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 5 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.

He has built a strong reputation with a wide spectrum of professional clients, both increasingly as a leader and as junior (alone or led). In common with his colleagues at 3 Temple Gardens, he combines outstanding client care, thorough preparation and acute legal acumen. 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.

Solicitors value his hands-on approach and his willingness to take ownership and control of cases, especially in the numerous VHCC cases, including Individual Case Contracts, in which he has been instructed. He has established a good working relationship with a wide number of contract managers, which almost invariably leads to a smooth-running contract, with virtually all required hours being authorised.

Tim is particularly sought after in cases involving telecoms and computer evidence, both probe and telephone intercept evidence and substantial telecoms data re pattern, attribution and cell site, as well as, now, decrypted PGP devices - his computer and technological expertise making him the ideal man to brief. He has been instructed in numerous such cases, and can be relied upon to manage and master voluminous and complex material with time to spare.

Tim Forte is ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2018 and has appeared 

since 2012. Please see the link below for Tim's profile in the guide.

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/person/232439/14

Tim Forte is additionally ranked in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 in both crime (general crime) and fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture).

In crime (general crime) it says of Tim...'As a natural orator and communicator, he commands attention and respect in court whenever he speaks'.

In fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) it quotes...'He has a confident and authoritative presence in court due to his depth of preparation'

http://www.legal500.com/firms/9655/offices/9655/lawyers/9024106

In the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 it quotes...'A keen legal mind, who leaves no stone unturned.'

Notable Cases:

Operations Somerville, Mirato & Redwing (Dale Cregan & others) 2013 - 2014

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 4 months before Holroyde J. 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.

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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

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, Hon Davis J. 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.

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Operation Hobart 2003 - 2011

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 Opal - 2013 - 2014

After an eight-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Tim's analysis, dissection and scheduling of thousands of pages of central telecoms evidence secured the acquittal of the defendant on this escape conspiracy of one of Britain's most wanted men (accused of murder and serving a sentence for drugs supply after a conviction in absence).

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The case was transferred from Birmingham Crown Court to Woolwich Crown Court due to the security concerns as all were High Risk Category A prisoners. Tim was instructed by DDE Law, Liverpool. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24991139

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294348/John-Anslow-Most-wanted-murder-suspect-went-run-arrested-Cyprus.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/john-anslow-murder-suspect-who-1767836

R. (ex p.DR) v. Luton Crown Court [2012] EWHC 1064 (Admin); [2012] 1 WLR 2777; [2012] 4 All.ER. 1238; [2012] Crim. LR 703

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.

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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 

http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/1064.html&query=raeside&method=boolean

http://www.innertemplelibrary.com/2012/04/regina-raeside-v-luton-crown-court-wlr-daily/

Current Instructions:

Operation Midas 2017 -

Instructed as Leading Junior in multi-million pound fraud, involving allegations of manipulation of EU grants to the Welsh Assembly, and devolved government. The trial is currently listed at Cardiff Crown Court for 4 months in 2018, under a "bespoke contract". The Crown are still analysing approximately 150,000 items of digital material in a far-reaching disclosure exercise. Tim is instructed by Gary Bloxsome of Blackfords LLP.

Operation Harplike 2017 -

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. The trial is likely to be listed in 2018 before a High Court Judge at Woolwich Crown Court, due to the high-profile nature of the case and the obvious security concerns.

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)

Operation Aldgate 2017 -

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 is said to be one of the group's accountants. The trial has been set down for early 2019. At Southwark Crown Court, instructed by Paul Robinson at Goldkorns.

 

Operation Granose 2016 -

Tim Forte is currently instructed in an 18-count, 10-defendant, fraud and money-laundering set of trials, centering on masses of telecoms evidence (c. 250,000 pages) and PGP (pretty good privacy) devices. At Liverpool Crown Court, instructed by DDE Law.

Operation Lithium 2017 -

With a PTPH at the end of 2017, and a trial not likely until 2019, Tim has recently been instructed for one of 13 defendants in a £25,000,000+ VAT fraud and money-laundering trial, involving specialist scrap metal trading. At Manchester Crown Court instructed by Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Gobbed - 2017

Instructed at trial where the defence was one of duress for "one of the largest ever cocaine seizures in the UK" - one tonne of cocaine worth in excess of £80 million, seized from the fishing vessel Bianca off the Cornish coast. At Bristol Crown Court, instructed by Phaedon Georgiou at Joseph Hill.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-37141811

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

Operation Scephe 2017 -

An Organised Crime Command investigation into high-level Class A drugs supply, distribution network, Tim was separately sought out by both sets of solicitors to act for their respective co-defendants. Having already advised one on issues relating to PGP (pretty good privacy) devices, central to the case against both defendants, Tim currently acts for that defendant. At Kingston Crown Court, instructed by Newgate Solicitors.

In re AB 2015 -

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 we are currently locked in a "Perinpanathan" battle to obtain costs from the Applicant Police Force.

R. v. P.R. 2017 -

Father indicted with manslaughter of his infant son - baby shaking homicide - involving numerous medical experts across six disciplines of paediatric medicine. Trial now set for early 2018, adjourned from earlier date due to paucity of experts willing to act for defence in such trials. At Central Criminal Court, instructed by Charles Long of Edward Hayes.

Operation Jurby 2016 -

An industrial scale credit-card fraud, where the evidence is voluminous and involved, such that it has been served on hyperlinked external hard drive. At Manchester Crown Court, instructed by Nadeem Ullah at Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Testmatch 2013 -

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. Ongoing abuse / oppression arguments, currently listed for 3rd trial in 2018. Instructed at Croydon Crown Court by Parmjit Sidhu of Noble Solicitors.

Recent Cases:

Homicide and Serious Violence:

Operation Vernonia 2016 -

Allegations of serious organised crime related kidnap. Complainant out of jurisdiction in Ukraine, held on an European Arrest Warrant issued by German authorities - various documents from the German investigation were disclosed, being fluent in German, Tim was able to consider and evaluate those without the need for translations. In addition, there was voluminous telecoms evidence - c. 90,000 pages. After drafting and lodging an Application to Dismiss, Tim was successful in finally persuading the Crown, one month before an initial listing for trial, to offer no evidence against his client, with Not Guilty verdicts being entered in late 2016. Trial remains listed for the remaining defendants for 10 weeks possibly now in 2018. At the Central Criminal Court, instructed by Martin Lee at EBR Attridge Solicitors. 

Operation Rhone 2015 - 2016 

Allegation of gang related murder in Manchester in May 2015. The victim, shot 7 times, was a member of the notorious Gooch Gang. Two of the alleged perpetrators are still at large, one of them features on Crimestoppers Most Wanted. The count of murder has been recently dismissed pursuant to a successful Application to Dismiss, conceived and drafted by Tim, and delivered by Peter Birkett QC. At Manchester Crown Court, instructed by Nadeem Ullah of Abbey Solicitors.

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Fraud / Money Laundering / Duty Evasion etc:

Operation Penco 2014 - 2017

Multiple interlinked boiler room frauds - Landbank, Carbon Credit, SIPP and mortgage, with concomitant money-laundering allegations. Frauds alleged to have resulted in many millions of pounds loss to various individuals and organisations. At Southwark Crown Court, instructed by John Kay of Carson Kaye.

Operation Twang 2016 - 2017

At trial at Derby Crown Court, Tim successfully secured the acquittal of his client, in this conspiracy relating to duty evasion of millions of cigarettes, with the fraud loss estimated to exceed £1.5m. At Derby Crown Court, instructed initially by Urfan Mahmood at Shafi Solicitors, and then Nadeem Ullah at Abbey Solicitors, Manchester.

Operation Vista 2014 - 2016

€40,000,000 money laundering allegation stemming from a pan-European MTiC fraud. Specific reliance upon setting up and running of German companies, predominantly in Frankfurt - Tim is fluent in German and has a degree of familiarity with German business law. At Manchester Crown Court, instructed, under a "bespoke contract" by Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Perhaps 2015 - 2017

Staffordshire Police Major & Organised Crime investigation into a large-scale mortgage fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. By the time of trial, the papers exceed 17,000 pages, with Electronic Material served approaching 1Gb of data. Tim successfully argued the Appeal against Sentence, persuading Lord Justice Treacy to reduce the sentence from 11 years to 7 years. At Birmingham Crown Court, instructed by Urfan Mahmood of Shafi Solicitors, Manchester.

Operation Palladium 2016 - 2017

Long-running allegations of money laundering against scrap metal trader, amounting to over £½ million. After repeated legal arguments, Tim finally was successful in mounting a twin abuse and disclosure argument over two days at the beginning of trial, leading to the Trial Judge refusing the Crown's application for an adjournment that we compelled them to make, resulting in the offering of no evidence, and the return of the client's c. £650,000. At Southampton Crown Court, instructed by Vince Revaglia at EBR Attridge.

Drugs:

Operation Petral 2015 - 2016

Substantial (c. £5.6m) multi-commodity drugs supply conspiracy trial involving Organised Crime Groups - with Tim instructed as Leading Junior for his client, first on the indictment and said to be principal of the OCG. Many kilos of Class A drugs involved (c.70+) as well as allegations of perverting the course of justice levelled at a well-known solicitor in the Manchester area. Well in excess of 100,000 pages of telecoms evidence. At Manchester Crown Court, instructed by Messrs Abbeys Solicitors, Manchester.

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 Fenuku 2016 -

Operation conducted by Specialist Crime and Operations Command and Organised Crime Command of New Scotland Yard, in conjunction with North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit. Prominent South London criminals said to be involved. Value of drugs said to be many millions of pounds. All charges have been dropped against Tim's client after he successfully argued autrefois convict, abuse and the principle from Elrington. At Kingston Crown Court, instructed by Paul Robinson at Goldkorns Solicitors.

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Operation Ontake - 2015-2016

Substantial drugs conspiracy, linked to Operation Saka, investigated by Specialist Units of the Metropolitan Police. The allegations involve cocaine said to be over 95% pure. After almost three weeks of legal submissions, disclosure arguments and evidence on the voir dire and before the jury, the Crown were eventually compelled to offer no evidence on all counts against each defendant. Tim was instructed by Martin Lee at EBR Attridge Solicitors.

Operation Heatful 2014 - 2016

Tim was instructed as Leading Junior Counsel in this multiple commodity drug importation conspiracy and concomitant money-laundering. Many discrete and complex issues of law, coupled with substantial telecoms evidence. At Central Criminal Court, instructed by Mark Bowen of Shearman Bowen.

Firearms:

Operation Seventy 2017 -

This case is the second tranche of proceedings flowing from the largest ever seizure of automatic weapons in the UK. At Central Criminal Court, instructed by Paul Robinson at Goldkorns.

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

Prolonged surveillance and investigation of Somerset and Avon Constabulary relating to conspiracies to transfer and possess a Sterling L2A3 (Mk4) sub-machine gun. At Bristol Crown Court, instructed by Paul Robinson at Goldkorns

Operation Wumanya 2015-2016

After a successful application to dismiss, Tim has had all the counts against his defendant dropped and the indictment against him quashed, in a multi-handed, Operation Trident gang-related firearms case. The Judge, in a reserved judgment, upheld all of Tim's arguments based on the authorities of Suurmeijer, Berry, Strong, Searle, Myers and Ahmed, in dismissing all of the charges against his client from Operation Wumanya. The other defendants were later tried and convicted. At Inner London Crown Court, instructed by Paul Robinson, of Goldkorns.

Miscellaneous:

Operation Articulate 2014 - 2015

A "super-sex" "grooming" trial involving 11 defendants on 49 counts involving rape, sex with a child and conspiracy to rape. Tim was led by Nadine Radford. At Central Criminal Court, instructed by Usmani King Solicitors.

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

R. v. D 2017

Tim was successful, at the outset of the trial, in legal argument as to the key elements of Perjury, in relation to an accredited representative of a firm of solicitors. Having persuaded the trial judge that, as a pre-trial issue, he had to consider whether the evidence had to be of a lie about a material fact, we successfully persuaded him that any alleged falsehoods in this case were not material, and defendant was acquitted, when the Crown decided against appealing the terminatory ruling. At Manchester Crown Court, instructed by DDE Law.

Operation Ore/Sledgehammer - R. v. MP 2015 - 2017

Case involving allegations of possessing IIOC on a home computer. Tim was recommended to the lay client due to his extensive experience and expertise in computer evidence cases, including Operation Ore, Landslide and Operation Sledgehammer proceedings. After numerous legal arguments, he finally boxed the Crown into a corner where they were compelled to offer no evidence and where, therefore, the client's acquittal was successfully secured. At Cardiff Crown Court, instructed by Matthew DeMaid of DeMaids Solicitors.

Previous Cases:

Violence:

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

R. v. K.M 2015-2016

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Murder tried at Liverpool Crown Court - instructed by DDE Law.

R. v. K. 2011- 2013 - Murder

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Murder tried at St Albans Crown Court - instructed by City Law Chambers

Operation Lantern 2011 - 2012 - Gang violence

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19 handed triad-gang violent disorder. Manchester Crown Court, instructed by Abbey Solicitors.

R. v. Symankiewicz 2009 - Murder

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Murder trial before High Court Judge - Leicester CC instructed by First Defence

Operation Barwal  2006 - Murder and robbery

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Leading Junior first on indictment alleging murder and robbery, only defendant acquitted - Central Criminal Court

Fraud/Money Laundering/Duty Evasion etc:

Operation Dodge 2016 - Cardiff Crown Court

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Complex insurance fraud involving fraudulent claims companies set up in order to defraud insurers and related legal firms. Tim is instructed by Matthew De Maid at De Maids Solicitors.

R. v. NS et al 2016 - Liverpool Crown Court

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Substantial and involved insurance fraud involving fraudulent claims companies set up in order to defraud insurers and related legal firms. Defendant is a fully qualified solicitor, said to be the fons et origo of the entire fraud. Tim is instructed by Nadeem Ullah at Abbey Solicitors.

R. v. PP 2014 - 2015 Blackfriars Crown Court

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Tim is instructed as Leading Junior Counsel in an alleged embezzlement of £1.5m from a worldwide (household name) charity. Allegations of background money-laundering of up to £6.5m. Instructed by Sabrik Dhamu at Bark and Co.

Operation Duston 2014 - 2015 Liverpool and Ipswich Crown Courts

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Multiple nationwide identity fraud conspiracies to be tried together at Ipswich Crown Court. Tim's client is first on the indictment. Instructed as Leading Junior by Miriam Altaf at L.P. Evans.

Operation Duffers 2014 - 2016 Southwark Crown Court

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£.5m concerted attack on benefits system - multiple fraud conspiracy proceedings split into three trials. Instructed by Paul Robinson at Goldkorns Solicitors.

Operation Ewings 2014 - 2015 Chester Crown Court

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Tim has been instructed after trial and sentence, solely for the £2m+ twin POCA's of the two offenders in question. Substantial accounting exercise, with forensic accountant instructed. Set down for a week long litigated hearing. Instructed by DDE Law.

Operation Augusta 2012 - confiscation proceedings 2014 - Fraud

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"Biggest Ebay fraud ever" investigated and prosecuted in the UK. Defendant returned via extradition from Thailand to stand his trial at Basildon CC. The fraud involved millions of pounds worth of allegedly fake Callaway golf clubs amongst numerous other items. Instructed by Edward Hayes Partnership.

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 - current - MTiC Fraud

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Massive £385 million pound multiple MTIC Operations and Trials - VHCC case with evidence exceeding 200,000 pages (of used material). The proceedings were delayed by extra-jurisdictional issues and the sheer volume of the evidence. Substantial international dimension involving UAE and Dubai. Liverpool Crown Court, instructed by Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Beechbox 2010 - 2013 - Fraud

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Multi-million pound pan-European insurance and tax fraud. Tim's was the only defendant to be acquitted of the insurance fraud after a lengthy trial at Canterbury Crown Court, which had involved substantial legal argument re abuse and admissibility at the outset. Then, after persistent pressure, and much forensic accountancy work the Crown eventually offered no evidence against Tim's client on the Tax fraud. Instructed by Faradays Solicitors.

Operations Monial & Foxhole 2008 - 2013 - Linked long-firm frauds

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Interrelated multi-million pound Phoenix / long-firm frauds. Successful for 3rd defendant in 1st trial, instructed as Leading Junior Counsel by the 1st defendant in the 2nd, follow-on trial and subsequent POCA - St Albans CC and Manchester CC, instructed by Gordon Young LLP and Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Devout 2008 - 2013 - Linked MTiC Frauds

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Multiple MTIC trials with alleged frauds running into hundreds of millions of pounds sterling and subsequent prolonged POCA (VHCC) at Northampton CC instructed by Edward Hayes Partnership. Part of the MTIC chain of trials involving R. v. Ahmed & Ahmad [2012] 2 Cr.App.R (S) 85

Operation Teddington 2007 - 2012 - linked Phoenix frauds

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Multiple multi-million pound Phoenix / long-firm frauds. Again having represented one defendant in first trial, instructed by erstwhile co-defendant as leading junior in follow-on trials and eventual POCA - (VHCC) Leeds CC, instructed by Opus Law & Cobleys.

Operation Corsica 2006 -2008 - Multi-million pound duty evasion

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Leading Junior in trial and retrial of most deeply involved defendant in 7,500,000 fake cigarette importation, involving substantial evidence from China and Hong Kong - Bristol CC. Instructed by Martin Lee, at EBR Attridge.

Drugs:

Operation Milden 2016 - 2017 Liverpool Crown Court

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Tim Forte has been instructed on behalf of one defendant in multi-handed importation case involving substantial quantities of illegal drugs, and issues of extra-jurisdictional proceedings and French law. Instructed by DDE Law.

Operation Vidar - 2015 Birmingham CC 

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Major conspiracy to supply Class A into and out of one of Her Majesty's Prisons. Involves almost 400 recordings of prison telephone conversations running to almost 2000 pages of transcripts. Tim is instructed by DDE Law.

Operation Nasurem 2015 Kingston Crown Court

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Tim has been instructed to take over this very substantial gang-related drugs conspiracy for Newton Hearing. Served papers in this case run to in excess of 120,000 pages. Tim is instructed by Miriam Altaf of L.P.Evans.

Operation Declarer 2014 - 2015 Birmingham Crown Court

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Substantial multiple commodity drugs conspiracies and concomitant money-laundering. Involving substantial covert probe product. Instructed by O'Keefe Solicitors.

Operation Zinc 2014 - 2015 St Albans Crown Court

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Substantial multi-commodity drugs conspiracies. Instructed by Martin Lee at EBR Attridge.

Operation Beath I (R. v B.) 2012 - 2014 - Multi-commodity drug baron

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Described by the trial judge at Liverpool CC as the largest multi-commodity drugs conspiracy ever in the UK, Operation Beath involved massive quantities of Cocaine, Cannabis amongst other drugs. Tim's defendant, described as the "Kingpin behind Britain's biggest ever drugs racket", was eventually extradited from Ireland under the European Arrest Warrant regime, and a negotiated plea was satisfactorily entered at Liverpool CC. Current £100m and POCA proceedings. Tim was instructed as Leading Junior by Abbey Solicitors.

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 Quilt 2013 - 2014 - Drugs conspiracy from Prison

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Birmingham CC - Tim was instructed for the ringleader in this substantial multi-commodity drugs supply conspiracy. The case of an "England-wide heroin and crack cocaine drugs gang" involved in "a complex and lengthy covert investigation" centering on Tim's defendant. Successfully resolved by a timely negotiated plea. Tim was instructed by DDE Law, Liverpool.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26072727

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/three-birmingham-men-drug-gang-6684720

http://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/drugs-gang-jailed-53-years/

Operation Oriole 2012 - current - 2014 - Regional drugs conspiracy

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Leading Junior for first defendant in a multi-handed, multi-million pound drugs distribution conspiracy with regional distribution based in the North West of England. The case involved substantial telecoms evidence, where Tim's experience and expertise in that field have been central to the presentation of the defence. Preston Crown Court. Instructed by Middleweeks Solicitors

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

Operation Sabine 2012 - 2013 - Multi-commodity, regional drugs conspiracy

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A massive 22 handed Organised Crime Group cocaine, mephedrome, 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 - Substantial legal argument re disclosure etc

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Leading Junior for first defendant in multi-million pound heroin and cocaine distribution conspiracy. Leading the charge in two weeks of legal argument centering around disclosure, Special Counsel considerations and abuse relating to this and parallel Operation Duke. Substantial POCA proceedings at Teesside Crown Court. Instructed by Carter Moore Solicitors.

Operation Zambesi 2011 - 2013 - Attempted murder, drugs, Queen's Evidence

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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. Instructed by Abbey Solicitors.

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 - Multi-commodity regional distribution

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A £2,500,000 heroin, cocaine and cannabis distribution conspiracy across Lancashire and Cheshire - instructed by David Caplin of Cunninghams Solcitors in this VHCC at Manchester Minshull Street CC .

Operation Panther 2008 - 2009 - Massive drugs conspiracy across SE England

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Substantial South East England cocaine and multi-tonne cannabis importation and distribution. Acquittal in the face of strong evidence largely through extensive and detailed computer / phone analyses and expert cross-examination. Subsequently successful in wasted costs application against CPS - instructed by City Law Chambers at Luton CC.

Firearms:

R. v. F B-C (Operation Rehipa) 2016 - Snaresbrook Crown Court

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Possession of multiple firearms, set to be prohibited. Legal issues as to possession, knowledge and quality of alleged weapons. Tim is instructed by Urfan Mahmood at Shafi Solicitors

R. v. HM 2015 Croydon Crown Court

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Massive haul of arguably illegal firearms, ammunition and explosives. Case will centre on both covert probe product and expert evidence as to nature and quality of the items seized. Instructed by Marie Bourke at Russell Cooke.

Miscellaneous:

Operation Beath II (R. v. Y) 2011 -current - POCA confiscation proceedings 2014

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Not having been instructed below or in the Court of Appeal, Tim is instructed to conduct the massive and complex £5,000,000+ POCA proceedings, involving piercing the Corporate Veil, considerations of Waya, proportionality and numerous other issues. Successful on the legal arguments and much of the general POCA litigation, the £5.5m benefit figure was reduced to £340k. Linked to Operation Beath I (R v B above). Instructed by Abbey Solicitors.

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 - Human Rights

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Police corruption case, ground-breaking legal argument re ECHR Article 10(2) journalist's right to protect sources caused Sir Allan Green QC to offer no evidence and abandon proceedings - Kingston CC, instructed by Cartwright Clark.

Operation Ore (R. v. Breton) 2007 - 2008 - IIOC

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Not having appeared below, Tim was sought out to conduct 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. - Court of Appeal - IIOC

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Not having appeared below, as with Breton above, Tim was instructed to seek leave to appeal conviction out of time, on the grounds of undue pressure by previous legal representatives causing an arguably unsafe plea of guilty, and consequent analyses of technical computer evidence. Having successfully sought and been granted leave to appeal by the Single Judge, Tim conducted a full day's litigated hearing, with live evidence being called from number of witnesses, Bar, CPS, analysts and experts. Judgment has been reserved. Tim was originally instructed by Olliers Solicitors, Manchester.

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.

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