Rupert is a polished and sought-after barrister routinely instructed in the defence and prosecution of complex, multi-handed and lengthy cases involving financial crime and serious crime, in particular in ‘white collar’ fraud and organised crime. He is regularly instructed as leading counsel, and also appears as a led junior or junior alone. He is a Grade 4 CPS General Crime Advocate Panel member, receives Serious Fraud Office instruction (being security cleared), and is public access qualified.
In relation to financial crime, Rupert is a Grade 4 CPS Fraud Specialist Advocate Panel member, and has advisory and advocacy experience (for both the prosecution and defence, and on appeal) in the following areas:
Duty evasion fraud
In relation to serious crime, Rupert is a Grade 4 CPS Serious Crime Specialist Advocate Panel member, and has advisory and advocacy experience (as above) in the following areas:
Homicide and serious violence
Drugs importation and supply
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CPS General Crime- Level 4
CPS Fraud- Level 4
CPS Serious Crime- Level 4
Kosovo Specialist Chambers Specialist Counsel (Defence; Victims)
Rupert Kent was instructed by Kangs Solicitors as a junior alone (QC application pending) in this 13-handed money laundering case, involving the alleged laundering of £260m in the proceeds of crime. The case comprises 15,000 pages of evidence, and the trial has a four-month time-estimate.
Rupert Kent was instructed by the CPS as a junior alone (two-counsel application pending) in this six-handed money laundering case, involving the activities of a bureau-de-change concerned in the large-scale laundering of criminal pound sterling into Euro currency.
Rupert Kent was instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division as junior alone in this three-handed revenue evasion case, arising from an HMRC investigation into the activities of a UK-based organised criminal network involved in the evasion of £41.5m in tobacco duty, and the smuggling of £6.7m in cash out of the UK.
Rupert Kent was instructed as junior alone by the Insolvency Service to prosecute a defendant accused of s.387 Companies Act 2006, s.13 Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, and s.235 Insolvency Act 1986 offences, and arising from the defendant’s various failures after his property company went into administration.