Judge dismisses charge brought by Serious Fraud Office

Monday 24 February 2014

A judge has dismissed charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office against a solicitor, two solicitor partners, a senior QC and two company directors. Henry Blaxland QC acted for one of the defendants.

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In this unusual and high profile case, Henry Blaxland QC acted for a solicitor charged along with two solicitor partners from the same firm, a senior QC and two company directors with conspiracy to defraud Mineral Planning Authorities and the Coal Authority in South Wales. In a lengthy, detailed and highly technical judgment, the defence submissions that the prosecution allegations taken at their highest did not amount to the offence were accepted.

Henry Blaxland QC was instructed by Neil Ross of Glaisyers Solicitors.

This case was reported by the BBC and in The Lawyer magazine.

Henry is a member of the Garden Court Fraud and Regulatory Law Team.

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