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Edwards Duthie Shamash

12 BAYLIS ROAD, LAMBETH, LONDON, SE1 7AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7803 3999
Fax:
Fax 020 7803 3900
DX:
36503 LAMBETH
Email:
Web:
www.steelandshamash.co.uk

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Steel & Shamash

Steel & Shamash ‘represents clients at all levels of criminal cases with the utmost professionalism’. The firm’s clients include the Labour Party and the National Union of Teachers, both of which it has acted for, for many years. It often acts for teachers accused of criminal offences such as sexual offences and assaults, and also deals with more general serious crime matters such as drugs offences and terrorism. The team is headed by the ‘versatile’ Rakesh Bhasin who ‘has sound judgement, is full of initiative and tactically astute’ and Robert Dynowski who is ‘well regarded by peers and competitors alike’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Steel & Shamash

Steel & Shamash handles cases of money laundering, bribery, corruption and deals with clients from the investigation stage to prosecution and confiscation proceedings. It has experience of fraud investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, NCA, HMRC and FCA. It conducts legally aided and privately funded work. Robert Dynowski co-heads the team with Rakesh Bhasin who is ‘hardworking, with a good eye for detail and excellent client care’.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 2

Steel & Shamash

Steel & Shamash  has ‘very experienced lawyers who are very good team players and fight hard for their clients’. The ‘wise, deeply experienced and highly effective’ Janice Kaufman  specialises in mental capacity and child care law and has extensive experience in representing parties in the Court of Protection. She represents parents, children and interveners in care proceedings including cases involving non-accidental injury and allegations of fabricated illness and sexual abuse. She has also represented many with mental health difficulties and is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor. Anna O’Connell  heads the public law practice and is often instructed on Court of Protection cases where there is a lack of capacity. Andrew Bowmer is now at Miles & Partners LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Steel & Shamash

Janice Kaufman heads the team at Steel & Shamash . Kaufman is ‘experienced in complex cases. She is always extremely well prepared and is really good at spotting and solving complex issues’.  She has particular expertise in child care law.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Steel & Shamash

On behalf of claimants Steel & Shamash takes on challenges to local authorities, especially where they fail to adequately assess the needs of children and vulnerable adults, and the Home Office in connection with unlawful detentions of minors and the dispersal of asylum seekers outside of London. A source acknowledged the team's 'very good reputation in pubic law - especially for children's services and for being reliably excellent.' Another source noted that team head Anna O’Connell  'is good at cross-over cases' where there is, for example mental health and  housing issues and judicial review proceedings may be necessary. Chris Callender is also highlighted as a 'very experienced and confident litigator in children's cases.' 

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Electoral
Electoral - ranked: tier 1

Steel & Shamash

Steel & Shamash 'is an outstanding firm in this area with unparalleled knowledge and expertise.’ Its exceptional breadth of experience covers not only election law but also Parliamentary boundary inquiries, judicial reviews,  Standards Board and Adjudication Tribunal matters and the Parliamentary rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament. Gerald Shamash, who is reported to have ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of election law and also draws on experience in a wide range of other litigation’ has been advising the Labour Party for 27 years and is steeped in election law including high-profile postal vote fraud matters. He is also dealing with a number of cases concerning the MPs expenses controversy. Frances Randle is noted for her local government expertise.

Leading individuals

Gerald Shamash - Steel & Shamash

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London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 4

Edwards Duthie Shamash

Steel & Shamash

The team at Edwards Duthie Shamash acts across a range of social housing litigation including possessions, disrepair and homelessness cases. Simon Mullings is 'particularly recommended', and has experience in High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court litigation. Other names to note are James Harrison and Rebecca Manson.

Steel & Shamash is 'a very experienced firm in the social housing space' and is led by 'two leading practitioners in the field': Anna O’Connell and Chris Callender. O'Connell is regularly instructed by secured tenants and vulnerable individuals in possession claims arising out of anti-social behaviour and rent arrears, and also handled a judicial review proceeding concerning a decision to deny her client social housing on the basis of crimes committed as a juvenile. Callender has 'invaluable breadth of expertise in community care and public law', which is 'especially helpful when representing social housing tenants, many of whom require public law remedies rather than housing defences'.

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