Ian Smith Releases Commercial Fraud Book

Commercial Fraud: A Legal Guide to Justice for Victims of Fraud

by Ian Smith and David Shepherd, published September 2017


Ian Smith, barrister, is the lead author of this newly published legal guide priced £34.99 and available at:


The guide is aimed at owners and managers of small to medium sized enterprises, as well as in-house lawyers and officers in large corporations.

Lawyers, investigators, police officers and prosecutors should also find the guide useful, including those outside England and Wales.

The guide provides gives expert legal and practical guidance on the options for victims of commercial fraud, including:

  • Justice options

  • Investigations

  • Choosing, using and paying for lawyers

  • Navigating the civil and criminal justice systems

  • Making financial recoveries

  • International cases and enforcement


    Ian Smith is a barrister (England and Wales). He is recognised as an expert in representing victims of fraud in the civil and criminal courts. He advises businesses and individuals on their options for making financial recoveries after fraud, in domestic and international cases.

    David Shepherd is an academic researcher who was previously a director of a company which suffered fraud and successfully obtained justice through the civil and criminal courts (the latter prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office).

Legal 500 2017 - Rankings Released

Chambers again performs very well in the Legal 500, recommended in Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), Fraud Crime and in Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture.

This is the first year that the Legal 500 has included a Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture section.

33 Chancery Lane is the only set ranked in the Top Tier.

Individuals are also recommended in the Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), Fraud Crime and in Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture sections as well as Ian Smith in the Civil Fraud section.

The Set

‘Very well run and professional’, 33 Chancery Lane has ‘a deserved reputation as the leading set for Proceeds of Crime Act work’ but is also ‘very strong in the related fields of fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering’. Although it is a small chambers, it has ‘strength in depth’ in these areas. Practice director Martin Adams is ‘a good leader’, who provides ‘a personal service to instructing solicitors’. He and deputy practice director Chris Chiles make ‘an excellent clerking team – extremely helpful and collaborative’.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

33 Chancery Lane’s members appear in a range of corporate crime cases, many relating to interest rate rigging.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks:

  • Andrew Mitchell QC - ‘Instructed in heavyweight SFO cases.’
  • Graham Brodie QC - ‘The intellectual rigour he applies to the task reaps real rewards.’
  • Amanda Pinto QC - ‘She is immediately liked and respected by clients as a real heavyweight.’

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

  • Christopher Convey - ‘A brave and persuasive advocate.’
  • Keith Mitchell - ‘An effective and sympathetic jury advocate, who commands total respect from the bench.’

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

33 Chancery Lane is ‘unmatched in the field of asset forfeiture and confiscation’ 

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading Silks

  •  Andrew Mitchell QC - ‘The most knowledgeable POCA counsel at the Bar.’
  • Graham Brodie QC - ‘His skeleton arguments often win before a word has been spoken in court.’
  • Mark Rainsford QC - ‘Instructed for the defence in challenging confiscation proceedings.’
  • Kennedy Talbot QC - ‘A complete specialist in this area and an excellent advocate who dominates the courtroom.’
  • Martin Evans QC - ‘An able advocate and adviser, who is strong both in court and in conference.’

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Barry Stancombe - ‘He represents the FCA and defendants in post-conviction and civil restraint matters.’

  •  Christopher Convey - ‘Fearless, driven and, above all, realistic.’
  • Fiona Jackson - ‘Superb: she has a mature and gutsy approach.’
  • Ian Smith - ‘He deploys his very good commercial background well in the POCA arena.’
  • Penelope Small - ‘A go-to counsel for asset recovery and confiscation.’
  • Faisal Osman - ‘His grasp of detail is something to behold, but he wears it lightly.’

Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

  • Ian Smith - ‘He is developing very wide experience in civil fraud and has a no-nonsense approach.’

Fraud: crime

33 Chancery Lane is best known for Proceeds of Crime Act work, but its members also defend in criminal fraud trials.     

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

  • Andrew Mitchell QC - ‘His pragmatic approach keeps the solutions simple.’
  • Amanda Pinto QC - ‘Immediately liked and respected by clients as a real heavyweight.’
  • Graham Brodie QC - ‘His strengths are his analysis of the issues before working out a practical solution.’
  • Mark Rainsford QC - ‘He defends in complex money laundering and boiler room cases.’

Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

  • Faisal Osman - ‘A fantastic barrister, who has cemented his position at the top of the junior commercial crime Bar.’
  • Keith Mitchell - ‘His biggest strengths are his trial advocacy and client-care skills.’

Mutual Legal Assistance in British-Polish Asset Recovery

Fiona Jackson spoke in Warsaw today to an audience of members of the Warsaw Bar Association and Polish Bar Association, international embassies’ staff and other legal professionals on Mutual Legal Assistance in British-Polish Asset Recovery.  Covering issues of domestic and international criminal and civil asset recovery, mutual legal assistance and mutual recognition of restraint, freezing and confiscation orders, Fiona focused also on present barriers to successful mutual co-operation in an effort to strengthen the ties between the two jurisdictions.

The workshop was organised as part of a Bar Council mission addressing current bilateral issues in Family Law and Criminal Law, underscoring the importance which the Bar Associations of both jurisdictions place on the rule of law.

To instruct Fiona (http://33knowledge.com/barristers/fiona-jackson/) in any of these matters, please email fj@33cllaw.com or speak with her Practice Director, Martin Adams on +44 (0) 20 7440 9950.