Neil Saunders > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings
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The legal directories regard Neil as one of the very best leading juniors in Crime and Financial Crime a silk in all but name. He has been involved in a variety of high profile cases over the last few years. He acted for the officers involved in the inquest into the death of Rashan Charles, ,prosecuted the largest insider trading case brought by the FCA,  defended  Walter Wagbatsoma against charges of money laundering involving NHS funds. In 2015 he defended Neil Wallis in the last of the News of the World “hacking cases” having previously defended Charlie Brooks for an allegation of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Neil has for some years been instructed in high profile cases, both alone and as part of a team. He specialises as a criminal and serious fraud advocate, representing professional people and companies. He is regularly instructed by large City and specialist white-collar fraud firms providing strategic advice to  clients during all stages of investigation pre-charge due to his  experience prosecuting and defending. He also attends Police disciplinary proceedings countrywide. He was significantly involved throughout the 7/7 inquest and in other inquests he has represented interested parties such as police or families


Called 1983, Middle Temple; member Bar Council 1996-99; past member Criminal Bar Association 1996-99; sat on various official committees; Recorder South Eastern Circuit 2004; 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 > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Neil SaundersThree Raymond BuildingsNeil’s huge strength is his advocacy – his ability to have a jury hanging on his every word and eating out of the palm of his hand. e is extremely good at gaining the confidence of the client – he commands respect with a very light touch. And he is great fun to work with.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Neil SaundersThree Raymond Buildings The best jury advocate at the Bar. A force on his feet. Exquisitely insightful tactically. Brilliant with clients; robust where necessary, whilst always compassionate.