David Barnes

1981

An experienced leading junior with a substantial criminal defence practice.

Financial Crime

Has a wide experience of financial crime including the following: Land Banking fraud; Carbon Credits fraud; MTIC VAT fraud; Insurance fraud; Mortgage fraud; Advance Fee fraud; Gaming fraud; Corporation fraud (including public utility fraud); NHS fraud; Multiple Share Application fraud (following privatisation); Building fraud; Leasing fraud; DSS fraud and Money Laundering.

General Crime

Violent Crime: defended in many murders, including contested committals and s.51 transfers; firearms offences [R. v. Stoddart [1998] 2 Cr.App.R. 420 CA]; arson; and serious assaults. Sex Offences: Rape and indecent assault. Experienced in using video link, intermediaries and undertaking work involving children.

R. v. N [leading junior] - defendant charged with £10,000,000 land banking fraud and a carbon credits fraud. 

R. v. Warren [junior] - defendant charged with historic campaign of rape of two young girls. Intermediary used.

R. v. Percival [junior] - defendant charged with a £34,000,000 land banking fraud (the largest ever land banking fraud). 

R. v. Fox [junior] - defendant charged with conspiracy to supply £4,000,000 worth of amphetamine sulphate.

R. v. Brockwell [led junior] - defendant charged with the strangulation murder of his wife.  This was the first Coroners and Justice Act 2009 ss. 54 and 55 provocation case to be heard at the Central Criminal Court.

R. v. Mensah [junior] - defendant charged with rape and sexual assault of 4 year old girl.

R. v. X [junior]  - 14 year old defendant charged with campaign of a rape of a 3 year old girl.

R. v. Bedding [leading junior]  - defendant charged with conspiracy to supply massive quantities of cocaine, conspiracy to handle £1,000,000 worth of stolen goods and possession of counterfeit coins.

R. v. Cryne [led junior] - defendant charged with the contract murder of the wife of an associate.

R. v. Carlisle and others [led junior] – defendant charged with unlawful killing motor vehicle manslaughter following the death of a cyclist resulting from racing motor vehicles.

R. v. Smith [junior]  - 80 year old defendant, who drew the futuristic Judge Dredd cartoon for the 2000AD magazine, charged with historic child abuse.

R. v. Mphefo [junior] - Botswanian careworker charged under the Mental Health Act following the death of a patient in her care.

R. v. Hale [led junior] - Millionaire businessman charged with the murder of his wife who disappeared without a trace in 1999.

R. v. Wilkinson [led junior]  – 18 year old defendant charged with murder following alleged baby shaking.

R. v. Monkton and Monkton [led junior] – defendant charged, together with his brother, with murder following an alleged stabbing and meat cleaver attack.

R. v. Hensher-Smith [leading junior] – 74 year old defendant charged with historic child sex abuse involving four complainants abused over a 33 year period.

R. v. Sibley [junior] – defendant charged with controlling prostitution at a number of brothels and money laundering involving £800,000.

R. v. Sykes and Brown [leading junior] – defendant charged with murder following a drugs robbery,

R v. Edwards [led junior] – 27 year old Estonian defendant charged with murder following the stabbing of her 72 year old husband.

R. v. Smith [leading junior] – defendant charged with conspiracy to defraud which represented a substantial cheque fraud involving the use of numerous false identities.

R. v Utku [leading junior] – defendant charged with people smuggling. He was said to be the UK organiser of a conspiracy involving smuggling of numerous Turkish citizens into the UK through Germany. Foreign intercept evidence was relied upon.

R. v. Dema [led junior] – Albanian 18 year old defendant and four others charged with an honour killing.

R. v. Igbanugo [led junior] – defendant and four others charged with a £40,000,000 MTIC VAT fraud. 900 hours VHCC preparation was undertaken.

R. v. Dzewu [leading junior]  – defendant and 5 others charged with conspiracy to supply massive quantities of Cannabis.

R. v. Damon Aspen [leading junior] – SFO prosecution of defendant charged with large and complex insurance fraud involving Lloyds of London and Iron Trades.

R. v. Keen [led junior] – defendant and four others charged with a £40,000,000 MTIC VAT fraud. The trial lasted 7 1/2 months.

 

Qualifications

Bsc (Econ) Hons

Memberships & Associations

Gray's Inn and Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association

Areas of work

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