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Giles Bark-Jones

Work 0207 353 1990

Work Department

Crime (white-collar fraud, corporate crime, general crime); civil (fraud); corporate and commercial (VAT and indirect tax).


Principal of Bark&co specialising in white-collar fraud, money laundering, corporate crime and civil fraud. Cases undertaken include some of the largest cases to hit the news in recent times including representing Mr Fitch-Holland (a barrister) in the high-profile prosecution of him and Chris Cairns (former captain of the New Zealand Cricket Team) for for allegedly perverting the course of justice in libel proceedings brought by Cairns against Lalit Modi (former head of the IPL) relating to ‘match-fixing’ in professional cricket; he is also representing Noel Cryan in relation to the SFO prosecution following the LIBOR scandal; leading the defence team for Asil Nadir; acting for Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader who ran up a $2.3bn trading loss and a former news editor of the News of The World following Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden. Previous cases include the Cheney Pension fraud – the largest theft from a pension fund since Maxwell; Operation Euripus cases; the BAE Systems case involving corruption claims concerning a £1bn South African contract; as well as defending in large-scale money laundering SFO investigations.


Trained as a barrister Francis Taylor Building; qualified 1990, Middle Temple; practised at Bar 1990-96; tenant Francis Taylor Building (Chambers of Alan Tyrrall QC); converted to solicitor 1996; principal Bark & Co 1996 to date.


Rugby School; Liverpool University (1986 BA Economics); City University (Dip Law); Bar School.

London: Corporate and commercial

VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Traditionally thought of as a fraud and business crime firm, Bark&co has placed a considerable amount of focus in its tax litigation offering, with particular emphasis on VAT and excise issues. Acting primarily for individual clients, department head Giles Bark-Jones has been involved in civil matters and criminal tax fraud cases, and is also instructed by corporate clients in tribunal cases against HMRC. Laura Mackain-Bremner has been especially active in the area of contentious tax and fraud and Alex Nelson (a solicitor with four decades of experience) joined the team from Malletts Solicitors in 2016.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

The β€˜talented and hardworking solicitors’ at Bark&co have β€˜an excellent reputation in matters of general crime’, providing β€˜clear and tactical advice from the outset, and extending their advice to media and PR issues’. Giles Bark-Jones is β€˜charismatic and tactically astute, and quickly wins the trust of clients’, and Frederick Bunn is also a key figure.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Bark&co’s β€˜core of talented and hardworking solicitors’ have β€˜a first-class reputation in matters of financial offending’, and the team β€˜prepares all cases with energy and focus, and is meticulous in its work’. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for a former broker from Tullett Prebon charged with conspiring to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a high-profile matter mounting up to trillions of dollars in value. The group also represented the CEO of a multimillion-pound logistics company, who faced allegations of conspiring with corrupt accountants to defraud HMRC of over Β£6m in PAYE, VAT and other payments. Practice head Giles Bark-Jones is β€˜without doubt one of the sharpest defence lawyers practicing today’, and other key figures include Frederick Bunn and the β€˜smart, experienced and tactically astute’ Fiona Gavriel.

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