Christopher Convey (1994)


 "...a specialist in all cases involving PoCA 2002..."

 "...a specialist in all cases involving PoCA 2002..."

"He is just superb." 

(Chambers & Partners, 2015)

"An extraordinarily talented junior." 

(Chambers & Partners, 2015)

"Cerebral and professional."

(Legal 500, 2016)

"A brave and persuasive advocate." 

(Legal 500, 2016)

“Tenacious and bright."

“He brings intellectual rigour to a case” 

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

Christopher Convey practices in the field of national and international commercial wrongdoing with a particular specialism in fraud, corporate crime, money laundering and asset forfeiture.
 
Recent high-profile cases include defending in the UBS LIBOR case, the defence of Asil Nadir, representing the US Department of Justice in the matter of Stanford International Bank and the defence of a major pharmaceuticals company in a restrictive practices claim brought against it by the Department of Health.  

Other examples of his practice include a multi-million pound travel industry fraud, a multi-million pound construction industry fraud and money laundering operation, the successful defence of a solicitor charged with money laundering and the successful representation of a solicitor accused of perverting the course of justice.
 
His international work has included acting for off-shore trust companies and HM Attorneys General of Jersey and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He is also frequently asked to represent and protect the interests of third parties and victims affected by asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court.

Christopher has been a member of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee since 2006.

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Notable Cases

 

  • (LIBOR) First junior defence counsel in the trial and subsequent appeal. The trial proceedings attracted substantial media coverage.

  • X Trust (Guernsey) Ltd Advising a Guernsey Trust Co in relation to trusts, corruption and money laundering issues connected with a high profile West African corruption case. 

  • Asil Nadir Junior counsel for the defence in the trial of the former Polly Peck tycoon accused of theft of over £145million.

  • Stanford International Bank Acting on behalf of the US Department of Justice in concurrent civil and criminal proceedings in respect of the insolvency of Stanford International Bank.

  • Kent Pharmaceuticals Junior counsel to Kent Pharmaceuticals in its defence of the restrictive practices claim brought against it by the Department of Health.

  • Philippou & Others The country’s largest ever travel industry fraud.

  • Piper Long running (8 years), serious and complex Drug Trafficking Act confiscation proceedings.

  • Robinson £1million recovered on behalf of the LSC.

  • Boparan £3million confiscation order, quashed on appeal.

  • Kalyan Largest known organised people trafficking case in the UK.
  • Compton First case of an increase in a defendant’s benefit and realisable assets by the Crown Court on the application of the Crown; upheld in the Court of Appeal.
  • Ross Postponement of confiscation orders.
  • AG for Jersey v O’Brien, Dunne, Lloyd & Others [2006] 1 WLR 1485 Acting on behalf of HM Attorney General for Jersey in the jurisdiction’s first international money laundering prosecution.
  • AG for the Turks & Caicos Islands v British West Indies Trust Advising and appearing on behalf of HM Attorney General for the Turks and Caicos Islands in a multi-million dollar international money laundering matter.
  • Hall v AG for the Turks & Caicos Islands & Others Appearing on behalf of HM Attorney General for the Turks and Caicos Islands in two successfully defended election petitions.

Directory Quotes

  • "Cerebral and professional." (Legal 500, 2016 Business and Regulatory Crime)
  • "A brave and persuasive advocate." (Legal 500, 2016 Fraud: Crime)
  • "Very, very able and gives sound pragmatic advice." (Chambers and Partners, 2016, Financial Crime)
  • "A solid and inventive performer." (Chambers and Partners, 2016, Financial Crime)
  • "Extremely knowledgeable and very hard-working, he is increasingly becoming an authority in this area." (Chambers and Partners, 2016, POCA & Asset Forfeiture)
  • "He is just superb." (Chambers and Partners, 2015)
  • "An extraordinarily talented junior." (Chambers and Partners, 2015)