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3 Raymond Buildings boasts an excellent reputation for its expertise spanning the full range of financial crime matters, and is lauded by instructing solicitors as "a pre-eminent criminal set in London." Members act for both the prosecution and the defence in complex cases and large-scale investigations brought by the SFO and the FCA, and offer representation to both major corporations and individual directors. Areas of strength for the team include cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, insider dealing and corruption, and the set is regularly instructed in both domestic and international disputes. Recent work handled by the tenants includes the high-profile SFO investigation into bribery and corruption at Alstom International.
"The clerks are straight up, very user-friendly and offer a Rolls-Royce service." "The clerks are very good and very helpful." "The senior clerk Eddie Holland is always helpful and easy to get along with. You can rely on him and his team to give a valuable and honest steer on which counsel to instruct."
A highly competent and well-organised barrister with laudable experience of advising on bribery, fraud and regulatory issues. Corporations and public bodies, as well as individuals, feature highly on his client roster. His practice also draws on complementary FCA enforcement expertise. He is rated for his advice on data protection compliance in relation to financial crime.
"He is very client-focused, has a calm demeanour and good judgement, and is very dedicated to ensuring he gets the best possible results in any case." "He is very good on the technical detail on the law and a very good advocate." "He is very bright, hard-working and an excellent barrister."
Recent work: Defended a former police officer accused of various offences of fraud and theft arising from his handling of estates of sudden death victims.
Helen Malcolm QC
A renowned expert in crime, fraud and extradition cases. She is regularly called upon to advise on the defence of individuals accused of corruption. Malcolm attracts a number of instructions in cases with an international reach, including those relating to high-value tax fraud. She is also noted for her experience prosecuting high-profile fraud cases on behalf of the SFO and the CPS.
"Helen is a ferocious advocate." "Thorough and excellent on strategy." "She has a commanding advocacy style before the courts."
Recent work: Defended an individual in an £107 million fraud claim involving allegations of manipulation of tax incentives.
Hugo Keith QC
An in-demand silk who regularly acts for corporate clients, including financial institutions. He is praised for his clear and sharp mind as well as his smooth advocacy style. He continues to win defence mandates in high-profile SFO investigations into alleged bribery and corruption in a number of jurisdictions. Keith is also recognised for his enviable expertise in extradition matters.
"He is a leader in the field and is outstanding." "He is enormously clever, intellectually very bright and a very persuasive advocate." "Deeply impressive - a very authoritative, clear thinker who quickly gets to the heart of the issue." "A consummate professional when challenging the SFO."
Recent work: Acted for Rolls-Royce in an SFO investigation into alleged bribery.
James Hines QC
Known for his effective advocacy style, he emphasises his strongest arguments well and communicates clearly with his audience. He is sought out to advise on high-stakes matters, and had a key role in the widely reported investigations surrounding LIBOR. His practice includes both prosecution and defence mandates.
"A great advocate at home with the most complex cases." "He has a good balance between being professional and personable." "He is a really outstanding prosecutor of financial crime."
James Lewis QC
Relied upon by an impressive client base, including the SFO. He is experienced at advising on potentially criminal conduct such as rate manipulation. Lewis also attracts briefs relating to bribery and corruption, and has a record of defending private prosecutions. Recognised for his great knowledge of both civil and criminal fraud, he offers significant experience in multi-jurisdictional cases.
"Cerebral but also practical and commercial." "He is phenomenal."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in the forex manipulation investigation.
Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC
A respected criminal silk who has a practice that is heavy on cases concerning internal disciplinary matters and allegations of cross-border fraud. He is acknowledged for his wide-ranging expertise in financial crime cases, and has worked on a number of private prosecutions, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He has a particular skill in Revenue-related cases.
"Highly skilled in case preparation and has great tactical acumen. His written submissions and advocacy are both excellent." "He is really clever, able and a gifted performer." "He is an outstanding advocate, extremely hard-working and tenacious, and he commands the respect of the courts and clients."
Recent work: Acted in R v Eve, a prosecution concerning fraudulent trading in the ticketing and entertainment industry.
Michael Borrelli QC
Particularly effective in banking and mortgage frauds, as well as complex money laundering cases. He has significant experience of defending investigations brought by the SFO and FCA.
"He is a silk of true integrity and has the most amazing court presence - when he stands up everybody listens. He is a real fighter with a first-rate brain."
Recent work: Represented the founder and head of a property development group who was charged in connection with a loan fraud of over £30 million involving RBS, NatWest, Northern Rock and other lending institutions.
A senior junior who both prosecutes and has a strong defence practice representing individuals. He is an experienced adviser in relation to high-level investigations into insider dealing, company fraud and bribery. Saunders is widely regarded as a go-to leader in high-profile cases and has been instructed by the FCA in a number of major criminal prosecutions. He is valued for his ability to advise at the pre-charge stage of investigations.
"An amazingly good and persuasive advocate." "Outstanding and wonderful with clients." "Hugely experienced and has marvellous client-handling skills." "His knowledge of the law and presentation of legal arguments is universally respected by judges and fellow counsel alike." "He is a supreme tactician, extremely hard-working and commands great respect both inside and outside the courtroom."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a defendant who was responsible for opening multiple bank accounts in the name of a deceased individual over a sustained period of time.
Specialises in fraud and has noted expertise in money laundering, an area he regularly writes about in various texts. As well as acting in high-profile criminal prosecutions by the FCA, his recent instructions have included multi-jurisdictional corruption matters and a wide variety of fraud defences. He is a popular choice for both individual clients and large corporations seeking advice on financial crime matters.
"He is very calm and does not get flustered, no matter who he is up against." "He is very technically proficient, incredibly IT-savvy and very legally astute."
Recent work: Represented the former chief executive of Barclays wealth and investment management in the £4 billion Barclays-Qatar capital raising trial.
Patrick Gibbs QC
Highly intelligent and persuasive, he acts on behalf of corporations, as well as individuals, facing potential criminal sanctions. Gibbs has acted for the defence in a number of highly significant recent SFO prosecutions, including international corruption matters and multi-jurisdictional market manipulation cases. He is widely acclaimed by peers, with his advocacy skills receiving particular praise, and is further noted for his ability in substantial bribery and tax fraud cases.
"Exceedingly sharp, meticulous and hard-working." "A hugely impressive advocate who is very well respected by judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers alike." "Stands out for his forensic skills, authority, hard work and superb advocacy." "Commanding QC with a disarming manner who is particularly adept at dealing with difficult clients." "His integrity is beyond question; the judges love him and trust him."
Recent work: Acted for a BlackRock fund manager charged with insider dealing through offshore companies in his wife's maiden name.
An accomplished junior whose international crime and fraud practice is complemented by her expertise in extradition and confiscation proceedings. Although she often advises individuals, she is also increasingly sought out by companies that are dealing with internal investigations or are accused of potential sanctions breaches and illegal manipulation of benchmark rates. She is highly regarded for her expertise in cases involving money laundering and complex fraud. Her dual qualification in US law makes her a go-to counsel on matters with a transatlantic element.
"She is the first and last stop for financial sanctions advice." "She is super bright, very organised and a fair prosecutor." "She is very hands-on and the clients like her. She can be tough and robust as an advocate." "Very hard-working and all round a polished performer." "She is excellent - she has boundless energy and real breadth of international legal experience."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in R v Saunders, Strubel and Steinberg, a case involving over £7 million in confiscation orders made following the conviction of the three defendants for a Ponzi scheme.
Counts extradition and financial crime cases as cornerstones of her practice. She is an experienced junior counsel for the prosecution, and her enviable client list includes the SFO. Scott also boasts a record of advising corporates on internal investigations and prosecuting cartel cases for the CMA. She has noted experience of handling private prosecution cases and is adept at dealing with matters with cross-border considerations.
"She is absolutely outstanding." "She is impressive and takes on some of the biggest cases."
Recent work: Represented the Competition and Markets Authority in a cartel prosecution concerning price fixing and market sharing in the precast concrete industry.
Richard Horwell QC
Regularly handles appeals following convictions in fraud and broader financial crime cases. He is renowned for his calm and reassuring style. Horwell offers notable expertise in confiscation proceedings, as well as in cross-border cases. He is also recognised for his impressive practice assisting with public inquiries.
"He is extremely experienced." "Absolutely stupendous."
Richard Wormald QC
Serious crime practitioner who is able to turn his hand to cases of corruption, fraud and market abuse. He attracts a number of briefs from clients in the financial services industry, and is further reputed for his expertise in money laundering cases. Wormald has significant experience of defending prosecutions brought by the SFO and the FCA.
"He has a very good way with clients and handles tricky situations fantastically." "He always gets to grips with the information very quickly." "He is brilliant on his feet with wonderfully smooth oratory and is super confident." "He has a terrific presence in court and is very urbane - friendly but at the same time knows the brief inside and out."
Recent work: Acted in R v Walid Choucair, a high-profile insider dealing case.
A junior highly regarded for her expertise in fraud, bribery and money laundering cases. She is acknowledged for her skill in cases with international elements.
"Provides excellent advice." "She is fantastic."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with bribing a US employee to obtain a military contract.
Simon Farrell QC
Has proven skill in financial crime and POCA cases, and acts for the prosecution as well as the defence. He is a well-practised appellate advocate, having argued before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in key precedent-setting matters.
"Very bright and tenacious with a good courtroom manner." "A brilliant cross-examiner - he is hugely experienced and an absolute pleasure to work with." "A very able barrister and great on the law."
Recent work: Represented a City inter-dealer broker accused of income tax fraud. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.
Receives praise for his impressive practice and is noted for his expertise in cases involving fraud and money laundering. He both prosecutes and defends, and further undertakes related civil work. Biggs has appeared on numerous occasions in the Court of Appeal. He has increasing experience of acting alone in cases as junior counsel, as well as in private prosecutions.
"Excellent with clients and very calm in pressurised situations. He is able to break down and explain complex matters to clients with ease." "Technically brilliant and a charming advocate." "When it comes to advisory work he has a very keen eye for detail but also broader strategy."
Recent work: Defended an individual under investigation by the SFO in respect of his role in allegedly fraudulent biodiesel trading.
Trevor Burke QC
Popular both domestically and in jurisdictions outside the UK such as the Cayman Islands. He advises on a broad range of financial crime cases, including those relating to theft, tax evasion and bribery. His long experience makes him a go-to advocate for the defence of senior professionals involved in high-stakes matters.
"A tremendously versatile silk with a personable manner."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning serious allegations of defrauding the Cayman Islands health authority.