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MAY
24

Companies Wound Up Over Land Banking Fraud

Three companies have been wound up after an Insolvency Service investigation found that they had been involved in frauds involving land banking and carbon credits.

Hildon Property Limited, a company that marketed investment in plots of land at Tottington near Bury, and at West Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, has been ordered into liquidation in the High Court on grounds of public interest.

Also wound up were Raincode Ltd, which owned the land at West Cheshunt, and Hildon Green Energy Markets Limited, which marketed near worthless carbon credits to the public for investment in projects as far away as China and Peru.

According to the Insolvency Service, the three firms are part of six interconnected companies involved in similar frauds.

The others are an earlier company called Boldacre Ltd, Century Property Group Ltd (formerly Century Land) which was wound up on grounds of public interest on 4th April 2012 and Trinity Associates Limited, which was similarly wound up on 10th April 2013.

Fraud is treated very seriously by the authorities. If you are accused of fraud it is important to enlist the help of fraud defence lawyers quickly.

Contact Lewis Nedas’ Criminal Lawyers in London

For specialist legal advice please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan on 020 7387 2032 or complete our online enquiry form here.

This blog post is intended as a news item only - no connection between Lewis Nedas and the parties concerned is intended or implied.

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MAY
23

Latest Instructions for LNL Criminal Department

  1. Jeffrey Lewis has been instructed in a nationwide SOCA money laundering investigation.
  2. Penny Muir and Keith Wood act in a major alleged carbon credit fraud prosecution.
  3. Miles Herman has been instructed to advise and represent a journalist who is subject to an investigation by police.
  4. Siobhain Egan is advising accountants facing a money laundering investigation.
  5. Miles Herman has been instructed to advise and represent an individual on historic sexual abuse allegations.
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MAY
22

Yet another Extradition Case Success for Fiona Grandy & Giovanni Lombardo!

Fiona and Giovanni Lombardo acted for an Italian national who faced extradition by the Italian Government in relation to charges concerning serious organised crime as a young man. He fled Italy and settled in the UK, however was convicted in his absence by the Italian courts.

Represented by the stupendous James Stansfeld of Furnival Chambers, it was held by the Court that there were serious concerns about the fairness of the trial in Italy which led to his conviction many years ago, that he was not a fugitive, and that because of the fundamental change in his circumstances it would be too oppressive to extradite.

This was a truly difficult and complicated case to argue successfully, however as a result of the dedication, hard work and talent of Fiona, Giovanni and James Stansfeld, we won this complex case.

We have an excellent team of top and leading extradition lawyers who have an unrivalled record in this field. Contact Fiona Grandy if you are facing extradition issues.

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MAY
21

Another Man Released From Operation Yewtree Inquiry

News broke on 14 May 2013 that an elderly former BBC employee, arrested by virtue of the second strand of the Savile Inquiry, has been released from the investigation because there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.

He, like the 14 others arrested under Savile, has been identified pending investigation and prior to deciding whether prosecution should be instigated.

This individual was exactly the type of individual which LJ Leveson envisaged when he concluded in his report that arrestees should not be identified before charge. To be frank, that is generally what happens in the vast majority of criminal cases, unless the identity of the individual is leaked.

Historic sexual allegations are sensitive, difficult, delicate cases to investigate and prosecute. The evidence, usually the uncorroborated word of one individual, relies on memories of events many years old. So there is no guarantee that anyone arrested for such an offence will ever be prosecuted, but yet their identity has been revealed to the world in the meantime!

If you are facing such an allegation, you will need solicitors who are not only experts when defending these types of cases and have successful track records, but who will also manage your reputation and defend press inquiries. We are adept at both.

Contact Jeffrey Lewis if you have any queries in connection with these issues.

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20

London (and Camden) Property Prices Reach their Highest Levels to Date!

An article in the Financial Times (20/05/2013) refers to research by the property website Rightmove, which states that the average asking price for a home in London has now risen to £500,000. These prices have been fuelled, rather quickly, by low mortgage rates and the Government’s recently launched ‘help to buy’ scheme. It will undoubtedly lead to another housing bubble.

Camden has now joined the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea with average property pricing levels of £1 million!

There are other interesting developments in the London residential market. Sealed bids (as in the Scottish system) are on the rise, as is the number of inquiries by single dwellers (both young professionals and post-divorcees) and open house viewings (where the property is viewed by multiple intended purchasers) are also on the increase.

If you are considering buying or selling in Camden or indeed anywhere in London, you will need to instruct fully qualified, leading, property and conveyancing lawyers. We have over 30 years’ experience, with top specialist lawyers who will gently and efficiently guide you through the minefield of property acquisition.

Contact Richard McConnell, Janak Bakrania or Layna Thompson for advice.

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