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2 Hare Court

Financial Crime

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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.

Client service:

Julian Campbell is the director of clerking. He is "superbly professional and highly responsive."

Strengths:

Alison Levitt QC
Former head of the white-collar crime and investigations group at Mishcon de Reya and widely recognised as one of the leading experts in the field of private prosecutions. She is noted for her experience as principal legal adviser to the DPP and is regularly called upon for her assistance with a range of high profile matters.
"She has a lot of experience doing private prosecutions and is extremely able."
Recent work: Acted for Allseas in its private prosecution of Paul Sultana arising from a EUR100 million fraud.

Strengths:

Andrew Radcliffe QC
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.
"He is extremely clever, works very hard and is charming and disarming in cross-examination." "He's a very strategic thinker so he gets very good results for clients."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving counts under the Fraud Act and of perverting the course of justice brought by the SFO against three businessmen arising out of the liquidation of JJB, the sports retailer.

Strengths:

Angus Bunyan
Regularly instructed by the FCA and the SFO to prosecute complex fraud cases. He offers significant expertise in money laundering, bribery and corruption.
"He has a very calm approach which is very effective with juries." "Just the man to have on your side in a legal scrap and a huge asset to any team."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in a financial crime case involving an outwardly respectable investment company which purported to offer wealthy investors fixed interest plans at a guaranteed rate of return. In fact, the company directors dissipated the money on their own failed business ventures and extravagant lifestyle.

Strengths:

Brendan Kelly QC
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 phenomenal advocate - he's eloquent in court and very intelligent." "Utterly charming and juries love him."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged as part of the Bertling series of corruption cases. He was said to be the instigator.

Strengths:

Brian O'Neill QC
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.
"Brian is very tenacious, works hard and is an effective prosecutor." "He's the real deal when it comes to private prosecutions."
Recent work: Instructed in a private prosecution involving numerous counts of health and safety fraud relating to the provision of gas and electrical safety certificates.

Strengths:

Christopher Coltart QC
Serves as 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 really good - methodical, calm and fantastic in court." "A phenomenal advocate who can get to grips with the technical facts quickly and with great ease."
Recent work: Represented Cambridge Analytica in Information Commissioner's Office v Cambridge Analytica.

Strengths:

Christopher Foulkes
Experienced junior who wins growing recognition for his role in prosecuting 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.
"An extremely talented lawyer who has real presence in court." "He is brilliant - very meticulous and always meets deadlines."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in an investigation into allegations of corruption by Rolls-Royce in various international jurisdictions.

Strengths:

David Whittaker QC
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 very analytical, gets straight to the point, is a tough advocate and is very client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the head of international business development at a London-based finance company accused of excise fraud and money laundering.

Strengths:

Gavin Irwin
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's very cerebral and intelligent, fantastically good on detail, and he gets his head round voluminous amounts of material. He's also a very good advocate." "He is always well prepared, has a lot of experience, and his presentation of cases is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for one of the two principal conspirators in a £10 million international fraud and money laundering case.

Strengths:

Jonathan Laidlaw QC
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.
"A very good advocate - intelligent but also very practical." "One of the premier league players at the Bar." "He is a formidable advocate and an exceptional silk." "A true expert who gives very practical advice." "He has real integrity and always finds the right note with the court." "He is very hard-working and his court presence is second to none."
Recent work: Acted for the Allseas Group in its successful private prosecution of Paul Sultana in relation to a EUR100 million fraud.

Strengths:

Jonathan Kinnear QC
Regulatory, criminal and confiscation issues feature prominently in his 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.
"He can cut through complex cases with ease."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in the investigation into Petrofac for bribery.

Strengths:

Leon Kazakos QC
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.
"A good tactician, enormously hard-working and a very good lawyer." "He is brilliant and unflappable in the face of adversity."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant accused of laundering the proceeds of a highly successful boiler room fraud operation, offering for sale investments in rare earth metals which were in fact valueless in the amounts that were purchased.

Strengths:

Martin Hicks QC
A broadly accomplished QC 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.
"He is wonderful with clients, a great jury advocate and very hard-working; he's fantastic." "He is a great advocate."
Recent work: Acted as the principal defence advocate in a private prosecution arising from a £1 million fraud involving the importation of raw plastic for resale and manufacture in the UK.

Strengths:

Orlando Pownall QC
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.
"He is exceptionally talented." "A formidable opponent."

Strengths:

Peter Lownds
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.
"A superb junior - thorough and astute." "He's very knowledgeable and experienced."
Recent work: Acted for a Russian client in a long-running banking corruption case involving allegations of bribery concerning applications for loans from oil and gas companies in the old Soviet Republics.

Strengths:

Vivienne Tanchel
As a former finance professional who later retrained as a barrister, she 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 is super clever and very approachable." "She is incredibly bright, works really hard and knows the case inside and out - nothing passes her by."
Recent work: Represented the first defendant in R v Majeed and Others, a six-handed VAT and excise duty fraud.

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Financial Crime


Andrew Radcliffe QC
Band 2
Brendan Kelly QC
Band 1
Christopher Coltart QC
Band 1
David Whittaker QC
Band 4
Jonathan Laidlaw QC
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Jonathan S Kinnear QC
Band 3