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Steve Garland


Steve joined the Kaim Todner in 2001, completed his training with the firm in 2002 and was appointed a director in July 2010. He has supervised our north London office for the last three years.

In addition to representing clients at police stations and Magistrates Courts in London, the South East and beyond he has conduct of a wide range of cases including serious and multi -handed allegations such as murder, drug supply, rape and firearms offences.

Recent and Notable Cases

R v A (Nottingham CC 2010) - local businessman acquitted of the attempted rape of an employee.

R v H & Anthr (Snaresbrook CC 2010) - An Operation Trident investigation, the defendant was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition and drugs supply. The case involved complex issues relating to disclosure. The first trial collapsed, leading to a re - trial at which the defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v F & Othrs ( Southwark CC 2010 ) - the defendant was arrested by SOCO officers in possession of 3 kilos of heroin following a surveillance operation; he was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. A detailed defence case statement was lodged resulting in the CPS offering no evidence - defendant acquitted.

R v F & Othrs ( Blackfriars CC 2010 ) - defendant was alleged to be the organiser and financial linchpin of a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in the West End. Defence witnesses in Brazil and the Far East were traced and the Crown was eventually persuaded to offer no evidence in relation to the conspiracy allegation.

Operation Redbone ( Southwark CC 2010 )- multi handed Customs prosecution of carousel fraud involving well organised Ukrainian gang. HMRC defrauded of upwards of £6 million. Defendant sentenced to 3.5 years for his part, POCA 2002 proceedings ongoing.

R v M & Anthr ( Snaresbrook CC 2009 ) - defendant charged with conspiracy to cause GBH following the shooting of an alleged Albanian gang member. The case was investigated by Operation Trident and the Crown ultimately offered no evidence - defendant acquitted.

R v P & Anthr ( Central Criminal Court 2009 ) - defendant and one other tried and convicted of double murder of two members of the same family after setting fire to a flat in east London.

R v S ( Snaresbrook CC 2009 ) - Turner Prize nominated artist charged with wounding with intent. Acquitted by a jury.

R v B ( Ipswich CC 2008 ) - Dutch defendant charged with the importation of 2 kilos of cocaine from the Netherlands via Harwich docks. Acquitted by a jury. Co - defendant sentenced to 11.5 years.

R v C & Othrs ( Central Criminal Court 2008 ) - defendant charged with attempted murder following an attack in which the complainant was run over with a car. The Crown's case hinged on identification evidence which was undermined by the defence at an early stage, resulting in the Crown offering no evidence - defendant acquitted.

R v M & Othrs ( Wood Green CC 2008 ) - defendant charged with rape and wounding with intent following gang attack on teenage victim. Cleared of the latter charge, the case led to an Attorney General's Reference in 2009 and following the Court of Appeal hearing leave was sought to appeal a point of law to the Supreme Court.

Military Police Investigation 2008 - advised and assisted two Territorial Army personnel arrested and interviewed over the killing of an Afghan National Police officer. One client was arrested on suspicion of murder, while the other was investigated for manslaughter. After a series of interviews no charges were brought against either man.

Operation Nail 2007 - multi - million pound fraud against the banking system by organised Lebanese gang.

R v S & Anthr ( Central Criminal Court 2007 ) - the defendant was charged, along with his brother, with the brutal murder of an elderly man in east London. The defence obtained expert evidence to challenge the Crown's cell site telephone evidence which contributed to the Crown's decision to offer no evidence against this defendant - acquitted of murder.

R v F and Othrs ( Middlesex Guildhall CC 2007 ) - defendant was part of kidnap gang from New York City, employed by London based associates to snatch a 10 year old boy and hold him to ransom for £500000 drug debt. Met police investigation, assisted by FBI. Sentence appealed and ultimately halved by the Court of Appeal.

R v S ( Snaresbrook CC 2007 ) - defendant one of four accused of the kidnap of a family member. Acquitted by jury of all charges.

R v M ( Southwark CC 2006 ) - defendant travelled to New York City in possession of stolen original copy of "Casino Royale" by Ian Fleming. The offence coincided with the release of the re-make of the film. Sentenced to community order for her part.

R v D ( Woolwich CC 2005 ) - multi - handed prosecution of organised Turkish "mafia" gang operating in north London. The case involved consideration of 9 months of video surveillance material obtained by the National Crime Squad. The defendant faced counts of conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to blackmail. VHCC.