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  1. Fraud: crime – Leading sets
  2. Fraud: crime – Leading silks
  3. Fraud: crime – 2016 silks
  4. Fraud: crime – 2017 silks
  5. Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

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Most work taken into account in this section will concern criminal fraud cases involving matters such as Ponzi schemes, land-banking scams, VAT frauds and boiler room disputes. It does not cover regulatory investigations or business crime such as interest rate manipulation, bribery and trade union law offences; please see Business and regulatory crime for coverage of those specialisms. POCA and asset forfeiture expertise is also ranked separately in a new practice area. That said, many barristers have practices that do not neatly fit within these boxes and so may be ranked in more than one practice area. Civil fraud is also covered separately.

β€˜Clearly one of the country’s best criminal sets’, 2 Bedford Row’s members primarily defend but also prosecute across a range of fraud work as well as providing significant amount of pre-charge advice. Louise Sweet QC joined from Carmelite Chambers following taking silk in 2016, and represented a director who was acquitted of running a boiler room from 30 St Mary Axe (β€˜the Gherkin’) in London.

2 Hare Court covers the range of fraud work, including both private and public defence and prosecution work. Members are on both sides of Allseas Group’s private prosecution of an individual regarding an alleged bogus investment: Jonathan Laidlaw QC is prosecuting, with Martin Hicks QC leading Vivienne Tanchel for the defence.

6KBW College Hill includes a number of barristers commonly instructed by the Serious Fraud Office. However, on the defence side, Duncan Penny QC represented an ex-chief executive of legal expenses insurer DAS in a private prosecution brought by his former employer against him and several other previous employees.

Defence-focused set 25 Bedford Row is β€˜a very good chambers well worthy of its high ranking, with dependable counsel at every level’. Nigel Sangster QC represented a woman who was acquitted on charges of involvement in a film partnership tax scheme case.

QEB Hollis Whiteman’s members cover a range of work, including the most heavyweight tax fraud disputes. For example, Sean Larkin QC is representing a C-suite executive of a company said to be involved in a large tax fraud as part of the Operation Amazon case.

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜an extremely impressive set for financial crime’. Simon Farrell QC recently represented a City broker who was acquitted of involvement in a film tax fraud.

β€˜An excellently run set with strength in depth’, 5 Paper Buildings houses members who handle fraud work including heavyweight prosecutions. Michael Brompton QC is instructed to prosecute in the DAS case, a landmark private prosecution brought by major insurance company against the former managing director and others for conspiracy to defraud.

23 Essex Street’s members handle heavyweight fraud cases, including mortgage frauds and boiler room scams. Cairns Nelson QC prosecuted members of a boiler room selling advertising space in non-existent newspapers; twelve out of thirteen defendants pleaded guilty and the ringleader received a sentence of six years’ imprisonment.

Carmelite Chambers’ members represent individuals in cases covering the gamut of criminal fraud. New silk Colin Aylott QC represented a man who was acquitted on charges of involvement in a scheme to β€˜hijack’ the ownership of properties using co-conspirators employed by the Land Registry.

Cloth Fair Chambers’s barristers handle a range of work, typically for individuals and corporates, and the set has a strong practice in pre-charge advice. Tom Allen QC joined from 5 Paper Buildings.

Matrix Chambers is particularly noted for cross-border frauds. For example, Clare Montgomery QC is involved in a number of high-profile cases in Hong Kong, while Lord Ken Macdonald QC and Helen Law represented Compass Group in a private prosecution, which was later dismissed, regarding alleged fraud in the company’s Central Asian operations.

Red Lion Chambers’s members appear in a mixture of cases such as mortgage and tax-related matters, with a number instructed by the Serious Fraud Office and HMRC. Defence work saw Jennifer Dempster represent the lead defendant, who was convicted, in a case regarding an alleged rare earth metals boiler room; some victims lost in the region of Β£400,000.

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.

Charter Chambers primarily defends but some members also have prosecution experience. Roderick James represented a tax inspector convicted of several frauds, while Leila Gaskin prosecuted two tailors who were convicted of VAT fraud and failure to pay income tax.

Doughty Street Chambers handles a range of defence work, covering frauds ranging from VAT issues through to Ponzi schemes. Adrian Waterman QC and Benjamin Newton represented the accountant of an entertainment company accused of a Β£6m VAT fraud; the CPS offered no evidence.

At Foundry Chambers, Mark Bryant-Heron QC represented an individual acquitted on charges of involvement in a conspiracy to defraud Barclays to the tune of Β£160m via fake sales contracts.

Furnival Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with many talented members renowned for being instructed in complex and lengthy cases’. David Durose successfully prosecuted a gang operating a boiler room selling rare earth metals at inflated prices; the four convicted received sentences totalling 29 years.

Garden Court Chambers is recognised for its defence practice. Bernard Tetlow QC represented an individual, dubbed β€˜King Popper’ by the media, who was convicted of a Β£5m Ponzi fraud prosecuted by the Financial Conduct Authority; the confiscation amount was set at Β£100,000.

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