Jay Shah is a Partner and Solicitor in the Criminal Defence Department supervised by Alan Hobden. Jay graduated from Sheffield Hallum University with Law LLB (Hons.) and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of West of England – Bristol Institute of Legal Practice. He qualified as a Solicitor in May 2006 and was admitted as a Duty Solicitor in May 2007, having completed Stage 1 of the Criminal Accreditation Scheme.
On 30th May 2012 Jay received Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) qualification status. This allows him to have rights of audience in all criminal proceedings in the higher courts and judicial review proceedings in any court arising from any cause. Jay was made a Partner of Stephen Rimmer LLP in April 2014.
Jay can represent clients at the police station, Magistrates’ courts (guilty pleas and trials) all the way to the higher courts in criminal proceedings (which include appeals to the Crown Court from the Magistrates’ court, committal for sentence from the Magistrates’ Court, trials and sentences in the Crown Court). Jay has and mainly represents clients in complex and serious criminal investigations, trials and sentences. Examples include;
• Murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide
• Fraud, “white collar crime”, benefit fraud, internet fraud and platform trading
• Human trafficking / people smuggling
• Drug conspiracies
• Sexual offences – rape, historic sexual allegations and internet related offences such as grooming and indecent images
Jay has represented Defendants in the Court of Appeal in relation to appeals against conviction and sentence.
Jay has and can represent individuals and companies in a Public Inquiry. Jay is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and you can check their regulatory record here
Some of the comments from Clients Jay has recently represented:
“Jay was exceptional throughout. In the most difficult circumstances, I could not have asked for a more experienced, competent or reassuring team on my side”
‘Thank you so much for saving my life! You treated this case like your baby right from the first day and you supported me all through the way. Those memories of the 2 weeks of trial would stay with me till I die, I kept wondering what would happen to my children if I lost this case, but you kept me strong with your words and your dedication to your job is outstanding. I am forever indebted to you Jay, I owe you so much!’
‘Jay is a fantastic Lawyer, he definitely loves what he does and he’s very skilful and awesome.’
‘You have been informative, very helpful and spot on!’
‘Thank you again for your excellent representation, we can’t thank you enough!’
‘Thank you for your calming influence and advice as well as your expertise. Thank you very much indeed for all you have done.’
‘…shown immense kindness and confidence. Throughout the court case it was clear what an incredibly bright and gifted advocate you are. Thanks to you I am still employed in the job I love, I owe you a huge debt’.
‘…charming, encouraging and very professional’.
‘…Mr. Shah was fantastic and helped me through this very difficult time in a professional manner and thank him for this’.
‘A repeated but well meant ‘Thank you’, I appreciated your sensitive and supportive manner in handling my defence.’
Notable cases where Jay has represented Defendants in the Crown Court include the following:
R v. GH (Current) – Being concerned in the Supply of Class B– Defendant accused of being in charge county drug lines.
R v HJ (Current) – Being concerned in the Supply of Class A and B drugs. Defendant accused of playing the lead role in a county drug line in the Sussex area.
R v. MA (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Diamorphine with intent to supply – Defendant who was a youth at the time of the incident accused of county lines drug supply. Defendant raises Modern Slavery Defence.
R v. KM (2019) – Possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine with intent to supply and criminal property – Defendant accused of county lines drug dealing.
R v. BS (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply and criminal property – Defendant accused of being part of being part of an organised crime group cuckooing local drug users. Defendant raises Modern Slavery Defence.
R v RV (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply, criminal property and false identity documents – Defendant accused of being part of being part of an organised crime group cuckooing local drug users.
R v. CC (2019) – Possession of MDMA and Ketamine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. Defendant accused of possessing drugs to supply at the Glastonbury festival.
R v. LK (2019) – Possession of Cocaine and Cannabis with intent to supply – Defendant accused of running a drug dealing operation from his home address.
R v AG (2019) – Being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis and possessing criminal property – Defendant accused of dealing in Class A and B drugs and found in possession of over £200,000 in cash.
R v. SB (2019) – Bringing a list A article into prison – Defendant accused of smuggling cannabis into prison.
R v. SG (2018) – Conspiracy to supply Cocaine – Defendant and others accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply 2 kilos of cocaine.
R v. KF (2018) – Production of cannabis – Defendant and others accused involved in producing commercial quantities of cannabis.
R v. AK (2016) – Possessing a controlled drug of class A (cocaine) with intent to supply – Defendant accused of supplying 94% pure cocaine.
R v. JS (2016) – Permitting premises to be used for supply of class B drugs – Defendant accused of allowing her children to sell drugs from her home.
R v. DS (2014) – Importation of drugs – Defendant accused of importing drugs from abroad via the internet.
R v LM (Current) – Sexual activity with a child and exposure – Defendant accused of sexually assault a child in public and then subsequently exposing himself to a member of the public.
R v DC (Current) – Attempted sexual communication with a child– Defendant who is an ex-police officer accused of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child.
R v GB (Current) – Sexual activity in the presence of a child – Defendant is accused of carrying out a sexual act in a restaurant in the presence of a child.
R v AM (2021) – Conspiracy to incite children to engage in sexual activity with a child, sexual communications with a child and sexual assault – Defendant and another accused of conspiring to sexually assault children at Army cadets.
R v OC (2021) – Making indecent photographs of children – Defendant with complex psychological difficulties accused of downloading indecent images and seeking to distribute them.
R v JGJ (2020) – Sexual Assault – Defendant accused of sexually assault a young female in the toilet of a multioccupancy building.
R v AG (2019) – Court of Appeal – Appeal against Conviction – fresh evidence in relation to Rape allegation.
R v JM (2019) – Court of Appeal – Appeal against Conviction – Unfair summing up in relation to Historic sexual abuse allegations.
R v. JM (2018) – Indecent assaults – Defendant accused of historic indecent assaults on numerous school pupils from 1979 onwards.
R v. HF (2018) – Making indecent images of children – Defendant accused of making in excess of 4000 indecent images.
R v. AC (2018) – Entering as a trespasser with intent to commit a sexual offence and sexual assault x 2 – Defendant with mental health problems accused of gaining entry into premises with the intent to sexually assault a female and a child on separate occasions.
R v. PS (2018) – Sexual Activity with a child x 4 – Defendant accused of engaging in sexual acts with a child on multiple occasions.
R v. AC (2018) – Assault of a child under 13 by penetration, Sexual assault on a child and ABH – Defendant accused of luring a child to his home and sexually assaulting her.
R v. RM (2018) – Rape – Defendant accused of raping a co-worker after a staff party.
R v. SB (2018) – Sexual activity of with a child and indecent photographs – Defendant accused of having sex with a child and possessing indecent images.
R v. JM (2017) – Indecent assaults – Defendant accused of historic indecent assaults on a pupil.
R v. SF (2017) – Assaulting a girl under 13 by touching – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his partner’s daughter.
R v. JJ (2017) – Rape – Defendant accused of raping a housemate and another female whilst they were asleep on different occasions.
R v. PW (2017) – Sexual Assault – Defendant who is a paramedic accused of sexually assaulting a member of the public whilst on duty.
R v. RH (2017) – Exposure – Defendant with mental health problems accused of exposing his penis to members of the public. Fitness to plead case.
R v. CB (2017) – Possession of indecent images – Defendant accused of possession of indecent images of children.
R v. AG (2017) – Rape and sexual assaults – Defendant accused of administering GHB (date rape drug) and raping complainant.
R v. DM (2016) – Sexual activity with a child family member – Defendant accused of having sexual intercourse with his step-daughter which results in pregnancy.
R v. BG (2016) – Assault of a child under 13 by penetration – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his granddaughter.
R v. MB (2016) – Sexual Assaults – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting builders whilst they were working on his property. Privately funded case.
R v. DT (2016) – Sexual Activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker – Defendant accused of sexual assault his patient.
R v. SC and others (2015) –Sexual Assaults – Defendant together with 3 others accused of sexually assaulting a male.
R v. AB (2015) – Possessing of extreme pornography – Defendant accused of possessing extreme pornographic images involving animals.
R v. HA (2015) – Assault by penetration, perverting course of justice – Defendant accused of sexually assaulting a female and then attempts to pervert the course of justice by briefing his witness during the trial which is overheard by a juror.
R v. CO (2015) – Sexual assault – Defendant accused of ‘stranger sexual assault’ on an incapacitated female.
R v. RC (2015) – Historic sexual abuse – Defendant who is a Reverend accused of historic sexual abuse a young boy.
R v. MC (2015) – Possession of indecent images and inciting sexual activing – Defendant accused of possession indecent images and then inciting victims to commit sexual acts.
R v. DW (2015) – Sexual assaults – Defendant accused sexually assaulting his granddaughter.
Theft/ Fraud/ Money Laundering/ Robbery Offences:
R v JG (Current) – Fraud, Theft, Forgery – Defendant who was a treasurer accused to taking monies from an institute and charitable donations and forging her contract terms.
R v FJ (Current) – Aggravated burglary – Defendant accused to breaking into premisses with a group with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
R v HD (Current) – Theft – Defendant accused with others operating a garage “chop shop” and being involved in the theft of high value vehicles.
R v MO (2021) – Robbery – Defendant accused of robbing a convenient shop owner at knife point.
R v LT (2021) Attempted robbery – Defendant accused of knife point robbery at a convenient store.
R v. JL (2020) – Theft and converting criminal property – Defendant accused of stealing cash from employer’s safe.
R v. AS (2019) – Conspiracy to assist in the unlawful immigration to the United Kingdom, conspiracy to acquire and convert criminal property – Defendant and others accused of human trafficking and money laundering (Hawala banking) to facilitate human trafficking across international borders.
R v SO (2018) – Possessing criminal property – Defendant accused of hacking into company servers and using a phishing email to falsify banking details to extract monies.
R v. PM (2017) – Robbery, attempted robbery x 2, possession of bladed article x 3 – Defendant accused of armed robberies of post offices.
R v. NM (2017) – Robbery, Theft from Person, Fraud and Blackmail – Defendant accused of targeting men and taking money from them.
R v. NA (2017) – Conspiracy to Rob, possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – Defendant accused of conspiring with 12 other defendants to rob a traveller’s site armed with weapons and firearms.
R v. AR (2017) – Fraud – Defendant accused of submitting false self-assessment tax returns.
R v. RC (2017) – Blackmail – Defendant accused threatening to send compromising photos of ex-partner in exchange for money.
R v. LM (2015) – Benefit fraud – Defendant accused of fraudulently claiming £38,000 in benefits.
R v LF and others (2015) – Conspiracy to steal – Defendant one of 6 defendants accused of stealing high value cable from Network Rail.
R v. VB and others (2014) – Money laundering – Defendant accused of laundering £250,000 from a commercial cannabis production operation.
Offences Against the Person:
R v AF (Current) – Causing/Allowing serious physical harm to a child – Defendant and other accused of systematically assaulting and allowing assaults to take place to their child over a period resulting injuries consistent with s.18 GBH
R v JH (Current) – s.18 GBH – Defendant accused of running after a youth a stabbing him with a knife.
R v MH (Current) – s.18 GBH – Defendant accused of punching a member of the public and causing that person to become unconscious and then attacking him further. Issues of causation of injuries and self-defence.
R v JH (2019) – Witness intimidation, burglary, assault and criminal damage – Domestic violence case where Defendant is accused of assaulting ex-partner and then after the ex-partner has provided a statement, Defendant is accused of breaking into the house and assaulting the ex-partner once more.
R v. EM (2019) – s.18 GBH – Defendant accused of smashing a glass bottle over the Complainant’s face and causing serious injury.
R v. BA (2018 – Led Junior) – Attempted murder and blackmail – Defendant and another accused of attempting to kill someone over a drug debt.
R v NA (2018) – Court of Appeal – Appeal against sentence – manifestly excessive / dangerous offender principles – Conspiracy to Rob, possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
R v. JB (2018) – s.18 GBH – Defendant accused of attacking a group of males with a knife.
R v. DS (2018) – Aggravated burglary – Defendant accused of entering as a trespasser and attacking the occupier of the premises with a monkey wrench and causing grievous bodily harm.
R v. BD (2016) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of hitting someone with a bottle in a nightclub.
R v. DG (2016) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of attacking ex-partner’s father
R v. RH (2015) – ABH – Defendant who is a Deputy School teacher accused of assaulting his wife.
R v. PC (2015) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of glassing people at party with a beer bottle.
R v. LW (2014) – s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant who was a victim of domestic abuse accused of stabbing her partner.
R v. SY (2014) – Kidnapping and attempted robbery – Defendant with another accused of kidnapping 2 males and attempting to steal from them.
R v. LD and others (2013) – Aggravated burglary – Defendant and 3 others target a jeweller’s home and use violence against occupants.
R v. GA (2019) – Conspiracy to sell and transfer prohibited weapons –Defendant and others accused of being part of a conspiracy to manufacture illegal guns and sell to the criminal underworld.
R v. KB (2017) – Possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – Defendant accused of threatening his neighbour and also threatening to kill his dog.
R v. EW (2016) – Possessing firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and s.18 Grievous bodily harm – Defendant accused of shooting a male in the face.
R v. JR (2016) – Possession of firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of cocaine with intent to supply – Defendant accused of being in possession of pistol and live ammunition with intent to endanger life and being a drug dealer.
R v LW (2016) – Possessing firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) – Defendant accused of shooting her husband with an air rifle.
R v JF (Current) – Causing death by careless driving – Defendant accused of hitting a cyclist whilst driving which causes the cyclist to fall onto the opposite side of the road and then be killed by an oncoming bus.
R v JM (2021) – Causing death by dangerous driving – Defendant accused of falling asleep whilst driving which causes an accident and results in her killing her passenger.
R v JC (2021) – Arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and blackmail – Defendant accused of blackmailing the parents of the victim to pay money otherwise he would kill their son and then subsequently pouring petrol and setting alight the premises where their son resides.
R v. TP (2019) – Perverting the course of justice – Defendant accused of speeding and falsely reporting someone else to be the driver of the vehicle.
R v. JD (2019) – Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice – Defendant and others accused of being part of a conspiracy to pay a witness to lie in Court and accept responsibility for a crime he did not commit.
R v. RC (2017) – Criminal Damage and Affray – Defendant accused with another causing £25,000 damage to a prison and behaving in threatening manner to harm prison staff.
R v. IS (2017) – Taking revenge on a witness, battery and criminal damage – Defendant accused of assaulting an ex-partner and following which takes revenge by breaking into her house and assaulting her further.
R v. SM (2016) – Perverting the course of justice – Defendant accused of making a false complaint to the police. Case also involved false confession being obtained by a police officer and that police officer being suspended and leaving Sussex Police.
R v. JR (2016) – Owner of a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control – Defendant accused of leaving his dog with someone who was not responsible and that person lost control of the dog and caused serious injury to a member of the public.
R v. GP (2016) – Arson – Defendant who suffers from mental health problems accused of setting fire to premises.
R v. DO (2016) – Arson with intent to endanger life – Defendant accused of petrol bombing ex-partner’s property.
R v. MM (2015) – Arson – Defendant accused of setting fire to premises.
Cases led by Queen’s Counsel:
R v. JB (2021) – Murder x 2 and Attempted murder – Defendant accused of killing a child and the mother and attempted to kill the partner in relation to a drug debt.
R v. GG (2018) – Conspiracy to commit fraud – Defendant accused of defrauding between 1 million to 4 million pounds out of investors.
R v. PW (2016) – Murder – Defendant accused of killing his partner by stabbing her to death.
R v. JR (2016) – Bribery, Fraud, Corruption – Defendant who is a Public official accused of falsifying accounts, accepting bribes and involved in corruption.
R v. DV (2016) – Attempted Murder – Defendant accused of trying to kill his wife and young son by setting fire to his home.
R v. BL (2015) – Manslaughter – Defendant punches a male and ten days later the male dies.
R v. GM (2015) – Rape – Allegations of rape of young children by members of their family.
R v. KL (2014) – Attempted Murder – Defendant accused of attempting to murder her husband by trying to kill him whilst he slept.
Outside of work in his spare time Jay helps organise events which raise money for local charities.