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Mark Rainsford QC

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33 Chancery Lane (Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC)


An internationally pre-eminent silk specialising in corporate crime, civil fraud, commercial fraud and business crime, civil and criminal proceeds of crime cases and asset recovery. He defends corporates, individual directors, organisations and high net- worth individuals under investigation by UK and overseas law enforcement authorities.

Notable cases in 2016: successfully defending Hong Kong businessman James Sutherland, Chairman of a large group of fiduciary companies operating in 12 jurisdictions charged with money-laundering $120m from Britain’s largest boiler room fraud. Advising Vincent Tchenguiz in a substantial civil fraud claim against Grant Thornton LLP and Kaupthing Bank Hf. Advising in connection with Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale SA, Libya's sovereign wealth fund’s $1.5 billion claim against Societe Generale, concerning alleged bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to associates of Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Representing the CEO of Capital World Markets concerning alleged involvement in investment fraud- the “Heron Tower case”. Advising in connection with LIBOR and EURIBOR.

Notable cases in 2015 and recent years: successfully defending a major accounting firm under investigation in relation to bribery offences in 74 countries; representing the Ministry of Environment of a European sovereign state after their stock exchange was compromised by cyber-hackers - shares switched to the London Stock Exchange and spot trading commenced -emergency freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and asset recovery; Representing the Lithuanian State in conjoined civil and criminal proceedings after a well-known Russian oligarch allegedly misappropriated €1 billion of securities from a high street bank, where he was Chairman - obtaining restraint orders over his UK assets. Obtaining management receivership and restraint orders over the assets of a group of companies with an annual turnover of £140m – “Eastenders”. Representing the former Chairman and CEO of RBG Metals plc and Allied Deals Inc. in £1.2 billion hidden assets proceedings; Representing the CEO of a chain of Money Service Bureaus, dubbed “Britain’s biggest money launderer"; and providing pre-charge advice to a putative defendant in LIBOR.


Called 1985; Silk 2006. Also called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands Circuit, Grand Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands.

London Bar

Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneHe defends in complex money laundering and boiler room cases.’

Within: Fraud: crime

33 Chancery Lane is best known for Proceeds of Crime Act work, but its members also defend in criminal fraud trials. Mark Rainsford QC represented the owner of a fiduciary company who was acquitted on charges of laundering the proceeds of a boiler room, while Faisal Osman represented a defendant in the Operation Amazon case.

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading Silks

Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneInstructed for the defence in challenging confiscation proceedings.’

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

33 Chancery Lane is ‘unmatched in the field of asset forfeiture and confiscation’. Recent cases include Mark Rainsford QC representing Pamela Rodney, the estranged wife of convicted boiler room fraudster ‘Lord’ Hugh Rodley; the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) seeks to recover a house which has been in her sole name for over three decades.

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