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Neil Saunders

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Three Raymond Buildings (Chambers of Alexander Cameron QC)


The legal directories regard Neil as one of the very best leading juniors in Crime and Financial Crime a silk in all but name. He has been involved in a variety of high profile cases over the last few years. He acted for the officers involved in the inquest into the death of Rashan Charles, ,prosecuted the largest insider trading case brought by the FCA,  defended  Walter Wagbatsoma against charges of money laundering involving NHS funds. In 2015 he defended Neil Wallis in the last of the News of the World "hacking cases" having previously defended Charlie Brooks for an allegation of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Neil has for some years been instructed in high profile cases, both alone and as part of a team. He specialises as a criminal and serious fraud advocate, representing professional people and companies. He is regularly instructed by large City and specialist white-collar fraud firms providing strategic advice to  clients during all stages of investigation pre-charge due to his  experience prosecuting and defending. He also attends Police disciplinary proceedings countrywide. He was significantly involved throughout the 7/7 inquest and in other inquests he has represented interested parties such as police or families


Called 1983, Middle Temple; member Bar Council 1996-99; past member Criminal Bar Association 1996-99; sat on various official committees; Recorder South Eastern Circuit 2004; appeal steward British Boxing Board of Control.




Past governor of ICSL 1999-2001; Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Fraud Lawyers Association.


Barry Boys Comprehensive School; 1982 BA Hons Law; Southbank Polytechnic.


Golf; rugby coaching; qualified pyrotechnic; Dulwich Choral Society.

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

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

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsProbably one of the best juniors practising at present.

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Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsMeticulous in his preparation, and with great fluidity and charm as an advocate.

Within: Crime (general crime)

A very good set with strong advocates’, Three Raymond Buildings handles a range of private defence work as well as prosecutions. Due to the set’s strong relationship with the Police Federation, the set often defends rank-and-file police officers facing criminal charges – Neil Saunders was successful for the former Metropolitan Police Inspector, who was acquitted of charges that he assaulted a Tottenham Hotspur supporter while escorting Arsenal fans prior to a North London derby. For the CPS, an unled Luke Ponte prosecuted Arthur Collins, the former partner of a The Only Way Is Essex personality, who was convicted of injuring 14 by throwing acid in a nightclub.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsHighly experienced – anyone who instructs him is lucky to have him.

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Police law (defendant)

Within: Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsHe defends officers in high-profile cases.

Within: Police law (defendant)

Three Raymond Buildings is best known for its work with the Police Federation and the firms of solicitors it instructs. Neil Saunders and Matthew Butt successfully defended four officers in a disciplinary case – heard in public, but with the officers anonymised due to threats of violence – concerning the death of Henry Hicks, who was killed in a moped crash after police officers followed him using flashing lights and sirens; Hicks was found in possession of seven bags of high-strength cannabis after the incident.

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