Business Crime & Financial Services
Mark is regularly instructed in complex and substantial fraud cases and in asset forfeiture and restraint proceeding.
Mark also advises company directors pre-charge and in matters of tax, VAT and director’s disqualifications.
HMRC v Divyesh Karsan & Ors
Mark, leading Nikita McNeill, appeared in a lengthy and complex MTIC fraud. The prosecution followed a large scale HMRC investigation, including covert surveillance and concealed cameras installed within the organisation’s offices. HMRC estimated that over £85 million in profits was laundered within the UK and transferred abroad, and that the total loss to the revenue as over £34 million. Mark defended the director of Golden Harvest, a wholesale alcohol supplier.
HMRC v Italian Wine Company
Over a 5 year period from 2008 to 2013, the Italian Wine Company allegedly smuggled wine from Italy by manipulating the Excise Movement and Control System and by the multiple use of Administrative Reference Codes on importation documents. HMRC estimated that the total VAT, Excise Duty and Corporation Tax evaded was over £46.5 million.
R v S
£250 million MTIC fraud – Operation Euripus, representing a director of four Hong Kong and two EU based companies alleged to have been a main EU supplier and responsible for organizing the movement of money off- shore.
R v C
£80 million MTIC fraud – Operation Vex, representing a director of a UK and Dubai based companies.
R v X
Complex cross-jurisdictional conspiracy involving the large-scale theft of film production equipment. The frauds, amounting to £4 million, took place in America, Europe, South Africa and Japan.
R v M
£3.5 million land banking fraud representing the director of three companies alleged to have held and sold land for investment as an unregulated Collective Investment Scheme.
R v D
Representing a director in an alleged national subcontracting fraud carried out over a three-year period in the construction industry.
R v Z
Conspiracy to defraud mortgage lenders involving portfolios of property alleged to have been carried out over a nine-year period.
R v W
Director charged with defrauding creditors.
R v H
Conspiracy to defraud involving Swiss Banks and Swiss banking law and procedure.
R v A
Leading Counsel. Defending SFO Prosecution of Corporate Share Fraud.
R v Hussain
Multi-million commercial mortgage fraud.