Paul Sharkey has wide-ranging experience in dealing with different types of fraud, including VAT repayment fraud, MTIC fraud, benefit fraud, mortgage fraud, tax credit fraud, alcohol diversion fraud and money laundering. He is currently instructed both as leading and junior counsel in a number of substantial cases of fraud and corruption.
Paul is highly skilled at dealing with cases involving a significant amount of documentary, financial and expert evidence, and at presenting difficult cases to juries, including through the use of the electronic presentation of evidence.
He is a member of the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel (Grade 4) and the Serious Fraud Office Panel (List A). He is regularly instructed to provide advice pre-charge in difficult and complex cases.
Recent cases include:
Operation Larkspur (ongoing) – Prosecution relating to alleged fraudulent claims for legal costs from public funds.
Operation Smitten – Leading counsel in prosecution of nine defendants in large-scale fraud against HMRC.
Operation Octopod – Investment fraud linked to land banking scheme.
R v Tappuni – Corruption by medical expert advising The World Bank in procurement process.
R v Davies – Prosecution of serial fraudster/conman who targeted distressed companies and fleeced them of remaining assets.
R v Mote – Expenses fraud by former MEP.
Operation Aquamarine – Large-scale mortgage fraud against Barclays.
Operation Kilbirnie – Prosecution related to boiler room fraud.