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Neil Saunders

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Neil has only ever been in one set of chambers (although the set did move from QEB in Temple to Gray’s Inn). He has been a criminal practitioner since he qualified and has been involved in all aspects of criminal trial and advice work over the years. He has participated in a variety of high-profile cases including being part of the team that prosecuted the largest insider trading case brought by the FCA. He defended Nigerian businessman Walter Wagbatsoma against charges of money laundering involving NHS funds. He also defended Michael Crump in a case that (pre-Covid) took nearly 5 years to get to trial. He defended Neil Wallis, with a junior from chambers, in the last of the News of the World "hacking cases" having previously represented Charlie Brooks for an allegation of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Neil has for some years been instructed in these types of cases, both alone and as part of a team. He specialises as a criminal and serious fraud advocate, representing professional people and companies. He is regularly instructed by large City and specialist white-collar fraud firms providing strategic advice to clients during all stages of investigation pre-charge due to his experience prosecuting and defending. He has for some decades attended Police disciplinary proceedings countrywide. He was significantly involved throughout the 7/7 inquest and in other inquests he has represented interested parties such appearing for the officers involved in the inquests into the deaths of Henry Hicks, Rashan Charles and Edson Da Costa as well as acting for families who have lost loved ones.

Career

BA (Hons) Law 1982; called to the Bar 1983. Neil is a Bencher at Middle Temple and conducts advocacy training for the young members. Neil has sat as a Recorder in the Crown Court for many years. Currently Neil is the vice chairman of the FLA having been a committee member for some time. Past committee member South Eastern Circuit, CBA and Bar Council; he has also been on various committees on specific issues. Interests: Rugby Union qualified referee: Golfer with stable handicap currently vice captain of Royal Cinque Ports GC. Appeal steward British Boxing Board of Control.