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Jack Talbot

Jack Talbot

Call: 2004

T: 020 7520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Jack is an accomplished and collaborative advocate who both defends and prosecutes at a senior level.

Since 2016 the Legal 500 directory has ranked Jack as a leading junior in fraud – crime noting that he is ‘first class in client presentation’ (2021).

Jack is regularly instructed in multi-defendant frauds and conspiracies, appears in cases involving sexual offending of the utmost gravity and acts for and against local authorities.
He is frequently called upon to appear in the Court of Appeal and has undertaken GMC defence, First Tier Tribunal, Court Martial, Parole Board and inquest work. Jack has been independent counsel in numerous high-profile cases such as R v Mills (HBOS fraud) and the SFO LPP review concerning Balli Group.

Crime

Homicide & Violent CrimeOrganised CrimeSexual Offences

Jack is both a go-to defender and highly sought-after prosecutor in the gravest criminal cases. He is CPS Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade) for both serious crime and general crime.
Jack has a reputation for handling complex and document-heavy trials with considerable tactical acumen and deploys a sensitive approach to vulnerable witnesses and defendants alike. He has developed expertise in the cross-examination of experts and combines thorough case preparation with natural court flair to achieve the best outcome for his clients.

Defending:

  • R v N (2021-2022) instructed to defend stabbing on university campus case.
  • R v A (2020) attempted murder (Jnr alone). Press Report
  • R v K (2018) acted for lead defendant in multi-handed machete attack.
  • R v K ‘2’ (Operation Trident) (2018) young man caught with loaded revolver. Press Report
  • R v D (2018) six-handed conspiracy to burgle numerous school premises. Press Report.
  • R v N (2018) represented young man in two separate serious stabbing cases.
  • R v I (2018) arsonist who set fire to someone’s front door.
  • R v B (2016) well-publicised case involving serious violence between Arsenal and West Ham fans.
  • R v J (2015) secured acquittal of accused in gun-point robbery.
  • R v S (2015) complex firearms and stalking case.
  • R v T (2015) aggravated arson case. s.41 Restriction Order made.
  • R v Tobin (2015) Burglary of Faberge items from Christies in Mayfair. Press Report
  • R v R (2013) secured acquittal in ‘home invasion robbery’ where judge indicated a sentence of 16 years would have been appropriate upon conviction.
  • R v T (2012) fifteen-year-old involved in a three-handed series of machete-point robberies and stabbing.
  • R v Sellitto (2011) represented lead defendant where police officer robbed at gun-point. Press Report
  • R v Barker (2011) widely publicised stabbing case. IPP imposed. Press Report
  • R v C (2011) represented defendant involved in the Bristol ‘anti-Tesco’ riots.
  • R v P (2011) secured acquittal of teenage girl charged with causing GBH with intent.
  • R v L (2011) secured acquittal at trial of 14-year-old boy involved in car crash in which a young passenger was killed.
  • R v R (2007) defended man in possession of a firearm with intent. Press Report

Prosecuting:

  • R v K (2021-2022) instructed to prosecute hit and run where victim suffered life-changing injuries.
  • R v A (2021) multiple separate life-threatening stabbing cases charged committed by defendants charged with attempted murder.
  • R v P-F (2012) successful prosecution of man for ‘penalty-style’ kick to taxi-driver’s head.
  • R v N (Operation Withern) (2012) conviction of defendant involved in 2011 London riots.
  • R v Iron (2012) well-publicised case of a pub chef convicted of poisoning food and children with MDMA. Press Report
  • R v S (2011) defendant convicted at trial of very serious group stabbing of sixteen-year-old-boy. 9 years imprisonment imposed.

Jack is a CPS Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade) for serious crime.
He is regularly instructed to both defend and prosecute in multi-handed jury trials concerning OCGs and serious organised crime involving firearms offences, gang violence and large-scale drug and cigarette importations. He has developed considerable skill in the dissection of complex telephonic, forensic and tachograph evidence as well as the imposition of Serious Crime Prevention Orders.

Defending:

  • R v B (Operation Tokamak) (2020-22) highly sophisticated importation of 300kg of cocaine involving Encrochat communications. Co-defending with Silk.
  • R v S (2021) firearms trial acquittal involving identification through a DNA ‘hit’.
  • R v G (2019) represented man acquitted after four-week trial of six-handed conspiracy to commit armed robbery at betting shops across London. Press Report
  • R v D (2015) secured acquittal in large-scale brothel-keeping case (Lead jnr). Press Report
  • R v Gahagan (Operation Sparky) (2016) two-year case involving firearms, drugs and money laundering offences. Sentence of 10 years 5 months imprisonment after pleading guilty successfully reduced on appeal.
  • R v G (2014) – ‘county lines’ kidnap and conspiracy to rob.
  • R v Afzal (Operation Oriole) (2014) represented first defendant in sixteen-handed nine-week trial concerning a conspiracy to supply multiple kilos of cocaine (Led jnr).
  • R v M (Operation Burleigh) (2012) secured acquittal of first defendant at half-time in seven-handed conspiracy to produce and sell over a million pounds’ worth of counterfeit clothing (Led jnr).
  • R v A (Operation Trident) (2012) represented teenage boy during two jury trials for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Prosecuting:

  • R v H (Operation Antacid) (2021-2022) instructed in complex cigarette importation.
  • R v B & H (2021-2022) instructed to prosecute London-wide drugs supply and money laundering operation.
  • R v B (Operation Aubrey) (2021) long-running sophisticated cigarette smuggling case.
  • R v N (2019) cigarette importation. Secured conviction.
  • R v B (2015) false imprisonment and firearms case.
  • R v J (2013) over two trials successfully prosecuted man for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
  • R v A (2012) and R v A (2012) two separate cases of possession of firearms.

Jack frequently prosecutes and defends in cases involving the most serious sexual offences including multi-complainant rapes and those involving very young children. He has also undertaken numerous trials involving ‘historical’ allegations of familial rape, indecency and buggery.
Jack is an accredited ‘rape list’ advocate and has received specialist training in the handling of vulnerable witnesses and the deployment of pre-recorded cross-examination at trial.

Defending:

  • R v D (2018) defending in a serious ‘stranger’ sex attack.
  • R v G (2017) represented man who seriously sexually assaulted girl in public toilet.
  • R v H (2017) acted for a recidivist paedophile using false identities.
  • R v D (2016) defending a man accused of the rape of a young child.
  • R v W (2015) trial counsel for defendant in multi-handed, historic familial sexual abuse case. Lead defendant received 18 years imprisonment.
  • R v S (2015) councillor who faced allegations of historic sexual abuse over many years. 6 of the 8 counts dismissed at half-time.
  • R v M (2015) serious grooming case involving multiple young victims.
  • R v G (2015) secured acquittal of defendant charged with assault by penetration of complainant with Cerebral Palsy.
  • R v S (2015) defendant acquitted after trial for sexual assault of a child.
  • R v N (2015) very serious sexual attack on a lone female at night whilst defendant was suffering a psychotic episode.
  • R v O (2014) recidivist indecent images case.
  • R v E (2013) secured acquittal of young man indicted with sexual assault.

Prosecuting:

  • R v B (2021-2022) instructed to prosecute multi generation sex offences.
  • R v X (2021) series of familial rapes of very young child in the 1960s.
  • R v H (2021) trial of rapes alleged to have occurred whilst GBH level injuries also inflicted.
  • R v Mills (Operation Malawi) (2021) successful prosecution at trial of ‘stranger’ rape case. Press Report
  • R v C (2021) trial of multi-complainant child rape allegations.
  • R v W (2021) attempting to take indecent photograph of six-year-old.
  • R v Boteler (2020/21) secured conviction of dangerous offender under surveillance who attempted sexual attack on lone female. Press Report
  • R v B (2020) campaign of causing girls to watch various sexual acts and exposure.
  • R v H (2020) trial of man alleged to have raped fourteen-year-old relative.
  • R v King (2019) secured conviction of defendant after trial of multiple historic sexual offences involving four complainants between the early 1960s and 1980s. Over 12 years imprisonment imposed. Press Report
  • R v Jones (2018) prosecuted elderly defendant of the rape of girl under age of ten in the 1970s. 10 years imprisonment imposed. Press Report
  • R v Butterworth (2018) prosecuted defendant who received 14 years imprisonment having pleaded guilty to perpetrating ten years of sexual abuse including buggery. Press Report


Business Crime

Fraud, Corruption & Business CrimeProceeds of Crime (POCA)

Jack has developed considerable expertise in fraud, corruption and business crime. He has been listed as a leading junior in fraud in the Legal 500 directory since 2016 and was appointed to the SFO Panel of Advocates at Grades C then B between 2009-2020.

Jack is a Grade 4 (Highest Grade) CPS Fraud Panel Advocate and is regularly instructed by the CPS’ Specialist Fraud Division (SFD) in high-profile and challenging cases.

He both defends and prosecutes cases involving corporate defendants and has provided expert advice concerning bribery and corruption charges in the public sector.

Independent/disclosure counsel:

Jack has undertaken numerous Legal Professional Privilege (‘LPP’) and disclosure exercises in high profile SFO investigations into:

  • Balli Group (alleged fraudulent trading)
  • JJB sports (alleged fraud and money laundering);
  • Swift Group (alleged corruption);
  • Securency (alleged corruption); and
  • Tresaderns (alleged multi-million-pound boiler room fraud).

In Mills & Ors (Operation Hornet) (2013) Jack was independent LPP counsel instructed by the South Eastern Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) to attend the execution of multiple search warrants at a number of private properties for the purpose of assessing and preserving assets for eventual confiscation proceedings. The defendants were tried and convicted in a very well-publicised corruption and money laundering prosecution relating to HBOS. Press Report

Defending:

  • R v Elsom & Ors (2020) three-week trial defending the lead defendant in a complex input tax VAT Fraud. Press Report
  • R v Gul (2020) SFD prosecution of huge counterfeit clothing factory Trademarks case.
  • R v Hipwood (Operation Kafka) (2020) SFD prosecution of surveillance-led discovery of storage unit of illegal medicines and contraband goods.
  • R v Mawji (2019) well-publicised fraud case. Press Report
  • Environment Agency v Moss and Others (2017) fraud and environmental offences described by the Environment Agency as the first of its kind. The case involved the operation of reportedly the UK’s largest glass recycling facility in South Yorkshire, and the alleged abuse of the producer responsibility scheme for major packaging waste producers. An acquittal was secured. The defendants pleaded guilty to minor regulatory environmental offences. (Led jnr)
  • R v Peter Childs (Operation Borah) (2014) high-profile fraud of Lincoln District Mencap. (Led jnr) Press Report
  • R v Razzaq (Operation Foxhole) (2011) for the first defendant in large-scale long-firm fraud after company accounts were falsified. Press Report

Prosecuting:

  • R v G  (Operation Skittle) (2021-2022) instructed to prosecute eight-week significant high-value fraud trial involving leading bank’s employee.
  • R v H (Operation Antacid) (2021-2022) instructed to prosecute complex HMRC postal cigarette smuggling.
  • R v Bhajun & Ors (2017-2021) both led junior and leading junior in three separate trials leading to the conviction of thirteen individuals who conspired to defraud the Civil Aviation Authority. Press Report
  • R v P (Operation Vladimir) (2021) SFD-prosecuted money laundering.
  • R v J (2019/20) SFD-prosecuted fraud on NHS and multiple universities.
  • R v O (2019/20) complex three-handed Royal Mail Fraud.
  • R v McClune (2019) secured conviction in two-month-long trial of a carer who defrauded elderly victims. Press Report
  • R v Eastwood & Ors (Operation Finback) (2019) conspiracy to commit fraud by undertaking unnecessary building work at the homes of vulnerable, elderly victims. Press Report
  • R v Ali & Ors (2019) five-week trial prosecuting on behalf of Trading Standards, three individuals in a highly-publicised case of fraudulent trading by the London estate agents Crestons (Led jnr). Press Report Jack undertook the appellate proceedings alone which attracted national attention. Judgment
  • R v A (2018) secured conviction in this income tax fraud. Instructed by SFD.
  • R v A (2018) three defendant ‘courier’ fraud.
  • R v S & W (2017) secured money laundering conviction. Junior alone instructed by SFD against a leading QC.
  • R v S & L (2017) Bedfordshire Fire Service procurement fraud convictions.
  • R v Bradshaw and Bradshaw (Operation Jerez) (2015) high value VAT fraud relating to chauffeuring services in the film industry. Press Report
  • R v A-G (2014) junior alone for SFD on this multi-jurisdiction benefit fraud.

Jack is a CPS Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade) for POCA work. He is one of only fourteen SFO POCA Panel A Advocates.

He has been listed as a leading junior in asset forfeiture in the Legal 500 since 2016 and regularly defends in large-scale fraud, drugs and money laundering cases involving a POCA dimension. Jack prides himself on distilling complex legal principles when advising clients and making oral and written arguments on their behalf.

Jack is instructed by a plethora of prosecution authorities in this sphere and frequently trains other lawyers on restraint, confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings.

Defending:

  • R v K and Ors (2021) representing leader of an Albanian OCG.
  • R v H (2020) representing repeat offender in SFD-prosecuted medicines fraud.
  • R v Koort, Rosen and Russell (2019) represented a female defendant in three-handed confiscation proceedings that were due to last for six days in diamond fraud case. Press Report
  • R v May & Ors (2008) UKHL 28 key researcher for Mr May’s defence team in this seminal case in confiscation law. Judgment

Prosecuting:

  • R v Ravjani & Ors (Operation Inertia) (2013-2022) previously led by J Kinnear QC in confiscation proceedings but has acted as lone junior in all proceedings for over seven years.4
    • One of the largest ever confiscation orders pursued by CPS’s Proceeds of Crime Unit. The criminal case involved four separate sets of defendants. The lead conspirator, Ravjani, was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for a £176 million MTIC fraud involving the purported sale of 4 million mobile phones. The case involved funds being traced across many jurisdictions through complex trust and banking structures.
    • The original POCA ‘benefit’ figure was just under £2 billion, with a loss to the Revenue of over £100 million. Confiscation orders were made totalling over £35 million against the first four defendants alone.
    • Jack has appeared alone against a number of leading silks and juniors and secured the appointment of an Enforcement Receiver in Ravjani’s case. There are currently ongoing s.23 POCA proceedings. Press Report
  • Operation Funky (2021-2022) Account Freezing Order and Forfeiture proceedings.
  • R v A, S & O (2020) complex Royal Mail fraud confiscation.
  • R v C & Ors (2018) 3rd party interest case pursuant to s.10A POCA.
  • R v B (2017) successful application for ex parte Restraint Order.
  • R v R & R (2017) successful on notice application for two Restraint Orders for local authority. Against a QC (Jnr alone).
  • R v I (2015) revisiting realisable amount in High Court proceedings.
  • R v G (2015) s.22 POCA application.
  • R v V (2014) enforcement proceedings and s.23 POCA application.
  • Operation Quarterdeck (2012) long-running restraint and contempt proceedings in a tax evasion case. (Lead jnr).
  • Operation Cruse (2008) disclosure counsel in £7.28 million VAT fraud. RCPO pursued one of the biggest confiscation orders ever sought in this jurisdiction. (Led jnr).
  • Operation Devout (2007) amongst other cases at RCPO, Jack was the lawyer responsible for restraint proceedings in the case of Ahmed and Ahmad. This case went on to become a key case in the development of confiscation law in 2014 in the Supreme Court case of Ahmad and Fields.

Other Specialisms

Local Authority & Regulatory CasesAppelateSecondments

Jack is a LBLA Panel B Advocate (Highest Grade for non-QC) and is called upon by numerous local authorities to prosecute a broad range of fraud cases, trademark and planning breaches and the full gamut of regulatory offending.

He is invited to give lectures on topics as wide-ranging as RIPA and confiscation to organisations such as the Local Authority Training Consortium of Welsh lawyers, LBs Lambeth and Southwark and the LGG Prosecution Group. He has trained numerous local authority lawyers concerning jury trial preparations post-Covid19 and recently addressed the national flagship trading standards conference on new trademarks sentencing guidelines.

Examples:

  • Wokingham BC v C & C (2020-2022) instructed to prosecute multiple allegations of fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations.
  • Thurrock BC v Chapman & Ors (2021) obtained Thurrock Borough Council’s first ever interim injunction securing compliance with a Housing Act Prohibition Order in the High Court.
  • LB Barking & Dagenham v O (2020) successful prosecution of a solicitor for breaches of the Housing Act.
  • BFBC v Tesco (2020) prosecution of Tesco for health and safety breaches.
  • In the matter of XX (2019) advised Local Authority extensively on bribery and corruption allegations concerning procurement fraud.
  • LB Islington v Ali and Others (2019) Court of Appeal proceedings. This case attracted national media coverage. Judgment
  • Oxford County Council v Mohammed (2019) Trading Standards prosecution for selling fake cigarettes. Press Report
  • LB Hillingdon v K (2019) criminal and confiscation proceedings in large planning enforcement notice breach case.
  • LB Hillingdon v C (2019) secured Crown Court guilty pleas to multiple food safety regulatory breaches.
  • LB Islington v M and Ors (2018) successfully prosecuted this six-week Fraudulent Trading case. (Led jnr) Press Report
  • LB Hillingdon v S (2018) secured conviction by the jury in this ‘Right to Buy’ Fraud.
  • LB Newham v Q (2017/18) complex benefit fraud case.
  • Environment Agency v Davison (2017)  Crown Court trial of multi-handed pollution offences.
  • LB Southwark v A (2017) Crown Court food safety breaches case.
  • LB Southwark v A-B and Ors (2017) multi-handed confiscation proceedings in housing fraud case.
  • LB Southwark v G (2017) secured conviction prosecuting LB Southwark’s first ever Social Housing Fraud Act case.
  • LB Southwark v Zara Hair (2017) novel prosecution under the 2013 Cosmetics Regulations.
  • LB Newham v A and Ors (2017) highly complex planning enforcement breach case.
  • Dacorum BC v B (2013) successful prosecution of a slum landlady of an HMO under the Housing Act
  • LB Ealing (2012) PII exercise conducted on behalf of the local authority in a rape case.
  • LB Islington v C (2010) numerous trademarks offences relating to fake clothing and goods. Jury convicted.
  • LB Hillingdon (2010) lengthy LPP exercise as independent counsel.
  • R v Naris (2008) EWCA Crim 1307 successful appeal against sentence reduced by a third in relation to regulatory offences involving Food Safety legislation, Trademarks and Prohibition Orders.
  • Focus (DIY) Ltd v LB Hillingdon (2008) EWHC 1152. High Court false trade descriptions case. (Led jnr)

  • R v Boteler (2021) for respondent considering the legality of SHPO conditions; unusually required to attend due to importance of case.
  • R v Ali and Ors (2019) for respondent in high-profile three-handed fraudulent trading case. Judgment
  • R v Azhar (2019) appeal against sentence in fraud where defendant received 9 years imprisonment.
  • R v Le (2017) appeal against sentence before Full Court.
  • R v Gahagan (2016) successful appeal against a sentence of 10 years 5 months reduced to 8 years 11 months imprisonment. Firearms and drugs.
  • R v Futcher (2015) EWCA Crim 243 – successful appeal against sentence – Thefts.
  • R v Afzal (2014) EWCA Crim 2591 – appeal against conviction and sentence. Conspiracy to supply drugs
  • R v Mohammed Tariq Razzaq (2012) EWCA Crim 1780 – long firm fraud sentence appeal.
  • R v Allen (2012) appeal against sentence in serious firearms with intent to endanger life case.
  • R v Ellis (2012) renewed appeal against sentence in a drugs supply case.
  • R v Lloyd Green (2011) EWCA Crim 278 – successful appeal against sentence in a ‘third-strike’ burglary case.
  • R v Hodge (2009) EWCA Crim 815 – successful appeal against arson sentence which was halved.
  • R v Naris (2008) EWCA Crim 1307 – successful appeal against sentence reduced by a third in relation to regulatory offences involving Food Safety legislation, Trademarks and Prohibition Orders.
  • Focus (DIY) Ltd v LB Hillingdon (2008) EWHC 1152. LB Hillingdon in a High Court false trade descriptions case (Led jnr) Judgment
  • R v Thuy Thi Pham (2007) EWCA Crim 1451 – successful appeal against sentence in cultivation of cannabis case.
  • R (on the application of the CPS) v Bow Street Magistrates’ Court & Samuel James and Others) (2006) All ER 1342 – test case concerning the Identity Cards Act 2006. Cases nationwide awaited the outcome of this decision in the High Court (Led jnr)

In 2015-2016 Jack undertook a year’s secondment with HSBC to deepen his understanding of the internal workings of a financial giant first-hand and found the insight into regulation of the financial services sector to be very useful on returning to advocacy.  His particular area was an FCA-mandated review into the mis-selling of interest-rate hedging products and the consequential loss.  Working within a team of senior criminal and civil barristers was an invaluable experience.

In 2006-2007 Jack was seconded to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office as Restraint/Confiscation lawyer in multi-handed, multi-million-pound trafficking/ importation/ fraud cases.

Recommendations

From 2016 to 2022, ranked in Legal500 as a leading junior in fraud- crime (including money laundering/asset forfeiture)

2022 [ranked but no quotation]

  • first class in client presentation’
  • Legal 500 (2021)

  • hard working junior who is great with clients’ and appears in ‘challenging cases’, Legal 500
  • ‘A member of the CPS and SFO panels, he defends too’, Legal 500 (2017)
  • He appears on both sides of fraud trial’, Legal 500 (2016)


Education

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BA (Hons) Ancient History, Bristol University (1st Class)

PgDL, BPP Law School

BVC, BPP Law School

Memberships

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Middle Temple (mentor)

Private Prosecutors’ Association

Fraud Lawyers’ Association

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Advocate

Languages

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French (conversational)

Professional Appointments

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SFO POCA Panel A Advocate (Highest Grade)

CPS Serious Crime Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade)

CPS General Crime Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade)

CPS POCA Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade)

CPS Fraud Panel Advocate Grade 4 (Highest Grade)

Rape List counsel

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Panel B Advocate – encompasses EA, CQC, rail   and nuclear industry regulators

London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance Panel B Advocate (Highest Grade) able to prosecute for approximately 28 local authorities and London Fire Service

Pupil Supervisor

Public Access Barrister

Awards

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University Scholar

Arnaldo Momigliano Prize for Classics and Ancient History

Middle Temple Diplock Scholar