Legal 500 2016, White Collar Crime:
“An embodiment of calm reassurance”
Chambers and Partners 2017, recommended in General Crime and Financial Crime
“He is full of enthusiasm, very analytical, leaves no stone unturned, and is very focused on getting the best possible result for his clients.”
“He is very bright and definitely going places, with one source commenting: He is very hard-working, brilliant at spotting issues and an amazing strategist.”
I am a Partner in the Fraud and Serious Crime team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.
Recommended by the UK’s leading legal directories since 2012 and feature in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. I was awarded Criminal Lawyer of the Year in 2015 by the Society of Asian Lawyers.
The focus of my practice is defending businesses and white collar professionals facing either regulatory proceedings or the risk of criminal prosecution. I have acted for corporate entities, company directors and company officers, bankers, accountants, doctors, dentists, lawyers, police officers and other professionals.
Over the years, I have been involved in countless investigations and proceedings commenced by all of the UK’s main prosecuting agencies, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
I have acted for clients in a diverse range of matters from the largest ever prosecution for insider dealing by the FCA to acting for a company director in the first prosecution for cartels and price fixing by the CMA following their failure in the British Airways / Virgin case.
I have acted for companies and individuals alleged with impropriety in an array of circumstances and industries:
- Insider dealing in the financial services industry
- Cartels in the galvanised steel tanks industry
- Money Laundering using a variety of methods including, money service bureaus, chains of sham companies and hawala banking
- Tax frauds (personal and company tax)
- VAT frauds in the mobile phones, alcohol, cigarettes, construction and pharmaceutical industries
- Telecommunications frauds
- Wine Investment Frauds
- Boiler Room Scams including Land Banking Frauds
- Advance Fee Frauds
- Identity Frauds
I am frequently instructed in VAT tribunal matters and linked judicial review proceedings and experienced in HMRC Codes of Practice 8 and Codes of Practice 9 investigations.
I have also been involved in serious crime cases including high profile extradition requests, homicide, kidnap, drugs and sexual assault cases.
- “I cant recommend the ultra professional, Kiran Mehta enough. He and his Team have been absolutely amazing over the last 3.5 years !!! He left no stone unturned and worked tirelessly on my case. Kiran and his super strong team Priya Patel (Barrister) and John Ryder QC were so professional, kind, caring, supportive and helped me from the very beginning to the very very end. We of course won the case and my legal nightmare ended but I am truly thankful from the bottom of heart to have had such a wonderful legal team around me. I want the world to know that Kiran Mehta is the Best Solicitor Ever !! Priya Patel is the most amazing Barrister Ever and QC John Ryder are the best legal team in the World ! Thank you all so much I will never forget all your help and assistance !!!”
I act for a range of corporate entities facing regulatory and/or criminal investigations and proceedings in circumstances such as breaches of money laundering and health care regulations. This includes criminal allegations against companies and advice to companies and their directors concerned about the implications of the Bribery and Corruption Act 2010 and parallel investigations in the US by the SEC and/or DOJ. I have advised companies facing investigations by the SFO, FCA and HMRC.
More recently I acted for and advised the board of directors of one of the UK’s largest suppliers of alcohol in proceedings against HMRC. This included complex VAT Tribunal proceedings concerning compliance with HMRC regulations and linked Judicial Review proceedings as well as advice on EU Law.
The potential for reputational damage arising from these investigations and proceedings requires these matters to be dealt with as discreetly as possible.
Serious Fraud and Financial Crime
- R v Stringer and others: These proceedings were instigated by the Competition & Markets Authority after a lengthy investigations across many years. The allegations concerned a cartel in the Galvanised Steel Tanks industry. I acted throughout the investigation stage and the Court proceedings. The evidence included covert evidence and evidence from alleged co-cartelists against my client. This was the first trial for the newly form CMA (who replaced the OFT) following their failure in the prosecution of British Airways and Virgin for pricing fixing.
- R v Dodgson and others: This is the largest ever investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into Insider Dealing in the financial services industry and involved allegations against former executives from Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, UBS, Panumure Gordon, and a former Financial Director of Arcadia Group and Diageo Plc . These were lengthy and complex proceedings.
- R v Parmar and others: Instructed in multi-defendant case concerning a string of money service bureaus and multiple companies to launder in the region of £80 million for “the criminal underworld” mainly from the sale of controlled drugs.
- R v Hussain and others: This was a large scale multi-defendant conspiracy to defraud Vodafone and other mobile providers of many millions of pounds through the hacking of SIM cards and also allegations of international share revenue fraud.
- R v Hill and others: Defended director of a well-known accountancy firm against allegations of impropriety arising from his instruction by Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club concerning their bid against West Ham Football Club for the Olympic Stadium.
- R v Cooper and others: This was a large-scale prosecution by HMRC into allegations of a conspiracy to defraud HMRC out of millions of pounds by companies within the construction industry who benefit from the Construction Industry Scheme.
- HMRC COP 8 investigation: Advising foreign diplomat in COP 8 investigation by HMRC concerning provenance of substantial sums of money entering the UK.
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Confiscation/ Restraint Order matters
- Re A: Acting for high profile Ukrainian businessman who is the Director of a large, reputable Ukraine based company which trades with some of the largest European retailers. Advice in connection with substantial funds restrained under s.41 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
I have defended in a range of civil recovery applications by the NCA for seizure of assets and funds that they deem to be the proceeds of crime. This includes attendance at civil interviews held by the National Crime Agency under POCA 2002.
In addition, I am routinely instructed by third parties to confiscation orders imposed under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. They can provide information to the Court under s.18A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 as interested parties to the Confiscation Proceedings in the Crown Court.
Serious Crime and Extradition
I am also privately retained by clients in a range of Serious Crime and Extradition cases. I have defended in a variety of prosecutions for serious crime, including homicides, international importations of drugs, kidnap and sexual assault allegations:
- Government of UK v K: Acting for Dutch national who is the subject of an extradition request from the UK to face historic allegations of sexual assault; managing the extradition requests from the UK in conjunction with Dutch lawyer and acting in linked judicial review applications.
- Police investigation of Dr Mao-Aweys: Acted for and advised this GP in a police investigation for Female Genital Mutilation following a “fake-sheikh” style undercover sting by reporters for the Sunday Times. Successful pre-charge representations led to the CPS issuing a statement that they would not be charging Dr Mao-Aweys with any offences.
- R v Ahmed and Others: Acted for defendant in Murder prosecution following a street brawl in the East End of London.
- R v Wahid: Instructed by Saudi national following his extradition to the UK to face prosecution for Murder following the discovery of a body in a suitcase in the car park of Heathrow Airport.
- R v Davytan and others: Instructed by Russian national in prosecution of four Russian students for raping an 18 year old woman whilst enrolled at a private International College in London.
- R v Karakas and others: Instructed by police officer and acted for another defendant involving allegations against a corrupt police officer plotting to kidnap a bank manager.
- Republic of Albania v Shaqa Shatri: Instructed by Albanian national in extradition request by the Republic of Albania for allegations of war crimes and torture during his tenure as the Head of the Secret Services in Albania.