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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. 


11 November 2019

5KBW delighted to welcome Rupert Kent

Chambers are delighted to welcome Rupert Kent who joins us with immediate effect from...

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1 November 2019

5KBW awarded Crime Set of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Chambers...

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5 September 2019

5KBW shortlisted for Chambers UK 2019 Bar Awards

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Recent Cases

  • Operation Baghrash [Bristol] 2019

    Conspiracy to defraud the N.H.S and D.o.H

    Ben Holt appeared in this 8-week, seven-handed, prosecution trial acting as led junior. Allegations related to the application to the Department of Health for grants in order to improve care homes by a Hospice in Somerset. Seven-handed conspiracy to defraud the NHS and DoH in relation to tenders made for building projects. Instructed by CPS SFD Manchester.

  • 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


    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


    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.

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