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Serious & Organised Crime

Chambers has a formidable reputation in the prosecution and defence of allegations of serious and organised crime, with our practitioners providing advice and representation of the very highest quality in the most serious high-profile criminal trials of this nature throughout the UK and abroad. 

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Recent Cases

  • R v. IT & anr [Woolwich] 2020

    Kidnap

    Gregory Fishwick acted for this Defendant who along with another had been charged with kidnapping a young investment guru, who had brokered multi-million pound deals with a number of people. The investors had seen no returns for their monies and had lost all their capital.  The Defendant had taken on a near half million debt to collect and used social media and a honey trap to corner the complainant.  The Crown applied under the bad character provisions of the Criminal Justice Act to play the jury an episode of TV journalist Donal McIntyre’s criminal underworld programme that focused on this Defendant.  This was resisted and rejected by the Judge. 

    Through persistent applications for disclosure of phone records, CCTV and most importantly bank statements it could be shown that the complainant was a serial fraudster who had lied throughout his account to the police and, most importantly, to the jury. Both Defendants were acquitted after a two-week trial within less than an hour. Instructed by Bark & Co Solicitors.

  • Operation Buster [Leicester Crown Court] 2020

    Drugs Importation & Supply

    Rupert Kent was instructed by ABV Solicitors as a junior alone in this 11-handed drugs conspiracy case, involving the largescale importation and wholesale supply of drugs into and throughout the United Kingdom. The case comprised 12,000 pages of evidence, and this trial (one of four) was listed for 12 weeks.

  • Operation Rumoi [Harrow] 2019

    Controlling prostitution and large scale supply of cocaine.

    Aska Fujita, led by Kevin Dent QC of 5 St Andrews Hill, prosecuted a 6-week trial for controlling prostitution and being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The case, comprising over 62,500 pages of evidence, was investigated by the Met Police specialist Modern Slavery and Kidnap Team and centred around nine defendants and multiple brothels operating in North West London. Instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Division.

    Met Police News Article here.

    Evening Standard Article here.

    Daily Mail Article here.

  • R v T & 2 ors [Court of Appeal Criminal Division] 2019

    Firearms

    Rupert Kent was instructed by the CPS Appeals & Review Unit as a junior alone to respond in this 3-handed appeal against conviction. The appeal related to the admission of, and directions relating to, wide-ranging gang evidence.

  • Rv. RB [Snaresbrook] 2019

    Gangland Kidnapping

    Gregory Fishwick acted in this case involving an allegation of gangland kidnap by a serious crime group from Eastern Europe.  The complainant was said to have been taken from his car and bundled into another by a group of men.  After a painstaking trawl of unused CCTV, it was shown that this simply could not have happened.  Further, after a number of section 8 applications, disclosure was obtained that cast doubt on the complainant’s veracity due to ongoing mental health problems.  The Judge stopped the case at the conclusion of the Crown’s evidence.

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