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UK Bar London (Bar) Financial Crime

This section encompasses criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by public agencies, such as the SFO, the FCA, the CMA, HMRC and the Specialist Fraud Division of the CPS, against individuals, corporations and financial institutions. It also covers internal investigations, disciplinary proceedings and private prosecutions brought by corporations and financial institutions against current and former employees. Charges relate to a range of offences, including (but not limited to) fraud, the manipulation of interest rates such as Libor and Euribor, bribery, tax evasion, insider trading, money laundering, sanctions breaches, cartel conduct, forgery, embezzlement, cybercrime and material misstatement. In addition to post-charge representation at trial this section also covers pre-charge advice.

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Band 1
  1. 3 Raymond Buildings
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    3 Raymond Buildings
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    3 Raymond Buildings is a "fantastic set" which "sets the bar very high." It boasts an excellent reputation for its expertise spanning the full range of financial crime matters. Members act for both the prosecution and the defence in complex cases and large-scale investigations brought by the SFO and the FCA, and offer representation to both major corporations and individual directors. Areas of strength for the team include cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, insider dealing and corruption, and the set is regularly instructed in both domestic and international disputes. Recent work handled by the tenants includes acting for the prosecution in connection with corruption and bribery allegations against doctors and pharmacists in relation to manipulation of the NHS system for deciding which medicines should be prescribed.
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    6KBW College Hill
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Barristers at 6KBW College Hill have an "impressive breadth and depth of knowledge." Members are regularly instructed to act for both the prosecution and the defence in complex SFO investigations, and count several leading corporations and individual directors among their enviable client base. The set is routinely involved in high-profile matters, and recent work undertaken by its tenants includes defending Melis Erda, one of the defendants accused by the SFO in connection with the collapse of Balli Group.
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    Cloth Fair Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Instructing solicitors continue to praise Cloth Fair Chambers as "one of the best criminal sets in the country," adding: "All members are true specialists and provide strategic and commercially aware advice." The set houses a deep bench of experienced barristers who are well versed in the representation of leading corporations and individuals in complex market manipulation, insider dealing and international corruption cases. Members are regularly instructed to represent their clients in high-profile investigations, and offer considerable expertise in the handling of international matters involving Hong Kong and Singapore. The team continues to represent the former managing director of G4S Care and Justice Services charged with seven counts of fraud by the SFO.
  4. QEB Hollis Whiteman
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    QEB Hollis Whiteman
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    QEB Hollis Whiteman retains its reputation as a leading chambers in the financial crime market, housing as it does an impressive bench of leading silks and juniors experienced in both the prosecution and defence of complex and high-value cases. Members are regularly called upon to represent their clients in investigations into allegations of bribery, corruption and fraud, and are noted for their expert handling of cases involving international elements. Private prosecutions continue to be a key area of strength for the team. Market sources say: "For financial crime, the set assures first-class representation." Another adds: "Their strength in depth is very impressive." Interviewees also note: "The set provides lawyers of the very highest calibre." Recent instructions undertaken by the set's barristers include defending an entrepreneur charged with bribery offences following the sale of his company to a multinational.
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Band 2
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    2 Bedford Row
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    2 Bedford Row is a highly regarded set in the financial crime market, noted for its expertise in high-value bribery, corruption and money laundering cases. The set is regularly instructed by leading criminal law firms, as well as the regulating authorities, and is noted for its adroit handling of complex cross-border investigations. Members have experience of acting for both major corporations and high net worth individuals based in the UK and further afield. "2 Bedford Row is a set with incredible depth and expertise," says one interviewee. Members recently acted for the Serious Fraud Office in R v Gianni Rivera.
  2. 2 Hare Court
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    2 Hare Court
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    2 Hare Court offers expertise spanning the full gamut of financial crime matters. Members receive regular instructions from both individual and corporate clients across the financial services sector, and are adept at handling cases involving allegations of insider dealing, money laundering, corruption, bribery and fraud. Private prosecutions are also a key area of strength for the team. Interviewees report: "The set is loaded with exceptional KCs, senior juniors at the top of their game and diligent juniors with qualities above their call." Another adds: "They have a formidable array of talent." Recently, members acted for a former finance director of an AIM listed company in connection with charges of false accounting, misleading the company's auditors and misleading the market.
  3. 25 Bedford Row
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    25 Bedford Row
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    25 Bedford Row is a highly regarded set, noted for its defence of individuals and corporations in a wide range of financial crime cases. Market sources comment: "They continue to be a powerhouse for defence crime. Their barristers bring gusto and aplomb to the defence in serious and complex cases." Members are routinely instructed in prosecutions brought by the SFO and HMRC, and are experienced in the handling of cases involving allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and insider trading. The team is also frequently called upon to advise a range of clients on bribery prevention and anti-money laundering procedures. Case highlights include acting in R v Chenery Woods and others in connection with an alleged £10 million fraud concerning the re-sale of thousands of tickets for gigs and events.
  4. Matrix Chambers
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    Matrix Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Matrix Chambers is well regarded for its handling of complex financial crime cases, and is routinely instructed to act on behalf of both major corporations and individual clients, including several bankers, directors, politicians and high net worth individuals. Members are noted for their expertise in international cases, and are active across multiple jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and ones in the Middle East and the Caribbean, among others. Areas of significant strength for the team include SFO, FCA and DOJ investigations, and advisory work concerning both politically motivated charges and bribery compliance regimes. Members recently acted for the FCA in the successful money laundering prosecution of NatWest Bank.
  5. Red Lion Chambers
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    Red Lion Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Red Lion Chambers has an excellent reputation for financial crime work, and houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers who have experience of acting in complex and high-profile cases. Members act for both the prosecution and the defence, and are regularly instructed in international investigations. Cases involving serious allegations of bribery, fraud and corruption are a key area of strength for the set. Recently, members were instructed to represent Ashraf Seed Ali Hussein in connection with his alleged involvement in serious corruption.
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Band 3
  1. 23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)
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    23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers) is an impressive set, noted for its expertise in both the prosecution and defence of a wide range of financial crime cases. Members are regularly instructed in complex and high-value cases involving allegations of bribery, fraud and corruption, and are well regarded for their representation of clients in SFO and HMRC investigations. The team is also well versed in international matters, and the set's members have recently been instructed to defend a lawyer accused of false accounting and laundering money AG Cayman Islands v Watson and Blake, arising out of the theft of money from CONCACAF.
  2. 33 Chancery Lane
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    33 Chancery Lane
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    The barristers at 33 Chancery Lane offer expertise spanning the full range of financial crime matters. The set is regularly instructed to act for both the prosecution and defence in complex bribery and money laundering cases, and members are also well versed in the handling of HMRC investigations. Asset recovery matters are a key area of strength for the team, owing to the set's recognised prowess in POCA proceedings. The set's enviable client list includes both leading corporations and individuals. Recent work highlights include acting for the SFO in R v Skeene and Bowers (Global Forestry Investments) relating to investment schemes in a sustainable and ethical teak forest.
  3. 5 Paper Buildings
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    5 Paper Buildings
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    5 Paper Buildings is a well-regarded criminal set housing a strong bench of barristers who are regularly called upon to prosecute complex financial crime cases. Areas of expertise for the team include international bribery and corruption conspiracies, tax avoidance schemes and matters involving allegations of collusion in the financial sector. The set's members also have experience of acting for the defence. Interviewees report that barristers at 5 Paper Buildings possess "meticulous preparation and attention to detail."
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Band 4
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    Doughty Street Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    The barristers at Doughty Street Chambers are regularly called upon to defend both major corporations and individual clients in cases involving allegations of bribery, insider dealing and money laundering. The set is also noted for its expertise in mortgage frauds, fraudulent trading schemes and cartel cases. The team offers representation to its clients through all stages of investigations, and members are frequently instructed to advise corporate clients on compliance matters. Recently, members were involved in R v Lousky, concerning a Hatton Garden jeweller accused of theft of a diamond and fraud in relation to documents created to suggest that he was the owner of the diamond.
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    Foundry Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    The barristers at Foundry Chambers are experienced in the handling of a wide range of financial crime matters. Areas of strength for the team include investigations into allegations of insider trading, corruption and fraud. Instructing solicitors note: "There is an exceptional range of experience from KC level to junior level." Another adds: "They are an extremely good set who have barristers of the highest quality." Members act for both the prosecution and the defence, and maintain busy practices. Recent work handled by the set's members includes acting for a chief information officer in connection with allegations of bribery, false accounting and money laundering.
  3. Fountain Court Chambers
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    Fountain Court Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Fountain Court Chambers houses a strong bench of barristers who are experienced in the handling of a wide range of financial crime cases. The set is a top choice for for both domestic and international banks seeking advice or representation, and its members are also routinely instructed by individual clients and prosecutors such as the SFO and the FCA. Areas of expertise for the team include high-value cases involving allegations of money laundering, bribery and fraud. Recent work highlights include acting for Fraser Fisher, the former CEO of Redcentric, in a prosecution brought by the FCA for false and misleading statements to the market.
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    Libertas Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    The barristers at Libertas Chambers are regularly called upon to represent major corporates, financial institutions and individual clients in complex cases involving allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering and investment fraud. Additional areas of expertise for the team include insider trading, pension mis-selling and tax evasion cases. The set's tenants also have considerable experience handling cases with an international element. Members continued to act for the defendant, a solicitor charged with fraud in respect of a Cayman and Isle of Man based litigation fund investment, Axiom.
  5. Mountford Chambers
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    Mountford Chambers
    Financial Crime
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    Mountford Chambers is well regarded for its expertise in cases involving allegations of tax evasion, fraud and money laundering. Additional areas of strength for the team include insider dealing, corruption, investment fraud and market manipulation cases. Members are regularly instructed to represent their clients in SFO, FCA and HMRC investigations, and count several bankers, accountants and brokers among their enviable client base. Recently, members acted for the defendant in R v Tommy Adams in connection with a money laundering conviction.