Liverpool legal firm Astraea Legal achieves acquittal for Conservative MP in expenses row

Liverpool legal firm Astraea Legal achieves acquittal for Conservative MP in expenses row

Boutique legal consultancy, Astraea Legal has secured an acquittal for Craig Mackinlay, Conservative MP for South Thanet and Nathan Gray, a former election agent following accusations of false election expenses back in 2015.


In a high-profile court case that received much attention from the media, Astraea Legal provided specialist criminal and regulatory defence advice consultancy services to Manleys Solicitors. Manleys Solicitors clients were both acquitted by the jury of three counts of knowingly making false election expenses declarations under the Representation of the People Act 1983 and one count of using a false instrument under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

The Merseyside-based legal consultancy specialises in all aspects of criminal and financial investigation and litigation and offers legal advice and representation to both individuals and businesses.

Representing clients throughout England and Wales,  Astraea Legal’s areas of expertise include industry and trade regulation such as alcohol, gaming and transport licensing, the security industry, professional standards, electoral law, HMRC, Care Quality Commission, Financial Conduct Authority, Trading Standards, HSE, IPSA, the Police, CPS and all regulatory bodies with the powers of investigation, disciplinary action and prosecution.

Nama Zarroug, Solicitor, Higher Court Advocate and Managing Director at Astraea Legal said, “We’re over the moon with the result. It’s been an extremely high-profile case which has gathered a vast amount of national media coverage.

“The result is a testament to the great work undertaken by us at Astraea Legal, for a boutique law firm we seriously punch above our weight and have shown that we can handle complex and high-profile legal cases.”

As a boutique firm with a professional and skilled team of legal professionals, Astraea Legal have the ability to take on large and complex cases to assist other law firms to provide their clients with positive outcomes.

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