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Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC

33 JOHN STREET, LONDON, WC1N 2AT, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0207 618 4400
Fax:
Fax 020 7618 4401
DX:
429 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.charterchambers.com

Leila Gaskin

Tel:
Work 020 7618 4400
Email:
Charter Chambers (Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC)

Work Department

Prosecution and defence in large-scale fraud and money laundering.

Position

Notable cases include: R v Richard Pollet & ors, large SFO prosecution of five defendants alleged to have defrauded individuals of £10m over the period of a year. They set up and operated a Ponzi scheme in Mallorca. R v Kamal, Ahmed, Khan, Osman and Malik, a multi-million pound money laundering enterprise involving the transfer of criminal funds picked up from individuals in the north of England and delivered to London ultimately to a money service business in Tooting to be transferred through a series of complicated inter-account transfers and on to businesses in Asia and the Far East. R v Buckharee, Recchia & five others, the first prosecution brought by the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED). Leila represented the second defendant who was charged with setting up and operating ghost broking websites – fraudulent websites set up offering cheap car insurance and in return providing insurance documents purporting to be legitimate. The money obtained from innocent customers, hundreds and thousands of pounds, was laundered through various bank accounts.

Career

Qualified 2000; Middle Temple.

Member

CBA; SE Circuit.

Education

University College, Durham (LLB, Dunelm).


London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Leila Gaskin - Charter ChambersA charming, hardworking and very capable advocate.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Leila Gaskin - Charter ChambersShe defends unled in fraud cases.

Within: Fraud: crime

Charter Chambers’s Leila Gaskin represented a primary defendant, who was convicted of a £400,000 ‘sham marriage’ scheme and accompanying money laundering. Roderick James successfully defended a director of a company charged by trading standards with mis-selling of insurance warranties.

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