Alistair Webster QC & Fiona Jackson secure convictions for SFO in Operation Adobe

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court found David Diaz, Ludovic Black, Stephen Wilson, Robert Ross, Niall Hastie and Kenneth Reid guilty of running a multi-million pound fraudulent scheme to install solar panels which defrauded hundreds of victims including elderly, retired and vulnerable people.  These six men were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud by false representation after systematically enticing customers to enter into contracts to buy solar panels.  These contracts were for thousands of pounds and often represented some or all of the savings of the people who were persuaded to buy them. 

The trial marked the conclusion of a 4 year investigation. Commenting on the verdicts, Alistair Webster QC said: “This is a satisfying culmination to years of hard work on the part of many people. Fiona Jackson and I were brought in at a very early stage - before any applications for search or arrest warrants. This was a case in which there were hundreds of victims throughout the whole of the UK, and so we have been able to help in shaping the case, something which has ensured continuity and consistency. We have had the support of excellent lawyers within the SFO, for which we are very grateful, along with James Jackson, lead disclosure counsel."

If you would like to find out more, or instruct Alistair or Fiona, please contact the Practice Directors


Law Commission Symposium on POCA - Kennedy Talbot QC to Chair & Martin Evans QC on panel.

In 2017, the Law Commission agreed with the Home Office to review and make proposals for reform of limited aspects of the anti-money laundering regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and of the counter-terrorism financing regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This followed a discussion of ideas for inclusion in the Law Commission’s 13th Programme of Reform. The primary purpose of the review is to improve the prevention, detection and prosecution of money laundering and terrorism financing in the United-Kingdom.

The review will cover the reporting of suspicious activity in order to seek a defence against money laundering or terrorist financing offences in relation to both regimes. Specifically, the review will focus on the consent provisions in sections 327 to 329 and sections 335, 336 and 338 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and in sections 21 to 21ZC of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The review will also consider the interaction of the consent provisions with the disclosure offences in sections 330 to 333A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and sections 19, 21A and 21D of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Please contact the Practice Directors if you would like to find out more or instruct Kennedy or Martin 

'Wolf of Wimbledon' Jeffrey Revell-Reade jailed for a further 4 years...

Penelope Small successfully prosecutes fraudster, Jeffrey Revell-Reade, who has prison sentence of 4 years activated by Westminster Magistrates’ Court for failure to pay a £7,535,802 confiscation order.

Revell-Reade, who is currently serving a 9 year 6 month sentence for one of the largest boiler room fraud schemes ever pursued by a UK authority, was ordered to pay a confiscation order for £7,535,802, however, only £3,497,000 has been paid so far. He will still remain liable for the full amount once this sentence is served.  

Their convictions were linked to seven other individuals, also convicted and sentenced following a seven year investigation by the SFO.

District Judge Snow said in activating the default sentence:

“I have no doubt at all that given his record of offending, given his failure to meet the order, given the lies he has told previously and given the bogus high court claim, that the assets are available to Mr Revell-Reade as found by the Crown Court and that the reason for his behaviour is that he is wilfully refusing to settle his order.”

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