33 Chancery Lane Ranked in Legal 500

The latest edition of Legal 500 has ranked Chambers for Fraud (including asset forfeiture)

"...At 33 Chancery Lane, Andrew Mitchell QC’s reputation ‘justifiably speaks for itself’, and David Evans QC ‘has judges listening intently and juries hanging onto his every word’. 

New silk Graham Brodie QC is ‘a reassuring guiding hand when even the instructing solicitor feels out of depth’. 

Kennedy Talbot ‘knows the law surrounding POCA backwards’, and Keith Mitchell ‘can put the most nervous clients at ease’..."

Additionally, Kennedy Talbot has been ranked in band one as one of the five leading juniors in the area.

Source: http://www.legal500.com/firms/9516/offices...

Acquisition International Votes Keith Mitchell White Collar Crime Barrister of the Year

UK White Collar Crime Barrister of the Year (Cert) UK White Collar Crime Barrister of the Year (Cert)Keith has long been recognised for his expertise in fraud and as a leader in his field. He appears in the Fraud sections of the top legal directories, Chambers UK 2013.

He has been described as “a talented practitioner who knows his way around fraud cases.” His practice encompasses major SFO, VAT and MTIC frauds as well as business, financial and other white-collar crime matters.

It has been said that “his ability to sift through heavy paperwork and present a cogent argument in court is the envy of many” and his recent work highlights are just as impressive.

 See here for more details of Keith's accolade: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cc67c078#/cc67c078/28

Keith Mitchell Appears for Accountant Sentenced for £24m HSBC Fraud and Money Laundering Scam

Accountant Robert Hulme has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to three charges of money laundering at the Central Criminal Court.

Hulme was involved in a plot to steal almost £24 million from HSBC and hide the money in a number of european companies, but after suspicions were raised the fraud was never carried out.

Cash was stolen from individual accounts and then transferred to a number of different companies.

The fraud came to light when the financial authorities questioned a transfer of  £72 million of cash by an employee at HSBC at Canary Wharf.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC told him: “I do not accept this is any different from, for example, drug money. “This was a large-scale fraud on the banking system.”

When sentencing, the judge said that he believed Hulme was already living off money gained by fraudulent actions.  Hulme’s sentence is to run consecutively with a nine-year sentence imposed on him in 2008 for a £55 million VAT fraud.

Keith Mitchell, defending the 52 year old man, told the court that Hulme had lost his wife and home, saying: “He has lost everything.” In July 2008, former HSBC clerk Jagmeet Channa was jailed for nine years for illegally transferring £72 million out of the bank.