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MTIC Fraud

September 6, 2019

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 »

Account Freezing Order

May 30, 2019

Bark&co were successful in an application to set aside an Account Freezing Order (“AFO”) against our client. The case originally started on 1st May 2019 when Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) applied to freeze the bank account of our client, W. Ltd, under s.303Z1 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA 2002”), on the basis… Read more »

Client cleared of murder and manslaughter

February 15, 2019

Our client was acquitted of murder and manslaughter at the Old Bailey on 11th February 2019. Mr Umezie was accused of stabbing Sidique Kamara to death, after an altercation in which the deceased and another assailant robbed Mr Umezie for his Cartier watch. Mr Umezie successfully raised self-defence, in that he disarmed the deceased of… Read more »

Former Nigerian international & premier league footballer found not guilty

January 28, 2019

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

Another Successful Extradition Appeal

September 26, 2018

The case of Patryk Lewicki v Polish Judicial Authority was heard at the Administrative Court on 26th September 2018 before Mrs Justice Whipple. Laura Herbert from Charter Chambers was instructed by Magdalena Motyl. We successfully argued that due to the short sentence remaining to be served in Poland it would be a disproportionate breach of… Read more »

High Court Extradition Victory

August 7, 2018

On Monday 8th July 2018, following a successful appeal against the Extradition Order issued by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, in the case of Gumieniczek v Poland, the High Court quashed the Order for Extradition and the client was immediately released. Our challenge was based on the aggregation of the sentence with non-extradition offences, a point… Read more »

Bark&co Ranked in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide for Financial Crime

July 25, 2018

We are proud to announce that we have been ranked in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide for Financial Crime. Chambers and Partners noted “Bark&co is well regarded for its criminal fraud practice and the team has great experience defending high net worth clients in high-profile financial crime litigation cases. “They’re very knowledgeable in the… Read more »

R v SH & 9 others 2018 – Southwark CC – Fraud (Operation Willsbridge)

July 18, 2018

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 »

Bark&co succeeds in a landmark Ecuadorean Extradition case

June 22, 2018

After eighteen months of hearings, the case of Ecuador v D C-V has finally come to a successful end. The client was overjoyed when she was discharged at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 22nd June 2018 following successive and co-ordinated contested legal applications in Court in Ecuador and England. George Hepburne Scott from Church Court Chambers… Read more »

Prosecution offer no evidence following successful legal argument on disclosure

May 25, 2018

On allegations dating back to their arrest in November 2015, Day 30 of trial at the Central Criminal Court for Paul Cameron’s two clients out of 13 accused of Conspiracy to Kidnap, Conspiracy to Blackmail, Administering Noxious Substance and False Imprisonment, ends with the Prosecution offering no evidence following successful defence legal argument on disclosure…. Read more »

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