Laura Hocknell

year of call :

2005

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Fraud and Financial Crime

R v Montes (2017) (Southwark Crown Court) - defendant stole over £100,000 worth of watches from her employer, a billionaire Russian oligarch. Guilty plea, suspended sentence.

R v Harper (2016) (Southwark Crown Court) - currently instructed as junior counsel for first defendant in allegations of conspiracy to make corrupt payments by members of the Royal Household. Due for trial in April 2016.

R v Salter and others (2013) (Kingston Crown Court) Operation Chert  - led junior for defendant in MTIC fraud – conspiracy to cheat the Revenue and money laundering. The prosecution case in this five month trial was that the defendant’s company had attempted to cheat the revenue of £23million through fraudulent VAT reclaims.

R v Symes and others (2014) (Chelmsford Crown Court) Operation Hailite – led junior for defendant in allegation of fraudulent trading. The defendants are alleged to have systematically targeted elderly and vulnerable people by cold calling at their houses and persuading them to sign up for building works. The Crown’s case is that such works were either unnecessary or overcharged for and that through this method the defendants fraudulently obtained over £1million over a 4 year period.

R v Butt and others (2012) (Liverpool Crown Court) - junior counsel for employee of dental practice charged with conspiracy to defraud the Primary Care Trust and conspiracy to falsely account. Count 1 stayed as an abuse of process following two days of defence submissions on the basis that there had been no loss to the Primary Care Trust and that the defendants had in fact been acting to enable as many patients as possible to obtain dental treatment at NHS rates. The prosecution then offered no evidence in respect of the second count.

R v Sherman and others (2012) (Ipswich Crown Court) - junior counsel for mother of alleged drug dealer, who was charged with money laundering the proceeds of crime through various bank accounts. Crown offered no evidence on fifth day of trial.

R v L and others (2012) (Guildford Crown Court) Operation Bizet - instructed for second defendant in conspiracy to commit fraud. Defendants are alleged to have targeted elderly people across Surrey and the South East, fraudulently obtaining their bank details, debit cards and PIN numbers.

R v U (2012) (Isleworth Crown Court) Operation Fogwell - conspiracy to commit fraud against Apple using stolen credit card details.

R v Murphy and others (2011) (Ipswich Crown Court) – Led junior in 3 month SFO prosecution for ‘boiler room’ fraud with cross jurisdictional issues. The SFO’s case was that over £8million had been fraudulently obtained from would be investors in a sham biodiesel company.

R v M (2011) (Reading Crown Court) – Junior alone in case concerning several counts of benefit fraud and money laundering running to over £200,000. Defendant is profoundly deaf with significant mental health issues.