Defence solicitor specialising
in animal welfare law
Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation. Authority Number 00075951
Young kennel maid acquitted as RSPCA case collapses.
Puppy owner wrongly accused of abuse, from Kent Online.
"Medway’s District Judge Michael Kelly criticised the charity for putting Miss J and her daughter through their unnecessary ordeal...” Read the full story
"In two cases in Harwich and Portsmouth before Christmas, Nigel Weller, a Lewes solicitor, finally exposed how RSPCA witnesses had concerted their evidence in advance, using a proforma document to "coach" witnesses in what to say - about which magistrates and a judge expressed grave concerns. In each case the defendants, accused of depriving a dog and two cats of a balanced diet, were acquitted on all charges." Read the full story.
From an investigation into the RSPCA in Private Eye Magazine:
"Even more seriously, Mr Weller dragged out of the witnesses that they and other RSPCA staff had discussed their evidence in advance... As every criminal lawyer knows, such meetings with witnesses to discuss a case are strictly unlawful...." Download the full story
Our Dogs magazine review of BBC South East RSPCA exposé
"Nigel Weller said that the allegations against the two girls could never have been substantiated, and as a direct result of the RSPCA’s actions, they had lost their jobs. The girls were both cleared by the courts and the Judge severely reprimanded the RSPCA for bringing this prosecution before the court. Maxine, who is qualified in dog care now packs chickens for a living, instead of doing her dream job of working with dogs. Janet said that for her, life without dogs would not be a life worth living. Both girls were seen in the programme with their obviously well cared for pet dogs." Read the full story
"Case against pet store is withdrawn", from the Newham Recorder.
May 2012: Our client had her pets returned and received a conditional discharge with no fine or costs.
"It was the start of the most frightening ten months of my life. I've never been in trouble with the police and had never seen the inside of a courtroom."
"There appears to be no good reason why the RSPCA allowed these animals to be put to sleep...the animals were happy. This lady needed help and support, not hauling through the courts." Our client's vet.