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Simon O’Meara

Consultant Solicitor

Criminal Defence, Fraud

Simon is a litigation specialist with an emphasis on complex fraud and serious criminal cases. His expertise covers all allegations of fraud, including boiler room fraud, tax fraud, bribery & corruption, cartel activity, MTEC frauds, and insider dealing. He is also adept in the related areas of asset restraint, confiscation and cash seizure. Simon has defended in cases investigated and prosecuted by authorities as varied as the City of London Police, Economic Crime Directorate, the Flying Squad, Scotland Yard, the NCA, FCA, SFO, HMRC and the Iraq Historic Abuse Tribunal (IHAT). He has considerable experience at every stage of the investigation/prosecution process, regularly representing clients at the police station, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Simon's objective is always to bring matters to a satisfactory conclusion as soon as possible, often avoiding prosecution.

More about Simon

Simon is extremely client-focused and results-driven. He has strong relationships with a number of the country’s leading barristers and defence experts having conducted some of the largest and most high profile cases of their kind in recent years. His background in civil litigation assists further in employing a considered tactical approach to each case and a solid grounding for dispute resolution.

Simon represents all manner of clients to fellow professionals to those in the public eye. He prioritises reputation management, proactively engaging with media outlets to prevent inaccurate or defamatory reporting.

Notable Cases

R v J  (Operation Cornflour) – Simon represents a banker in an 18 Defendant case concerning two £multi-million conspiracies to commit fraud and money laundering. Simon’s client is a director of a number of companies that provided payment facilitation, escrow and payroll services to a number of suspected ‘boiler rooms’ said to engage in the fraudulent sale of investment products. Reporting restrictions apply.

 

DB – Serious Fraud Office investigation into ‘Global Forestry Investments’ –  successfully avoided the Prosecution of a company director in an SFO investigation into a £27m alternative investment scheme.

 

TB – Trading Standards investigation – avoided Prosecution of a suspected shadow partner of what is believed to have been the fastest growing providers of IPTV copyrighted content in Europe. The investigation was instigated and supported by the legal teams of a number of blue-chip copyright owners, including Sky and BT.

 

R v AH (Operation Balaban) – represented a company Director indicted with 7 others with Conspiracy to Defraud regarding the suspected mis-selling of VER carbon credits, CER carbon credits and diamonds. Overall losses were said to exceed £7m. The Prosecution duly offered no evidence part-way through the trial following a successful challenge of the Crown’s so-called expert witness. Not guilty verdicts were formally returned.

The case was reported extensively by the national media: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48444605

 

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Simon and all the team at Cartwright King are dedicated to helping you. If you need help, contact Simon by email using this form or using the details below:

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5th Floor Eldon Chambers, 30-32 Fleet St, London, EC4Y 1AA

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