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25 Bedford Row

Financial Crime

13 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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25 Bedford Row is a highly regarded set, noted for its defence of individuals and corporations in a wide range of financial crime cases. Members are routinely instructed in prosecutions brought by the SFO and HMRC, and are experienced in the handling of cases involving allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and insider trading. The team is also frequently called upon to advise a range of clients on bribery prevention and anti-money laundering procedures.

Client service:

"The director of clerking Guy Williams is a true professional. He's relaxed, enthusiastic and has a problem-solving approach." "Both Guy Williams and the deputy director of clerking Emma Makepeace are lovely and approachable and can guide you on who to instruct. They are on top of all the diaries." "The clerks are second to none. Emma Makepeace in particular is attentive, quick to respond, and will bend over backwards to help."

Strengths:

Adrian Eissa QC
Adrian Eissa QC is an experienced financial crime barrister who is regularly called upon to defend complex bribery, corruption and fraud cases. He is also noted for his expertise in complex confiscation proceedings.
"Juries find him very difficult to dislike and his natural likeability is something that can benefit a defendant in a criminal case. In cross-examinations he can switch from easy-going to stone-cold in a second - sometimes to devastating effect."
Recent work: Defended Unaoil's former territory manager for Iraq.

Strengths:

Colin Wells
Colin Wells is a committed and diligent junior counsel who has deep experience of handling cases relating to money laundering, boiler room fraud and bribery. He is also experienced in related confiscation proceedings. Wells wins plaudits for his expertise in abuse of process matters.
"He is very experienced."

Strengths:

Dermot Keating
Dermot Keating is an experienced financial crime junior with notable experience of handling major cases. He is valued for his skilled defence of clients in fraud cases, and is particularly well versed in tax fraud matters.
"He is able to strike the balance between seeing the big picture and getting in the detail of the matter. He is excellent on his feet, very strong with witnesses and superbly persuasive." "He is an extremely good advocate."

Strengths:

Geoffrey Payne
Geoffrey Payne counts high-value financial crime, such as tax and investment fraud, as a cornerstone of his practice. He is noted for his superior tactical awareness, cogent analysis of facts and strong client service skills. Payne is acknowledged for his experience in money laundering cases, and has extensive experience of defending cases prosecuted by bodies including HMRC and the SFO.
"His strengths are his detailed preparation, his command of the papers and his communication with other parties." "He puts clients at ease and knows his cases inside and out."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Booth & Others, a case involving allegations that the defendants defrauded vulnerable elderly residents at a care home to the tune of tens of millions of pounds.

Strengths:

George Carter-Stephenson QC
George Carter-Stephenson QC is a leading silk who impresses interviewees with his passion and persuasiveness when addressing a jury, as well as his meticulous case preparation. He has proven expertise in cases involving alleged tax frauds, corrupt payments and rate manipulation. His clients also include senior professionals charged with offences such as money laundering and the mis-selling of shares. He is noted for his ability to handle large, significant cases.
"He is very jury-friendly and can reduce the most complex materials into digestible material." He has a very nice manner and it's a pleasure to watch him in cross-examinations."
Recent work: Represented the principal defendant in a 22-handed fraud case. The case involved the alleged laundering of over £25 million of criminal proceeds through 14 shell companies within a highly complex laundering structure.

Strengths:

Nathaniel Rudolf QC
Nathaniel Rudolf QC is a recognised barrister in financial crime and the related field of POCA work. His key instructions include advising on allegations of rate manipulation and insider dealing, and he is further noted for his expertise in boiler room fraud cases. His wide-ranging practice also comprises work on matters relating to investment fraud, carbon credit fraud and money laundering.
"His strengths are his attention to detail in written work, curiosity about the finer legal points, very strong research skills and approachable manner." "He has a good strategic brain." "He masters his cases and is brilliant at dealing with clients."
Recent work: Represented a 'professional money launderer' in two separate boiler room trials involving the 'investment' in pay-day lending and 'fancy diamonds' respectively.

Strengths:

Nicola Howard QC
Nicola Howard QC is a well-organised, highly dependable silk who applies herself effectively and communicates well with both clients and judges. She is experienced in acting for the defence in a range of financial crime cases, including those relating to tax fraud and rate manipulation. Her client base includes company officers and directors, as well as professionals, and she is regularly instructed both for pre-charge advice and for representation at trial. She is noted for her expertise in cases with international elements.
"A great advocate for her clients and brilliantly intelligent." "She has a fearless approach in the way she defends clients in court."

Strengths:

Nigel Sangster QC
Nigel Sangster QC is an experienced defence silk who attracts praise for the calming influence he has on clients facing stressful criminal proceedings. He is known for his expertise in large financial crime cases, and regularly defends in tax and investment fraud matters.
"He has a marvellous rapport with his clients."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving an allegation of laundering £25 million of criminal monies derived from the proceeds of alcohol diversion excise fraud.

Strengths:

Peter Doyle QC
Peter Doyle QC provides high-quality defence counsel, and regularly handles boiler room frauds and cases involving tax fraud and bribery. He is noted for his ability to defend in highly complex proceedings brought by bodies such as HMRC and the SFO, and is an expert in money laundering cases.
"A very measured, thoughtful and authoritative barrister - when he speaks clients listen."
Recent work: Represented the second defendant (alleged second in command) in a multimillion-pound carbon credit and diamond fraud.

Strengths:

Samantha Riggs
Samantha Riggs attracts market acclaim for her skill in cases where environmental law and financial crime overlap. She has handled a number of high-value financial crime cases relating to land banking and carbon credits. Riggs also practises more broadly in matters including tax fraud and money laundering, and also has experience in related POCA matters.
"She is excellent technically and very good with clients. She will always go the extra mile and has real empathy with clients so she's able to build up that personal relationship."
Recent work: Representing a Unaoil employee accused of conspiring to bribe an Iraqi official.

Strengths:

Simon Pentol QC
Simon Pentol QC displays capability across the scope of financial crime, and has recently handled a number of high-value tax and investment fraud cases. He wins respect from peers for his client care skills, and has a breadth of experience that ranges from sports law to complex cyber crime. Pentol has noted experience in cases involving tax frauds and boiler room frauds.
"He has great natural instincts when approaching cases and displays great judgement and courtroom flair. He's also very good with clients."

Strengths:

Sonal Dashani
Sonal Dashani is regularly called upon to handle complex fraud and money laundering cases. She also fields expertise in confiscation proceedings and asset recovery matters, and acts for both the prosection and the defence. Her broad practice also encompasses appellate work.
"She has a really amazing rapport with solicitors and clients. Her written work is always precise, succinct and easy to follow."
Recent work: Represented the second of six defendants charged with a sophisticated MTIC fraud conspiracy with multiple trading chains and the evasion of £13 million of VAT.

Strengths:

Tom Price QC
Tom Price QC is noted for his polished advocacy and excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with lay clients, opposing counsel and judicial figures. He has acted for the defence in a range of complex and high-value frauds, including tax and mortgage fraud matters.
"A very strong jury advocate and a good tactician." "He is tremendously experienced and his judgement is very well calibrated - a very effective defender."
Recent work: Represented an individual who was alleged to have set up and coordinated multiple companies which variously sold bogus shares in diamonds, carbon credits and so forth.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime


Adrian Eissa QC
Band 4
George Carter-Stephenson QC
Band 1
Nathaniel Rudolf QC
New Silks
Nicola Howard QC
Band 3
Nigel Sangster QC
Band 3
Peter Doyle QC
Band 3

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