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25 Bedford Row

Financial Crime

12 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 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 clerks are all extremely attentive and will bend over backwards to help." "The clerks are all good, very responsive and deal with whatever is needed - they are there to help." Guy Williams leads the clerking team and is ably assisted by Emma Makepeace as the deputy director of clerking.

Strengths:

Colin Wells
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.
"A very impressive barrister."

Strengths:

Dermot Keating
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.
"Good on large-volume evidence cases and patient with clients. He works well with the instructing solicitors and is very good in court." "Tactically very astute and has an extremely effective style of cross-examination."

Strengths:

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 attention to detail is brilliant, he is very good with clients, and his case preparation is meticulous." "He's exceptional and his written work is as impressive as his advocacy. He really fights his client's corner."

Strengths:

George Carter-Stephenson QC
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's an absolutely magnificent advocate." "Tremendously hard-working, very thorough and a giant in the field."

Strengths:

Nathaniel Rudolf QC
A recognised counsel 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 has incredible commitment to the case and the client, and is always reachable, good at working collaboratively and very decisive." "He sees the whole picture and works towards achieving the goal."

Strengths:

Nicola Howard QC
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.
"She has good judgement and is excellent with clients. Very technically knowledgeable and a good advocate." "She is completely on top of her cases and she is lovely to work with. She is enormously well respected at the Bar."

Strengths:

Nigel Sangster QC
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.
"Extremely thorough in preparation and robust in his advocacy."

Strengths:

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.
"His ability to analyse a case is legendary and he has a very smooth persona in court."

Strengths:

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 very hard-working and intelligent." "Her attention to detail is brilliant."

Strengths:

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.
"His judgement is great and he's very much on top of his game." "Extremely versatile, thorough and tenacious."

Strengths:

Sonal Dashani
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.
"A very smooth operator." "She is focused, detailed and approachable."

Strengths:

Tom Price QC
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.
"He is superb in terms of his case preparation and in court - he's very incisive." "He is an incredibly effective and persuasive advocate. He is very calm, experienced and a delight to work with."

Financial Crime Department

25 Bedford Row

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25 Bedford Row

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime


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