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Suki Thumber , Duncan Lewis , Crime Freelance Solicitor , Birmingham

Suki Thumber

Consultant

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Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor in the Crime Department at Duncan Lewis. I have over 10 years of general criminal law experience, dealing with matters from the the client's initial arrest at the police station through to trial, and appeal.

Since joining Duncan Lewis in February 2015, I have worked on a number of criminal appeal cases and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). The nature of these cases is varied and includes murder, robbery and drug related crimes. Whilst concentrating on appeal work and applications to the CCRC, I have also continued with general crime work and recently represented a client extradited from the Netherlands and tried at The Central Criminal Court in respect of a £11 million drug importation, the client was ultimately found not guilty.

My work often requires the advice of Counsel, and I have had the opportunity to work with Michael Mansfield QC, Tim Owen QC, Rebecca Trowler QC, John Cooper QC, Paul Taylor, and Christopher Harding on some of the high profile cases I am instructed upon.

The clients I assist are often vulnerable youths or those that have previous experience of the justice system. My aim is to provide the best representation and advice and achieve the best possible outcome for my clients regardless of whether I am dealing with a minor or a more serious offence which may lead to imprisonment.

Education

  • Post Gradute Diploma in Law (LPC)
  • LLB Honours

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Consultant Solicitor 2015-present
  • Admitted as a Solicitor 2004

Notable Cases

High Court
  • R v RC – two attempt murder charges, Crown alleged client was gang related, and therefore was remanded in a Category A prison – acquitted

  • R v KF – murder, Crown alleged joint enterprise with co-defendant, blood of victim found on client’s clothing – acquitted

  • R v RK – allegedly one of the biggest drugs conspiracy cases in the UK involving tons of cocaine importations – I was instructed as an agent solicitor at trial. Following conviction, I worked on the appeal and leave has been granted. I is now involved as a consultant on the case.

  • R v DD – murder appeal, leave refused, but I am now preparing the matter for a referral to the CCRC based on fresh telephone evidence.

  • R v PJ – murder appeal, along with Counsel, I am preparing an appeal application on a potentially novel point relating to witness anonymity involving the defence of duress.

  • R v PF – high profile drugs conspiracy matter, where I have been instructed to prepare an application to the CCRC on the basis of the Crown withholding crucial evidence at the time of the trial.

  • R v AN – murder appeal, preparing an appeal application based on DNA evidence.

Interests

  • Theatre
  • Travelling
  • The books of Paulo Coelho
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