Notable Complex Crime cases
R v S (2021) (QC)
Instructed for the defence in a case where the defendant was alleged to have participated in a five handed murder by stabbing when 17 years of age.
R v P (2020) (QC)
Prosecution of a particularly brutal domestic abuse murder where the defendant sought to raise defences of loss of self-control and / or diminished responsibility.
R v R (2018-2021) (Leading Junior - QC)
Presently instructed to prosecute a senior police employee for alleged fraud and doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice by tampering with and stealing from multiple cash exhibits over a number of years.
R v W (2018-2019) (Junior Alone)
Prosecution of a serving police officer for stealing money when attending a sudden death and doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice.
R v J & L (2018-2019) (Leading Junior)
Instructed to prosecute a police dog handler alleged to have used his police dog to commit offences of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Also a colleague for alleged misconduct in a public office by failing to prevent one of the attack. Defendants were acquitted after trial.
R v Gledhill & Brennan (2016-2017)
First Prosecution in the United Kingdom of two graduates for selling the highly concentrated and dangerous opioid, Fentanyl, via the Dark Web.
Hillsborough Enquiry (2014-2016)
Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service to advise the IPCC in respect of their investigation into allegations against members of South Yorkshire Police and others of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.
R v K (2014-2015)
Instructed by the CPS in the successful prosecution of a 17 years old for attempting to murder a 15 year old with a hammer in a so called “honour killing”.
R v C & Others (2013-2014)
Junior Counsel for the Crown in the successful prosecution of four men for the gangland motivated murder where the innocent victim was shot through the knees then doused with sulphuric acid.
R v Snow & Atkins (2013-2014)
Successful Prosecution of two prisoners housed in the segregation unit of HMP Full Sutton who entered into a racially motivated conspiracy to send improvised incendiary devices to Asian firms of solicitors.
Operation Yates (2012-2017)
Leading Junior Counsel for the Crown in the successful prosecution of an organised crime group involved in the distribution of millions of pounds worth of heroin imported via the postal system from Pakistan.
R v Kelly & Others (2012-2013)
Leading Junior Counsel for the Crown in the successful Prosecution of 29 defendants for offences of perverting the course of justice arising from the actions of a Clerk to Liverpool Magistrates Court who took payment to secure the removal of driving convictions and penalty points to avoid driving disqualifications.
Operation Stet & Stet 2 (2010-2012)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a nationwide multi-handed, multi-indictment conspiracy to supply Class A involving the West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester police forces. Included the admission of Dutch intercept material and connected issues of disclosure.
Operation Yankee (2010-2011)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a multi-handed, multi-indictment conspiracy to burgle houses and steal cars involving organised gangs operating across the North of England.
R v Cowen (2010-2011)
Instructed by CPS CTU to prosecute a white supremacist for stirring up racial hatred and making and distributing indecent images of children via the internet.
Operation Goodyear (2009-2011)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a complex multi-handed conspiracy to handle stolen cars where false identities were created by pretending to import vehicles from Australia.
R v Howe (2008-2012)
Leading Counsel for the Crown instructed by CPS Central Fraud Group in prosecution of an estate agent / financial adviser for the theft / defrauding of over £1m from a number of vulnerable clients.
Op Tartare (2008-2012)
Leading Junior for the Crown in a long running prosecution brought by the CPS Complex Casework unit following joint investigations by the West Yorkshire Police and the City of Stoke Trading Standards Unit.
The most serious offence was a sophisticated and complex conspiracy to handle over £400,000 worth of vehicles stolen in Hanoi burglaries. The vehicles were given false identities supported by faked documentation. Many of them were then shipped to Japan where they were sold at auction.
The case was complicated by the decision of the third defendant to reveal that he had been a police informant. He unsuccessfully applied to stay the indictment asserting that he had been authorised to participate / promised he would not be prosecuted. When that failed he unsuccessfully sought to run duress claiming that he had been threatened by his co-accused.
Operation Eldorado (2008-2011)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in prosecution of multi-handed, multi-indictment and multi-trial conspiracies to supply heroin and cocaine involving defendants from London, Liverpool and Yorkshire.
R v Bham & Others (2006-2007)
Leading Counsel for the Crown where defendants were alleged to have been involved in organising staged accident insurance claims. The lead defendant advanced a complicated abuse of process application based on allegations that local officers and Metropolitan counter terrorism officers investigating the 7/7 bombings had colluded to conduct improper searches.
R v Ganley & Others (2006-2007)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a case involving an organised gang of burglars who travelled out from Tyne and Wear to target commercial and residential premises across North and West Yorkshire.
R v Allin & Hussain (2006)
Prosecuted the theft of over £1m by a bank manager who had been compromised by organised criminals.
Op Teddington (2005-2017)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in the largest case ever prosecuted by the Leeds Complex Casework Unit arising from a covert police investigation involving the use of undercover police officers and technical surveillance. Multi-handed, multi-indictment and trial case including allegations of Conspiracy to Defraud, Money Laundering and Perverting the Course of Justice against the main defendant, his solicitor, accountant, bank manager, business partners and various others. Resulted in four successful trips to the Court of Appeal In 2011 the main defendant was ordered to pay £2 million in confiscation proceedings.
R v Ali & Another (2005-2006)
Successful prosecution of a serving police officer for perverting the course of justice.
R v Capuvanno & Others (2005-2006)
Leading Counsel in successful prosecution for possession of cocaine with intent to supply and perverting the course of justice where the main defendant had persuaded a co-accused to make a false confession to the police.
Op Montana (2004-2007)
Leading Counsel for Crown in prosecution of a multi-handed car ringing case.
Operation Troon (2004-2006)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a multi-indictment, multi-handed prosecution for Conspiracy to Burgle and supply of significant quantities of Class A drugs arising out of a police undercover operation.
R v Tharan Ali, Amran Ali & Others (2004-2005)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in multiple bank, credit card and insurance frauds committed by a Law student and his brother.
Op Lacuna (2004-2005)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a multi-handed car ringing where the cloned vehicles were disposed of via the Autotrader and similar websites.
R v Eyre, Hawthorne & Others (2004-2005)
Junior Counsel for the Crown prosecuting members of a Paedophile Ring where children were sold into prostitution and trafficked up and down the country.
R v Capitano & Others (2004)
Leading Counsel for the Crown in a car ringing case using covert surveillance to gather evidence.
R v Samuel & Others (2003-2004)
Leading Junior in the prosecution of a gang who conspired to clone credit cards with a potential loss of over £30m.
Op Alkerton (2003-2004)
Leading Junior for the Crown in the prosecution of gangs of house burglars who targeted car keys and vehicles to pass onto organised criminals.
Reported on the front page of the Daily Mail as: “The Scourge of Suburbia”.
Advised on and implemented a strategy to ensure offenders were appropriately sentenced by the court.
Op Stirrup (2002-2008)
Leading Junior for the Crown in the following five cases that were part of Operation Stirrup – a standing police investigation by West Yorkshire Police into drugs and firearms offences involving or with connections to Jamaican Yardie gangs.
R v W (2002-2003)
Successful prosecution of a man who raped his 6 year old step-daughter and attempted to pervert the course of justice by persuading his 15 year old nephew to falsely confess and by planting DNA evidence.
Operation Pancrack (1999-2002)
Led Junior in Prosecution of multi-handed, nationwide conspiracy to supply controlled drugs allegedly run by a convicted heroin dealer from his prison cell and investigated by the National Crime Squad using covert methods. Took over the prosecution of the case in the Court of Appeal after Leading Counsel was appointed to the Circuit Bench.