Fraud

Including civil and criminal aspects of mortgage, investment and tax fraud, asset recovery and confiscation.

Members have also acted for local authorities in relation to benefit fraud.

Notable cases include:

  • Halsall & ors v Oasis Land Development Ltd (High Court, Ch Div, 2015): defence of company in a  fraudulent misrepresentation trial concerning land in the Cayman islands; settled after 8 days of trial;
  • Lincolnshire CC v Iftakhar Ahmed  (Lincoln Crown Court, 2014): successful prosecution of a large scale retailing operation selling counterfeit  training shoes  and clothes from market stalls ; defendant was imprisoned for 30 months  and made the subject of a £680,000 confiscation order;
  • R v Blake (2013): defence of a financial adviser alleged to have made fraudulent representations to the Financial Ombudsman Service about advice given to one of his clients
  • Swift 1st Ltd v Chief Land Registrar 31st January 2014, High Court Ch Div (unrep, currently on appeal to CA): forged signature on mortgage deed; mortgagee entitled to indemnity from Chief Land Registrar through losses suffered through rectification of the register; claim not defeated by overriding interests of purported disponor;