UK corruption

£850,000 pilfered with Paul Staines AKA Guido Fawkes perjury

Paul Staines - AKA Guido Fawkes with Boris Johnson

Exclusive Investigation – Another cover up by the politically controlled UK judiciary aiding & abetting fraud

Best known for his “Order Order” website, Paul Staines, AKA “Guido Fawkes”, the right-wing political critic, former “Acid House PR guy” voted number 36 in the “Top 50 newsmakers of 2006″ in The Independent, for his blogging website and his role in the Prescott scandal, has really “dropped himself in it”.  In 2011, he was ranked by GQ , along with his co-author Harry Cole at number 28 in the magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential Men in Britain.

Did he use his influence to obtain favours from his political contacts?  Our investigation would certainly point in that direction.  

We interviewed Martin Walsh, a successful ex-pat financial markets investor and former business partner of Mr Staines, revealing a shocking story of corruption and fraud advocated by the UK’s judiciary. 

I first met Mr Staines, in July 1997 wherein he and I were introduced by a mutual friend, Simon Liddamore”.

Paul Staines - AKA Guido Fawkes with Boris Johnson
Photo by Alan Davidson 7551291f Guido Fawkes 10th Anniversary Dinner at the IOD Pall Mall Mayfair Paul Staines Guido Fawkes and Boris Johnson Guido Fawkes 10th Anniversary Dinner

I wanted to help Staines get into our business and our interim negotiations were reliant upon him opening a Bahamas registered company, depositing £30,000 into the corporate account in Hong Kong to participate in a group IPO trading business.    Staines did not then have the resources to make the down payment, so Mr Liddamore covered his payment” explained Mr Walsh.

“Mr Staines used the money in a number of IPO trades, founded essentially by my market intelligence, allowing him to benefit financially trading capital market instruments around those IPOs.   With my help, Staines made about $1.4 million from the first quarter of 1998 until end of 2000”

“By the end of 2000, Mr Staines appeared to have disposed of the vast majority of his earnings, he lived an extravagant socialist lifestyle, sniffing cocaine and living it up with high class prostitutes. In my opinion, by then, he was beginning to lose the plot”.

“At the beginning of 2001, Staines began threating me with potential court proceedings.   He appeared to try and incriminate me, implying that I had outstanding UK tax liabilities.  I had none, I had been non domicile for many years. I suspected Staines owed substantial sums to the Inland Revenue”.   

“To cut a long story short, Mr Staines began demanding various sums of money from me and seeking to fabricate a claim against me in the sum of £180,000, off the back of the alleged contract that neither he nor I had ever negotiated or had sight of”.  

Mr Walsh told us that due to the ambiguity naturally created, the relationship between the two parties quickly deteriorated. 

“As you can imagine with this conduct, Staines and I didn’t exactly part on good terms, it was a kick in the gonads, after I had only tried to help the guy”.

On the morning of 23rd April 2002, Mr Walsh received a distraught call from staff at his Charles Street office in London.  They opened the post and there was a “penal freezing order” threatening Mr Walsh with contempt of court if he didn’t comply with the order.

“On my behalf, Richards Butler contested jurisdiction on the grounds I was not UK resident.  Even though the application for me to contest jurisdiction was not in fact formally decided, costs were awarded against me by Goldring J , in the sum of approximately £35,000. I knew then, that something fishy was going on.  I wish I knew then what I know now”, explained Mr Walsh.

“Staines breached his duty to disclose material information and facts resulting in the freezing order”

Mr Staines had effected an ex-parte (without notice) hearing before Judge Rimer for a UK penal freezing order against Mr Walsh. The duty was on Staines to disclose all material particulars respective of the case ex-parte. The case was essentially reliant on an alleged contract, which formed the entire basis of the claim for the freezing injunction.

In any ex-parte financial proceeding, particularly for injunctions of this nature, there is a legal duty on the applicant to make full and fair disclosure.   Staines didn’t even produce the contract on which his purported claim was founded.

Bizarrely, Judge Rimer, raised no questions as to the whereabouts of the alleged contract originating the proceeding, he just took Mr Staine’s word for it.  We consider this act to be at best, grossly negligent, but more likely, far more sinister.

Any judge in Rimer’s position, would have at the very least asked Mr Staines to produce the contract said to originate the claim.  Had he done so, it would have been easily established that there was not one and that would have killed it in one.  It was this negligent breach of duty or malfeasance on the part of Rimer that caused Mr Walsh to be defrauded by Staines and, essentially, the Court, who once again facilitated the fraud.

In support of the penal freezing order founded by failure to disclose and the false case, Rimer made an order in favour of Mr Staines capped at £180,000.

“Mr Staines misled the Court in relation to his true financial position, hoodwinking into belief that he was solvent enough to provide a personal guarantee cross-undertaking in damages, when that was far from the correct factual position”, explained Mr Walsh.

We were shown a later judgment by Mr Justice Laddie originating by when Mr Staines sought to increase the sum of the fraudulently obtained order against Mr Walsh to £370,000. At paragraph 7, it was found that Mr Staines had misled the Court to obtain the penal freezing order by failing to disclose his indebtedness to HMRC, and failure to disclosure the correct factual circumstances on the mortgage against the property put up as collateral.  

In PCV -v- The Y Regional Government of X [2014] EWHC 68 Mr Justice Hamblen set out, in clear terms, the rigorous nature of the duty to give full and frank disclosure to the court when making a without notice application.  From that judgment, it was cited that:

In the light of my conclusion on Issues (1) to (3) it is not necessary to determine this issue. However, since it was fully argued I shall briefly do so. The importance of making full and frank disclosure on without notice applications is well established and has been repeatedly emphasised by the Court – see, for example, Bank Mellat v Nikpour [1985] FSR 87 at p92; Brink’s Mat Ltd v Elcombe [1988] 1 WLR 1350 at p 1357; Arena Corporation Ltd v Schroeder [2003] EWHC 1089 (Ch) at [213].

As stated by Bingham J in Siporex Trade SA v Comdel Commodities Ltd [1986] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 428 at p 437:

“[The applicant] must disclose all facts which reasonably could or would be taken into account by the Judge in deciding whether to grant the application. It is no excuse for an applicant to say that he was not aware of the importance of matters he has omitted to state. If the duty of full and fair disclosure is not observed the Court may discharge the injunction even if after full enquiry the view is taken that the order made was just and convenient and would probably have been made even if there had been full disclosure.”

Strangely, Laddie J, failed to set aside the order, which would have been the starting point in doing justice after finding that the order was founded by deceit.  The failure to set aside, due to the absence of the contract at the heart of Mr Staine’s case, and that of primary consideration originating the ex-parte order, appears to be sinister.  

In the many cases we’ve investigated, the common synergy is that those affiliated with the Conservative Party are provided impunity, a case of “justice subject to status”. 

It is all too coincidental that Rimer J failed to ask Staines for the contract said to have originated his ex-parte claim, but then for Laddie to find the fraud and fail to set aside the order, this is a pattern we have seen all too often.    The UK’s courts have been doing injustice, appearing to widely advocate this kind of fraud when the public interest requires them to be penal by nature of any breach of duty to disclose in any financial remedy proceedings.

Mr Staines owed over £700,000 to HMRC, by failing in his duty to pay tax on very substantial earnings for 3 – 4 years, he appeared to be insolvent at the time he gave his personal guarantee under false pretence.   Had full and fair disclosure been made, undoubtedly Mr Walsh would not have been defrauded in the name of justice. 

Even in light of the findings of dishonesty that would have made a material difference to the order that had been made, the Court failed in its duty to preserve the public interest, setting aside the order and penalise the offender.

“I was doing not much else but looking at a Bloomberg screen and doing coke”

On 6th August 2018, Mr Staines gave his own candid account of his lifestyle, he said;

“When the music stopped and the NASDAQ crashed, I was doing too much coke. I was in Tokyo and I was looking at a Bloomberg screen and doing not much else but looking at a Bloomberg screen and doing coke, I came up with this great idea of suing my backer” Staines was referring to Mr Walsh, who had helped him get on his feet, showing him the ropes, how to trade the markets. Staines went on to explain “Who was worth a lot more money than me and the lesson I have taken from this is, never sue someone who’s a lot richer than you”

“He danced around the courts for quite a while…”   “He had the great idea of filling out my tax return for the last 5-years. The tax man sent it back to me saying I hadn’t signed it, but I did owe over £700,000”

“It was the legal fees, the tax battle and the fact that £700,000 is more than I had, so I just voluntarily..” Staines was referring to the fact he voluntarily bankrupted himself as a means of evading the liability.

Watch the 2018 video of Staines providing his account of the events as they unfolded

Mr Staines, AKA Guido Fawkes openly admits to the fact he owed HMRC circa £700,000

On 6th August 2018, Staines really did “put his foot in it” openly admitting in public that he has effectually committed criminal offences, resulting in Mr Walsh losing over £1 million due to his dishonesty.   

“Client would like to scare the fucking shit out of the other side”

We were shown an attendance note by Sprecher Grier Halberstam LLP, acting for Mr Staines dated 19th April 2002. It was confirmed by counsel acting for Staines that he was unsure: “who owes the money” and “who is owed the money“. It is evidenced that Staines and his legal advisors knew that they had no case, but they progressed the predatory litigation anyway. At page 2 of the attendance note, the objective of the proceeding was admitted by Staines during that meeting, listed as “tactics” in writing by the firm that the objective was: “to scare the fucking shit out of the other side” , knowing they had no case.

It was likely that the magic circle law firm progressed irrespectively, knowing that their “go to” judges would assist them in facilitating the fraud. Their actions were, at the least, a most serious breach of duty to the Court in the administration of justice. We have asked the partners involved at the firm, now Shakespeare Martineau LLP to comment.

Misleading the Court and withholding evidence ex-parte is substantially different from Mr Staine’s account of “suing my backer”.  To sue someone, one would effect a standard CPR Part 7 claim, giving the party being sued opportunity to present one’s defence.   Staines didn’t do that, he fabricated a contract that never was and intentionally misled the Court, whilst, it appeared, the politically led judges provided him impunity.

Whilst admitting he was insolvent at the time he provided the personal guarantee under false pretence, Staines was not quite so candid about the fact he misled the Court and fabricated a contract that never was.

“Indictable offences punishable by up to 10-years imprisonment”

Statutory law makes it a criminal offence to knowingly mislead the Court, but to do so to obtain pecuniary interest by deception, is not only perjury, but Staines has, we allege, committed the offences defined in section 2 and in section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006, for making false representations and for failing to disclose information, indictable offences punishable by up to 10-years imprisonment.

Mr Walsh explained that “Staines and his legal advisors made an application to strike out my claim for restitution for the wrongdoings on the part of Staines, concocting a story stating I had entered into some sort of contractual reliance position regarding his undertaking, relying on fabricated position of witness immunity”

“Sarah Asplin QC, the Deputy High Court Judge ruled in my favour and dismissed the fabricated claim by Staines”

Staines and his legal team then appealed the decision dismissing the claim.  Judge Rimer, who initially imposed the freezing order, affixed himself to the appeal”, explained Mr Walsh. This was, quite categorically a conflict of interest, somewhat incriminating Judge Rimer, which is likely why he failed to request sight of the contract said to have originated the ex-parte proceeding. Rimer appeared to be working for Mr Staines and on the balance of probabilities, was acting under instruction of one of more Conservative Party politicians, close associates of Staines to ensure justice is not served on him.

Lord Justice Colin Rimer formerly Mr Justice Rimer taking oath swearing into office as Lord Justice of Appeal in Gibraltar on 6th October 2015 One already breached by acting with favour and ill will

In the Court of Appeal, Judge Rimer, Moore-Bick, and Ward LJ attached themselves to the appeal and overturned the decision of Sarah Aspen QC striking out Mr Staine’s false claim, ratifying the fraud.

During the appeal hearing Lord Justice Ward commented that “the fact that the Court was misled is not the issue”, effectively lending credence to misleading the court, which is of course, perjury. Without substance or any evidence of the alleged contract, it was predetermined that Mr Walsh had entered a contract (that never even existed) and that witness immunity applied to Staines.

The decision is clearly and obviously nonsensical and without foundation, another case of the courts aiding and abetting fraud.

Violations of the common law principle of natural justice – Rimer was the “judge of his own cause” 

By sitting on the appeal of his own decision, Rimer had violated the first principle of natural justice, the doctrine of nemo judex in casua sua (Latin for “I shall not be a judge of my own cause” (in propria causa).   Emphasising the importance of judicial impartiality, in common law, any decision that conflicts with the principle of natural justice, no matter how fair it may seem, is a nullity if either of the two principles are violated.  See: (R v Bow Street Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, ex parte Pinochet Ugarte (No. 2) [2000] 1 AC 119 (HL); Porter v Magill [2001] UKHL 673, [2002] 2 AC 357; Davidson v Scottish Ministers [2004] UKHL 34, [2005] SC7).

The second principle is known as audi alteram partem, meaning, hear the other side. The doctrine determines that a decision cannot stand unless the person directly affected by it was given a fair opportunity both to state his case and to know and answer the other side’s case. See: (R v Chief Constable of North Wales Police, ex parte Evans [1982] 1 WLR 1155 (HL); R v Army Board of the Defence Council, ex parte Anderson [1992] QB 169; R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Doody [1994] 1 AC 531 (HL).  

In this case, both principles have been violated, voiding the Court of Appeal decision from the outset. 

“When I then challenged the decision in the House of Lords, I was told the point of law, as pleaded, is one we ought not to consider”.

Mr Walsh explained that the House of Lords, as they were then known and now the Supreme Court, sought not to try the issues that were covered up by the Court of Appeal. The concealment prevails throughout the justice system, political interference is the driver. “Justice subject to status” not what you know, but who you are affiliated with.

Witness immunity applies to protect vulnerable witnesses in criminal proceedings so they can freely give evidence. It clearly does not apply to provide impunity to defendants and particularly not in civil cases where any question of material non-disclosure or deliberately misleading the court is an issue.

The point of law in question is the fact that Mr Staines committed fraud and that the order was founded by fraud when the courts have a duty to do justice in the public interest. In the UK, they do not.

We have invited Mr Staines and Lord Justice Colin Rimer for comment on this article. Any responses will be included in our follow up, publishing further findings in this case.

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