Our Private Prosecution team provides expert advice on launching proceedings in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
The team has extensive experience in this field having been involved in some of the largest privately prosecuted fraud cases in the last decade. Together with their extensive experience in criminal law, our solicitors ensure the necessary high standards of conduct are adhered to while helping you to bring those responsible to account quickly and effectively.
Private prosecutions have gained significant attention over the last few years and have proved a powerful tool for victims to seek justice outside of the traditional channels.
Public prosecutors, such as the CPS or Trading Standards, are under financial strain like never before and cannot commit time or resources to pursuing cases successfully. This is particularly true with complex cases, such as fraud or white-collar crime. Whether due to resources or their willingness to proceed, a private prosecution may be the only way to secure justice.
Early instruction is integral; from gathering evidence to drafting charges and presenting the case in court, every step requires thoroughness and precision. Our team ensures meticulous attention to detail throughout the entire process, and we work with some of the top chambers and private investigator firms in London to ensure this is achieved from start to finish.
Our qualified lawyers will help you navigate the process of private prosecutions, and ensure you understand your duties and any consequences of launching a private prosecution. They will provide expert advice on whether a private prosecution is appropriate and information about the key risks involved.
The team also has extensive experience with defending individuals, and companies, who are the subject of private prosecution proceedings, including acting for the defendant in the Allseas case which is still the largest investment fraud in Britain to be successfully private prosecuted.
Partner, Katie Kipps’ has a well-earned reputation for excellence in this field and her private prosecution practice is recognised by Chambers and Partners.
Katie specialises in heavyweight criminal litigation. She joined the firm in August 2020 having worked for over a decade at another leading law firm in the City of London.
Katie is ranked as a Band 2 Private Prosecution Lawyer. View more about our private prosecution services here.
Katie has extensive experience in the field of criminal law, representing client’s accused of offences ranging from murder, sexual assault and drug conspiracies to complex frauds and insider dealing.
Her defence practice focuses on cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the National Crime Agency. She also undertakes restraint and asset freezing work arising out of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Katie is particularly well known for her investigative skills and is celebrated for achieving excellent results for her clients. She is also experienced in bringing actions against the Police, under the Police Property Act and claims against Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
In addition to her defence work and having been involved in some of the largest privately prosecuted fraud cases in the last decade, Katie also specialises in advising on and launching private prosecution proceedings.
She advises both private individuals and corporate clients and expertly steers them through the complex process of private prosecutions. She has successfully challenged judicial review proceedings mounted by defence teams in relation to abuse of process arguments, and vigorously opposed costs applications in the relation to the same.
Katie also has extensive experience in defending individuals and companies who are the subject of private prosecution proceedings, including in the Allseas case which is still the largest investment fraud case to be brought by way of a private prosecution in the UK.
She is a member of the Private Prosecution Association and adheres to its code.
Katie is highly regarded for her success in both defence and private prosecution work. Her well-earned reputation for excellence in the field of private prosecutions is recognised by the renowned legal directory Chambers and Partners, indicating a high level of professional excellence and client satisfaction.
Katie is also a dedicated committee member of the Female Fraud Forum whose mission statement is to “spearhead change and work towards achieving gender equality across the industry.”
What Others Say:
“She excels in her ability to put clients at ease and ensures that they are never disadvantaged regardless of their means.” Chambers and Partners 2024
“She is very well organised, extremely detail-oriented and quick to identify the sorts of issues that others might not at the beginning of a case.” Chambers and Partners 2024
“Katie is extremely efficient, clear thinking and very good with clients.” Chambers and Partners 2024
I’ve known Katie since Hughmans. I am thrilled that the two firms have merged. She works really hard to get the trust of clients and is extremely efficient. She respects counsel’s judgements and guidance” Chambers and Partners 2023
“Her preparation is outstanding and so is her client care”
“Excellent knowledge of legal issues and able to think outside the box”
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her for serious crime work”
“She is very good with clients. Clients find her empathetic and supportive. She is an excellent Solicitor in many ways. She prepares cases thoroughly and is responsive to Counsels needs” – Chambers and Partners 2022
“Thank you so very much for pursing and for obtaining a great outcome! We are so grateful, you are rather wonderful!” – Client
R v A:
Katie’s client was charged with serious Class A drug importation charges. The investigation focused on the hack of the EncroChat phone network (Operation Venetic) and attribution of that device to her client. The prosecution referred to her client as “criminal pedigree and sought to convict on the basis of cell site evidence, phone data, CCTV and witness accounts. A 5-week trial resulted in a hung jury and the matter will be retried.
R v H:
Katie represented her client who was accused of assisting another offender, accused of murder. The murder occurred after a failed attempt to burgle a residential cannabis factory, and Katie’s client allegedly drove his co-defendants away from the scene of the fatal stabbing. Through tough negotiation with the Crown Prosecution Service, a basis of plea was advanced and accepted. As a result, Katie’s client was sentenced for assisting an offender to an aggravated burglary, and having meticulously prepared her client’s mitigation, he received a custodial term of 2 years, wholly suspended for 24 months.
R v T:
Katie acted for a high-profile client accused of rape. As a result of obtaining and reviewing vital CCTV evidence, which the Police had completely overlooked, her client was acquitted after trial at Southwark Crown Court.
R v R:
Katie defended a young man charged with section 18 GBH and witness intimidation. She conducted investigations in Manchester where the alleged attack took place. She re-traced the journey, paying close attention to timings of routes, according to the complainant’s account. Her work was key in proving that the complainant’s account simply could not be true, which resulted in an acquittal for her client.
R v A:
Following a criminal complaint filed in Switzerland, A, a British national was made subject of a £12 million international criminal fraud and money laundering investigation. The CPS were asked for assistance in freezing her UK based assets. The DPP advanced an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Requests and Orders) Order 2005 and an ex parte restraint order granted. Katie was instructed and an application to discharge the restraint order was pursued. Ultimately the order was discharged, on the grounds that the duty of full and frank disclosure had not been complied with. The restraint order was overturned, and the Prosecution’s application to make a new order dismissed. Advancing a costs application, in excess of £40,000 was awarded to Katie’s client.
Katie has also represented the client, together with Swiss law firm Mangeat, at the prosecutor’s offices in Switzerland in relation to the substantive matter.
R v A:
Katie successfully defended a Bank Compliance Officer against an allegation of money laundering. A’s husband had been separately charged with several counts of fraud, committed whilst he was employed at The Commonwealth Secretariat and advising the Government of Maldives. He later assumed position an international law firm and defrauded a number of wealthy clients of the firm.
Katie wrote to the CPS inviting them to review the evidential test of the Code for Crown Prosecutors. In the unusual circumstances of this case the defence provided the prosecution with further evidence demonstrating why the mental element of the offence was not satisfied. Katie also insisted that further, specific inquiries, be conducted. As a result of the representations advanced on behalf of her client, the CPS offered no evidence. The client’s husband was convicted and sentenced to 7 years 6 months imprisonment.
R v B:
Katie’s client is indicted in relation to a complex VAT conspiracy. Her client was charged following a three-year investigation conducted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. It is a multi-handed case, and the allegations relate to VAT repayments made to various companies between 2016 and 2018, totalling over £1.6 million.
R v C:
Katie is currently representing a client in proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 where the prosecution alleges a benefit figure is £34 million. The case for which her client was already convicted is a complex international drug importation brought by the NCA.
R v Zheng:
Katie represented a Chinese national in proceedings for money laundering involving the misuse of the Daigou ‘luxury items’ trading system.
R v Parvizi:
Katie worked alongside Peter Hughman in securing an acquittal in the largest ever investigation into insider dealing by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She was responsible for much of the detailed investigatory work undertaken by the defence, in relation to which she briefed trial counsel Orlando Pownall QC and David Whittaker, both of 2 Hare Court.
R v Reilly:
Katie fought ruthlessly for this client in confiscation proceedings. The client was convicted for drug and firearm offences following the discovery of highly sophisticated, underground bunkers in Essex, where a number of firearms including AK47 assault rifles were found. The Crown argued for a benefit figure of £5.6 million, and asserted the client had available assets in the sum of £2.6 million. Katie fiercely challenged the Crown’s case, resulting in a substantially reduced benefit figure of £407,780 and £121,860 in available assets.
R v Leitz:
Her client convicted of drug trafficking offences was subject to proceedings under The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This client had substantial assets, held across four jurisdictions, and an initial benefit figure of £2.7 million. These proceedings lasted for 3 years and as a result of thorough and tough negotiations an order was made in the sum of his benefit, which had reduced to £200,000.
R v P:
Katie’s client was charged with five counts of fraud concerning a wine investment scheme. Katie’s comprehensive analysis of the prosecution’s figures resulted in the overall value of the fraud being drastically reduced, and one count was dropped altogether, as a result of the extensive inquiries she made concerning a solicitor who had previously been struck-off the role.
R v Seabrook:
Katie defended a client in confiscation proceedings where the Crown asserted the client had hidden assets. As a result of her tough negotiations, the Crown conceded their argument just before the hearing itself, which resulted in a confiscation order being made in the sum of just £1,920.
R v K:
In 2017 Katie successfully defended her client who was the subject of private prosecution proceedings. She acted for a finance director of a company accused of theft of a consignment of plastics. Katie made representations to the CPS and asked that it take over and discontinue proceedings. The representations were successful. The private prosecutor appealed that decision and was ultimately unsuccessful, but the decision gave rise to an application for judicial review and subsequently, an important judgement on the Court of Appeal’s jurisdiction in private prosecutions.
R v Sultana:
Alongside Peter Hughman, Katie defended her client, Mr Sultana who was privately prosecuted for what is still believed to be the largest investment fraud in the UK.
R v A
Katie’s client launched private prosecution proceedings against an individual for offences of theft and blackmail. Katie has successfully navigated her client’s case from investigation stage, through abuse applications in the magistrates’ and high court, and now awaits trial in the crown court. A restraint order was successfully obtained against the defendant.
R v B
Katie advised a construction company who wanted to pursue a private prosecution against one of its directors, for fraud and theft. The director had allegedly filtered payments from clients into a similarly named account. After conducting a thorough investigation Katie advised the company on the prospects of launching a private prosecution.
R v C
Katie is instructed to act for global brands who are victims of IP crime. She acted for one particular client launching private prosecution proceedings earlier this year, under the Trade Marks Act 1994. The defendant pleaded guilty and awaits sentence. A costs application has also been prepared to recover some of her client’s costs.
R v D
Katie’s client had a dispute with his neighbour which resulted in him being assaulted with a shovel. The police refused to take action, and Katie was instructed to advise on the prospects of bringing private prosecution proceedings, against her client’s neighbour. Katie reviewed the evidence and considered the selection of charges. She ultimately provided positive advice on bringing private prosecution proceedings for various offences of harassment and assault.
Katie regularly advises corporate entities in relation to private prosecutions and disputes arising from parallel civil proceedings.
Grant has worked exclusively in criminal litigation since his qualification in 2002. He has extensive experience in serious and complex offences ranging from fraud, sexual allegations, homicide, drugs and violence. He has extensive experience of all stages of the process from arrest, pre charge representation, litigation and Trial.
He has been instructed to deal with allegations/ charges brought by the Crown Prosecution Service , HMRC, National Crime Agency, Trading Standards and Serious Fraud Office.
Due to the work Grant does many cases do not reach the charging stage.
Grant has been recognised for his work by the established directory Chambers and Partners. He has been recognised in this guide year after year and most recently has been ranked a Band 2 leading individual in the 2024 guide.
“Grant is brilliant – he’s got a good grasp of the fine line between being authoritative with clients as well as open and considerate, so if he’s managing expectations it can be done in a very thoughtful and considered way. He’s also got a very good sense of tactics and approach to cases generally.” Chambers and Partners 2024
“He is able to level with clients well, gain their trust and confidence and cut straight to the heart of the issues of any case.” Chambers and Partners 2024
“Grant Ambridge is a naturally intuitive lawyer who can predict where a case is going to go with startling accuracy.” Chambers and Partners 2024
“Grant Ambridge, is an excellent, old school criminal solicitor who knows his clients and has a pragmatic way of dealing with cases without ever compromising his focus on the defence. Grant knows the system, and his clients, inside out and works tirelessly to deliver them good results” Chambers and Partners 2023
Grant is currently advising in a matter concerning unexplained wealth orders and s22 Proceeds of Crime Act applications.
R – v – NJ – Woolwich Crown Court – 2021
Represented youth charged with joint enterprise murder involving a sawn off shotgun. The defendant was found not guilty following successful legal arguments on “res gestae” followed by a half time submission of no case to answer. Martin Heslop QC and Merry Van Woodenberg 2 Hare Court instructed.
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R v EM – Hove Crown Court – 2014 (Murder)
Defendant charged with shooting a rival on a busy Brighton Street. Case involved a large number of eye witnesses and the instruction of Firearms experts. Following a fully contested trial the Defendant was acquitted of all charges. Simon Mayo QC (187 Fleet Street) and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) instructed Counsel.
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R v JM – Central Criminal Court – 2013 (Murder)
Defendant charged with murdering his former partner and mother of his child. He then hid the body in the boot of his car to avoid detection. Following a full trial the Defendant was acquitted of murder. Orlando Pownall QC (2 Hare Court) and Charles Langley (2Bedford Row) instructed Counsel.
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R v JC – Guildford Crown Court – 2011 (Murder)
Defendant accused of murdering his employee with one punch following an argument in the work place. The Defendant was acquitted of murder. Trevor Burke QC (3 Raymond Buildings) and Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row)
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R v R – Truro Crown Court – 2009 (Murder)
Defendant was accused of shaking her baby son to death whilst on a family holiday. Following a lengthy trial and the instruction of various medical experts in her defence, she was acquitted of all charges. Maura Mcgowan QC and Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) instructed Counsel
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R v H – Central Criminal Court – 2006 (Murder)
16 year old boy accused together with one other of stabbing a man outside the Mass Nightclub in Brixton.
Andrew Campbell Tiech QC and Zarif Khan (Drystone Chambers ) Instructed Counsel.
Read more via dailymail.co.uk
R v R – Central Criminal Court – 2005 (Murder and Firearms)
Defendant was charged with one other of shooting another man at a Traveller Site in Surrey. The Defendant, following a full Trial, was acquitted of all charges. Andrew Trollope QC (187 Fleet Street) and Susan Rodham (5 Kings Bench Walk) instructed as Counsel.
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R – v – GK – Southwark Crown Court – 2022
GK was charged with one other in cheating the public to the sum of £5.4 million. The case focused on the proper deployment of an ‘option to tax’. The sale of property is ordinarily exempt from VAT but the option to tax permits a business to elect to charge VAT on the sale of otherwise exempt commercial property and to recover VAT on related development costs, for example, surveyors and other professional services.
Not guilty verdicts were recorded against GK when the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence on consideration of an application to dismiss the charges by the defence team. Gavin Irwin – 2 Hare Court instructed.
R v MR & PR – Nottingham Crown Court – 2016 (Money Laundering and conspiracy)
Ongoing proceedings for Conspiracy to Defraud and Money Laundering involving 16 defendants and in excess of 20,000 pages of evidence.
Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) instructed Counsel.
R v MR – Blackfriars Crown Court – 2016 ( Money laundering )
This was a case where the first Defendant was represented. He was a businessman, in a multi-handed high value alleged money laundering conspiracy. The trial, which was expected to take six weeks, collapsed on the third day as a result of successful legal arguments and persistent disclosure requests which caused the prosecution to offer no evidence. All defendants acquitted.
Richard Wormald (3 Raymond Buildings) instructed Counsel.
R – C & C – Blackfriars CC – ongoing – (Fraud and Money Laundering)
Grant was representing 2 of 12 defendants alleged to have been involved in a large scale Diversion Fraud to the value of £8 million.
R v B AL – Southwark Crown Court – 2013 ( Fraud and conspiracy )
This was a case involving fraud and conspiracy to cheat the Revenue – The defendant was charged with defrauding HMRC by claiming Film Tax Credits and VAT for the making of a feature film “Landscape of Lies”. The case involved over 10000 pages of evidence and multiple defendants.
Orlando Pownall QC (2 Hare Court) and Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) instructed Counsel.
Read more via bbc.co.uk
R v R, R and R – Croydon Crown Court – 2013 (Fraud)
This was a large scale building fraud on multiple homeowners. The value of the fraud was in excess of £500,000. Voluminous material building experts needed to be instructed to assess the quality and value of the work. Confiscation sought in excess of £3 million. This was eventually negotiated down to £300,000 for the main Defendant only.
Trevor Burke QC (3 Raymond Buildings), Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) Instructed Counsel.
R v MM – Kingston Crown Court – 2012 (Fraud and money laundering)
R v M & Ors – 2011 & 2012- (Operation Vara) (Fraud)
Lead Junior Defending. Successfully defended a man accused of evasion of import Duty and VAT on gold jewellery. Over £8 million evasion involving an international investigation which moved from the UK to Europe, on to India and Dubai.
This was a case involving a conspiracy to evade import duty and VAT payable on the importation of gold jewellery. In total over £8 million was said to have been evaded. Mr Martin was led in this case by Mr Leon Kazakos and represented a defendant accused of being one of the men responsible for importing the gold Jewellery from Dubai into Frankfurt. The fraud involved the handover of the gold to another member of the conspiracy who would then import into the UK passing off the import as intra-EU trade and therefore VAT exempt. Some of these activities were observed by a covert intelligence unit of the German Police. The case involved complex VAT legal questions as well as jurisdictional issues.
Following 4 Trials the defendant was acquitted of all charges
Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) and James Martin (5 Kings Bench Walk) instructed Counsel.
R v HS – Birmingham Crown Court – 2011 (Fraud and money laundering)
Operation Elemi. The Defendant was charged with laundering the proceeds of large scale MTIC frauds. The case involved voluminous amounts of evidence and a lengthy trial with multiple defendants.
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R – v – JL – Southwark Crown Court – 2020
Represented former Blue Peter presenter in a historic allegation of sexual assault who was acquitted after Trial , with the Jury reaching the not guilty verdict following 23 mins of deliberation. Gudrun Young 2 Hare Court instructed.
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R – v – DH – Inner London Crown Court – 2018 (Sexual Assault)
Grant represented a Nurse employed by a national charity charged with a sexual assault. Following extensive representation to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the severe evidential deficiencies the case against DH was discontinued. Grant represented DH and subsequent Nursery and Midwifery Council hearing with regard to his eligibility to practice. Following representations at two hearings DH has been allowed to continue his career without restrictions.
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R v TR – Nottingham Crown Court – 2016 (Conspiracy and trafficking)
This case involved conspiracy to rape and people trafficking. The Defendant were charged with 35 other defendants to rape and traffic vulnerable persons for the purpose of sexual abuse. Following defence disclosure requests and legal argument the matter was stayed for abuse of process.
Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) instructed Counsel.
R – v – WH – Kingston Crown Court – 2022
WH is charged with 3 other for conspiracy to supply multi kilo quantities of cocaine. The case involves the “encro” phone network and its subsequent infiltration by French authorities. Oliver Renton – Crucible Chamber instructed.
R – v – JH – Isleworth – 2022
JH is charged with 9 others industrial scale production of cannabis at two separate sites in the south east of England. The case involves the “encro” phone network and its subsequent infiltration by French authorities.
R – v – GK – Southwark Crown Court – 2021
Represented the first defendant to be charged with illegally exporting (smuggling) endangered European Eels outside of the EU. A non-custodial sentence and minimal confiscation order achieved following representation in and out of court.
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R – v – S – Nottingham Crown Court – 2018 (Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs)
Grant together with Andrew Rootsey of the Firm represented S who was charged with others with supplying large quantities of cocaine between London and Nottingham with S being alleged to have been head of the London operation. Following a 6 week Trial S was unanimously acquitted.
R – v – MR & PR – Nottingham Crown Court – 2017 (Slavery and Fraud)
Grant was instructed to represent a father and son charged with Fraud together with their extended family who were also charged under the modern slavery provisions. Due to the sheer number of defendants and charges the case was split into three different Trials. At the conclusion Grant’s clients were the only ones not to receive custodial sentences. Charles Langley (2 Bedford Row) for MR and Leon Kazakos (2 Hare Court) for PR
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R v VM – Manchester Crown Court – 2016 (Drug Importation)
Ongoing Trial for the importation of cocaine and heroin. The Defendant was charged with others of being an organiser in importing large quantities of drugs from Belgium. Investigated and prosecuted by the National Crime Agency.
James Martin (5 Kings Bench Walk) instructed as counsel.
R v MH – Manchester Crown Court – 2014 ( Conspiracy to assist an offender )
This case involved a conspiracy to assist an offender. The Defendant was charged with others of assisting the notorious Dale Cregan by helping him escape and hide after he had assassinated rivals and prior to killing two unarmed police officers. Following two trials the Crown offered no evidence due to lack of disclosure.
Tyrone Smith QC (25 Bedford Row) and Emma Goodhall (Doughty Street)
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R – v – UC – Southwark Crown Court – 2021
Represented a metropolitan police scientist charged with multiple counts of misconduct in public office concerning the failure to store exhibits correctly and cause undue delay in police investigations. Leon Kazakos QC – 2 Hare Court instructed.
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R – v – AD – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2018 (Juries Act 1974 Offences)
Grant represented AD who pleaded guilty to researching the case he was trying during the trial period for reasons connected to that case and he intentionally disclosed this information to other members of the jury that had been obtained by research in contravention of s20A and the information had not been provided by the court. The offence in almost every circumstances result in an immediate custodial sentence. However following excellent mitigation put forward by Grant and Counsel the Court took an exceptional stance and AD’s term of imprisonment was suspended with community punishment. Fiona Robertson 2 Hare Court instructed Counsel for AD
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Luke is a specialist in complex litigation
He acts for both criminal and civil clients and also represents companies and individuals during regulatory investigations.
He is regularly instructed in cases involving cross-jurisdictional transactions and international finance. He has recent experience in regulatory investigations by the FCA and has acted for companies and individuals in investigations by HMRC and the SFO.
“Luke is an excellent practitioner, who combines and eye for detail with tactical judgment beyond his years. He is a pleasure to work with” Legal 500 2023
“Luke Gittos is a delight. He is just so nice, and his client care is really good. He is clued up, confident and quite a star” Chambers and Partners 2023
“Luke is hardworking, diligent and detail oriented. He does big, complicated cases. He prepares cases very well” Chambers and Partners 2022
R v PS & ET – High value money laundering allegation
Acting for two defendants in high value money laundering allegation connected to VAT evasion on imported alcohol. The estimated loss to the Revenue is £40 million.
R v DF – Murder appeal
Instructed in relation to a murder appeal dealing with complex issues of female mental health and psychosis. Instructed on a private basis to review the findings of a previous trial team.
R v BM – Allegation of murder
Undertaking a pro-bono investigation into the conviction of an alleged member of the provisional IRA for the murder of a Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2009. Reviewing the findings of a ‘Judge only’ trial.
R v L – Allegation involving ticketing fraud
Instructed with respect to allegation involving ticketing fraud with respect to the 2015 rugby world cup worth in excess of £1 million. Client was principal defendant and was acquitted of all charges.
H and Ors v FCA – Advising in complex FCA inquiry
Advising a network of Independent Financial Advisors in the course of highly complex FCA inquiry into improper transfer of pension funds
R v P – Complex and large scale money laundering allegation
Complex and large scale money laundering allegation, involving the alleged movement of large sums to be sent to terrorist organisations in Syria.
R v P – Commercial fraud worth in excess of £500,000
Commercial fraud worth in excess of £500,000 with victims including Crystal Palace Football Club.
LT – Highly complex investigation into historic sexual abuse
Assisted client in developing argument against his extradition from South Africa having been sought in connection to a highly complex investigation into historic sexual abuse. Assisted the client’s South African legal team in an analysis of the relevant legal framework to develop an argument that his extradition would be contrary to the RSA constitution.
R v ETJ – Controlling prostitution and money laundering
Large scale allegation of controlling prostitution and money laundering across the north of England, arising out of the ownership of a chain of escort agencies. The first trial jury failed to reach a verdict. A suspended sentence was achieved following plea negotiations.
R v A – Alleged credit card fraud
Alleged credit card fraud worth in excess of £60,000, involving the targeting of vulnerable victims over the telephone.
R v L – Large scale international conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine
Large scale international conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine involving informant evidence. The Crown offered no evidence on all drugs charges following a lengthy disclosure argument.
R v N – Complex allegation of VAT and PAYE
Retrial of a complex allegation of VAT and PAYE fraud centered around the construction industry. The value exceeded £1m. Achieved a suspended sentence for the defendant following a significant concession regarding the indictment.
R v MU – 10 year prison sentence overturned on appeal
Conviction which resulted in a 10 year prison sentence overturned on appeal following criticism of previous legal team. The prosecution subsequently offered no evidence. The defendant was released from custody and faced no further charges.
R v B – Money laundering and corruption
Acted for defendant accused of laundering £18,000 and corrupting a public official. The case involved the sale of contraband in prison. The defendant was acquitted of all counts following trial.
R v T – High profile client accused of rape
Assisted Peter Hughman in securing the acquittal of a high profile client accused of rape.
R v M – Conspiracy to import 18 kilos of cocaine
Currently instructed in a series of cases involving the interception of the ‘EncroChat’ network, including one conspiracy to import 18 kilos of cocaine from a cruise ship.
R v H
Represented defendant in murder allegation.
R v H
Represented principal defendant in a joint enterprise murder allegation. Client acquitted following representations with regards to the Crown’s case on causation.
R v C
Conspiracy to produce counterfeit currency.
R v C
Currently instructed in the largest ever conspiracy to produce counterfeit currency, involving the alleged production of £53 million of false notes.
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