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  1. Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading sets
  2. Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks
  3. Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – New silks
  4. Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – New silks

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

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Often involving complex facts and reams of documentation, fraud continues to be an arena of crime where special skills are needed from those instructed. The long-running Operation Cotton, regarding a land sales scam, drew to a close in June 2015, but not before a controversy involving legal aid funding of defence representation. This section covers fraud and confiscation proceedings; for matters such as insider trading, bribery and sanctions, please consult the separate Business and regulatory crime section.

At 2 Bedford Row, ‘only the highest standards are provided and a strong work ethic is instilled from the start of pupillage’. Sean Hammond successfully defended former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire in a case alleging misconduct in public office, fraud and money laundering regarding expenses.

2 Hare Court is ‘a fabulous set with quality barristers who never fail to deliver, no matter what the circumstances’. Andrew Radcliffe QC represented two solicitors who were acquitted of a stamp duty fraud in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

6KBW College Hill’s members appear on both sides of fraud and asset forfeiture disputes. Esther Schutzer-Weissmann led in a seven-handed boiler room fraud trial; the four convicted were sentenced to a total of over thirteen years’ imprisonment.

Defence-focused set 25 Bedford Row is ‘a strong chambers for serious fraud work’. Simon Pentol represented one of two producers convicted of creating false documentation to access subsidies for the production of the film Starsuckers.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is ‘packed with highly talented people’. Sean Larkin QC and Paul Raudnitz prosecuted in Operation Cotton, securing eight convictions.

Three Raymond Buildingsexudes class from the head of chambers through to the clerks’ room’. Alexander Cameron QC represented the first defendant on the indictment, a banker, in an earlier trial regarding Starsuckers.

5 Paper Buildings’ members appear on both sides of fraud trials and money laundering matters. New silk Emma Deacon QC is scheduled to prosecute in a trial concerning an alleged £50m tax evasion scheme linked to supposed HIV research.

23 Essex Street is ‘a good set with consistent quality throughout’. Mark Trafford QC and Tom Godfrey represented one of the defendants in a £40m Ponzi fraud case.

33 Chancery Lane is ‘very strong in the POCA arena’ and ‘solicitors are guaranteed the highest quality of representation, whoever they instruct’. Amanda Pinto QC is acting for the Metropolitan Police in proceedings regarding assets seized from the Adams Family organised crime group.

Carmelite Chambers has expertise in a range of matters including carousel frauds, mortgage fraud and confiscation proceedings. Mark Harries successfully defended a ‘superhead’, who was acquitted of embezzling funds from the school.

Cloth Fair Chambers is best-known for its corporate crime practice and continues to appear in a number of SFO matters.

Matrix ChambersAndrew Bodnar represented the appellant in Sanam v NCA, the first substantive appeal regarding the interplay between civil recovery and the European Convention on Human Rights’ guarantee of the right to property.

Particularly well regarded for prosecution work, Red Lion Chambers is ‘an excellent set with many skilled advocates specialising in fraud’. Jennifer Dempster represented a defendant alleged to have defrauded Ford Retail Group using social engineering techniques; over a year after charge the CPS offered no evidence.

9-12 Bell Yard has ‘depth of experience’ in the fraud space, with many of its members undertaking significant work for the SFO and CPS. Alexandra Healy QC represented a bank manager, who was acquitted of participating in a £30m mortgage fraud.

A good, solid set of chambers that will assist you wherever possible’, Charter Chambers’ members appear for defendants in criminal trials, as well as convicts in POCA proceedings. David Batcup represented a man who was cleared of playing a role in a motorcycle ringing fraud gang.

Doughty Street Chambers’s criminal defence practice extends into the fraud arena. Rupert Bowers QC is representing Lord Hanningfield on further charges regarding his parliamentary expenses.

Garden Court Chambers defends in a range of fraud cases, including some with aspects touching on terrorism. Bernard Tetlow QC represented a man who ran a £5m Ponzi fraud.

Outer Temple Chambers provides expertise in money laundering and corporate fraud. Tim Green’s track record includes eight-figure prosecutions for the CPS.

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