Giles Bark-Jones > Bark&co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Crime (white-collar fraud, corporate crime, general crime); civil (fraud); corporate and commercial (VAT and indirect tax).


Giles Bark-Jones has defended clients in many of the largest white-collar crime and fraud cases of recent times. His impressive track record and wide experience includes representing individuals in prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC and other bodies.

Giles’s track record includes the SFO investigation into Rolls-Royce, acting for a number of key individuals; R v Asil Nadir (an SFO prosecution involving allegations of theft from Polly Peck International); the Adoboli case (involving a US$2.3bn trading loss fraud at UBS); and R v F & ors, described by prosecution counsel as the ‘biggest case ever’ involving carbon trading fraud. Other recent highlights include acting for three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in relation to criminal charges brought by the Insolvency Service following his bankruptcy, and acting for the Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus in connection with the Polly Peck/Asil Nadir case.

On the tax side, Giles has a similarly impressive record including an appeal against a £60m+ conviction for alcohol tax evasion; a complex matter involving payroll companies that allegedly failed to pay tax on behalf of the companies for which they acted; and a £100m multijurisdictional matter described by KPMG and the Daily Telegraph as “one of the biggest direct tax frauds in UK history”. He also assisted a number of clients in National Crime Agency and SKAT investigations into a £1.5bn fraud against the tax authorities in a number of countries, and has defended in large-scale money laundering SFO investigations.

Giles is an expert in serious general crime as well as criminal fraud, and his practice includes high-profile murder/manslaughter cases and cases involving offences under anti-terrorism legislation.


Trained as a barrister Francis Taylor Building; qualified 1990, Middle Temple; practised at Bar 1990-96; tenant Francis Taylor Building (Chambers of Alan Tyrrall QC); converted to solicitor 1996; principal Bark & Co 1996 to date.


Rugby School; Liverpool University (1986 BA Economics); City University (Dip Law); Bar School.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Giles Bark-JonesBark&co

Bark&co deploys a boutique-style approach to cover the full range of general crime work, from murder and manslaughter, to drug offences, sexual offences, and immigration crimes. The department has a track record of work on high profile crimes, and strives to create robust public relations defences for clients, including tailored media plans. Giles Bark-Jones is the firm’s principal and founder, and ‘remains the backbone of the firm‘, with a practice which includes anti-terrorism legislation. Also key are senior solicitor Ria Kudrati, who is the lead crime supervisor for the firm, and solicitor Vanessa Wiggins, who is active on prominent violent crime and drugs cases.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

(Leading individuals)

Giles Bark-JonesBark&co

Bark&co has standout involvements on behalf of high-profile sportspeople, politicians, and business executives, handling cross-border white-collar proceedings including insider dealing, tax fraud, bribery, and money laundering cases. Most notably, the firm represented Boris Becker in his ongoing tax fraud prosecution, reflecting its regular involvement in major trials, as well as complex SFO and FCA investigations, combining litigation and compliance expertise with in-house reputation management capabilities. Giles Bark-Jones heads up the team, a ‘powerhouse‘ in complex international fraud and corruption cases, while senior consultant David Byrne is noted for his work on regulatory investigations, and the ‘tirelessMaria Stalbow plays a leading role in FCA insider dealing cases and corruption cases brought against former police officers.

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

Bark&co has expertise in civil tax and criminal tax fraud with an increasing focus on litigation in areas of VAT and excise duty. Giles Bark-Jones leads the practice with expertise extending to several areas of civil litigation including fraud and contentious tax. Peter Finbow specialises in white-collar crime including VAT fraud and money laundering.

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

London criminal defence firm Bark&co deals with high-value, cross-border work in relation to business crime and VAT tax litigation. The firm’s work covers tribunal appeals, HMRC interventions and seizures, tax investigations and enquiries, while the criminal tax fraud practice advises on a wide range of tax evasion and tax fraud matters. The team is led by founder Giles Bark-Jones, who specialises in VAT fraud cases and challenges to HMRC assessments. He is supported by Peter Finbow, with a focus on fraud and white-collar crime, such as insider trading, bribery and fraudulent trading. Maria Stalbow is another key member of the team.