Serious and Organised Crime
Our barristers represent defendants and also act on behalf of prosecution authorities in all forms of serious and organised crime cases brought before criminal courts, to a sustained level of excellence.
Typical charges include:
- Drug Trafficking;
- Firearms Trafficking;
- Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery;
- Child Sexual Exploitation;
- Cyber Crime;
- Money Laundering;
- Organised Acquisitive Crime.
Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. Drug trafficking can be organised into three groups: Freelance drug trafficking, socially bonded drug trafficking, and corporate-style drug trafficking.
In broad terms, dealing refers to drug distribution on a small scale, while trafficking refers to drug distribution on a larger scale. Trafficking generally relates to distributing middle and large-scale amounts of various drugs
County Lines; Urban street gangs play a vital role in the distribution of class A drugs, particularly heroin and crack cocaine. County line drug networks tend to operate across police and local authority boundaries, although not exclusively.
County Lines are not defined by the distance between the point of control and the point of distribution, but rather the mechanism by which that method of supply is supported; namely the use of a mobile telephone line and the use of vulnerable adults and children to facilitate the distribution. Importing areas are reporting increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend.
Firearms Trafficking, Arms trafficking, or gunrunning is the illicit trade of contraband small arms and ammunition, which constitutes part of a broad range of illegal activities often associated with transnational criminal organisations.
Human Trafficking is akin to modern-day slavery. It occurs when people are forced into exploitative situations for profit. Men, women and children are exploited for a wide range of purposes, including forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, and child soldiers.
Modern forms of slavery can include debt bondage, where a person is forced to work for free to pay off a debt, child slavery, forced marriage, domestic servitude and forced labour, where victims are made to work through violence and intimidation.
Child Sexual Exploitation is a commercial transaction that involves the sexual exploitation of a child, such as the prostitution of children, child pornography, including live streaming sexual abuse, and the sale and trafficking of children.
A person commits sexual exploitation of a minor by knowingly: recording, filming, photographing, developing or duplicating any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct.
Cyber Crime is a criminal activity that either targets or uses a computer, a computer network or a networked device. Most, but not all, cybercrime is committed by cybercriminals or hackers who want to make money. Individuals or organisations carry out cybercrime.
Money Laundering is the illegal process of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally by passing it through a complex sequence of banking transfers or commercial transactions. The overall scheme of this process returns the clean money to the launderer in an obscure and indirect way.
Organised Acquisitive Crime offences include market abuse, insider dealing, bribery and corruption, the production and use of counterfeit currency and fraud (against the private, public and third sector).