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Fraud & Financial Crime

Chambers’ practitioners are routinely instructed in significant cases involving matters of financial offending - including  fraud, bribery, money laundering and other financial offences. Members act for both the prosecution and defence, including cases involving the S.F.O & F.C.A. We represent individuals, (including directors) as well as Companies who are accused of financial offences. Often, members are instructed prior to charge, and are instructed to advise during the investigation stage. From Tax/VAT/MTIC frauds to bribery, mortgage frauds to insider trading and corruption, Chambers offers experience and expertise to all those who are under investigation in relation to financial offences. 


10 January 2019

Danny Robinson appointed Queen’s Counsel

Chambers are delighted to announce that the Lord...

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3 December 2018

Four years for Grenfell fraudster who received £90,000 by pretending to be a victim of the tragedy

Catherine Farrelly successfully prosecuted a man who ran up thousands of pounds in...

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26 October 2018

Mark Heywood QC awarded Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards

All at 5KBW congratulate our Joint Head of Chambers Mark...

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Recent Cases

  • R v. McLeod & ors [Croydon] 2018

    £700K fraud against the Redundancy Payments Service

    William Davis led in the prosecution of a group of accountants who committed a £700K fraud against the Redundancy Payments Service (RPS), a government agency that makes payments to workers owed money when their employers become insolvent. The Defendants arranged for 105 false applications to be submitted, in some cases supported by false identifies and forged documents. This was the first ever prosecution for fraud against the RPS. In a separate investigation, William Davis again led in the prosecution of Lennox McLeod for a VAT fraud committed during the same period as the RPS case. The defendant took over the VAT affairs of a company after the death of its director and falsely claimed over £100K in VAT refunds.

    HMRC press release here:


  • R v. Rekaya [Isleworth] 2018

    Prosecution of £90,000 Grenfell fraudster

    Catherine Farrelly successfully prosecuted a man who ran up nearly £90,000 in accommodation and travel costs, after pretending to be a victim of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    He was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment.

    The news report may be found here.

  • Operation Eric [Chelmsford] 2018

    £3.6m Alcohol duty & VAT evasion fraud

    William Davis led Dickon Reid in the prosecution of five defendants charged with a £3.6m alcohol duty and VAT evasion fraud. The ringleaders were importing beer, wine and spirits from Europe using sophisticated mirror loads. Evidentially, the case was complicated and comprised numerous strands including surveillance, phone evidence, CCTV, business records and expert evidence relating to cell site, handwriting and tachographs. The two leading defendants received sentences close to the statutory maximum. Instructed by CPS Special Casework.

    News Report Here

  • Kent Trading Standards v. ADRIVEFORLIFE.COM [Maidstone] 2018

    Fraud by False Representation and Money Laundering

    Pauline Thompson successfully prosecuted the director of ADRIVEFORLIFE.COM who pleaded guilty to 19 counts of Fraud and one count of Money Laundering. He was sentenced to 38 months imprisonment and disqualified from acting as a company director for 4 years.

    News report here

  • Operation Pleach [St Albans] 2018

    Multi-Handed Courier Fraud

    James Martin represented the defendant in this multi-handed courier fraud. Operation PLEACH was a Hertfordshire Police investigation into a series of 36 courier fraud offences committed across England between the 1st March and 29th November 2016.

    This was another case in which the Crown wrongly indicted a global conspiracy when there were clearly multiple and separate agreements between various defendants. As a result the Crown had to concede the position and substantially change the indictment meaning that DA was no longer charged with any Conspiracy count at all. Instructed by Bark & Co.

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