Notable Financial & Corporate Crime cases
R v William Bark & Others - Leeds Crown Court
Defending a multi-handed Customs & Excise prosecution. Conspiracy to launder £1m red diesel in Yorkshire. Impact of other similar operations nationwide. Cross- border/jurisdictional involvement. Conspiracy to conceal proceeds of laundering operations. Layering of numerous bank accounts. Complex tracing and forensic accounting exercises. Third party cheque encashment issues. Banking knowledge. Four weeks of RIPA abuse of process arguments and other general admissibility points. Disclosure. Cross-examination of accountancy experts. Professional conduct and ethical issues re calling of client. Reporting/broadcasting restriction applications.
Operation - Preston Crown Court
Defending an accountant and Company Secretary in a fraud in which the defendant was said to have played an integral part in the formation and management of a company which was then used as a vehicle for fraud by others.
Operation Goodyear - Leeds Crown Court
Leading Prosecution Counsel of a multi handed drugs conspiracy. Contested cell site and phone attribution coupled with observation evidence and disputed forensic evidence all had to be presented to the jury as part of both the Prosecution case and cross examination of the defendants.
R v Jeanne Trutch - Winchester Crown Court
Defending allegation of perverting the course of justice arising out of a £35m fraud/theft from Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai. Acceptance of bribes from multinational companies tendering for contracts. Re-investments of bribes into companies. Directors’ duties considered. Subsequent civil recovery process whereby numerous affidavits sworn.Veracity of affidavits central to allegation. Complex legal professional privilege issues. Disclosure of evidence from Dubai and USA. European Article 6 issues. Preparatory hearing argument. Ruling resulted in Court of Appeal hearing. Potential cut-throat with husband (also prosecuted) to contend with. Proceeds of crime.
R v RoobikMirzabegi & Others - Leeds Crown Court
Prosecuting a multi-handed MOT fraud. Conspiracy to defraud VOSA, the public and car dealerships. Complex hearsay issues involving evidence of those that pleaded guilty and / or turned Queens Evidence. Conduct of Police during investigation and subsequent disclosure issues. VOSA records and admissibility thereof. Money laundering (international element). Proceeds of Crime.
R v Jennifer Gleed & Others - Bradford Crown Court
Defending a Customs & Excise Prosecution. Conspiracy to produce £5m worth of counterfeit perfume, CDs and clothing. Extent of participation/involvement. Conspiracy to commit a crime in a foreign jurisdiction and issues arising thereof. Proceeds of crime. PII issues and applications.
R v James Pearson - Divisional Court
Judicial review of decision by Leeds Magistrates Court.