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Tony Shaw QC is ‘an exceptional white-collar crime barrister whose advice is both intellectually robust and commercial’ and ‘an unflappable and highly convincing jury advocate who advises on high-stakes criminal matters, including alleged rate manipulation and tax fraud.’ ‘He is highly praised for his ability in the most complex cases.’ ‘He has deep knowledge and experience, and is a go-to for complex multi-jurisdictional matters.’ ‘He is very effective’ and ‘very rigorous.’ ‘He’s a thoroughly nice and extremely bright barrister who has been around and seen it all.’ Chambers UK (2019) ‘His skill at managing documents is superior to the majority of his rivals.’ Chambers UK (2018) ‘Scholarly and someone with an incredible work ethic, he has a nice touch with judges and juries.’ ‘He has a great presence in court, is bright and works very hard.’ Chambers UK (2017).

Described in an earlier editions as having a ‘reputation as one of the country’s pre-eminent fraud practitioners’ and ‘a brilliant lawyer, who puts his life and soul into his cases, he has been mentioned or ranked every year in the field of fraud by annual directories since 1989.

His practice in serious fraud, business, corporate and financial crime is extensive. It pre-dates the creation of the SFO and the FSA/FCA and he was instructed as a junior to represent the principal defendant in the SFO’s first major trial (Guinness).   Tony principally defends, although he has also prosecuted for the SFO and the FCA.

His legal expertise is wide. He is said to be ‘scholarly’ and ‘intellectual.’ For many years he has written for and edited some of the leading publications in corporate crime, serious fraud and conspiracy including Archbold, OUP’s Fraud loose-leaf and Practical Law’s Business Crime and Investigations.

Tony strongly believes in the benefits of working as part of a team. He ‘works very closely with solicitors and always complements the work they have done.’ He is ‘very good at using new technology to aid case management’ and ‘is technologically savvy.’ He is analytical, commercially focused, attentive to business and client objectives, and ‘extremely user friendly.’ He advises corporate clients on internal investigations into financial crime and corruption issues arising both at home and abroad.


Year of call: 1975 Inn: Middle Temple Year made QC: 1992




Fraud Advisory Panel; Fraud Lawyers Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association Archbold’s Criminal Pleadings and Practice (practitioner editor 1991 to date); OUP Fraud (2008 to date) contributor and Deputy Editor; Practical Law contributor Business Crime and Editorial Board member; various journals.


Kings School, Canterbury Trinity College Oxford (History Scholar); BA Juris 1970


Reading, history, family. Computer literate.