Neil Saunders > Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

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


Neil Saunders is a specialist criminal and serious fraud advocate in all criminal courts.

Represents professional individuals and companies being investigated or accused of crime. Also involved in dealing with court summons to produce documents or evidence.

Regularly instructed as leading counsel by large city and specialist white collar fraud firms providing strategic advice during all stages of investigation, including pre charge. Substantial experience in cases where charges not brought following representations being made.

Inquests – advising individuals or institutions re potential verdicts and procedure.

He has advised and appeared in a number of very high profile cases that received considerable media and press attention including cases which involved highly reputable families where children or relations became involved in either violence in night clubs or allegations of rape at house parties.

Neil has defended in numerous police discipline cases including allegations of dishonesty, excessive force, matters of sexual impropriety by police officers whilst on duty; also in cases directed by IOPC. Police disciplinary proceedings both before Metropolitan and Provincial forces.

Previous Grade 4 prosecutor.

Appears on behalf of respondents to special procedure hearings and in sports disciplinary hearings.

Appeared in Divisional court cases involving drink driving legislation and custody time limits.


Called 1983. Recorder since 2004. Bencher at Middle Temple, advocacy trainer. Neil is the vice chairman of the FLA. Interests: Rugby Union qualified referee: Golfer Captain (elect) Royal Cinque Ports GC. Appeal steward British Boxing Board of Control.




Past governor of ICSL 1999-2001; Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Fraud Lawyers Association.


Barry Boys Comprehensive School; 1982 BA Hons Law; Southbank Polytechnic.


Golf; rugby coaching; qualified pyrotechnic; Dulwich Choral Society.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Neil Saunders – Three Raymond Buildings ‘Neil instantly brings a degree of confidence within any defence team. He is great on the detail and within a few minutes of meeting any client, instills a sense of calm and positivity. He is a brilliant advocate and very well liked by judges. His advocacy style is robust but very very persuasive.’ 

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Neil Saunders – Three Raymond Buildings ‘Neil is a highly approachable, user-friendly counsel whose advocacy could charm the birds off the trees. He has the knack of winning the unwinnable.’