London Fields Brewery boss owes on drugs past

Jules de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, co-owner London Fields Brewery, with master brewer Fabio Israel ©

* UPDATE 170316: London Fields Brewery boss Jules Wilkinson has been charged with offences over income tax, VAT and national-insurance and student-loan contributions. He denies the allegations and is due to appear before Thames magistrates in May 2016. The tax department, HMRC, has been investigating his accounts and assets for two years

* UPDATE 210316: Wilkinson announces he wants to sell the brewery – which no longer brews on site but buys in beer – for £3 million



THE DRUG-DEALING former life of a top Hackney businessman has been exposed in more detail by his latest court case.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that convicted cocaine smuggler Jules Whiteway, co-owner and co-founder of London Fields Brewery, had paid £265,115 of the £2.1 million profit he was ordered to repay and that he owed £1.2 million of interest on the outstanding amount.

Much of that is said to be held in assets out of reach of prosecutors, despite the former public schoolboy full name Julian de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, above, with brewer Fabio Israel facing up to eight years’ jail for non-payment.

“Jules Whiteway”, as he is usually known, was jailed in 2004 for 12 years, after Southwark Crown Court was told how he supplied drugs to City and music-biz high-fliers and celebrities. He was convicted with three others when he admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

He was released early from his sentence.

In the latest case, at Westminster court, barrister Gavin Irwin said Whiteway could pay off the debt within two years, when the brewery was expected to be making millions of pounds.

He had sold expensive personal items, and had travelled to Spain to recover almost £100,000 from bank accounts, which indicated he wanted to repay the money.

District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe decided to let Whiteway defer repayment until next year 2015 at the earliest. She agreed not to stipulate higher monthly repayments, although she emphasised he would have to repay a “significant” lump sum when the case returned to court.

The district judge added that promises of payments to come in such cases were often not fulfilled.

After asking for evidence of the brewery’s ownership, she was told the entrepreneur’s ownership in the company was shared with his wife. The judge commented: “We have many people who come here showing assets that have suddenly gone to their partner, or a dominant shareholding in a company that becomes less dominant.

“The court wants to see some reassurance that this is not suddenly going to disappear.”

Before the court case that led to his conviction, Whiteway had told his family that he worked as a party planner.

Instead, the trained pilot held coke-and-sex parties in Hoxton, funded by imports of drugs flown to Britain by light plane. When police raided a premises in Brick Lane, they found £200,000 in a bag and in another high-purity cocaine that weighed in at 15kg.

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* Backstory: E8 brewery raid; Brewer makes his name in Hackney and London Fields Brewery launches

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3 thoughts on “London Fields Brewery boss owes on drugs past

  1. More cut-and-paste journalism.

    * Wish it were that easy, that Loving Dalston could somehow take a photograph such as the above without talking to its subject, and without spending long hours hanging around the courts. — Editor

  2. I think I will use Google to look up more information about this, then buy a coffee at Starbucks and browse Amazon to see if they have any new offers…

    Thirty-five members of staff there, but let us do all we can to ruin their lives, too.

  3. So, in summary:

    The owner of this business is a convicted cocaine smuggler, who still owes a large sum of money to the taxpayer.

    Worse still, he was arrested in December 2014 for alleged tax evasion: VAT from the proceeds of this brewery.

    A beer supplier from outside the M25 has recently gone on record with a journalist advising that they have long been supplying beer to the London Fields Brewery, which claims its beer is all brewed in Hackney.

    With so many other great places to go out in the area, I appeal to you to give this place a miss.

    Why line the pockets of these people further?

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