Criminal Barrister IAN JOBLING

Year of Call 1983

Donal McGuire

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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Fraud
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • Inquests
  • Licensing
  • Trading Standards
  • Sporting Tribunals

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn –  Bar of England & Wales
  • King’s Inns (Dublin) – Bar of Ireland

Expertise

Donal is a Member of the Bar of England & Wales and the Bar of Ireland. He is authorised by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation.

Until approximately 1990 Donal’s practice was a 50/50 split between civil and crime. However, since that date, his practice has focused on criminal law and since approximately 2002 he has only defended. He had been on the Category 4 list of the Crown Prosecution Service, being instructed in a number of complex fraud cases.

Donal has been instructed in a large number of long and complex trials, particularly involving allegations of fraud, but also involving the importation and supply of vast quantities of drugs, murder, firearms, and other serious crimes. He has appeared in Courts throughout England and Wales and in Ireland and his practice has taken him to Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States in preparation for a number of major cases. He has appeared in many multi-handed cases and is regarded by his instructing solicitors as both a ‘team player’ and having the ability to digest detailed and complex evidence quickly and thereafter to present it in an attractive and easily comprehensible style to a jury.

Donal has been instructed in numerous sporting tribunals involving the Rugby Football League, Sport England, and the British Horseracing Authority.

Notable Cases

R v H | The largest ever counterfeit medicines case, prosecuted by the MHRA. This was VHCC contracted case – Leading Junior.

R v S | A large fuel fraud with 13 defendants. This was a VHCC contracted case – Leading Junior.

R v S | At the time the largest mortgage fraud ever in the United Kingdom. Six of the defendants, including S, were solicitors. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v R | A large MTIC fraud, involving hundreds of millions of pounds. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v W | An alleged fraud on a Trust Fund established by a national newspaper following the conviction of a U.K. national in the United States.

R v A | Following almost 12 months of legal argument these proceedings were stayed as an abuse of process. The case involved the London City Bond and an alleged evasion of duty running to in excess of £25 million.

R v K | Case involved a conspiracy to defraud the Norwich Union Insurance Group. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v S | Case involves a mobile telephone MTIC ‘Carousel Fraud.’ This case was linked to several other major MTIC cases.

R v S | Case involves a mobile telephone MTIC ‘Carousel Fraud.’ The trial lasted for 7½ months.

R v W | The defendant was charged with the torture and murder of a drug dealer following a failed importation of drugs.

R v L | A large-scale conspiracy to blackmail, which involved the detonation of three bombs, following a commercial dispute.

R v F | Defending the Managing Director of one of the largest independent fuel suppliers in the country who was charged with evading the duty chargeable on DERV. This case centered on issues of corporate liability as well as an understanding of some highly technical aspects of the petroleum supply industry. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v H | A multi-handed conspiracy to cheat the Public Revenue and transfer the criminal proceedings.

R v R | Fraud involving the installation of a major computer system for the NHS.

R v D | A large Trading Standards prosecution involving building companies that preyed on elderly and vulnerable members of the public.

R v F | Defending the alleged ringleader of a major fuel laundering gang operating throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

R v C | A ‘red’ and ‘green’ diesel fuel fraud. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v PA | A ‘red’ diesel fuel fraud involving the supply of millions of gallons of rebated gas oil and kerosene throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

R v G | A VAT (MTIC) fraud which involved a loss to the Revenue of in excess of £85 million.

R v A | Cigarette smuggling from the continent into the U.K. via Channel ports.

R v M | The case involved extensive drug dealing throughout England, Wales and
Scotland.

R v B | This case involved the alleged blackmail of the agent of an England and Manchester United soccer player.

R v L | The defendant was a qualified accountant in the Republic of Ireland and a major property investor was charged with conspiracy to money launder. This was a VHCC-contracted case.
R v P | The defendant was charged with a large-scale, long-term conspiracy to cheat the Revenue. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v T | The Defendant was the alleged ringleader of an international drug smuggling operation. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v B | The defendant was charged with conspiracy to money launder in the largest operation mounted by the West Mercia Police Force.

R v L | A large-scale diesel fuel fraud operating throughout the United Kingdom.

R v G | The defendant was a chartered accountant/management consultant/company director who was charged with conspiring to cheat the Revenue of Corporation Tax over a six-year period in respect of a company that managed hundreds of service companies. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v T | The defendant was charged with conspiracy to defraud. The case involved ILAs (Individual Learning Accounts). This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v K | A fuel fraud case involving ‘red’ diesel, ‘green’ diesel, diesel imported from Poland and Germany and thefts direct from the pipeline of the British Pipeline Authority at the Coryton Refinery in Essex. This was a VHCC-contracted case.

R v B | Representing one of two men charged with the racially aggravated murder of a teenager in Liverpool.

R v K | At the time this case involved the largest ever importation of cocaine into the United Kingdom. The confiscation proceedings lasted for almost two years. The Crown sought in excess of £6,000,000; the defence offered £79,995; the Court made an Order in the sum of £379,995. The Court of Appeal allowed the defence appeal and made an order for the sum originally offered by the defence three years previously.

R v C | A large-scale nationwide mortgage fraud is designated as a serious fraud.

R v C | Defending a building contractor in a major mortgage fraud that allegedly operated throughout the North of England.

R v R | Defending an accountant in a series of trials. The first involved a long firm fraud in Liverpool. The second involved allegations of defrauding a number of his private clients. The third trial involved the nationwide supply of illegal stilled spirits.

R v T | Defending the Managing Director of a heavy plant company. The case involved an extensive fraud throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland involving the obtaining of contracts for the extension of the motorway network in the North West of England. It was alleged that paramilitaries in Northern Ireland were behind the fraud.

R v G | Junior counsel in the first case in the United Kingdom of murder by hanging.

R v L | Junior counsel representing the Commodore of a sailing club charged with murdering his wife and staging it to appear to be a suicide.

R v S | An eBay fraud involving the nationwide supply of high-value counterfeit goods.

R v Q | A nationwide fuel fraud, involving a substantial loss of duty.

R v M | A conspiracy to bring illegal immigrants from Eastern Europe into the United Kingdom.

R v P | A series of trials involving the supply of large quantities of Class A drugs throughout England and Wales on a ‘County Lines’ basis and the supply of firearms across England.

R v C | A conspiracy to supply firearms to criminal gangs.

R v L | A large Trading Standards prosecution.

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