Kim Holden



Kim joined the firm in 2007, qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and was promoted to partner in 2014.

Kim deals with all serious crime and specialises in cases of large scale, complex and technical fraud, money laundering, tax investigations and corporate crime and the following POCA proceedings. She advises on allegations brought by agencies such as: the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA), HMRC, Trading Standards, and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). She also has extensive experience of the civil aspects to a criminal prosecution, such as dealing with Restraint Orders and Cash Seizure.

Kim is a member of Manchester Law Society, a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers of the North Association (YFLNA) the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA) and Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).

Notable cases:

Fraud / Money Laundering

R v H: Trader prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud and regulatory offences contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 6 month trial with over 250 complaints and a number of expert witnesses. Resulted in a not guilty verdict in respect of the conspiracy to defraud.

R v B: A commercial property developer accused of defrauding a large high street bank of £6.25 million during the property crash in 2007. Following the instruction of a specialist economist the defendant agreed a plea on a basis which resulted in a suspended sentence.

R v A : Public servant prosecuted for large money laundering investigation. Following legal argument on the first day of trial HHJ voiced his concerns about the integrity of the case and it was duly withdrawn. Press Coverage

Operation Enigma : A local business and family man accused of £200 million money laundering, involving a money transfer business moving the proceeds of crime out of the country. The prosecution offered no evidence in respect of Mr R shortly before trial due to their failings to properly examine evidence which assisted the defence case. Press Coverage

Operation Veneer: A multi-handed money laundering case which concerned the running of a money service business alleged to have been involved in a £150 million fraud. Our client acquitted of all charges.

R v A : Secondary school teacher prosecuted for large scale money laundering. Case concluded by the prosecution offering no evidence.

R v O : Student dentist prosecuted for VAT fraud, assisted with their application for GDC registration.

R v K : Law student prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud.

Serious Crime

R v M: Suspect accused of historical rape on a child under 13 years. The case involved numerous disclosure issues and third party disclosure. Resulted in a unanimous not guilty verdict from the jury.

R v F : Business director accused of conspiracy to murder. Following an 8 week trial with large volumes of late and complex disclosure from the prosecution, the jury returned the unanimous verdict of not guilty. BBC Coverage

Proceeds of Crime (POCA)

R v A: Seaside trader convicted in the Magistrates Court of minor trading standards offences faces a benefit figure of over £1 million. Following extensive examination of accounts resulted in a Confiscation Order less than £10,000.

R v N: Car salesman facing a benefit figure of over £1 million receives a Confiscation Order of £80,000.