Simon has prosecuted and defended in a number of complex fraud cases of varying natures.
Featured Fraud cases
Operation Balaban (2019)
nstructed as a led junior for the third defendant in an eight-handed, £7 million carbon credit fraud listed for three months. Following extensive legal argument before the close of its case, the Crown, who relied in large part on evidence of the state of the carbon credit market at the relevant time, was forced to acknowledge that its expert fell well short of the standards required in legal proceedings, and that there had been disclosure failings, such that it was unfair to continue to try the defendants.
Regina v. FI and four others (2019)
Instructed by the Crown to prosecute this case of courier fraud in which elderly victims were duped into handing over cash and jewellery bought under the direction of the defendants masquerading as police officers.
Regina v. IA and three others (2018)
Instructed as a led junior for the fourth defendant in a complex Customs and Excise prosecution brought under section 68 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. This six-week trial concerned the exportation of military and dual-use aircraft parts to Malaysia for onward shipment to Iran for use in its WMD programme.
Regina v. SM and seven others (2018)
Instructed as a led junior for the third defendant in a six-week, £1 million ”binary trading” boiler room fraud.
Operation Balendore (2016)
Instructed as a led junior for the prosecution by CPS Special Casework in a £13 million money laundering conspiracy. The case concerned the running of and provision of payment services to several central London brothels, the proceeds of which were laundered through a succession of sham companies. More than £6 million was recovered from the defendants under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. At the time, this was one of the largest confiscation orders ever made in proceedings investigated by the Metropolitan Police.