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David McNeill

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David has acted in numerous serious fraud cases in the last decade, including the UK’s first land banking fraud prosecution, the largest prosecution of foreign diplomats in modern UK history and in a series of fraud trials involving defendants who defrauded vulnerable elderly victims of their life savings and used the proceeds to fund Islamic State in Syria. He is currently instructed in a 24-handed £26m money laundering prosecution. David acts for HMRC, the NCA, police and individuals in judicial reviews and other proceedings involving challenges to search warrants, section 59 proceedings and other investigatory powers. He acted in Chatwani, a leading case on unlawful search warrants, both in the Administrative Court and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. He has also acted in large quasi-criminal cases before VAT and Duties Tribunal. David is instructed in the Jersey prosecution of an IFA for mis-selling a Brazil-based international Ponzi fund, and successfully defended in an FCA case against an accountant accused of a boiler room fraud centring on a healthcare company based in Dubai. With a background in civil and criminal law, he undertakes sensitive and complex proceeds of crimes cases, from multi-million pound confiscation proceedings to restraint, forfeiture and condemnation applications.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyer's Association