Amanda has over 25 years of criminal practice at the highest level. She has acted in some of the largest fraud cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the Complex Case unit of the Crown Prosecution Service. She has dealt with matters in the High Court, Court of appeal and the House of Lords one of which is currently a leading authority on the appointment and actions of Management Receiverships. (R v Capewell and others) In addition she has conducted many high profile historical sexual abuse cases including representing the former Deputy Director of Social Services in Operation Cleopatra. She has lectured in disclosure and assisted the Falsely Accused Teachers and Carers Association.
She is known for her ability to deal with the large and complex cases but yet has an empathy to provide support for her clients many of whom are facing the criminal courts for the first occasion.
Notable CasesFraud/Confiscation/Business Crime
R v M Operation Crystalite
Acting for a client charged with conspiracy to cheat the Revenue arising out of a Film Scheme. This involved two lengthy trials at Southwark Crown Court in an alleged fraudulent claim for sideways tax relief and was one of the first trials of its type by HMRC. The client was the only defendant to be acquitted unanimously at the conclusion or each of the two lengthy trials.
R v C Operation Emersed
Acting in the defence of a company director charged with a large MTIC fraud. The trial lasted for 8 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court. The case had both criminal and civil proceedings which progressed to the House of Lords. Amanda appealed the initial conviction to the Court of Appeal where she was successful leading to the conviction being stayed at Stafford Crown Court.
R v L
A multi million pound MTIC fraud representing the Vice Chairman of a football club. After many months of hearings and disclosure requests, the final one led to Customs offering no evidence at Bristol Crown Court.
R v WT and later R v D Operation Focus
Representation of a wealthy optician and his sister and a further optician who were charged with a large scale fraud on the NHS. After a very complicated investigation which involved careful consideration of technical prescription and claims two clients were acquitted and one received a non custodial sentence.
R v O Operation Savate
Acting in the defence of a main defendant charged with a CIS fraud. The papers in the case ran into over a hundred thousand pages and involved a three months trial at Birmingham Crown court. There were also complex confiscation proceedings which involved in excess of 3 million pounds and involving in assets both in the UK and outside the jurisdiction.
R v N
Acting in the defence of a man charged with re-activating sub machine guns with onward transmission to the Continuity IRA. Attending upon the client who was illiterate on a weekly basis at Belmarsh prison before a two month trial at the Central Criminal Court (the old Bailey) where an excellent result was achieved for the client.
R v D
Acting in the defence of the head of a major criminal family in Bristol who was charged with the supply of class A drugs and money laundering. The case involved a detailed analysis of probe evidence from hearing devices planted by the police in both the defendants car and home.
R v B
A prosecution brought by the environmental Agency at Preston Crown Court. This involved a careful analysis of the law in the area and complex confiscation proceedings led to an excellent result for the client who was delighted with the service he received.
R v A
Acting for the defence involving a lady charged with perverting the course of justice. After detailed disclosure requests were made the Crown eventually offered no evidence following several weeks of evidence at Preston Crown Court
R v H and later R v A Operation Cleopatra
Defence of the former Deputy Director of Social services on charges of rape and indecency.