Amanda Pinto QC (1983) (QC: 2006)


An expert in international financial wrongdoing and cases raising intricate cross-border questions, Amanda has a niche practice in some of the most high-profile cases within the field, in particular, insider dealing, fraud, money laundering and corruption cases with an international dimension. 

"Her huge experience shines through and she shows great attention to detail." "She works very hard and is an inspiring leader to work with. The opposition fear her no-nonsense, straight-talking approach, which is liked by both judges and juries. She obviously brings a wealth of experience in financial crime to any case, and her perspicacity is of enormous value." Chambers & Partners 2018

"Immediately liked and respected by clients as a real heavyweight." Legal 500 2017

"Very clever.” “She is a real warrior who cannot be knocked off her perch; she just comes back again and again."

Commended for her “pithy oral and written advocacy" and

 '... easy-going manner and clear commitment to obtaining the best result for her client.'  Chambers and Partners 2017

“An expert in the field of complex business crime who regularly takes on money laundering, corruption and fraud matters. She is distinguished in the market for her knowledge of the financial services industry and POCA.” Chambers and Partners UK 2016

"She balances hard work with a focus on the details of the case." Legal 500 2016

"Her engaging courtroom manner appeals to judges and juries" Legal 500 2016

“Indefatigable, clever, has a great courtroom presence and is a real fighter” and is “highly respected in the market for handling a broad range of financial crime matters”. Chambers and Partners UK 2015.

She "has a winning presentation style" and "makes her case with firmness but avoids the hectoring stance that many seem to adopt". "Her case management skills and ability to synthesise large amounts of information" are widely praised. She is ‘‘tough, hard-working, effective and thorough, she has a great courtroom presence’’, ‘‘a superb and charming advocate’’ and ‘‘Sources admire her impressive cross-examination skills’’. Chambers and Partners UK 2011-2014.

Amanda’s expertise is sought by clients from large multi-national organisations and government agencies to small corporates, company officers and individual private clients. Her advisory work covers problems in civil, criminal and regulatory contexts and often involves money market and benchmark instruments, individual and sophisticated investor problems and collective investment schemes. 


  Current and recent cases:

  • Advising in corporate liability in respect to an ongoing SFO investigation.
  • Obtaining and challenging search warrant applications and under POCA, PACE and the SFO powers under the CJA
  • Private prosecution concerning forgeries by a lawyer
  • R v HB: advising a corporate and its directors in respect of HMRC importation regulations & penalties
  • Advising in international corruption allegations against corporations overseas.
  • Advising as a second opinion on (e.g.) abuse of process, appeal against conviction in financial matters, appeals on import regulations.
  • R v F: acted in fraud and money laundering allegations for the UK administrator of a global, £multi-million share-selling fraud
  • Regulatory law –acting for professionals in disciplinary tribunals. Her art crime cases include experience of the workings of the Art Loss Register.
  • She is also regularly instructed in extradition and confiscation matters.
  • She is Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council and regularly asked to deliver speeches and training to lawyers and the judiciary on corporate criminal liability, corruption and money laundering. 
  • Amanda accepts direct access instructions.

Confiscation and restraint proceedings

  • R v N: prosecuted a major money laundering through a Mayfair ‘bank’ with several underlying international frauds. 
  • R v A, W & M: acted for the FSA in an insider dealing case involving a German national working for a Japanese investment bank in a Japanese/Dutch takeover listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
  • R v L: corruption by a British diplomat in the Philippines in the provision of UK visas;
  • R v B & U: a series of trials where a solicitor and his client were prosecuted for art crime, money laundering, perverting the course of justice and perjury.

Case Hightlights

  • R v P – $700 million fraud on sophisticated investors by a UK based hedge fund manager using futures, FRAs, interest rate swaps and options.

  • R v M, A & N – Admin Court challenges to the lawfulness of search warrants & seizures. 

  • R v F & others – Defending in a global boiler room fraud and money laundering allegations through Hong Kong, Europe and the BVI against the SFO.

  • R v R – alleged international carbon credit fraud.

  • R v O’B & others – Prosecuting a substantial international share dealing fraud on investors for the SFO.

  • R v A,W & M –international insider dealing.

  •  R v O, O, O and P – The largest fraud case brought by DEFRA.

  • R v N, S and C - International money laundering ring case.

  • R v Hauschildt - Case involving a corrupt financial advisor & his blind, wealthy client whom he defrauded.

  • R v Bigby - Corrupt planning officer.

  • R v Blok & Underwood - Money laundering by a solicitor on behalf of a client of a Sir William Orpen painting, stolen overseas; money laundering of substantial cash sums on behalf of other clients.

  • R v Ladva - Visa fraud in the Philippines by corrupt Foreign Office official.
     
  • R v Campbell - Defence of director for stealing commission in Manchester United Football Club and other deals.
     
  • R v P [2014]   – Delegation of decision to prosecute by SFO: (Director may delegate investigation decision).
     
  • R v Lisa Keen [2008] EWCA Crim 1000 – Involuntary manslaughter by joint purchase of drugs.

 


PUBLICATIONS
 

  • Co-Author Corporate Criminal Liability by Pinto and Evans (3rd Edition 2013 Sweet and Maxwell).
  • Contributing Author (on corporate liability) Blackstone’s Criminal Practice.
  • Contributor to periodicals, newspapers, radio and television 
  • Amanda is a trainer on money laundering financial crime and corruption to foreign Attorney- General’s departments in the Middle East. As a result of her expertise in corruption (under the old and new law) Amanda has presented for Adam Smith Conferences and MPL Seminar Providers as well as at the British Embassy in Moscow & in Hong-Kong and Shanghai.
  • In the last year Amanda has presented seminars to Magic Circle firms; the IBA Trans-National Crime Conference on UK corporate criminal liability and the Bribery Act; the ABA SIL on the collateral damage of white collar prosecutions; the Commonwealth Law Conference on the role of the lawyer in anti-bribery & compliance; 
  • Rule of Law: speaker on the rule of law and women at Vision and Voice from the Middle East to the John Smith Trust; panelist at the Edinburgh Rule of Law lecture 2104 for the Faculty of Advocates.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Recorder (2004)
  • Queen’s Counsel (2006)
  • Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-
  • Vice-Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2011-2014
  • Co-Chair of the Rule of Law Group of the Bar Council 2013-2014
  • Bencher of the Middle Temple 2012
  • United Kingdom representative on the Council of the International Criminal Bar 2009-
  • Director of International Affairs of the Criminal Bar Association 2009-2013 
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, South Eastern Circuit, Financial Services Lawyers Association, Criminal Bar Association, Refugee Action and Liberty 
  • Trustee on the Board of the Tate Members’ Council 2013- 
  • Trustee of the Slynn Foundation 
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Sweet & Maxwell Financial Services Forum