 million pounds of heroin.
[Serial rape case with defendant attacking victims at knifepoint]
[Internet date rape case followed by serious physical assault on victim]
[Rape of 13 year old girl by mentally impaired defendant]
[Sexual Assault upon stepdaughter]
[Multi-handed rape by school boys upon fellow pupils]
[Historic sexual abuse by stepfather upon stepdaughters from different families. Abuse spanning 1960’s -1980’s]
[Historical case. Rape by father of his biological daughter when she was 11-14. Complaint made when accused aged 76]
[Historic sexual touching of granddaughter. Successful application to exclude lie detector evidence the Crown wished to place before the jury]
Child Cruelty. Croydon Crown Court. Mother aged 17. Accused of fracturing bones of new born baby.
Aggravated Burglary Luton Crown Court. Brain injured defendant accused of breaking into his sister’s house and attempting to kill her.