We represented the defendant, a lady of previous good character, when she was found not guilty after a trial lasting six weeks before the Crown Court sitting in Leeds. She, together with 6 others, was accused of a CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD IN EXCESS OF A MILLION POUNDS AND MONEY LAUNDERING OFFENCES. THE CONSPIRACY ALLEGED WAS VERY SOPHISTICATED AND COMPLEX. It involved identity thefts, forging of bank documents and fraudulent obtaining of monies from financial institutions. Thereafter, these monies were laundered through complex transactions and property investments. In order to prepare an effective and proper defence we had to consider and analyse in detail in excess of 10,000 pages of Prosecution evidence and research a substantial body of unused material. By virtue of the competing interest of the Defendants involved, the case gave rise to interesting legal arguments that are not often argued in these types of cases. We helped defence Counsel to shape these legal arguments before the Court that helped in the formulation of the legal directions given to the jury and facilitated the not guilty verdicts delivered by them.
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