One ITL, the Chambers of Marion Smullen, are delighted to announce that with effect from 1st January 2017 we will be merging with the Chambers of William Mousley QC at 2 Kings Bench Walk.

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Drug Importation & Supply

1ITL offers expert representation in cases ranging across the whole spectrum of drugs offences, from large-scale importation to simple possession of drugs for personal use.

Drugs cases are commonplace in the magistrates, crown and appellate courts, and members of chambers have a wealth of experience in this area of law. Despite their prevalence, offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (which encompasses the supply, cultivation and production of controlled drugs) often involve difficult legal issues such as joint possession, as well as complex ancillary considerations such as confiscation; these require a skilled and experienced eye. The barristers at 1ITL can offer this, as well as dedication to fearlessly protecting the interests of our clients. Additionally, many such cases require a sure touch in front of a jury, and our barristers excel in this regard.

Individual members of chambers have recently defended in a number of notable cases across the country, including:

  • R v Payne - A large-scale conspiracies to supply cocaine, heard at Exeter Crown Court (one of the largest drugs-supply cases in the West Country in history).
  • R v Sabir (2009) - One of the largest conpiracies to import and distribute heroin in North-West England, involving drugs being imported from Turkey via Holland.
  • R v Liserre (2010-11) - A case heard at Liverpool Crown Court in which 22 tons of drugs (at an estimated street value of £117m) were imported from Spain to the UK. Gulam Ahmed of 1ITL represented the only one of seven defendants to be acquitted.

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