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Tariq Siddiqi - "Mr Fixit"
UPDATE...13 March 2021
High Court, London 24 May 2019.
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."
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.
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 wifes
closest and oldest friend. The businessmans 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 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 stolen from him by Joannas husband, fashion executive Simon Green, whom he is suing, together with colleagues of
"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 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
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 the critters needed to be
caught first in order to test them.
Scam No 2 - TARIQ
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 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.
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
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.
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
TARIQ SIDDIQI TRIES TO CHARGE £100,000 "LEGAL ADVICE" FEES FOR A ONE
Monday, January 04, 2010 11:57 AM
Baker Street Business
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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 company 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.
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 pay me.
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.
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 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.
Bentley Turbo was later repossessed by the leasing company for the non-payment of monthly
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 Services" Link
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 Family Trust
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
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
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]
Evening News, Property Week and Google Inc.
Mohammad Naviede - brother of
Bank fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison