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John Hartley

John Hartley | Partner

jhartley@hja.net 020 7874 8489

I qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after being called to the Bar in 2006. I am head of the financial crime team here at Hodge Jones & Allen.

My practice has always been in crime since my first paralegal job in Wolverhampton when I worked on gang related drugs and murder cases.

Although I have wide range of experience in general crime my focus is within the sphere of serious financial crime and fraud related investigations. This is itself a large and ever expanding area of law and covers investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HMRC, Department of Business Innovation & Skills and of course the Crown Prosecution Service.

Investigations are not necessarily confined to that of a purely criminal nature and government agencies are able to use extensive powers to seize, restrain and even keep funds (cash or bank accounts) without there being a criminal conviction. I regularly advise clients who are facing such problems under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

My experience of financial investigations include:

  • Serious fraud;
  • Bribery and corruption;
  • SFO section 2 Notices under Criminal Justice Act (compellability);
  • VAT and tax investigations;
  • Cash seizure and forfeiture;
  • Restraint and confiscation proceedings (Civil & Criminal);
  • Directors Disqualification Act proceedings;
  • Regulatory investigations;
  • Public interest winding up petitions;
  • Financial Services & Markets Act (FSMA);

Additionally I have an interest in assisting members of the armed forces in both civilian and military courts. I have assisted in defending administrative / summary investigations, also known as AGAI 67 and disputed return of service dates.

Education

  • Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocation Course, 2003 – 2004
  • College of law – Graduate Diploma in Law, 2002 – 2003
  • University of Wales – Criminology & Criminal Justice, 1999 – 2002

Career

  • Hodge Jones & Allen, 2016 – present, Partner
  • Mackrell Turner Garrett, 2012 – 2016 Senior Associate
  • Malletts Solicitors, 2006 – 2012 Qualified solicitor
  • Riley Hayes Solicitors, 2005 – 2006, Paralegal

Notable Cases

  • R v Revell-Reade & Others – Representing 1st defendant in £100m ‘boiler-room’ fraud concerning the unregulated sales of US penny stocks from pink sheets & OTCBB to UK investors. Complex and highly demanding cross jurisdictional securities case including expert evidence from the SEC;
  • R v Patel – Defence of two company directors of a fast food franchise accused of VAT & PAYE fraud;
  • R v Wilmot & others – £30m boiler room fraud. Client acquitted following 3 month trial – FSA prosecution;
  • R v Fisher & others – Southwark Crown Court – £14m mortgage fraud following Panorama investigation into corruption regarding a block of new flats in South East London. All defendants were acquitted following 10 week trial.
  • R v Davenport & Others “Lord Edward Davenport” Advanced fee fraud;
  • R v Vaqas & Others – £1.8m alcohol duty evasion;
  • R v Marine X – s18 assault defending Special Forces personnel (SBS);
  • R v B – Courts Martial defence of senior RAF officer accused of assaulting junior commissioned officers – client acquitted and re-instated to full post.

Personal interests

I enjoy sports and outdoor activities. I cycle and play hockey and golf as often as often as possible and in a former life I was a ski instructor. However if the weather is bad then I am mostly at home in the kitchen.