Tim Forte

1994

Tim Forte has a well-established practice in large, complex and serious crime specialising in heavyweight violence, fraud, drugs, terrorism and firearms offending. Notably, of the 6 on-duty police officers alleged to have been murdered in the UK since 2010, Tim has been instructed in the murder trials relating to 3 of them. In addition, there have been only a handful of prosecutions in relation to the "domestic use in the UK" of grenades, and Tim has, again, been instructed in three of them.

Tim is particularly sought after in cases involving EncroChat, telecoms and computer evidence, including probe and telephone intercept evidence and substantial telecoms data re pattern, attribution and cell site - his computer and technological expertise making him the ideal man to brief. In an article on the EncroChat system, Tim correctly predicted the breach and implant by French law enforcement days before the news broke. He is currently instructed in over 10 Encro proceedings, including two major Operation Venetic cases - Operation Estevan (Manchester) and Operation Oberon (Cardiff). He can be relied upon to manage and master voluminous and complex material with time to spare. Already by the start of 2021, Tim has successfully secured the acquittal of two defendants in Encro cases - one in Snaresbrook for Deepak Vij at ABV Solicitors and one in Ipswich for Darren Flight at Harris Cuffaro Nicholls.

He has built a strong reputation with a wide spectrum of professional clients, mainly as a leader, but also as a junior (alone or led). Tim is respected as a fighter with very sound judgment, who can be relied upon to take the initiative in the case and to carry the fight to the prosecution. He has, over the years, conducted numerous, complex legal submissions, often taking the lead in and succeeding in arguments overlooked or forsaken by others. As an experienced appellate advocate, Tim is often singled out to take over complex and substantial proceedings on appeal.

As a fluent German speaker, with several contacts in the German legal world, Tim has always had a keen interest in the international aspect of crime. He was one of a handful of English barrister delegates at the IBA Transnational Crime Conference in Krakow, in May 2018, and has contributed an article about the current state of legal professional privilege to the IBA website.

Tim Forte is ranked in Band 2 in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2021, having appeared since 2012, with the editors describing him as a "junior who specialises in handling complex criminal matters such as fraud, murder and drug importation cases. He regularly defends professional clients and has substantial expertise at appellate level."

"Meticulous, exceptionally hard-working and fearless."

"A strong advocate with the ability to grasp very big cases."

Please see the link below for Tim's current profile in the guide.
https://chambers.com/lawyer/timothy-forte-uk-bar-14:232439

Tim Forte is additionally highly ranked in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 in both crime (general crime) and fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture).

In Crime (Tier 3) it says of Tim...Tim is very dedicated and clever. Both the lay clients and his peers respect his strengths and qualities of a talented and bright barrister. His written and oral submissions are often compelling.

In Fraud:Crime (Tier 2) its says of Tim...An intellectually gifted junior, whose written and oral advocacy is exceptional.

In the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 (crime) it said of Tim... "He is a machine and someone you want in your corner. He has a presence in the courtroom that commands respect.". And "As a natural orator and communicator, he commands attention and respect in court whenever he speaks'.

In Fraud: crime it said of Tim..."He has a compellingly confident manner both in and out of court. He's an excellent all-rounder who has the ability to apply himself totally to the issue in hand. Also very client focused"

Previous editions have said:

"A first-class, authoritative advocate who fights on the front foot."

"He has a confident and authoritative presence in court due to his depth of preparation."

"A keen legal mind, who leaves no stone unturned."

https://www.legal500.com/firms/9655-3-temple-gardens/9655-london-england/lawyers/483855-tim-forte/

Notable Cases:

Operation Venetic (overarching UK NCA ENCRO Operation)
Operations Estevan and Oberon 2020 - present

Having previously lectured on Encro and PGP, Tim wrote a Blog on the likely collapse of the EncroChat system, due to hacking by French and Dutch law enforcement. Days later the news broke that indeed the French had broken into the system and placed an intelligence / evidence gathering implant into the encryption architecture. Unsurprisingly, Tim is now much sought after in Encro cases, and is currently instructed in over a dozen Encro-related matters, first and foremost, Estevan (before Honourable Mr Justice Dove in Manchester) and Oberon (before Honourable Mr Justice Picken in Cardiff). Both involved substantial drug supply conspiracies with correlated money laundering. Tim is instructed by Shaun Draycott at Draycott Browne in Manchester and Jon Lewis at McSorley Lewis in Cardiff.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/3templegardens_is-pgp-still-safe-by-time-forte-activity-6684431209604378624-Dgj4 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/encrochat-breach-will-make-criminals-wary-3mzm3wc3q 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8484673/EncroChat-shadowy-Dutch-tech-firm-sold-encrypted-phones.html 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8484307/Pictured-Astonishing-mountain-dirty-cash-guns-Fendi-embossed-designer-cocaine.html 

Operations Somerville, Mirato & Redwing (Dale Cregan & others) 2013-2014
Police Murder and Explosives

Tim was instructed for the only defendant of Cregan's nine co-defendants who actually discharged a firearm, in this four murder, four attempt murder and explosives trial that lasted for four months before the then Mr Justice Holroyde at Preston Crown Court. This unparalleled case involved the murder of two on-duty PC's and the first ever use of live hand grenades in a domestic context within the UK.

With unprecedented security, this trial was a public spectacle from beginning to end - with media scrutiny from the outset. Numerous novel legal arguments were necessary involving hearsay, bad character, etc involving victims, witnesses, co-defendants, on the same indictment but on different murder allegations. Much of the evidence was electronically presented with substantial cell-site and CCTV evidence often presented in animation on computer screens before the jury. Tim was instructed by Nadeem Ullah of Abbey Solicitors.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21321496

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/20039387-%e2%80%98kill-or-be-killed%e2%80%99-anthony-wilkinson-claimed-victim-had-threatened-him-and-his-fam 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-19456787 

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/henchmen-jermaine-ward-anthony-wilkinson-6770810

R. v. Clayton Williams 2015 - 2016 Police Murder

Tim, led by Adam Davis QC, secured the acquittal of Clayton Williams on the counts of murder and attempted s.18 GBH. In October 2015, PC David Phillips was killed in the line of duty when he was hit by the Mitsubishi SUV driven by Williams. The media coverage and local sensitivities involved in this case have been substantial, so much so that the trial was moved to Manchester, presided over by the new Presider of the Northern Circuit, Honourable Mr Justice Davis. This was the second trial involving the alleged murder of police officers in which Tim had been instructed in 2 years. Tim and Adam were instructed by Andrew Egerton at DDE Law.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3275588/Two-women-man-appear-court-charged-assisting-offender-killing-PC-David-Phillips.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11918825/First-images-of-teenager-charged-with-murder-of-Pc-Dave-Phillips.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-34527946

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/katie-hopkins-tweets-dave-phillips-10229504

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hundreds-attend-funeral-of-merseyside-police-officer-david-phillips-killed-in-hit-and-run-a6717881.html

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/handcuffed-smiling-pc-dave-phillips-10220173

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pc-dave-phillips-murder-accused-10308644

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pc-dave-phillips-murder-accused-10277135

https://twitter.com/BBCNWT/status/652514396070105088

Operation Midas 2017 - 2019 - Fraud

Leading Junior, under a "bespoke contract", in multi-million pound fraud, involving allegations of manipulation of EU grants to the Welsh Assembly and devolved government. The preparation involved the analysis of 150,000 items of digital material in a far-reaching disclosure exercise that took years, with five officers tasked full-time and six counsel instructed. Secured acquittal of our defendant at Cardiff Crown Court in 2019. Instructed by Gary Bloxsome of Blackfords LLP.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royally-approved-or-fishy-business-6gjgx0wkvwc

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2019-05-10/port-talbot-conman-jailed-for-claiming-almost-5m-of-eu-and-welsh-government-money/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7015403/Conman-jailed-four-years-spending-money-holidays-cars.html

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/businessman-who-robbed-community-of-investment-jailed-for-4-7m-fraud-38099592.html  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48227597  

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/dragon-feeds-fraud-port-talbot-16577609

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48225377

Operation Hobart 2003 to 2011 - International Cocaine Conspiracy

Colombian drugs conspiracy, Special Counsel, Court of Appeal etc Massive cocaine conspiracy originating in Colombia, involving Security and Intelligence (Sigint) Agencies in USA, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Switzerland, as well as GCHQ, MI6, NCS (SOCA) and ECHELON in the UK. First trial lasted almost one calendar year. The appeal is believed to have been unique, in that Tim was instructed as Junior Counsel in the Court of Appeal for all three appellants, to three different leaders. The appeal, after Special Counsel was appointed and "closed" hearings conducted, was successful on the back of the legal arguments, first led by Tim at the Court below over the preceding 6 years. The retrial proceedings before a Presiding High Court Judge were abandoned by the Crown in the face of legal arguments, again led by Tim - (VHCC) Winchester Crown Court. Instructed first by Simons Muirhead Burton and on the retrial by Edward Hayes Partnership.

Court of Appeal re Confiscation [2008] EWCA Crim 2953
Court of Appeal re PII / Disclosure [2009] EWCA Crim 1527
Court of Appeal re Conviction [2009] EWCA Crim 1960

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-195051/Police-smash-international-drugs-ring.html

http://news.sky.com/story/210381/uk-drug-cartel-members-named

Operation Harplike 2017 - 2019 - "White Supremacist Terrorism"

"White" terrorism trial, after a murder plot to kill sitting North West MP Rosie Cooper was foiled by anti-terror police, a number of alleged members of right-wing extremist group National Action were arrested for a variety of Terrorism Act offences. First trial took place in 2018 before Mr Justice Jay at Central Criminal Court, due to the high-profile nature of the case and the obvious security concerns. This was then followed by retrial in 2019, before Mrs Justice McGowan. Our defendant was acquitted at the end of those proceedings. Instructed by Tim Walker at Sonn McMillan Walker.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41777271

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/03/alleged-neo-nazi-trial-next-year-machete-murder-plot-national-action-labour-mp

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-action-neo-nazi-rosie-cooper-murder-plot-labour-mp-bought-machete-far-right-a8023056.html

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/national-action-leader-accused-machete-13820541 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4780862/national-action-rosie-cooper-mp-death/ 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Action_(UK) 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-47406670  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-47455190  

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/02/man-who-plotted-mps-avoids-retrial-for-national-action-membership  

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-action-live-updates-neo-nazi-murder-labour-mp-jack-renshaw-lythgoe-helm-rosie-cooper-a8396421.html  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Action_(UK)

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/27/the-undercover-fascist#  

Operation Eelcatcher 2018 - 2019 - "White" Terrorism

Instructed in prosecution of Terrorism offences under Terrorism Act 2000 and Terrorism Act 2006, for individual accused of planning bombings of South London Mosques. Trial to be at Central Criminal Court.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/terror-plot-muslims-mosque-steven-bishop-london-far-right-court-anti-islamic-a8620026.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46103487  

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/man-appears-court-accused-plotting-terror-attack-london-mosque-140049130.html?guccounter=1  

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/05/world/europe/ap-eu-britain-terrorism-charge.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-man-charged-with-preparation-of-terrorist-act/2018/11/05/b618e34a-e128-11e8-ba30-a7ded04d8fac_story.html?utm_term=.3f54c83a4b98  

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7677322/steven-bishop-revenge-mosque-bombing/ 

https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20181105/news/311059910/

 R. (ex p. DR) v. Luton Crown Court [2012] EWHC 1064 (Admin), [2012] 1 W.L.R. 2777, [2012] 4 All E.R. 1238, [2012] 4 WLUK 411, [2012] Crim. L.R. 703,
[2012] C.L.Y. 781 - Custody Time Limits Authority

Tim Forte successfully obtained the Judicial Review of an extension of Custody Time Limits in an alleged kidnap and torture case, leading to the release on bail of Tim's lay client. It also led, in the following week, to the release of a number of defendants in a substantial international fraud trial in Manchester Crown Court.

In quashing the Crown Court's order to extend, the President of the QBD, Lord Justice Thomas, agreed with Tim's "well formulated submissions", and delivered a trenchant judgment that provides the clearest possible guidance to practitioners and courts in Custody Time Limit cases. The ramifications of the ruling are clearly being felt on a daily basis in Crown Courts across the various circuits. Only truly exceptional cases - long frauds, murders requiring High Court Judges or specially-ticketed judges - will entitle the Crown to rely on lack of courtroom or judge as a good and sufficient cause. The duty and burden lies firmly with the State - the Court and the Crown - to ensure that defendants are tried within the statutory maximum. There is no burden or duty on the Defence - even bearing in mind the Criminal Procedure Rules - to be proactive or pre-emptive in CTL cases. Only in cases of clear and express acquiescence by the defence will the State be absolved of its CTL responsibility. Tim was instructed by Gordon Young LLP

[2012] EWHC 1064 (Admin)
[2012] 1 W.L.R. 2777
[2012] 4 All E.R. 1238
[2012] 4 WLUK 411
[2012] Crim. L.R. 703
[2012] C.L.Y. 781

Current Instructions:

EncroChat / Drugs:

Operation Venetic

Operation Estevan (with Operations Sub-Zero & Embossed) 2020 to present

Instructed to lead in one of triad of Encro test cases being heard by Honourable Dove J, on Northern Circuit. Substantial multi-commodity drugs conspiracies. Lengthy Preparatory Hearings involving legal argument and expert evidence seeking resolution of legality of Encro intercepts and implants. Will shape the future of intercept evidence in UK and impact on RIPA legislation, overtaking Court of Appeal judgment in SubZero. Eventually, the 4 month trial will be in Manchester later in 2022. Instructed by Shaun Draycott, Draycott Browne.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/3templegardens_is-pgp-still-safe-by-time-forte-activity-6684431209604378624-Dgj4

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/encrochat-breach-will-make-criminals-wary-3mzm3wc3q

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8484673/EncroChat-shadowy-Dutch-tech-firm-sold-encrypted-phones.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8484307/Pictured-Astonishing-mountain-dirty-cash-guns-Fendi-embossed-designer-cocaine.html

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/named-36-people-greater-manchester-18544360

Operation Oberon - 2020 to present

One of cases flowing from French breach of EncroChat System (Europol Op Venetic), listed at the end of June 2021 as Preparatory Hearing test case before Wales & Chester Circuit Presiding High Court Judge, Mr Justice Griffiths, in Cardiff as Encro test case. Substantial 13 defendant, multi-commodity drugs Conspiracies - case summary itself runs to 444 pages. Preparatory Hearings listed for resolution of legality of Encro intercepts and implants. Will shape the future of intercept evidence in UK and impact on RIPA legislation. Instructed by Jon Lewis at McSorley Lewis.

Operation Keyhole - 2021 to present

EncroChat based multi-commodity OCG prosecution based in South-West England, with Crown alleging 450kgs of Class A trafficked every year. Instructed by Aamer Rathor, Newgate Solicitors, in Bournemouth Crown Court.

Operation Tilbury - 2020 to present

Another Venetic case, involving multi-commodity drugs conspiracies stretching from South Wales across the UK to East Anglia. Multiple EncroChat devices in multiple hands, with wide-ranging telecoms, surveillance and ANPR evidence. Also involves multiple competing Organised Crime Groups, and attempted ram raid thefts of drugs consignments. Instructed by Tahmina Majid, in Swansea Crown Court.

Operation Gem - 2020 to 2021

An Encrochat drugs case in East Anglia, to be tried in Ipswich. After focussed analysis and submissions, the Crown conceded an Application to Dismiss, and eventually offered no evidence, and not guilty verdicts were entered for DF. Instructed by Darren Flight at Harris Cuffaro Nicholls.

Operation Illinois - 2020 to present

Multi-handed, multi-commodity drugs conspiracies in Merseyside, where Tim's client, LB, is said to be the principal conspirator in the Organised Crime Group. Evidence based largely on EncroChat material, other telecoms data and surveillance. Instructed by Sara Doyle at ABV Solicitors at Liverpool CC.

Operation Eternal /Soku - 2020 to 2021

An Encrochat drugs case based in and around London, to be tried in Snaresbrook. After focussed analysis and submissions, and a fully detailed Defence Statement, the Crown conceded there was no prospect of conviction, and eventually offered no evidence, and not guilty verdicts entered for RS. Instructed by Deepak Vij, ABV Solicitors.

Operation Downey - 2020 to present

200kgs of cannabis and the commercial supply of cocaine. Instructed by Andrew Egerton at DDE Law, at Chester Crown Court.

Operation Aquarium - 2021 to present

MD indicted with conspiracy to supply substantial quantities of Class A drugs, in excess of 25 kgs. Evidence again almost entirely EncroChat based. Instructed by Sara Doyle at ABV Solicitors, to be heard at Liverpool CC.

Operation Elation - 2020 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies across multiple timeframes again the evidence being predicated on EncroChat evidence. Co-Defendants privately instructing Queen's Counsel. Instructed by Shan Yaqub at Langfield Law, at Luton CC.

Operation Creedence - 2021 to present

10 Defendant multi-commodity conspiracies (cocaine, heroin and MDMA), as well as money laundering and supply of automatic weapons. Evidence again largely founded on EncroChat intercepts. Instructed by Dhanesh Sharma, Sharma Law, for trial at Aylesbury CC.

Operation Florence - 2021 to present

Preparatory Hearing in Preston Crown Court - multi-commodity Class A and Class B drug trafficking. Instructed by John Greenwood at Stephensons.

Operation Surrounding - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies (cocaine, heroin and MDMA), as well as money laundering and supply of automatic weapons. Instructed by Rumit Shat at Galbraith Branley, at Birmingham CC.

Operation Coadminster - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies. Instructed by Amirah Ajaz at ABV, for trial at Croydon CC.

Operation Absorb - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Salhan & Co, for trial at Birmingham CC.

Operation Malaga - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Atif Nawaz at Abbey Solicitors, for trial at Manchester CC.

Operation Scorch - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Danielle Williams at Sperrin Law, for trial at Birmingham CC.

Operation Syncopize - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Matloob Ahmed at Abbeys, for trial at Kingston CC.

Operation Cigarfish - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Seona Whyte at Stokoes, for trial at Southwark CC.

Operation Direen - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Pan Symeou at Faradays, for trial at Snaresbrook CC.

Operation Mousetrap - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Claire Anderson at ABV, for trial at Guildford CC.

Operation Guava - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Paul Robinsons at Goldkorns, for trial at Guildford CC.

Operation Saco - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by John Carson at Carson Kaye, for trial at Kingston CC.

Operation Sandstone - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by John Carson at Carson Kaye, for trial at Southwark CC.

Operation Crinks - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms at Snaresbrook CC, privately instructed.

Operation Sharpener - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Stokoes at Wood Green CC.

Operation Solanum - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Pan Symeou at Faradays, for trial at Snaresbrook CC.

Operation Sopot - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Kaddy Bojang at MW Taylor Rose, for trial at Woolwich CC.

Operation Coast - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Darren Flight at Harris Cuffaro Nicholls, for trial at Basildon CC.

Operation Shanai - 2021 to present

Multi-commodity conspiracies and firearms. Instructed by Miriam Altaf at Carson Kaye, for trial at Luton CC.

Current Instructions:

Fraud, Financial Crime and Ancillary:

Operation Volt - 2020 to present

Leading junior for principal defendant in an eight-handed conspiracy to produce counterfeit £20 notes of over £12 million in value, described by the main Bank of England witness as one of the largest such cases he had ever seen. The client was also later charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cause GBH due to material seized from an EncroChat device relating to an Organised Crime Group, once Encro breach had been achieved. Instructed by Zahir Ahmed and Fergus Harrington of ABV Solicitors at Woolwich CC.

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/money-laundering-ring-discovered-by-police-206063/

http://www.bromleyboroughnews.co.uk/article.cfm?id=130854&headline=Two%20charged%20with%20producing%20counterfeit%20cash%20following%20Beckenham%20police%20raid§ionIs=news&searchyear=2019 

Operation Casper- 2020 to present

Instructed as Leading Junior in substantial MTiC (Carousel VAT fraud) said to have been conducted over 2 years (2012 to 2014). Over 30 companies listed in Indictment Schedule of involved trading entities. Voluminous material already well in excess of 10,000 pages. Instructed by Nadeem Ullah of Abbeys, trial to be at Liverpool CC on the Northern Circuit

Operation Leviathan - 2020 to present

Instructed to be leading junior for one of 10 defendants in substantial advance fee fraud, where defendants alleged to have utilised two companies as fronts to sell fake hospitality packages for Twickenham RFU international matches to numerous Corporate clients. Voluminous served material, currently in excess of 200,000 pages. Transferred due to size and complexity from Peterborough CC to Southwark CC. Instructed by Ben Darabi at Carson Kaye Solicitors.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/city-bosses-fall-victim-to-slick-ps1-million-rugby-tickets-scam-a3773961.html 

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2018/02/six-nations-rugby-fans-lose-up-to-10000-as-ticketing-firm-vanishes/ 

https://inews.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/six-nations-tickets-scam-128997 

Operation Lantern - 2020 to present

Instructed for one of four defendants in substantial vintner / wine investment fraud perpetrated, allegedly, between 2014 and 2017. Significant sums of money said to have been obtained from duped investors. Defendant wanted to instruct Time as he was also in Operation Balaban (Carbon Credit fraud with disgraced Crown xpert), where Tim had acted for a co-defendant. Instructed by Zahir Ahmed and Fergus Harrington of ABV Solicitors at Woolwich CC.

Operations Ana & Nimrod - 2020 to present

Multiple count indictments across the country, resulting in proceedings in both Southwark and Maidstone Crown Courts. Indictments prosecuted by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, involving as they do fraudulent sales of regulated medicines, including botox and Viagra. After substantial analysis and submissions, the Crown compelled to concede the Southwark indictment, and not guilty verdicts entered in those proceedings. Instructed by Nadeem Ullah and John Jackson at Abbey Solicitors.

Current Instructions:

Murder and other Violence:

Operation Voyage - 2020 to present

Double crossbow murder during defence action against cannabis factory raid, involving transferred malice in the first death (brother of first two defendants accidentally killed by misdirected crossbowbolt). Trial shifted back continually due to COVID, originally due in September 2020, then early January 2021, finally commencing mid January at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Half day Custody Time Limit argument. Instructed by Ahmad Jawad at Central Chambers Law.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-52667864

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-53814092

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/dudley-crossbow-cannabis-factory-murders-man-charged-a4370496.html

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-man-charged-crossbow-double-21568691

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/men-shot-dead-stomach-crossbow-17817784


Operation Haiku- 2020 to present

Two defendant murder by beating of alleged paedophile. Death occurred some weeks later leading to multiple complex pathology and causation issues. Numerous experts being instructed - neuropathology, bone pathology amongst others. Trial shifted back due to lengthy lead time (6 months) in obtaining various experts' reports. Instructed by Tahir Mahmood at Abrahams Solicitors.


Operation Roberts - 2020 to present

Attempted murder by repeated stabbing. Instructed by Aamer Rathor at Langfield Law at Luton CC.

Operation Sunderland - 2020 to present

Attempted murder by shooting, two bullets to the chest from a handgun. Inter and intra family feuds, linked to drugs conspiracies and string of violent disorders in Luton town centre, said to have been committed by rival gangs of Albanian nationals. Instructed by Gordon Young at Langfield Law at Luton CC.

Current Instructions:

Terrorism, Firearms and Explosives:

Operation Loricated- 2021 to present

Leading Junior in a trial involving six counts of terrorism offending, including acts preparatory to an act of terrorism. Young defendant with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trial at the Central Criminal Court before the Hon Recorder of London. Instructed by Riaz and Co.

Operation Bandit - 2019 to present

Instructed, as junior alone (prosecuted by two Juniors), for one of the two main defendants out if seven in an indictment alleging seven conspiracy counts involving commercial quantities of cocaine, an armoury of firearms and, once more, grenades. After lengthy trial at Manchester CC, Northern Circuit, during Covid lockdown, acquitted of 5 of the 7 counts, all of the firearms and explosives. Instructed by Sara Doyle at ABV Solicitors.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-50654507

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-name-five-suspects-after-17359671

Operation Kaihu2- 2020 to present

Multiple interlinked firearm transfer, supply and possession trials. After lengthy trial at Isleworth CC, AG acquitted of all charges save one sole count of simple possession of one prohibited shotgun. Instructed by Miriam Altaf at Carson Kaye.

Operation Erath 1 and 2 - 2019 to present

Parallel indictments alleging drugs and firearms offending. Acquitted on first indictment of drugs. Acquitted on second indictment after legal submissions re DNA secondary transfer caused Crown to abandon their prosecution. Achieved a "walk-out" sentence on linked money-laundering allegations at Manchester Crown Square. Instructed by Sara Doyle at ABV Solicitors.

Recent Cases:

Fraud, Financial Crime and Ancillary:

Operation Midas 2017 - 2019 Cardiff CC

Leading Junior, under a "bespoke contract", in multi-million pound fraud, involving allegations of manipulation of EU grants to the Welsh Assembly, and devolved government. Analysis of 150,000 items of digital material in a far-reaching disclosure exercise took years with five officers tasked full-time and six counsel. Secured acquittal of our defendant. Tim was instructed by Gary Bloxsome of Blackfords LLP.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royally-approved-or-fishy-business-6gjgx0wkvwc

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2019-05-10/port-talbot-conman-jailed-for-claiming-almost-5m-of-eu-and-welsh-government-money/  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7015403/Conman-jailed-four-years-spending-money-holidays-cars.html

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/businessman-who-robbed-community-of-investment-jailed-for-4-7m-fraud-38099592.html  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48227597  

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/dragon-feeds-fraud-port-talbot-16577609  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48225377 

Operation Larkspur 2018 - 2019 Southwark CC

Massive and sustained frauds, said to have cost the legal aid fund in the region of
£12.6 million - allegedly committed by solicitors, barristers and judges. Claims
stemming from historical Defence Costs Orders claims in allegedly inordinate
sums. Trial before Mr Justice Goose in the summer 2019. Defendant was acquitted.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5962341/Judges-dock-alleged-12-6million-legal-aid-scam.html

https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/29/three-judges-charged-plan-scam-12600000-legal-aid-system-7669612/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judges-charged-with-12-6m-legal-aid-fraud-9pltnlzn2

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/solicitors-in-the-dock-over-alleged-126m-legal-aid-fraud/5067251.article

Operations Carnival & Chuck 2019 - 2020 Inner London CC

Instructed, as leading junior, for second one of five defendants in a £20,000,000+ fraud of Transport for London, through a complex series of creation of fake tickets. Cross-jurisdictional investigations in the UK and abroad, leading to choreographed arrests in the UK and Romania inter alia. Substantial observation and telecoms evidence (sizeable call data records and downloads, served in voluminous XRY files).

Operation Aldgate 2017 - 2019 Southwark CC

A multi-million pound set of long-firm frauds prosecuted by the Insolvency Service. Several of the conspirators are said to be long-time, professional fraudsters, while Tim's client was said to be the group's accountants. Defendant acquitted by the jury of fraud and fraudulent trading. At Southwark Crown Court, instructed on a private basis by Paul Robinson at Goldkorns.

Operation Lithium 2017 - 2019 Sheffield CC

With the trial not due until late 2019, Tim was instructed for one of 13 defendants in a £25,000,000+ VAT fraud and money-laundering trial, involving specialist scrap metal trading. Moved from Manchester to Sheffield Crown Court, with initial talk of a move to Southwark. Following submissions re disclosure, Crown have now offered no evidence due to ex parte disclosure duty issues. Instructed by Nadeem Ullah at Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Balaban 2018 - 2019 Southwark CC

Initially, instructed in this very substantial carbon-credit / diamonds / gold-mine fraud conspiracies prosecution at Southwark Crown Court, unfortunately had to return the instructions due to diary clash with Op Midas above. Instructed by Simon O'Meara.

In re AB 2015 - 2019 Liverpool MC

Having secured his acquittal of money-laundering charges (by persuading and pressuring the CPS eventually to abandon the prosecution), Tim has throughout represented this local businessman in civil POCA cash forfeiture proceedings. After much legal argument, we finally forced the Merseyside Police to abandon the forfeiture application, causing the immediate return of the client's cash (plus interest) and thereafter a subsequent "Perinpanathan" battle to obtain costs from the Applicant Police Force, in the Admin Court by way of Case Stated. Instructed by Andrew Egerton at DDE Law.

Operation Testmatch 2013 - 2018 Croydon CC

A multi-million pound cigarette importation, involving millions of pounds of duty evasion as part of a gang operation across the South-East of England. International dimension involving UAE, Dubai and Bangladesh. After first trial aborted, trial judge awarded wasted costs approximating £300,000 against the Crown. Second trial aborted against Tim's client due to psychological fitness to stand trial concerns. After ongoing abuse / oppression arguments, 3rd trial finally concluded at the end of 2018 with acquittals on all counts. Instructed at Croydon Crown Court by Parmjit Sidhu of Noble Solicitors.

MSA vs HMRC 2013 - 2019 City of London MC

Civil POCA forfeiture at City Magistrates Court, linked to Operation Testmatch above. After prolonged hearing and arguments, successful submissions of Abuse of Process before Deputy District Judge at Westminster MC resulted in return of all of MSA's cash and concomitant costs.

Recent Cases:

Homicide and Serious Violence:

R. v. ED - 2019

Initially instructed as trial counsel in single-punch murder trial at Liverpool CC, until Representation Order amended to allow Silk alone. Thereafter, 3 working days before trial, RO amended again to allow instruction of junior counsel. Due, in large part, to my analyses of multiple CCTV camera footage and creation of stills and compilation footage, ED, a University Student of good character, was acquitted not only of murder but of manslaughter. He was acquitted in his absence as he was forced to remain in prison on the last day of trial due to Covid self-isolation pending a test! Instructed by Sara Doyle at ABV solicitors.

Recent Cases:

Drugs:

Operation Boutade - 2018 to 2020

Organised Crime Group conspiracy to collect, and deliver for onward commercial sale, 33kgs of cocaine by leader of the OCG. Hard stop on the M1 of two transit vans uncovered stashes of cocaine and an EncroChat device, before the system was hacked in 2020. HHJ John commented it was the best Telecoms cross-examinations he had ever heard. Instructed by Carson Kaye solicitors at Kingston Crown Court.

Operation Spoonbill - 2018 to 2020

Acting for first defendant in year-long multi-commodity drugs conspiracy, where cocaine, heroin, MDMA etc all brought in via helicopters from Netherlands and Belgium to South of England. Rental properties were used to store the drugs before onward transportation to North West Organised Crime Group for onward distribution across country. One property owned by actress Miriam Margolyes (as referred to her by her on Graham Norton Show). Just one seizure contained over 100kgs of cocaine and heroin, and was valued at in excess of £12,000,000. Two other conspirators still awaiting extradition from Thailand.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37318519

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/drugs-lord-used-helicopter-smuggle-14567929 

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-09-09/dramatic-video-crime-group-use-helicopter-to-fly-in-class-a-drugs/ 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3781845/UK-Netherlands-smugglers-used-helicopter-transport-12million-Class-drugs-country-sentenced-52-years-prison.html 

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2016/09/10/gangsters_who_usedhelicoptertoflydrugsintotheukfrombelgiumjailed-1-2763949/ 

https://www.ed.nl/default/eindhovenaren-krijgen-18-jaar-cel-in-engeland-voor-smokkel-harddrugs-met-heli~a876541f/ 

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/watch-drug-smuggler-being-arrested-11866437

Recent Cases:

Firearms & Explosives:

Operation Bazin 2018 - 2019

Instructed in this second ever prosecution of "domestic use in the UK" of grenades in the UK. Conspiracy to cause explosions where life was likely to be endangered, relating to the recover of multi-million pound debts accrued through fraudulent investment schemes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Applications for complainant to give Livelink evidence from South Africa successfully resisted. Instructed by Atif Nawaz at Abbey Solicitors.

R. v. T. 2020 - 2021

Drug user forced to store drugs and loaded firearms by his dealer. Acquitted at trial of aggravated offences on basis of quasi-duress defence. Instructed by Miriam Altaf at Carson Kaye.

Recent Cases:

Terrorism:

Operation Harplike 2017 - 2019 - "White Supremacist Terrorism"

"White" terrorism trial, after a murder plot to kill sitting North West MP Rosie Cooper was foiled by anti-terror police, a number of alleged members of right-wing extremist group National Action were arrested for a variety of Terrorism Act offences. First trial took place in 2018 before Mr Justice Jay at Central Criminal Court, due to the high-profile nature of the case and the obvious security concerns. This was then followed by retrial in 2019, before Mrs Justice McGowan. Our defendant was acquitted at the end of those proceedings. Instructed by Tim Walker at Sonn McMillan Walker.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41777271

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/03/alleged-neo-nazi-trial-next-year-machete-murder-plot-national-action-labour-mp 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-action-neo-nazi-rosie-cooper-murder-plot-labour-mp-bought-machete-far-right-a8023056.html

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/national-action-leader-accused-machete-13820541 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4780862/national-action-rosie-cooper-mp-death/ 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Action_(UK) 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-47406670

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-47455190

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/02/man-who-plotted-mps-avoids-retrial-for-national-action-membership

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-action-live-updates-neo-nazi-murder-labour-mp-jack-renshaw-lythgoe-helm-rosie-cooper-a8396421.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Action_(UK)  

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/27/the-undercover-fascist#

Operation Eelcatcher 2018 - 2019 - "White" Terrorism

Instructed in prosecution of Terrorism offences under Terrorism Act 2000 and Terrorism Act 2006, for individual accused of planning bombings of South London Mosques. Trial to be at Central Criminal Court.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/terror-plot-muslims-mosque-steven-bishop-london-far-right-court-anti-islamic-a8620026.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46103487

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/man-appears-court-accused-plotting-terror-attack-london-mosque-140049130.html?guccounter=1  

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/05/world/europe/ap-eu-britain-terrorism-charge.html 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-man-charged-with-preparation-of-terrorist-act/2018/11/05/b618e34a-e128-11e8-ba30-a7ded04d8fac_story.html?utm_term=.3f54c83a4b98  

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7677322/steven-bishop-revenge-mosque-bombing/ 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7677322/steven-bishop-revenge-mosque-bombing/ 

Operation Soleus 2018 - 2019

Instructed by Jon Lewis at McSorley Lewis, for defendant accused of various Terrorism offences under Terrorism offences under Terrorism Act 2000 and Terrorism Act 2006. He was said to be disseminating terrorist propaganda and other material. Transferred from Cardiff Crown Court to Central Criminal Court. Part-way through trial negotiated part pleas that resulted in mercifully short sentence for ZA.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46035699

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46035699  

https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/30/cardiff-man-20-charged-with-terrorism-offences-8089625/ 

Selection of Previous Cases

Violence:

Operation Somerville, Mirato & Redwing (Dale Cregan and others) - on-duty Police Murder (see above)

Operation Vernonia 2016 - 2018 Central Criminal Court

Acquittal in serious organized crime related kidnap, Complainant hiding in Ukraine from EAW issued by German. c.90,000 pages of telecoms evidence.

Operation Rhone 2015 - 2016 Manchester CC

Successful Application to Dismiss in Gang related murder in Manchester - victim, shot 7 times, was a member of the notorious Gooch Gang.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-32809085 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-34841284

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/footballer-ravel-morrison-pays-tribute-5737864  

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/andre-marshall-murder-suspect-police-10454271

R. v. P.R. 2017 - 2019 Central Criminal Court / Blackfriars CC

Baby shaking homicide - involving numerous medical experts across six disciplines of paediatric medicine.

Operation Lantern 2011 - 2012 Manchester CC
19-handed triad-gang violent disorder.

Operation Barwal 2006 Central Criminal Court
Leading Junior first on indictment, murder and robbery, only defendant acquitted.

Fraud / Money Laundering / Duty Evasion etc:

Operation Penco 2014 - 2017 Southwark CC
Multiple interlinked boiler room (Landbank, Carbon Credit, SIPP and mortgage) frauds related to Operation Balaban

Operation Bauera 2018 - 2019 Southwark CC
Cyber-enabled phishing fraud and laundering of well in excess of £1m from Candy Brother firm, Candy Capital Ltd.

Operation Twang 2016 - 2017 Derby CC
Acquittal of £1.5m duty evasion of millions of cigarettes.

Operation Palladium 2016 - 2017 Southampton CC
Successful abuse arguments in long-running allegations of £½ million+ money laundering against scrap metal trader.

Operation Vista 2014 - 2016 Manchester CC
€40,000,000 money laundering from pan-European MTiC fraud.

Operation Perhaps 2015 - 2017 Birmingham CC
Large-scale mortgage fraud, tax evasion and money laundering - papers 17,000+ pages, Electronic Material served approaching 1Gb of data. Successfully argued the Appeal against Sentence, reducing sentence from 11 years to 7 years.

Operation Jurby 2016 - 2018 Manchester CC
Industrial scale credit-card and Ebay fraud, evidence had to be served on hyperlinked external hard drive.

Operation Dodge 2016 - 2019 Cardiff Crown Court
Complex insurance fraud involving setting up of fraudulent claims companies.

R. v. NS et al 2016 Liverpool Crown Court
Representing Solicitor in substantial and involved insurance fraud.

R. v. PP 2014 - 2015 Blackfriars Crown Court
Leading Junior in embezzlement of £1.5m from famous global charity.

Operation Duston 2014 - 2015 Liverpool and Ipswich Crown Courts
Leading Junior in multiple nationwide identity fraud conspiracies.

Operation Ewings 2014 - 2015 Chester Crown Court
Instructed post trial solely for £2m+ twin POCAs of the two offenders in question.

Operation Augusta 2012 - 2014 Basildon CC
Leading Junior in "Biggest Ebay fraud ever" involving millions of pounds worth of inter alia allegedly fake Callaway golf clubs.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/6219647/Fake-golf-club-gang-made-millions-in-biggest-ever-eBay-fraud-court-hears.html 

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2010/mar/04/ebay-scam-gang-boss-jailed 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1255342/eBay-fake-golf-club-scam-gang-face-jail-international-ring.html 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8549176.stm 

Operation Forbear - 2015 - 2018 Liverpool CC
£385 million pound multiple MTIC VHCC trial with evidence 200,000+ pages

Operation Beechbox 2010 - 2013 Canterbury CC
Multi-million-pound pan-European insurance & tax fraud - only Def acquitted.

Operations Monial & Foxhole 2008 - 2013 St Albans, Manchester & Bradford CCs
Leading Junior in linked multi-million-pound Phoenix / long-firm frauds.

Operation Devout 2008 - 2013 Northampton CC
Multiple MTIC trials frauds in £100ms; prolonged POCA (VHCC) linked to R. v. Ahmed & Ahmad [2012] 2 Cr.App.R (S) 85

Operation Teddington 2007 - 2012 Leeds CC
Multiple multi-million pound Phoenix / long-firm frauds.

Operation Corsica 2006 -2008 Bristol CC
Leading Junior in trial and retrial of 7,500,000 fake cigarette importation.

Drugs:

Operation Petral 2015 - 2016 Manchester CC
Leading Junior in c. £5½m multi-commodity OCG drugs supply conspiracy trial with well in excess of 100,000 pages of telecoms evidence, first evidence after breach of a PGP / Encro device in UK.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/solicitors-clerk-bury-charged-over-10280491  

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/local-man-charged-with-drug-supply-1-7507294  

Operation Granose 2016 - 2018 Liverpool CC
18-count, 10-defendant, fraud and money-laundering set of trials, centering on c. 250,000 pages of telecoms evidence & PGP (pretty good privacy) ENCRO devices.

Operation Gobbed 2017 - 2018 Bristol CC
Duress defence trial of importation of one tonne of cocaine worth in excess of £80 million.

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/local-man-charged-with-drug-supply-1-7507294  

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/20/cocaine-worth-80m-found-on-boat-falmouth-cornish-coast 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1645369/border-cops-sieze-a-ton-of-cocaine-worth-80million-from-a-boat-off-the-south-coast-of-england/

https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0820/810723-cocaine-haul-england/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fishing-trawler-carrying-more-tonne-8673934 

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/three-men-appear-at-court-after-tonne-of-cocaine-worth-80-million-found-in-boat-off-cornish-coast-a3325616.html 

 - Judge Rinder's Crime Stories Series 3 - Episode 10 - Crime documentary series. Judge Robert Rinder examines a case that resulted in the biggest seizure of cocaine in the UK in 2016.

Operation Alvin 2018 - 2020 Bristol CC
Leading Junior in multi-handed conspiracies to produce and supply substantial quantities of cannabis, throughout the South West of England.

Operation Scephe 2017 - 2018 Kingston CC
Organised Crime Command investigation into high-level Class A drugs supply, distribution network, sought out by two sets of solicitors to act for their respective co-defendants. on issues relating to PGP / Encro devices.

Operation Fenuku 2016 - 2017 Kingston CC
Conspiracy to supply drugs worth many millions of pounds - all charges dropped after successfully autrefois convict, abuse and Elrington submissions.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3430987/Lawrence-case-suspect-wanted-4m-drugs-Jamie-Acourt-believed-gang-couriered-100kg-cannabis-London-Newcastle.html 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/drug-gang-suspect-jamie-acourt-7304179 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/neil-acourt-former-stephen-lawrence-7479952

http://news.sky.com/story/1652209/stephen-lawrence-suspect-admits-drugs-charge

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/former-stephen-lawrence-murder-suspect-on-run-over-drug-dealing-plot-a6852016.html 

Operation Ontake - 2015-2016 Wood Green CC
Substantial 95%+ pure drugs conspiracy, linked to Operation Saka Crown were eventually compelled to offer no evidence on all counts after prolonged disclosure arguments at trial.

Operation Heatful 2014 - 2016 Central Criminal Court
Leading Junior Counsel in this multiple commodity drug importation conspiracy and concomitant money-laundering.

Operation Milden 2016 - 2017 Liverpool Crown Court
Multi-handed importation involving substantial quantities of drugs, and issues of extra-jurisdictional proceedings and French law.

Operation Vidar - 2015 - 2016 Birmingham CC
Major conspiracy to supply Class A into and out of one of Her Majesty's Prisons. c.400 recordings of prison telephone conversations with c. 2,000 pages of transcripts..

Operation Nasurem 2015 Kingston Crown Court
Took over gang-related drugs conspiracy Newton Hearing - 120k+ served papers

Operation Beath I (R. v B.) 2012 - 2014 Liverpool CC
Leading Junior in "Largest multi-commodity drugs conspiracy ever in the UK", Operation Beath involved massive quantities of Cocaine, Cannabis for "Kingpin behind Britain's biggest ever drugs racket"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22974156 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-crime-baron-and-his-gang-who-lived-like-kings-by-drug-smuggling-8550322.html

http://news.sky.com/story/1106209/drug-lord-philip-baron-jailed-for-18-years 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/philip-baron-kingpin-behind-britains-1972828 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299472/Philip-Baron-unmasked-drug-gang-leader-international-scam.html

Operation Oriole 2012 - 2014 Preston CC
Leading Junior for first defendant in a multi-handed, multi-million pound drugs distribution conspiracy with regional distribution.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549701/Drugs-baron-went-run-Costa-del-Sol-caught-police-paddling-water-park.html 

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/seven-men-manchester-jailed-part-6655953 

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/10982604.Nelson_drug_dealer_jailed_for_eight_years/?ref=var_6_6 

Operation Sabine 2012 - 2013 Preston CC
22 handed Organised Crime Group cocaine, mephedrone, cannabis and amphetamine supply in the North West of England. Instructed by DDE Law.

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/drugs-gang-locked-up-for-nearly-a-century-1-6211944 

http://qnews.co.uk/north-west/preston/drugs-gang-sentenced-to-over-90-years

Operation Delaware 2011 - 2012 Teesside CC
Leading Junior for first defendant in multi-million pound heroin and cocaine distribution conspiracy.

Operation Zambesi 2011 - 2013 Manchester CC
First on indictment of multi-handed attempted murder, cocaine and cannabis conspiracy with central Queen's Evidence - Manchester Crown Court. Complex and substantial appeal relating to a number of grounds including witness training - sub nom R. v. Sarwar [2013] EWCA Crim 83.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351116/School-teacher-lived-secret-double-life-cocaine-baron-jury-told-drugs-trial.html

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/21-years-in-jail-for-teacher-who-858728 

Operation Walrus 2010 - 2011 Manchester CC
£2,500,000 heroin, cocaine and cannabis distribution conspiracy across Lancashire and Cheshire - VHCC

Operation Panther 2008 - 2009 Luton CC
Acquittal in South East England cocaine and multi-tonne cannabis importation and distribution. Wasted costs against CPS

Firearms:

Operation Seventy 2017 - 2018 Central Criminal Court

Proceedings flowing from the largest ever seizure of automatic weapons in the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36081009

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1284950/Operation-Seventy-Biggest-seizure-automatic-weapons-UK.html 

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/863-sentences-for-gang-who-imported-lethal-arsenal-of-weapons 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncauk/sets/72157667172100515 

Operation Talon 2016 - 2017 Bristol CC
Prolonged surveillance and investigation of Somerset and Avon Constabulary relating to conspiracies to transfer and possess a Sterling L2A3 (Mk4) sub-machine gun.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5070009/Underworld-boss-tried-smuggle-submachine-gun-Bristol.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-41940905

Operation Wumanya 2015 - 2016 Inner London CC
Successful application to dismiss in multi-handed, Operation Trident gang-related firearms case.

R. v. HM 2015 Croydon Crown Court
Massive haul of illegal firearms, ammunition and explosives.

Miscellaneous:

Operation Articulate 2014 - 2015 Central Criminal Court
A "super-sex" "grooming" trial involving 11 defendants on 49 counts involving rape, sex with a child and conspiracy to rape.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-32781942 

https://news.sky.com/story/gang-jailed-for-grooming-vulnerable-schoolgirls-10347067

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/07/aylesbury-child-abuse-ring-six-men-handed-long-jail-terms

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/aylesbury-child-sex-ring-jailed-6398013

Operation Zico 2018 - 2019 Wood Green CC
Police corruption prosecution incl perverting cause of justice - 30,000+ pages

R. v. AA 2017 Manchester CC
Acquittal after legal argument in perjury trial of accredited Solicitor's Representative.

Operation Ore / Sledgehammer - R. v. MP Cardiff CC
Numerous legal arguments compelling Crown to offer no evidence on indictment of possessing IIOC on a home computer.

Operation Beath II (R. v. Y) 2011 - 2017 Manchester CC
Took over massive and complex £5,000,000+ POCA proceedings - piercing the Corporate Veil, considerations of Waya etc - two week litigated POCA confiscation hearing led to £5.5m benefit figure was reduced to £340k. Linked to Operation Beath I (R v B above).

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/11/19/inside-homes-four-drug-kingpins/ 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349109/Millionaire-drug-baron-Paul-Yearsley-arrested-magazine-mansion-photoshoot.html

R. v. Kearney et al 2008 - 2010 Kingston CC
Police corruption case, after ground-breaking legal argument re ECHR Article 10(2) Crown offered no evidence.

Operation Ore (R. v. Breton) 2007 - 2008 Court of Appeal
Not having appeared below, conducted the appeal against conviction based entirely on computer expert evidence, experts called for Crown and Appellant during full day hearing - CCA R. v. Breton [2008] EWCA Crim 2935

R. v. P.O. 2018 Court of Appeal
Not having appeared below, took over appeal on the grounds of undue pressure by previous legal representatives causing an arguably unsafe plea of guilty, and consequent analyses of technical computer evidence - a full day's litigated hearing, with live evidence being called from number of expert witnesses.

In addition:

Tim has particular and extensive experience in esoteric firearms proceedings, often instructed by Laura Saunsbury, "the doyenne of firearms law and practice" of Lewis Nedas - securing the acquittal of one client before retrial, entirely due to cross-examination in the first aborted trial. Tim, together with Laura, secured substantial wasted costs from the CPS in favour of the privately funded client
http://lewisnedas.co.uk/Newsroom/cases/another-success-for-our-firearms-law-specialist-laura-saunsbury.html

Tim often acts in cases involving death by dangerous, and now careless, driving, and other such serious road traffic offences.

In recent years, Tim has been sought out by privately-funded clients through a range of professional clients - Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Edward Hayes Partnership, Abbeys Solicitors, Lewis Nedas, L.P. Evans, DDE Law and Noble Solicitors.

Tim has received instructions in numerous cases on the basis of recommendations from previous clients and even co-defendants. Tim, having successfully secured the acquittal of a defendant in a cocaine conspiracy for Martin Lee of EBR Attridge Solicitors, a co-defendant secured Tim's services (instructed by TV Edwards) for his retrial. The defendant was subsequently acquitted and recommended Tim to another defendant who later instructed Tim privately through Noble Solicitors and avoided conviction.

In addition, Tim is often instructed during the appellate and confiscation proceedings for clients facing serious or complex appeal or POCA issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

Call October 1994
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