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 Tariq Siddiqi
Tariq Siddiqi - "Mr Fixit"

The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust

NEWS UPDATE...1 August 2023

High Court, London. Tariq Siddiqi
- brother of property magnate Pervaiz Naviede - is facing bankruptcy over a bitter family dispute involving the two brothers. Siddiqi told the court that his brother Pervaiz Naviede (see The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust below) had "reneged on a deal" to pay him 2 million in commission on a property development in London. Siddiqi insisted he was entitled to a share of the profits because he had developed the scheme jointly with his brother and was responsible for finding the buyer.

Mr Siddiqi accused his brother Pervaiz of "robbing" him in an email written to his solicitor and warned: "please convey the message to Pervaiz that I will pursue him for my share of Frognal/Perrins Walk till the day I die."

In a later email to his brother Pervaiz, Siddiqi said: "we ought to thrash out a final figure" and threatened ominously that if he wasn't paid what was due to him "it is just going to cause the most unbelievable problem..with some public and family acrimony. I would prefer not to do that...bearing in mind the 'difficulties' of Naviede."

One of the 'difficulties' which Mohammed Naviede faced (the eldest brother in the family) was that he had been found guilty of defrauding banks of millions of pounds and had been sentenced to nine years in prison at the Old Bailey (see below). It is not clear what warning Siddiqi was trying to convey to his own brother in an attempt to squeeze money out of him or what "unbelievable problem" he might create by hanging out the family's dirty linen in public.

Editor's Note: Mohammed Naviede (the eldest brother) had been found guilty of bank fraud and had been sentenced to nine years in prison at the Old Bailey (see below). See the Judgment where Siddiqi was ordered to pay the costs of the case and a further judgment on 24/2/20 where the judge said: "I am concerned that Mr Siddiqi was receiving 11,000 per month from Pervaiz Naviede and received 500,000 on a property deal, yet there is no evidence before me as to what has happened to those substantial sums."

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 and his wife Lucy issued a writ against the husband of his wife’s closest and oldest friend. The businessman’s spouse Lucy Siddiqi 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 other’s 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 haven’t 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 stolen from him by Joanna’s husband, fashion executive Simon Green, whom he is suing, together with colleagues of Green’s.

"I was well and truly shattered"  he says. "Neither my wife nor myself has spoken to them since 2007. ‘He isn’t 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 million."

Copyright The Daily Mail Link

Note: Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi's company involved in the dispute was SGS Laboratories. The company only had 5 in its bank account when Siddiqi claimed that his medical testing idea was worth "millions" and had been stolen from him by Mr Green (via Stirus Global Solutions).  It is not known what became of Siddiqi's medical testing idea or the 5, but what is clear is that both companies were later dissolved.


From Tariq Siddiqi <tariq@siddiqi.co.uk
To <londonlinks@gmail.com
Date: 11 May 2012 17:01
Subject: TopCat Research Ltd - Strictly Confidential

Hi John,

Here is the business Plan for TopCat Research Ltd

The 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

Top Cat Research          


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 the critters needed to be caught first in order to test them.


Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels  was also the secretary of The Sherlock Holmes International Society Ltd and along with Tariq Siddiqi was ironically engaged to advise 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, forged minutes of board meetings and a forged 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 shadow director of the company and para legal advisor, caused backers of the defence to lose c 400,000 of legal fees as well as 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 at one hearing on behalf of the company that the company's computer had been taken away from its offices by the petitioning creditor who had interfered with its contents, which was why the meta data relating to the documents which Ms Hacker-Waels had exhibited "to assist the court" was not available. The court ordered the computer to be seized for forensic examination. Ms Hacker- Waels was then obliged to admit that Mr Siddiqi's story was a lie and confessed that she had "reconstituted" the company's records using her own office laptop. She claimed that she could not provide the meta data because she had accidentally deleted the files from her laptop.

Tariq Siddiqi 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 judge found.

However, Siddiqi blamed the solicitors he instructed (Pinder Reaux) of "fundamental dishonesty" in creating the forged documents. The judge however made no such finding in relation to the solicitors, who were left nursing around 150,000 in unpaid legal bills. Rupinder Bains of Pinder Reaux has strongly denied Mr Siddiqi's allegations of dishonesty against her firm.

Note: Mr Siddiqi listed himself as a creditor in the liquidation and claimed that the company, which had only 22p in its bank account when it ceased trading, owed him 200,000. The Official Receiver was asked by anxious creditors to confirm the basis of Mr Siddiqi's claim, and replied: "It does not appear that Mr Siddiqi has submitted any documentation to substantiate his alleged debt."

Scam No. 3


From: Tariq Siddiqi
To: Printed-Name.jpg (3491 bytes)
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 11:57 AM
Subject: 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
To: Tariq Siddiqi
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 5:09 PM
Subject: 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.

".... 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 meeting today...."

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.

Yours sincerely

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Blunkett could lose 15,000 as DNA company faces insolvency

David Blunkett - lost 15,000 by investing in Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.
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.

Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi
Lucy and Tariq Siddiqi
"A shady couple on the fringes of cafe society"
Evening Standard

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 Link

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 you."

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 Link The Evening Standard Link

Blunkett’s aide Tariq Siddiqi accused of cheating former associates.

Tariq Siddiqi - London 2012
Tariq Siddiqi took 92 creditors for a ride.

LONDON: The entrepreneur who arranged the meeting that led to David Blunkett’s affair with a 29-year-old estate agent was accused of cheating his former associates in a failed business venture.

Tariq Siddiqi was confronted by angry creditors when his Mayfair-based company Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services collapsed and one creditor took a dossier of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard’s 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 Annabel’s 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.

"He’s 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 don’t think he ever intended to pay me.”

Tariq Siddiqi Rubber Cheque

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.”

Lucy Siddiqi
Lucy Siddiqi

Otherwise known as "Lucy Camilla"

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 didn’t 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 Siddiqi’s 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 can’t 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. ” 

Tariq Siddiqi's Bentley Turbo was later repossessed by the leasing company for the non-payment of monthly instalments.

Copyright: London Evening Standard

Note: Mr Siddiqi subsequently set up another company offering "taxi services" in 2014, which surprisingly was again called "Berkeley Square Chauffeur ServicesLink 

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
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 Family Trust

Pervaiz Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi
Pervaiz Naviede

The younger brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi, Manchester based Pervaiz Naviede, 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 for Manchester."

Among the entrepreneur's non-property investments was a majority stake in genetic testing company DNA BioScience, run by his brother Tariq and wife Lucy Siddiqi, before it went into liquidation.

Pervaiz Naviede is the brother of Tariq Siddiqi and Mohammad Naviede. In 2010 Mohammad Naviede was sued for the return of a deposit given by a buyer who had agreed to purchase his flat at Chester Court in Regents Park, London. Mr Naviede lost the case and had to return the deposit. [Case]

Copyright: Manchester Evening News, Property Week and Google Inc.

Muhammad Naviede

Mohammad Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi
Bank fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison



Nighat Awan with Cherie Blair
Nighat Awan - sister of Tariq Siddiqi

The older sister of socialite Tariq Siddiqi has been interviewed by police investigating the smuggling of illegral immigrants into the UK. Officers from the Police and Immigration Service raided the 3.5 million home of Nighat Awan as part of a nationwide investigation into illegal immigration. A total of 70 men were arrested in the raids who were all employed in Mrs Awan's restaurants. 

Mrs Awan, 51, spoke to police while they carried out a search of her home.

Officers wearing yellow high-visibility jackets and protective headgear arrived in nine vehicles at the Awans' sprawling mansion on Friday evening. At the same time, restaurants and premises linked to Mrs Awan - dubbed the "Curry Queen' - were also raided in Liverpool, Manchester, Cheshire, Sheffield and Kent. Officials from the Department of Work and Pensions were also involved.

A neighbour said: "It happened at around 5pm. Suddenly the police arrived in six cars with three vans. Soon Mrs Awan's home was filled with police and plain-clothes officials. You could see them through the upstairs windows and in the hallway. Very soon after that family members started arriving in expensive cars, one a Bentley. One was very agitated, waving his arms in the air. These are very wealthy people and this is a very quiet road - nothing like this ever happens here."

Shere Khan was set up by Mrs Awan's husband in Manchester's famous curry mile on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, in 1987. They now operate ten restaurants. One diner at their branch at Manchester's Trafford Centre, where 13 men were arrested, said: "Police arrived in dozens around 5pm and shut the place down despite people eating in there. They were wearing gloves and searching the whole place.

Detective Superintendent Steve Moore, of Merseyside police, said the raids followed "a lengthy investigation into abuse of the immigration system", including allegations of facilitating illegal immigration.

The Awans live in a Cheshire mansion based on the White House, including a palatial lounge modelled on the US President's Oval office. Its lobby is dominated by two staircases leading off to its five bedrooms, and the property also has an all-marble bathroom with plasma TV sets above the bath. In 2004, Mrs Blair was a guest of honour at a lavish garden party thrown by the curry entrepreneur and her brothers Tariq Siddiqi and Pervaiz Naviede.

Mrs Awan was born in Manchester after her parents moved there from Pakistan. Her father, Mohammed Siddiqi, made a fortune in the rag trade but went bust, leaving a trail of creditors who were so angry that several members of the family changed their surname from Siddiqi to Naviede to avoid repercussions.

Shere Khan has recently been hit by by a series of health and safety prosecutions. In December the Rusholme restaurant was fined 40,000 after a diner found a live cockroach nestling in the poppadoms. The court heard that live insects were found on sacks of rice and crawling across the floor, while the floor was covered in a "soup of grease, dirt and food debris", equipment was dirty, a plate rack was rusted and chopping boards were covered with old food and blood.

Tariq Siddiqi said he had not heard of the raids until contacted by this newspaper. "Thanks for the shock. I have no comment to make," he said.

Copyright The Daily Mail, The Standard Link and the Manchester Evening News reporting on Nighat Awan's arrest. Link

Tariq Siddiqi


Tariq Siddiqi, 27, Chadwick Place, Long Ditton, Surbiton, KT6 5RE

Tariq Siddiqi, Nighat Awan, Muhammad Naviede and Pervaiz Naviede
Tariq Siddiqi, Nighat Awan, Mohammad Naviede and Pervaiz Naviede

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* A 15 page report was compiled for the police on 23/1/14 regarding Tariq Siddiqi's activities, alleging fraud, theft of a company's funds and persistent harassment.