Fraud work, whether for the claimant or defendant, the state or the individual is at the centre of what we do. We are recognised as a leading set and a number of our members are ranked as leaders in the field.
We are routinely instructed to give advice on pre-charge or pre-action issues, such as freezing/restraint orders (obtaining and discharge) drafting claims and defences, judicial review of investigative decisions, multi-jurisdictional issues, ADR and private funding strategy.
Members of chambers can draw on the experience of being instructed by key prosecution agencies (such as the SFO, FSA and SOCA) and defending in some of the most complex cases before Courts in this jurisdiction. Uniquely, we have unrivalled knowledge and experience of litigation by the Medicines and Health Care Regulatory Authority, both defending and prosecuting.
Our asset seizure experience means that we are regularly instructed to deal with confiscation, asset tracing, enforcement and appeal; aspects of fraud cases which are as critical as the trials themselves.
As an illustration, Chambers' work over the last year includes:
- FSA v P, A and others: two defendants (Leading and Junior Counsel for each) in the biggest insider dealing case to date.
- MHRA v Halai, Haywood, Patino and others:multi-handed trial, confiscation and appeals of multi-million pound global medicines counterfeiting ring.
- MHRA v Haywood and others (appeal):reaffirmed sentencing principles for significant quantities of counterfeit drugs.
- MHRA v Patel and another (appeal): clarified issues regarding medicinal products intended for sale to end users outside the European Community.
- MHRA v Hussain and others: Multi-handed trial, appeal and confiscation of international steroids and counterfeit drugs enterprise.
- Operation Agnize: for the main defendant in an investigation into illegal armour sales from the UK/USA to Iraq and Afghanistan in breach of export and trade control licenses.
- Operation Vaulter: Large-scale MTIC fraud.
- Operation Inertia: Large-scale MTIC fraud.
- R v O'Neill and others: for the main defendant in the pharmaceuticals price rigging conspiracy (acquitted).
- DOH v Kent Pharmaceuticals: the civil action arising from the above case.
- R v Armer and others: waste management fraud. (No confiscation order made).
- R v Ravjani and others: for the main defendant in the largest and most complex contra-trading fraud prosecuted to date.
- R v Yeung and others: large scale MTIC fraud.
- R v Whelan and others: prosecution of the former directors of iSoft.
- Re: GF: SFO investigation into high value advance fee frauds.
- Re: X: £14m fraudulent trading and money laundering prosecution.