BEN MANOVITCH

SOLICITOR - ADVOCATE

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

Ben, as a solicitor, predominately deals with large and complex Crown Court cases. These are often multi-handed conspiracies involving allegations of drugs, serious fraud and money laundering. He also has experience of dealing with a range of other serious offences such as robbery, burglary, sexual offences and assaults. In addition, he handles asset restraint, cash forfeiture and confiscation matters for clients. Ben has also made a number of successful judicial review applications and has conducted a successful private prosecution (as part of a defence strategy). Finally, he has assisted many clients in resisting extradition attempts.

In addition to litigation, Ben advises clients on the anti-money laundering regulatory regime and their dealings with HMRC and the FCA (formerly the FSA).

Ben is also a duty solicitor, and he regularly appears before the police station and the magistrates’ court. As a solicitor-advocate, Ben also appears in the Crown Court as well.

 

NOTABLE CASES

FRAUD, INSIDER DEALING, MONEY LAUNDERING, BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION

  • R v R, Aylesbury Crown Court

A complex £1 million fraud and money laundering case

  • Operation Enderby 2, Central Criminal Court

Laundering millions of pounds from the UK to Hong Kong. Represented the first defendant out 16. The case was investigated by the National Crime Agency

  • Operation Yuletide, Southwark Crown Court

€100 million allegedly defrauded from a large multinational company and laundered through Malta, Spain, Lichtenstein, the UK, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Cyprus and Sri Lanka

  • R v J, Central Criminl Court

Large scale pharmaceutical fraud and a £12 million international money laundering operation

  • Operation Civilian, Southwark Crown Court  

Client accused of being involved in an international £137 million money laundering operation through two central London bureau de changes

  • R v T, Central Criminal Court  

Fraud where the Lloyds Banking Group systems were hacked and over £2 million was stolen

  • R v K, Central Criminal Court

Three companies allegedly engaged in a £166 thousand VAT fraud

  • R v M, Truro Crown Court  

Multi-million pound fraud in which an architectural company is alleged to have issued fraudulent building certificates in order to gain investment monies

  • R v J, Wood Green Crown Court

£100,000 DWP fraud

  • R v B, Canterbury Crown Court

Client alleged to be part of an immigration conspiracy which assisted over 80 people acquire false identities

  • R v W, Southwark Crown Court

£174 thousand conspiracy to mislabel packages containing khat sent to the US and laundering the proceeds of the sale

  • R v K & M, Southwark Crown Court

Account director and accountant in leading international telecom provider accused of multi-million pound international money laundering operation

  • R v M, Southwark Crown Court

£44 million cyber-fraud investigated by the FBI and UK authorities

 

CONFISCATION, CIVIL RECOVERY, RESTRAINT ORDERS, CASH SEIZURE AND FORFEITURE

  • R v N, Westminster Magistrates’ Court

Unprecedented and successful application to release some funds seized under both POCA and PACE to a man who was left homeless (in breach of article 3) by the seizure of funds

  • Operation Prelacy, Southwark Crown Court

Confiscation and restraint order proceedings where the benefit figure is in excess of £192 million (the second largest figure in confiscation history)

  • R v BT, Canterbury Crown Court

A wife of a Nigerian Prince accused of immigration fraud. The benefit figure is in excess of £4.7 million

  • R v C, Winchester Crown Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to import class A drugs

  • R v B, Harrow Crown Court

An £18m VAT fraud involving over 20 companies

  • R v S, Harrow Crown Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a three year conspiracy to supply class A drugs

  • R v Z, Kingston Crown Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to assist illegal immigration from Iran by creating fraudulent documentation

  • R v B, St Albans Crown Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a VAT fraud concerning five companies

  • R v C, Harrow Crown Court

Confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings arising from a multi-jurisdictional supply of drugs

  • R v I, Guildford Crown Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to cultivate cannabis on an industrial scale

  • R v S, Central Criminal Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a series of armed robberies across East London

  • R v A, Central Criminal Court

Confiscation proceedings arising from a serious of armed robberies across London

  • R v W, Bristol Crown Court

Confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings following the allegation of POCA offences 

 

TERRORISM

  • R v W, Southwark Crown Court

£174 thousand conspiracy to mislabel packages containing khat being sent to the US and laundering the proceeds of the sale allegedly in order to fund the militant organisation Al-Shabaab

 

DRUGS/PHARMACEUTICAL

  • R v A, Kingston Crown Court

Possession with the intention to supply 7 kilograms of a class A drug

  • R v J, Central Criminal Court

Large scale pharmaceutical fraud and international money laundering operation

  • R v C, Harrow Crown Court  

Large scale pharmaceutical fraud and money laundering

  • Operation Opaque, Central Criminal Court

£150 million cannabis production conspiracy investigated by SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) and Dutch authorities

 

SEXUAL OFFENCES

  • R v L, Bolton Crown Court  

Allegations of running two brothels

  • R v S, Isleworth Crown Court  

Historic sexual assault of a child family member

  • R v H, Southwark Crown Court  

Investigation and prosecution into online paedophilia groups

 

ROBBERY/BURGLARY

  • R v M, Leeds Crown Court

Representing man accused of leading an organised criminal group that have committed armed robberies in London and Leeds 

  • R v S, Central Criminal Court

Organised gang that allegedly executed a series of armed robberies of homes and jewellery shops in East London

  • R v D, Woolwich Crown Court

Organised gang alleged to have committed a series of violent armed robberies on Securicor vans in South London

  • R v D, Norwich Crown Court

Sophisticated series of burglaries on a number of shops at night in the Norfolk area

  • R v T & L, Leeds Crown Court

Organised group of Estonian nationals carrying out armed robberies in jewellery shops in Leeds and Blackpool

 

JUDICIAL REVIEW

  • N v Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the Metropolitan Police, High Court  

Application to review the court and police’s decision not to release funds to man who was left homeless and destitute as a result of the seizure, in breach of article 3 of the Human Rights Act

Successful application of the court’s policy of convicting defendants of both the lesser and aggravated version of the same offence when based on the same facts

  • T v Central Criminal Court, High Court

Application to review the decision not to grant bail on the grounds that the judge failed to consider all of the arguments raised by the defence

  • S v Brent Magistrates’ Court, High Court

Successful application to challenge an unlawful and irrational decision to pursue the claimant for council tax arrears

 

PRIVATE PROSECUTION

  • L v N, Reading Magistrates’ Court

Successful prosecution of the complainant in an assault case on the basis that he was actually the aggressor, not my client, as complainant alleged

 

EXTRADITION APPEALS

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • First Class Honours in International History & Politics from the University of Leeds
  • Commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Distinction in the Legal Practice Course
  • Police Station Accreditation
  • Criminal Higher Rights of Audience
  • Criminal Litigation Scheme Accreditation (duty solicitor qualification)

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • The Haldane Society
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Criminal Law Solicitors Association

 

CONTACT DETAILS

T: 0208 963 1050

F: 0208 963 1975

E: ben@lloydspr.com