Notable Cases

Consumer Law

Recent cases include:

London Borough of Havering v Mitchells & Butler PLC: 7 week trial arising out of a fatal food poisoning outbreak

Re SAS Fire & Security: missold burglar and fire alarms to the elderly

Re BBFI: the lawfulness of ‘blue badge’ prosecutions

Re General Healthcare: large scale counterfeit cosmetics and pharmaceuticals

CIPA & TMA: the applicability of money laundering regulations.

Re R Ltd: the applicability of money laundering regulations.

Professional Discipline

Recent Cases include:

UKCP v F: defence of psychotherapist wrongly accused of misconduct.

HCPC v L: presenting case of misconduct against psychologist.

BPC v X: defence of therapist accused of sexual misconduct.

UKCP v X: defence of psychoanalsyt accused of breach of confidentiality.

RCVS v K: defence of vet accused of misconduct.

Confiscation & Restraint

Recent cases include:

Re S: Apparent bias in confiscation proceedings in circumstances where the trial judge had made highly critical comments of the defendant and thereafter conducted confiscation proceedings. Proportionality of the application of the assumptions where index offending is £40,000 and benefit is assessed at £4 million. Declared admissible by ECHR.

Re T: S.23 application. Confiscation order reduced from £5 million to £50,000.

R v D: high profile confiscation in respect of international corporate structures and trusts.

Re Operation N: confiscation following conviction of solicitor for money laundering.

London Borough of Brent v A: confiscation following conviction of landlord for unlawful conversion of properties into multiple occupancy.

Re Operation A: complex restraint proceedings in respect of offshore discretionary trusts.

R v Z: lawfulness of a private prosecutor undertaking restraint and confiscation.

R v W: confiscation order of £1 million reduced to £254

R v T: proportionality of confiscation order where entire proceeds of crime seized by police; sufficiency of evidence of hidden assets. This appeal has been considered admissible before the European Court of Human Rights and is pending a hearing at Strasbourg.


Recent cases include:

R v C: defence of epileptic accused of matricide.

R v R: massive drugs importation.

R v C: land registry fraud.