Jack Talbot

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Jack is a highly respected and accomplished advocate who both defends and prosecutes at a senior level as a leading, sole and led junior.

In 2016 and 2017 the Legal 500 directory ranked Jack as a 'leading junior' in fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture).

He is SFO Panel B counsel, a Grade 3 CPS panel advocate and a Grade 3 advocate on both the CPS Proceeds of Crime and Fraud panels. Jack is also a member of the ‘Rape List’ panel of advocates.

He regularly defends in high-profile multi-defendant frauds and conspiracies and frequently acts for and against local authorities. Jack has represented clients before the GMC, Parole Board, the First Tier Tribunal and has undertaken Coroner’s inquest work. He is qualified to receive instruction direct from members of the public.

In 2016, Jack completed a twelve-month secondment to HSBC, assisting with the FCA Review of mis-sold interest-rate hedging products and the assessment of consequential loss claims by HSBC customers. He undertook a four-month secondment to the Asset Forfeiture Division of RCPO in 2006/7 as contract counsel responsible for restraint and confiscation proceedings in numerous multi-handed, multi-million pound trafficking, importation and fraud cases.

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Directory recommendations

In 2019 the Legal 500 directory recommends Jack, stating "Instructed by the CPS in challenging cases".

In 2016 and 2017 the Legal 500 directory ranked Jack as a 'leading junior' in fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture). They state:

“He appears on both sides of fraud trials”.

"A member of the CPS and SFO panels, he defends too".

Notable cases

FRAUD, BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION

SFO WORK

Appointed in 2013 to the Attorney General’s List for the Serious Fraud Office (B-Panel), Jack has undertaken numerous Legal Professional Privilege and disclosure exercises in high profile SFO investigations into JJB sports (alleged fraud and money laundering), Swift Group (alleged corruption), Securency (alleged corruption) and Tresaderns (alleged multi-million pound boiler room fraud). Between 2009-2013, Jack was appointed to the SFO C Panel.

FRAUD

Jack is a fraud specialist. He has been appointed as a grade 3 prosecutor on the CPS Proceeds of Crime Panel since 2013 and has been listed as a leading junior in fraud in the Legal 500 directory 2016 and 2017. Click here to view Jack's Legal 500 entry.

He is regularly instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division of the CPS in high-profile cases.

He is currently acting as leading junior prosecuting a thirteen-defendant Conspiracy to Defraud case which is the subject of a press reporting embargo. There have already been two trials where numerous defendants have been convicted.

Current instructions include the prosecution of a number of multi-handed conspiracy cases, a tobacco importation case and a well-publicised allegation of fraud committed against elderly victims by a carer. See BBC report here

Past cases include:

R v Adair [2018] – Successfully prosecuted income tax fraud.

R v Sharma and Werner [2017] – secured money laundering conviction. Junior alone against a leading QC.

R v Mawji [2017/18] – defended in a well-publicised fraud case. Click here for media report.

Environment Agency v Moss and Others [2017] – Led junior for the second defendant in the prosecution of fraud and environmental offences described by the Environment Agency as the first of its kind. The case involves the operation of reportedly the UK’s largest glass recycling facility in South Yorkshire, and the alleged abuse of the producer responsibility scheme for major packaging waste producers. An acquittal was secured. The defendants pleaded guilty to minor regulatory environmental offences.

Operation Jerez – R v Bradshaw and Bradshaw [2015] – Junior alone instructed by the Specialist Fraud division in this high value VAT fraud relating to chauffeuring services in the film industry. Click here to view media report.

Operation Borah – R v Peter Childs [2014] – Led junior in lengthy trial for lead defendant in high-profile fraud of Lincoln District Mencap. Click here for BBC report.

R v Al-Ghabra [2014] – As a junior alone for SFD of CPS, successfully prosecuted this complex, multi-jurisdiction benefit fraud at Southwark CC.

Operation Foxhole – R v Razzaq [2011] - Led junior for the first defendant in large-scale long-firm fraud. Numerous conspirators defrauded creditors of huge sums having falsified company accounts. Click here for media report.

R v Madzima - Appeared for lead defendant in multi-handed conspiracy to defraud banks and Harrods.

THE PROCEEDS OF CRIME – RESTRAINT, CONFISCATION AND ENFORCEMENT

Jack has been appointed as grade 3 prosecutor on the CPS Proceeds of Crime Panel since 2013 and has been listed as a leading junior in asset forfeiture in the Legal 500 directory 2016. He also regularly defends in large-scale case involving POCA proceedings.

Operation Inertia – Ravjani & Others [2013 up till the present]

• Junior counsel for the Crown, previously led by J. Kinnear QC in confiscation proceedings.

• One of the largest ever orders pursued by CPS’s Proceeds of Crime Unit. The criminal case involved four separate sets of defendants. The lead conspirator, Ravjani, was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for a £176 million MTIC fraud involving the purported sale of 4 million mobile phones. The case involved funds being traced across many jurisdictions through complex trust and banking structures.

• The original POCA ‘benefit’ figure was just under £2 billion, with a loss to the Revenue of over £100 million. Confiscation orders were made totalling over £35 million against four defendants.

• Jack appeared alone in ‘trial 3’ proceedings against a leading silk and junior and alone in proceedings against ‘trial 4’ defendants against three QCs and four juniors in November 2014.

• Jack dealt with enforcement proceedings for all Operation Inertia defendants and secured the appointment of an Enforcement Receiver in Ravjani’s case. Click here for media report. The proceedings are still ongoing and the defendant is represented by an eminent silk.

R v B [2017] – Successfully applied for ex parte Restraint Order.

R v R x 2 [2017] – Successfully on notice application for two Restraint Orders. Against a QC.

POCU v Ingram [2015] – Advised CPS in respect of revisiting realisable amount in High Court proceedings.

POCU v Vyse [2014] - Acted for the Crown in enforcement proceedings and s.23 POCA application.

POCU v Gilbert [2015] – Appeared for Crown in s. 22 POCA application.

R v May & Others [2008] UKHL 28. – Key researcher for Mr. May’s defence team in this seminal case in confiscation law. Click here for law report.

Operation Cruse [2008] - Disclosure counsel in the £7.28 million VAT fraud - RCPO pursued one of the biggest confiscation orders ever sought in this jurisdiction. See R v Mehta (Durgesh) [2009] EWCA Crim 1601.

Operation Quarterdeck [2010- 2012] – Junior led by Martin Evans in long-running restraint and contempt proceedings in a tax evasion case at Bristol Crown Court. Instructed by RCPO. Click here for media report.

Operation Devout [2006/7] – Amongst other cases at RCPO, Jack was responsible for restraint proceedings as lawyer with conduct of the case of Ahmed and Ahmad. This case went on to become a key case in the development of confiscation law in 2014. Click here to view Supreme Court Judgment.

LEGAL PROFESSIONAL PRIVILEGE

Jack has developed particular expertise in respect of this legal field. See SFO section above.

Operation Hornet [2013] - Instructed by the South Eastern Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) as independent LPP counsel to attend the execution of multiple search warrants at a number of private properties granted pursuant to ss.352-353 POCA 2002 for the purpose of assessing and preserving assets for eventual confiscation proceedings. The defendants were tried and convicted in a very high-profile corruption and money laundering prosecution relating to HBOS. See, for example press reporting here.

SERIOUS CRIME

Jack is regularly instructed to both defend and prosecute in multi-handed cases and has acted in jury trials concerning serious violent offences and those involving firearms, and the supply of drugs.

For cases involving serious sexual offences, please see the separate section below.

Serious Organised Crime/Drugs

R v Kaynakkan [2018] – Defended young man in machete-attack case. Click here to view media report.

R v Denne [2018] – Defending in six-handed Conspiracy to burgle numerous school premises.

R v N – [2017/2018] – Represented same young man in two separate serious stabbing cases.

R v Baker [2016] – Defended in a well-publicised case involving serious violence between Arsenal and West Ham fans.

R v D [2015] – Junior to Quinn Hawkins in large-scale brothel-keeping case. Acquittal secured. Click here to view media report.

Operation Sparky - R v Gahagan [2014-2016] Defended in high-profile two-year case involving firearms, drugs and money laundering offences in Sussex. Having pleaded guilty, the defendant was sentenced to 10 years 5 months imprisonment. Successfully reduced on appeal.

R v G [2014] – Instructed in very serious group ‘County Lines’ kidnap and conspiracy to rob case in Norwich.

Operation Oriole - R v Afzal [2012-14] - Led junior for the first defendant in sixteen-handed nine-week trial at Preston CC in relation to a conspiracy to supply kilos of cocaine in the Blackpool area. A nominal confiscation order was made in 2014. Click here for media report.

Operation Burleigh - R v Mahmood [2012] - As a led junior, secured acquittal of the first defendant at half-time in Manchester CC in a seven-handed conspiracy to produce and sell over a million pounds’ worth of counterfeit clothing in the North West.

Firearms

R v Kaynakkan ‘2’ [2018] – defended young man caught with loaded revolver. Trident case.

R v Bassi [2015] – Successfully prosecuted false imprisonment and firearms case.

R v E [2015] – Secured acquittal at trial in respect of man accused of gun-point robbery.

R v Smith [2015] – Trial counsel in firearms and stalking case.

R v Johnson [2013] – Over two trials at the Old Bailey acting as a junior alone successfully prosecuted man charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

R v Allen [2011 & 2012] - Defended teenage boy during two jury trials for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. Trident case. 

R v Addy [2012] and R v A [2012] – Prosecuted two separate cases involving possession of firearms.

R v Sellitto [2011] - Represented lead defendant in multi-handed case where police officer robbed at gun-point. Click here for media report.

R v Relf [2007] - Defended man in possession of a firearm with intent case. Click here for media report.

Other Serious Violence

R v R [2013] – Secured acquittal as junior alone in ‘home invasion robbery’ where judge indicated a sentence of 16 years would have been appropriate upon conviction.

R v Pascal-Foster [2012] - Successful prosecution of man convicted of GBH with intent by ‘penalty-style’ kick to taxi-driver’s head.

R v T [2012] - Represented 15 year old involved in a three-handed series of machete-point robberies and stabbing.

Operation Withern – R v Nsarhaza [2012] - Secured conviction for the Crown prosecuting a defendant involved in the London 2011 riots.

R v Barker [2011] - Widely publicised case defending man who stabbed victim in the chest in Hove. IPP imposed. Click here for media report.

R v Carroll [2011] - Represented defendant involved in the Bristol ‘anti-Tesco’ riots in 2011.

R v P [2011] - Secured acquittal of teenage girl charged with causing GBH with intent.

R v Saunders [2011] - Successfully prosecuted defendant at trial in a very serious group stabbing of 16 year old boy in South London. 9 years imprisonment imposed.

R v F - Trial counsel for 14 year old girl involved in group stabbing of a teenager.

R v V - Secured acquittal at the Old Bailey of young man accused of gang attack resulting in GBH.

R v A - Represented young man accused of witness intimidation linked to a murder case.

R v H - Appeared for first defendant acquitted of GBH with intent in multi-handed trial.

Other

R v Isaie [2017/18] – defended man who set fire to someone’s front door.

R v T [2015] – Aggravated arson case. S. 41 Restriction Order made.

R v S [2015] - Defended at trial relating to domestic burglary spree in Lincolnshire.

R v Tobin [2015] – Burglary of Faberge items from Christies in Mayfair. Click here to view media report.

R v Iron [2012] - Prosecuted the highly publicised case of a pub chef convicted of poisoning food and children with MDMA. Click here for media report.

R v L [2011] - Secured acquittal of 14 year old boy involved in car crash in which a young passenger was killed.

SEXUAL OFFENCES

Jack is a ‘Rape List’ advocate and frequently prosecutes and defends in cases involving very serious sexual offences. He has completed his CPS RASSO training and has particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable witnesses.

He is currently instructed to prosecute a historic sex case where the alleged abuse dates back to the 1970s as well as to defend in a multi-complainant assault by penetration case.

Other cases include:

R v B [2018] – Prosecuted a man who received 20 years imprisonment for perpetrating ten years of familial sexual abuse including buggery. Click here for media report.

R v D [2018] – Defending in a serious ‘stranger’ sex attack.

R v H [2017] – Defending a recidivist paedophile using false identities.

R v D [2016] – Defending a man accused of the rape of a young child.

R v W [2015] – Trial counsel for defendant in multi-handed, historic familial sexual abuse case. The lead defendant received 18 years imprisonment. Under the 2003, the defendant would have been charged with oral rape of a child.

R v S [2015] – Defended councillor who faced allegations of historic sexual abuse over many years. 6 of the 8 counts dismissed at half-time.  

R v M [2015] – Defended in serious single-handed grooming case involving multiple victims, some of whom were under 13. The defendant was charged with a slew of sexual offences including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting with a child having previously groomed her.

R v G [2015] – Secured acquittal of defendant charged with assault by penetration of complainant with Cerebral Palsy.

R v Orton [2014] - Defended in serious indecent images case. Click here to view media report.

R v S [2015] – Secured acquittal of defendant tried for the sexual assault of a child.

R v N [2015] – Defended at trial a man in very serious case of a sexual attack on a lone female at night. He was suffering a psychotic episode at the time.

R v E [2013] – Secured acquittal defending young man indicted with sexual assault.

LOCAL AUTHORITY PROSECUTIONS

Jack is regularly instructed by the London Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Newham and Redbridge to prosecute a broad range of cases including benefit frauds, trademark offences and those contrary to the Town and Country Planning Act, Housing Act, Licensing Act and Education Act and a full range of regulatory offences.

He regularly gives lectures to numerous local authorities about topics as wide-ranging as RIPA to confiscation proceedings. For example, he has given talks to the Local Authority Training Consortium of Welsh lawyers in Cardiff, given a lecture to the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark as well as the LGG Prosecution Group in London.

Current and past cases include:

LB Islington v Mashuk and Others [2018] – Instructed to prosecute this six-week Fraudulent Trading case. Led by Richard Heller.

LB Hillindon v Saleban [2018] – Successfully prosecuted ‘Right to Buy’ Fraud.

LB Southwark v Guled [2017] – Secured conviction prosecuting LB Southwark’s first ever Social Housing Fraud Act case.

LB Southwark – Zara Hair [2017] – Novel prosecution under the 2013 cosmetics regulations.

LB Newham v Amin and Others [2017] – Prosecution of highly complex planning enforcement breach case.

Dacorum BC v Bunker - Successful prosecution of a slum landlady of an HMO under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 including confiscation proceedings at St. Albans Crown Court [2013].

PII exercise for LB Ealing in 2012 in a Rape case.

Numerous benefit fraud prosecutions – e.g LB Newham v Quadri [2017/18]

Extensively advised the LB Greenwich in writing about premises used to conduct marriages.

LB Islington v Cochrane [2010] - Trial counsel in successful Crown Court prosecution of numerous trademarks offences relating to fake clothing and goods.

• Lengthy LPP review for LB Hillingdon in 2010.

REPORTED COURT OF APPEAL CASES

R v Le [2017] – Appeal against sentence before the Full Court.

R v Gahagan [2016] – Successful appeal against a sentence of 10 years 5 months reduced to 8 years 11 months imprisonment.

R v Futcher [2015] EWCA Crim 243 – Successful appeal against sentence.

R v Afzal [2014] EWCA Crim 2591 – Appeal against conviction and sentence.

R v Mohammed Tariq Razzaq [2012] EWCA Crim 1780 - Long firm fraud sentence appeal.

R v Allen [2012] - Appeal against sentence in a serious firearms with intent to endanger life case.

R v Ellis [2012] - Renewed appeal against sentence in a drugs supply case.

R v Lloyd Green - [2011] EWCA Crim 278 - Successful appeal against sentence in a ‘third-strike’ burglary case.

R v Hodge [2009] EWCA Crim 815 - Successful appeal against arson sentence which was halved.

R v Naris [2008] EWCA Crim 1307 - Successful appeal against sentence reduced by a third in relation to regulatory offences involving Food Safety legislation, Trademarks and Prohibition Orders.

Focus (DIY) Ltd v LB Hillingdon [2008] EWHC 1152. Led junior for the LB Hillingdon in a High Court false trade descriptions case.

R v Thuy Thi Pham [2007] EWCA Crim 1451 - Successful appeal against sentence in cultivation of cannabis case.

R (on the application of the CPS) v Bow Street Magistrates’ Court & Samuel James and Others) (2006) All ER 1342 - Test case concerning the Identity Cards Act 2006. Cases nationwide awaited the outcome of this decision in the High Court. Led by Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC.

Publications

Case report in Dyers Chambers newsletter, winter 2012.

Associations and memberships

Committees/memberships:

• Fraud Lawyers Association, SEC, CBA, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, CALA and Classics
  for All.

Scholarships:

• Diplock Scholar of the Middle Temple, Scholar of Bristol University and winner of the Arnaldo
  Momigliano Award for Excellence in Classics and Ancient History