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Nigel Roberts

Nigel RobertsNigel Roberts joined Stephen Lickrish & Associates in August 2008 having worked previously for a number of prestigious firms in Manchester. He is a successful Fraud Specialist with extensive experience gained over almost thirty years in the legal profession both with defence firms and with the Crown Prosecution Service. He is now acts as a Consultant for the firm. In more recent years he has built up an impressive portfolio of work in commercial criminal fraud, in particular cases involving excise diversion and MTIC carousel fraud.

Notable cases:-

R v Bradley – A fraud in which a defendant faced complex confiscation proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office following his conviction for fraudulent trading after the collapse of his multi-million pound company. The case involved complex accounting issues and problems obtaining evidence outside the jurisdiction.

R v Majid (Operation Euripus) – A £250m VAT fraud involving mobile phones. Crucial to the case was the use of cell site analysis, which is the science of being able to locate the geographical area of a phone when calls are made or received, either in real time or historically.

R v Adamson – A £20 million fraud on the NatWest Bank a bank. A highly complex case involving the use of false instruments and money laundering.

R v Cox (Operation Divert) – Mobile phone carousel fraud with an alleged loss to the Revenue of £80 million.

R v Baig – £110 million MTIC VAT fraud in which the judge stayed the proceedings against all defendants as Customs officials had deliberately withheld evidence. The failure of disclosure revolved around evidence relating to Hawk Precision Logistics, a freight forwarding company.

R v Haigh – A fraud involving the installation of a major computer system for the National Health Service in Liverpool.

R v Awan (Operation Puma) – The case involved London City Bond and an alleged evasion of excise duty in excess of £25 million. After an abuse of process argument, the Prosecution offered no evidence against all defendants. This case resulted in the Butterfield Review of Customs and Excise prosecutions which led to the government decision to withdraw from Customs and Excise their power to prosecute.

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