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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. 


15 March 2018

Natasha Wong QC joins 5KBW

Chambers are delighted to announce that Natasha Wong QC...

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8 February 2018

Liverpool HMRC VAT trial collapses following disclosure problems

James Martin leading for the defence has successfully...

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Recent Cases

  • Operation Primrose [Liverpool] 2018

    HMRC "Red Diesel" VAT Fraud

    James Martin was instructed as Leading Junior for this defendant charged with 10 others in a case that involved an huge undercover investigation by HMRC into an alleged nationwide Red Diesel laundering Fraud. There were said to be two principle laundering sites: one in Birkenhead and the other near Ashford in Kent. Following over 12 months of covert surveillance and a 3 year investigation 11 men were charged with being involved in the Conspiracy said to have involved a loss of over £500k to HMRC in unpaid VAT.

    The case was split into two trials. During the first trial it became apparent that there were a number of issues with disclosure in the case. This followed repeated requests for disclosure by the Defence teams. At the beginning of the 4th week, and after the OIC was subjected to cross-examination on the voir dir, HMRC were forced to seek an adjournment of the Trial once they realised the scale of the disclosure problems in the case.

    The application was vigorously opposed by the Defence and ultimately refused by HHJ Trevor-Jones. In his damning ruling he said that there had been “negligence to a lamentable degree” which was “indicative of a more systemic failure.” As a result of the Judge’s ruling HMRC offered no Evidence against the defendants left in the case. Instructed by The Stokoe Partnership.

  • Operation Lunar [Birmingham] 2017

    £Multi-Million HMRC Tax Avoidance Prosecution

    Sarah Forshaw QC and Robert Ellison acted in the defence of this defendant charged with 10 others of a multi-million pound  conspiracy to cheat HMRC. The fraud centred around multiple tax avoidance schemes. The charges were dismissed against our client following legal argument. The trial on the remaining defendants is listed for 6 months in 2019. Instructed by King and Spalding LLP.

  • R v. Abifade & ors [I.L.C.C.] 2017

    Fraud by Abuse of Position

    Paul Jackson acted for the defence of a bank employee passing customers’ account details to others so that they could fraudulently impersonate those customers and obtain funds.

    News report here.

  • R v. Khatri & ors [Snaresbrook] 2017

    £550k Fraud by False Representation

    Paul Jackson acted for the defence of female charged with defrauding others out of £550,000. The defendant, with another (co-defendant pleaded guilty), was alleged to have falsely represented to her friends that they had won £46.5 million gambling but required money to pay legal fees to release the funds. Defendant found not guilty. Instructed by Shaw Graham Kersch.

    News Report here.

  • 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.

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