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Fraud & Financial Crime

Chambers’ practitioners are routinely instructed in signficant white collar crime - including  fraud, bribery, money laundering and other financial offences. Members act for both the prosecution and defence, including cases involving the Serious Fraud Office. We represent individuals, (including directors) as well as Companies who are accused of financial offences. Often, members are instructed prior to charge, and are instructed to advise during the investigation stage. From Tax/VAT/MTIC frauds to bribery, mortgage frauds to insider trading and corruption, Chambers offers experience and expertise to all those who are under investigation in relation to financial offences. 

Recent Cases

  • R v. DC & ors [Birmingham] 2017

    Mortgage Frauds

    James Martin Trial and Retrial of allegations of large scale property frauds. Involved the intentional undervaluing of property in order to sell it on to others within the conspiracy at a discount. Case alleged a conspiracy between an inside man at Severn Trent Water and the other defendants. The property would be advertised and false bids were being submitted by others to enable a selling to one of the members of the conspiracy at a substantial discount. Instructed by Blackfords LLP.

  • R v. H & ors [Guildford] 2017

    £325,000 Invoicing Fraud

    Aska represented the third defendant as junior alone in a six-handed trial where the first defendant was represented by silk and junior, and the second defendant was represented by two juniors. Aska’s client was charged with three counts of participating in fraud by abuse of position with other family members totalling c£300,000. The trial required analysis of substantial financial evidence covering numerous bank accounts. After a six-week trial, Aska’s client was the only defendant to be acquitted of any count and ultimately received a suspended sentence. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.

    News Report here.

  • Operation Boldo [I.L.C.C.] 2017

    Horsemeat Fraud

    Jonathan Polnay was lead Counsel for the Crown in this multi-handed and much publicised conspiracy involving three prominant businessman passing off horsemeat as 100% pure beef.

    News report here.

  • R v P [Basildon Crown Court] 2017

    Benefit Fraud

    Aska Fujita represented a defendant charged with benefit fraud, spanning over 12 years, amounting to over £120,000. After negotiations with the prosecution, a plea on a basis was agreed, resulting in a suspended sentence. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.

  • R v. D,M,M [Maidstone] 2017

    Carbon Credit Fraud

    Edmund Fowler was instructed for the Crown in this successful prosecution of 3 individuals for a complex multi-million £ carbon credit scam. The defendants were represented by Queen's Counsel.

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