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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. 

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30 April 2018

Red diesel trial collapse shows ‘systemic disclosure failings’

The client of James Martin, Peter Norton, whose trial for...

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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

  • In the matter of M [Southwark] 2018

    Manipulation of interbank benchmark rates

    Natasha Wong QC acted for former derivatives trader in regulatory proceedings brought by the FCA and in criminal proceedings involving the alleged dishonest manipulation of interbank benchmark rates. Instructed by Withers Worldwide/Sternberg Reed.

  • 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.

  • R v DE & ors [Kingston] 2018

    Conspiracies to cheat the revenue by importation of dutiable goods to the UK

    Natasha Wong QC acted for the defence in this case involving conspiracies to cheat the revenue by importation of dutiable goods to the UK  and launder proceeds of crime . Instructed by Paul Martin & Co.

  • R v J Abidi & ors [Southwark] 2018

    Money Service bureau accused of laundering £60m proceeds of drug/revenue crime

    Natasha Wong QC was trial counsel for owner/manager of Money Service bureau accused of laundering £60m proceeds of drug/revenue crime involving detailed analysis of surveillance material/ covert recordings and ledgers. Instructed by Hodge Jones and Allen

  • R v J Smith & ors [Bristol] 2017

    Conspiracy to steal £1.9m of telecommunications equipment

    Natasha Wong QC acted for this Company director acquitted of conspiracy to steal £1.9m of telecommunications equipment and laundering the proceeds by creating false paperwork through a network of Companies. Instructed by JD Law.

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