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23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)

Financial Crime

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23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers) is an impressive set, noted for its expertise in both the prosecution and defence of a wide range of financial crime cases. Members are regularly instructed in complex and high-value cases involving allegations of bribery, fraud and corruption, and are well regarded for their representation of clients in SFO and HMRC investigations. The team is also well versed in appellate work, as evidenced by an appearance in R v Barton, a case concerning a care home fraud heard in the Court of Appeal.

Client service:

"The senior clerk Wayne King stands out among other clerks - he's straightforward, direct and professional. You can really trust him."

Strengths:

Alexander Upton
Experienced in the handling of fraud, corruption and bribery cases. He acts for both the prosecution and the defence in complex investigations brought by the SFO and HMRC.
"Very personable and hard-working." "He is a bright and committed lawyer."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Danielle Gerard and Others, representing one of four defendants charged with offences of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to make unauthorised use of trade marks.

Strengths:

Cairns Nelson QC
Co-head of the set, he is recognised for his confident, reassuring and rallying manner, even when the facts of the case appear unfavourable. He has built a sterling reputation acting for both the prosecution and the defence in cases concerning matters such as carbon credits, professional reporting fraud and export control. As a former Standing Counsel to the Revenue, he offers particular expertise in tax fraud matters.
"An incredibly hard-working barrister." "He is a fabulous jury advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a Trading Standards prosecution of an energy fraud that involved thousands of small businesses being defrauded of money.

Strengths:

Charles Miskin QC
A former Standing Counsel to the precursor to HMRC, and thus highly experienced in advising on tax-related cases including MTIC and carbon credit frauds. His recent experience includes high-profile tax prosecutions, as well as trading standards and breach of trust defences.
"Very thorough."
Recent work: Defended the managing director of precious metals broker Byzantium in a flagship Cayman Island money laundering case.

Strengths:

Mark Fenhalls QC
A former chair of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales, and a high-profile practitioner in fraud and financial crime. His wide practice has seen him handle, among others, cases involving tax fraud and corruption with regard to public contracts. He has a mixed practice, with impressive experience both prosecuting and defending, and is rated for his expert advice in significant SFO cases.
"He is dynamic with good judgement and very good client skills. He is good at explaining complicated things in a simple way and is very user-friendly." "Has an excellent strategic mind with a real eye for detail." "He commands great respect in the courtroom from judges, clients and colleagues alike, and is very hard-working and approachable."

Strengths:

Paul Bogan QC
A dedicated defence silk with notable experience in the realm of serious crime and fraud. His experience includes advising on cases relating to mortgage fraud, money laundering and the awarding of public service contracts.
"Fantastic in court."

Strengths:

Richard Bentwood
Senior junior with considerable expertise in serious fraud matters. He is regularly instructed in complex money laundering cases.
"His technical know-how and ability to process and understand complex data is magnificent."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in R v Nyack and Others, a business and insolvency prosecution involving allegations of fraud and money laundering which took place over a six-year period involving multiple corporate identities and jurisdictions.

Financial Crime Department

23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)

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Department location

1 Gray's Inn Square

Holborn, London

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5AA

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime


Cairns Nelson QC
Band 2
Charles Miskin QC
Band 4
Mark Fenhalls QC
Band 1
Paul Bogan QC
Band 4

Juniors

London (Bar)

Financial Crime


Alexander Upton
Band 4
Richard Bentwood
Band 4