Criminal Defence Blog


Quentin achieves Not Guilty verdict for City worker in Insurance Fraud case.


Quentin achieves Not Guilty verdict for City worker in Insurance Fraud case.

Quentin Hunt, barrister at law achieves success in Fraud Act 2006 prosecution.


Defending trading standards prosecutions.


Defending trading standards prosecutions.

Quentin Hunt, a criminal defence Barrister who specialises in defending trading standards prosecutions, answers commonly asked questions about Trading Standards prosecutions.


False Accounting- Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968


False Accounting- Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968

Criminal Barrister Quentin Hunt examines the offence of False Accounting contrary to section 17 of the Theft Act 1968


The Bribery Act 2010


 The Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 replaced a complex web of outdated legislation and common law with a single regime of Bribery offences. It is undoubtedly a complex piece of legislation which was unveiled to much fanfare. The Act is undoubtedly tough, one of the more draconian Acts of its sort in the world. This post outlines some issues relating to the key offences, under the Act and looks at how the Act in enforced and how it operates in practice.


Quentin achieves caution for client in data protection breach following representations to the ICO


Quentin achieves caution for client in data protection breach following representations to the ICO

Quentin represented Miss DC, who was subject to an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office in respect of a breach of section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1988.


Criminal liability under Section 31 National Minimum Wage Act 1998


Criminal liability under Section 31 National Minimum Wage Act 1998

Quentin reviews aspects of National Minimum Wage Act 1998 which put into place various sanctions for non compliance with the legislation, the most serious of which is criminal prosecution.


Quentin secures acquittal for client in large scale ‘Boiler Room’ fraud case


Quentin secures acquittal for client in large scale ‘Boiler Room’ fraud case

Quentin represented MM, a professional man of previous good character, who was alleged to be at the centre of a large scale conspiracy to defraud relating to the operation of a ‘Boiler Room’ commodities selling operation in the heart of the City of London.


Forgery, Using a False Instrument, Possessing a False Instrument


Forgery, Using a False Instrument, Possessing a False Instrument

Quentin has represented individuals who have ranged from master forgers who have created millions of pounds’ worth of forged currencies through to those who have changed dates on official documents for seemingly pointless motives. Find out more about the law in regards to forgery and false instruments.


Not Guilty Verdicts in large scale Fraud and Trademark case


Not Guilty Verdicts in large scale Fraud and Trademark case

Quentin achieves Not Guilty Verdicts in large scale Fraud and Trademark case. As a result of Quentin's hard work the prosecution made the decision to drop all charges against all of Quentin’s clients.


Perverting the course of justice


Perverting the course of justice

Defendants who are otherwise law abiding people get caught out telling stupid lies to the Police and Courts without realising the dire consequences of getting caught.


New Test of Dishonesty


New Test of Dishonesty

In the New Test of Dishonesty the defendant can no longer use his own standards or what he understands the standards of society to be as a defence.


Unexplained Wealth Orders explained


Unexplained Wealth Orders explained

The Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) is a tool designed to help enforcement agencies tackle the longstanding issue of unexplained wealth in the UK. This has been recently highlighted in the media in recent press articles and fictionalised television series such as McMafia.


Breach of s33 Environmental Protection Act 1990


Breach of s33 Environmental Protection Act 1990

Section 33 is one of the most prosecuted offences under the of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it covers all manner of depositing of waste from small scale ‘fly tipping’ to industrial scale waste disposal.


Breach of Planning Enforcement notice Town and Country Planning Act 1990


Breach of Planning Enforcement notice Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Many Defendants are unaware that an order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 may be made if they are convicted of ‘regulatory’ offences such as those under s179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 2002


Unanimous acquittal in Fraud and Perverting the Course of Justice trial


Unanimous acquittal in Fraud and Perverting the Course of Justice trial

Quentin Hunt is an experienced jury advocate who specialises in effective cross examination of witnesses and the tactical deployment of defence evidence at trial.


Court of Appeal reduces sentence by half in Fraud case success


Court of Appeal reduces sentence by half in Fraud case success

Following oral submissions by Quentin the appeal was allowed by the Court. The sentence of 24 months imprisonment was reduced by half to one of 12 months. This meant that VP was eligible for release on a home detention curfew tag the week after the hearing in the Court of Appeal.


A Guide to Boiler Room Fraud


A Guide to Boiler Room Fraud

Quentin looks at common characteristics between 'boiler room' fraud cases and provides some important insights about the operation of the law in this area


Am I guilty of fraud?


Am I guilty of fraud?

what can I do if I am accused of fraud and what are the defences to fraud charges?


Quentin Represents ringleader of large scale bank fraud conspiracy


Quentin Represents ringleader of large scale bank fraud conspiracy

Quentin represented AM, the “kingpin” leader of an organised criminal group who were responsible for a multi million-pound fraud involving compromising bank accounts of members of the public