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David Barnes and Christopher Bertham successful in £10m 'land banking fraud'

David Barnes and Christopher Bertham successfully defend a £10m 'land banking fraud' at the Old Bailey.

A jury acquitted 'N' of an allegation of Conspiracy to Defraud following a trial that lasted over two months. Two men who ran three land banking companies pleaded guilty to the fraud before the trial commenced. N was accused of selling land to victims of the fraud while employed in the sales teams of the land banking companies. David Barnes and Christopher Bertham systematically deconstructed each of the allegations advanced by the prosecution against N: claims that he was a company secretary to two of the companies, and that he had opened bank accounts for those companies were shown to be false, particularly as many of his signatures were identified as forged. The main allegation, that as a conspirator he was a ‘trusted lieutenant' to those who ran the companies, was demonstrated to be incorrect.

David and Christopher were instructed by ABV solicitors.



18 March 2014

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