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Established by Red Lion Chambers' Jonathan Fisher QC, Bright Line Law is a four member, public access 'barrister law firm' providing specialist advisory, advocacy, litigation, policy, and strategic services in the fields of corporate and financial crime.
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Jonathan Fisher QC, “an innovative silk” (Legal 500 2021), started Bright Line Law in 2016 to offer a modern way of delivering specialist advice and representation at the Bar. Jonathan Fisher QC practises in dual capacity with Red Lion Chambers and is ranked in the areas of POCA and Asset Forfeiture, Business Crime (both Band 1), Tax, Civil Fraud, Criminal Fraud and Financial Services Regulation.
From Lead Counsel Jonathan Fisher QC to its juniors, Bright Line Law’s barristers specialise in money laundering and proceeds of crime, economic sanctions and tax investigation cases. Distinct from a conventional chambers, barristers at Bright Line Law can work collaboratively to provide advice and representation in appropriate cases. They also may be instructed in the traditional sense as sole counsel to advise and represent clients. From the outset, all communication is between barrister and client rather than through an intermediary and fee arrangements may be fixed. Work often has an international dimension, and Jonathan Fisher QC is known in particular for advice in high-profile cases involving money laundering and corruption issues. Other barristers include Anita Clifford who has a strong anti-money laundering practice, Rachel Clark who combines in-depth tax knowledge with a criminal practice and Ariana Caines who has a special interest in cryptoassets and a developing financial crime advisory practice.
Known to punch above its size, recent work of Bright Line Law includes advising an oligarch on exposure to an unexplained wealth order, judicial review of a search warrant issued in a tax investigation, acting for a venture capital firm in swiftly lifting a bank account freeze, advising on cannabis investments and engagement of proceeds of crime matters, advising a major US firm on the submission of a Suspicious Activity Report in the context of a highly sensitive high-value acquisition and advising companies on the width of new sanctions in force in the UK.
Year-on-year Jonathan Fisher QC, practising in dual capacity with Red Lion Chambers, has been ranked Band 1 for POCA and Asset Forfeiture work, alongside recognition for being a leading silk in the areas of criminal fraud, civil fraud, corporate investigations and tax. He is regularly instructed in high-profile matters with underlying money laundering concerns. Anita Clifford is ranked as a leading junior in POCA and Asset Forfeiture work and described as an “impressive performer”.
A modern legal practice, the values of Bright Line Law are:
- A commitment to corporate social responsibility
- Abandonment of outmoded business practices
- Reverence for excellence
- Barrister accessibility
- A commitment to client service and successful outcome
- Delivering specialist knowledge and strategic thought
As a team Bright Line Law also enjoys leading conversations on law reform in the financial crime space. It has been successful in recommending proposals for reform of Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the trustee obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.
Bright Line Law’s cases and advisory work in the past 12 months include:
- Representation of a client designated under OFAC sanctions
- Representing a high value dealer in challenging a HMRC penalty for anti-money laundering breaches resulting in substantial penalty reduction
- Representation of individuals in dealings with HMRC in connection with investigation arising out of COP 9 process
- Representing an individual in judicial review proceedings to challenge the legality of search and seizure warrants under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in the context of a tax investigation
- Representing a venture capital firm in swiftly lifting a bank-imposed account freeze
- Successful appeal of a cash forfeiture order in a Hawala banking context
- Nest Investments Holding Lebanon S.A.L & Ors v Deloitte & Anor (Dubai International Financial Centre Court, ongoing representation of shareholder claimants in claim associated with collapse of Lebanese Canadian Bank)
- Advising a prominent oligarch on vulnerability to an Unexplained Wealth Order
- Providing an expert report on corruption ‘red flags’ for use in high-profile arbitral proceedings in Paris associated with an SFO investigation
- Advising an oil and gas company on the application of Syrian sanctions
- Advising a major US firm on submission of a Suspicious Activity (SAR) report in the context of a multi-million pound acquisition
- Advising regulated sector businesses, including leading law firms, on the effect of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in relation to cannabis-related investment opportunities and company listings
- Advising a foreign consultancy firm with an interest in an ongoing SFO investigation on potential for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement
- Advising a large investment firm with diverse work streams on application of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 to their business, and preparing proportionate procedures
- Representing an individual in dealings with the US Department of Justice in the context of a major international fraud investigation
- Advising a leading international accountancy and financial consultancy firm on anti-money laundering compliance procedures
- Advising on the effect of EU sanctions in a case regarding the grant of a sub-lease
- Advising a prominent Money Service Business on anti-money laundering procedures following HMRC supervisory action
- Advising a leading property consultancy firm on the scope of the expanded definition of ‘tax advice’ under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 as amended in 2019
- Advising a corporate client on its exposure to the offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion under the Criminal Finances Act 2017
Pro bono commitment
Pro bono advice and representation is important to Bright Line Law. It is a supporter of the International Lawyers Project which provides pro bono assistance to governments and civil society organisations on law reform. In 2020, Jonathan Fisher QC was appointed a Trustee of the International Lawyers Project. For several years Bright Line Law has supported anti-corruption law reform projects in Eastern Europe and Africa, providing in-country assistance in the form of pro bono training of legal professionals and conference participation. Bright Line Law also represents persons of limited resources pro bono in select, meritorious cases. Most recently, Bright Line Law represented a victim of fraud and was successful in securing reimbursement of defrauded funds.
Diversity and inclusion commitment
Bright Line Law prides itself on being an advocate of equality and diversity at the Bar. One of the aims of Jonathan Fisher QC, acting through Bright Line Law, is to nurture the talent of young barristers with an interest in its focused practice areas and to assist them in creating successful practices.
Bright Line Law’s barristers come from diverse backgrounds, and include those with foreign practice and professional experience.
Everyone is treated equally and fairly regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, identity or expression, marital or civil partnership status, political persuasion, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or gender, sexual orientation or social background.