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Fiona Clegg, Laura Paisley and Stephanie Panchkowry

As the Lionesses secure victory against Australia and prepare for the World Cup final, Fiona Clegg, Laura Paisley and Stephanie Panchkowry all secure acquittals this week.


Fiona Clegg’s client was acquitted of sexual assault in under 40 minutes, following a re-trial at Isleworth Crown Court. The defendant, a vulnerable man of effective good character, was alleged to have sexually assaulted a neighbour after befriending her. The case involved bad character, pursuant to section 98 Criminal Justice Act 2003, relating to the complainant’s conduct after the allegations were made.
Fiona Clegg was instructed by EBR Attridge Solicitors.

Laura Paisley secures not guilty verdict in rape trial. After a four day trial at Lewes Crown Court, the defendant, a young man of previous good character, was unanimously acquitted of one count of rape. The allegation dated back to a night almost five years ago, and the defendant was first interviewed in 2021. Following his acquittal, the defendant can finally move on with his life, with his good character unblemished by such a serious offence.
Laura Paisley was instructed by Sussex Defence Solicitors.

Stephanie Panchkowry‘s client was released from custody after being unanimously acquitted of 4 counts of domestic ABH, intentional strangulation, threats to kill and intimidation. He was alleged to have forced his way into the complainant’s home and subject her to a brutal attack, strangling her whilst threatening to kill her. He was then alleged to go to a neighbour’s flat armed with a knife, making further threats. The defendant was arrested, remanded and released on bail after spending just over one month remanded in custody. When he was released, he was alleged to have made numerous phone calls to the complainant threatening to kill her. He was subsequently arrested and spent the time awaiting trial in custody. Stephanie Panchkowry was instructed by Bark & Co Solicitors.

We wish the Lionesses the very best of luck for Sunday’s final!

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