Nicholas Yeo > Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC
Three Raymond Buildings


Nicholas Yeo is a leading criminal practitioner with particular expertise in financial crime, the proceeds of crime and investigative powers.

Recent serious fraud cases include representing a company director accused of insider dealing and money laundering in the FCA “Operation Tabernula” trial, acting for a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of money laundering in the Ibori litigation, acting for a former chief executive in the Torex Retail fraud prosecution, and advising suspects pre-charge in the Unaoil investigation. He is currently acting for the former Barclays Head of Wealth in the SFO v Barclays (Qatar) litigation.

Recent investigative powers matters include acting for the wife of the former Deputy Chief of Mission for Chad in the USA in her appeal against the refusal to discharge a £4.4m freezing order in Serious Fraud Office v Saleh (CA) [2017] Lloyd’s Rep. F.C. 177, assisting the FBI in a billion dollar global anti-corruption investigation and acting for the British Airline Pilots Association in connection with the Shoreham Air Crash [2016] EWHC 2280 (QB).

Recent Proceeds of Crime work includes representing a senior New York based Barclays trader in confiscation proceedings following the Libor fraud trial, acting for a Nigerian Limited Company in a $1bn corruption investigation (Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd v DPP [2016] Lloyd’s Rep. F.C. 108) and representing a car salesman in an appeal against confiscation in a leading confiscation case Scott King [2014] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 54.

Recent judicial review instructions include R (Chief Constable of Cleveland Constabulary) v Police Appeals Tribunal [2017] I.C.R. 1212, R (Hewson) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2018] 4 W.L.R. 69 regarding harassment notices and R (O) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis re time limits on police bail.


Call 1999

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond BuildingsNo-nonsense, user-friendly, efficient and very bright. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of POCA.

Hailed as a ‘go-to London set for all matters relating to criminal and regulatory law‘ with significant experience in restraint, confiscation and civil recovery proceedings, members of Three Raymond Buildings regularly act in leading cases. In Supreme Court case R v Andrewes, Jonathan Ashley-Norman KC acted for the respondent – both parties sought to amend a confiscation order in a CV fraud case; the person convicted arguing that if the employee performed satisfactory the benefit figure should be set at zero, while the CPS argued that the salary should be confiscated in full. The set continues to show strong activity in the area of account freezing orders and forfeitures; Hugo Keith KC acted for a high-profile Russian oligarch regarding sanctions-related account freezing orders in NCA v Westminster Magistrates Court, and in Fresh View Ltd v Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Nicholas Yeo acted for a company which had been ordered to forfeit its bank balance as it had been paid through an unregistered money service bureau.

London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond Buildings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Nicholas Yeo – Three Raymond BuildingsNicholas makes elegant submissions built upon flawless written arguments. He operates at a level above everyone else in the court. He is tenacious, a great strategist and a forceful presence in court.’ 

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond Buildings