News and Events - Business Crime & Financial Services


12th May 2022News

Gavin Irwin defends company director in £5million VAT evasion

Not guilty verdicts were recorded against Gavin’s client at Southwark Crown Court when the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence after considering an application to dismiss two charges of cheating the public revenue. The case focused on the proper deployment of an ‘option to tax’.  The sale of property is ordinarily exempt from VAT but […]

17th Mar 2022News

Merry van Woodenberg acts for FCA in first prosecution of market manipulation offences under the Financial Services Act 2012

The prosecution was brought against three former employees of Redcentric Plc. Following a three month trial at Southwark Crown Court, the former Chief Financial Officer, Tim Coleman, was found guilty of knowingly making false and misleading statements to the market and of false accounting. The former Finance Director, Estelle Croft, pleaded guilty to charges of […]

15th Feb 2022News

Nikita McNeill instructed in Review into the SFO’s conduct of the Unaoil case

In December 2021 the Court of Appeal in R v Akle & Anor [2021] EWCA Crim 1879 quashed the conviction of Ziad Akle for conspiracy to bribe an Iraqi oil official. The Court of Appeal found that there had been disclosure failings in the case, in particular in relation to contact between SFO employees, including the Director […]

18th Oct 2021News

Another Fraud case collapses due to expert witnesses and disclosure failings

A diamond boiler room fraud in excess of 3 million pounds collapsed following the discovery by Narita Bahra QC leading Nichola Higgins (Matrix) that the prosecution’s expert had a commercial relationship with the Metropolitan police and significant disclosure failings. The exposure resulted in the acquittal of their client and all defendants. Press coverage: The Times […]