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Notable Cases – Paul Schofield

Operation Enigma : very large £200m money laundering case involving transfers abroad via money transfer business in the North of England. We act for company director and MLRO, one of 15 defendants.

Operation Inertia I : a massive ‘Carousel’ or ‘MTIC’ fraud involving alleged loss to the Revenue of £165m, described by HMRC as ‘the largest case of its kind’ involving voluminous paperwork ‘if all printed off would stretch for 28 miles’. The main part of the case has been concluded at a Crown Court in London with us securing a marvellous result for our client a former company director. She faced the main charge of conspiracy to cheat HM Revenue but after painstaking defence preparation and hard negotiations, the Crown agreed to drop the case against her.  Other defendants convicted of the main offence were sentenced to between 8 and 17 years in prison.

Operation Inertia III : a later stage of the above, again an excellent result for our client in that he did not go to prison for his accepted involvement in the matter.

Operation Elveden : investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police into alleged corrupt payments by members of the press to public officials for ‘Royal stories’. Linked to Operation Weeting. We act for former Army officer.

Operation Valgus : conspiracy to defraud, a wide ranging mortgage fraud involving professional defendants and very many properties. We act for mortgage broker/packager, case in Wales.

Operation Sunset : investigation into high class escort agency in the North of England and related offences including money laundering.

Operation Cactus Hent : high value conspiracy to defraud involving HMRC and tax relief on SIPP schemes. We act for IFA, one of 10 defendants, case in Birmingham.

Operation Brimstone : multi million pound mortgage fraud in the Midlands, we act for very senior conveyancing solicitor, one of 16 defendants. Also acting for client in related disciplinary proceedings.

Operation Ply : mortgage fraud involving various professional defendants, we act for a conveyancing solicitor, case in Birmingham. Also acting for client in related disciplinary proceedings.

R v A Solicitor : we act for a high profile defence solicitor in the North of England charged with perverting the course of Justice. Also acting in related disciplinary matters.

Operation Cisco : investigation into alleged electoral fraud by misuse of the proxy and postal voting system.

Operation Hornbeam : large scale revenue duty evasion fraud in the Midlands by importation of contraband cigarettes and tobacco products.

Operation Wizardry  : extremely high value revenue fraud in the North East involving the importation of many container loads of contraband cigarettes and subsequent distribution throughout the country.

Operation Sabine : very large scale conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs by importation into the North of England and onward distribution. A total of 26 defendants.

Operation Satawan : conspiracy to commit many burglaries in betting shops across London, and related money laundering. Total of 12 defendants, all of Eastern European origin.

Operation Cobalt : very large scale prosecution brought by the Environment Agency in the North East of England involving wide scale ‘dumping’ of hazardous waste over long period of time.  Described as the current ‘largest case of its kind’.  We act for company director.

Operation Pandora : large scale prosecution brought by the Environment Agency in relation to the ‘dumping’ of hazardous toxic waste nationwide

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