Raymond Wigglesworth QC

Year of Silk: 1999

Year of Call: 1974


  • "Specialises in prosecuting and defending high-profile fraud cases."

    The Legal 500 (2014)
  • "Has a busy fraud practice."

    The Legal 500 (2013)

Education

University: Manchester
School of Law: College of Law
Qualifications: LL.B


Professional Memberships

Recorder of the Crown Court


  • "Specialises in prosecuting and defending high-profile fraud cases."

    The Legal 500 (2014)
  • "Has a busy fraud practice."

    The Legal 500 (2013)

Ray Wigglesworth has a specialist fraud based criminal practice both defending and prosecuting. Since taking silk in 1999 he has been involved in a series of high profile fraud cases involving:

  •    – M.T.I.C. VAT Fraud;
  •    – Excise Duty Fraud;
  •    – Income Tax Fraud;
  •    – Mortgage Fraud; and
  •    – Money Laundering.

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In 2009 in R v O’Sullivan he led Mark Laprell in a conspiracy to defraud the Traffic Commissioner of Great Britain. This case involved an understanding of the way in which the Traffic Commissioners exercise their quasi-judicial functions and the Transport Law relevant to the issuing and control of vehicle operator licenses.

In 2010, leading Rachel Faux, he successfully defended a millionaire property developer charged with a £5 million tax fraud. (R v Dunn – September/November 2010).

Mr Wigglesworth has also defended and prosecuted in a series of important murder cases.

November 2007/January 2008 R v Cunliffe & Others

– the case involved the murder of Gary Newlove by a group of teenagers in Warrington.
– his client was 16 years old.
– the case received Nationwide media coverage.

February 2008 – R v Pierre Williams

– he prosecuted the triple murder case.
– one of the three deceased was Keisha Wishart, the winner of the television programme ‘Young Stars In Their Eyes’.
September/ December 2009 – R v Bell & Others

– he succesfully defended in a multi-handed gangland shooting case.
In terms of prosecution work:

– as a junior he was Standing Counsel to the HM Revenue and Customs.
– he is on the Attourney General’s A List.
– he receives instructions from the CPS, HM Revenue and Customs and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
In January & February 2010 he prosecuted the case of R v Hurtado on behalf of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. The case involved Columbian Nationals and a conspiracy to supply cocaine valued at £80 Million.

In terms of defence work he has been instructed in the following types of case:

– tax frauds, mortgage frauds and money laundering,
– health and safety cases,
– murder/manslaughter,
– death by dangerous driving,
– rape and sexual offences (including historic abuse),
– drugs importations and supply,
– tobacco and alcohol diversion frauds.

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