Gareth’s practice has focussed over the last 10 years on prosecuting multi handed, complex, data heavy frauds; be they white collar, boiler room, banking or frauds against HMRC and DWP.
Gareth’s cases often require an understanding of technical IT issues.
Gareth also advises pre-charge for both investigative and prosecutorial agencies as well as companies relating to contemplated criminal proceedings for fraud.
Gareth prosecutes as a junior alone or leading other junior counsel.
Notable Fraud cases
R v Hollinshead
Prosecuting high profile case of a man and his solicitor who claimed to have persuaded the Saudi Royal Family to fund his efforts to purchase London Welsh Rugby Football Club, as a result of which he fraudulently purchased the club for £1.
R v Shipley
Prosecuting a high profile figure involved in the funding of the movement for Brexit, for fraud relating to his personal employment and setting up of businesses
R v KT
Prosecuting the CFO of a listed dotcom for fraudulently obtaining funding from listed foreign exchange companies, resulting in many tens of millions of pounds of direct losses and to their share values
Defending card skimming and payment fraud targeting Tesco Petrol stations nationwide.
R v OO and others
Prosecuting an international organised crime group who obtained in excess of £15 million through diversion fraud and money laundering through UK, US, Canadian, Nigerian European and Chinese banks
Prosecution of 7 individuals working for LAs who abused their position of trust to steal housing benefit, all convicted. Subsequent complex confiscation proceedings involving property disputes over ownership of land, with linked High Court proceedings.
Prosecuting 25 defendants over the course of 4 trials for organised fraud against the DWP, involving 100’s of bank accounts, over 1000 false identities and over £1 million in lost funds. All Defendants bar one convicted.
£8 million self assessment tax fraud committed by an organised crime group based in Eastern Europe and London. Advising on cross jurisdictional matters and subsequent prosecution.
R v OA and TO
Prosecuting diversion fraud and COVID bounceback loan fraud
R v M, and others
7 handed prosecution, first UK prosecution concerning abuse of Apple I-pay system
R v MB and CB
Boiler room fraud concerning the sales of rare earth metals, diamonds and carbon credits
R v P, T, W and D
Advising pre-charge on widespread bribery within government backed contracts for building works.