Jonathan Mann QC’s client acquitted in largest ever Long Firm fraud case brought by Department of Business Innovation and Skills

10.12.15 | |

Jonathan Mann QC’s client, Florenc Hoxha, was acquitted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court today of charges brought as part of Operation Barber, the largest ever investigation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills into Long Firm fraud.  A number of the 15 defendants in the case had already pleaded guilty, with others convicted in an earlier part of the trial last year.


Mr Hoxha was accused of fraudulently managing a front company that was used to acquire millions of pounds of goods on credit.  It was claimed that those goods were being used by co-defendant property developers, who were supposedly able to use them in order to build houses, effectively at no cost.  The company was put into voluntary liquidation, the true purpose of the trading having been hidden by a dishonest insolvency practitioner, Kiran Mistry, who was convicted. 


After a three month trial, during which Mr Hoxha was subjected to cut-throat defences by co-defendants, he walked free.  The case has been reported in the media, an example of which can be found by clicking here.


Jonathan was instructed by Ruth Harris, Partner of Hodge Jones and Allen


Jonathan Mann QC has long specialised in representing those charged with fraud, confiscation, forfeiture and seizure of assets.  He has considerable experience acting for those accused of serious and complex financial crime, as well as regulatory infringement. He advises, pre-charge, those being investigated by both domestic investigators as well as those with international jurisdiction. Most recently, he has advised and represented an individual under investigation by the Bank of England for his alleged involvement in LIBOR price rigging. In the last few years he has been instructed to represent individuals charged with bribery, those charged in missing trader frauds (both within the context of criminal trials and at VAT tribunals), defendants investigated and prosecuted by for Insider Dealing, as well as a legal professional charged with defrauding HM Land Registry. He also has represented a number of individuals investigated by HMRC in their operations to recover taxes fraudulently diverted within the construction industry allowance scheme.  He also regularly represents directors of companies who may wish to challenge disqualification proceedings.

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