Naeem undertakes instructions on some of the most high-profile organised crime cases across the country.
Featured Organised Crime cases
R v MR & Others (2015-2018) – Operation Tavernhouse 1
One of the UK’s largest bed manufacturers accused of employing a slave workforce of trafficked Hungarian nationals. A four-month trial involving more than 20 alleged victims who worked close to 20-hour days on less than £10 per week, paid to them by the Gangmaster who pocketed the £3 per hour paid by the firm. Issues of ethical audits carried out by the likes of John Lewis Plc, Next Plc & Dunelm. Successful half-time submission before the trial judge, but case re-instated by Court of Appeal following an appeal of a terminatory ruling. Convicted on a majority direction. AG reference and counter appeal on sentence followed. A multimillion-pound confiscation case followed, which was described as one of the most complex cases with issues of corporate veil and hidden assets.
R v AK & others (2018) – Operation Dubrava
Latvian men and women from hostels promised a good life and good wages in the UK. Exploited and kept in squalid conditions, forced to work with income being kept and spent by their capturers. A large, organised gang of linked family members who kept the exploited workforce under their own roof and often locked them in the house so they could not leave.
R v LH & others (2018) – Operation Alvin
Two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court as junior counsel in a conspiracy to cultivate cannabis case involving several grow houses. A paper-heavy case with more than 10,000 pages. His expertise in dealing with large-volume cases was invaluable in understanding this case following last-minute instructions.
R v T (2017)
Case with more than 100,000 pages of evidence involving arson with intent and possession with intent to supply.
R v SK (2017)
Largest ever educational fraud case by an in-house accountant. Challenged computer and banking evidence.
R v McG & others (2017) - Operation Milden
Represented one of five defendants charged with importation of 35kg of cannabis. The case papers extended to more than 10,000 pages. The case against his client was based on association and telephone records. Required expert analysis of telephone attribution and call patterns. Only defendant to be acquitted following a four-week trial.
R v D & others (2017)
Conspiracy to supply more than 250kg of cannabis. Effective representations led to the Crown agreeing a simple alternative of joint possession with intent to supply about 75kg of cannabis.
R v SE & 1 other (2016)
Represented the defendant as sole counsel. Crown had silk and junior, and co-defendant granted silk and junior. Case involved attempted murder and firearm offences. Client charged with assisting an offender. Case dismissed at end of prosecution case.