Rupert Hallowes, leading Yvonne Kramo, secured the acquittal of their client, SC, following a four week trial at Guildford Crown Court. SC was one of three defendants charged with fraudulent trading, described by the prosecution as a ‘fraud that was perpetrated on the most vulnerable members of society’. It was alleged that the defendants, in the course of running a business, misled elderly members of the public in order to obtain their custom in respect of home insulation. The business traded for approximately nine months, during which it received £1.5m. The first defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge prior to SC’s trial. As such, there was no dispute that the business had been run for a fraudulent purpose; the question for the jury was whether SC was knowingly involved in the dishonest enterprise. An interesting aspect of the case was whether SC’s selling practices crossed the dividing line between legitimate sales patter and dishonest misrepresentations.
Rupert and Yvonne were instructed by Geoff White Solicitors.