Luke is regularly instructed in serious criminal litigation. He regularly acts for general crime and white collar clients. He has experience in investigations by the FCA, the SFO and the NCA. He also has experience in licensing cases including summary reviews under the Licensing Act 2003.
R v L: Currently instructed with respect to allegation involving ticketing fraud with respect to the 2015 rugby world cup worth in excess of £1 million.
R v P: Complex and large scale commercial fraud involving the clothing industry. The value was in excess of £200,000.
R v M: Successfully secured acquittal in a very serious and high profile health and safety prosecution. M was a train driver who pulled away from a platform while a complainant’s hand was stuck in the door, dragging her along the platform. The case received significant media attention given that the train was Driver Only Operation. Coverage can be found here.
R v ETJ: Large scale allegation of controlling prostitution and money laundering across the north of England, arising out of the ownership of a chain of escort agencies. The first trial jury failed to reach a verdict. A suspended sentence was achieved following plea negotiations.
R v A: Alleged credit card fraud worth in excess of £60,000, involving the targeting of vulnerable victims over the telephone.
R v L: Large scale international conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine involving informant evidence. The Crown offered no evidence on all drugs charges following a lengthy disclosure argument.
R v N: Retrial of a complex allegation of VAT and PAYE fraud centered around the construction industry. The value exceeded £1m. Achieved a suspended sentence for the defendant following a significant concession regarding the indictment.
R v MU: Conviction which resulted in a 10 year prison sentence overturned on appeal following criticism of previous legal team. The prosecution subsequently offered no evidence. The defendant was released from custody and faced no further charges.
R v B: Acted for defendant accused of laundering £18,000 and corrupting a public official. The case involved the sale of contraband in prison. The defendant was acquitted of all counts following trial.
R v T: Assisted Peter Hughman in securing the acquittal of a high profile client accused of rape.