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Blackfords LLP

Work 020 3427 3343
161400 OLD BAILEY 5
Cardiff, Croydon, London, Woking

Daniel Cundy

Work 020 3427 3348
Blackfords LLP


Partner, London office

Specialises in white collar criminal defence; advising company directors, officers and private individuals and representing those facing investigations, and those defending large and complex cases, which include allegations of VAT, duty, corporate tax and personal tax evasion, corruption, bribery and breaches of sanctions; pensions, property, mortgage and insurance fraud allegations and money-laundering, brought by all large prosecuting bodies, including the SFO, NCA, HMRC and the police.

Regularly provides discreet advice and assistance to a number of national organisations in respect of various matters and, with other partners of the firm, advises and assists in relation to regulatory matters involving the Electoral Commission.

Particularly experienced at dealing with representation at interviews, disclosure matters, raids and warrants - including judicial challenges to them, legal privilege matters and abuse of process arguments - having brought about high profile stays of prosecution in a number of large cases. Recently brought about a change to the BBC Trust policy and protocol for film crews attending raids, as a result of a successful application for a stay of prosecution for reason of a rare, ‘limb two’, abuse resulting from the conduct of the police and the BBC in the course and conduct of a criminal investigation.

Continues to act for the first defendant in what is said to be the largest and most complex tax fraud case ever prosecuted by HMRC. Continues to represent general counsel from a large mining company which is subject to an ongoing SFO multi-jurisdictional investigation. Represents individual ex-employee of a company in a large prosecution brought by National Trading Standards in relation to allegations of the operation nationally of a number of fraudulent consumer websites; continues to represent an individual in respect of Iraq Historic Allegations investigations.

Regularly deals with proceeds of crime and money laundering matters, including restraint orders, freezing orders and confiscation proceedings. Also deals with regulatory matters in various other fields including Trading Standards matters, toy and product regulation and sports disciplinary.  


Willoughby & Partners (intellectual property and civil litigation); EBR Attridge LLP (latterly Head of Fraud Dept.) 2003-12; Partner Blackfords LLP 2012-present.


Law Society; Fraud Lawyers Association; International Bar Association.


University of Reading (BA Hons); College of Law (CPE, LPC).


Enjoys music (is a lifelong musician), running and gardening.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Daniel Cundy - Blackfords LLP

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

A go-to practice for all complex financial offences’, Blackfords LLP is ‘most definitely at the top-end of the premiership’. It deals with all aspects of serious fraud, serious crime and money laundering and is adept at defending those prosecuted by the SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Fraud Prosecution Division. The firm continues to act for five defendants in the Hare Wines II case, this was a value-added tax (VAT) diversion fraud involving the importation of alcohol and is estimated to be worth over £200m. Key practitioner Gary Bloxsome has ‘great tactical awareness’ and is ‘a brilliant lawyer, master tactician and as cool as a cucumber’. Daniel Cundy is ‘an exceptionally intelligent lawyer who has the ability to quickly understand extremely complex issues and fearlessly fights his clients’ cases’. Trevor Francis ‘masters huge and complex cases easily’.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Blackfords LLP's team is ‘excellent and has a well-earned reputation’ for handling high-value and frequently high-profile fraud cases. Its work is principally based in London and the South East but it also handles cases with international aspects. The team, which includes ‘excellent lawyers at all levels’, has deep expertise in defending cases ranging from fraudulent investment schemes and frauds concerning both individuals and companies to money laundering, bribery and corruption. ‘Very tough criminal litigatorGary Bloxsome and ‘diligent, clever and hardworkingTrevor Francis, who jointly head the department, have successfully defended a number of high-profile white-collar crime cases. Daniel Cundy, who is ‘a hardworking, personable and tactical lawyer and one of the first names to be called in any complex fraud’, is handling a caseload that includes a ‘cash for crash’ conspiracy to defraud insurance companies and a carbon markets share scheme where the client and others were alleged to have sold Certified Emission Reductions and Voluntary Emission Reductions to individuals who were induced into buying worthless shares.

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