William Dudley and Nicholas Berry have successfully appealed decisions by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) before the Senior Courts Costs Office.
Man cleared of drug dealing
Rupert Jones's client was acquitted of possession of heroin with intent to supply and possessing criminal property after a trial at Stoke Crown Court.
The defendant had been found at a family address in possession of heroin that the prosecution said had a street value of over £1,000. £6,000 cash was found at the property - 95% of the bank notes had traces of heroin on them (much higher than the usual 7% of bank notes). The jury were also told that the defendant had three previous convictions for supplying heroin. Further, Facebook messaging evidence was adduced that the prosecution said linked the defendant to drug dealing.
The jury unanimously acquitted the defendant.