Recommended in Legal 500, Taimoor is a Solicitor Advocate with extensive experience in representing clients in the Crown Court. He qualified in 2005 and has dealt with the full range of criminal defence work.
Taimoor’s practice is increasingly focussed on serious fraud and organised crime. Taimoor regularly deals with investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies including SFO, FCA, NCA, HMRC, MHRA, CPS, DBIS, Trading Standards and Local Authority.
Taimoor’s strengths include his calm and diligent approach in dealing with contentious issues. He has the ability to analyse the Prosecution case and swiftly identify key issues to advance his client’s case, often in matters concerning voluminous amounts of digital evidence such as cell site analysis and forensic accounting.
This is evident through his sterling work on some of the highest profile fraud cases within the UK and his growing reputation within the specialist field of financial crime
Operation Berg / Meeker – Southwark Crown Court
A £1.4 million Tier 1 and Revenue fraud. Registered immigration advisors and company directors allegedly manipulated earnings to support immigration applications and to obtain a rebate of taxes previously paid to the Revenue. The Serious Fraud Division Prosecution team described this case as sophisticated due to the number of companies which were created.
Operation Belman – Manchester Crown Court
IMMIGRATION FRAUD – VISA APPLICATION FRAUD
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.
R v D – Isleworth Crown Court
A multi-handed case relating to over £8 million laundered. Substantial surveillance conducted over a lengthy period of time. Evidence of criminality was purely circumstantial therefore the principles in R v Anwoir 1998 were central to this case.
Operation Kanteen – Lewes crown Court
Multi-handed national fraud rogue trader investigation, targeting elderly or vulnerable victims. In excess of 170 victims in the operation who were contacted and given the impression that they were speaking to the police, trading standards or crown court judges. The investigation led to over 50 people being arrested with a total loss in excess of £3.5 million from the victims.
R v M – Maidstone Crown Court
CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD
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.
Operation Rhino – Snaresbrook Crown Court
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.
Operation Sovereign – Blackfriars Crown Court
CHARITIES COMMISSION FRAUD
The defendants were investigated as part of an operation that focussed on alleged wide spread charity fraud perpetuated at London Underground and Overground stations. The defendants were trustees of an international charity that had run for almost 20 years. It is alleged that they diverted hundreds of thousands of pounds of funds collected on behalf of the charity into their own accounts over 6 years and that they have been under declaring their annual submissions to the charity commission during this time. The case involved careful analysis of multiple bank accounts and the use of forensic accountants and thorough inquiries into the nature of the investigation where there were apparent failures of protocol.
Operation Waterfront – Derby Crown Court
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.