Below is a selection of High Profile and Notable cases which our Solicitors have undertaken. This list is not exhaustive. Additional Cases conducted by our lawyers prior to 2006 can also be found under their individual profiles.
Below is a selection of High Profile and Notable cases which our Solicitors have undertaken. This list is not exhaustive. Additional Cases conducted by our lawyers prior to 2006 can also be found under their individual profiles.
This high profile case was described as one of the largest Missing Trader / VAT Fraud investigation in the UK. The fraudulent companies involved ran a turnover, which was well in excess of £170 million. Companies both in the UK and in Europe were set up to falsely claim to sell mobile phones and other electronics in order to eventually syphon the VAT owed. The prosecution evidence served was over 100,000 pages and focused on a mass of complex banking transactions. Due to the sheer number of defendants, the case was split into three trials.
The case centres around allegations of a Missing Trader / VAT Fraud to the value of £10 million which resulted in alleged breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Over 50 companies based in the UK and Europe are said to be involved in complex chains of transactions where the Defendant was acting as an Escrow Agent. The core allegation here is the Defendant is said to have assisted in laundering the proceeds of crime which other individuals earned from the Missing Trader fraud.
Multi-handed Missing Trader/VAT Fraud worth millions of pounds of lost revenue generated from the supply of significant amounts of mobile phones in Europe.
Large Multi Handed VAT Carousel Fraud, investigated by Revenue Customs Prosecution Office.
Husband and wife charged with Cheating the Public Revenue over a period of 15 years for a vast amount of money. The couple have also been charged with Benefit fraud, which involves a large police investigation including undercover surveillance.
One of the largest frauds to be carried out using the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and the tax paid by sub-contractors. The total loss to the Revenue was over £8 million. Allegations included Cheating the Revenue of VAT, Income tax, Corporation Tax and National Insurance Contributions and Money Laundering. Due to the complexity, sheer volume of evidence together with the covert audio and video surveillance evidence served, the case was split into three trials and classified as a VHCC (Very High Costs Cases). Illegal activity involved more than a 100 businesses across the country whose identity was either hijacked or were part of the fraud. Sub-contractors employed were “off-record” and carrying out roadworks on major sites across the UK including motorways.
This is a large scale VAT fraud within the construction/ labour industry which dealt with bogus CIS (Construction industry Scheme) claims. The loss to the Revenue amounted to millions of pounds. Our client was acquitted of all charges. Numerous enquires were made on the defendants behalf in India which assisted in the defendants acquittal.
Multi-handed Customs Duty Evasion case involved an operation, which lasted in excess of 15 months. The defendants are alleged to have brought alcohol into the country without the appropriate duty being paid, the estimated loss to the Revenue being in the region of £2 million.
Large OCG (Organised Crime Group) who were allegedly involved in a vast amount of illegally smuggled cigarettes from Dubai and China via Kenya and Uganda in consignments of fresh fruit and vegetables with a loss to the Revenue of more than £5 million. The defendants operated as a freight agent with an ERTS facility. The OCG are also said to be involved in over £20 million worth of Class A and B Drugs.
Multi-handed conspiracy to Evade Duty on the importation of vast consignments of Cigarettes and Tobacco resulting in a loss to the Revenue of many millions of pounds. The surveillance operation involved many officers over a lengthy period of time both in the U.K and in a number of countries in Europe.
This case concerns a multi handed Evasion of Duty, which involved the importation from Kuwait of a very large quantity of cigarettes, which resulted in a huge loss to the Revenue.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Evade Duty on millions of smuggled cigarettes from China. The Proceeds of Crime Act Confiscation proceedings, which followed were one of the largest in the U.K and were delayed as a result of the case of R v May on Apportionment and Criminal Lifestyle. The case stands as the current law on Criminal Lifestyle and the interpretation of condition that offence committed over period of ‘at least six months’ and interpretation of pecuniary advantage under POCA 2002.
Large Conspiracy to Evade Duty on VAT in respect of high value jewellery, gold and diamonds allegedly being exported out of the U.K. Case required defence enquiries to be made in the Dubai gold souks.
Diversion Fraud. Part of the infamous London City Bond cases, which were successfully appealed before the Court of Appeal.
Conspiracy to Evade the Duty of £40 million and VAT on tobacco from China and Russia. Multi Handed case involved 3 separate trials and was one of the largest prosecutions of its time.
Large multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud, Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice and Perjury resulting from the alleged Slough Election Fraud.
Multi handed case involved a conspiracy to obtain property by deception. The case concerned a serious bank card scam against vulnerable elderly victims. Alleged that the Defendats worked as bank employees and couriers and managed to scam thousands of pounds.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud. A large scale banking fraud with complex confiscation proceedings. The loss of the fraud was worth of millions of pounds.
Defendants face charges of Conspiracy to Defraud where investors have allegedly been persuaded to buy rare earth elements. Transactions were carried out through an Escrow Agent and by over 40 brokers based in the UK. The value of the fraud is said to be circa £7 million. The case is ongoing with a trial to take place in 2017.
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Defraud involved the ‘Car Clocking’ of hundreds of cars, which were then distributed both Nationally and Internationally.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud the Ministry of Defence together with numerous other companies by falsifying employees clock cards and hours of work.
Massive Conspiracy to Defraud Microsoft. The value of this fraud was in excess of £60 million. The case was Investigated and prosecuted by NCS and the FBI. Following a nine month trial the case against our client was dismissed after lengthy legal submissions.
Large Telecoms fraud in which many multinational telecom companies were defrauded of airtime.
Conspiracy to Handle high value goods from a multinational telecoms company.
Pension Fund Fraud Case was referred by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority and prosecuted by the SFO.
Represented a shadow director who was alleged to have defrauded over half million pounds from his own company.
Pursuant to investigations carried out by The City of London Police, defendants were charged with a national fraud against credit / debit card companies with a loss of circa £1 million. The Crown alleged that there had been an abuse of provisions afforded to individuals such as credit protection, chargebacks and refunds. Defendants were said to have made a number of fraudulent transactions through complex arrangements and defrauded banks and merchant companies providing chip and pin facilities. Due to the number of defendants, the case was split into several trials.
Multi Handed Conspiracy to Defraud various companies of its creditors’ pre liquidation. This was considered to be one of the largest Long Firm Frauds ever prosecuted.
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Defraud and Money Laundering relating to the acquisition of valuable land concerning a number of fraudulent mortgage applications being made for a substantial loss.
Case concerns multi-million pound charges of Cheating the Public Revenue and Money Laundering. The nature of the fraud was to take advantage of the VAT system which allows the Zero Rating of invoices and permits for any VAT spent on expenses incurred to be claimed by producing falsifying documentation. Defendant was also subject to complex Restraint Order and confiscation proceedings concerning multiple third parties.
Investigation concerns the Defendant being closely linked with serious and organised criminality in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Surrey areas. Based on the Defendants associations with convicted criminals both by surveillance and cell site, allegations are made that he has laundered vast sums of proceeds of crime through numerous bank accounts. The case is linked to R v A and Operation Quaker.
Following the convictions of a number of family members for the importation of heroin and conspiracy to handle stolen goods namely stolen and or fraudulent passports and visa, this investigation was conducted into the finances of 11 Defendants. The individuals faced allegations of Conspiracy to Launder Money over an almost 10 year period and were said to have dissipated their assets at the point of a family members arrest or confiscation proceedings. The value of the fraud was in the region of £1 million. The case is linked to Operation Cadmus, Operation Shoreham and Operation Muscadet.
Investigation carried out by The City of London Police concerning high value mortgage fraud to the tune of approximately £40 million. Defendants are alleged to have fraudulently obtained mortgages from Barclays Private Clients International Limited in the Isle of Mann and Abbey Commercial Mortgages. 18 defendants were charged including solicitors, chartered surveyors, mortgage brokers and individuals from Barclays.
Multi handed large – scale mortgage fraud relating to numerous self -certification mortgages running into millions of pounds.
Represent Exchange Bureau boss charged with money laundering of £9.2 million.
Multi handed Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud case started in 2006. Complex confiscation proceedings involving millions of pounds worth of assets. This reported case stands as current law and deals with the Breach of Promise namely promise on acceptable pleas/basis of plea and bail.
Represented an accountant accused of a large scale Mortgage Fraud involving the certification of numerous self-certified mortgages.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Cheat and Mortgage Fraud of vast sums of monies of a very long period of time.
Multi handed Money Laundering of vast amounts of monies, investigated by City of London Police.
Successfully represented Jockey in High profile horse race fixing / doping case relating to the defrauding of bookmakers. It was Investigated and prosecuted by the National Crime Squad. Application to dismiss successful following lengthy legal submissions.
Numerous Trade Mark offences relating to the distribution of a vast amount of cosmetic products from various markets including Petticoat Lane.
Prosecution concerning a number of Trade Mark Act offences in respect of counterfeit goods sold on Ebay which were sourced from China and Hong Kong with a value of at least £600,000. The case involved complex pre charge Restraint Orders.
Large scale, multi handed Hallmark and Trade Description fraud together with a number of Money Laundering offences. The fraud consisted of the sale of hundreds of items of counterfeit jewellery in markets but predominantly on Ebay. The value of the fraud is said to be in excess of £ ½ million.
Multi handed Trade Marks Act conspiracy relating to a vast quantity of counterfeit goods and Money Laundering. The prosecution agency was the Trading Standards department at Luton Borough Council. The case involved complex pre charge Restraint Orders.
Successfully represented client facing allegation of a Large scale, multi handed counterfeit fraud related to the manufacture, supply and distribution of a vast quantity of counterfeit DVDs by a sophisticated organised crime group. The investigation was conducted by the City Of London police. The value of the criminal enterprise was estimated to be in excess of £ 1 million. Our client was acquitted.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud the Central Clearing Banks of the U.K in one of the first high tech prosecutions brought by City Of London police for Chip and Pin fraud.
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Steal of over 100 high performance vehicles stolen from across the UK and exporting the same to Africa and the Middle East. The gain to the Defendants was alleged to have been in the region of £15 million. Access was obtained to vehicles which used key less technology to create a third key through the use of specialist diagnostic equipment. With the assistance of trackers the Defendants were able to steal vehicles, change their identities and remove them from the UK jurisdiction.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Steal from a number of Travelex Bureau’s in Heathrow Airport. Some of the defendants worked in various branches within the airport. The case was widely reported at the time for this serious internal theft conspiracy.
Large scale investigation involving 19 defendants charged with offences of Conspiracy to Defraud by submitting fraudulent insurance claims. The individuals were divided into two separate organised crime networks who were actively arranging the crashes of vehicles with Tesco’s delivery vans. Crashes were alleged to be either staged or induced. Due to the number of defendants, the case is split into three trials.
Offence: Conspiracy to Supply Prescription Only Medicines, Conspiracy to Supply Medicines not on the General Sales List, Conspiracy to Supply Class C Drugs
MHRA prosecution of the British postal hub of a very significant “drop-shipping” operation in respect of medicinal products and controlled drugs. Prosecution brought under the Medicines Act 1968. The value of conspiracy exceeded £1.5 million of drugs. Representations to the Crown Prosecution Service resulted in Not Guilty pleas entered by one of the Defendants being accepted and the defendant acquitted without trial.
Described as the most serious breach of the medicines control regime in the EU with far reaching effects. Represented the CEO of International Pharmaceutical Company based in England who was investigated over 2 years by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and is accused of conspiring to illegally import and distribute millions of pounds worth of counterfeit medicine used to treat life threatening illnesses. The case involved links with high profile FBI prosecution in the USA. The Defendant we represented was successfully acquitted at his trial.
Multi-handed case relates to a Conspiracy to Defraud to the tune of £1.2 million involving Sure Start Maternity Grants. Following representations to the Judge our client received a conditional discharge.
This case was known as the ‘cash for crash’ fraud offences was a scam that involved offenders causing collisions between themselves and innocent motorists who then have to claim on their insurance even though they were not at fault. A six-month long investigation by a specialist team of detectives within Bedfordshire Police following information received about a major insurance scam operating in the south of the county.
This case concerns a series of companies who were running a land banking scheme which fell into the description of a collective investment scheme this falling foul of the FSA Management Act.
This allegation involves the misrepresentations to investors re the sale of Green Belt land. There are a number of defendants who have been charged with this matter who are said to have made a vast amount of money, in excess of £6 million.
This matter relates to a multi-handed and large scale property investment fraud involving a York based property club called Challenor Property Developments. The value of the fraud is estimated in excess of £2 million with over 130 franchise victims.
This case involves a well – established company who had an advanced fee arrangement with a prominent bank. The company was able to raise up to 80% of their invoices through the bank before they were settled. It is alleged that the company created false accounting in excess of £25 million. This case is at the investigations stage and has resulted in many arrests so far.
Multi-handed large -scale fraud relating to the purchase of a vast quantity of vehicles using compromised credit card details, which were allegedly obtained by one of the defendants whilst working for a bank.
Currently represent a Defendant in a multi-handed case where some defendants are charged with murder and fraud, whilst others are involved in a conspiracy to defraud a wealthy oil executive. Her decomposing body was found in a garage in London.
Allegation of Murder. It is said by the Prosecution that the Defendant drove into a group of males in Ascot following an earlier altercation between a group who were fighting each other.
Currently represent defendant who along with another are alleged to have murdered a man in New Addington.
Currently represent Defendant in SCD1 investigation into murder which occurred in East London. Multi-handed case in which some defendants have links to high profile celebrities and as a result this case has attracted a great deal of media interest.
Represented defendant accused of murdering his wife after he was subjected to numerous taunts, including suggestions of infidelity. The defendant raised the new partial defence of “loss of control” under s.54 and s.55 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. The defence was withdrawn from the jury by the trial judge on the basis that sexual infidelity could not be raised as a defence under the legislation. The client was subsequently convicted. ABV Solicitors took over the case at this point, and on appeal, the conviction was quashed and the court of appeal ordered a re-trial. The client subsequently pleaded to murder before the re-trial and received a reduced sentence. The case is now the leading authority on “loss of control” in murder cases.
Represented one of two defendants charged with the murder of another young male after a drunken brawl resulted in death. Case raised issues of joint enterprise and causation.
Multi-handed allegation of Murder and Conspiracy to Murder. Successfully represented client accused of murdering his wife and thereafter fleeing abroad after the family house was set on fire to allegedly destroy the evidence and body. Case against client formally dismissed following submissions after the jury heard the Prosecution case.
Represented Defendant accused of double murder at a Heathrow Hotel. The case involved the instruction of specialist psychiatrists and psychologists along with extensive defence forensic enquiries.
Successfully represented Defendant charged with Conspiracy to Murder which was alleged to have involved sustained retribution attack including a shooting incident and arson by a number of defendants following a serious assault in the Slough area on one of their friends. Application to dismiss the case successful in respect of our client.
Murder allegation as part of a Gangland dispute often referred to as a postcode war. The defendant is thought to be a central figure of the notorious ‘Beaumont Boys Gang’. The Prosecution in this case made a Witness Anonymity application under the provisions of section 87(1) Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
Represented head doorman of a nightclub in Milton Keynes who was charged with the Murder of his partner in High Wycombe.
Represented Defendant accused of the murder of a woman in her home, which was said to have been covered up by setting the house on fire whilst two children and the defendant were in the house. The matter went to trial but the jury were unable to reach a verdict at the original trial. The client was subsequently acquitted at his re trial.
Multi-handed Murder relates to the killing of the CEO of Sikh TV. The case attracted a vast amount of publicity. The defendant whom we represented was acquitted of murder and received a 6 year sentence for GBH. This conviction is currently being appealed.
Successfully defended client charged with a Multi- handed Murder investigated by Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit. Involved the Arson attack on a house in Maidenhead. Secured the acquittal of one of the defendants who had originally fled to India following the incident.
Successfully represented defendant who faced allegation that he murdered one man and assaulted two others in a fight outside a pub in Ealing. After trial he was acquitted of all charges.
This case involved the high profile’ Honour Killing’ in Greenford where the victim’s hand was chopped off during the assault. The Murder was alleged to be a Contract Killing, which resulted in the conviction of all the defendants including her estranged husband.
High profile Attempted Murder, s.18 GBH and Aggravated Twoc. The victim was scraping ice off her car windows when attempt made to steal the car and it was driven away. She received serious injuries as the car ran over her. Our client was the passenger. Following representations at trial on behalf of our client she was convicted of the Aggravated Twoc.
Successfully represented Defendant who was accused of Murder and Attempted Murder during a double shooting incident in Peckham. Investigated by Operation Trident officers, it was alleged that this was an execution style killing of fellow drug dealers leaving the survivor with a bullet lodged in his neck. Case involved flawed Identification Parade procedure along with extremely complex cell site and forensic evidence. Utilising information obtained from the FBI and elsewhere around the world we were able to present to the jury a more complete picture of the character of the main witness. Our client was facing a life sentence with a minimum term of between 30-35 years had he been convicted.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Murder and associated Firearms offences involving the beating of a drug associate who was then shot 4 times. Client acquitted of conspiracy to murder but convicted of conspiracy to do GBH and firearms offences.
21 – handed gang related murder and violent disorder in West London involving adults and youths aged 12. Issue of joint enterprise. We represented a 12 year old who was acquitted of murder but convicted of Manslaughter and received a 7 year sentence. Three others convicted of murder received minimum sentences of 15, 14 and 13 years respectively.
Allegations of robbery where the Modus Operandi (MO) was said to involve arranging to see high value cars advertised on auto trader for sale. The defendant had used the same MO previously including one case where he had caused death by dangerous driving, originally charged as manslaughter.
Multi-handed case involving a Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robberies in the West London area. The case was investigated by SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency).
High profile Heathrow heist namely a conspiracy to rob Swissport. The offence was committed by a number of defendants who were all arrested at the scene. The potential loss of the target cash and gold bullion was estimated at £90 million.
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Supply Firearms where obsolete firearms were purchased modified and customised into full, working firearms together with adapted specialist ammunition. The conspiracy was primarily organised by a pair of prisoners from one of Her Majesty’s Prisons.
Disturbing case involving a male who suffered from mental health issues who was charged with the rape of his mother and other violent acts including gouging her eyeballs out causing mother total blindness. The case involved fitness to plead issues.
We were instructed to represent many cases involving the 2012 riots across the country including offences of violent disorder, burglary, theft and arson.
Defendant was charged with the attempted murder of two individuals. The case was investigated by the Trident Gang Crime Command Unit. The two victims were subjected to the discharge of several gun shots at close range. The evidence was based heavily upon extensive cell site and ANPR evidence.
High profile case of a multi-handed conspiracy to assist an offender. Investigation followed from the nationwide man hunt of Dale Cregan and others who were wanted for the double murder of David and Mark Short in the Greater Manchester area. Defendants were alleged to have assisted Dale Cregan and others after the incident and just before the double murder of police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes. Weapons used by Dale Cregan and others included military grenades.
The case was a multi–handed serious honour crime with allegations of Conspiracy to Kidnap, False Imprisonment and Assault. Defendants charged included family members and individuals who were instructed as “heavy weights” to take part in a series of assaults, including kidnapping the victim and taking him to a remote location. Issues in the case were particularly sensitive as they involved a boyfriend and girlfriend from a Muslim background.
Multi-handed investigation in respect of the manufacture and importation of a substantial amount of Class C controlled drugs namely Steroids and the subsequent laundering of the criminal proceeds of crime. The value of the drugs was in excess of a £1 million which were sold online. Detailed analysis of E-bay accounts, online bank accounts and cell site evidence was relied upon by the Crown.
Officers from the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Essex and London areas conducted an extensive investigation over a significant period of time into the supply of high purity Class A. Targets included those who were senior members of the Organised Crime Group with differing roles in the drugs supply chain. Over 40 mobile phones were examined in detail to demonstrate the daily movements of the Defendants together with use of ANPR and surveillance evidence.
The case is linked to Operation Fortress and was a multi-handed Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B. Following an extensive investigation spanning over a year and half, the Defendants were said to have been supplying drugs from the West London area to Southampton. A number of dealer lines were associated to the Defendants which led to the extensive examination of over 50 mobile phones.
Importation of approximately 20 kg of Cocaine from Africa, which was smuggled on commercial passenger British Airways flights in food catering pods. The case was investigated by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and resulted in the charging of many defendants following surveillance over a lengthy period of time.
Multi-handed nationwide conspiracy to supply a vast amount of class A drugs. The defendant we represented was acquitted of 5 out of 6 of the charges against him.
Large multi- handed drugs case, involving over two tons of Class B drugs being imported into the U.K via sea freight from Ghana. The case also involved multiple kilos of Class A drugs over an 18 months period from Jamaica and St Lucia via air freight.
Multi handed Conpsiracy alleging the Importion and distribution of a vast quantity of Cocaine by a large Organised Crime Enterprise associated to Nigeria. The Jury were asked following legal arguments to return verdicts of Not Guilty against the defendant we represented was found Not Guilty of all charges.
This case concerned the surveillance by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) of individuals who were thought to be an organised crime group operating a supply of Class A drugs in the Thames valley Area.
Large conspiracy to supply a vast quantity of Class A and B drugs through an organised crime group over a lengthy period of time. The case involved a long surveillance operation by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Investigation conducted by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) into the supply of Class A drugs in the Thames Valley area.
Multi handed conspiracy to supply a vast amount of Class A drugs Nationwide. Investigated by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and involved covert surveillance and audio probe evidence over a period of over 10 months.
Multi handed conspiracy alleged to be a nationwide commercial scale drugs operation. The drugs (Heroin) were valued at approximately £4 million. The case was investigated over a period of time using covert surveillance both audio and visual.
Large scale and multi handed supply and production of Class A & B Drugs in Liverpool, Birmingham and Sussex. The matter was investigated by SOCA who used covert surveillance as part of their lengthy investigation into this alleged organised crime group.
Conspiracy to Supply approximately 86kgs of Cannabis.
Large scale multi-handed Possession with Intent to Supply Class A and B and Money Laundering was investigated by the SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency) following a surveillance operation with resulted in the seizure of a vast quantity of Class A and B Drugs together with a large quantity of money and firearms.
Large scale, multi-handed Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs following the arrests of some of the defendants from Barbados Airport in possession of a large quantity of Cocaine. A further large quantity of Cocaine is said to have been imported in separate multiple supplies from Venezula and then distributed within the U.K.
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs, which was investigated by SOCA (Serious and Organised Agency). Concnered approximately 93 Kg of Heroin imported from Karachi in Pakistan. The defendant we represented was found Not Guilty of all charges.
This case involved a large multi –handed Cultivation of Cannabis and other drug related offences in and around the Sheffield area. A vast amount of surveillance was conducted over a lengthy period of time, which culminated in the arrests of many Chinese Nationals.
Multi – Handed Supply of Class A Drugs. Case involved significant covert surveillance in the U.K over a period of time.
Large Scale Multi-Handed Conspiracy to Import Class A drugs from the Dominican Republic.
Large Scale Multi-Handed Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs. Case involved covert surveillance by SOCA officers and complex telephone and cell site evidence.
Multi-Handed Conspiracy to import/ supply 4 tons of Cannabis.
Large Multi Handed Conspiracy to Produce and Supply Class A Drugs. Case involved Intrusive Probe Evidence and Covert Surveillance.
33 handed Conspiracy to supply drugs in the Berkshire area.
19 handed conspiracy to supply drugs in Hayes. Surveillance operation involving test purchase of drugs.
50 handed large scale conspiracy to supply drugs in Hampshire by London gangs.
Multi Handed Conspiracy to Supply vast amounts of Class A drugs. Case involved complex Cell Site phone evidence and International Probe intrusive surveillance requiring a Commission Rogatoire as evidence called from foreign law enforcement officers.
Multi Handed Conspiracy to Supply Class C drugs namely, 103 Kilos of Skunk Cannabis. Complex Money Laundering via ‘Cuckoo Smurfing’ by controllers. Vast amount of Cell Site Phone evidence relied upon by the police together with Covert Surveillance.
Multi handed conspiracy to supply quarter of a million pounds worth of class A drugs found in a residential property. At the time, the largest domestic seizure of Class A drugs in the UK. Featured in Road Wars.
Multi handed Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs, large scale Money Laundering and Possession of Firearms. Police used intrusive surveillance probe evidence over many months.
This involved a defendant who held a judicial position. It was alleged that he gave false evidence in a County Court, hearing a matter concerning contact with his daughter. This case was investigated by the murder squad as originally the defendant was arrested for conspiracy to murder his ex partner, the mother of his child.
This case involved a multi handed investigation which, investigated offences dating back as long as 10 years. It was alleged that one of the defendants ran a business charging people money to get rid of Notice of Intended Prosecutions.
We successfully represented a Magistrates Court Clerk and others in respect of a Multi- Handed Conspiracy to Pervert Course of Justice, investigated by the Anti Terrorist police and featured in Crime Watch UK.
This case involved a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an importation of cannabis in Malta. This issue in this case was whether the extradition would be oppressive by reason of the condition of our client’s mental health and the risk of suicide and whether extradition would be compatible with the client’s rights under articles 3, 5, 6 & 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and whether his extradition ought to be stayed as an abuse of process of the Court. The matter is currently ongoing.
This case involved a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an attempted murder in Spain. The matter was highly publicised in the media in Spain as it involved a British National who was working in Spain at the time of the incident.
We have been working closely with Fair Trials International and with a number of Spanish Criminal Lawyers, including the British Consulate in Spain to ensure the proper representation and welfare of our client in Spain.
Multi handed high profile Terrorism trial alleging a plot to carryout attacks in greater numbers than 7/7. Knowledge of surveillance and intelligence evidence
This case was a high profile Dangerous Driving charge resulting from the National Express Coach Crash on the M4/M25, which caused 3 deaths and injuries to over 50 passengers which included amputations. The case required expertise in a large – scale accident reconstruction and detailed analysis of scientific reports provided by leading experts in the field.
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Defraud the Secretary of State for the Home Office. The defendants were said to have caused and permitted false financial information in support of applications for Tier 1 Immigration Visa’s. The case was investigated and prosecuted by the UKBA.
This prosecution was brought by the UKBA and officers from SCD9. The case involved a multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud the Secretary of State relating to false documentation submitted in support of Tier 1 applications to remain in the U.K. A vast quantity of sham companies were set up in this highly sophisticated fraud surrounding the illegal activities of an immigration consultancy called Migration Gurus in Harrow. Additional charges related to Assisting Unlawful Immigration to Member State and Obtaining Leave to Enter or Remain in the U.K by Deception together with Money Laundering.
This large Conspiracy to Facilitate Illegal Immigration involved People Trafficking from India. The case received a great deal of publicity as the News of the World provided front page coverage and reported the case to the police. The case Involved extensive defence enquiries in India.
This prosecution was brought by the UKBA. The case involved a multi handed conspiracy to facilitate the immigration of asylum seekers into the UK. The prosecution followed a 9-month investigation of into a suspected plot to help 15 people enter the UK via Heathrow Airport. In each case, the illegal immigrants arrived in the UK without passports and claimed asylum as Afghans. The travellers would fly from India to Bangkok. They would then be provided with counterfeit passports, visas and boarding cards for onward flights to Heathrow.
This prosecution was brought by the UKBA and officers from SCD9 following, the highly publicised prosecution of the ’ Sharma Uni-Visa’ Scam. This case involved a large scale multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud the Secretary of State together with numerous immigration offences namely Facilitation of non EU Nationals to Remain in the U.K or Gain Entry into the U.K by Deception and Money Laundering. The case surrounded false documentation and a fictitious Indian website and falsely created organisation called Telugu One which was used to facilitate the fraud.
This case involved a large scale Facilitation of Illegal Immigrants working in the Labour industry in the UK under the CIS Scheme. The case required extensive international defence enquires principally in India. The defendant we represented was acquitted after a lengthy trial.
Conspiracy to Facilitate Illegal Entry into the U.K prosecuted by the UKBA following a large investigation involving Sham Marriages against a number of defendants. The case has attracted much publicity and was included on the TV series ‘UK Border Force’.
This defendant, although, due to be tried alone, has been arrested as part of Operation Hudson which investigates the facilitation of young women from Nigeria for prostitution is what the authorities allege.
This case involved surveillance on users of the internet who share files, some of which contain illicit images. This was a joint operation with officers from the Human Trafficking team and the Child Protection Agency who were jointly involved in the prosecution of this case.
This multi-handed case involves a prosecution against a number of Romanian males who are allegedly responsible for trafficking a number of women from Romanian into the U.K for sexual exploitation.
This matter involved a multi handed – Conspiracy to Facilitate Illegal Immigration involving People trafficking from South Africa. The case was described as one of the biggest of that time.
Multi-handed case involved a group of 20 members of an anti-fascist group who were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to commit violence in protest at the staging of fascist concerts. The defendant we represented at trial was successfully acquitted.
This defendant faced one count of rape. The complainant’s account was that she was very drunk and believed at the time she was having sexual intercourse with her husband. Her husband had been asleep next to her. The defendant maintained that the sexual intercourse was consensual. The defendant was acquitted after a trial.
The defendant was charged with two counts of rape against a female he had met one evening who was under the age of 16 years. The defendant’s account was that he had never had sexual intercourse at all with this female. After trial the client acquitted of both counts of rape.
ABV represented an Army recruiting sergeant charged with number of historic rapes and sexual offences upon would be recruits. Case attracted national media coverage.
ABV were instructed for a client facing allegations of rape and sexual assault upon family members. The case is currently ongoing with reporting restrictions in place.
Representing client in a multi handed 6 week trial case involving foreign nationals accused of trafficking and raping prostitutes in and around the United Kingdom. Case received a large amount of media coverage.
Instructed to represent a father who faced a number of allegations of sexually assaulting his son between the ages of 18 months and 6 years of age. Through a robust examination of the evidence and unused material a number of material inconsistencies in the account emerged. Client acquitted after trial.
ABV are instructed to represent a sports instructor facing allegations of historic sexual abuse upon pupils over a 30 year period.
The allegations facing our client were that of conspiracy to rape. The allegations were that between 2007 and 2009, the defendants raped two females who were aged approximately 13 years at the time. It was alleged that they had been groomed by the defendants. One of our clients faced 4 charges, two of rape and 2 of sexual activity with a child. An application to dismiss was made in respect of three of the charges including both rapes which was successful.
The second defendant who faced allegations of Conspiracy to Rape was found Not Guilty of all charges. This case attracted national media attention.
ABV represented a client facing allegations of making/possessing indecent images. Following representations as to the strength of the evidence the Prosecution agreed to discontinue the case against our client.
Representing a client alleged to possess in excess of 4000 indecent images of children.
Represented a company suspected of breaching it’s Health & Safety regulations following a major accident at the work place.
Investigation conducted by Trading Standards where the Defendant is said to have been selling mobile phones and other accessories in breach of Trade Mark offences and electrical safety regulations. Complex confiscation proceedings which followed where the Council sought to include past sales from a number of companies belonging to the Defendant in the benefit figure. The turnover of the companies involved amounted to millions of pounds.
The case relates to a very large Trading Standards prosecution concerning a well-known company based in the Midlands. Allegations include the company being involved over a period of time of a systematic and commercial large scale fraud. A vast amount of consumers were said to be misled and were provided quotes for work which represented gross overcharging and designed to dupe and mislead vulnerable adults.
Investigation conducted by the Environment Agency where a number of suspects have been interviewed facing allegations of illegally depositing high volumes of baled refused derived fuel at multiple vulnerable industrial sites across the Midlands. Further allegations faced are fraud, money laundering and large scale criminal damage. The value of the fraud is in excess of £10 million. Some suspects now face charges of Contempt of Court in respect of disclosure relating to Restraint Order proceedings.
Investigation conducted by HM Revenue & Customs into the supply of arms and ammunition from China to Sierra Leone without the necessary trade control licence. A vast amount of the proceeds of this offence were laundered. The matter is still at investigation stage and it is understood that enquiries are ongoing by HMRC both in the UK and Europe.
Over 20 people arrested for an investigation concerning allegations of Conspiracy to Defraud the network service providers Vodafone, o2, EE and 3. Those at the top of the chain are said to have recruited students from universities in the UK to apply for contracts in return for a fixed sum payments. Contracts were later cancelled by the company with the mobile phones being later sold and the customer being faced the burden of the airtime contract and mobile phone.
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