Summary Judgment and Striking Out Allegations of Civil Fraud – Foglia v Family Officer Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 650 (Comm) – Littleton Chambers

Posted April 15th, 2021 in fraud, news, striking out, summary judgments, unlawful means conspiracy by sally

‘Traditionally, claims against financial institutions involving allegations of fraud, LIBOR manipulation and unlawful means conspiracy have not been amenable to strike out or summary determination. However, the English courts are increasingly demonstrating a willingness to use the interim remedies of summary judgment and strike out involving allegations of fraud without the need for a full trial, in “appropriate” cases.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th April 2021

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“You don’t have the votes!” – Tanveer Qureshi and Katharine Elliot – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Posted April 9th, 2021 in chambers articles, elections, fraud, news, political parties by sally

‘Imagine. The UK May 2024 general election is finally drawing to a close. After months of campaigning, the votes are in and pundits are predicting a clear win for Party A. The leader of Party B is concerned the election was not fair and accusations of voter fraud and spoiled ballets begin to fly on social media and the national news. How will this be investigated? Will anyone be prosecuted? Could the election result really be overturned?’

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square, 4th March 2021

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QC’s opinion “crudely altered” to mislead third party, court finds – Legal Futures

‘A QC’s opinion was dishonestly altered to reassure a third party charged with marketing an investment scheme that eventually collapsed, the High Court has found.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2021

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Businessman sues police for alleged misconduct after £1.6m in assets frozen – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2021 in fraud, freezing injunctions, misfeasance in public office, news, police by tracey

‘An international businessman is suing a British police force for alleged misconduct in the handling of a case against him, in what has been described as one of the biggest legal actions of its kind in this country. Ildar Sharipov, the owner of an international currency business, began proceedings against Merseyside Police after £1.6m in his UK bank accounts was frozen in an investigation about the sales of two cars, a plane ticket to Nigeria and a number of investments.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2021

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Judge orders defendant to pay back £90,000 after Right to Buy fraud – Local Government Lawyer

‘A defendant who admitted fraud under the Right to Buy scheme has been ordered to pay back more than £90,000.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th March 2021

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Senior army officer convicted of £48,000 Dorset boarding school fee fraud – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2021 in armed forces, courts martial, families, fraud, news, school children by tracey

‘A senior army officer has been found guilty of dishonestly claiming almost £50,000 in allowances to pay for his children’s boarding school fees. Maj Gen Nick Welch, who is believed to be the most senior officer to face court martial since 1815, was convicted of fraud following a four-week trial at Bulford military court in Wiltshire. He is due to be sentenced on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2021

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Colin Nesbitt: Bradford cancer charity founder guilty of theft – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2021 in abuse of position of trust, charities, fraud, news, theft by sally

‘The founder of a children’s cancer charity has been convicted of stealing over £87,000 from the organisation.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2021

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Judicial review, standing and interest in the outcome – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 15th, 2021 in children, fraud, local government, locus standi, news, practice directions by tracey

‘A recent ruling has confirmed that applicants for judicial review must have a sufficient interest in the relief sought to have standing to bring the claim, write Sarah Salmon and Joshua Swirsky.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th March 2021

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Fairness and Adjournments: Guidance from the Court of Appeal – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 11th, 2021 in adjournment, fraud, health, human rights, news, VAT, witnesses by sally

‘In Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & Others v Tradition Financial Services Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 221 the Court of Appeal examined the principles to be applied when a party seeks an adjournment because a witness is unable to attend the trial due to ill-health.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 4th March 2021

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Meet the new fraud, same as the old fraud – Carmelite Chambers

Posted March 10th, 2021 in budgets, chambers articles, fraud, loans, news, taxation by sally

‘Mark Watson considers the latest Budget and outlines concerns about the scope for abuse and the response from the Government.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 5th March 2021

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Cardiff doctor sentenced for £68,000 fraud on NHS – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2021 in doctors, fraud, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A doctor has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted defrauding the NHS out of nearly £68,000.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2021

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“Egregious” failings in expert evidence: a shot across the bows from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) – 6KBW College Hill

Posted February 25th, 2021 in conspiracy, evidence, expert witnesses, fraud, news by sally

‘The conjoined appeals in R v Byrne and ors. [2021] EWCA Crim 107 related to the safety of convictions arising from separate trials in which the Crown had instructed the same expert, Andrew Ager. Although the convictions were found to be safe, both Ager himself and the prosecution came in for stark criticism, particularly in light of previous high-profile failings in this area in R v Pabon [2018] EWCA Crim 420. The case provides the clearest reminder to all parties in criminal proceedings to ensure compliance with the requirements relating to expert evidence.’

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6KBW College Hill, 17th February 2021

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Suspended sentence for fraudster who created bogus claims company – Litigation Futures

Posted February 25th, 2021 in accidents, claims management, fraud, news, road traffic, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A fraudster who faked a road traffic accident and invented a fictitious accident management company to facilitate a whiplash claim has been handed a suspended prison sentence.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2021

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Case Comment: R (on the application of KBR, Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office – UKSC Blog

In this post, Omar Qureshi, Eoin O’Shea, Amy Wilkinson and Karishma Gadhia, who all work at CMS and have a special interest in corporate crime matters, comment on the decision handed down by the UK Supreme Court earlier this month in the matter R (on the application of KBR, Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2021] UKSC 2, which concerned whether the Director of the Serious Fraud Office can issue a notice pursuant to section 2(3) of the Criminal Justice 1987 requiring a foreigner to produce material held overseas.

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UKSC Blog, 24th February 2021

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High Court strikes out bid by councils to rescind loans from Barclays following ‘LIBOR’ rigging affair – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 24th, 2021 in banking, damages, fraud, loans, local government, misrepresentation, news, striking out by sally

‘A High Court judge has struck out claims brought by seven councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for rescission of certain loans with Barclays which they said were affected by the LIBOR rigging affair of 2012.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd February 2021

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Judge rejects use of frozen assets for legal expenses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 19th, 2021 in assets recovery, chambers articles, damages, enforcement notices, fraud, judgments, news by tracey

‘A recent ruling by the High Court in London has highlighted the benefits to businesses of using freezing orders to protect and recover assets, as well as the willingness of the courts in England and Wales to support the enforcement of judgments, experts in civil fraud and asset recovery have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2021

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DWP uses excessive surveillance on suspected fraudsters, report finds – The Guardian

‘Suspected benefit fraudsters in the UK are being subjected to excessive surveillance techniques such as being tailed by government officers or identified in CCTV footage, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 14th February 2021

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Drawing the boundaries of the Quincecare duty in cases of fraud (Philipp v Barclays Bank plc) – Forum Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2021 in banking, chambers articles, duty of care, fraud, news by sally

‘Dispute Resolution analysis: Barclays Bank plc successfully applied for summary judgment against Mrs Philipp (the claimant) in respect of her claim that Barclays breached its so-called Quincecare duty in failing to prevent the fraudulent dissipation of £700,000 following an authorised push payment fraud, ie a fraud where the victim is induced by the fraudster to authorise a payment instruction to transfer funds to the fraudster. The High Court determined that the claimant’s claim had no real prospects of success since the claim was dependent upon an impermissible and unprincipled extension of the Quincecare duty to situations where a bank acts on a customer’s authorised payment instructions. The duty was held to be confined to situations where an agent of the customer sought to misappropriate funds as had been the case in previously decided cases such as Singularis Holdings Ltd (In Official Liquidation.’

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Forum Chambers, 2nd February 2021

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When is an expert not an expert? – 2 Hare Court

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, expert witnesses, fraud, news by sally

‘Angus Bunyan reviews this week’s judgment in Byrne and others concerning the safety of a number of fraud convictions which relied on the evidence of a now discredited expert witness. Angus was prosecution trial counsel in one of the cases (leading Julia Faure Walker) and appeared for the Respondent on appeal. Narita Bahra QC was defence counsel in Sulley and others and appeared for two of the Appellants on appeal.’

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2 Hare Court, 4th February 2021

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Romance fraud on rise in coronavirus lockdown – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2021 in coronavirus, fraud, identity fraud, internet, money laundering, news, statistics by sally

‘Romance fraud – scamming someone out of money by pretending to want a relationship – has been on the rise during lockdown.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2021

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