Libertas Chambers

Gerard Hillman

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Practice Areas

Gerard acts a leading junior in complex crime, with a focus on complex fraud.

Gerard’s practice includes instructions in confiscation, civil recovery and asset forfeiture

matters. He has also represented defendants in a range of serious prosecutions including

terrorism and murder.

Career

In his early career Gerard was instructed in high profile civil and chancery matters in addition to criminal cases. This included cases before the VAT & Duties Tribunal and the Chancery Division of the High Court (eg Commissioners of Customs & Excise v Kingscrest Associates Limited, Montecello Limited (Together Trading as Kingscrest Residential Care Homes) [2002] EWHC 410(Ch)).

In recent years Gerard has consistently been instructed in high value fraud cases. He is currently instructed to represent defendants in multi-million pound frauds including boiler room and VAT frauds. He is also engaged pre-charge in numerous cases (restraint proceedings etc), including an investigation into a £40m fraud. His attention to detail led to him being instructed in document heavy cases related to non-fraud related matters including terrorism (Gerard has spent 3 months at the start of 2020 as leading junior counsel in a document heavy terrorism trial), drugs, spot-fixing in international cricket and environment agency cases. In the second half of 2020, Gerard has received numerous instructions in cases where the evidence is substantially based on material obtained from the mobile data network knows as EncroChat. These cases raise novel arguments relating to the admissibility of evidence obtained by law enforcement agencies abroad. Gerard also receives instructions in confiscation proceedings.