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Fraud (Criminal)


12.05.20

Dear Court of Appeal: Can we have your final answer?

In recent weeks, ITV’s dramatisation of Major Charles Ingram 2001 “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” appearance proved hugely popular, netting nearly 6 million viewers.  Adapted from the stage play, Quiz was undoubtedly an inspired piece of television with an all-star cast.  The loveable Major Ingram is eventually convicted of “procuring the execution of a…

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8.04.20

Brett Wilson LLP listed as a top 20 London specialist firm in Legal 500 survey on client service

Brett Wilson LLP has been identified by the Legal 500/Legalese as having one of the highest levels of client service amongst London specialist firms. The survey of the UK’s legal profession, saw 60,000 clients interviewed.  The results of the survey showed that clients felt specialist boutique firms tended to provide a better quality of service…

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2.04.20

Criminal justice during COVID-19: The only vaccine is technology

This blog was drafted on the day that UK coronavirus deaths surged by 563 people. 563 deaths also means thousands of lives affected by tragedy. Nothing stated below is intended to play down the devastating consequences of a day like this; a day we have not seen in a very long time. In such troubled…

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26.02.20

Financial Doping: when fraud is not treated as fraud?

Saracens Rugby Club and Manchester City Football Club are currently the two most successful English teams in their respective sports. Both have recently been found guilty by their regulatory bodies of serious financial breaches. Saracens are being demoted out of the English rugby premiership and fined £5.36million. This followed an adjudication by the Independent Sports…

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25.11.19

Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Sword of Damocles or joke shop dagger?

Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) were brought into being in 2014 by the Crime and Courts Act 2013. They are supposedly a way of recognising criminal conduct in large companies where such conduct was either conducted or sanctioned by senior management. In return for a recognition that criminal conduct had taken place and a commitment to…

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10.10.19

Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2020 directory

Brett Wilson LLP’s Defamation/Reputation Management and Criminal Defence teams have again been recommended by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory. Partners Iain Wilson (noted for ‘finding solutions to problems that appear impenetrable’) and Max Campbell (described as ‘well regarded in the market for his notable expertise’) have been ranked as leading lawyers in Defamation/Reputation Management. …

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27.09.19

Brett Wilson LLP’s departments and lawyers ranked as leaders in their fields in the Legal 500

Brett Wilson LLP has been ranked in three categories in the prestigious Legal 500 directory of leading law firms:- Reputation Management Professional Discipline Crime (General) In addition, media law partners Iain Wilson (described as an ‘innovator’) and Max Campbell (‘thoughtful, high-quality lawyer’) and solicitors Tom Double and Elisabeth Mason have been individually recognised by the directory….

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3.09.19

Bitcoin seized as ‘realisable assets’ in confiscation proceedings

A convicted computer hacker has been ordered to pay back over £900,000 of Bitcoin under a Confiscation Order. Grant West, 27, was arrested in September 2017 following a lengthy police investigation, codename ‘Operation Draba’ unearthing the activities of West on the dark web using the alias ‘Courvoisier’.  West used phishing emails to carry out cyber-attacks…

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20.08.19

Is police detection of crime actually falling?

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice in July 2019 (here) revealed that the number of people being either prosecuted or handed out-of-court disposals has fallen to its lowest level since records began, despite a well-publicised rise in crime. Home Office data revealed that the total proportion of “crimes” which resulted in a suspect being…

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18.06.19

Solicitor sanctioned for inadvertently aiding fraudulent football club bid

Richard Quinn of Riley Hayes Solicitors has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) for making reckless misrepresentations in a letter utilised in a fraudulent bid to purchase Hartlepool United Football Club (‘HUFC’). The investigation into Mr Quinn’s conduct followed the conviction of ‘Mr M’, a business man and former director of Swindon…

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