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David McNeill

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David has acted in numerous serious fraud cases, including the UK’s first land banking fraud prosecution, the largest prosecution of foreign diplomats in UK history, a series of trials of defendants who defrauded elderly victims of life savings to fund IS in Syria. Operation Surging: 23-handed £26m money laundering prosecution. Acting for government bodies and individuals in JR's, challenges to search warrants and other investigatory powers, including: Chatwani, the leading case on unlawful search warrants (Administrative Court and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal).

Acted in large quasi-criminal cases before VAT and Duties Tribunal. Instructed in Jersey prosecution of an IFA for mis-selling a Brazil-based international Ponzi fund. Successfully defended in 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 the 2019 Court of Appeal authorities Morrison, on tainted gifts, and R v S: POCA s22 applications.


David is called to the Bars of England and Wales and Northern Ireland. He is currently practising from the Bar Library in Belfast, but remains a door tenant at 5SAH.

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