This impressive set handles a broad range of cutting-edge white-collar crime matters including missing trader fraud, tax fraud and money laundering cases. Advocates are routinely instructed to act on behalf of individual defendants as well as large prosecution authorities. Recent cases include acting for the former head of CL Financial, charged with the diversion of funds, and O’Sullivan & Kerr, an international tax fraud relating to the sale of private tropical islands.
Client service: "An excellent set - the clerks are friendly and very efficient." "The clerks are very personable and very helpful and efficient." Martin Adams is the practice director.
Andrew Mitchell QC
A prominent silk in the area of civil and criminal fraud with over 30 years' experience at the Bar. He represents both individuals and large corporations in corruption, bribery and tax fraud matters. Strengths: "Very knowledgeable and well respected by the judiciary." "He gets to work immediately when instructed, and is very good at turning work around, no matter how busy he is." 1Recent work: Acted in Innospec (Kerrison, Papachristos & Others), a major corruption prosecution concerning the bribery of Indonesian and Iraqi officials in order to secure contracts.
David Evans QC
A highly sought-after criminal silk with extensive experience in cases concerning complex and sensitive fraud and business crime. Strengths: "Very clever and very good with the jury."
Graham Brodie QC
A heavyweight civil and criminal fraud silk with an outstanding reputation among peers and instructing solicitors. He is incredibly adept at handling complex matters involving commercial misconduct and corruption. Strengths: "Very helpful on strategy and takes a strong team approach. He is a powerhouse of finance and fraud knowledge."
Amanda Pinto QC
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. Strengths: "Very competent, precise and someone who provides a good analysis of issues." Recent work: Represented the SFO in R v Magnus Peterson, a sophisticated and high-value fraud involving the illegal activities of a hedge fund.
Alistair Webster QC
An experienced practitioner who focuses primarily on the defence of serious white-collar criminal offences. Areas of strength include revenue fraud, missing trader fraud and the prosecution of anti-competitive behaviours in the market. Strengths: "He is very strong and has a great background in fraud work."
A popular choice of junior for those seeking expertise in property, tax and carbon credit fraud. He undertakes both prosecution and defence work and frequently lectures on corporate crime issues. Strengths: "He is a forceful advocate in court and his technical knowledge is second to none." Recent work: Instructed in R v Barlow, which concerned allegations of a large pension scheme fraud involving significant losses to the Revenue and breach of FSA rules.
A barrister with considerable experience of corporate crime and serious fraud. He is regularly instructed by the SFO, HMRC and BIS to act in high-profile investigations. Strengths: "An absolute dream. He can get up to speed quickly on cases and he is spot-on when it comes to strategy." Recent work: Advised in R v Neal Thompson (Operation Cactus Hunt), where a complex and multi-handed £12 million pension/VAT fraud was alleged.
Has broad expertise in serious financial crime cases, with a strong focus on cross-border work. He handles complex money laundering, tax fraud and compliance matters, and is well versed in civil recovery proceedings. Strengths: "Very, very able and gives sound pragmatic advice." "A solid and inventive performer." Recent work: Defended the first derivatives trader accused of serious fraud in connection with the manipulation of the Libor interest rate.