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Aman Uppal

Solicitor

Aman Uppal started his career dealing with general crime and worked on cases ranging from common assault through to murder. However, over the last few years he has chosen to specialise. He now works almost exclusively on cases involving substantial fraud, money laundering, other serious offences where there is an acquisitive element and regulatory breaches. He also has experience in dealing with Insolvency Act 1986 offences. He has substantial expertise in dealing with confiscation matters.

Aman is a specialist litigator and often contributes to and drafts complex legal arguments with success. He has been complimented on his drafting skills both inside and outside of Court. He will (where appropriate) advance novel arguments on behalf of his clients.

Aman has acted for clients from all walks of life under the legal aid scheme and through flexible private fee arrangements. He has acted for particularly vulnerable individuals deliberately targeted by organised criminals through to senior professionals, company directors, and those themselves accused of being serious organised criminals. One of his clients was a one time OBE.

Notable Cases

Financial Crime/Fraud

Operation Torrens – assisted a partner in representing an individual accused of being involved in a $15m international money laundering conspiracy. The case concerned the electronic theft of $15m from an investment bank and subsequent layering through offshore brass plate companies, foreign bank accounts and property in the UK. Acquittal after trial.

R v A – acted for a former finance manager of a charitable organisation accused of stealing over £600k during the course of their employment. Extensive disclosure probes, analysis of archived unused material and submissions of abuse of process. No evidence offered before trial.

R v I and Ors – conspiracy to defraud TNT Express Ltd. Highly unusual set of facts charged under s.1A Criminal Law Act 1977 (Conspiracy to Commit Offences Abroad). Alleged exportation of catha edulis to the United States and Canada for onward trafficking by bypassing freight security.

Operation Echowood – acted for an Italian national facing conspiracy charges alleging the evasion of over £4m in excise and VAT duty through the abuse of the duty suspension scheme. No conviction.

Confiscation

Operation Alien – multimillion pound confiscation proceedings following convictions contrary to Article 4 of the Trade in Goods (Control) Order 2003 (arms dealing). Case involved alleged hidden assets, piercing the corporate veil and offshore bank accounts.

London Borough of Newham v N & Ors – Acted for a former OBE and head of LB Newham’s Youth Offending Team in contested confiscation proceedings. Confiscation proceedings withdrawn despite there being assets available due to a myriad of legal and technical points raised throughout the proceedings.

South Bucks Council v S – contested confiscation proceedings arising from convictions contrary to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Slough Borough Council v L - confiscation proceedings arising from convictions contrary to the Town and Country Planning 1990. Benefit reduced from £1.5m to £20k.

R v S – acted for interested parties to oppose an application to appoint an enforcement receiver against property, which by virtue of an agreed confiscation order, appeared to be held jointly with the defendant in the case. Successfully obtained a ruling which excluded an entire property and £65k in tainted gifts from being enforced against by the Crown.

SFO v McGarry - ongoing complex confiscation proceedings concerning £1m plus sums.

Court of Appeal

R v McGarry [2014] EWCA Crim 406 - Aman drafted a detailed skeleton argument which was instrumental in securing a reduction of £1,000,750 in criminal benefit on a confiscation order.

Aman also has a number of pending applications to the Court of Appeal.

He has written for publications such as the Financial Times and the Solicitors Journal. 

Legal 500 in 2015 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘excellent’ team strengthened with the arrival of consultant John Milner from Irwin Mitchell, who now heads the practice. Key members include the ‘charismatic and extremely able’ Eddie Tang, and the ‘extremely intelligent’ and ‘meticulous’ solicitor Aman Uppal."

Aman Uppal,Business Crime and Fraud Lawyer

Specialism Business Crime and Fraud Based Capital Court - Uxbridge