Mr Animesh Banerjee, a consultant ear nose and throat surgeon, was unanimously acquitted of allegations of sexual assault and common assault in under one hour at Southampton Crown Court on Tuesday 3 March 2015. The allegations were strenuously denied throughout the proceedings.
Mr Banerjee says “I am ecstatic that I have been exonerated. My family and friends have supported me throughout this difficult time and I would like to thank them and my legal team. I am looking forward to returning to work as a surgeon.”
Jennifer Siddorn solicitor for Mr Banerjee says “This case is a fantastic example of the jury system working at its best. It is important that the police and CPS fully investigate allegations including accounts put forward by defendants in interview before Defendants are charged.”
Jennifer Siddorn instructed Mark Cotter, barrister at 5 St Andrews Hill Chambers, to act as Mr Banerjee’s counsel.
Notes to Editor
Jennifer is a criminal higher rights solicitor advocate who regularly appears at the police station, Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. Jennifer has a niche practice in representing professionals accused of serious sexual offences and serious fraud. Jennifer has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star 2014’ in Super Lawyers.
Hodge Jones & Allen was founded in 1977 in Camden and has 220 staff based in Euston, NW1. The firm’s specialist areas of law are criminal defence, personal injury, clinical negligence, civil liberties, family law, Wills & probate, housing, disrepair and serious fraud.