Brian is a highly regarded and widely respected Criminal Defence Lawyer. He has vast experience of dealing with both highly complex and sometimes straight forward legal issues for his clients. Brian has been involved with some of the UK’s most high profile and notable cases over the past two decades. His clients recognise him for the care and attention that he gives to each and every one of them through his hands on approach. Brian’s practice areas include (but are not limited to):
• Pre-charge investigation and representation
• Police station advice/representation
• Commercial and corporate fraud
• Confiscation (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) restraint
• Money laundering
• Mortgage fraud
• VAT and carousel fraud
• Conspiracy to de-fraud
• Regulatory investigations
• Road traffic offences
• Serious crime including homicide and drugs
Recent Notable Cases:
Operation Erasure: One of the largest Missing Trader Intra-community Fraud cases this country has ever seen Heard at Liverpool Crown Court -2010-2012. Achieved successful half time submission of no case to answer. Value of the fraud was estimated at £130 million.
Operation Duma: Large scale allegation of carousel trading resulting in a six month trial with a value of £40 million.
Operation Pylon: Mortgage fraud conspiracy with 17 defendants all represented at a very high level. Representing the only client out of 17 defendants to be acquitted following trial.
Operation Brimstone: Valued at £4 million, highly complex mortgage fraud and money laundering case. Again successfully represented, the case collapsed.
Operation Fluency: Largest ever UK internal Inland Revenue fraud conducted by internal affairs department and associated money laundering counts.
Involved in the preparation of defending in a very complex case which revolved around a waste disposal fraud.
Operation Excalibur: Greater Manchester police operation focusing on the gang culture in the inner city of Manchester. Represented the notorious Gooch and Doddington gangs respectively on large scale conspiracy to supply drug cases and associated firearms and murder allegations
Operation Lantern: Chinese triad violent disorder in Manchester’s China town . Instructed by all 20 defendants and dealt with them all at the police station stage. Acted for the main defendant as the matter progressed through the court .
R v A : Case requiring sensitivity and understanding of the cultural issues involved.
R v B: Complex human rights matter concerning cyber crime. This matter was eventually resolved at the police station stage. The client e-mailed to say “thanks to Brian Mason Esq, who showed great consideration, decency, efficiency, intelligence, legal acuity and wisdom”.
R v C: International money laundering investigation with an FBI involvement.
R v D: International conspiracy to defraud and associated money laundering offences.