Hal is principally instructed in serious and complex fraud cases, and has particular experience in large scale cheat, tax, VAT, and MTIC fraud. He has significant other experience in the prosecution and defence of cases involving fraudulent trading, money laundering, benefit fraud, duty evasion, conspiracy to defraud, Fraud Act related offences, and Director’s Disqualification proceedings. He is currently instructed in the prosecution of a significant tax fraud where the potential loss to the Revenue is in excess of £100m.
Notable Fraud cases
Operation Lunar (2017)
Disclosure junior in a significant tax fraud relating to the design, operation and selling of high risk investment schemes in films, pharmaceutical research and computer games to high net worth individuals.
Operation Geiger (2017)
Instructed to conduct complex confiscation proceedings subsequent to a significant money laundering prosecution involving multiple defendants, third party issues and significant hidden asset/gift considerations.
R v Tyndale, Habib & Others (Operation Tarlac) (2016-2017)
Instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division (SFD) alone pre-charge and subsequently as led first junior in a series of trials involving 15 defendants alleging conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to money launder, money laundering and perverting the course of justice by an international organised crime group. The group targeted NHS trusts, councils, educational institutions and other similar public bodies by fraudulently diverting £12.6m away from legitimate construction projects into accounts they controlled in UK and Dubai over 18 months. They attempted to divert a further £6.4m. Instructed alone on confiscation.
R v Mohammed Aslam & Others (Operation Vista) (2015-2016)
Led junior in 7-handed multi million pound money laundering of funds from a European VAT fraud, much of which went through a money service business (Omnis FX Capital). Case brought by CPS SFD and investigated by HMRC. R v Fulton and Wood  EWCA Crim 308, R v Aslam  EWCA Crim 277.
R v Ul Hamid & Others (Operation Janitor) (2014-2015)
Instructed by CPS SFD alone pre-charge and subsequently as led first junior in a multi handed VAT fraud involving the creation of sham companies to facilitate VAT reclaims: over 20 defendants. Appeared in the Court of Appeal on application in respect of a jury irregularity: R v Ul Hamid  EWCA Crim 449.
R v Forde & Whellams (Operation Rosary) (2012-2014)
MTIC prosecution of Midlands based businessmen linked to Operation Inertia.