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Monty Raphael QC
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Immediate past senior partner, now full-time special counsel, engaged in all aspects of fraud and regulatory matters for more than 40 years and widely regarded as the 'doyen' of the business crime legal practice area. Monty was recognised for his outstanding contribution to law in his appointment as Queen's Counsel (honoris causa) in April 2011. Areas of work include: fraud, including tax and customs fraud, corruption, money laundering issues covering compliance advice, extradition, crisis management and defence, securities infractions, regulatory enquiries, cross-border investigations and asset tracing. Clients include: governments, corporations and privately-held companies, individuals, financial institutions, multinationals and some of the largest professional practices in the UK, with his work being frequently international in scope. Monty has previously been involved in numerous high-profile cases including 'Cash For Honours', Lloyds of London, Guinness, Barlow Clowes, Blue Arrow, BCCI, Maxwell, Wickes, Versailles and Oil-for-Food and a whole host of other serious and high profile cases, as well as some less well-known or less-publicised cases. Monty's 'unparalleled range of experience, expertise and contacts' have resulted in his acting in some the largest bribery and fraud investigations of recent times such as representing Magnus Peterson, the former CEO of Weavering, where the SFO discontinued their investigation in September 2011 on the basis that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction. He has advised in a range of investigations involving the FSA and SFO where clients wish to retain confidentiality, is advising four individuals subject to extradition proceedings resulting from an alleged Italian VAT fraud involving the loss of €370m and is representing a large multinational corporation in connection with an SFO anti-corruption enquiry involving the examination of millions of documents and activities going back 12 years in more than a dozen countries. Monty is frequently asked to give strategic advice with regards to investigations wholly overseas where his long experience is thought to be invaluable.
Trained at Peters & Peters; qualified 1962; partner 1965; past-president London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association. In the 1980s he served as a deputy Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, before being appointed as an assistant recorder of the Crown Court. Monty gave evidence to the OECD and the Council of Europe on their anti-corruption conventions, and to the Joint Committee of Parliament considering the Bribery Bill. When not practising, he travels the world extensively lecturing and training governmental and commercial organisations concerned with fraud, money laundering and corruption. He is an author and contributes to a wide range of publications in respect of these and related issues, including co-authoring a chapter on money laundering and human rights for 'A Practitioner's Guide to UK Money Laundering Law and Regulation' (City and Financial); joint contributor of the chapter on money laundering in the Oxford University Press looseleaf 'Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure'; author, 'Blackstone's Guide to the Bribery Act' (publiched 2010, OUP). He is a visiting Professor of Law at Kingston University.
Conversational French and German.
The Law Society of England and Wales; honorary bencher of Gray's Inn; director of Transparency International (UK); honorary solicitor to the Howard League of Penal Reform; a director of The Fraud Advisory Panel; London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association (past president and life member); British Academy of Forensic Science; European Criminal Law Association; European Criminal Bar Association; founded the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association and until 2006 chaired its anti-corruption working group; American Bar Association.
Davenant Foundation; University College London (LLB Hons).
Exploring the architectural history of London and reading widely.
Corporate and commercial; Fraud; Tax - VAT, C&E