Hannah has a particular interest in cross-border financial crime, having previously successfully represented a senior accountant against a charge of cheating the revenue of £2.5m in respect of a tax avoidance scheme and through her represented of a female charged with laundering the proceeds of her husband’s £10m Ponzi-scheme and a financial adviser charged with a high value conspiracy to defraud involving off-shore companies. She is highly experienced in dealing with cross-border evidential criminal issues and Mutual Legal Assistance. Recently she has defended in case where the fraud was valued at 90million Euro and EuroJust executed search warrants across 18 member states.
Notable Fraud & Confiscation cases
SFO v B
Instructed to represent the Respondent at the enforcement stage of a large confiscation order. The Respondent had been extradited from the US to face a significant fraud allegation. The Respondent was the subject of forfeiture and restraint proceedings in the UK and the US. Hannah applied to state a case for the High Court which was granted. The case is before the High Court upon a jurisdictional point of law concerning the approach to enforcement of fines in the Magistrates Court.
R v B
Led Junior in an 8 week trial before Preston Crown Court. Hannah represented the Defendant in respect of allegations of breaches of the FSA rules and in respect of an estimated £5m fraudulent trading scheme prosecuted under the Companies Act. The half-time submission took a week to resolve in favour, in part, of her client leading to a significant period of the Indictment being reduced.
SFO v H
Led Junior in a in a 10 week trial heard at Bradford Crown Court. Hannah represented one of five defendants charged with money laundering offences in respect of a £10 million “Ponzi” investment fraud conducted from Mallorca in Spain.