Former Company Director sentenced for £12m bribery scheme

Carole Ann Hodson was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment and ordered to pay almost £4.5m in confiscation at the Wolverhapmton Crown Court Rachel Barnes represented the Serious Fraud Office throughout the case Click here to read the article from the SFO website


Young father died by ‘misadventure’

In an inquest lasting almost 5 weeks, Neil Saunders and Heather Oliver represented 5 plain clothed officers who were involved in stopping a vehicle where 25 year old Edir Da Costa was a passenger. At some point, unbeknown to the officers, Mr Da Costa put multiple packets of crack cocaine and heroin into his mouth. […]


Account Freezing Order (AFO) discharged

On 11 June, Westminster Magistrates’ Court discharged an AFO imposed on funds received from Iran and the Metropolitan Police Service withdrew its application for a further order. AFOs are a new law enforcement tool, introduced by the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Rachel Barnes acted for the account holder, instructed by Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


Former Company Director pleads guilty to £12M bribery scheme

A former owner of UK-based ALCA Fasteners has pleaded guilty at Walsall Magistrates Court to bribing a purchasing manager to secure £12 million in contracts for the company. Rachel Barnes represented the Serious Fraud Office Click here to read the article from the SFO


Multi Million Fraud Gang Convicted

John Hardy QC, leading John Greany, successfully secured the convictions of a gang for their part in the fraud of millions of pounds from businesses and individuals following a 6 month trial at Blackfriars Crown Court. Ten defendants, six of whom are family relations were found guilty and jailed for a total of nearly 50 […]


Turkey fails in attempt to extradite media boss from UK

Turkey has failed in a final attempt to extradite a dispossessed media proprietor to Ankara to face financial charges allegedly related to the 2016 failed military coup. The High Court in London upheld a ruling that the case against Hamdi Akın İpek, whose newspapers and TV stations have been confiscated by Turkish officials for criticising […]