Position(s) Associate, Solicitor
Area(s) of Practice Business Defence, Criminal Defence
Phone 07712 391 378
John Allchin specialises in defending allegations of complex and high value fraud and financial crime. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998 he has built up considerable experience in defending individuals and businesses being prosecuted for fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, copyright infringement and other regulatory offences. He is a fraud supervisor under the Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) arrangements.
His track record reflects the fact that he works tirelessly to bring his expertise and knowledge to bear on cases so as to ensure he obtains a successful outcome for his clients.
John’s work has brought deserved recognition. He has been noted for his fraud work in the Legal 500 every year since 2013, with the current (2017) edition suggesting that he is “always thoroughly prepared and goes the extra mile for his clients”.
Recent Notable Cases
R v S (Operation Humour): Securing the acquittal of a former UKIP MEP charged with Misconduct in Public office and Money Laundering arising from an alleged expenses fraud. The defence successfully argued at trial that expense claims had been deliberately corrupted by a former aide to further his own political ambitions. Our client is the only MP or MEP to be acquitted by a jury after trial in the recent spate of expense fraud cases.
R v N and others (Operation Tarlac – ongoing): Representing a defendant in an alleged £12.5 million diversion fraud involving NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, the States of Guernsey and educational establishments.
R v S and others (Operation Dardanelles - ongoing): Defendant under investigation by HMRC in connection with alleged illegal evasion of £120m in tobacco duty.
R v N and others (Operation Quaveo – ongoing): Defending a Dubai based financial advisor currently under investigation in connection with his suggested role in an alleged high value pension liberation fraud.
R v L and others (Operation Airdrie): Obtaining the acquittal of his client by successfully arguing that the indictment should be stayed due to an abuse of the process of the court. The prosecution had repeatedly failed to deal with disclosure of unused material in an appropriate manner. The disclosure process became so fundamentally tainted that the indictment was stayed and our client discharged from the proceedings. This was a complex case involving covert surveillance, Public Interest Immunity arguments and over 20,000 pages of evidence.
R v R and others: Securing acquittal of a defendant prosecuted by North Tyneside Council in connection with allegations of conspiracy to defraud and the alleged breach of a directors disqualification. Our client was suggested to have been a shadow director behind a series of “phoenixed” companies that had defrauded customers and creditors out of very substantial sums of money. Our pursuit of an abuse of process argument caused the prosecution to drop all charges against our client at the outset of what was to be a 6 week trial involving over 30,000 pages of evidence.
R v U (Operation Sandlewood): Defending a company director under investigation by HMRC in connection with a high value “missing trader” VAT fraud in the electronics industry. Written submissions were put forward to HMRC alongside a substantial dossier of evidence which resulted in no criminal charges being prosecuted.
R v S and others (Operation Babbage): Securing acquittal of defendant after trial in relation to alleged involvement in the evasion £500,000 of excise duty.
R v B and others (Operation Savate): Representing an accountant charged alongside 19 others in connection with a £6m VAT and Construction Industry Payment Scheme fraud. The prosecution were dissatisfied with the sentence imposed on our client which they perceived to be unduly lenient. We successfully defended against an Attorney Generals reference to the Court of Appeal where the prosecution sought to have our clients sentence of 3 ½ years increased.
Recent Notable POCA cases
R v R: Representing the director of a publishing company in legally and factually complex POCA confiscation proceedings following pleas of guilty to copyright and trademark offences. Successfully arguing that the assets of the company should be excluded from the POCA realisable amount on the basis that the defendant was not a shareholder and that the corporate veil should not be lifted.
R v P: Securing High Court Certificate of Inadequacy in connection with an initial realisable amount in excess of £1m.
R v G: Obtaining a stay of Enforcement proceedings in the Magistrates Court due to an Abuse of Process as a result of CPS delay in bringing POCA enforcement proceedings.
R v P: Successfully defending against CPS application for an enforcement receiver to secure the sale of matrimonial home.
R v H: Representing client in complex enforcement proceedings where a National Crime Agency application to the Crown Court for an enforcement receiver was heard in conjunction with related matrimonial proceedings in the County Court.