Paul Raudnitz > Chambers of Mark Ellison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
Paul Raudnitz photo


A leading junior practising in fraud, crime and regulatory law. His reputation in fraud and white-collar crime is particularly strong. He appeared for the Serious Fraud Office in the landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement case of “SFO v XYZ Ltd” and acted for the Financial Conduct Authority in Operation Cotton – the first land-banking prosecution, and the largest criminal matter that the FCA had then brought. He is also currently instructed by the SFO in an investigation into alleged legal services funding fraud (Operation Totem). His substantial defence practice has recently included the defence of a company director and Operation Zygos “most-wanted” nominal charged in an extensive horse-racing tipping fraud (R v B), representing a charity trustee in the “Kids lntegrated Cancer Treatment” alleged charities fraud (R v W & Others), and advising a plumbing services group in respect of a number of Trading Standards and fraud investigations. Other high-profile cases include leading for the defence of the operations manager in the “Highway” driver-training fraud (R v R & Others); the defence of the finance director charged in the Cawston Park Psychiatric Hospital alleged “extra care” fraud (R v W & B); the defence of the company secretary in the Tempaid revenue fraud (R v S & Others); leading a team combining the DWP, the Home Office, HMRC and Eurostar in the prosecution of six defendants for the systematic misuse of 400 identities to commit immigration and benefits frauds (Op Boromo); leading for the then Financial Services Authority in its first successful criminal prosecution for boiler room fraud (Mason); leading for Trading Standards in one of its largest counterfeit goods cases (Grover & Arura); the successful prosecution of one of City polices most substantial identity theft cases (Peters) and leading a multi-agency operation uniting CPS Special Casework, UKBA, DWp and HMRC in the successful phased prosecutions of 16 defendants for a multi-million pound benefits and immigration fraud conspiracy stretching back 20 years (Op Spenser). ln mainstream crime, the last few years have also seen him instructed in a number of very prominent cases, including representing defendants in both the first Victoria Station murder trial and the Camberwell arson murder trial, and acting for the Crown in the Op Markham, Op Mappleton, Op Talbert and Op Downlontown homicide trials. He has also successfully defended in a number of serious and highly sensitive sexual offences trials. ln addition, he has a thriving regulatory and professional discipline practice, appearing regularly before the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.





MA (Hons) St John’s College, Oxford. Called 1994. Appointed to the CPS external list of advocates at Grade 4 from 2007 (also appointed to the Rape List and Fraud Panel). Appointed to the “4” Panel of the Serious Fraud Office list of counsel from 2009.



Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Public Access Bar Association; Registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory.


St John’s College, Oxford (MA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics); The College of Law, London (postgraduate diploma in law); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Raudnitz QCQEB Hollis WhitemanA cerebral and hardworking counsel his varied practice in this area speaks to his many qualities. Highly respected by judges and juries listen to what he has to say.

A ‘high-quality, very professional set‘, QEB Hollis Whiteman houses a team noted for its ‘good strength in depth‘. Money laundering cases, VAT fraud, investment schemes, corporate-related frauds, and private prosecution work feature in members’ workloads. The team was recently bolstered at the senior end by Paul Raudnitz QC‘s appointment to silk in March 2020. Chambers is also praised by instructing solicitors for its facilities and COD training programmes.

London Bar > Crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Raudnitz QCQEB Hollis WhitemanA dynamic and cerebral silk, Paul is a great advocate. He works extremely hard. Very methodical in his approach to a case. He is a Barrister who is very good in law well as a excellent jury advocate.

Outstanding setQEB Hollis Whiteman ‘is a class act, boasting a wealth of very strong talent‘ and possesses ‘a deserved reputation in relation to both prosecution and defence‘. In one high-profile case, Crispin Aylett QC prosecuted in R v Petrović and others, where four defendants were on trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. Sexual offence cases are prominent in the team’s caseload: Jocelyn Ledward and Orla Daly acted in R v Fingleton, where a film director was acquitted of the sexual assault of an actress in her home. Also of note, Eleanor Laws QC is representing the actor Johnny Depp in his libel action against News Group Newspapers and The Sun’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, for publication of an article in 2018 referring to Depp as a “wife-beater”. In recent chambers news, Paul Raudnitz QC took silk in March 2020.

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

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Raudnitz QCQEB Hollis WhitemanHe has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work.

The ‘excellentQEB Hollis Whiteman has ‘great strength in depth‘, with a team of ‘bright and dedicated lawyers‘. Recent highlights for the set include the ‘tenacious‘ Adrian Darbishire QC successfully defending Rapid Engineering against allegations of bribery and failure to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010; this marked the first acquittal of a corporate defendant for a section 7 offence. Elsewhere, the ‘very smooth‘ Sean Larkin QC and new silk Paul Raudnitz QC acted for the SFO in R v Sorby, Leek and Justice, concerning the prosecution of three directors following allegations of historic bribery via agents abroad in order to secure contracts.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Raudnitz QC – QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Experienced in regulatory cases, he deals well with complex clinical cases and is very pleasant to work with.