John is well known for his capability to handle the most complex of cases with a clear, pragmatic approach and has a strong background in civil litigation and commercial law that works to his advantage when advising clients in all types of litigation. He has a broad experience of cases involving human rights issues with particular interest in cases of factual and legal complexity.
Notable Fraud cases
R v Sorby
Defence – SFO prosecution. Sorby was the retired managing director of Sarclad Ltd who traded internationally in steel manufacturing equipment. The company had entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the SFO, after undertaking an internal investigation. The DPA was anonymised to XYZ. Sorby was prosecuted by the SFO following the outcome of their investigation, which was in reality, an adoption of the investigation carried out by Sarclad’s solicitors. After a lengthy trial Sorby was acquitted by the jury casting doubt over the DPA process itself. Satellite litigation included SFO v. XYZ.
R v Wharton
Defence – Operation Circus, the lead defendant in both international property investment and ponzi investment frauds.
R v Patterson
Defence (VHCC) – Operation Bamburgh 1, North East Property Buyers fraud involving mortgage, re-sale/re-mortgage and property investment scheme frauds.
R v Frisby
Defence (VHCC) – Operation Armadale, fraudulent trading and property investment schemes.
R v Smith
Defence (VHCC) – Operation Savate, VAT and direct tax fraud using the Construction Industry Scheme.
R v Marr
Defence – Operation Bamburgh 2, conspiracy to defraud, property development and mortgage fraud, electronic presentation.
R v Akegwure
Prosecution – Conspiracy to defraud, identity and credit fraud, company identities stolen and used to purchase or lease computer equipment.
R v Roberts
Defence – Fraudulent trading and money laundering in relation to the selling of utility company contracts and the failure of the company involved.
R v Sargent & Brownhill
Prosecution – NHS fraud and false accounting, diversion of funds from service users of care homes by managers of those care.
R v Kiani
Defence – Conspiracy to defraud and fraudulent trading offences prosecuted by the SFO. Defending a complex asset stripping fraud involving ‘white wash’ company purchases, inter company loans, and the use of factoring agents.
R v Khan
Defence – Indentity theft conspiracy involving malicious computer hacking, dissemination and sale of stolen credit card account numbers, compromised bank account information, counterfeit currency, counterfeit cheques, and counterfeit identity documents. Defendant involved as a ‘moderator’ within the ‘shadowcrew.com’ website. Defending an international conspiracy involving internet theft and fraud.