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Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
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Nicholas Yeo is a leading criminal practitioner with particular expertise in financial crime, the proceeds of crime and investigative powers. He is also well regarded in police law, professional discipline and inquests. 
He is the Legal 500 Criminal Junior of the Year 2018.
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 in the Ibori litigation, acting for a former chief executive in the Torex Retail prosecution, and advising suspects in the Unaoil investigation. He is currently acting for an executive in the Barclays-Qatar capital raising trial.
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 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 (Sussex Police v SoS for Transport, British Airline Pilots Association intervening [2016] EWHC 2280 (QB)).
Recent judicial review matters include R (Hewson) v MPS [2018] 4 W.L.R. 69 regarding Article 8 in the context of harassment notices, R (O) v MPS regarding time limits on police bail and in R (Chief Constable of Cleveland Constabulary) v Police Appeals Tribunal [2017] I.C.R. 1212, regarding Article 8 in police discipline.He is an author of Money Laundering Law and Regulation: A Practical Guide (OUP (2nd Edition 2018) with Simon Farrell QC, Robin Booth and Guy Bastable) and Blackstone’s Guide to the Fraud Act 2006 (OUP (2007) with Simon Farrell QC and Guy Ladenburg


Called to the Bar 1999; C List of the Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates (2006-2009)
CBA working parties on murder, fatal driving offences, corruption and fraud


Criminal Bar Association; Fraud Lawyers’ Association


BSc Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation;  Diploma in Law

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond BuildingsTechnically excellent, especially as regards proceeds of crime word (POCA), in which he is the best in the field, and a first port of call. Conscientious, and unafraid of taking on difficult points. Excellent manner with clients, cool, calm and efficient.

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond BuildingsA very practical barrister.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond BuildingsHe has a very sharp legal mind. He has the uncanny ability to get to the nub of an issue very quickly. This means top level legal advice that is very efficient and cost effective.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas YeoThree Raymond BuildingsVery assured, great judgement, personable and good with clients, calm under pressure and a good strategist.