R v Anthony Bond and Others (2019)

David Spens QC and Tom Doble were instructed to represent the Managing Director of a group of metal trading companies in appeal proceedings following his conviction for conspiracy to cheat the Revenue after a 6-month trial (he didn’t act for the defendant at trial). 

The proceedings concerned a £17.5 million missing-trader VAT fraud.  Leave to appeal has been granted. The grounds of appeal deal with complex issues concerning the proper scope of a “wheel” conspiracy, and the admissibility of covert post-arrest recordings obtained in breach of RIPA/PACE. 

Counsel were instructed by Jo Rickards and James Watson of Mishcon de Reya

Leave to appeal has been granted with the hearing due to take place in 2020.

The case has been reported in the press by The Daily Mail.