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Paul MasonConsultant Solicitor

Paul was admitted in 1980.

He was trained at TV Edwards, becoming a partner in 1988.

In 2006 he joined the Business Investigation and Governance team at IBB in Uxbridge as a partner.

He joined the successful criminal team at Lewis Nedas Law in 2013.

He is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.

Paul is a specialist in serious and complex crime, with expertise in conducting white-collar and very high cost fraud matters and other sophisticated criminal cases and investigations. He has considerable experience in bribery and corruption compliance and investigations, money laundering, asset confiscation and restitution, tax and VAT prosecutions and SFO/SFA investigations and prosecutions, representing both individuals and corporations.

He has been an accredited fraud supervisor of the Legal Services Commission Specialist Fraud Panel since its inception and holds higher rights of audience for criminal cases.

He also has experience in acting for large multinationals upon allegations of price fixing brought by the SFO, has been involved in the corruption enquiry involving BAE Systems, and also has expertise in prosecutions concerning defence contractors under the Trade in Goods (Control) Order and associated legislation.

As well as his extensive experience in serious criminal matters, he is very successful the area of professional and regulatory proceedings, representing companies and individuals before Public Inquiries in respect of road transport and operators’ licences, as well as proceedings before the Magistrates and Crown Courts regarding road transport prosecutions, environmental cases and investigations regarding Health and Safety and he has represented members of the medical and optical profession before the GMC and GOC.

Recent Case Highlights:

Serious and complex crime

  • R v Radak and ors (Application of s6 ECHR on unwilling witnesses)
  • Re Dennis Hilton Ltd (Abuse of process regarding company directors)
  • Operation Baxley: murder case involving Harrow schoolgirl, which attracted worldwide media coverage. Extensive psychiatric issues.
  • Operation Torrens: very complex money laundering enquiry spanning several jurisdictions and involving in excess of $10m
  • Operation Alien: Brokering arms deals - with intent, evading prohibition on trade in controlled (Military List) goods between third countries, imposed by Article 4 of the Trade in Goods (Control) Order 2003, by failing to apply to the DTI/BERR (now BIS) for Standard Individual Trade Control Licences ("SITCL").
  • Operation Coolant - HMRC Fraud - VAT repayment scheme utilising HMRC's facility of "Option to Tax" land and buildings, on the purchase of a London WC1 hotel.
  • Operation Octopus - VOSA Fraud - "trading in the margins", a multimillion pound trading scheme designed to undermine the Operator Licensing System and Road Transport legislation in the UK.
  • R v DT: successful defence of company director charged with "Ponzi" style fraud brought by SFO.
  • Advising and representing a large national charity in respect of corporate manslaughter allegations; successfully defending individuals charged with multi million pound VAT evasion upon large scale carousel frauds; cases involving proceedings under the Directors Disqualification Act; matters involving substantial fraud involving income tax and corporation tax for international companies.

Health and Safety

  • Paul is well versed in all matters related to HSE, including prosecutions under the Corporate Manslaughter Act, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and a range of supplementary Regulations regarding offences in the workplace.
  • Manslaughter investigation against a large national care charity, company not prosecuted after interviews and inquest. Extensive HSE investigation, intent to prosecute issued after 6 years. Matter stayed for abuse of process
  • Manslaughter investigation into death of patient at care home. Successfully represented at inquest, prosecution avoided when clear client not responsible.
  • Corporate manslaughter investigation, prosecution and inquest for bottled gas company following explosion and death in workplace.

Transport Regulatory Work

  • Extensive experience in a wide range of prosecutions relating to road traffic, with a particular emphasis on HGV related cases, including EU regulatory cases, all aspects of vehicle condition offences, drivers’ hours and tachograph offences, and breaches of regulations regarding Operator Licences.
  • Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioners Office, concerning all types of regulatory cases, and including all aspects of Operators' Licences, including:
    • Operator and driving licensing
    • General regulatory compliance including maintenance systems
    • VOSA investigations, requests from VOSA, the police and the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, Road Traffic Accidents and Collisions
    • Road traffic prosecutions
    • Road transport prosecutions relating to driver’s hours offences and vehicle condition
    • Working time directive compliance
    • Rights and representation at public inquiry
    • Appeals of Public Inquiry decisions with Transport Tribunal
    • Employment advice including advice and representation with Employment Tribunal proceedings

Other Regulatory Work

  • Assisting and representing care homes in respect of CQC investigations and prosecutions.
  • Providing advice and assistance to a health care company regarding a joint police/NHS inquiry into bribery and corruption under the Bribery Act 2010 by representatives of a Primary Care Trust.

New Instructions

  • Representing an individual on an inquiry into the provenance of high value promissory notes, standby letters of credit and medium term notes with a combined value in excess of £1.2bn.
  • Instructed in a case involving wrongful arrest by the police, including alleged breach of the newly introduced revisions to Code G of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
  • Successful defence of limited company facing prosecution for transport prosecution based on careful interpretation of the contents of the summons.

 

Accreditations
and Awards

legal 500 uk leading firm 2017 chambers leading firm 2017