legal advice for Crime and Defence

Complex Crime and Serious Fraud

For over 75 years Hunt & Coombs Solicitors have been representing clients in relation to the most complex of cases.

Hunt & Coombs have a team of dedicated experts who specialise in:

  • Serious fraud;
  • High cost cases;
  • VAT investigations;
  • Customs & Excise offences;
  • Murder, manslaughter and related grave offences;
  • Terrorism; and
  • Money Laundering.

Complex crime and serious fraud cases involve a considerable amount of dedication and time in order for a legal team to understand the complexities and facts of any individual case.

Many of the fraud cases will take years to come to Court and further months to progress through the legal system.

Cases of this nature will involve thousands of pounds worth of costs and can result in lengthy prison sentences if convicted.

It is our experience that a dedicated personal service by professionals working with their clients ensures that people are represented to the highest level with their best defence being put forward.

In complex cases the smallest piece of evidence can be the turning point in relation to significant issues.

We are aware that in complex cases the person who knows their case the best is often the accused. It is clearly essential that the accused is the linchpin to the preparation of the case, hence our dedicated service to ensure that all areas of the case are looked at and a good line of communication is set up between all parties.

Investigation Stage

Many cases may have the most complex of defences, amongst numerous legal arguments, but what is said at the outset by the persons accused/involved with these issues can greatly affect the outcome of the case.

It is not unusual for interviews at Police Stations and other locations to take days to complete. The nature of interviews lasting a significant number of hours can lead to considerable pressure can being applied to those being interviewed.

We would advise the early intervention of a legal team before any interviews take place or at least during the investigation stage is the best way to ensure that your rights as the accused are protected from the outset.

Before and during the investigation stage we can of course assist with a number of issues which can arise in these types of cases:

  • Freezing orders;
  • Search warrants; and
  • Seizure of documents.

Preparation for Trial

The more complex the case the more powers are needed in order to prepare fully for these types of cases. Complex cases can go on for many months and years it is essential to have the best team working for you.

This ensures a dedicated person with knowledge of your case is always available to progress the matter and ensure the preparation is undertaken.

It would not be unusual for many thousands of hours to be spent, leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that your defence team are in the best position to represent your interests fully at any complex trial.

Your Legal Team

When you decide who your legal team are going to be in representing you in some of the most serious matters you will probably ever face it is essential that you have complete confidence in your team.

We anticipate the confidence in a team can be established by considering the following:

  • Experience and reputation of the firm;
  • Personalities involved in representing you;
  • Individualism and specialty of those persons advising you; and
  • The fact that a team is present to assist you.

The Serious Crime Team

Hunt & Coombs have had a strong working relationship with 2 Hare Court, one of the most experienced Barrister’s Chambers in London. 
"An expert in complex crime heads up a complex crime team at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors and is always available to advise and consider case plans and work that needs to be undertaken in the preparation of these cases before they proceed to trial."

Brendan Kelly QC

Simon Milburn, Partner & Head of Crime

A solicitor with considerable experience is one of the Senior Advocates in this firm. Simon is renowned for leaving no detail unchecked and he is described as having an immaculate attention to detail.

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Andy Cave, Partner

A Higher Court Advocate as well as an experienced solicitor with a history of dealing with extremely complex cases. He is renowned for having a tenacity to ensure that the defence are usually one step ahead of the prosecution.

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The leading members of the complex crime team are of course supported by many assistant solicitors and clerks who have extensive experience in working with the leading individuals ensuring that these cases are prepared to an exemplary level.

Significant cases undertaken

R v Conjoice and others

Wales’ largest ever fraud, Mr Conjoice was tried on two indictments taking close to 9 months of court time. Time spent c.700 hours

R v Williams and others

Represented the second jockey in this renowned ‘race fixing’ trial. Trial lasted four months. time spent 450 hours.

R v Lord Rodley and other

Represented the second defendant in an attempted theft of £300 million from a Japanese bank. Time spent 370 hours.

Rv Thangadevel and others

Represented the third defendant in this conspiracy to defraud £30 million by the use of cloned credit cards. Time spent 250 hours.


Operation Tangelo - Southwark Crown Court

18-handed £12 million fraud.

R v Bhat - Birmingham Crown Court

£15 million confiscation proceedings


The Prudential Fraud

Junior Counsel to the Crown in this three year long major fraud.

Recent significant cases undertaken

R -v- H 2013

Acting for defendant in relation to a drugs prosecution. Client was charged with possession of Class A drug-cocaine, with a value of £850,000 with intent to supply.

Client was remanded in custody because the Magistrates’ felt that if granted bail he would either commit further offences or fail to surrender to the Court.

Committed for trial at the Crown Court where he entered guilty pleas. Client sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court to 3 ½ years imprisonment. 

R -v- N 2013

Representing Client who was charged with Child neglect- multiple fractures to an infant/long term neglect.

Client denied any criminal behaviour. She was released on bail with conditions not to contact the child or have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16years within a household.

The client pleaded guilty to cruelty to a person under the age of 16 years (her baby son) at Peterborough Crown Court.  She received 9 months imprisonment.  Sentence successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal and reduced to 6 months. 

R -v- D 2013

Acting for a defendant teacher charged with indecent assault/buggery several young boys aged between 11 and 15 while they were in his care at a private school where he taught.

Resolved at St Albans crown court when client pleaded guilty and he was sentenced to a term of 8 years imprisonment 

R -v- S 2013

Acting for 16 year old youth charged with rape of child under 13 plus 2 counts of possession with intent to supply heroin. He is married to the victim’s sister under Islamic law and has also been convicted of assaults against his wife with whom he has a child and who is subject to ongoing Social Service involvement.

The victim (who was 12) had an abortion without parental consent and there has been forensic evidence sought in relation to the foetus. The case was committed to crown court trial. It was extremely sensitive both in relation the community and the family and has involved detailed issues relating to the sentencing of youths.

Client entered guilty plea and was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment

Other Recent significant cases undertaken

R -v- M 2014

The above Defendant was involved in a £1.6m fraud in regards to fraudulent finance agreements in respect of the motor trade industry.

Instructing solicitors represented the Defendant, who pleaded guilty on agreed basis.

The Defendant was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, and the £1.6m POCA proceedings are still ongoing.

R -v- R, M and R 2014

The Defendants were involved in a people trafficking case, where monies were being moved from one account to the other, and were securing purchases of tickets into Europe in breach of immigration legislation.

The case concluded with two Defendants negotiating a Basis of Plea on the day of trial, which meant both received custodial sentences less than 3 years. The Third Defendant was acquitted.

At the present time two of the Defendants are being represented in respect of applications under POCA, for applications in excess of £1m.

R -v- D, D and D 2014

The Defendants were being pursued in the High Court in relation to an application by the National Crime Agency for confiscation of monies in respect of unpaid duty, valued at approximately £700,000.

Proceedings were issued and timetabled for a trial.

Instructing solicitors settled these matters with the National Crime Agency, which resulted in the Defendants paying a total sum of £350,000, including costs.

R -v- A 2014

The Defendant in this case was convicted for 25 years in respect of child sex trafficking. The case was concluded, however the Judge made confiscation proceedings in respect of expensive vehicles, which were alleged to be involved in the offence.

Instructing solicitors acted for family members in regards to the financial confiscation of these said vehicles.

Applications were made to the Judge and Cambridgeshire Police regarding the legalities of the forfeiture of the vehicles. Instructing solicitors were successful in arguing that the registered owners of the said vehicles involved were unaware of the use of these vehicles, and therefore legally should have their property returned to them. This was a successful application in securing the return of a high valued vehicle.

If you wish to discuss any complex crime issues or any potential prosecutions in respect of any serious area of law please do not hesitate to contact our complex crime team.


Tel: 01733 882800


Andrew Cave