Deepak Vij

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Deepak specialises in high profile, complex white/grey-collar serious fraud cases and has over 25 years of experience in that field.

He is consulted regularly on matters including investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, NCA, HMRC, Trading Standards, Local Authority, DBIS and the CPS. His work includes advising clients and corporations both pre-and post-charge. These clients include companies, high-net worth individuals, professionals, law enforcement officers, and people in the public eye / household names.

Deepak has built his practice in defending serious and complex fraud cases which include conspiracies to defraud, relating to mis-selling investments, boiler room frauds, land banking frauds, advance fee frauds and various collective investment schemes, large scale mortgage frauds, vishing / phishing frauds, cross border money laundering, VAT and various Customs offences.

He is currently involved in representing clients on high profile Bribery and Corruption investigations.

Deepak also has vast experience in dealing with offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture, Restraint Orders and Extradition together with major/ serious organised violent crime including Murder.

He has defended clients in some of the largest prosecutions in the UK (see Associated Cases below) and is highly regarded and respected within the profession.

Deepak’s track record is extensive and impressive. As a result of his reputation and success Deepak has built his practice entirely on recommendations.

Deepak is a fraud supervisor and contract manager on the Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) Panel and has a vast amount of experience of working on VHCC cases including those cases, which involve multiple defendants, high value offences and major organised crime which are usually cases involving voluminous prosecution disclosure. He is also the Anti Money Laundering Officer within the practice.

Deepak started his career in the City of London before developing his practice and client base in the West London and Berkshire region. Today his clients come from a vast geographical area within the UK and many from outside the U.K including British expats. Deepak regularly travels internationally to advise and assist some of his clients.

Known for his meticulous approach to his work, clients also comment on Deepak’s friendly, highly professional and reassuring manner. Deepak’s expertise and substantial experience in dealing with the major prosecuting agencies ensures that his client’s interests are both advanced and protected.

He is supported by a hand-picked dynamic team of respectable, highly skilled and competent lawyers.

Associated Cases

Mortgage Fraud and Money Laundering

Operation Alyxia – Southwark Crown Court 2017
This is a mammoth Vishing Fraud linked to Operation Kadenza, with an estimated loss of £113 million. The organised criminal network concerned a sophisticated campaign against The Lloyds Banking Group business customers. The case has been investigated by seven different police forces. The trial will involve a ‘super grass’ who will be providing evidence for the prosecution (Queen’s Evidence).

R v D – Isleworth Crown Court 2017
This was a multi- handed case relating to an £8 million money laundering allegation. The case involved substantial surveillance operation over a period of time. Evidence of criminality was purely circumstantial therefore the principles in R v Anwoir 1998 were central to this case.

Operation Solitude – Reading Crown Court 2017
This large investigation concerned the laundering of more than £4.5 million. Cash was allegedly transported between a number of individuals through various mediums such as money service bureaus. The source of the funds was alleged to be linked to other cases, such as large-scale drugs supply. Our defendant was one of many co -defendants, alleged to have been a pivotal cog involved in the collection and distribution of criminal funds meeting with representatives of different criminal groups. Substantial surveillance identified bags of money collected and transported to the Southall and South Harrow area, at identified Money Service Businesses (MSB’s).

Operation Yalong – Southwark Crown Court 2017
This multi-million-pound and highly publicised mortgage fraud concerned the impersonation of the owner of a property to obtain a bridging loan. The proceeds were transferred to Dubai and removed. The fraud was described as a sophisticated and well-planned fraud by a large network of known and unknown members of a criminal gang who were wanted for several years by the Metropolitan Police and who were widely publicised on Crime Watch.

Operation Academy – Blackfriars Crown Court 2017
This investigation focused on identifying and apprehending multiple defendants alleged to be involved in the manufacture and distribution of skimming devices, specifically for use on TFL ticket vending machines as well as devices for other cash vending machines to launder circa £5 million. Through covert audio and video records the BTP established a large criminal network dealing in the manufacture and distribution of skimming devices both in the UK and worldwide. The evidence is linked to a similar FBI investigation.

Operation Aquamarine – Southwark Crown Court 2016
This case was investigated by The City of London Police and concerned a high value mortgage fraud to the tune of approximately £40 million. The defendants were alleged to have fraudulently obtained mortgages from Barclays Private Clients International Limited in the Isle of Man and Abbey Commercial Mortgages. 18 defendants were charged including solicitors, chartered surveyors, mortgage brokers and individuals from Barclays. Due to the sheer number of defendants the case was split into multiple trials.

Operation Accolade – Reading Crown Court 2016
The Defendant was alleged to 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 were made that he had laundered vast sums of proceeds of crime through numerous bank accounts. The case was linked to R v A and Operation Quaker.

Operation Systom – Luton Crown Court 2016
This was a multi-handed Conspiracy to Defraud and Money Laundering case which related to the acquisition of valuable land concerning a number of fraudulent mortgage applications which subsequently resulted in a substantial loss. The OCG was described as sophisticated and well planned.

Operation Pontipandy – Kingston Crown Court 2013
This large multi handed case involved a substantial number of mortgage frauds relating to numerous self – certification mortgages running into millions of pounds. The investigation and trial was protracted and complex.

Operation Kemney/ CPS v Mattu [2010] CRIM L.R 229CA – REPORTED CASE – Lewes Crown Court 2012
This multi handed Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud case started in 2006. Complex confiscation proceedings followed involving millions of pounds worth of assets. The case made law for Breach of Promise namely promise on acceptable pleas/basis of plea and bail.

Operation Railhead – Snaresbrook Crown Court 2009
This was a multi handed Conspiracy to Cheat and Mortgage Fraud concerning vast sums of monies over a sustained period. It was described as well planned and sophisticated.

R v Ali – Croydon Crown Court 2006
This multi handed Money Laundering case involved vast amounts of monies, which was investigated by the City of London Police.

VAT Fraud: MTIC / Carousel / Cheating the Public Revenue

Operation Unphazed – Nottingham Crown Court 2016
This case centred 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 were said to be involved in complex chains of transactions where the Defendant was acting as an Escrow Agent. Funds derived from an MTIC fraud were alleged to have passed through the Defendant’s bank accounts. Confiscation proceedings followed where the benefit figure was successfully reduced from £10 million to circa £29,000.

Operation Inertia – Kingston Crown Court 2015
A high -profile case described as one of the largest Missing Trader / VAT Fraud investigation in the UK at that time. Fraudulent companies were set up to facilitate the fraud which ran a turnover well in excess of £170 million. The companies utilised were both in the UK and in Europe and falsely claimed to sell mobile phones and other electronics to eventually syphon the VAT owed.

Operation Trickshot – Guildford Crown Court 2015
The case concerned a multi-million-pound Cheating of the Public Revenue and Money Laundering. The nature of the fraud was to take advantage of the VAT system and the zero rating of invoices which permitted for any VAT spent on expenses incurred to be claimed by producing false documentation. Defendant was also subject to a complex Restraint Order and confiscation proceedings concerning multiple third parties.

Operation Savate – Birmingham Crown Court 2014
Described as 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.

Operation Varlet – Kingston Crown Court in 2010
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.

Operation Duma – Birmingham Crown Court 2008
Large Multi Handed VAT Carousel Fraud, investigated by Revenue Customs Prosecution Office.

Operation Spartan – Croydon Crown Court 2008
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. Defence enquiries were conducted overseas including India.

Investment Fraud: Land banking / Rare Earths / Gold Bullion

Operation Stagecoach – Blackfriars Crown Court 2017
The 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 was circa £7 million. Due to the sheer size of the prosecution disclosure the case was classified as a VHCC case.

Operation Sylphy – Southwark Crown Court 2017
This case relates to a sophisticated online gold bullion investment fraud and money laundering. The online frauds involved the hacking of a substantial number of eBay and email accounts. The Organised crime network obtained information from bank insiders to ascertain which victims had significant sums in their accounts. These vulnerable and sometimes elderly victims were then repeatedly cold called and presented with investment opportunities in gold bullion by pressurised selling.

Operation Cotton – Southwark Crown Court 2013
This highly publicised multi handed case investigated by the FCA concerned a series of companies who were running a land banking scheme which fell into the description of a collective investment scheme, falling foul of the FSA Management Act and resulting in charges of Conspiracy to Defraud. The loss to investors was circa £5 million. The case was at the forefront of the issue of Legal Aid cuts. Counsel Alexander Cameron QC was instructed on behalf of the defendants on the abuse argument which led to the stay of proceedings.

Operation Rylands– Old Bailey 2013
This multi-handed case concerned the alleged fraudulent misrepresentations to investors re the sale of Green Belt land causing a loss in excess of £6 million to over 90 investors many of which were elderly and venerable who were subjected to unsolicited calls (cold calling). The prosecution material served in the case was extensive and ran into hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence.

Insider Dealing

Investigation Stage – 2017
We are instructed by a senior member of a well- known PLC who is being investigated by the FCA for Insider Dealing and creating false and misleading statements or impressions. The case involves the spread betting with IG Index.

Investigation Stage – 2016
We are instructed to defend a matter investigated by the FCA for offences relating to breaches of Section 19 of FSMA 2000 namely selling shares in unlisted companies without the authorisation or exemption. Section 21 namely communicating invitations or inducements to engage in investment activity, and Section 397(3) of FSMA 2000 and Section 90 of FSA 2012, namely creating false and misleading impression as to the market in or price/value of a PLC.

Banking Fraud/ Credit Card Fraud

R v S – Southwark Crown Court 2016
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 many fraudulent transactions through complex arrangements and defrauded banks and merchant companies providing chip and pin facilities.

R v C & Others – Oxford Crown Court 2011
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.
R v Nail & Others – Croydon Crown Court 2009
Multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud. A large-scale banking fraud with complex confiscation proceedings. The loss of the fraud was in the millions of pounds.

Operation Cart – Croydon Crown Court 2006
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.

Long Firm Fraud

Investigation Stage 2017
We are instructed to defend a number of individuals who are being investigated for a large -scale Conspiracy to Defraud relating to the order and delivery and subsequent disappearance of millions of pounds worth of Apple IPhones and IPads, and over 120 tonnes of Copper. The goods were ordered from companies in the Netherlands and Germany, from the defendants who purported to be from B & M Home Stores and SSE. This has been described as one of the largest Long Firm Frauds to be investigated.

Operation Calanth – Snaresbrook Crown Court 2017
Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. The Defendants contacted computer supply companies pretending to be large companies and government agencies ordering high value computer supplies namely laptops and iPads. The defendant’s adopted false email address relating to legitimate business to order computer supplies. On-going proceedings with a loss value of circa £1.2 million.

Operation Ribbon – Birmingham Crown Court 2008
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.

Advance Fee Fraud

R v A – Investigations Stage 2013
This case Involved 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.

Pension Fraud

CW Cheyney Ltd Southwark Crown Court 2004
This case involved a Pension Fund Fraud referred by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority and prosecuted by the SFO.

Spread Betting Fraud

Operation Illman – Old Bailey 2003
Represented a Jockey in High profile horse race fixing / doping case relating to the defrauding of bookmakers investigated and prosecuted by the National Crime Squad. A successful application to dismiss was made.

Bribery & Corruption

Investigation stage 2017
SFO investigation related to alleged criminal conduct by British American Tobacco (BAT UK). The investigation relates to bribery and corruption and is on-going.

Investigation stage 2017
SFO investigation related to alleged criminal conduct by Unaoil and associated companies. The investigation is on-going.

Customs Evasion / Diversion Fraud

Operation Bombard – Investigation Stage 2017
HMRC in conjunction with the UK Border Force are leading this extensive investigation relating to the seizure of millions of pounds worth of cigarettes which were imported in several consignments into Heathrow Airport. The case involves substantial surveillance including convert and intrusive surveillance.

Operation Curtain- Investigation Stage 2017
This investigation involves substantial surveillance by HMRC on the illicit activities of a number of individuals suspected of being involved in the fraudulent evasion of circa £2 million cigarettes. A vast amount of cash was seized during the investigation and a number of arrests have been made for the evasion of duty and for money laundering.

Operation Lighthouse – Maidstone Crown Court 2013
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.

Operation Bypass – Isleworth Crown Court 2013
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.

Operation Clumber – Harrow Crown Court 2009
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 both in the U.K and in a number of countries in Europe.

Operation Toolshed – Kingston Crown Court 2009
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 substantial loss to the Revenue.

Operation Goodies/ R v Bajwa & Others [2011] EWCA CRIM 1093 REPORTED CASE – Manchester Crown Court 2008
Multi handed Conspiracy to Evade Duty on millions of smuggled cigarettes from China. Confiscation proceedings followed, which 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.

Operation Cocoa – Guildford Crown Court 2005
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.

Operation Fusion – Southwark Crown Court 2004
Diversion Fraud. Part of the infamous London City Bond cases, which were successfully appealed before the Court of Appeal.

Operation Eiger – Southwark Crown Court 2004
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.

Telecommunications / Electronics / Election Fraud

Operation Spruce – Reading Crown Court 2009
Large multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud, Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice and Perjury resulting from the alleged Slough Election Fraud.

Operation Joust – Reading Crown Court 2005
One of the largest conspiracies at that time to Defraud Microsoft of 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.

R v W – Snaresbrook Crown Court 2004
Large Telecoms fraud in which many multinational telecom companies were defrauded of airtime.

Operation Midas – Kingston Crown Court 2004
Conspiracy to Handle high value goods from a multinational telecoms company.

NHS Fraud

R v M – Maidstone Crown Court 2017
The case involved a senior NHS medical staff accused of manipulating the patient database system to inflate out of hours work figures. The Defence was focused on the disarray at the NHS patient management software and policy to increase workload to reduce waiting lists.

R v N – Guildford Crown Court – 2016
The defendant was employed on an agency basis for the Bromley Primary Care Trust for a number of years as a commissioner who defrauded hundreds of thousands of pounds by dishonestly invoicing for the care of patients receiving services under the Mental Health Act.

Benefit Fraud

Operation Rhino – Snaresbrook Crown Court 2016
Large scale benefit fraud where shell companies were setup to exploit a benefit scheme where EU nationals would qualify for housing benefits and tax credits if they were able to demonstrate a level of income. The shell company facilitated a large number of false benefit claims by allowing “employees” to effectively pay themselves wages through a chain of company accounts.

R v N – Southwark Crown Court 2011
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.

Tier 1 Fraud / Facilitation of Illegal Immigration & Human Trafficking

Operation Belman – Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square) 2017
This case is linked to Operation Façade. Charges were brought after a BBC Panorama programme in respect of systematic cheating on English Language Testing (TOEIC) at colleges where these tests were being sat by ‘pilots’ and the colleges were allegedly facilitating such cheating. As a result of these test results, applicants were able to fulfil certain criteria in their visa applications. The defendant received training by ETS as an administrator for TOEIC testing and was part of the senior management at the college. Case required a detailed understanding of the education system and role of testing centres with education institutions.

Operation Tobin – Harrow Crown Court 2014
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 Visas.

Operation Swale – Isleworth Crown Court 2011
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.

Operation Swale – Isleworth Crown Court 2010
Following, the highly publicised prosecution of the’ Sharma Uni-Visa’ Scam, investigation was conducted of a large scale multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud, immigration offences and money laundering. Evidence included substantial false documentation, a fictitious Indian website and falsely created organisation called Telugu One which was used to facilitate the fraud.

R v S – Kingston Upon Hull Crown Court 2008
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.

Operation Coptine – Leicester Crown Court 2007
Multi handed Conspiracy to Facilitate Illegal Immigration involving People trafficking from South Africa and was described as one of the biggest of that time.

Operation Carpal – Stafford Crown Court 2006
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. Extensive defence enquiries were carried out in India.

Conspiracy to Steal / Cash for Crash

Operation Sorrel – Reading Crown Court 2017
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 keyless 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.

Operation Fustuscaro – Harrow Crown Court 2015
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.

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court 2006
Multi handed Conspiracy to Steal from many 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.

Environment Agency

R v G – Birmingham Crown Court 2017
Investigation conducted by the Environment Agency where many suspects face allegations of illegally depositing high volumes of bale 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.

Trading Standards / Rogue Traders

Operation Kanteen- Lewes Crown Court 2017
Multi-handed, national, fraud rouge trader investigation targeting elderly or vulnerable victims. In excess of 170 victims in this operation who were contacted and given the impression they were speaking to police, trading standards or crown court judges. Over 50 people arrested with a total loss in excess of £3.5 million.

R v Y – Wolverhampton Crown Court 2016
Large Trading Standards prosecution concerning a well-known company based in the Midlands. Allegations include the company being involved over a systematic period of time in a commercial large-scale fraud. A vast number of consumers were said to be misled and were provided quotes for work which represented gross overcharging designed to dupe and mislead vulnerable adults.

R v T – Winchester Crown Court 2016
Investigation conducted by Trading Standards into a business selling over 100 vehicles where the odometer was falsified together with other malfunctions. Vehicles were sold all over the Hampshire region and beyond. Extreme lengths were deployed by the defendants to source the vehicles, alter their identity together with official documents and arrange their sale.

R v G, S & A – Isleworth Crown Court 2009
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Defraud involving the ‘Car Clocking’ of hundreds of cars, which were then distributed both Nationally and Internationally.

Trading Standards / Counterfeit Goods

R v G – Harrow Crown Court 2016
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 many companies belonging to the Defendant in the benefit figure. The turnover of the companies amounted to millions of pounds.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v P – Snaresbrook Crown Court 2013
Numerous Trade Mark offences relating to the distribution of vast amounts of cosmetic products from various markets including Petticoat Lane.

Fife Council v S & C – Kingston Crown Court 2011
Prosecution concerning many 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.

Surrey County Council v G & Others – Guildford Crown Court 2011
Large scale, multi handed Hallmark and Trade Description fraud together with many 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.

Luton Borough Council v R & Others – Luton Crown Court 2011
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.

Extradition

Spain v D N – City of Westminster Magistrates Court 2013
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 were 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.

Murder

Operation Xantus – Guildford Crown Court 2017
Highly publicised case in which the Defendant, a high-flying City Banker, faced a trial for the murder of his wife who was a successful business woman in their newly built £2 million family home. The Defendant accepted the unlawful killing of his wife but at the time of doing so, was suffering from an abnormal mental functioning of the mind. Difficult and complicated case, both emotionally and legally, which required the use of experts to determine whether the Defendant was suffering from an abnormality at the time of the unlawful killing despite considerable evidence of premeditation in the days leading up to the killing.

R v D & Others – Ipswich Crown Court 2016
Providing advice and assistance in relation to the preparation of a key witness statement and advising on the merits and otherwise for giving live evidence at a Murder trial involving the client’s husband and daughter.

Operation Chambrak – Croydon Crown Court 2015
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.

Operation Henegar – Old Bailey 2013
Represented 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.

R v CD – Reading Crown Court 2013
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.

Operation Garomna – Central Criminal Court 2011
Multi-handed Murder relates to the killing of the CEO of Sikh TV. The case attracted a vast amount of publicity.

R v S and Others – Reading Crown Court 2011
Client charged with a multi-handed Murder investigated by Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit. Involved the Arson attack on a house in Maidenhead.

Operation Embry Hills – Central Criminal Court 2010
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.

Violent Crimes & Blackmail

R v K Reading Crown Court 2016
Multi-handed Conspiracy to Blackmail over a dispute of substantial sums of money and a serious shooting in Slough, Berkshire. Cross border issues in relation to the service of evidence arose.

R v O & Others – Snaresbrook Crown Court 2016
An allegation against three French nationals of gang rape against the daughter of a senior police officer. The case focused on the behaviour of the complainant at the time of the incident supported by expert evidence on the effect of alcohol consumption and ‘black out’ drinking.

R v G – Southwark Crown Court 2015
An allegation of Assault Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) following a large ‘brawl’ at a well-established Mayfair Club. Prosecution failed to provide all the disclosure and the evidence requested, despite numerous requests which led to the case being dismissed two days before the trial was fixed.

Operation Fairford – Manchester Crown Court 2014
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.

Operation Consonant – St Albans Crown Court 2014
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.

Operation Cartwright – Kingston Crown Court 2005
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.

Drugs Offences

Operation Pulex – Kingston Crown Court 2017
Investigation conducted by the NCA into an organised crime group based in South East England with links to Brazil, Jamaica, Portugal and South Africa. The methodology used by the Defendants included circumventing border controls to smuggle over a 100 Kg of Class A and B drugs. Extensive surveillance operation where around 200 media devices were seized.

Operation Waterfront – Derby Crown Court 2017
Case concerns a large-scale conspiracy to supply of class A drugs across the Nottinghamshire and Chesterfield areas where arrests were made after extensive police surveillance. The network is said to have generated a revenue of nearly half a million per annum. In the absence of any actual drugs seized the evidence is formed almost exclusively of mobile phone data.

Operation Hotflex – Southwark Crown Court 2014
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.

Operation Usurp – Chelmsford Crown Court 2015
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.

Operation Mohican – Southampton Crown Court 2015
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.

Operation Culgao – Maidstone Crown Court 2013
Importation of approximately 20 kg of Cocaine from Africa, which was smuggled on a commercial passenger British Airways flights in food catering pods.

Operation Cook – Reading Crown Court 2012
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.

Operation Occasion – Winchester Crown Court 2012
Multi handed conspiracy alleging the importation and distribution of a vast quantity of Cocaine by a large Organised Crime Enterprise associated to Nigeria.

Operation Stork – Reading Crown Court 2012
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.

Operation Sconce – Reading Crown Court 2012
Large conspiracy to supply a vast quantity of Class A and B drugs through an organised crime group over a lengthy period. Lengthy surveillance conducted by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Operation Sauce – Reading Crown Court 2012
Investigation conducted by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) into the supply of Class A drugs in the Thames Valley area.

Operation Bizarre – Leeds Crown Court 2012
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.

Professional Memberships
  • LCCSA (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association)
  • POCLA (Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association).