Luke is regularly instructed in serious criminal litigation. He maintains a white collar and general crime practice. He has recent experience in regulatory investigations by the FCA and has acted for companies and individuals in investigations by HMRC and the SFO. He also acts for venues in the course of licensing cases and has achieved excellent results for clients following summary reviews under the Licensing Act 2003. He regularly appears as a commentator in the broadcast and print media.
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 LT: Assisted client in developing argument against his extradition from South Africa having been sought in connection to a highly complex investigation into historic sexual abuse. Assisted the client’s South African legal team in an analysis of the relevant legal framework to develop an argument that his extradition would be contrary to the RSA constitution.
R v P: Complex and large scale money laundering allegation, involving the alleged movement of large sums to be sent to terrorist organisations in Syria.
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.