William Boyce QC


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QEB News: Private Prosecutor secures £38 million in confiscation and compensation against “formidable and serial fraudsman” Ketan Somaia
13.1.2016 More >

QEB News: Supreme Court judgement in VAT in confiscation proceedings appeal - Bill Boyce QC represents Appellant
16.12.2015 More >

QEB News: Bill Boyce QC to speak at EY Private Prosecutions Seminar on Thursday 20th November
18.11.2014 More >

QEB News: William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani feature on Private Prosecutions in Law Society Gazette
15.9.2014 More >

QEB News: Ranked as Leader in Financial Crime and Crime by Chambers UK
28.7.2014 More >

QEB News: Ketan Somaia convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) in largest ever private prosecution brought by an individual in the UK. William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani were instructed on behalf of the prosecution by Peters & Peters.
16.6.2014 More >

QEB News: William Boyce QC interviewed for The Law Society Gazette ‘My legal life’ series.
17.2.2014 More >

QEB News: William Boyce QC and Fraser Coxhill represent family at Inquest into the death of a soilder in Iraq
27.2.2013 More >

QEB News: R v Martin
5.2.2013 More >

QEB News: Review of OFT Consultation - Proposed Changes to Guidance Note on Applications for Leniency and No-action in Cartel Cases
5.12.2012 More >

William Boyce QC: Notable case

R v PD & EB (2012)

After 4 1/2 years, proceedings in the prosecution of PD and EB for Iraqi sanctions busting finally ended on 24th February 2012, when the prosecution offered no evidence as a result of serious failing in the disclosure process.

The investigation was started in 2007, when PD and EB received a 'compliance visit' from HMRC. At that visit, HMRC officers seized business records which revealed that, through their company, PD and EB has been supplying weapons and other material, valued in excess of $20m, to post-invasion Iraq without licences. In 2008 they were visited again by officers armed with search warrants, and in 2010 were charged with a series of strict liability offences contrary to the United Nations (Iraq) Sanctions Order 2003, as well as money laundering.

On the facts the defendants were guilty of the strict liability offences. The defence challenged the validity of the sanctions order itself. Two points were litigated in the Crown Court and in the Court of Appeal, where both were resolved in favour of the defendants (reported at R v D [2012] 1 A11 E.R. 1108). One of the grounds upon which the Sanctions Order was held to be invalid was its inconsistency with the UN SCR which followed the resolution originally implemented in domestic law by the Sanctions Order.

Thereafter the prosecution sought to replace the invalid strict liability counts with offences of evading a prohibition on trade in goods, under the 2003 Trade in Goods Control Order. The defence opposed the application to add those counts.

The final hearing began with an abuse argument, which rested upon failings in disclosure dating back to the first 'compliance visit' in 2007. After three weeks of argument the prosecution accepted defeat and offered no evidence, a step which HHJ Leonard QC noted merely achieved the result which would inevitably have followed his ruling on the application had he been called up to make one. At the conclusion of the proceedings HHJ Leonard QC expressed deep concerns about various aspects of the investigation and disclosure process exposed during the abuse application.

PD was represented in the Crown Court by William Boyce QC and Adrian Darbishire QC. EB was represented by Rachna Gokani and Simon Russell Flint QC. Andrew Katzen of  Hickman & Rose acted for PD, Shula de Jersey of Russell Jones & Walker for EB. In the Court of Appeal PD was represented by Adrian Darbishire QC, and EB by Tim Owen QC and Rachna Gokani.

Notable cases:

Operation Tabernula (Andrew Hind) 2016
Two convicted and three acquitted in the ‘biggest ever insider trading trial’; William Boyce QC instructed on behalf of accountant Andrew Hind who is sentenced to just 3 years and six months.

R -v- Somaia (Ketan) (2014)
Successful private prosecution, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of 9 counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception.

William Boyce QC and Fraser Coxhill represent family at Inquest into the death of a soilder in Iraq (2013)
Death of Soldier

R v Rose (2013)
Blackmail of Tamara Ecclestone

R v Martin (2013)
V Festival after party

R v Oppong (2012)
"Accused and accuser tried at the same time..

R v PD & EB (2012)
Major sanctions busting case collapses

British Airways / Virgin Price-Fixing Trial (2010)
First trial of cartel offence under Enterprise Act

Operation Eaglewood (2010)
Money laundering and drug trafficking. Prosecuting the largest case currently brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

R v Calvert (2008)
Insider-dealing trial on behalf of the Financial Services Authority

R v Ikilat & others (2008)
Huge series of interlinked allegations of money-laundering


William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani feature on Private Prosecutions in Law Society Gazette
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OFT Consultation Analysis
OFT's supplementary consultation on proposed changes to its existing guidance note on the handling of applications for lenien 5.11.2012
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