Mark Rainsford QC > 33 Chancery Lane > London, England > Lawyer Profile

33 Chancery Lane
33 Chancery Lane
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An internationally pre-eminent silk specialising in corporate crime, civil fraud, commercial fraud, money laundering, PoCA and asset recovery. He defends corporates, individual directors, professional service firms accused of wrongdoing and ultra-high net worth individuals under investigation by the UK, DoJ, SEC and many other overseas law enforcement authorities.

Mark is recognised as a leading individual QC in both of main legal directories, where he has been described as having a stellar reputation. Current notable cases include defending a director of a major retail bank facing investigation into alleged fraud offences; defending an overseas private banker on trial for alleged money laundering offences in connection with an alleged theft of €100 million; advising a third party concerned with proceedings between a FTSE 100 company and a law enforcement authority where the Claimants allege a criminal conspiracy existed between senior law enforcement officials and a solicitor at a City law firm; defending a principal defendant in confiscation proceedings in Operation Amazon, one of the highest profile prosecutions currently before the courts. Other notable cases: representing the main witness in Commercial Court proceedings between LIA v, Societe Generale S.A., a €1.5 billion euro claim by a sovereign wealth fund against a bank where bribery and corruption was alleged; successfully defending Hong Kong businessman James Sutherland, Chairman of a large group of fiduciary companies operating in 12 jurisdictions prosecuted by the SFO for allegedly money-laundering $120m from Britain’s largest boiler room fraud; Advising Vincent Tchenguiz in connection with a substantial civil fraud claim against a business advisory firm and an overseas bank; Representing the CEO of Capital World Markets concerning alleged involvement in investment fraud- the “Heron Tower case”; Advising a putative defendant in connection with LIBOR and EURIBOR; Representing a FX Company under investigation for allegedly laundering £1 billion. Successfully defending a major accounting firm under investigation in relation to bribery offences in 74 countries; representing the Ministry of Environment of a European sovereign state after their stock exchange was compromised by cyber-hackers – shares switched to the London Stock Exchange and spot trading commenced -emergency freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and asset recovery; Representing the Lithuanian State in conjoined civil and criminal proceedings after a well-known Russian oligarch allegedly misappropriated €1 billion of securities from a high street bank, where he was Chairman – obtaining restraint orders over his UK assets; Heading an internal investigation on behalf of a property developer into alleged corruption of the Prime Minister, Deputy Minister and Minister for Planning of the Turks & Caicos Islands – negotiated the first civil recovery order and immunity from prosecution agreement following a Commission of Inquiry and political corruption investigation; Obtaining management receivership and restraint orders over the assets of a group of companies with an annual turnover £140m – “EastEnders”; Representing the former Chairman and CEO of RBG Metals plc and Allied Deals Inc in £1.2 billion hidden assets proceedings; Representing the CEO of a chain of Money Service Bureaus, dubbed “Britain’s biggest money launderer”. Mark has been called to the Bar in the UK, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; British Virgin Islands Circuit; Grand Cayman (ad hoc.) and Turks & Caicos Islands (ad hoc.)


Called 1985; Silk 2006. Also called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands Circuit, Grand Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Rainsford QC33 Chancery LaneExceptionally hardworking with an instinctive approach to cases.

London Bar > Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Rainsford QC33 Chancery LaneA brilliant strategist.