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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.