Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021
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Financial Crime - London (Bar)
Puts clients in stressful situations at ease and speaks to them in a style they can readily understand, according to those who instruct him. He frequently acts unled, acting for the defence in high-value cases. His caseload includes a number of tax fraud, corruption and trading standards matters. He has noted expertise in major bribery cases and is adept at handling cross-border issues.
Strengths: "Has a very easygoing style and is very practical." "A sophisticated advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant in Operation Cornflour, a cold calling and diamond fraud based in Birmingham and Croydon.
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Criminal/civil fraud and confiscation.
Keith's practice encompasses major SFO, VAT and MTIC frauds as well as business, financial and other white-collar crime matters. “His ability to sift through heavy paperwork and present a cogent argument in court is the envy of many”. Directories have also stated, “He is just superb. He’s always involved in the biggest cases in the country and he has a great touch with the clients.” He recently led in a £29million Research and Development Fraud , and successfully led in Operation Aldgate, an Insolvency Service investigation. Other successful cases concluded include , ‘Operation Cactus Hent’ the North West SIPP fraud (involving an unsuccessful appeal by the prosecution to the LCJ see  EWCA Crim 5380), a successful submission of no case to answer in Operation Galion , the only director to be acquitted in PCS LTD Fraud Investigation [Feb/June 2017] and successfully concluded Operation Holt £1.7 billion Insider dealing inside Logica. Secured acquittal of Solicitor client/Law Society panel member and former president of C.L.A over an allegation of Fraud . In 2018 completed one of the largest cyber net frauds ever prosecuted, ‘Operation Dougal’ which netted more than £36million. In 2018 acted for the accountant who was acquitted in Operation Lester, a human slavery fraud. Completed Operation Cornflour, a multi million pound Diamond and Investment Fraud, and in Operation Aspen, an HMRC investigation into the tax affairs of Tantric and Fussy Bear and is currently leading in Operation Maple Lodge £81 million postal fraud .