Fraud, Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime (POCA)Organised CrimeHomicide and ViolenceAppellateSexual Offences
Aneurin is regularly instructed in cases related to financial crime of the utmost seriousness and complexity, both allegations of substantive dishonesty offences and consequent money laundering, often requiring consideration of complex financial evidence and evidence from expert forensic accountants. He also has extensive experience of resisting Proceeds of Crime (“POCA”) confiscation proceedings arising from criminal convictions on behalf of defendants and interested third parties such as spouses. Recent examples of Aneurin’s experience include:
- R v R (2021) Represented the wife of a defendant convicted of a multi-million pound diversion fraud as an interested party in her erstwhile husband’s confiscation proceedings pursuant to section 10A POCA, successfully securing for her 2/3rds of the equity in their matrimonial home despite her husband being the sole legal owner.
- R v S (2021) Defended one of the lead defendants of eight charged in a 10 million-pound money laundering conspiracy allegedly linked to a multi-million pound diversion fraud prosecuted by HMRC.
- R v S (2021) Defended an alleged confidence fraudster charged with playing a leading role in a wide-ranging fraud of numerous elderly victims with over £200,000 successfully defrauded.
- R v W (2021) Advised on appeal against the imposition of a confiscation order following convictions for involvement in a boiler room fraud on the basis of inadequate advice by the appellant’s original representatives.
- R v O (2020) Drafted representation on charge on behalf of a suspect alleged to have run a substantial investment fraud with numerous alleged victims. The suspect was not charged with any offences.
- R v M (2019) Defended an elderly man in a five-week trial charged with laundering hundreds of thousands of pounds through foreign bank accounts on behalf of his son who was charged with a substantial business tax fraud. The defendant was acquitted on all charges.
- V v P (2019) Advised a vintage wine broker on a million-pound fraud they were a victim of, involving the artificial inflation of purchase prices for vintage investment grade wines.
- R v Y (2019) Defended, as a led junior, a car trader charged with substantial VAT and income tax avoidance. The case turned on expert evidence from forensic accountants in relation to historic niche VAT regulations. A plea was eventually entered on an agreed limited basis resulting in a suspended sentence.
- R v S (2019) Defended, as a led junior, a business owner charged with a substantial VAT and income tax fraud related to the operation of his call centre business. The charges were eventually abandoned by the prosecution following defence representations on the basis of psychiatric evidence.
- R v N (2018) Defended, as a led junior, a man charged with running a substantial money laundering operation. The Crown eventually offered no evidence and the defendant was acquitted.
- R v B (2018) Defended, as a led junior, a defendant said to have fraudulently operated debit card terminals in an eight-week multi-handed multi-million-pound brothel keeping and money laundering trial.
- R v A (2017) Defended, as a led junior, a business owner in an eight-week multi-handed immigration fraud trial arising from a Panorama programme [Press Report]
- R v M (2017) Defended, as a led junior, a warehouse owner in a two-month trial concerning a complex multi-million-pound trans-European VAT and alcohol excise duty diversion fraud and alcohol smuggling operation involving cross jurisdictional evidential issues [Press Report]
- V v D (2017) Advised on private prosecution against a fraudulent investment advisor by his victims.
Aneurin regularly represents those alleged to have played a leading role in organised criminal groups (“OCG”) following pro-active, intelligence led investigations; as well as those caught up in organised criminality in lesser roles particularly through coercion and modern slavery. Recent examples of Aneurin’s experience include:
EncroChat and Op Venetic (2022) Currently instructed, as led junior, on behalf of the five lead claimants in the test case before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (“IPT”) seeking an order to destroy the product from the French authorities’ notorious hack of the EncroChat servers on the basis the NCA’s Targeted Equipment Interference Warrants were unlawful. Also defending alone in a number of Encrochat related proceedings before Crown Courts around the country [Press Report]
- R v Z (2022) Currently instructed, as led junior, in a sophisticated people smuggling prosecution turning in large part on foreign intercept evidence.
- R v K (2021) Defended in a retrial following a successful appeal against conviction a pilot of a small boat of asylum seekers crossing the British Channel charged with people smuggling. The defendant was acquitted on the basis he and those on board were all merely asylum seekers seeking to be rescued at sea [Press Report]
- R v S (2021) Defended a youth charged with a modern slavery offence concerning the alleged coercion of younger children into class A street dealing. The prosecution persuaded to offer no evidence on the modern slavery offence.
- R v P (2021) Defended an Albanian man alleged to be one of the principal conspirators in an industrial cannabis grow operation at a number of sites.
- R v O (2021) Defended a young man charged with repeated class A street dealing while on bail for previous similar offences. The defendant eventually received a suspended sentences when it was demonstrated that he was acting under coercion short of a legal defence.
- R v L (2020) Defended an alleged lieutenant in a large scale multi-handed cocaine supply conspiracy. Following a six-week trial the jury were unable to reach a verdict on the defendant and he eventually received a suspended sentence following a plea on an agreed limited basis.
- R v TX (2019) Defended a mechanic caught up in a complex, multi-handed car-ringing conspiracy. Following a five-week trial, turning on expert mechanical evidence, the defendant was acquitted.
- R v C (2019) Defended a custodian of 31 kilos of high purity cocaine.
- R v B (2018) Defended a cocaine smuggler in two eight-week multi-handed trials for a multi-kilo cocaine importation conspiracy, turning on detailed telephone billing data and banking evidence [Press Report]
- R v B (2017) Defended a “trusted lieutenant” of one of the Stephen Lawrence murder suspects charged with running a substantial wholesale cannabis supply conspiracy [Press Report]
Aneurin regularly represents defendants charged with offences of violence of the utmost seriousness including homicides. Recent examples of Aneurin’s experience include:
- R v L (2022) Defended, as a led junior, one of three defendants charged with a fatal stabbing following a fight between class A dealers in a “crack den”. The defendant was acquitted on the basis of self-defence
- R v V (2022) Currently instructed, led by Jenni Dempster QC, to defend a man charged with murdering his sister-in-law with an axe.
- R v B (2022) Currently instructed to defend a defendant charged with gross negligence manslaughter following a fatal car accident resulting in the tragic death of a 2 year old.
- R v Y (2021) Defended one of five defendants charged with offences including kidnap, false imprisonment and attempted section 18 wounding. Following defence requests for disclosure, the prosecution offered no evidence on all charges, save for one of affray and the defendant received a suspended sentence.
- R v D (2020) Defended, led by Jenni Dempster QC, a 15 year old charged with the fatal stabbing of by another 15 year old aboard a bus in Stratford. The defendant was convicted of murder but acquitted of section 18 wounding in relation to a stabbing of a second boy on the same occasion [Press Report]
- R v M (2020) Defended, as a led junior, an 18 year old with learning difficulties in a conspiracy to murder trial concerning two gang related drive by shootings. The defendant was discharged at the close of the prosecution case following a defence submission of no case to answer [Press Report]
- R v S (2020) Defended a man charged with providing a car used in a fatal, gang related drive by shooting. Following submissions on the admissibility of DNA evidence the Crown offered no evidence against the defendant and he was acquitted.
- R v A (2020) Defended a woman charged, along with four others, with conspiracy to stab a bouncer which resulted in the victim receiving life changing injuries. The defendant was acquitted after the prosecution offered no evidence
- R v M-W (2018) Defended a youth on appeal from the youth court against charges of witness intimidation and section 18 wounding in an alleged gang stabbing involving cross examination of a vulnerable young complainant to show his account was not truthful.
Aneurin is frequently instructed to give a second opinion on grounds of appeal against conviction and sentence on a referral basis, often long after trial counsel’s negative advice. He regularly appears before the Court of Appeal on behalf of clients he has represented in proceedings before the lower Courts and on behalf of defendants previously represented by others. He has been praised by the Court of Appeal for his submissions including by Lord Justice Dingemans for “his succinct and reasoned submissions”
in R v Brown EWCA Crim 2317
and by HHJ Collier QC the former Recorder of Leeds for his “focused and helpful advice on appeal, which was of great assistance in helping us”
in R v Lordan  EWCA Crim 905
. Recent examples of Aneurin’s experience include:
- R v G (2022) Secured leave to appeal a sentence following a negative advice on appeal by trial counsel for an appellant who had impersonated a police officer and seized hundreds of thousands of pounds from wholesale drug dealers.
- R v L (2022) Secured leave to appeal sentence following a negative advice on appeal by trial counsel for a 21 year old appellant imprisoned following a six month sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. The Court of Appeal were persuaded to amend the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (“SHPO”).
- R v Rakei & others (2022) Appeal against conviction granted for seven further asylum seekers, of which represented five, convicted of facilitating the illegal entry of other on-board small boats they helped to pilot across the English Channel.
- R v Kakaei (2021) EWCA Crim 503 Appeal against conviction granted, following renewed application for leave to appeal, confirming a novel defence against charges of facilitating a breach of immigration law in relation to pilots of small boats of asylum seekers crossing the English Chanel, on the basis that asylum seekers do not breach an immigration law by seeking to arrive in the UK in order to claim asylum. Following the appellant’s acquittal at the subsequent retrial the CPS changed its Guidance on charging asylum seekers, offered no evidence in a further 12 on going prosecutions and at least 11 asylum seekers appealed their historic conviction for piloting small boats [Press Report] & [Press Report]
- R v Bani & Others (2021) EWCA Crim 1958 Appeal against conviction granted and convictions quashed on behalf of four asylum seekers who were convicted or pleaded guilty to piloting small boats before the case of Kakaei was decided with the CPS being criticised for having adopted a legal “heresy” with respect to the prosecution of these case. [Press Report] & [Press Report]
- R v G (2021) Currently instructed to pursue an appeal against sentence for an offence of posing as a police officer to make ostensibly legal seizures of over £1 millions in drugs money. Despite trial counsel’s negative advice leave to appeal has been granted.
- R v L Currently instructed to appeal a sentence of imprisonment for a consensual sexual relationship between a 21 year old defendant and his 15 year old girlfriend.
- R v I (2021) Currently instructed to advise on an appeal against a historic conviction for a gang murder on the basis of an inconsistent approach taken by the prosecution to various parties and fresh evidence calling the credibility of the principal witness into question..
- R v K (2021) Currently instructed to advise on an appeal against a historic conviction for a gang murder on the basis of seeking disclosure of phone material which was not disclosed in the course of the original proceedings.
- R v Singh  EWCA Crim 276 Appealed against a sentence, after leave to appeal had been refused on the basis of trial counsel’s grounds of appeal, resulting in a reduction of a sentence of imprisonment from 78 to 71 months in a case of a sophisticated and substantial identity fraud.
- R v H (2020) Appealed against the imposition of the majority of the terms imposed in a Sexual Harm Prevent Order (“SHPO”) following a conviction for possession of indecent images of children, which the prosecution did not oppose following receipt of the grounds of appeal.
- R v Brown  EWCA Crim 2317 ¬Renewed an application for leave to appeal a murder conviction on the basis of fresh psychiatric evidence, in which, although unsuccessful, he was praised by L.J. Dingemans.
- R v Abdurahman  EWCA Crim 2239 Drafted grounds of appeal on behalf of trial counsel in a referral by the CCRC of a conviction linked to the 7/7 bombings on the basis of a contested confession and following a successful appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
- R v Adnan Khan  EWCA Crim 2084 Appealed, as a led junior, a sentence for a high-level class A drug dealer following an extensive period on the run reducing the sentence from 12 to 10 years’ imprisonment.
- R v Iyas Khan  EWCA Crim 2320 Appealed, as a led junior, against a conviction for possession with intent to supply 10 kilos of heroin on the basis of the evidential insufficiency of fingerprints on a movable object and cross admissibility of counts.
- R v S, W & C (2018) Advised, as a led junior, on an appeal against the CCRC’s refusal to refer the applicants’ convictions for the infamous “Rettendon” fatal gang shooting in 1995 to the Court of Appeal.
- R v Miah  EWCA Crim 364 Appealed against a sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving reducing the sentence of imprisonment from 3 to 2 years’.
- R v Boyle  EWCA Crim 2567 Appealed against a sentence imposed for an offence of assault by penetration by a defendant who posed as a doctor.
- R v Lordan  EWCA Crim 905 Appealed against a sentence for a series of handbag thefts reducing the sentence from 42 to 16 months’.
- R v Riddle  1 W.L.R. 3593 Persuaded the Court of Appeal to enlarge the defences available for dangerous driving to include self-defence and to reduce a sentence of imprisonment to allow for the defendant’s immediate release in a case of intentionally driving at a victim causing injuries.
- R v Galvin  EWCA Crim 2216 Resisted an Attorney General’s Reference for an unduly lenient sentence for a series of organized robberies of lorries.
- R v Martin Clayton  EWCA Crim 557 Appealed against a sentence for a courier of 10 kilos of cannabis reducing his sentence of imprisonment from 14 to 10 months’.
- R v T (2014) Appealed, as a led junior, against sentence and advised on an appeal against conviction in a shaken baby case on the basis of fresh scientific evidence.
- R v Noorullah  EWCA Crim 1643 Appealed, as a led junior, against a conviction and sentence for handling £2 million worth of stolen prescription medicines.
- R v Jamshed Khan  EWCA Crim 2240 Appealed, as a led junior, a conviction in the case of the 2005 Bradford general election fraud [Press Report].
- R v Flounders  EWCA Crim 2907 Appealed against a sentence imposed for a domestic burglary reducing the sentence from 3 and half years’ to 18 months’ imprisonment.
Aneurin is regularly instructed in defence of people charged with serious sexual offences and advises on and conducts appeals on behalf of defendants convicted of sexual offences. He regularly appears on behalf of defendants charged with all manner of offences related to indecent images of children and extreme pornography. Recent examples of Aneurin’s experience include:
- R v H (2021) Defended, as a led junior, the Rt. Hon. Simon Howard charged with sexually abusing a six year old girl in 1984 who was staying at his stately home, Castle Howard. The Court was persuaded the defendant was unfit to plead due to amnesia and consequently he received an absolute discharge [Press Report] & [Press Report]
- R v Y (2021) Defended a Police Superintendent charged with exposure when he was alleged to have masturbated in the presence of a young woman in the countryside. The defendant was unanimously acquitted when it was demonstrated the defendant had prostate problems and was merely urinating [Press Report]
- R v S (2021) Defended a professional man alleged by two young women to have sexually and then violently assaulted them both while they were walking home from a night out. The defendant was acquitted on the basis that the complainants had drunkenly misconstrued and exaggerated his actions.
- R v W (2021) Defended a defendant charged with rape by deceiving his ex-boyfriend into believing he was having sex with someone else.
- R v H (2020) Lodged grounds of appeal against the imposition of the majority of the terms imposed by a Sexual Harm Prevent Order (“SHPO”) following conviction before the Crown Court for possession of indecent images of children, which the prosecution did not oppose following receipt of the grounds of appeal.
- R v Z (2020) Defended a defendant who had repeatedly videoed himself urinating on unsuspecting women whilst on public transport as well as taking “up-skirting” photos and possessing extreme pornography and indecent images of children. The defendant received a suspended sentence.
- R v Boyle  EWCA Crim 2567 Appealed against a sentence imposed for an offence of assault by penetration by a defendant who posed as a doctor.
- R v M (2019) Appealed, as a led junior, against the length of a sentence of imprisonment imposed for a campaign of historic rapes, while the defendant was still a juvenile, of two younger cousins.
- R v P (2015) Defended, as a led junior, a child of service personnel based in Germany before the Court Martial charged with rape of another juvenile. The defendant was acquitted.
- R v E (2015) Defended a youth charged with repeated rapes of a younger boy with ostensible consent. The defendant received a non-custodial disposal following a plea on an agreed and limited basis.
Legal 500 2022
(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4 General Crime
“Aneurin is a proven trial winner. He does not rest and has won impossible cases over and over. He is also extremely learned and an experienced appellate advocate.”
Legal 500 2021: leading junior (Tier 4, Crime)
“A polished advocate and hard worker. His judgement is sound in difficult tactical situations. An excellent barrister who clearly fights hard for his client.”