Kevin Slack

Call 1997

slack@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Criminal

Kevin is a highly experienced practitioner in criminal and regulatory work. He is a CPS Specialist Prosecutor on the Fraud Panel (category 3) and Serious Crime Panel (category 3) and is also on the Regulatory Advocates Panel (List B).

Kevin undertakes all aspects of criminal work but has particular expertise in:

  • fraud
  • money laundering
  • confiscation
  • environmental crime

He will often be instructed to prosecute cases which have attracted national media interest.

Kevin has wide-ranging experience of regulatory work. He prosecutes on behalf of the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Insolvency Service and has, for many years, represented the GMC in disciplinary proceedings against medical practitioners. He has also been instructed by the Care Quality Commission in Tribunal appeals.

Kevin also has an interest in taxi licensing and has represented a number of different local authorities in relation to cases involving the regulation of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

Kevin prides himself on his attention to detail, thorough preparation and his understanding of complex issues and how to resolve them.

Criminal Cases

R v JS (2018). 3 week trial of defendant accused of conning over 30 victims into paying DBS fees as part of process for applying for non-existent employment.

R v MC, SR, MS, AP, FP and YEH (2017-ongoing). Advance fee fraud and associated money-laundering in which over 40 victims duped into handing over cash deposits to purchase residential properties that were not in fact for sale.

R v Z (2018). 4 week trial concerning conspiracy to produce cannabis at 31 properties in Merseyside.

Operation Pepper (2017). Prosecution of 7 defendants involving “cash for crash” insurance fraud and large-scale multiple identity social security benefit fraud.

R v BK, MK, KK and GH (2017). Income tax, VAT and social security benefit fraud revolving around undeclared earnings from two businesses. Case attracted widespread publicity.

R v F (2016). A contested High Court application to vary a Serious Crime Prevention Order. Instructed by the CPS Organised Crime Division on what was believed to be one of the first such cases in the North of England.

HSE v S Ltd (2016). Concerned the uncontrolled discharge of toxic liquid at a chemical factory. One of the first Crown Court cases in the country to apply the new Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety offences. The fines imposed totalled £200,000.

R v E Ltd, CT Ltd and CC Ltd (2016). A joint prosecution between the Environment Agency and a local authority involving oven cleaner that illegally re-entered the market following its recall instead of being disposed of as toxic waste. The total fines imposed exceeded £350,000.

R v Nawaz (2015) EWCA Crim 1930 – involving the successful challenge to fresh evidence called before the Court of Appeal in an appeal against conviction.

Operation Dishcloth (2014). A successful four-handed prosecution on behalf of HMRC of individuals who had defrauded the tax credit system by claiming for fictitious children.

R v SW (2013-2014). Kevin prosecuted the defendant who had been involved in multiple frauds on the benefit system originally calculated at in excess of £100,000. The case achieved nationwide publicity due to the nature of the frauds.

Operation Enigma (2010-2016 – ongoing). Junior prosecution Counsel in complex multi-million pound international money laundering case focussed on the activities of a Money Service Bureau remitting funds to Pakistan. The prosecution originally involved 12 defendants.

Operation Pacifier (2012-2013). Kevin prosecuted a total of 16 defendants involved in a fraud orchestrated by an employee at a Pension Centre who abused his position to manipulate computer records in order to divert payments due to 24 pensioners into the bank accounts of others assisting him in the fraud.

Operation Tanglewood (2010-13). Kevin was led junior in a UKBA prosecution of 7 defendants alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to import class A drugs by light aircraft into the UK.

Operation Pandora (2011-2012). This was a complicated prosecution in Preston Crown Court involving the dumping of hazardous waste across 6 sites in the north west of England by companies controlled by 4 individuals. Much work was required to devise a means of presenting detailed evidence relating to hazardous waste consignments in a form that was digestible for a jury. Originally listed for a 6 week trial, all four defendants were successfully convicted. The sentence hearing received nationwide publicity.

Operation Flycatcher II (2011-2012). Kevin was led junior in a joint prosecution brought by Lancashire Police and HMRC of four individuals involved in defrauding elderly victims by performing sub-standard driveway repairs. Kevin presented the part of the case which concerned a substantial tax fraud on HMRC.

Operation Receptor (2010) Manchester Crown Court. Kevin was led junior in a successful SOCA prosecution of a class A drugs trafficker and his financial adviser for money laundering.

R v H (2010) Liverpool Crown Court. Prosecution Counsel. The defendant was a dentist who was convicted of defrauding the NHS of over £300,000 by claiming dental payments to which he was not entitled.

Operation Housemaster (2009) Preston Crown Court. Prosecution Counsel. This involved the successful prosecution of three employers who conspired to defraud the DWP by encouraging over 50 members of staff to falsely claim social security benefits.

Confiscation

Environment Agency v P and P (2016). Complicated confiscation proceedings in Preston Crown Court following convictions for the illegal storage of waste. Benefit from criminal conduct ultimately assessed at £1.2 million.

R v Nawaz (2016). Confiscation proceedings following R v Nawaz [2015] EWCA Crim 1930, including consideration of the extent to which the defendant could call evidence in confiscation proceedings already rejected by the Court of Appeal in appeal conviction proceedings.

R v DW (2016). Ongoing proceedings involving a contested s23 POCA application in the context of a confiscation order against a drugs trafficker and applications to intervene by third parties.

Operation Receptor (confiscation) (2010-2013). Protracted confiscation proceedings involving two convicted money launderers. Following the obtaining of very substantial confiscation orders, Kevin was instructed by CPS AFD at all stages of the enforcement process including contested applications under s23 POCA. Issues raised have included contested claims by third parties to beneficial interests in property held in the UK and abroad as well the consideration of the effect of rights of occupation under Italian law on valuation of an Italian property.

Environment Agency v BSH, NWR & RA (2012-2013). This was the prosecution in Carlisle Crown Court of two companies and their managing director who were together responsible for the illegal depositing of thousands of tonnes of waste at various sites in Cumbria. The case involved consideration of a number of issues including the approach to be taken when calculating criminal benefit in cases of depositing waste for the purposes of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.