R-v-B: Legal Representation for GBH Charge

20th December 2023 | Lawtons News|
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Joanne Cestaro


In a recent case, Joanne Cestaro from our private client department in London represented a man with a previously unblemished record facing a charge of causing grievous bodily harm. Collaborating with Janice Brennan of Lamb Building as the appointed barrister, the initial advice was for the client to enter a Guilty plea. 

Despite this, Joanne and Janice embarked on a thorough investigative effort, diligently collecting evidence and building a comprehensive mitigation case to present the court with a nuanced understanding of the circumstances surrounding the offence.

Their exhaustive work in court, swayed by the quality of information presented, deviated from the recommended immediate custodial sentence outlined in the sentencing guidelines. Instead, a more lenient approach was taken, and a Suspended Sentence Order was imposed. 

This outcome reflects the dedication and commitment of Joanne and Janice to ensure that the court received a complete and nuanced perspective, ultimately influencing a more lenient sentence for the client than initially anticipated.

In a review from our client, “I’m extremely grateful for the help I received from Joanne Cestaro at Lawtons and the excellent and formidable barrister – Janice Brennan KC – that she recommended to act for me.

Working with them was a highly reassuring experience, and, in my view, they struck a perfect balance of seriousness, knowledge, experience and calm, shot through with moments of good humour and firm guidance as required to help ease my nerves in this stressful situation.”

If you’re facing charges related to grievous bodily harm and need experienced legal representation, contact Lawtons Solicitors – your dedicated ally in navigating complex cases and safeguarding your rights.

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