Mark Rainsford QC Speaks at 'White Collar Practice' Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Mark Rainsford QC was invited to speak on the subject of "International White Collar Investigations and the Attorney Client Privilege", moderated by Dennis E. Boyle; Fox Rothschild LLP.

For copy of Mark's presentation, please contact the clerks.

Mark Rainsford QC Secures Acquittal in Major Corruption Cas

Mark Rainsford QC Successfully Defends Former Senior Partner of Substantial Law Firm Acquitted on Major Corruption Charge in UK’s Biggest Boiler Room Fraud

Robert Manning, former senior partner of Fox Hayes LLP, has been acquitted of a major corruption charge arising from the UK’s biggest ever boiler room fraud.

Around 1,000 investors were defrauded of £70m. Nine other defendants were convicted of conspiracy to defraud.

It was alleged Mr Manning, aged 63 of Leeds, received a bribe of $869,000 for persuading Fox Hayes Solicitors partners to take on high risk work, resulting in the collapse of the firm and the consequent loss of 300 jobs at the firm.

The defence team, led by Mark Rainsford QC, consisted of Jason Sugarman 9-12 Bell Yard, Stephen Fox –senior partner Ralli Solicitors, Manchester, and Lynn Mahon, associate solicitor.

During the trial the SFO’s case was comprehensively undermined in a number of respects. The defendant, who did not give evidence, averred that:

  • He did not improperly influence his partners; 
  • The prosecution incorrectly alleged he kept payments made to him secret from his partners; 
  • By reason of custom and practice he had implied authority to receive separate payment for work introduced by him to the firm; 
  • Severe criticism levelled at Mr Manning and his partners by the Court of Appeal was unjustified and unfair and E. Fox Hayes LLP collapsed because it overreached itself financially prior to the recession and it was nothing to do with Mr Manning’s conduct.

The trial lasted for three – four months. Mr Manning was the only defendant to be acquitted- see the following press links:

Mark Rainsford QC and Faisal Osman Deliver Expert Assistance, Abuja, Nigeria

The programme was hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Nigeria.

It set out to enhance the capacity of investigators and prosecutors to effectively investigate and prosecute terrorism related cases as well as money laundering and financing of terrorism and assets recovery. The programme comprised procedural and cross cutting issues such as international cooperation and witness protection in the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes.

Mark Rainsford QC and Faisal Osman presided over a moot trial, based on a case scenario spanning from investigation stages to the application of asset freezing order using powers contained in the Nigerian Proceeds of Crime Bill.

The workshop followed the Commonwealth Secretariat's and UNODC counter-terrorism workshop for Judges of Nigeria Federal High Court on 9-12 October 2012 in London. Following which the Secretariat remarked:

Please permit me to express, on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat, our heartfelt appreciation for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your experience with the visiting Judges on some salient issues in criminal justice practice. There was a huge acknowledgement of the impact of your contribution by all the participating judges.

To us in the Secretariat and our partner, the UNODC, your presentation contributed in no small measure to the success of the whole programme and in fact formed one of the most valuable and important outcomes of the workshop.