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London (Bar) Financial Crime
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Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions - London (Bar)
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2 Hare Court offers expertise spanning the full gamut of financial crime matters. Members receive regular instructions from both individual and corporate clients across the financial services sector, and are adept at handling cases involving allegations of insider dealing, money laundering, corruption, bribery and fraud. Private prosecutions are also a key area of strength for the team.

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"The set has very efficient and able clerks." "The director of clerking Julian Campbell is outstanding. He is very commercial but sensible, and he understand the pressures solicitors are under." "The clerks are easy to speak to, go above and beyond and are always available. They have been on top of everything during the pandemic and it has made their clients' lives much easier."

Jonathan Laidlaw KC
Jonathan Laidlaw KC is a top barrister with a wide-ranging practice in financial crime. Having served as First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, he has in recent years been involved in major SFO investigations into alleged corruption and market manipulation offences. He is highly rated for his defence of directors and companies facing fraud charges, and is noted for his adept handling of cases involving private prosecutions.
"He is a stellar criminal silk and his advocacy is superb. One of his great skills is that he can really put together a case theory that appeals to a jury or judge, and comes up with a coherent case strategy." "A safe pair of hands and a creative thinker."

Represented an individual who ran a major energy supply business in the North West and is under investigation in respect of allegations of fraud in his energy businesses.

Christopher Coltart KC
Christopher Coltart KC is the head of the set's business crime and financial services practice group. He is able to call upon valuable prior experience as a corporate solicitor when handling his cases, and is particularly specialised in cases with crossover civil or regulatory aspects. Coltart is adept at dealing with matters with multi-jurisdictional considerations.
"He is technically brilliant, works extremely well in a team, has a great manner with clients and is excellent on his feet." " The quality of his work and client handling is impressive." "He is unbelievably good."

Acted for Estelle Croft, the former finance director at Redcentric. She and two others were charged by the FCA with false accounting, misleading the company's auditors and misleading the market. 

Christopher Foulkes
Christopher Foulkes is a experienced junior who is regularly called upon to prosecute and defend high-level fraud and financial crime, including cases with an international element. His record includes work on corruption, accounting fraud and money laundering matters. He is esteemed for his experience in cases brought by the SFO and HMRC.
"He provides top-quality advice and is a wonderful tactician." "Extremely reliable, articulate and really supportive to clients. His drafting is also excellent." "A first-rate financial crime junior - his technical knowledge is second to none."

Acted for Estelle Croft in R v Fraser Fisher, Estelle Croft and Others, a prosecution by the Financial Conduct Authority of the former CEO, CFO and finance director of Redcentric for false accounting, making false or misleading statements to an auditor, and making false or misleading statements contrary to Section 89(1) of the Financial Services Act 2012.

Gavin Irwin
Gavin Irwin is an advocate who is clear and polite in court and a skilled manager of challenging personalities. He is esteemed for his work in fraud, bribery and corruption cases, and has handled a number of money laundering cases, as well as trading standards and tax fraud matters.
"He has a lovely jury manner." "He is refreshingly approachable and understands the need to be pragmatic. He appreciates the commercial reality of cases and is very responsive and flexible." "He is very organised and someone you definitely want on your side." 

Brendan Kelly KC
Brendan Kelly is a very measured advocate who commands considerable respect. He is a popular choice for individuals facing charges of fraud, money laundering and bribery, and is particularly noted for his ability in substantial, long-running cases.
"A brilliant advocate who is great to instruct - he's very bright, intelligent and client-friendly." "An excellent jury advocate, he's very smooth and urbane. He also has good relationships with the judiciary, puts clients at ease and grasps the issues quickly."

Represented the PA to James Stunt in R v Francesca Sota, a case involving a large allegation of money laundering.

Andrew Radcliffe KC
Andrew Radcliffe KC is a proven expert in the field of white-collar crime whose practice extends to overseas territories, including the Cayman Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands. His wide-ranging fraud practice includes a recent focus on high-value tax cases prosecuted by HMRC. He is noted for his ability to defend clients in large and significant trials.
"A great tactician." "He is the smoothest advocate and is always on top of his brief."

Instructed in R v O'Sullivan and Another, a case involving an allegation of stamp duty fraud by two practising solicitors who acted for US clients on either side of the sale and purchase of a multimillion-dollar luxury property transaction in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Vivienne Tanchel
As a former finance professional who later retrained as a barrister, Vivienne Tanchel has enviable real-world experience to bring to financial crime cases. She is a popular choice for defence work involving allegations of market abuse and regulatory breaches, and is a noted expert on bribery and corruption matters. Tanchel is valued for her ability to handle complex fraud cases and related civil proceedings.
"She add real value as she understand how institutions work." "She is a brilliant advocate; really skilful." "Very personable and great with clients."

Acted for the defendant in R v S, a case involving a legally complicated multimillion-pound fraud on a petrol supply company using bank guarantees.

Jonathan Kinnear KC
Regulatory, criminal and confiscation issues feature prominently in Jonathan Kinnear KC's caseload, and he has handled a number of matters involving allegations of MTIC fraud, money laundering and corruption. He is particularly valued for his skill in prosecuting significant financial crime cases.
"Very impressive, knowledgeable and quick to master his brief. He's always willing to help and works in a collaborative way." "He is extremely knowledgeable and his manner provides a lot of reassurance for clients. He is hard-working and makes himself available at short notice."

Represented the Post Office in respect of malicious prosecution proceedings likely to arise as a result of the CCRC decision to refer 47 cases of sub-postmasters convicted of fraud over the last 15 years or so to the CACD. 

Orlando Pownall KC
Orlando Pownall wins plaudits for his smooth and sophisticated advocacy. Tax fraud, insider dealing and postal fraud matters all feature on his work roster. He is particularly well versed in the representation of clients from the financial services industry, and is further experienced in private prosecution cases.
"A fantastic advocate with a wonderful presence in court - he's good with the jury and brilliant with the client." "He has a very calm presence in court and judges really listen to him."

Angus Bunyan
Angus Bunyan is regularly instructed by the FCA and the SFO to prosecute complex fraud cases. He offers significant expertise in money laundering, bribery and corruption.
"Very quick, super smart and works well with solicitors." "He's happy to get stuck in and works as part of a team. He's very knowledgeable, experienced and a real pleasure to work with."

Prosecuted a sophisticated, long-running and high-value 'boiler room' fraud involving the selling of worthless carbon credits and low-value or non-existent diamonds to elderly and vulnerable but wealthy individuals and the subsequent laundering of the proceeds through front companies overseas.

Martin Hicks KC
Martin Hicks KC is a broadly accomplished silk who applies his wide knowledge of criminal legal procedure to financial crime matters. His recent cases have included acting for the defence in substantial private prosecutions. He is rated for his skill in large fraud trials.
"Unbelievably shrewd and very hard-working."

Instructed in the first prosecution under CITES in respect of endangered species. The defendant was convicted of masterminding a multimillion-pound smuggling operation across international borders of endangered glass eels.

David Whittaker KC
David Whittaker KC frequently appears as leading counsel in financial crime cases as part of his well-rounded and broad criminal defence practice. He attracts market attention for his highly fluent and convincing advocacy in court and his calm demeanour. Whittaker has acted for the defence on a number of major FCA insider trading prosecutions.
"He is incredibly practical, always has a solution to the problem and is very experienced." "An excellent jury advocate."

Represented Anna Machkevitch, the daughter of a major shareholder in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, an entity that is the subject of a criminal investigation by the SFO. The companies of which Machkevitch was a director were issued with Section 2 CJA 1987 notices and the allegation was that she failed, without reasonable excuse, to produce documents to the SFO.

Leon Kazakos KC
Leon Kazakos KC wins plaudits for his fraud defence practice, which includes both criminal matters and related civil cases. He acts for individuals facing high-stakes prosecutions for alleged money laundering, mortgage and investment fraud. Kazakos is also experienced in bribery and corruption cases.
"Judges respect him and his clients feel completely taken care of and represented." "A fearless advocate who is excellent both on his feet and on paper."

Acted for the first and major defendant in R v Olumuyiwa Ogunduyile. The defendants were accused of being professional fraudsters and money launderers who sought over five years to persuade companies and individuals worldwide to send huge sums of money to bank accounts under the fiction that those sums were due.

Peter Lownds
Peter Lownds is a criminal barrister who is commended for his strong defence practice. He has an established track record in fraud and money laundering cases, and is particularly adept at bribery, corruption and tax fraud cases.
"Knows his brief inside out and is a fearless advocate in court."

Represented a businessman charged with running an immigration services fraud, in which he and his business partner were accused of providing unregulated immigration advice and legal services to multiple clients.

Lewis MacDonald
Lewis MacDonald is a junior financial crime barrister with experience acting both led and unled in complex private prosecutions. He regularly prosecutes complex frauds and has previously been instructed to represent HMRC and the Royal Mail, among other prosecutors.
"A very hard-working junior with a great eye for detail. He is a pleasure to work with."

Instructed as prosecution disclosure junior in a case concerning an alleged loan-to-own casino fraud.

Brian O'Neill KC
Brian O'Neill KC is an established silk who is highly regarded for his expert handling of private prosecutions. He has experience of acting for both the prosecution and the defence, and has been involved in several high-profile matters.
"He is extremely effective in court."

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Orlando Pownall KC
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