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Arozo Gajia

Arozo Gajia | Solicitor

agajia@hja.net 020 7874 8371

I was admitted as a solicitor in February 2016 and I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in 2017. My criminal defence practice includes the full spectrum of criminal cases in both serious and general crime.

I advise private paying and legally aided clients on both the pre-charge and post-charge stages. Offences include serious fraud, money laundering, terrorism, violent offences including murder, large scale conspiracy to supply drugs, firearm offences, child neglect and sexual offences.

I regularly appear in court on behalf of my clients from the first appearance through to trial in the Magistrates’ and the Youth Courts and have gained significant insight and experience in the lower Courts.

My work also covers extradition which involves regularly appearing at Court to represent individuals subject to extradition requests from both inside and outside of the EAW territory. I have represented individuals from the outset of the proceedings through to the appeal stage at the High Court.

Education

  • LPC – London College of Law, 2010 – 2011
  • LLB (Hons) – SOAS, University of London 2007– 2010

Career

  • Joined Hodge Jones & Allen – January 2017
  • Duty Solicitor Accreditation – July 2016
  • Admitted as a Solicitor – February 2016

Notable Cases

Money Laundering and Fraud

  • R v AA – Represented a defendant in a multi handed conspiracy to money launder. Allegation of money laundering involving Hawala Fraud at a money exchange in London.
  • R v SS – Represented two defendants in a multi handed fraud involving a sale or return agreement involving luxury cars. The defendants who owned a car showroom had duped various car owners in handing over their vehicles without ever receiving any payment.
  • R v CC – Represented an ex-employee of a reputable PR company who was accused of fraudulently siphoning off client account funds into his account over a period 5 years. The value of the fraud was £1.1million.

Violent Offences

  •  R v AR – Represented the defendant in proceedings involving the murder of his partner. The case involved working closely with various medical experts to ascertain the defendant’s mental health issues at the time of the killing with a view for the defendant to plead to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.
  • R v B – Represented a vulnerable defendant accused of robbery. The defendant suffered from serious mental health issues and the case involved various eye witnesses. Successful submission of no case to answer was made due to a number of deficiencies with the identification evidence.
  • R v LW – Represented the defendant, a drug addict and mother of 2 young children, who faced extremely serious allegations of child cruelty over a period of 7 years. The alleged abuses involved a sentencing range of 2-5 years immediate custodial sentence. I successfully negotiated a basis of plea with the Crown exonerating the defendant from the majority of the alleged incidents and secured a non-custodial sentence. The defendant received a community penalty with a DRR requirement.
  • R v AM – Represented a defendant charged with his co-defendant for conspiring to rob a lone female who was followed out of a bus to her house in the late hours of the night. Despite CCTV evidence showing the defendant and his co-defendant boarding and alighting the bus together and following the complainant, the defendant was acquitted whilst the co-defendant was convicted and received a lengthy custodial sentence.

Drugs

  • R v RB – Represented one of the defendants in a multi handed conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine from London to Northampton for onward street dealing. The case involved Police surveillance of 6 months with extensive cell mast data and Police ANPR evidence.
  • R –v- NS – Represented two defendants in a large conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The case involved a major drug seizures operation by undercover Police officers in East London.

Sexual Offences

  • R v SW – Represented the defendant facing allegations of historic sexual abuse of a vulnerable complainant during the time where the complainant was in the care of the local authority at various care homes.
  • R v RZ – Represented the defendant facing an allegation of rape where the complainant had alleged that she was intentionally pressured into taking drugs subsequent to which she was raped. Close analysis of the complainant’s telephone calls and text messages confirmed that the complainant was involved with the defendant sexually and that the allegation was motivated by a breakdown in the complainant’s relationship with her boyfriend due to her involvement with the defendant. The defendant was acquitted after trial.
  • R v AC – Represented a youth defendant who was of previous good character in an appeal against a sexual assault conviction. Successfully obtained a witness summons for an alibi witness who refused to give evidence in the Magistrates’ Court Proceedings. The defendant’s conviction was quashed and the appeal was allowed.
  • R v AH- Represented a defendant facing historic allegations of rape and sexual assault against his ex-partner over a period of a ten years. The case gave rise to issues of relevance of the complainant’s lifestyle, previous sexual allegations she had made and the admissibility of material posted on social networking sites.

Languages

  • Fluent in Dari, Farsi and Urdu.

Personal Interests

I enjoy reading, travelling and have a keen interest in learning new languages. I also keep fit by practicing various forms of mixed martial arts.

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