Chambers ranked in Financial Crime by Chambers and Partners 2015/16

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. 

SILKS 

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." 

JUNIORS 

Jonathan Lennon 
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.

Keith Mitchell 
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.

Christopher Convey 
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.

Chambers Ranked Number 1 in Asset Forfeiture

We're delighted to have been ranked by Chambers and Partners (2015) as number 1 in Asset Recovery yet again.

Chambers is consistently acknowledged as the leading set in relation to heavyweight proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture cases. Sources explain that "the knowledge base and expertise here is unparalleled. You go to them when you need not only someone who knows all the rules but also knows the infrastructure of the area in depth."

It is home to numerous dedicated specialists and offers high-quality representation and advice at all levels. Members are capable of acting in the full range of restraint, confiscation, civil recovery and cash seizure matters, and appear on behalf of prosecuting authorities, defendants, receivers and third parties. 

They obtains some of the most significant instructions in this field, both at first instance and at appellate levels. Notable examples of recent cases include R v GH, which determined the scope of Section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, R v Ahmad, which determined the approach to confiscation in joint benefit cases, and Barnes v Eastenders, which decided liability for incorrectly made receivership orders.

Client service: "The clerking team is of a high standard. All the clerks are very professional , approachable, friendly, courteous and willing to assist in every way they possibly can. No request is too big or small. They are also responsive to any communication that I have with them and overall a pleasure to work with as I know that any work that I instruct chambers to deal with is in a safe pair of hands." The practice manager, Martin Adams, is "a true professional and very reliable."

SILKS 

Andrew Mitchell QC 
Sources from all corners of the market praise him. His track record features many of the largest, precedent-setting cases that have been brought under the proceeds of crime legislation. Strengths: "He knows everything about everything in proceeds of crime." "He knows the law backwards and inside out. He's also an excellent advocate, and can marshal facts and put them forward like no others. His cross-examination is also exceptional and a thing to behold." Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the former chairman of an offshore bank who faced a civil recovery claim in respect of money laundering committed through the bank.

Graham Brodie QC 
A well-regarded asset forfeiture specialist who is regularly instructed by commercial clients and individual defendants to handle confiscation and restraint proceedings arising from white-collar and serious civil fraud investigations. Strengths: "An expert on the law but also able to think strategically about how issues will play out." "He knows his way around the area very well and is also very good with clients. He is also very user-friendly and responsive." Recent work: Acted for a former Goldman Sachs banker charged with laundering proceeds of corruption from Nigeria. The case concerned confiscation proceedings and an application for the variance of a restraint order.

Mark Rainsford QC 
Has a stellar reputation for acting in money laundering claims. His broad proceeds of crime practice sees him handling very high-value confiscation and restraint orders. Strengths: "Offers excellent advocacy, first-class advice and superior preparation. He is hard-working, very commercially aware, user-friendly and approachable." Recent work: Represented the CPS in enforcement proceedings brought in relation to a £14 million confiscation order after financial restructuring had seemingly dissipated the initial assets.

JUNIORS 

Kennedy Talbot
Highly regarded for his asset forfeiture expertise and described by some as "Mr POCA." He has considerable experience of acting in civil recovery, restraint, confiscation and receivership proceedings at every court level. Strengths: "A good intellectual lawyer and an effective advocate." "He has a very practical and straightforward way of delivering arguments which courts appreciate. His written advice is also to the point and no-nonsense." Recent work: Appeared in R v GH, a Supreme Court appeal which questioned the meaning of money laundering activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Martin Evans 
Renowned for his expertise in asset forfeiture, he is frequently instructed in the leading cases in this area. He has a wealth of experience in confiscation, civil recovery and restraint proceedings. Strengths: "A calm, clear and measured advocate" who is "clever and analytical but also charming and funny." "He can deal with things at short notice, is extremely knowledgeable in this area and does a lot of work." Recent work: Acted for the former receiver in Barnes v Eastenders Group, a Supreme Court case concerning liability for a receiver's remuneration where the initial receivership order was unjustified.

Fiona Jackson 
Very well-regarded criminal counsel with an excellent asset recovery practice. She has considerable experience of acting in confiscation and civil recovery matters, and has handled cases involving international enforcement and mutual assistance. Strengths: "An excellent advocate who is reliable, extremely hard-working, commercially aware, user-friendly and very approachable." "She has a deep-rooted understanding of how all of these areas of law work." Recent work: Acted for the Government of Macau in enforcement proceedings concerning a multimillion-pound confiscation order served on corrupt individuals.

Ian Smith  
Regularly instructed to advise businesses on complying with their duties under POCA legislation in the context of money laundering and international sanctions. He has additional experience of restraint, recovery and enforcement proceedings. Strengths: "He is approachable, professional and incredibly knowledgeable in these fields. His written work is excellent and his advocacy is even better. He is a formidable opponent and a delight to work with." 

Christopher Convey 
Prosecutes and defends in complex restraint and confiscation proceedings. His work is often multi-jurisdictional, and regularly involves offshore or foreign parties. Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable and very hard-working, he is increasingly becoming an authority in this area." Recent work: Instructed by the US Department of Justice to advise on international restraint and receivership issues involved in Allen Stanford's billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Jonathan Lennon 
A renowned fraud practitioner who regularly prosecutes and defends in confiscation and asset recovery proceedings. He has experience of acting with regard to international mutual assistance requests, multi-jurisdictional recovery claims and contempt of court cases. Strengths: "Has the right client manner to guide clients through what are always difficult and stressful proceedings.""He's absolutely tremendous at drafting, which can be everything in POCA work. His knowledge is immense too and he keeps on top of everything." Recent work: Represented defendants Kingdom Corporation, a bureau de change, which was the subject of a police investigation into money laundering activities. As well as various other proceedings, he successfully challenged the seizure of £90,000 while it was being moved to a bank.

Barry Stancombe 
Regularly advises management receivers and affected third parties, as well as defendants faced with POCA proceedings. He has notable expertise relating to civil recovery and receivership. Strengths: "A lawyer with excellent advocacy skills who works very quickly and very thoroughly." Recent work: Advised the management receiver and liquidator of Sustainable Growth Group following a high-profile SFO investigation which resulted in the conviction of the former company directors.

Chambers Ranked in Fraud, Chambers and Partners 2014/15

Band 3 | The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC

THE SET

The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC is a boutique civil and criminal fraud set, with particular expertise in POCA work, asset recovery and market manipulation. Recent highlights have seen its barristers instructed on international criminal fraud investigations and prosecutions in a range of jurisdictions, including high-level political corruption and bribery cases. Members are also regularly called upon to advise corporate clients on regulatory compliance matters.

Client service: The clerking team is led by practice director Martin Adams.

SILKS 

David Evans QC
Has a criminal fraud specialism and is regularly instructed in major investigations. 
Expertise: "He is superb and to the point."

Graham Brodie QC
Has expertise in confiscation proceedings and asset freezing. He is regularly instructed for the defence in financial crime cases. 
Expertise: "He does not put a foot wrong throughout the whole case and impresses everybody." "He's an impeccable barrister."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant in the Innospec case, an SFO prosecution relating to alleged bribery and corruption in Indonesia.

Andrew Mitchell QC
Prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases. He has notable expertise in asset forfeiture and money laundering. 
Expertise: "He is a giant in the bribery and corruption area and acts in some of the best and most significant international cases. He is a very good fraud lawyer." 
Recent work: Prosecuted a high-profile bribery and corruption case relating to a property development in the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Amanda Pinto QC
Highly respected in the market for handling a broad range of financial crime matters. 
Expertise: "She is indefatigable, clever, has a great courtroom presence and is a real fighter."

Alistair Webster QC
Has particular expertise in criminal fraud. Areas of specialism include VAT fraud, mortgage fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. 
Expertise: "He is great on his feet and excellent at the paperwork." 

JUNIORS

Keith Mitchell
A highly reputed junior advocate with experience of prosecuting and defending significant fraud cases. 
Recent work: Lead junior defence counsel in an advance fee fraud case prosecuted by the SFO.

Jonathan Lennon
Commands respect from the financial crime market. He has a specialism in criminal fraud matters and is well versed in handling POCA issues. 
Expertise: "He's knowledgeable and has been involved in leading cases in relation to proceeds of crime and money laundering. He has a very good client manner and is easy to work with."