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Courtney Smith, Duncan Lewis

Courtney Smith

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I joined Duncan Lewis in October 2015 as a caseworker within the criminal law department and I started my training contract in January 2017.


I represent clients throughout the length of their criminal proceedings, from the police station, to the magistrates and crown court, right through to sentencing. I have extensive experience in dealing with various offences. This includes anything from minor offences such as common assault, theft, and public order offences, to more serous offences such as robbery, fraud, human trafficking, conspiracy to supply and import controlled drugs, rape and other sexual offences, possession of offensive weapons and firearms, and serious violent offences such as grevious bodily harm.


I assist a range of client including those who are vulnerable or suffer from mental health problems.


Education

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC), commendation - 2015
  • Law LLB (Hons) at University of Sunderland, First Class - 2014
  • Awarded the Sunderland University Professional Award in recognition of my committment to my academic acheivement and extra curricular activites
  • Awarded a place on the university Honour Roll for the academic year 2012-2013
  • Volunteered at the Sunderland Student Law Clinic offering pro bono legal advice to members of the public on a range of issues such as housing and landlord issues, contract and consumer disputes, and family law, amongst other areas of law.
  • Undertook an additional paralegal qualification alongside my degree, and now member of the Association of Licenced Paralegals.

Career

  • Started training contract in January 2017
  • Joined Duncan Lewis in October 2015

Notable Cases

High Court

R v Dzuga and others - a high profile case of human trafficking spanning a number of years which received notable media attention. This case involved two co-defendants and eight complainants claiming to have been trafficking into the UK and forced to work and live in squalid conditions over a period of 7 years. The client was eventually convicted of only 1 out of 4 counts of human trafficking and forced labour of which they were charged.


R v Burges and others - this case involed a number of defendants who were city businessmen charged with conspiracy to defraud following have set up a boiler room in central London to allegedly sell scam investments in art and diamonds to unwitting members of the public and targeting vulnerable people to make sales. The result of the 5 week trial which took place in the Central Criminal Court was that the defendant represented by Duncan Lewis was found not guilty of the charges.



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