Team Leader (North-West) Complex Crime
Areas of law:
Crime and Investigation, Crown Court
Beth Mantel is Team Leader of the Northwest Complex Crime Department.
Beth has the ability of seeing a case through from the police station investigation stage to the Magistrates or Crown Court. Beth also has experience in preparing appeals, heard in both the Court of Appeal or making applications to the CCRC.
Beth’s practice is based in the Crown Court and she deals almost exclusively in Complex Crime involving Drug Conspiracies, Drug Importations more recently being instructed in numerous Encrochat cases which have involved legal arguments on the admissibility of Encrochat evidence. Beth also has a wealth of experience in Conspiracies involving Robbery, Murder and Serious Violence. Most recently Beth has accomplished a series of acquittals involving firearms.
However, in recent years Beth has also been instructed on some High Value Fraud and Money Laundering cases and is currently instructed in a £22 Million Fraud case. Beth has dealt with some complex confiscation proceedings where she has successfully defended hidden asset applications, she understands that the ancillary matters can have more severe consequences than the original prosecution.
Beth’s key quality is making clients feel comfortable but at the same time being able to analyse large quantities of material including cell site data, telephone records, bank statements and sequence of events charts to quickly establish what the key issues are that each client must overcome to secure a good result. Given her dynamic expertise and ability, she regularly represents clients nationwide.
FRAUD and MONEY LAUNDERING SOLICITORS
R v W – Beth defended the lead defendant in a £5million conspiracy to defraud involving international elements.
R v J – Beth defended an allegation of money laundering after the defendant was charged with owning an escort agency and the crown suggested the money from this was therefore the proceeds of crime. This defendant was acquitted.
R v C – Beth was successful in arguing there was ‘no case to answer’ on a multi-million-pound mortgage fraud.
R v M & Others – This defendant was alleged to be the head of a cocaine criminal organisation; Beth defended this client tirelessly in a trial that lasted almost 5 months with over 150,000 pages of call data records.
R v H & Others – Beth defended a defendant in a large-scale drug conspiracy involving class A drugs that spanned between Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. This was a county lines drug operation that involved multiple kilos of class A drugs. Beth’s client received the lowest custodial sentence out of a multi handed conspiracy.
R v H – This defendant faced allegations of drug importation, money laundering and firearms allegations. This case was won by evidencing key disclosure failures by the CPS.
R v M & Others – This case was a large-scale cannabis conspiracy whereby three factories recovered £1.2 million of cannabis plants. Beth’s client was charged as a leading role within the conspiracy. Beth successfully agreed a deal whereby he pleaded to an alternative charge with an acceptable basis of plea, he received a suspended sentence despite being on licence for previous offences.
R v K – This defendant faced allegations of conspiracy to possess a firearm with Intent to Endanger Life following an incident where five shots were fired into a house. This case was successfully defended to an alternative charge whereby the sentence received was below 5 years, despite the defendant having already served a life sentence.
R v E – This defendant was arrested following a firearm and ammunition being recovered in his home address. Following a difficult trial this defendant was acquitted.
SERIOUS VIOLENCE Solicitors
R v D & Others – Beth defended a case involving robbery and kidnap. This case resulted in key parts of the evidence being deemed inadmissible following complicated legal arguments.
R v G & Others – This defendant faced allegations of kidnap and torture, he was acquitted following a successful half time application.
R v W & Others – Beth defended a client for perverting the course of justice linked to a gangland shooting in Manchester, this case was prosecuted following a three year investigation. This case was defended by challenging inadmissible evidence.
R v S – Beth secured an acquittal to attempt murder in this case, the client was found guilty of dangerous driving and received a very small sentence.
R v S – Beth defended a client for Murder, following a successful application to dismiss this client was convicted of a violent disorder whereby he received a non-custodial sentence.
R v K – Beth was successful in overturning a conviction for murder in the court of appeal then went on to represent the defendant in his subsequent re-trial. The murder involved a shooting in Greater Manchester.
R v R – Beth successfully defended an allegation of murder whereby following a long-standing feud, a fight broke, and someone was killed. This defendant was found guilty of manslaughter.
R v I – Beth successfully defended an allegation of murder whereby the boyfriend of my client was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her home. The defendant was found guilty of manslaughter and received 4 years imprisonment.