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Rachel Barnes

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 5 departments
Ranked in : POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture , Sanctions , Extradition , Financial Crime , Financial Crime: Corporates
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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits

Band 3

Rachel Barnes
A dual-qualified US attorney and English barrister, Barnes specialises in financial crime, restraint and asset confiscation and is experienced in international criminal law. She has a particular focus on prosecution work and is appointed to the SFO POCA Panel, but also represents defendants. Barnes has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Enthusiastic and well organised," "she's forensic in her analysis of the law and extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Instructed by the SFO in R v Hodson, a matter which concerned a £4.5 million confiscation order relating to a £12 million international bribery scheme.
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Sanctions - All Circuits

Band 1

Rachel Barnes
Dual-qualified as a US attorney and English barrister, and advises clients on both US and EU sanctions legislation. She represents clients in civil proceedings, criminal investigations and asset freezing matters arising from economic sanctions.
Strengths: "A good legal brain, who is really good on the detail and really thorough. She is easy to work with and goes the extra mile."
Recent work: Advised a manufacturing company on its exposure to US and EU sanctions laws in the context of supplying marine products to a consortium operating a Russian offshore oil exploration and production project.
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Extradition - London (Bar)

Band 2

Rachel Barnes
A criminal law specialist with an extremely strong extradition practice. She boasts particular expertise in matters stemming from the USA and has experience of acting both for requested persons and governments. She is also an expert on Interpol Red Notices and has experience in international law and cross-border matters.
Strengths: "Fights hard for the client and always has complete mastery of the law and the evidence in a case." "She is able to process the most complex legal points and exploit them to the client's advantage. Her capacity to work at the highest level is extraordinary. and the precision of her  drafting is a thing to behold."
Recent work: Acted in USA v Zaman & Okeakpu, extradition proceedings relating to a £500 million online fraud scheme known as the 'Infraud Organisation'.
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Financial Crime - London (Bar)

Band 2

Rachel Barnes
An accomplished junior whose international crime and fraud practice is complemented by her expertise in extradition and confiscation proceedings. Although she often advises individuals, she is also increasingly sought out by companies that are dealing with internal investigations or are accused of potential sanctions breaches and illegal manipulation of benchmark rates. She is highly regarded for her expertise in cases involving money laundering and complex fraud. Her dual qualification in US law makes her a go-to counsel on matters with a transatlantic element.
Strengths: "She is the first and last stop for financial sanctions advice." "She is super bright, very organised and a fair prosecutor." "She is very hands-on and the clients like her. She can be tough and robust as an advocate." "Very hard-working and all round a polished performer." "She is excellent - she has boundless energy and real breadth of international legal experience."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in R v Saunders, Strubel and Steinberg, a case involving over £7 million in confiscation orders made following the conviction of the three defendants for a Ponzi scheme.
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Financial Crime: Corporates - London (Bar)

Band 2

Rachel Barnes
An accomplished junior whose international crime and fraud practice is complemented by her expertise in extradition and confiscation proceedings. Although she often advises individuals, she is also increasingly sought out by companies that are dealing with internal investigations or are accused of potential sanctions breaches and illegal manipulation of benchmark rates. She is highly regarded for her expertise in cases involving money laundering and complex fraud. Her dual qualification in US law makes her a go-to counsel on matters with a transatlantic element.
Strengths: "She is the first and last stop for financial sanctions advice." "She is super bright, very organised and a fair prosecutor." "She is very hands-on and the clients like her. She can be tough and robust as an advocate." "Very hard-working and all round a polished performer." "She is excellent - she has boundless energy and real breadth of international legal experience."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in R v Saunders, Strubel and Steinberg, a case involving over £7 million in confiscation orders made following the conviction of the three defendants for a Ponzi scheme.
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A dual-qualified US attorney and English barrister, Rachel has a niche fraud, corruption and sanctions practice at the juncture of civil and criminal litigation, in both domestic and international cases. She is appointed to the SFO’s A Panels of Prosecuting and POCA Counsel and the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Public International Law Counsel, and co-editor of The Guide to Sanctions (GIR 2020). Rachel is known for her strategic approach in dealing with regulators and other third parties. Clients value her US background and knowledge of US sanctions, as well as her wider practice in cross-border criminal and asset restraint investigations, extradition and MLA, public law and commercial cases. She is well versed in issues of jurisdiction and state immunities. Rachel advises and represents corporations, governments, individuals and NGOs. She prosecutes and defends in all criminal courts and acts in judicial review and civil cases, appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She has taught law at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. She holds a PhD (Cantab) in public international law and an LL.M (Harv. Law School).

Career

Call 2004

Attorney General’s Public International Law Counsel to the Crown (B Panel)

SFO Prosecution Counsel and PoCA Counsel (A Panels)

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