R v Anthony Bond and Others (2019-2020)

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 was 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

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

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