Criminal Defence Blog


Quentin Hunt discharges Account Freezing Order


Quentin Hunt discharges Account Freezing Order

Quentin Hunt, achieves the timely discharge of a Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 account freezing order put in place by the MHRA over a Company's bank account.


Success in resisting Proceeds of Crime Act Account Freezing Order


Success in resisting Proceeds of Crime Act Account Freezing Order

Quentin Successfully resists Account Freezing Order application by West Midlands Police on behalf of High Net Worth foreign nationals.


In the Press- Success for couple after long running fraud allegation stopped in the Crown Court


In the Press- Success for couple after long running fraud allegation stopped in the Crown Court

Quentin Hunt was instructed to represent a couple in respect of fraud allegations. Following a long history of engagement by Quentin and negotiations and representations the case ended when the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the case and Not Guilty verdicts entered against both defendants.


Success in Court of Appeal sees huge reduction in sentence.


Success in Court of Appeal sees huge reduction in sentence.

Quentin Hunts secures large reduction in sentence in Insolvency Service prosecution after successful appeal.


Quentin achieves Not Guilty verdict for City worker in Criminal Damage trial


Quentin achieves Not Guilty verdict for City worker in Criminal Damage trial

Mr GH was an IT worker in the City of London charged by the police with Criminal Damage contrary to the Criminal Damage Act 1971. For obvious reasons GH wanted to avoid having a criminal record and therefore selected specialist Direct Access Barrister Quentin Hunt to represent him at Court.


Police take No Further Action against Political Protester after Quentin’s intervention


Police take No Further Action against Political Protester after Quentin’s intervention

Mr JM attended a political protest at London’s Speaker’s Corner in October 2020. During the protests he was arrested for Criminal Damage and two charges of assaulting a Police Officer. He was subsequently summonsed to Court and faced three separate criminal charges. He instructed Direct Access Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt to look after his interests and secure the best result possible.


Quentin Achieves Absolute Discharge in Planning Enforcement case


Quentin Achieves Absolute Discharge in Planning Enforcement case

Quentin Hunt represented Mrs JC, a professional landlady who appeared before the Crime Courts in respect of a failure to comply with the terms of a planning enforcement notice. In mitigation for Mrs JC Quentin persuaded the Court to pass a sentence of an Absolute Discharge upon Mrs JC. This is the lowest possible sentence that can be passed by a Criminal Court by law and is a sentence which is rarity- Home Office statistics show Absolute Discharges are given in a mere 0.7% of cases. The effect of this sentence is that Mrs JC was categorised as having not been convicted of a criminal offence. This was important for Mrs JC in respect of her applications for finance, her travel and her general character. She was delighted with the sentence passed.


Quentin saves client £162,000 in Planning Enforcement POCA case.


Quentin saves client £162,000 in Planning Enforcement POCA case.

Quentin Hunt was instructed by Harper Odell Solicitors to represent their client in respect of a Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) case. The defendant owned rental properties in London and had failed to comply with the terms of a Planning Enforcement Notice issued under s172 of the Town a Country Planning Act 1990. Through detailed negotiations Quentin saved his client over £162,000 from the amount sought by the council.


Quentin wins driving disqualification Appeal to keep City Solicitor on the road


Quentin wins driving disqualification Appeal to keep City Solicitor on the road

Quentin wins Appeal to keep City Solicitor on the road- Mr RS is a Litigation Partner in a well know firm of City Solicitors. He had represented himself before the Magistrates Court in respect of two matters of speeding and had been disqualified from driving. RS travelled a lot for his work and needed his driving licence for personal reasons and was looking to appeal his sentence. RS instructed Quentin Hunt, a specialist Criminal Barrister to look after his interests at the Appeal hearing and give him the best chance of success. Quentin was instructed on a Direct Access basis.