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Press Statement from Boris Becker
  PRESS STATEMENT  From Boris Becker: I wish to make it clear that I accept the verdicts of the jury, I accept the sentence imposed upon me and that is why I have no intention of seeking any form of appeal. I will serve my sentence in accordance with the court’s decisions.   From Bark&Co:... Read more »

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Top-rated London criminal fraud defence solicitors win acquittal in complex multi-million VAT money laundering operation
VO vs HMRC We successfully represented Mr Vahit Oktar in Operation Albany at Bristol Crown Court. This was a large-scale operation involving an international investigation into allegations of money laundering with elements of VAT fraud. Our client, who was one of 9 accused of facilitating a complex multi-million pound money laundering operation, stood trial over... Read more »

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No Evidence Offered In Flagship ICO Prosecution
Bark&co are happy to report that in the case of R v Frederick Parr and Others (prosecuted by the Information Commissioners Office (“ICO”)) that the prosecution has today decided to offer no evidence against our client and all other co-Defendants. The case was heard at Warwick Crown Court. Mr. Frederick Parr first came to Bark&co... Read more »

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MTIC Fraud
R v Waqas ASLAM & 14 Ors [Operation Banjax] 2019 – Southwark Crown Court The case was an MTIC Fraud which was part and parcel of Import Duty Diversion on Beers, Wines and Spirits. According to HMRC the OCG were accountable for significant losses to the UK Exchequer through associated large scale VAT and Excise... Read more »

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Former Nigerian international & premier league footballer found not guilty
Former Nigerian International & Premier League footballer Sam Sodje was found not guilty of all allegations of money laundering in the Central Criminal Court on 21st January 2019. He was represented by Peter Finbow and Dean Armstrong QC of 36 Bedford Row. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46946503 https://news.sky.com/story/sodje-scandal-sporting-brothers-jailed-for-africa-charity-fraud-11613619

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R v SH & 9 others 2018 – Southwark CC – Fraud (Operation Willsbridge)
We successfully represented SH who was charged with being party to a large scale International Fraud against a number of Film Rental Equipment Companies who were based across the Globe. The Fraud was organised from the UK where the Organised Crime Group assumed the identities of some legitimate businesses in the industry. They were able... Read more »

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Bark&co Secured The Acquittal Of A Client Charged With Biggest And Most Complex direct tax fraud in British history
After a 10 month trial at Southwark Crown Court, Bark&co secured the acquittal of a client charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the Revenue (Operation Amazon). This is said to have been the biggest and most complex direct tax fraud in British history and the potential loss was £107.92 million.  The scheme involved high net worth... Read more »

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Court of Appeal gives judgment in X & Y Limited v HMRC (AWRS injunctions)
Giles Bark-Jones and Joe Pyne of Bark&co acted for X&Y in this important appeal which has established that (1) HMRC do have power to grant interim approvals to traders pending appeal to the FTT against AWRS refusals and (2) the High Court can grant an injunction to a trader pending appeal to the FTT if... Read more »

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Bark&co act in another SFO prosecution
Senior Solicitor Maria Stalbow acts for Mr. R who has been charged along with four other British men, including three former Directors of Solar Energy Savings Limited. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud following the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into Solar Energy Savings Limited, PV Solar Direct Limited and Ultra Energy Global... Read more »

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R v A & Others
Senior Solicitor Dina Patel today successfully represented Mr A, at Manchester Crown Court, where the Prosecution offered no evidence against him. Mr A, was jointly charged with three others for Fraud by False Representation and Money Laundering. The Prosecution from the outset described the case, as a complex financial investigation, into significant levels of money... Read more »

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Operation Incubus
Conspiracy to Cheat the Public Revenue by way of Duty Evasion on HRT. Senior Lawyer Alex Nelson is instructed privately to represents the alleged Principle Conspirator and Supplier TN resident in Luxembourg who is charged with sixteen other defendants prosecuted by the Specialist Fraud Division (Manchester) to be heard at Manchester Crown Court later this... Read more »

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R v F
A Bark&co solicitor has been instructed by FX trader on a 13 count Fraud by False Representation matter at Isleworth Crown Court. An 8-week trial is due to start on 3rd July 2017. We instructed Andrew Trollope QC of 187 Fleet Street & Vivienne Tanchel of 2 Hare Court.

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LIBOR Trial: Our Client Acquitted
Today our client was acquitted of all charges at Southwark Crown Court. Mr. Cryan is delighted with the unanimous verdict confirming his innocence of any involvement in a conspiracy to manipulate LIBOR. Mr. Cryan had protested his innocence from the very outset, and explained what had actually happened to the SFO in lengthy interviews in... Read more »

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Former New Zealand cricket captain and Barrister Acquitted
Chris Cairns has been acquitted at Southwark Crown Court on 30th November 2015 as has his former barrister, our client, Mr. Andrew Fitch-Holland. Giles Bark-Jones and Peter Finbow from Bark&co acted for Mr. Andrew Fitch-Holland (Criminal Barrister) Mr. Fitch-Holland and Mr. Chris Cairns (the former New Zealand cricket captain) had been charged with doing an act... Read more »

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R v S & Others.
Senior Solicitor Peter Finbow successfully represented Mr. S in his acquittal in proceedings before Manchester Crown Court. It had been alleged that Mr. S and his ten co-defendants, who were members of his family, conspired over 15 years to launder the proceeds of crime. These were allegedly gained by our client and others gained through... Read more »

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Privin Corporation Ltd v HMRC
Bark & Co successfully represented a former mobile phone trader in its Appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HMRC VAT assessments against it of just over £1 million. Further to the VAT assessments HMRC denied the trader the right to input VAT tax on the grounds that the input tax was incurred in... Read more »

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Client accused of handling £286k of stolen goods cleared at Maidstone Crown Court
R v P and others Senior Solicitor Dina Patel acted for a Mr P who was charged with four others with Conspiracy to receive stolen goods following a large investigation dating back to 2013.  It was alleged that the client along with the others, was part of a much wider Organised Crime Group, and worked... Read more »

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Bribery Act Case: Bark&co successful in securing no further action
Giles Bark-Jones and Paul Lennon have been successful in obtaining no further action for a client in a wide scale investigation by The Metropolitan Police into bribery and corruption in the construction industry. This case represents one of the first of its kind brought by a prosecuting authority since the Bribery Act 2010 came into... Read more »

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R v S & Others – No Evidence Offered
Our client was charged with 3 others with Conspiracy to Commit Fraud by False Representation. The alleged fraud was valued at £700,000 between November 2008 and March 2011. Originally arrested on 11th May 2011 and today at the Old Bailey the Crown offered no evidence against our client. We instructed Kevin Toomey of 2 Bedford... Read more »

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R v M & Others
Senior Solicitor Pat Wilson successfully represented Mrs M who was acquitted on both counts of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law and using unlicensed security operatives following a retrial at Blackfriars Crown Court. It was alleged that the defendant had conspired – together with five other defendants – in a £6 million-pound scam... Read more »

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Bark&co represents brokerage manager in relation to LIBOR
Bark&co now are now representing a client in relation to the SFO LIBOR criminal investigations (London Interbank Offered Rate). The SFO allege that a number of banks have colluded in the false reporting of the interest rates that they were actually paying, or that they expected to pay for borrowing from other banks. These inter-bank... Read more »

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Former Charity Chief Executive Cleared of Two Counts of Fraud
Solicitor Aisha Qazi Shamsuddin represented Our client Mr. M has today been found not guilty at Swansea Crown Court of two counts of Fraud and the jury were discharged in relation to a third count, as they failed to reach a verdict. We instructed Peter Griffiths QC and Helen of from 2 Bedford Row. BBC Wales Online

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Evening Standard Interview with our client Gregg Fryett
The Evening Standard interviews our client Mr. Fryett regarding his detention in a Cambodian Jail pending efforts to extradite him back to the UK. Giles Bark-Jones commentated: “Our client has been imprisoned for over a year in the most extreme conditions without sight of a fair trial. We have visited Cambodia to see Gregg and correspond with... Read more »

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Client cleared in connection with a £24m MTIC fraud
Our client, Mr Bensley, has been cleared of allegations of his involvement in a £24 million missing trader (MTIC) fraud in 2004/2005. Mr Bensley was a director of a company trading in mobile phones and computer equipment, The criminal prosecution followed a civil VAT tribunal investigation by HMRC some years previously. HM Revenue & Customs then... Read more »

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Client Acquitted of Money Laundering
Our client was acquitted of a charge of money laundering at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) on 2nd August 2013 following a 5 week trial with six defendants. Three of the defendants were convicted. Patricia Wilson was lead Solicitor from Bark&co with Counsel Vincenzo Esposito.

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Tim Whiston Cleared After 7 years
Giles Bark-Jones acted for Mr. Tim Whiston, the former CEO of iSOFT Group plc. The FCA opened an investigation into alleged accounting irregularities at the NHS software provider in late 2006. In 2010 our client was charged along with three other former directors for conspiring to make misleading statements, contrary to section 397 (1)(a) and (2) of the Financial Services and... Read more »

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R v Davies & Others – Client Acquitted
Senior Solicitor Dina Patel acted for Mr Davies who was acquitted yesterday at Bristol Crown Court of all charges against him. The prosecution had alleged that Mr Davies was the controlling mind behind a mortgage fraud conspiracy together with six other defendants. The alleged conspiracy was to obtain mortgages by the supply of false income details... Read more »

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Our client Gregg Fryett in The Independent
Bark&co has been quoted in The Independent regarding the imprisonment of our client, Gregg Fryett, in Cambodia: Independent

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Bark & Co Successfully Appeal HMRC Assessments on £22.7m Alleged Duty & VAT Case
Bark & Co Solicitors representing Mr Gurdip Singh Dhadwal successfully appealed assessments raised by HMRC following their allegations that he was party to an excise duty and VAT fraud totalling £22.7 million. This matter before the First-Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and the High Court (Chancery and Administrative) was rejected on all of HMRC’s pleaded grounds and costs were awarded to Mr Dhadwal on an indemnity basis.... Read more »

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Bark & Co’s Response To The Sentencing of Kweku Adoboli
Bark & Co act for Kweku Adoboli who on Tuesday 20 November 2012 was acquitted by a Southwark jury on four counts of false accounting under the Theft Act 1968 and convicted of two counts of fraud by abuse of position under the Fraud Act 2006. Bark & Co first took over Kweku’s instruction when he was remanded to HMP Wandsworth in December 2011. Having... Read more »

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Bark & Co Represent Finance Director of Marrache & Co
Bark & Co has been engaged by Lexicon Legal in the defence of Mr Solomon Marrache, former Finance Director of Marrache & Co, in a criminal proceedings brought in Gibraltar regarding an alleged multi-million pound fraud. He is charged with conspiring with the partners of Marrache & Co – Isaac Marrache and Benjamin Marrache – and with Leanne Turnbull to defraud the clients of Marrache & Co and also Jyske Bank. Marrache & Co... Read more »

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