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Ben FitzGerald

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Ben FitzGerald prosecutes and defends in cases of serious crime, fraud and professional regulatory offending. He is regularly instructed both alone and as a led junior in the most serious criminal cases. Ben represents corporate clients and private individuals who require impeccable preparation and advocacy.

Ben acted for Barclays and Barclays Bank in the SFO’s prosecution concerning the 2008 capital raising from Qatar, successfully securing the dismissal of the charges. He was subsequently instructed to represent John Varley, Barclays’ former Chief Executive, in the SFO’s prosecution of four individuals for fraud concerning the same 2008 capital raising – successfully securing Mr Varley’s acquittal. He represented a company director charged in connection with an alleged £109 million tax fraud in Operation Amazon, HMRC’s biggest ever prosecution. He acts regularly in Health and Safety cases for both the prosecution and for corporate or individual defendants.

He is a Grade 4 prosecutor for the CPS and member of the SFO’s A Panel of prosecuting advocates. He successfully prosecuted Ben Butler in 2016 for the murder of his six-year-old daughter Ellie. He successfully prosecuted in the murder of French nanny Sophie Lionnet, whose body was burned in the back garden of their Wimbledon flat.