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Tariq Siddiqi - "Mr Fixit"
Tariq Siddiqi tries to stifle the truth and demands to be paid £1,000 per day unless this
web page is taken down.
Tariq Siddiqi's "legal
notice" link |
Invoice 1 | Invoice 2 | Invoice 3 |
----- Original Message -----
To: MdR Legal
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:59 PM
Subject: Tariq Siddiqi | www.TariqSidiqi.co.uk
Sunday 21 October 2018
To Emma Woollcott,
Head of the Reputation Protection Group,
Mischon de Reya Solicitors.
www.TariqSiddiqi.co.uk | Your client Tariq Siddiqi
I refer to your
letter dated 20 March 2013 and your client's claim of defamation arising from content
which I published online in 2012 after investigating the nefarious activities of Mr Tariq
Siddiqi over a number of years and consulting with the victims of his various scams.
As I explained then,
the content and news articles are substantially true and therefore the web page cannot be
defamatory of your client. The content has remained virtually the same since it was first
published, although it has been updated to include reference to a DNA testing device for
rodents, which your client was peddling to investors on the basis that it represented a
I have recently
received on 7 September 2018 an email from Mr Siddiqi containing what purports to be a
"Legal Notice" followed by a string of further emails in respect to the alleged
"ongoing act of defamation". There are also attached "invoices" from
your client demanding payment of £1,000 per day for as long as the content is not taken
down. I consider these communications to amount to harrassment and blackmail, particularly
as they have been sent not just by email, but to my former place of work, where they have
been opened and read by third parties. As such they are typical of Mr Siddiqi's modus
I would be grateful
if you would advise Mr Siddiqi to desist from making these unwarranted demands, which have
no basis in law. I reserve the right to publish your letter of 20 March 2013 and Mr
Siddiqi's "invoices" and "legal notices" etc and wish to inform you
that I have decided in the public interest not to allow the above domain to lapse next
month, but will renew it for a further 10 years.
Please acknowledge receipt.
Blunket row tycoon in rift with old pal.
Tariq Siddiqi, the colourful figure at the centre of the shares scandal that
forced David Blunkett to resign from the Cabinet for a second time, is locked in a
bitter legal dispute over a medical breakthrough he thought would make his fortune.
It has also destroyed a family friendship after Siddiqi, 59, issued a writ against
the husband of his wifes closest and oldest friend. The businessmans
spouse Lucy Siddiqi,
43, and her great pal Joanna Green have been inseparable
since they attended the same prep school in West London.
They went on holiday together, always
celebrated each others birthdays, and when Lucy gave birth to her fourth child,
Cosmo, now three, Joanna looked after her other three children for a time. Now, their
34-year friendship is at an end, I am told.
"They havent seen or spoken to each other since their
respective husbands had their huge falling out," says a mutual friend.
The bust-up is over who has the rights to a new, cheap medical test for sexually
transmitted diseases. Siddiqi, who in 2005 accused Blunkett of recklessness and of "thinking he was above the law" when he failed
to notify a Whitehall committee that he had joined the board of his DNA Bioscience firm,
says that after talking to a scientist within his company, he devised the idea of a method
of testing for 32 sexually transmitted diseases that would save people the embarrassment
of visiting a clinic.
He claims his idea was effectively stolen from him by Joannas husband, fashion
executive Simon Green, whom he is suing, together with
colleagues of Greens.
"I was well and truly shattered" he
says. "Neither my wife nor myself has spoken to them since
2007. He isnt the only person involved. There are several others, including
the scientist and an accountant. But it is his involvement that hurts the most."
Green, meanwhile, has filed a defence to the writ, insisting the concept was conceived and
developed by him and the scientist, not Siddiqi. "It
will come to the High Court in March unless they settle beforehand," adds
Siddiqi. "We reckon damages will be £10-£40
Copyright The Daily Mail 27-7-10
Note: Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi's
company involved in the dispute was SGS
Laboratories. It was dissolved on 26 June 2018, despite Mr Siddiqi claiming that his
idea was worth "£10- £40 million."
Scam no. 1 - TARIQ SIDDIQI AND HIS
PREGNANCY TESTING KIT FOR MICE AND OTHER RODENTS.
From Tariq Siddiqi <email@example.com
Date: 11 May
TopCat Research Ltd - Strictly Confidential
Here is the business Plan for TopCat Research Ltd
Founder of Topcat Research has raised £300,000 from the NorthWest Fund for Biomedical to
develop his rodent pregnancy testing device. TopCat
Research is a really interesting business opportunity to develop a
rodent pregnancy device. If the
business plan is of interest to you then we should talk as there is a huge opportunity
here. All the best, Tariq
On further investigation of this "huge opportunity", it
was evident that a certain Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels
(Siddiqi's side-kick and solicitor
friend) was a director of TopCat Research Ltd and both Tariq Siddiqi and her were
shareholders. The last set of accounts year ending 30 April 2013 were signed by Ms
Hacker-Waels and showed a loss of £5,755. See link.
The company was subsequently dissolved on 21 October 2014 and with
it the huge opportunity (to lose money) went down the plug hole. It is not clear why the
name "TopCat" was used, but it might have been because mice and other rodents
needed to be caught first in order to test them.
SIDDIQI AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING £1.8M
Hacker-Waels was also the secretary of The Sherlock Holmes International Society Ltd
and along with Tariq Siddiqi was responsible for "advising" that company on
legal and corporate governance issues. The company was wound up on 11 March 2015 by
creditors who were owed £1.8m, which remains unaccounted for. In opposing the petition to
wind up the company, Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels was found by a high court judge to have
submitted misleading witness statements and forged minutes of board meetings and a
member's register. See the judgment at this link: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/1076.html
paragraphs 39 - 45. Tariq Siddiqi, who served as a de facto director
of the company and para legal advisor, caused backers of the defence to lose c £400,000
of legal fees as well obliging them to pay the substantial costs of the petitioning
creditors. Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels has been reported to the Solicitor's Regulatory
Authority by the company's creditors with a view to getting her struck off as a solicitor
for submitting forged documents to the High Court.
Mr Siddiqi asserted from the back
of the courtroom at one hearing on behalf of the company that the company's computer had
been taken away from the company's office by a third party who had interfered with its
contents and thus the meta data relating to the files which Ms Hacker-Waels had exhibited
in evidence was not available. The court ordered the computer to be seized for potential
examination. Ms Hacker- Waels was then obliged to admit that Mr Siddiqi's story was
a lie, when they realised that certain original documents had already been exhibited a
year previously by the creditors which were different from the documents Ms Hacker-Waels
had produced "to assist the court." She admitted that she had forged
the minutes and records of the company using her own office laptop, but that she had then
erased the files because she thought she was going to leave her employment and would need
to return her laptop to her employer etc.
orchestrated the defence of the company to oppose the petition to wind it up; lied to the
court in saying that the company's computer had been removed from the company's premises
when no such event had occurred; and well knew that Ms Hacker-Waels and himself had
deliberately attempted to deceive the High Court by submitting forged documents - as the
TARIQ SIDDIQI TRIES TO CHARGE £100,000 "LEGAL ADVICE" FEES FOR A ONE
Monday, January 04, 2010 11:57 AM
Baker Street Business
Dear John, I am about to have my
meeting with the barrister today.
I must say it felt like I was extracting teeth to get this
response from you especially after all the effort and time I have put in to this for you.
As you know I quoted £100,000 for getting this sorted out for you
(based on what you said it would be worth to you) and you then told me it should be
£50,000. At our last meeting you seemed to imply that you were happy with this.
The issue of both the barrister's fees and mine now needs to be
addressed irrespective of whether you wish to pursue this. The advice has been sought,
received and has given you a positive position with the Council.
Please revert to me asap.
From London UK
Monday, January 04, 2010 5:09 PM
Re: Baker Street Business
Monday 4th January 2010
I don't know where these figures are
coming from - maybe you had a drink too many over the X mas holidays? I refer you to my
previous email copied below regarding fees, which is about as clear as it can be,as I did
not want to be led along a blind alley, nor for there to be any misunderstanding between
us, prior to my meeting with the barrister which was arranged at your behest.
Please read again my last email below on the point of
payment and kindly confirm that in fact I did not agree to pay any fees to the
barrister. On the contrary, I stipulated that I would need to agree any
fees in writing from the outset to provide evidence of any agreement on payment.
I don't believe there can be any ambiguity over my email which was sent to you on 27th
October 2009. Please confirm that you did receive my email copied below.
==Start of email==
I just want to confirm that I will meet your barrister
today at Grosvenor House hotel purely to see if he can act for us in any way.
I want you
to make it clear to the barrister that I need to agree his fees in writing from the outset
before we can do anything, as this will avoid any possible misunderstanding over our
== end of previous email ==
I don't think anything more needs to be said on
the matter except for the fact that the "telephone numbers you have quoted in
respect to "legal fees" are really quite offensive to me personally. If I had
agreed to pay such fees as a result of your providing legal advice, I would have agreed
those fees in writing in advance and not in the form of the type of casual
conversation which you are suggesting we engaged in, or on the back of an envelope.
As I said I can only assume you have had a little too much to drink over the New Year
period as I cannot think of any other rational reason why you would have sent me such an
email today. Your email is a nice try, but I would seasonally suggest you pull the
other one, as it has bells on it.
If I can assist further please let me know.
Note: Tariq Siddiqi was eventually offered (and he accepted) £2,500 in
settlement of his demand to be owed £100,000 (allegdly reduced to £50,000 by oral
agreement). A 15 page report dated 23 January 2014 was submitted to the police by
Tuckers Solicitors regarding Tariq Siddiqi's activities, alleging fraud, theft of a
company's funds; and persistent harrassment.
Blunkett could lose £15,000 as DNA company faces insolvency
David Blunkett invested £15,000 in Tariq
and Lucy Siddiqi and lost every penny.
David Blunkett's £15,000 stake in a DNA testing firm, which led to his
downfall from the Cabinet, appeared to be worth little last night after the company called
in insolvency practitioners. DNA Bioscience is majority-owned by Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.
Lucy and Tariq Siddiqi
"A shady couple on the fringes
of cafe society"
DNA Bioscience provided paternity testing. Its inquiry line for
prospective and existing clients had a permanently engaged tone yesterday. Mr Siddiqi's
previous firm - Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services - also went
into liquidation, owing 92 creditors.
Copyright: The Daily Telegraph 10-12-05 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1505123/Blunkett-could-lose-15000-as-DNA-company-faces-insolvency.html
Phone-hacking trial hears Blunkett voicemails to former girlfriend
of Tariq Siddiqi.
The former Home Secretary David Blunkett
left voicemails on a female friend's phone, in which he described the media as "hyenas".Sally Anderson had been introduced to him by her close friend
Tariq Siddiqi in Annabels nightclub, who had set up the meeting with his wife.
In the messages Blunkett was heard telling her that she "must rue the day" she had been introduced to him. "Someone very close has done a really
phenomenal piece of work on destroying both our lives at this moment in time and it's
vile. Whoever it is, I hope they rot in hell."
In a recording of a conversation with Sally Anderson, a male with a
squeaky voice was heard in the background saying: "Just tell him you love him - and that's £25,000, thank
In another recording played to the jury on Monday, Blunkett told
Anderson: "I don't know who
has done this, but they are real bastards, they've done it for money and they've done it
for themselves. The world stinks.... I do think that someone has done a pretty good
stitch-up job, chapter and verse, times, places, everything. That's pretty sophisticated
to say the least."
Blunkett said that he could not understand how photographers could have
got "chapter and verse" of their whereabouts, adding that he believed that a
friend had stitched them up.
It is understood that Mr Blunkett was unaware of Mr Siddiqi's past,
although Scotland Yard was aware of serious allegations made against him which centred on
his defunct car-hire business.
Copyright: The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/11/phone-hacking-trial-david-blunkett-news-world
The Evening Standard 7-10-05 https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-137282155/debts-of-the-mr-fixit-who-set-blunkett-up-with-blonde
Blunketts aide Tariq Siddiqi
accused of cheating former associates.
Tariq Siddiqi took 92 creditors for a ride.
LONDON: The entrepreneur who arranged the meeting that led to David Blunketts affair
with a 29-year-old estate agent was accused of cheating his former associates in a failed
Tariq Siddiqi was confronted by angry creditors when his Mayfair-based Berkeley
Square Chauffeur Services collapsed and one creditor took a dossier of his
dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yards Fraud Squad.
Car firm proprietor Terry Martin accused Siddiqi over a lucrative contract to provide
chauffeur service to a wealthy client. Police decided against a criminal investigation but
Martin told the Standard: I
was duped - and he still owes me money.
Siddiqi's now-defunct car business was based near Annabels nightclub and provided
highly experienced chauffeurs in Rolls Royce, Daimler and Mercedes cars. His clientele
included celebrities and business figures and Siddiqi employed small chauffeur companies
as sub-contractors. These firms claim that Siddiqi pocketed money that was theirs.
"Hes a conman, said Terry Martin of the TM Chauffeur Group. He gave me a dud cheque for nearly
£5,000, but we later discovered that his bank account had been closed for months when he
wrote it. Martin was one of several
independent drivers and car providers who said they had been swindled by Siddiqi into
doing work for which they were never paid. One, who asked not to be identified, said: I dont think he ever intended to
Tariq Siddiqi wrote out this rubber cheque
6 months after he had closed his bank account.
At one point, Martin and other chauffeur firm proprietors who claimed
Siddiqi owed them money besieged his Holland Park house. Martin said: His wife Lucy came
to the bedroom window and said we would get our money. But we never got a penny.
Martin, who was owed just under £10,000,
joined a 92-name list of
creditors. One, Prestige Carriages of north
London, was owed £88,393. A spokesman for the firm said: We had a relationship with him for a while, but in the
end we didnt get paid. The company's
debts amounted to £585,564 and was wound up by HMRC, who were owed £83,000.
Mr Martin (who is disabled) believed he had been defrauded and took a dossier containing
details of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard. He had a discussion with the fraud
squad and detectives took up his complaint with the liquidator of Siddiqis company.
After enquiries, the police decided not to proceed with a criminal investigation.
Mr Martin said "we were all
told to arrive at the creditors' meeting for 10am, but when we got there we learnt that
the liquidator and Siddiqi had held the creditors' meeting at 9.30am and so no one could
raise any questions. I cant believe David Blunkett would have got involved with a
man like Siddiqi. Surely his advisers could have steered him clear of someone like that?
He's cheated me out of £10,000 and the stress of it all is just too much to bear for both
myself and my wife.
Copyright: London Evening Standard October 7, 2005
Arrows head gets nine years for fraud
The older brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi was yesterday sentenced to nine years in prison after being
convicted of seven charges of fraudulent trading, obtaining property and services by
deception and making false statements to obtain bank facilities. Muhammad Naviede was the former head of the collapsed trade finance company
Arrows. Mr Siddiqi had no comment to make following the verdict.
Tariq Siddiqi arriving at the Old Bailey.
After a six-month trial at the Old Bailey, the
jury yesterday decided unanimously that Mr Naviede was guilty of seven of the eight
charges put before them. Judge Richard Hawkins QC, who described Mr Naviede as a highly
intelligent man who had been "very
crafty" in the way he had carried out his offences.
The sentence is one of the longest ever awarded after a prosecution brought by the Serious
Fraud Office, which began its investigations into the affair in July 1990, in conjunction
with the City of London Police. When Arrows collapsed in July 1991, more than £100
million was left owing to more than 20 banks and other creditors.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting for the Serious Fraud Office, said:
"He was mixing with the rich and famous, convincing them that he was not just one of
them but among the most successful . . . he was a man who lived an opulent lifestyle -
grand house, private jet . . . as it turned out financed with other people's money."
Copyright: The Independent
Note: The case against Tariq Siddiqi's brother Muhammad Naviede for fraud is here
The Pervaiz Naviede
Pervaiz Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi
The younger brother of socialite Tariq
established a family trust in Guernsey called The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust which trade titles have suggested is
worth £100 million.
The source of the family's money is believed to have come from selling curries in
Manchester and various property deals involving the resale of former council blocks.
It was suggested recently at a party that £100 million seemed to
represent "a lot of
curries", but he wryly observed:"not
Among the entrepreneur's non-property investments was a majority stake
in genetic testing company DNA BioScience, run by his brother Tariq Siddiqi
and his wife Lucy Siddiqi,
before it went into liquidation owing another list of creditors.
Naviede is the brother of Tariq
Mohammad Naviede (who was convicted
of stealing £100 million from banks in1995).
In 2010 Mohammad Naviede was sued for the return of a
deposit placed by a buyer who had agreed to purchase his flat at Chester Court in Regents
Park, London. [Case] Mr Naviede lost the case and had to give back the deposit.
Copyright: Manchester Evening News, Property
Week and Google Inc.
Mohammad Naviede - brother of
Bank fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison