Fraud & Proceeds of Crime (POCA)
R v Webb and Simpson (2000)
Defending with Anthony Arlidge QC. An extraction fraud which went to the Court of Appeal when the Attorney General argued that non-custodial sentences were unduly lenient notwithstanding that the trial judge gave an indication during the trial. In addition to being Anthony Arlidge QC’s junior in this case, he acted alone in representing the third defendant who was acquitted following a submission of no case after three months of trial.
Max has appeared in a number of significant homicide trials (Murder and Manslaughter), for the defence and prosecution in equal measure.
His past cases at the Central Criminal Court include the successful second prosecution for the killing of Damilola Taylor, R v Preddie and Preddie, in which he was first junior prosecution counsel.
R v Long (2015) - Prosecuting a former Metropolitan Police Firearms officer for Murder in relation to the fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney.
R v Jones and others (2015) - Defending one of seven young men charged with Double Murder in a drugs-related homicide in East London.
R v B**** (2012) - Defending the lead defendant in a 4-handed murder trial. The four were doormen accused of manslaughter following an altercation with a customer at a nightclub in Southend. The deceased had died while being restrained. Evidence was heard from numerous eye-witnesses, club staff and management, CCTV footage, pathologists, neuro-pathologists, security experts, restraint experts and police officers. All four were acquitted.
R v (Dagauzu) Ali (2012) - Prosecuting for the murder of a young man on the Old Kent Road motivated by minor rivalry relating to the ownership and sale of cars. The leading defendant and person in direct dispute with the victim was convicted and sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 25 years.
Max has built a reputation as a true leader in his field, appearing in a number of high profile terrorism cases.
Max was instructed in the last IRA prosecution in this country, R v Hulme and others. The Real IRA mainland campaign of 2001 included bomb detonations at the BBC premises in White City, together with a very large bomb at Ealing Broadway and a third detonation at Birmingham Smallbrook. The trial took place over several months in 2003, and culminated in the conviction of all five members of the terrorist cell.
Thereafter, he was continuously instructed for the prosecution, first as junior counsel then, as leading junior and now as QC, in a series of Al Qaeda and then ISIS terrorist trials from 2004 to date. These include the so-called ‘Ricin Conspiracy’ trial R v Bourgass and others, concerning the discovery of poison recipes and ingredients in north London, terrorism trials involving Syria (R v Tabbakh, Birmingham Crown Court 2008), Baluchistan (R v Baluch and Marri, Woolwich Crown Court 2008-9), Somalia (R v Mohamed and Yusuf, Kingston Crown Court 2009) and one of the most significant terrorist publications case to date (R v Faraz, Kingston Crown Court 2011), as well as all three trials resulting from the ‘21/7’ plot by suicide bombers to detonate bombs on London transport two weeks after the carnage of ‘7/7’. These trials lasted a total of 16 months during 2007-8, and resulted in the conviction of sixteen defendants. Max was appointed QC in the middle of the third trial. His second junior in the second and third trials was Emma Gargitter, also of Red Lion Chambers.
R v Abdallah and Gray (2016) - Prosecuting a Birmingham-based plot to send fighters, firearms and cash to Syria.
R v Khan and Khan (2016) - Prosecuting a Luton-based plot to behead US servicemen in East Anglia, as well as intended travel to join so-called Islamic State in Syria.
R v Alshayeb (2015) - Terrorism trial involving military files in the possession of a Bahraini activist resident in London.
R v Iqbal and others (2012-2013) - Leading counsel (Duncan Atkinson and Carys Owen) Section 5 preparation and training case, the 'Luton group'. Before Wilkie J, Guilty pleas March 2013.
R v Faraz (2011) - Leading Counsel (Duncan Atkinson, opposite Joel Bennathan QC). Section 2 TA terrorist publications. Before Calvert-Smith J, and Pitchford LJ on appeal.
R v Ahmed and Mohammed (2009) - Leading Counsel (Alison Morgan). Al Shabaab funding and support. Before Mackay J and (retrial) the Recorder of London (HHJ Beaumont QC).
R v Baluch and Marri (2008-2009) - Leading counsel (Kate Wilkinson, opposite Henry Blaxland QC and Baroness Kennedy). Baluchistan Liberation Army funding and support. Before Henriques J.
R v Tabbakh (2008) - QC alone (opposite Rajiv Menon QC). Section 5 TA bomb-maker. Before Hughes LJ on appeal.
R v Girma and others (2008) - Leading counsel (Alison Morgan and Emma Gargitter). The final 21/7 trial. Before HHJ Worsley QC at the Central Criminal Court.
R v Ali and others (2007-2008) - Leading Junior (Alison Morgan and Emma Gargitter). The 21/7 assisters. Before HHJ Worsley QC at Kingston.
R v Ibrahim and others (2007) - First Junior (Nigel Sweeney QC). The 21 July 2005 Bombers. 6 month trial before Fulford J.
R v Bourgass and others (2004-2005) - Second Junior (Nigel Sweeney QC and Mark Dennis QC). The ricin conspiracy. 9 month trial before Penry-Davey J.
R v Hulme and others (2002-2003) - Second Junior (Orlando Pownall QC and Mark Heywood). The Real IRA mainland bombing campaign 2001; White City, Ealing Broadway, Birmingham Smallbrook.
R v Bryan (2014)
Defending a step-father accused of multiple rapes against his 6-year old step-daughter. The case reached the Court of Appeal as an Attorney-General’s reference.