Appeared for Defence VAT fraud arising out of the “Viking Oaks” scheme.
Leading Serious Fraud Barrister
Jim has extensive experience of advising parties involved in matters which centre on allegations of serious fraud, business crime and/or financial impropriety.
Appeared for Defence £1.8 million investment fraud involving manipulation of sale and purchase orders on investments held with Allied Dunbar.
Appeared for Defence. Acted for the first defendant in the largest ever internet “piracy” prosecution brought after the UK co-operated in the US Customs investigation that was known as “Operation Buccaneer ” and which targeted “Warez” groups world-wide. This multi-jurisdictional investigation led to proceedings in the USA, Australia,Scandinavia and Europe. Further details will be added [...]
Appeared for Defence. Acting for G in the largest ever cigarette smuggling case.
Appeared for Defence. Alleged fraud on the South African Stock Exchange prosecuted by the SFO. Indictment stayed.
Acted in £90 million MTIC Fraud stayed for abuse of process (non-disclosure by Customs).
Acted for N who was one of the defendants in the operation Euripus investigation (said to be the largest MTIC fraud ever prosecuted). The case against the defendant was dismissed after Jim’s application that there was no case to answer. A subsequent application by HMRC for a voluntary bill of indictment to reinstate the proceedings [...]
Jim acted for Steve Evans in the criminal prosecution by HMRC of various officers of the Club for tax irregularities in the administration of Boston United. Mr Evans was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence.
Acted for Darren Williams, one of three jockeys charged with a conspiracy to defraud Betfair by allegedly not riding horses on their merit so that gamblers could “lay them to lose”. Mr Williams was acquitted.
Jim advised a Director in relation to the long running SFO investigation in to alleged corruption.
Acted for the first MP prosecuted for offences arising out of the expenses scandal revealed as a result of investigations carried out during the last term in office of the Labour Government.
Jim acted for the former Labour Minister Elliott Morley MP who was prosecuted for offences related to parliamentary expenses
Charges brought by the SFO arising out of the theft of the Cheney Pension Fund.
Widely regarded as a leading serious fraud barrister, Jim Sturman ranks amongst the UK’s top QCs and fraud silks. Bribery and corruption For many years Jim has specialised in allegations of alleged corruption advising in the UK and abroad, and Jim’s involvement in recent large inquiries concerning accusations of bribery and corruption has led to [...]