In 2018 Jonathan Lennon (instructed by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors) applied to the Crown Court for the discharge of a series of POCA Production Orders, granted at without notice hearings, compelling banks and financial institutions to produce financial materials relating to their corporate client; a money exchange bureau, as part of a criminal money laundering investigation. These orders are rarely challenged, Jonathan explains the law and procedure with reference to this case which resulted in the Metropolitan Police ending their criminal investigation rather than attempting to defend their Orders.
HMRC attempted to prosecute a taxpayer for his involvement in a scheme designed, they said, to secure a tax advantage. The taxpayer argued that his subjective motivations were irrelevant. The prosecution was dismissed at Southwark Crown Court. Charles Bott QC and Richard Furlong explain why.
Jonathan Lennon has been involved in numerous challenges to pre-charge orders. In this article Jonathan explains the law and strategy around Judicial Review challenges to search warrants.