Cases

Drug Offences

Operation Kellington – We represented a client charged with supply of  crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and money laundering. The case involved a large scale organised and criminal network supplying drugs nationally. The drugs had a street value of £3 million. Our client was linked to the main defendant and was alleged to be a main player in the conspiracy. The operation involved extensive surveillance of our client and the main defendant living an extravagant lifestyle with purchasing expensive designer goods and living the high life. We prepared and presented strong mitigation as a result of which the judge departed from the sentencing guidelines and sentenced our client three and a half years imprisonment.

Operation Carribou – We represented a client alleged to have been part of an organised criminal gang involved in large scale conspiracy to supply multiple firearms and ammunition. The Crown alleged that our client was at the top of the chain of a very large, sophisticated and organised crime network, which also involved the importation of class A drugs for commercial gain. After extensive scrutiny of the Crown case the allegation of supply of firearms was dropped.

Large Scale Drug Importation – We represented our client who was said to have played a leading role in a conspiracy to import and Supply Class A Drugs on a large scale nationally. The conspiracy was said to involve the importation and supply of Heroin through an extensive network of street level drug dealers through a drugs phone line. The case involved an extensive investigation by the NCA and many months of surveillance of the client’s activities. The legal team managed to make a successful argument at trial for the Importation case to be dismissed.

Firearms

Gang Related Shooting – Our client faced multiple trials for 3 counts of attempted murder. The allegations involved possession of a sawn off shot gun and gang related shootings of rival gang members on three separate occasions over a period of several months. Our legal team prepared the case thoroughly and after extensive cross examination of the complainants, the jury acquitted our client on all 3 counts of attempted murder and possession of firearms.

Operation Carribou – We represented a client alleged to have been part of an organised criminal gang involved in large scale conspiracy to supply multiple firearms and ammunition. The Crown alleged that our client was at the top of the chain of a very large, sophisticated and organised crime network, which also involved the importation of class A drugs for commercial gain. After extensive scrutiny of the Crown case the allegation of supply of firearms was dropped.

Attempted Murder

We represented a client at initial stages in the investigation of an attempted murder and possession of a firearm. Upon an in depth analysis of presented evidence submissions were made on behalf of our client. The Crown eventually decided not to pursue our client and no further action was taken against him.

Money Laundering, Serious Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

Counterfeit Goods – We represented a client regarding offences of conspiracy to manufacture and supply counterfeit designer clothing on an industrial scale. The Crowns case was that the conspiracy involved taking large scale orders from criminal organisations in the UK and manufacturing the designer clothing from factories in Turkey. Then shipping the unlabelled designer clothing to be labelled and sold to warehouse outlets in the UK.

Banking Fraud – We represented a client said to be part of a criminal organisation defrauding companies and businesses. The criminal organisation set up fictitious companies and then obtained lines of credit and opened multiple bank accounts and credit card accounts. They then followed a sophisticated laundering scheme where the monies were diverted into off shore accounts belonging to fictitious companies and individuals. We successfully made representations to the Crown to review the case based upon technical issues regarding disclosure of withheld information which led the prosecution to discontinue the case.

Immigration Fraud – We represented a client alleged to have been involved in a sophisticated immigration fraud by examination transcripts being falsely submitted, resulting in creating false certificates for visa purposes. A successful half time submission of no case to answer was made to the Court on the basis that the evidence was inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent.

Notable Cases

Operation Prime – Bradford Crown Court. A multinational conspiracy to kidnap and blackmail a son of a Chinese millionaire by a gang of Chinese triads. Our client was found not guilty after an eight-week trial.

R v Ullah and Others – Preston Crown Court. Multi-handed eBay fraud involving large scale fraud by the selling of high value electronic items on eBay – listed for 6 week trial. Our client found not guilty.

Operation Kenyeti – Manchester Crown Court. Represented a lead defendant in a multi-handed sophisticated facilitation of illegal immigration on a massive scale and related money laundering charges. Trial lasted 6 months.

Operation Curlew – Preston Crown Court. A multinational conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, involving 25 defendants. The case involved the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and included covert surveillance and phone tapping plus a layering of cases from different areas of the UK and abroad.

Operation Tundra – Manchester Crown Court. A murder with alleged homophobic motive. We successfully argued manslaughter after submitting a psychiatric report confirming that he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Operation Zambezi – Manchester Crown Court. Ten-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering. The principal defendant was a school teacher, who was convicted and received 21 years. Our client was found not guilty following a 3 month trial.

R v Jameel (The Teacher Case) – conspiracy to supply Class A drugs by a highly organised criminal gang headed by a high school teacher which involved gang related shootings and a member of the gang who turned grass. Defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v Sabir – Leeds Crown Court. Represented one of nine defendants charged in one of the largest conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the Northwest of England. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) worked closely with Dutch police officers to establish the drugs route, while surveillance officers secretly photographed meetings between the gangs and bugged telephone calls.

R v Reeves & Others – Liverpool Crown Court. Represented one of eight defendants charged on drugs conspiracies where over £113m worth of drugs were imported into the UK. The members of the drug-smuggling gang attempted to import around 22 tonnes of Class A and B drugs into the UK, mainly from Spain. The case involved covert surveillance and phone tapping by SOCA.

Operation Colon – Chester Crown Court. Nine-handed conspiracy to defraud – this involved the selling of bogus personal injury insurance claims to various firms of personal injury solicitors. A very complex and sophisticated case which was listed for a six-week trial.

Court of Appeal (Reported Cases):

Attorney General’s Reference (No 43 of 2009): R v. Bennett EWCA Crim 1925, 2009 All ER (D) 49, Times Law Reports 8th October 2009.