People Trafficking and Modern Slavery
Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
People trafficking and modern slavery are serious criminal offences with substantial penalties for those who are convicted.
If you are subject to an investigation or you believe that there may have been a breach of the law, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. By having professional representation, you can ensure that your rights are observed and that you do not inadvertently damage your defence.
Legal advice and representation by expert criminal defence solicitors
At Taylor Law we have extensive experience in providing representation and defence for clients charged with criminal offences.
People trafficking and modern slavery offences can be complicated to prove. If there are any errors in the case against you or in the procedure used, or the evidence does not support the claims, we will endeavour to have the case against you discharged.
Our criminal defence team understand the complexities of cases brought under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Extensive paperwork is often involved and investigations can be detailed and long-running.
It is important to put legal representation in place early on so that any weaknesses in the case against you can be exposed.
Offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015
The Modern Slavery Act covers offences involving both slavery and human trafficking. Slavery is where a person is kept in slavery or servitude by another and required to perform forced or compulsory labour. If you are accused of this, the prosecution will need to show that you knew or ought to have known that the victim is being held in slavery or servitude and being forced to work.
Examples include forced labour in sectors such as construction, agriculture or the service industry, compulsory work in servitude, being made to work in the sex trade and holding people and requiring their families to pay money to release them.
The maximum sentence if found guilty of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour is life imprisonment.
Human trafficking involves arranging or facilitating travel for someone with the intention of that person being exploited. It can occur even where the victim has consented to the travel. An example is people smuggling, or bringing migrants into the country illegally. The maximum sentence for human trafficking is ten years’ imprisonment.
Defending allegations of people trafficking and modern slavery
It may be that an organisation or individual with whom you were involved has committed offences under the Modern Slavery Act and that your involvement is limited or that you were unaware of any wrongdoing.
You may have a strong defence if it can be shown that you could not reasonably have known what was happening.
Under section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act, it is also a defence to an offence if you are a victim yourself, if you were compelled to act in the way that you did and if this is attributable to slavery.
If we are instructed to represent you, we will look at all aspects of the prosecution’s case and raise a strong defence on your behalf.
People trafficking and modern slavery are serious offences. As well as imprisonment, the prosecution may seek to confiscate funds and other assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
They may also ask the court to make a slavery and trafficking reparation order against you to provide compensation for the victim.
We have expert criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you and deal with investigators and police on your behalf.
We provide a first-rate legal service and have an excellent track record of success.
For an initial discussion, ring us free on 0330 0539147 or fill in our Contact Form.
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
Valerie Ann Cadman-Khan