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  1. Fraud: crime – Leading sets
  2. Fraud: crime – Leading silks
  3. Fraud: crime – 2017 silks
  4. Fraud: crime – 2018 silks
  5. Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

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Fraud: crime – 2017 silks

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    • Colin Aylott QC - Carmelite Chambers β€˜He defends in various tax fraud cases.’
    • Gillian Jones QC - Red Lion Chambers β€˜Her work includes CPS and private prosecutions.’
    • Gareth Patterson QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has an encyclopaedic legal knowledge which he deploys with great effect.’
    • Mathew Sherratt QC - Carmelite Chambers β€˜His work includes boiler room and other fraud cases.’
    • Jason Sugarman QC - Foundry Chambers β€˜A new silk with huge potential.’
    • Andrew Wheeler QC - 7BR β€˜He appears in various property fraud cases.’
    • Natasha Wong QC - 5KBW β€˜She handles defence work in financial crime cases.’

Fraud: crime – 2018 silks

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Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

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Work taken into account in this section concerns criminal prosecutions of Ponzi schemes, land-banking scams, VAT frauds, confidence frauds and boiler rooms, among others. It does not cover regulatory investigations or business crime such as interest rate manipulation, bribery and trade union law offences; please see Business and regulatory crime for coverage of those specialisms. POCA and asset forfeiture expertise is also ranked separately, as is violent crime, which is covered in Crime: general. That said, many barristers have practices that do not neatly fit within these boxes and so may be ranked in more than one practice area. civil fraud is also covered separately.

2 Bedford Row is β€˜one of the most respected and established criminal sets, with real strength in depth for serious cases’. Areas of work include boiler room scams, money laundering cases, as well as more sophisticated corporate frauds. Richard Whittam QC (prosecuting), with Christine Agnew QC (defending the acquitted), were instructed in a private prosecution brought by DAS against several of its former employees and officers; the case concerned alleged diversion of work to companies secretly controlled by the directors and resulted in the company’s former CEO being sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

2 Hare Court is an β€˜extremely good set of barristers – they make solicitors want to instruct them time and time again’. Members were instructed on both side of Allseas Group’s private prosecution of Paul Sultana, who was convicted of and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for an investment fraud that caused Allseas to lose €100m; Jonathan Laidlaw QC for the prosecution, and Martin Hicks QC and Vivienne Tanchel for the defence. Meanwhile, Andrew Radcliffe QC represented a 65-year-old chartered accountant who was acquitted in the Operation Amazon trial after the jury failed to agree and the prosecution offered no further evidence.

β€˜One of the very top sets’, 6KBW College Hill is β€˜hugely respected’ in the fraud arena. Members prosecute in both public and private cases, as well as undertake defence work.

25 Bedford Row is an β€˜excellent set with good counsel at all levels, giving solicitors a wide range for any particular case’. George Carter-Stephenson QC represented a primary defendant in the long-running Operation Amazon carbon credit tax fraud case, which ran from a first Crown Court hearing in 2010 through to a jury verdict in late 2017, along the way spawning a Court of Appeal authority regarding the management of disclosure in such complex cases.

Three Raymond Buildings has relationships with both prosecuting authorities and blue-chip criminal and commercial firms, handling work at the interface between traditional criminal fraud and business crime. Michael Borrelli QC represented a defendant in a phishing fraud trial concerning losses of Β£160m to various corporate institutions, while Helen Malcolm QC represented the solicitor who was convicted in Operation Amazon. Among the junior ranks, Luke Ponte prosecuted as sole counsel the owners of a cafΓ©, who were convicted of VAT fraud and received custodial sentences.

23 Essex Street defends in a range of fraud cases, as well as prosecuting some of the most serious cases for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division. Over a decade after he was first instructed, Charles Miskin QC prosecuted in the long-running Operation Amazon case, which led to a number of convictions in 2017.

Carmelite Chambers handles a range of fraud and money laundering work, including defence instructions. Mark Harries represented Shaun Adams, son of leading β€˜Adams Family’ member Tommy Adams, who received a suspended sentence after a guilty plea to money laundering; his father and sister were convicted of the under-valued sale of a pub in Bow as part of a mortgage fraud.

Cloth Fair Chambers features a number of Silks with strong track records of private defence work, including interventions at early stages of investigations. Much work includes pre-charge advice concerning tax evasion investigations brought against high-profile and professional individuals.

Matrix Chambers has a particular strength in cross-border investigations and fraud cases, often overlapping with corporate crime. Tim Owen QC successfully defended Madam Ye Fang in a Hong Kong money laundering trial.

QEB Hollis Whiteman both prosecutes and defends in heavyweight fraud cases, including a number of sophisticated and long-running multi-defendant cases. Sean Larkin QC and Jocelyn Ledward represented the former CEO of a company, the only individual found not guilty in the long-running Operation Amazon case.

Red Lion Chambers both defends and prosecutes fraud cases, including acting for private prosecutors. David Etherington QC and Tom Forster QC (prior to his taking silk in 2018) represented the Eton-educated son of a former judge who was convicted in Operation Amazon; David Walbank QC represented another defendant as a leading junior prior to his appointment.

5 Paper Buildings β€˜has a deservedly high reputation in prosecuting, and increasingly in defending, serious fraud’. Michael Brompton QC led a Financial Conduct Authority prosecution of several individuals who were convicted of involvement in a Β£1.4m investment fraud concerning worthless shares in a healthcare company.

Best known for its confiscation prowess, 33 Chancery Lane also handles a range of fraud cases, including Ponzi schemes, boiler rooms and money laundering, including pre-charge advice. Andrew Mitchell QC continues to act for the prosecution in the corruption and fraud trial of large suathes of the Turks and Caicos Island elite, while Faisal Osman was instructed as junior for the first defendant in Operation Amazon.

Charter Chambers’s Leila Gaskin represented a primary defendant, who was convicted of a Β£400,000 β€˜sham marriage’ scheme and accompanying money laundering. Roderick James successfully defended a director of a company charged by trading standards with mis-selling of insurance warranties.

Defence-focused set Doughty Street Chambers’ James Wood QC represented Tommy Adams – a member of the β€˜Adams Family’ (reportedly described by police as β€˜worse than the Krays’) in two trials; the first was aborted due to Adams suffering a heart attack.

For some Foundry Chambers is β€˜one of the best sets out there’ as it includes a range of members ready to be instructed in fraud cases, such as boiler room and diversion frauds. The set is known for having strong relationships with prosecuting authorities, but it also defends. Alexandra Healy QC successfully prosecuted six men convicted of misusing a government apprenticeship funding scheme of football coaching courses; those convicted included Mark Aizlewood, who accumulated 39 caps for Wales.

Furnival Chambers handles a range of work, from heavyweight cases to matters handled by individual juniors. Annette Henry QC represented a solicitor who was convicted in the Operation Amazon case. David Durose led for the crown in the trial of four defendants involved a number of boiler rooms known as Denver Trading, which generated Β£8m in under a year through the fraudulent sales of rare earth metals; the defendants received combined prison sentences of 29 years.

Henry Blaxland QC, of defence-only set Garden Court Chambers, represented an individual in R v M before the Supreme Court; the court answered the question of whether, under the Trade Marks Act 1994, the sale of grey market goods was criminalised in the same manner as the sale of counterfeit goods. The defendant in question was acquitted after the prosecution offered no evidence.

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