HomicideOrganised CrimeFraud and Money Laundering
- R v M (2016) Death from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by blocking of flue during building works in breach of breaches of Health and Safety regulations.
- R v Lukelo-Mami & Ors (2016) Murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice: group stabbing of victim with a fatal wound to one leg and 4 other non-contributory wounds. D1 ran self-defence. Case involved anonymous witnesses, child witnesses and cell confession evidence. Press Link: BBC
- R v O and others (2016) Murder: alleged joint enterprise stabbing with three defendants in the hallway where stabbing occurred and two others outside with the door was closed. The case was the first at the Central Criminal Court to give effect to the Supreme Court’s decision in Jogee.
- R v West (2014-2015) Prosecution junior in murder of alcoholic father stabbed by his son. At retrial the defendant pleaded to manslaughter by reason of loss of control, Press Link: BBC
- R v Jacobs (2014) Defending historic allegation of murder of PC Blakelock that had taken place 28 years earlier.
- R v Grant & Ors (2012) Prosecuted the “Stockwell shooting”: five year old girl left paralysed by a shot which missed the intended victim who was uninjured. The principle of “transferred malice” was ruled not to apply in an attempted murder charge, and at trial the central issue was proving intent on the part of the three defendants to cause the victim grievous bodily harm where she was not the intended victim.
- R v Ban (2012) Prosecuted Hungarian national for double murder by stabbing his male flat mate twice and a female friend twenty times. Crown rejected defendant’s plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility: convicted after trial.
- R v Oyenaychi (2011) Prosecuted allegations of attempt to kill two police officers by slitting the throat of one and slashing the head of another. Sentence of 25 years upheld by the Court of Appeal.
- R v Clarke and R v Tondoneh (2011) Prosecuted murders by setting fire to female partners.
- R v Robinson (2011) Prosecuted single punch murder brought with leave of Attorney General following death of the victim. Defendant pleaded guilty to s20 inflicting grievous bodily harm having left victim hospitalised in almost vegetative state. The issue on appeal was whether an increased sentence that resulted in defendant returning to prison was correct. Sentence upheld by Court of Appeal  1 Cr App. R (S) 127 CA.
- R v Miah & Choudhury (2011) 2 murders and 3 attempted murders committed by a 14 year old defendant with his older (20) cousin by arson. The case gives guidance on (i) the approach to severance in “cut throat” cases and (ii) sentencing a very young defendant and an adult for murder  Crim L.R 662 CA.
- R v Cheema (2011) Death of a teenage girl and injury to her boyfriend who worked part-time at the venue from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by breaches of Health and Safety regulations in relation to his employer’s faulty heater. Successfully argued that the regulations applied to the boyfriend as he fell to be treated as an employee.
- R v B (2008) Prosecuted murder involving young female defendant who was subsequently acquitted. The prosecution witnesses were friends of either the victim or the defendant requiring considered legal advice as to the use of and extent to which the prosecution were obliged or able to rely on them.
- R v Alamgir &Ors (2016) Prosecution for encouraging support for ISIS, a proscribed organisation, by giving speeches in private gatherings. Legal issues on parameters of law and EHCR Articles 9 and 10 and admissibility of mind-set material. Undercover officer evidence relied on. D2 ran as a defence a relationship with the Security Services before and during the time of the alleged offending. Press Link: BBC
- R v Tareena Shakil (2015) The first prosecution of female for taking a child and going to live in Syria under Terrorism Act 2006. Press Link: BBC
- R v M &Ors (2017) Multi handed prosecution relating to sale of reactivated military firearms and the production of ammunition.
- R v B & Ors (2017) Importation of drugs. Part of linked investigation into large scale importation of class B drugs from Europe
- Operation Barber (2013-2014) Department of Business, Innovation and Skills prosecution of a long firm fraud operated over a period of 8 years through a series of companies in the building trade, 13 individuals and losses to creditors of over £6m.
- Operation Fulcrum (2006-2007). HMRC four handed 12 month fraud prosecution relating to the movement of alcohol between bonded warehouses in three European countries and the UK (the first following the London City Bond and Butterworth disclosure reviews).
- Bluethorne Communications Limited. (2004 -2007) Prosecuted SFO conspiracy to defraud several mobile phone network companies. Fraudulent trading based on analysis of incomplete and complicated company accounts designed to cover removal of cash. All defendants pleaded guilty.
- R v Ravandi & Others (2003) RCPO prosecution a large MTIC import/export computer chip VAT fraud involving seven defendants each of whom ran their own, legitimate and illegitimate, companies. The case involved tracing the movement of monies from the fraud and alleged drug dealing through London to Dubai, Los Angeles, New York and Iran.
- Operation Chaucer (2002-2003) SFO investigation into copyright fraud. Case was complicated by the fact that the victim company had conducted its own investigation. Conducted a disclosure review and concluded that the initial police investigation was seriously flawed. The SFO discontinued the investigation.
- Inland Revenue Commissioners v Kingston Crown Court  4 All ER 721  EWHC Admin 581 Prosecution of a city accountant who had advised a tax lawyer (see above). The case relied on the interpretation of correspondence and was complicated by the fact the main defendant had moved to Switzerland where there was no like criminal offence with which to secure extradition. An international warrant was issued and he was arrested leaving Italy to return to Switzerland.
- R v Stannard & Nelson (2000) Inland Revenue prosecution against a tax lawyer for fraud who created his own bank in Tortola and purported to purchase four shipping companies to which he lent sums equivalent to what they were each holding to satisfy corporation tax liability. The defendant then sought to set- off the “loans” against that liability, and argued that it was a legitimate tax scheme and that as he owned the bank he would never have sought repayment of the loans. There was legal argument as to whether the writing of a cheque necessarily involved more than a “promise to pay”. Convicted. Subsequent restraint and confiscation were heavily contested.
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