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LETITIA DUFFUS
Solicitor/HCA (Admitted 2011)

Email: letitia.duffus@sgk-solicitors.co.uk
Secure email: letitia.duffus@sgksolicitors.cjsm.net

Letitia joined the firm in 2016 with many previous years of experience working in criminal law.  Letitia started her legal career in the North of England in 2002, was called to the Bar in 2006 and then completed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test to become a solicitor in 2011, thereafter working in a criminal law firm in north London. She is a qualified Duty Solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate able to represent clients at all stages of the criminal proceedings, from police station through to the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and Court of Appeal and is a keen and impressive trial advocate, recently commended by a Judge at Woolwich Crown Court for her advocacy skills and legal arguments.

Letitia brings a wealth of additional legal experience with her having also worked in civil, social welfare and public law areas.  She spent 5 months in North Carolina (USA), working for the Capital Defenders Office, where she worked on the defence of a double homicide death penalty trial at first instance. She also worked in Kuala Lumpur with a Non-Governmental Organisation combatting modern day slavery and human trafficking as part of her Masters course.

Letitia knows that each case is important in the life of her client. She is dedicated to her clients and securing for them the best possible result, conducting each case with an extremely thorough level of preparation.

Letitia is a member of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. She is also a founding member of Women in Criminal Law.

Her recent notable cases include:

  • 2018 R v D Woolwich Crown Court
    As advocate, successfully defended a domestic burglary allegation where the primary evidence was a positive identification of the suspect from CCTV by a serving police officer. Legal argument in relation to the admissibility of the evidence resulted in the exclusion of the police officer's evidence, leading to the Crown offering no evidence and a not guilty verdict. The Judge commending Letitia’s advocacy skills and legal arguments.
  • 2018  R v BH  Blackfriars Crown Court
    As advocate, achieved an exceptional sentence in a money laundering case where the defendant was conditionally discharged following mitigation after trial, persuading the Judge to go outside the usual sentencing guidelines.
  • 2017  R v J Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court
    Represented a severely mentally ill defendant charged with aggravated stalking. Made successful representations to the CPS to offer no evidence based on the Public Interest Test.
  • 2016 R v L Central Criminal Court
    Defence of a youth accused of murder involving a stabbing with a so-called "Zombie Killer" knife. Client acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter.
  • 2015 R v S Central Criminal Court
    News International case – defence of a journalist prosecuted for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office involving payments to a soldier. Conviction quashed successfully on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • 2015 R v S Central Criminal Court
    News International case – defence of a journalist prosecuted for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office involving payments to a police officer. Initial trial resulted in a hung jury, following which the Crown Prosecution withdrew from a retrial and a Not Guilty verdict was directed.
  • 2015  R v N  Woolwich Crown Court
    Successful defence of client accused of murder and attempted murder (x2) in a gang related shooting. Represented client at police station interview under caution through to the conclusion of the Crown Court proceedings.
  • 2015  R v F  Guildford Crown Court
    Defence of a client accused of sexual assault. Not guilty following trial.

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