Louise Sweet QC

Year of Call: 1994  Silk: 2016  


Overview


Louise is a specialist criminal practitioner who defends in legally complex, emotive and high profile cases. Her practice is wide ranging and includes financial crime, murder; serious drugs cases and sexual violence.

Louise is a highly respected jury advocate in the field of financial crime, defending business crime, corruption and money laundering prosecuted by all agencies, SFO, FCA, Trading Standards and Customs.

Cases include Operation Mecklenberger (Euros 80m bureau de change money laundering) Southwark CC, The Wonga Fraud (£6.2m payday loan co fraud) and Operation Elvedon (corruption in public office)

She has appeared in cases of notoriety attracting huge national press interest include Mick Philpott, The Derby Fire Case, whose six children perished in a fire, a Coronation Street actor cleared of rapes, a matricide committed by a teenage couple who hid their victim in the airing cupboard.

Recent serious violence cases include securing the acquittal of a man accused of Hoxton gang murder, gaining a manslaughter “diminished responsibility” verdict for man with alcohol dependency syndrome who beheaded his partner, and a not guilty verdict for a mother accused with two others of killing her 7-week old baby and Operation Clover 1 and 2, trials arising from the Rotherham child sex exploitation scandal.

Specialist in vulnerable witness cases.

Frequently acts for professionals facing disciplinary matters.

Recent Cases:

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Fraud


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Silk (2016) Louise has a wide breadth of experience in defending prosecutions by all agencies including SFO, NCA, Trading Standards, HMRCE and FSA (FCA) investigations. Highlights include “The Wonga Fraud” where 19000 fraudulent loan applications to the payday loan company netted £6.2 million, R-v- S and Others (Operation Mecklenburger) where 80 million Euros, the proceeds of organised crime, was laundered via bureau de change in central London, R-v- A and Others (Operation Elveden) misconduct in a public office and R –v- Ozakpinar and Others (corrupt CPS procurement practices which went to the heart of Ludgate Hill)

Cases:

R -v- B and 3 Ors: 2016: Director found not guilty in boiler room fraud operating out of The Gherkin Building, multi handed, diamonds and art. Central Criminal Court.
courtnewsuk.co.uk/diamond-dealers-cleared-fraud/

Gang created ‘sucker list’ of vulnerable pensioners to con them out of £180k

R -v- D and 3 Ors: 2016: Corruption of the “green economy” carbon credit fraud investigation into City investment firm and its associates. Maidstone.

R –v- A and 6 Others (2015): Bureau de change money laundering, 18 defendants split in to three trials, (Operation Mecklenberger) 80 Million Euros laundered. Successfully opposed the admission of extra jurisdictional evidence. Successful exclusion of Albanian drugs gang conviction. Southwark. 3 month trial.

abidi: currency exchange was used for money laundering shock

R –v- C and 12 Others (2015): Blackfriars: Defendant cleared of large scale Oyster Card Fraud where TfL alleged corruption of the database and cloning by Louise’s client an employee of TfL for 15 years.

R –v- V and 5 Others (2014): Birmingham: Defendant cleared of conspiring with local businessmen in mortgage fraud. SFO

R –v- I and Others (2014) Southwark: Organised fraud against credit card companies. 28 suspects. 19 charged. Fraudsters targeted payment protection facilities offered by credit card companies. Lloyds TSB targeted in multi-jurisdictional asset dissipation alleged. 3-month trial. SOCA

Wembley men to stand trial accused of masterminding

R -v- A (2012) Southwark: Over £1 million claimed fraudulently via the disability access to work scheme. A claimed to have set up the business with his partner to help the disabled. Investigators uncovered sham jobs. DWP prosecution.

The Daily Mail – ‘Disability champions’ jailed for claiming £1.8MILLION in benefits to fund luxury cars, scuba diving and a penthouse apartment.

R -v- D: Birmingham. International fraudsters targeted Barclays Premier Accounts for over a million pounds, approached employees of Barclays at networking events before recruiting them for fraud.

BBC News – Barclays bank workers jailed for £1.3m fraud.

R -v- B: Maidstone: Police discovered £1 million pounds alleged proceeds from £53 million Kent Securitas Robbery in traceable Bank of England notes in company director’s car. International money laundering suspected on a large scale. Judge noted “it is not every day a man is found with a million pounds in his boot”.

Kent Online – Company director has million confiscated.

R -v- B and Others: Southwark: 5 accused in fresh air invoice scam against RBS.

R -v- B and Others: Snaresbrook: Multi million pound Trading Standards prosecution. Fake golf clubs imported from International jurisdictions, China and Thailand. “E Bay” fraud. Complicated asset tracing.

The Daily Mail – Largest ever eBay scam uncovered: Gang jailed over international multimillion pound fake golf club ring

R –v -E and 8 others, Cardiff: Accused cleared of Fraud on several clearing banks and Next plc the clothing company.

Murder & Manslaughter


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Louise has considerable experience in defending all crimes that result in the loss of life. She is experienced in cases of notoriety and sensitivity.

In the past year alone she has appeared for three men, in different cases, cleared of murder.

Appeared for Mick Philpott, Derby man whose 6 children perished in a fire at their family home. Attracted intense national press interest. Keeps a cool head under pressure.

Murder/Manslaughter Case Highlights

R –v – JR 2016 Central Criminal Court: decapitation murder reduced to manslaughter: diminished responsibility alcoholic dependency syndrome. Complex medical evidence. Emotive domestic violence motive challenged. A/G reference sentence.

Plumber who nearly decapitated barmaid avoids murder

R -v- O and others 2015 Central Criminal Court. Hoxton man found not guilty of teen murder after cell site evidence demonstrated to be flawed.

Edgware man to stand trial charged with murder of 15-year-old

R –v- R and others 2015: Islington man cleared of murder in bike robbery stabbing. Joint Enterprise issue.

Alan Cartwright stabbing: CCTV shows moment teen knifed on

Captured on CCTV: bike thieves stab boy to death | The Times

R –v- G and others 2014: Preston. Mother cleared in Polish baby murder case. 7-week-old baby died of head injuries that suggest deliberate assault. Complex medical evidence, multiple experts: age of hemorrhages, age of bone fractures, specialist pediatric consultants.

Thomas Gacek’s mother, her boyfriend and landlord are cleared

R-v- W and others 2014: man cleared of shooting in Sheffield’s Parson Cross drugs wars.

Trio cleared of Sheffield shooting – The Star

R-v- S and others 2014: Wood Green: Albanian male cleared of stabbing two males with machete. Witness gave evidence over live link from hospital due to loss of bowel and lower intestine.

R-v- Philpott and Others 2013: Nottingham: Arson and Murder; represented Michael Philpott, accused of starting fire that led to death of his six children at his Derby home. The case involved extensive bad character, complex new “petrol branding” science and hundreds of witnesses.

Allenton house fire – Wikipedia

R -v- W and others: Blackfriars: Attempted murder, Harlesden youth gang shoot man in back in tube station. Gang inspired by controversial homemade rap videos. Whole incident captured on CCTV. Complex bad character issues.

Harlesden train station shooting: Four jailed for a total of 37 years.

R –v- R and Others: Central Criminal Court: Gang violence: 40 Somali youths stab rival in front of terrified crowd at Camden tube station. Complex CCTV and mobile phone defence reconstruction of alternative narrative so that defendant was cleared of murder.

Another family mourns the senseless death of their son.

R –v-H and Others: Central Criminal Court: Matricide: Teenage couple plan execution of mother and leave dismembered body to be discovered by playmates from estate in the airing cupboard. Diminished responsibility.

R-v-A and Others: Bristol: Biggest operation led by Avon and Somerset Police. 12 defendants. Local businessman cleared of drugs motivated contract killing. Not Guilty.

R-v-H, Central Criminal Court: Wood Green shopkeeper defended his property with fatal consequences, beheading “unlawful act” manslaughter defence successful.

Serious Sexual Offences


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Louise is experienced in more difficult cases, particularly when reputations are at stake, where there are complex legal arguments, expert evidence is required or there are multiple complainants.

For example, high profile cases include successful representation of a serving Lord Mayor, Coronation Street Star and sports professionals accused of serious sexual offences and other cases of difficulty or attracting intense media interest. (e.g. See Operation Clover below)

Adept at complex disclosure associated with historic cases.

Skilled in the technical knowledge required for cybercrime such as indecent images and cyber stalking.

Has lectured for BMA on disclosure.

Expert in cross examination of vulnerable witnesses.

Serious Sexual Offences Case Highlights

R-v S: 2016: Businessman is cleared of historic sexual abuse, serving police officer complainant made allegations after 23 years.

Operation Clover 1 and 2: 2016: Sheffield, Offences arising from Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal as detailed in the Jay Report 2014 suggesting there could be 1400 victims of CSE in Rotherham. National media interest. The trials were closely followed by the IPCC, Rotherham Social Services and other agencies in the light of allegations of corruption.

R –v D and 7 Ors: Operation Clover 1: accused cleared of conspiracy to rape. Historic offences, allegations of child sex exploitation and procurement for prostitution.

Woman charged as part of major Rotherham scandal investigation

Shelley Davies cleared of conspiring to rape.

R-v Z and Others 2015: Southwark: (Operation Peltier) Hungarian people smuggling and prostitution gang where rape and sexual assault were alleged to be part of the tools of control for the criminal gang. 7 defendants. Defendant targeted by first joint police force operation between UK and Hungary.

R –v Dodson 2015: Sheffield: Lord Mayor who was forced to stand down from office when accused, cleared of historic sex abuse allegations.

Former Rotherham mayor found not guilty

Former Rotherham mayor Barry Dodson cleared of sex assault

R –v- G 2014: Maidstone: Polish man cleared by jury of “dark alley stranger rape”. Successfully challenged interpretation of results for defendant’s DNA found on intimate clothing. Defendant denied sexual contact.

R –v A and Ors 2014 Snaresbrook:  Child prostitution and gang rape. Girls targeted at children’s homes, grooming with drugs, alcohol and money. 5 defendants. Girl admitted lies when cross examined to exonerate Louise’s client.

Five men ‘groomed vulnerable young girls with drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting them and forcing them into prostitution’

R-v TG 2014 Southwark: Priest admitted downloading more than 5000 images of child abuse was given a suspended prison sentence.

London friar admits downloading abuse images

R –v H 2014 Cardiff: Historic rape allegation case where family member accused uncle of long term sexual abuse alleged to have occurred over 20 years ago.

R-v-C and Ors Wood Green: Celebrity photographer is accused of campaign of rape and sexual abuse of models. Defendant claimed Terry Richardson, who provokes debate for his overtly sexualised images of women, inspired his photographs.

Celebrity photographer jailed for sex assaults on models.

R-v-A, Central Criminal Court: Premiership footballer. Gang rape.

R-v-B Middlesex Guildhall: Coronation Street star cleared of Café de Paris nightclub rape of 21-year-old student. National press interest.

Ex-Street actor cleared of rape

Corrie star’s ‘shame and devastation’ over rape claims

R-v-A Wood Green: School Governor cleared of historic child abuse.

R-v-A Snaresbrook: Schoolboy cleared of recruiting schoolgirl to befriend her classmates for 7 man gang rape. Multiple victims alleged.

R-v-L Inner London: Teenager acquitted of unlawful sexual intercourse with police officer’s teenage daughter.

Appeals


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Louise brings more than two decades of experience at all levels of the criminal justice system to her appellate practice.

She has particular expertise for those whose mental health defences have been overlooked. Alcohol and drugs dependency, PTSD, ex service personnel.

Sexual Offence Appeals, especially those involving medical evidence or complex unused material.

Fresh evidence appeals.

She is available to give a second opinion at short notice where required.

Cases:

AG Ref 2016: Attorney requested leave to appeal sentence for man in manslaughter diminished responsibility, alcohol dependency syndrome proven.

Appeal of SW: Successful appeal from Blackfriars CC of IPP imposed for shooting by gang at Harlesden Tube Station.

Appeal of W: Murder conviction, fresh medical evidence appellant’s gulf war PTS.

Appeal of W CA 2010: Successful fresh evidence appeal. Soldier, after returning from service abroad, accused of historic sex allegations. Inadequate third party disclosure led to failure of justice at the trial. Man freed on appeal.

Appeals Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Howard League for Penal Reform
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Professional Discipline


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Louise brings more than two decades of experience as a criminal defence advocate to her disciplinary work.

Represents medical professionals in criminal proceedings.

Psychiatric and medical causation.

Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Sexual Offences.

Health care sector: GDC, GMC, NMC and GphC.

Professional Discipline Memberships:

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Health & Safety


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Louise is experienced in representing defendants in health and safety cases including gross manslaughter negligence cases.

She has appeared in cases involving deaths and serious injury in the work place.

Civil Asset Recovery & Forfeiture


Louise has conducted complex cases in this area.

Case Highlights:

R –v- I 2015 Southwark: Operation Mecklenberger, 80 Million Euros laun-dered from merchant credit cash back fraud. Leading Junior.

R-v- Z 2015 Southwark: Operation Peltier, Organised crime, Hungarian peo-ple traffickers and nationwide brothel network dissipate assets through East-ern Europe. NCA

R –v- I 2014 Southwark: illegal pharmaceuticals profits laundered across continents.

R –v Denton Birmingham: Man known as the “Spider” hidden assets alleged in Portugal, France and China. Profits from multi million-pound VAT carousel fraud and Barclays Bank account fraud found in thorough financial inquiry. Life style assumptions avoided.

R –v- Bowrem Maidstone: International restraint and confiscation. SOCA prosecution. Avoided life style inquiry assumptions to save family assets.

Company director has million confiscated.

R –v- Bellchambers and Others Snaresbrook: Multi million pound restraint and confiscation with offshore hidden assets. International jurisdictions, including China, Thailand and Australia. Trading Standards prosecution.

Largest ever eBay scam uncovered: Gang jailed over international multimillion pound fake golf club ring .

R –v- B Southwark: Multi million pound restraint and confiscation, offshore hidden assets arising out of fresh air invoice fraud. International jurisdictions, Dubai and Liechtenstein asset disposal. SFO prosecution.

Memberships


  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • South Eastern Circuit