James Fletcher acts in Contempt of Court Proceedings: Umbrella Care Ltd (in Liquidation) v Usman Raja

James acted for the Defendant, resisting contempt of court allegations arising out of a labour supply fraud. It was alleged that the Defendant had lied in a witness statement and before different High Court judges to the effect that his mother-in-law was dead. This was in aid of an application to obtain the return of his passport to allow foreign travel. It was further alleged that the Defendant had failed to disclose Isle of Man and Pakistan bank accounts in breach of the provisions of two Freezing Orders.

James was instructed by Steven Bird, Birds Solicitors.

James Fletcher practises in both civil and criminal law. He is a specialist in Asset Recovery money laundering and Proceeds of Crime work. He has significant expertise in dealing with Account Freezing, Listed Assets and Forfeiture applications in the Magistrates Court and Civil Recovery in the High Court. He is instructed on behalf of businesses, by individual members of the public and by Government departments, such as the NCA, HMRC, FCA and DPP.

In his capacity as a “A panelist” on the Attorney General’s list of Civil Counsel, he deals with immigration, inquest and inquiry work and challenges to government policy. James is also a standing counsel to Santander bank. He has been featured in Chambers and Partners in the field of Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture work (all circuits) since 2014 and has been “Top Ranked” since 2016. James is ranked as a Tier 1 leading individual in The Legal 500 for POCA and Asset Forfeiture (London Bar).