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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).


Giles Bark-Jones has defended clients in many of the largest white-collar crime and fraud cases of recent times. His impressive track record and wide experience includes representing individuals in prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC and other bodies. Giles acted for a number of key individuals in connection with the SFO investigation into Rolls Royce; R v Asil Nadir (SFO prosecution involving allegations of theft from Polly Peck International); and R v Adoboli (US$2.3bn trading loss fraud at UBS). Other highlights include R v F & ors, described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving carbon trading fraud. On the tax side, Giles has a similarly impressive record including an appeal against a £60m+ conviction for alcohol tax evasion; a complex matter involving payroll companies that allegedly failed to pay tax on behalf of the companies for which they acted; and a £100m multijurisdictional matter described by KPMG and the Daily Telegraph as “one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history”. He has also been assisting a number of clients in National Crime Agency and SKAT investigations into a £1.5b fraud against the tax authorities in a number of countries, 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

Tax fraud cases are Bark&co's core competency and its team has particular expertise in cases involving VAT and excise issues. Founding partner Giles Bark-Jones leads the group and in addition to his criminal fraud practice, he is often instructed on civil litigation and contentious tax issues. In a major victory, he secured an acquittal for his client who had been charged with conspiracy to defraud the Revenue as a result of Operation Amazon; a case that  arose out of a tax relief scheme for environmentally friendly technologies. Senior solicitor Fiona Gavriel successfully defended the director of major independent brewery who was facing three charges concerning the non-payment of tax by the company. Senior associate Alex Nelson is another key name.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Bark&co¬†¬†is experienced in handling cases of murder, manslaughter, drugs, firearms, terrorism, money laundering, assaults, sexual offences and immigration. Recent highlights included acting for a defendant against allegations of being part of a group that conspired to produce cannabis worth ¬£26m a year, the defendant was acquitted. Giles Bark-Jones¬†heads the department, he is ‚Äėa talented tactician and brave as lion, just the man to have in your corner‚Äô. Frederick Bunn¬†is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Bark&co¬†provides ‚Äėfirst-class litigation support with talented and dedicated lawyers‚Äô. The firm recently secured an acquittal for a client charged with conspiracy to defraud the revenue as part of Operation Amazon, this matter was worth over ¬£100m. It also successfully defended the director of a large London brewery charged with three counts of cheating the public revenue in a case worth ¬£730,000. Giles Bark-Jones¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėa very smart lawyer with a wealth of experience and a tenacious approach to every case‚Äô. Frederick Bunn¬†has ‚Äėa remarkable insight into general criminal work‚Äô and ‚Äėalways has an unerring sense of a case‚Äô.

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