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Neil Hawes QC

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A Queen’s Counsel since 2010, Neil Hawes is a specialist criminal, serious white collar fraud and commercial crime advocate who is regularly instructed by nationally known firms. His principal speciality in recent years has been representing individuals and companies in criminal proceedings or tribunals and giving advice during investigative stages. He has extensive experience of defending SFO cases, in particular defending individuals alleged to have committed cartel offences and investigations, serious revenue, MTIC, money laundering offences, bribery, corruption and fraud. He regularly advises on and appears in confiscation cases. He advises on regulatory and criminal FSA investigations and comes to this work with a background of ‘heavyweight’ general crime, having appeared in a number of serious multi-handed cases of murder, robberies, drugs and other related crimes. Neil Hawes lectures on fraud, bribery, confiscation and cartel offences. Recent decisions: Crown Prosecution Service v Campbell; Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency v Carlton; also known as: M, Re [restraint order: reasonable living expenses] [2009] (EWCA Crim 997, The Times 16 June, 2009 – on the availability of civil funding for a restrained individual to pursue litigation connected to the offence); FSA v Rollins and FSA v McInerney [2009] (EWCA Crim 1941; The Times, 20 October, 2009 – This challenged the FSA’s right to commence criminal proceedings for offences not within FSMA 2000); R v George & Others [2010] (1 WLR 2676 CA – an interlocutory appeal where the prosecution was required to prove mutual dishonesty between the undertakings for the s188 offence to be established). Serious fraud and cartel offences: The BA / Virgin price fixing case (instructed to represent the only continuing BA director. The case was the first contested prosecution by the OFT under s188 of The Enterprise Act and Competition Act. The case involved the use of immunity notices for Virgin directors, employees and the airline. All defendants were acquitted after significant legal argument regarding disclosure the OFT offering no further evidence); R v GG plc and others (the pharmaceutical trial – instructed by a board director of a national pharmaceutical company. The case was the largest ever SFO enquiry and prosecution. It alleged cartel activity between the defendants [humans and corporate] to defraud the Secretary of State for Health and the public of in excess of £50m on prescription charges. The SFO charged the defendants with a common law conspiracy to defraud, within which the allegation of cartel activity was made. The alleged offence pre-dated the introduction of s188 Enterprise Act. Ultimately, after conjoining with Norris in the House of Lords and further significant argument on amendment to the indictment, the case was stayed. See R v GG PLC [2009] 1 WLR 458 HL); R v Hauxwell Smith and Others (the IKEA fraud – instructed on behalf of the first and principal defendant in a major alleged fraud against IKEA. The case was prosecuted by the SFO. It concerned a highly complex allegation of fraud by under and non delivery of stock to the value of £16m over a two year period which required detailed analysis of e-data, stock and movement records. There were also significant allegations of corruption to individuals working within IKEA in excess of £1.5m. The case took three and a half years to come to trial. Associated appeals: The issue of disclosure and preparatory hearings resulted in R v H [2007] UKHL 7). Recently he `represented Tom Hayes in the landmark LIBOR case and then appeared in the FCA Operation Tabernula case in which he represented an ex-City Corporate Broker. He has extensive experience in restraint and confiscation.


Called 1989, Inner Temple; QC, 2010. Joint Head of Chambers.


Criminal Bar Association; Public Access Bar Association.


County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds; Anglia Ruskin University (LLB Hons).

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Neil Hawes QC - Charter ChambersExcellent and thorough.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Neil Hawes QC - Charter ChambersHe appears in multi-defendant fraud trails.

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