Amanda Pinto QC (1983) (QC: 2006)


"..no nonsense, straight-talking approach..."‘Hugely experienced, immensely clever, collegiate, hardworking and cerebral.’ Legal 500 2018

"..no nonsense, straight-talking approach..."‘Hugely experienced, immensely clever, collegiate, hardworking and cerebral.’ Legal 500 2018

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. Amanda is highly-ranked by Chambers & Partners in both Financial Crime: Corporates and Financial Crime.

Hugely experienced, immensely clever, collegiate, hardworking and cerebral.’ Legal 500 2018

"Always ahead of the game” "She has a razor-sharp intellect." Chambers & Partners 2019

A heavyweight advocate.” Legal 500 2020

"Both a fantastic prosecutor and defender. She's very charming but can be ferocious when she wants to cross-examine hard." "She's a very clever, hard-working, effective advocate, who has very good client-handling skills." Chambers & Partners 2020

"Both a fantastic prosecutor and defender. She's very charming but can be ferocious when she wants to cross-examine hard." "She's a very clever, hard-working, effective advocate, who has very good client-handling skills." Chambers & Partners 2020

"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” 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

“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.

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. 

She is Vice-Chair of the Bar Council and was Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-2018. Amanda is regularly asked to deliver speeches and training to lawyers and the judiciary on corporate criminal liability, corruption and money laundering. 


  Current and recent cases:

  • Secured acquittal of cash trader in reference rate trial against the SFO

  • Instructed to prepare an amicus brief for a US attorney association on LPP and litigation privilege in the ENRC litigation

  • Defending the managing director in a commercial corruption allegation

  • Appearing as an expert on English law of abuse of process in a foreign criminal trial

  • Instructed in an international ‘sustainable’ investment scheme for the SFO

  • Advising in a Forex international investment fraud

  • Advising on corporate criminal liability of SFO v Tesco Stores Ltd.

  • Obtaining and challenging search warrant applications and under POCA, PACE and the SFO powers under the CJA

  • Private prosecution concerning forgeries by a lawyer

  • Advising a British company on corruption issues in the Middle East

  • Advising in international corruption allegations against corporations overseas.


Case Highlights

  • 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 A,W & M –international insider dealing.

  • R v H - 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 & art crime

  • R v Ladva - Visa fraud in the Philippines by corrupt Foreign Office official.

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

 


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, Amanda has presented in Moscow, Hong-Kong, Shanghai and Oman,

  • 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)

  • Vice-Chair of the Bar of England & Wales 2019

  • Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-2018

  • Bencher of the Middle Temple 2012

  • United Kingdom representative on the Council of the International Criminal Bar 2009-2017

  • 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