Ian John-Baptiste is a Solicitor at Advice Wise Solicitors who predominantly works within the Criminal and Immigration departments assisting fee earners on the day to day running of files.
Ian is a personable and knowledgeable asset to the team who routinely assists senior solicitors on a variety of legal matters and acting as a secondary contact, ensuring that all clients are kept informed of the progress of their case and of any developments.
Having graduated from Swansea University with LLB (Hons), Ian successfully completed his Legal Practice Course at BPP University in the City of London and is passionate about providing a leading service within practice.
Ian’s keen eye for detail and methodical approach to cases ensure that any cases which he assists with are progressed as smoothly as possible with client care and professionalism at the heart of each matter. Ian’s can do attitude and diligent work ethic is testament to the rapport and strong client relations he is able to build.
Some of Ian’s most recent notable cases are below:
R v NY and others (Nottingham Crown Court) – A multi-handed Conspiracy relating to the sale of car parts and goods which are alleged to be counterfeits of the originals. It is alleged that the offending took place during a period of 5 years and that the total value of the offending is in excess of £600,000.
R v AA and others (Harrow Crown Court) – Assisted in the representation of the lead defendant in a four-hander drug dealing case. This case became all the more complex when over 80,000 pages of telephone downloads were served after the trial had begun. The factual matrix of the case was vast, spanning several years, with much of the key evidence buried amongst the voluminous telephone material. There was a cutthroat defence presented against all three co-defendants. Evidentially detailed issues of modern slavery, historic rape allegations and money laundering abroad in the context of the sex trade were all levelled against the Defendant and fought off.
R v IJ (Isleworth Crown Court) – The defendant was accused of being a professional money launderer, between multi-jurisdictions. The Defendant, a national of India but residing in the UAE, had allegedly attempted to remove £249,570 from the UK in cash in his luggage. It was said that the Defendant had made a number of trips to the UK from the UAE and that it was likely he had laundered money on previous occasions as well. The case involved various business documentation obtained from the UAE seeking to show the legitimacy of the money.
R v LU (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Assisting in the representation of a defendant accused of attempted murder after it was alleged that he used items to assault his partner.
R v ST (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Represented the Defendant accused of Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. It was alleged that our client had stopped a motorcyclist, punched him twice in the face through his helmet and threatened him with a pistol. The case required a significant amount of attention to compile a defence jury bundle to be put before the jury.
R v SA (Kingston Crown Court) – Currently assisting in the defence of a matter concerning the re-registration of high value stolen vehicles, conducted by the Counter Terrorism Command.
R v MB and another (Southwark Crown Court) – Operation Hipsometer; Assisting in the representation of a defendant charged with another for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. This relates to over 100 stolen vehicles including motorbikes and spans over a 5-year period. This case has been investigated by the Met Police Organised Vehicle Crime Unit.
Police v SS – Assisted in the representation of a bus driver accused of death by dangerous driving following a road traffic collision with a motorcyclist.
R v FR, OH and others (Wood Green Crown Court) – Operation Bilbo; Assisted in the representation of two defendants charged with conspiracy to sell counterfeit goods. This case was a private prosecution.
R v ZK and others (Isleworth Crown Court) – Assisted a defendant in a case where the original charges were conspiracy to commit arson with intent. The charges were later dropped to conspiracy to intimidate a witness.
R v FS and others (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Assisted in the representation of a leading defendant in a multi-hander case relating to fraudulent evasion of VAT and the subsequent money laundering of the same.
R v KU (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Assisted in the representation of the defendant alleged to have possessed a number of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply.
R v FM (Kingston Crown Court) – Assisted in a case where the Defendant was alleged to have committed theft of postal packets. The case involved surveillance of the Defendant.
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