Mr Glen Vian, represented by Bark & Co, was acquitted in March 2011.
Bark & Co has been instructed by Glenn Vian since the mid-2008. Not guilty verdicts were entered against MrVian and the other defendants, following complex and fiercely fought challenges to the Crown’s case during protracted pre-trial legal argument. The initial investigation into the murder of Daniel Morgan in 1987 was deeply flawed, and many compelling leads were not pursued properly or, in some cases, at all. The level of public resources expended in this most recent investigation is simply breathtaking. The Police bought the house next door to Mr Vian, in order to conduct thousands of hours of intrusive covert surveillance upon him and his family. They released false stories to the press in an effort to trigger incriminating conversations. When these efforts failed to produce any cogent evidence, a case was built against these defendants using “Supergrass” witnesses, and considerably flawed Serious Organized Crime & Police Act (SOCPA) agreements. It will come as no surprise to right thinking people to learn that those of the worst character, facing many years in custody for crimes including drug trafficking and attempted murder, will say anything in order to secure a massive reduction in their sentence and/or substantial financial benefits. The position is very much worse where, as in this case, a SOCPA witness is told in advance what the case theory is, and simply has to repeat it to gain his reward. The defense has, in the course of pre-trial legal arguments, been able to discredit the Crown’s case so that, one by one, the evidence of these witnesses has been excluded by the trial Judge or abandoned by the Crown. The recent legal arguments which preceded the collapse of the case were led by our defense team, based on a document found in the unused material by a solicitor of this firm.
Bark & Co’s clients benefit from the support of one of the country’s leading fraud and business crime firms. It’s highly-skilled lawyers are committed to providing top class advice at every stage of proceedings. If it can prevent expensive litigation then it will; if not then it will fight tenaciously to protect its clients’ interests.
The firm: Established in 1996 by Giles Bark-Jones, Bark & Co has developed into one of the UK’s most progressive and successful fraud firms. A member of the Specialist Fraud Panel, it handles commercial and criminal fraud, business and tax regulation, tax investigations, white-collar crime and serious crime for individuals, national and international companies and other bodies. The firm has also established itself as a leader in the field of cash and asset recovery in both criminal and civil courts.
Bark & Co prides itself on the individual qualities of its people, the collective strength of its teams, and their skill in tailoring advice to meet each client’s individual needs. This flexible approach and rigorous commitment to quality has allowed the firm to win significant amounts of work through client referrals.
Principal, crime (fraud, corporate crime, general crime).
Principal of Bark & Co specialising in white-collar fraud, money laundering, serious crime and commercial fraud. Cases undertaken include: currently involved in a number of high-profile matters, including leading the defence team for R v Nadir. Previous cases include: R v Terrence Adams & ors (money laundering); The Kieron Fallon (horse race fixing) case representing a jockey; the Cheney Pension fraud (the largest theft from a pension fund since Maxwell); an FSA investigation concerning false accounting allegations in a multimillion-pound company; Operation Euripus cases; BAE Systems (corruption claims re £1bn South African contract); R v Harvey (SFO) fraudulent trading; R v Clark (SFO) boiler room fraud; and an HRA investigation into a well-known jockey and trainer.
Trained as a barrister Francis Taylor Building; qualified 1990, Middle Temple; practised at Bar 1990-96; tenant Francis Taylor Building (Chambers of Alan Tyrrall QC); converted to solicitor 1996; partner Bark & Co 1996 to date.
Rugby School; Liverpool University (1986 BA Economics); City University (Dip Law); Bar School.
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