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Practice Profile

Rupert is a polished and sought-after barrister routinely instructed in the defence and prosecution of complex and lengthy cases involving financial crime, in particular in ‘white collar’ fraud.

He is regularly instructed as leading counsel, and also appears as a led junior or junior alone. He is a Grade 3 member of the specialist Crown Prosecution Service Fraud Panel, receives Serious Fraud Office instruction (being security cleared), and is public access qualified. Rupert has advisory and advocacy experience in:

- Business crime

- Insolvency

- Asset restraint

- Confiscation

- Money laundering

- Investment fraud

- Banking fraud

- Tax fraud

- Mandate fraud

- Duty evasion fraud

- Immigration fraud

Rupert also receives regular instruction in large-scale multi-handed cases involving serious organised crime, and is a Grade 3 member of the specialist CPS Serious Crime Group Panel. He has also built considerable expertise in offences stemming from gang activity, including in prosecutions for murder.

Appointments & Memberships:

  • CPS Fraud- Level 3
  • CPS Serious Crime- Level 3
  • CPS General Crime- Level 3
     
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

News

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11 November 2019

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Recent Cases


  • Operation Wintergreen [Southwark] 2019

    Investment fraud

    Rupert Kent was instructed as junior counsel by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in a conspiracy to defraud case arising from a large-scale, complicated, carbon credits ‘investments’ scam leading to £2.4m worth of loss, and comprising over 15,000 pages of evidence.

  • Operation Merseyside [Isleworth] 2019

    Money laundering

    Rupert Kent was instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit as a led junior in this 5-handed conspiracy to convert criminal property prosecution. The case comprised over 12,000 pages of served evidence and almost 100 witnesses, and involved the service and disclosure of US-sourced material.

  • Operation Cranfield [Southwark] 2019

    Confiscation

    Rupert Kent was instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit as a junior alone in confiscation proceedings arising from a £7m drug importation prosecution in which he had appeared as a led junior. The POCA proceedings involved use of a European Investigation Order to gather information from Belgium relating to a pre-existing foreign confiscation order.

  • Operation Auxin [Maidstone] 2019

    Fraud

    Rupert Kent was instructed as leading counsel by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in a 7-handed fraudulent evasion prosecution investigated by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. The case involved complicating fitness-to-plead considerations.

  • Operation Gwendreath [Southwark] 2019

    Money laundering

    Rupert Kent was instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit as a led junior in this 18-handed conspiracy to convert criminal property prosecution. The case comprised 8,000 pages of evidence and 270 witnesses, and was split into three trials.

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