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UK Bar Guide 2023

Ranked in 2 Practice Areas
2
Crime
8 Years Ranked
3
Financial Crime
6 Years Ranked

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Provided by Leon Kazakos KC

UK Bar

Practice Areas

Leon represents corporates and individuals in the fields of business crime, general crime, regulatory proceedings, tax appeals and professional disciplinary work. He provides advice and advocacy in substantial, sensitive and complex cases usually from a pre-charge stage; representing those who are under investigation or being prosecuted for serious wrongdoing.

In business crime he defends across the spectrum of misconduct; from allegations of high value fraud, bribery, corruption and misconduct in public office to cheating the public revenue, money laundering, breaches of FSMA, and other related financial misconduct.

His general criminal practice encompasses homicide, human trafficking and slavery, serious drugs and firearms offences, and serious sexual offending. His regulatory work spans firearms licensing, breaches of planning notices, wildlife offences (CITES regulations) and some health and safety work. He represents police officers in criminal and disciplinary cases.

His recent instructions include the largest ever prosecutions brought for slavery and for steroid importation, SFO and police bribery investigations, defending against BEIS in a £ multi-million insolvency prosecution, an international banking fraud, tax fraud in the hospitality and motor industry sectors, advice and representation in the Tax Tribunals in CIS Scheme, Margin Scheme VAT and DOTAS tax cases, political corruption and misconduct in public office cases, investment frauds, forgery, coercive control and related sexual offending cases, rape and murder.

Career

Appointed King's Counsel 2020

Called 1999

Professional Memberships

Advocacy Trainer (Lincoln’s Inn)

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Fraud Lawyers Association

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Revenue Bar Association

Private Prosecution Association

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Crime - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Leon Kazakos KC
Defence specialist Leon Kazakos KC provides representation across the whole spectrum of serious criminal cases. His recent experience includes a multi-handed gang murder and a complex case of alleged child neglect.


Financial Crime - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

Leon Kazakos KC
Leon Kazakos KC wins plaudits for his fraud defence practice, which includes both criminal matters and related civil cases. He acts for individuals facing high-stakes prosecutions for alleged money laundering, mortgage and investment fraud. Kazakos is also experienced in bribery and corruption cases.

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