25 Bedford Row
25 Bedford Row is a highly regarded set, noted for its defence of individuals and corporations in a wide range of financial crime cases. Market sources comment: "They continue to be a powerhouse for defence crime. Their barristers bring gusto and aplomb to the defence in serious and complex 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. Case highlights include acting in R v Chenery Woods and others in connection with an alleged £10 million fraud concerning the re-sale of thousands of tickets for gigs and events.
"The clerks are always available to assist."
"The clerks' room deal with things very promptly."
"They are all excellent."
"Emma Makepeace has such an in-depth knowledge of criminal law to know how a case is going to progress."
Guy Williams is director of clerking.
George Carter-Stephenson KC 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.
"George has a great reputation in the space."
"He is a superb barrister."
"He is stellar."
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.
"Colin is hard-working and has an excellent client manner."
Peter Doyle KC 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.
"Peter is very intelligent, he is quite extraordinary."
Nicola Howard KC 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.
"Nicola has outstanding preparation. She is dedicated, thoughtful and tactical."
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.
"Samantha is great with clients."
Nigel Sangster KC 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.
"Nigel is extremely thorough in his preparation and robust in his advocacy."
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 prosecution and the defence. Her broad practice also encompasses appellate work.
"Sonal has an amazing rapport with clients. She is so easy to work with and her written work is so precise, as is her manner in court."
"Sonal is very hard-working."
Duncan Jones specialises in white-collar crime defence work. He is known for working on high-profile cases, often those involving an international element. He acts for individuals in major SFO investigations.
"Duncan is a very bright individual. He knows the law inside out."
"He has great client-handling skills and is very hard-working. He is a delight to work with."
"Duncan is fantastic. He is bright, helpful and has great judgement."
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.
"Dermot is a confident advocate."
"He is a superb leader for a counsel team."
"He has an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and is always keen and willing to help wherever possible."
Simon Pentol KC 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.
"Simon has a depth of knowledge and experience which extends beyond his legal practice. He is marvellous to work with."
"Simon is a very smooth operator."
"He is immensely experienced and hard-working and has excellent judgement."
Nathaniel Rudolf KC 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.
"He is wonderful and fantastic to work with."