Simon Farrell QC

Notable Cases

Corruption and bribery

PP v RR and NB [2019]
(2019) Brunei Supreme Court

Simon is instructed for the defence in a corruption case involving High Court Judges before the Brunei Supreme Court

R v MA Birmingham Crown Court [2017]
[2017] Simon successfully secured the acquittal of MA, a commercial property developer, who faced charges alleging his involvement in dishonest and corrupt property purchases and onward sales.

R v A ltd [2016]
(2016) 4 WLR 176

Simon successfully argued on an interlocutory appeal that the judge had been wrong to exclude evidence in a bribery and corruption trial. The case raises important issues concerning corporate criminal liability via its Directors under English law.

R v Sale [2013]
[2013] EWCA CA Leading confiscation case in the Court of Appeal on the issues of proportionality (AIPI), piercing the corporate veil and the proceeds of crime in cases of commercial corruption and bribery.

Money laundering

PP v RR and NB [2019]
(2019) Brunei Supreme Court

Simon is instructed for the defence in a corruption case involving High Court Judges before the Brunei Supreme Court

R v Pace and Rogers [2014]
[2014] EWCA Crim 186 CA Court of Appeal judgement concerning the requisite mens rea in a case of attempted money laundering when the commission of the full offence is impossible.

R v Akhtar [2011]
[2011] 1 Cr App R 37 CA Money laundering convictions of a mortgage broker quashed by the Court of Appeal because no money laundering offences had been committed as there was no predicate offending.

R v Kausar [2009]
[2009] EWCA 2242 CA Money laundering convictions quashed as the Crown Court had failed to deal with the issues of adequate consideration and possessing criminal property.

R v Meghrabi [2009]
(2009) Kingston Crown Court £50 million of criminal cash laundered in a bureau de change.

R v Anwoir [2008]
[2008] EWCA 1354 CA A seminal case in which the Court of Appeal adopted Simon’s definition of criminal property in money laundering offences when the original criminal conduct is unknown.

R v Uddin [2007]
(2007) Ipswich Crown Court Money laundering £114 million.

R v Ali, Bhatti and Khan [2006]
(2006) Leeds Crown Court Money laundering £170 million.

R v Wahid [2006]
(2006) Leeds Crown Court Successfully obtained dismissal of charges in a case in which W was alleged to have laundered £150 million.

R v Larcenko [2005]
(2005) Snaresbrook Crown Court Human trafficking and money laundering.

Re A Bank [2002]
Simon is advising an international bank concerning it’s responsibilities under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Confiscation

R v Guraj (Lodvik) (Supreme Court) [2017]
[2017] 1 WLR 22 A leading UK case in the Supreme Court regarding whether in confiscation proceedings jurisdiction was lost when there had been excessive delay in the Crown Court.

R v Ali (Salah) [2014]
[2014] EWCA Crim 1658 Significant case concerning planning enforcement notices and the statutory confiscation regime. The Court of Appeal quashed a confiscation for £1.438 million as rents received prior to enforcement notices were not the proceeds of crime.

R v Ahmad Fields and others (Supreme Court) [2014]
[2014] Supreme Court UKSC 2012/0082 and UKSC 2013/0271 Important linked Supreme Court cases regarding whether the proceeds of crime jointly obtained should be apportioned in a multi handed confiscation case.

R v Lambert and Walding [2012]
[2012] EWCA Crim 421 CA Leading case in the Court of Appeal on the issue of whether benefit should be divided between defendants in confiscation cases when each has the means to pay.

R v McIntosh [2011]
[2011] EWCA Crim 1501CA Leading case in the Court of Appeal on how the Crown Court should approach the question of hidden assets at a confiscation hearing.

R v Raykanda [2011]
[2011] EWCA Crim 1896 CA £3.8m confiscation order quashed by the Court of Appeal in a VAT (MTIC) fraud case.

RCPO v Iqbal [2010]
[2010] EWCA Crim 376 CA Leading case in the Court of Appeal on the issue of when postponement in confiscation proceedings deprives the Court of jurisdiction.

R v Shabbir [2010]
[2010] EWCA 2010 CA The Court of Appeal quashed a confiscation order as the statutory assumptions had been wrongly applied.

R v Nelson, Pathak and Paulet [2009]
[2009] EWCA Crim 1573 CA Leading case in the Court of Appeal, the Lord Chief Justice giving guidance as to when confiscation proceedings should be stayed as an abuse of the process.

Criminal

PP v RR and NB [2019]
(2019) Brunei Supreme Court

Simon is instructed for the defence in a corruption case involving High Court Judges before the Brunei Supreme Court

R v AIL and others [2018]
(2018) Southwark Crown Court
Simon acted as Lead Counsel for the Serious Fraud Office in successfully prosecuting a company in the Alstom Group for a criminal conspiracy to bribe and corrupt public officials in Tunisia connected to Alstom securing a valuable tram contract in the City of Tunis.

R v RJ [2017] EWCA Crim 1943
Simon successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that RJ’s conviction for importing 650 kilos of cannabis should be quashed on the grounds that inadmissible bad character evidence had wrongly been presented to the jury. Simon had not appeared at trial.

R v Bala (Yilkes) [2016]
[2016] EWCA Crim 560 A landmark case in the CA concerning whether parties to a polygamous marriage recognised by English law could enter into a criminal conspiracy.

R v Colston Hayter and others [2014]
[2014] Southwark Crown Court Successful prosecution of a cyber-gang responsible for stealing millions from leading banks.

R v Lord Rodley and others [2012]
(2012) Southwark Crown Court Successfully prosecuted a multi-million pound boiler room fraud involving the dishonest miss-selling of worthless shares to hundreds of investors.

R v Lord Rodley and others [2009]
(2009) Snaresbrook Crown Court Successful prosecution of a gang who attempted to steal £229 million from a leading bank in the City of London by taking over their computers.

R v Avery and others [2008]
(2008) Winchester Crown Court Simon Successfully argued that there was no case to answer against an animal rights activist who was allegedly involved in major conspiracy to blackmail in connection with the SHAC campaign.

R Bala (2014) Canterbury Crown Court
Successful prosecution of a number of defendants who were convicted of illegally employing staff in the security industry contrary to the Immigration rules and having secured false UK passports from a dishonest employee at the Home Office.

Civil and criminal tax

Synectiv Ltd v HMRC [2018]
[2018] FTT TC 2010 0699
Simon successfully acted for a company before the FTT concerning its claim for £1.4 m of VAT in respect of mobile phone exports which had been wrongly denied by HMRC.

Synectiv Limited v HMRC (Upper Tax Tribunal) [2017]
[2017] UKUT 0099 (TCC) An important case in which the Upper Tax Tribunal quashed the decision of the First Tier Tribunal (Tax) for inadequate reasoning in its judgement.

PC v HMRC-[2017] TC/2016/02491
Simon successfully acted for a senior barrister in the First Tier Tax Tribunal who HMRC had wrongly found guilty of deliberate tax evasion. The penalties imposed by HMRC for deliberate tax evasion were quashed.

R v E and others [2015]
(2015) Southwark Crown Court Simon successfully defended a City broker who faced charges related to a tax avoidance scheme. It concerned tax reliefs claimed in respect of an “active” film production partnership.

Synectiv Limited v HMRC [2013]
[2013] TC 2010/06699 First Tier Tax Tribunal. Whether trader knew or should have known that its transactions were connected to a fraudulent tax loss.

R v Ahmed [2013]
[2013] EWHC (Admin) Leading case in the High Court on the issues of civil recovery, cash forfeiture, tax fraud and proportionality.

Data Select Limited v Commissioners RCPO [2012]
[2012] UTT Upper Tax Tribunal case on time limits FTC/19/2011 considering when to permit appeals out of time.

HT Purser Ltd v HMRC [2011]
[2011] FTT (LON/1008/1273) Successfully obtained approximately £900,000 for a mobile phone trader before the Tax Tribunal.

R v Khan [2011]
(2011) Southwark Crown Court Defended in a £45m VAT fraud (Operation Euripus).

R v Jeyakumar [2007]
(2007) Northampton Crown Court MTIC VAT fraud £40 million operation Devout.

R v Mehmet
(2007) Northampton Crown Court MTIC VAT fraud £12 million.

R v Karagozlu, Yiannakis and others [2005]
(2005) Kingston Crown Court Criminal confiscation hearing VAT fraud mobile phone industry global benefit £86million.

R v Coate [2005]
(2005) Bristol Crown Court £1million VAT fraud involving the Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme.

Extradition

United States v Dempsey [2018]
(2018) 4 WLR 110

Important High Court extradition case concerning dual criminality and the relationship between the US offence of obstruction of justice and the English offence of perverting the course of justice.

SD v Netherlands [2012]
(2018) 4 WLR 110

[2012] EWHC 697 (Admin)
Successfully obtained the quashing of a European Arrest Warrant for a senior banker as it lacked particularity and failed the dual criminality test.

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