Case Studies
MSB Solicitors Liverpool
Operation Lunar - ongoing
Sean Sexton currently represents a professional man in an alleged £324 million conspiracy to defraud the Revenue. The case involves alleged breaches of the DOTAS (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes) regulations in the design, operation and selling of high risk investment schemes in films, pharmaceutical research and computer games to high net worth individuals. The case is still at the investigation stage and a charging decision is expected shortly. It will be the first case of its kind to be prosecuted if charged.

Operation Galion - Liverpool Crown Court - ongoing
Sean Sexton and Eileen Chisnall currently represent a client in an alleged £6 million publishing  fraud . The proceedings have been ongoing since September 2012 and the trial is now scheduled to commence in September 2015 (the third trial date fixed) and is listed for three months. It is a Category 3 VHCC case contracted with the LSC. An application to stay the proceedings as an abuse of process will take place on 30th March 2015. The case has been dogged by disclosure issues and 118 gigabytes of unused material has recently been served upon the defence.
 
Operation Tungsten - Manchester Crown Court - ongoing
Sean Sexton and Paul Gallagher currently represent a client in an alleged £550 million conspiracy to import controlled drugs over a four year period involving 69 separate importations. The trial is listed for September 2015.

Operation Mime - Basildon Crown Court - ongoing
Sean Sexton and Paul Gallagher currently represent a client in an alleged conspiracy to breach immigration laws by trafficking  35 Afghan nationals inside a container into Tilbury Docks in August 2014. The case made national headlines as one of the refugees was found dead inside the container when it was discovered. The case is for trial in June 2015.
 
Operation Tarlac - Lincolnshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit - ongoing
Sean Sexton currently represents a company director under investigation for conspiracy to defraud a number of NHS Trusts and other public bodies of multi-million pound sums by diverting payments to companies based in the United Arab Emirates. A charging decision is expected in May 2015.

Operation Dardanelle - HMRC investigation - ongoing
Sean Sexton currently represents a client who was one of three individuals arrested in Birmingham in March 2014 on suspicion of involvement in a £120 million tobacco smuggling conspiracy. The investigation continues and a charging decision is expected in March 2015.
 
Operation Valgus - Mold Crown Court-ongoing
Sean Sexton and Gillian Kelly represent  a company director in a £20 million mortgage fraud. It is a Category 2 VHCC case contracted with the LSC where  the trial lasted almost six months. The POCA proceedings are being dealt with by Gill Kelly and are listed for final hearing in September 2015

Operation Affleck - ongoing
Sean Sexton and Gillian  Kelly currently represent a company director and his wife who have this month been charged in an alleged £3.4 million land banking fraud involving 296 investors. There are a total of ten defendants and the case would normally be classified as a VHCC

HSE investigation - ongoing
Sean Sexton currently represents a large company in a HSE investigation into an accident at work when one of the company’s employees suffered a near fatal crushing injury. The investigator recommended that the company be prosecuted in July 2014 but after representations made by Sean Sexton, the charging decision is currently being reviewed. MSB were appointed to  the AXA panel for corporate legal insurance in February 2014 and were instructed via AXA and the company’s insurance brokers.
 
Operation Roderigo – Middlesbrough Crown Court -ongoing
Eileen Chisnall represented a client in a multi-handed £900 million conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. Eileen negotiated a basis of plea in which the prosecution conceded that the drugs supplied by our client were Class B, not Class A, which will make a substantial difference to sentence in due course
 
Operation Grassland - Manchester Crown Court - ongoing
Sean Sexton represented a company director in a £4.5 million construction industry VAT fraud –the client pleaded guilty on a limited basis and POCA proceedings are for final hearing in August 2015.
 
Operation Wiggle - Luton Crown Court-ongoing
Paul Gallagher represents a client convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs worth 3.2 million. The POCA proceedings are for hearing in May 2015.

Operation Lighthouse - Maidstone Crown Court - ongoing
Paul Gallagher represents a client convicted of conspiracy to evade 2.4 million in excise duty  on alcohol. The POCA proceedings are for hearing in May 2015.

October 2013 - conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
Sean Sexton successfully  represented a professional man who was alleged to have given a false witness statement in the  bankruptcy proceedings of a third party. The case was investigated by SOCA. Our client gave prepared statements at 2 lengthy interviews and was not subsequently charged.

September 2013 - Operation Valgus - Mold Crown Court
Sean Sexton and Gillian Kelly represented a company director in a £20 million mortgage fraud-it was a VHCC case contracted with the LSC and the trial lasted almost six months
 
September 2013 – R v Milnthorpe - Nottingham Crown Court
Gillian Kelly successfully represented a client in a  £4 million mortgage fraud.  No evidence was offered against our client at the pre-trial review  after service of our client’s defence statement and defence expert forensic evidence.
 
September 2013 -  Environment Agency prosecution-Bradford Crown Court - pollution of River Ryburn
Eileen Chisnall  represented  a director of ABC Granulation Ltd. We agreed a very limited   basis of plea (on a strict liability basis only) for the client who received a 12 month conditional discharge with no financial penalty.
 
September 2012 - Operation Imagination -Chester Crown Court
Sean Sexton  represented a businessman in a 500K Trading Standards prosecution - conspiracy to overcharge for building works
 
2012 – Trading standards prosecution-renting houses in multiple occupation without a HMO licence
Paul Gallagher  represented a  director of a property investment/management  company . We were able to persuade the prosecution to withdraw the majority of the charges but our client was nevertheless fined £2,750 (and was fortunate not to have been fined in the region of £20,000 ).
 
April 2011 - Operation Singapore – Croydon Crown Court
Sean Sexton successfully represented a businessman who had been accused of conspiracy to flood the UK market with fake  pharmaceuticals which had been counterfeited in China  in a multi-million pound scam. He was cleared of all charges following a four and a half month trial   The Prosecution maintained that “this case represented the most serious breach of the medicine control regime that has happened in the EU”.   One of the Defendants, Peter Gillespie aged 65, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1374968/Peter-Gillespie-jailed-peddling-72-000-packs-dodgy-drugs-UK-healthcare-market-EUs-worst-fake-medicine-scam.html

December 2010 - Operation Compost – Liverpool Crown Court
Sean Sexton and Gillian Kelly successfully represented a Northern Ireland businessman charged with conspiracy to evade excise duty on rebated fuel (red diesel) with a loss to the revenue in excess of five million pounds. All charges against our client  were dropped  following a 3 month trial.  A number of other defendants (not represented by MSB)  received lengthy custodial sentences. Sean Sexton has represented Defendants in many multi-million diesel frauds in recent years including Operation Joyless, Operation Savannah and Operation Escapes.

January 2010 - Operation Genarch – Liverpool Crown Court
Gillian Kelly successfully represented a mother of two charged with 32 other defendants in a series of linked conspiracies to defraud.  The conspiracies related to Britain’s biggest ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud. The fraud involved ‘staged’ road traffic accidents, where cars were packed with passengers who would then pose as injured victims claiming thousands of pounds in personal injury from insurance companies.  She was cleared of all charges following a seven week trial.  Out of the 33 defendants, only five were acquitted.  The ring leader of the scam, Darren Duvall, was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
 
We currently represent 5 defendants in a similar ongoing prosecution .

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