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Paul RaudnitzCall 1994
MA (Hons) (St John's College, Oxford)
Pg Dip Law.
Practice: Fraud, Crime and Regulatory
Paul is consistently recommended -in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK- as a leader across a range of fields, including: “Fraud: Criminal”, “Financial Crime”, “Business and Regulatory Crime”, “Crime” and “Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law”:-
“A sound and dependable barrister who prosecutes and defends, and regularly provides companies with pre-charge advice. Investment fraud, bribery and money laundering cases all form part of his practice. A safe pair of hands, who is sensible and down to earth. Acted for the FCA in R v Crawley and Others, a prosecution concerning an alleged £4.3 million land banking fraud.” Chambers UK (2017) Financial Crime.
“A strong junior in the financial crime sector, who regularly acts for large-scale businesses as well as individuals based in the UK and abroad and has specialist experience in bribery, tax fraud and investment fraud. Very diligent and hard-working. Instructed in R v Sheikh Osama Rahman & Others, a £1 million commercial fraud involving illicit trading over a number of years.” Chambers UK (2016) Financial Crime.
“He has a great eye for detail and is very knowledgeable.....prosecuted in Operation Cotton, securing eight convictions.” The Legal 500 (2016) Fraud: Crime.
“He gives good, practical and realistic advice.” The Legal 500 (2016) Business and Regulatory Crime.
“He defends in sensitive and challenging rape cases.” The Legal 500 (2016) Crime.
“He argues cases for the GMC and GDC.”The Legal 500 (2016) Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law.
“Sought after to defend and prosecute high-profile white-collar cases. He has key experience of corruption, benefit fraud and trading standards matters. He is very calm and prioritises well. He knows the cases so well and always has the details at his fingertips. Instructed by the FCA in the Operation Cotton land banking fraud case”. Chambers UK (2015) Financial Crime.
“Utterly meticulous in his case preparation.” The Legal 500 (2015) Business and Regulatory Crime.
“A very thorough lawyer.” The Legal 500 (2015) Fraud: Crime.
“An impressively robust cross-examiner.” The Legal 500 (2014) Crime; Business and Regulatory Crime.
Fraud/ White-Collar Crime:
Paul’s reputation in fraud/ white-collar crime is particularly strong. His practice embraces the full calendar of serious and heavy fraud work (including tax, banking, company, investment, mortgage and insurance frauds) and he has an established track record in cases involving professionals charged with complex white-collar, corporate and commercial crime. He regularly acts for businessmen, solicitors, accountants, directors and medical professionals in protracted proceedings brought by the leading prosecution and regulatory bodies. He is also instructed to advise companies, charities and other corporate entities on criminal and regulatory issues.
Significant recent cases include:-
- Appearing for the Serious Fraud Office in the landmark case of “SFO v XYZ Ltd” in which the Court approved only the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement in England and Wales. Paul is presently also instructed by the SFO in an ongoing international bribery prosecution related to the “XYZ” case (“Operation Sabin”) and in an investigation into alleged legal services funding fraud (“Operation Totem”).
- Acting for the Financial Conduct Authority in “Operation Cotton” - the first land-banking prosecution, and to date the largest criminal matter that the FCA has brought.
- Leading counsel for the defence of an Operation Zygos “most-wanted” nominal accused of involvement in a multi-million pound horse-racing betting and bloodstock fraud (“Bloor”).
- Defending a charity trustee in the “Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment” alleged charities fraud (“Weir & Others”).
- Leading counsel for the defence of the operations manager in the “Highway” driver-training fraud (“Rahman & Others”).
- Defending the alleged sales director in the “Fast-Track” fraud (“Bharya & Others”).
- Acting for the finance director charged in the Cawston Park Psychiatric Hospital alleged “extra care” fraud (“Wilson & Breeze”).
- Appearing for the company secretary in the Tempaid revenue fraud (“Sidhu”).
- Defending the company director of three leasing companies charged by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills with multi-million pound fraudulent trading (“Kidd”).
- Leading counsel for the then Financial Services Authority in its first successful criminal prosecution for boiler room fraud (“Mason”).
- Leading counsel for Trading Standards in one of its largest counterfeit goods cases (“Grover & Arura”) and also its largest car clocking fraud conspiracy (“Ghulaman & Sadiqi”);
- The successful prosecution of one of City Police’s most substantial identity theft cases (“Peters” – made the subject of a “Fake Britain” TV exposé).
- Leading a multi-agency operation uniting CPS Special Casework, UKBA, DWP and HMRC in the successful phased prosecutions of 15+ defendants for a multi-million pound benefits and immigration fraud conspiracy stretching back almost 20 years (“Op Spenser”/ “R v Nabuguzi & others”).
- Leading a team combining the Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs and Eurostar in the prosecution of six defendants involved in the systematic misuse of 399 identities to commit benefits and immigration fraud over a period of seven years (“Op Boromo”/ “R v Ndoli & others”).
In the wider field of general criminal practice, Paul has extensive experience in substantial homicide, firearms, drug-trafficking, sex offending, robbery and conspiracy cases. He has appeared in numerous multi-handed trials, often involving serious organised crime.
Significant recent cases include:-
- Representing defendants in both the first Victoria Station murder trial (“Akra”) and the Camberwell arson murder trial (“John-Lewis”). Paul’s clients in both cases were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.
- Defending the principal’s brother on “assisting” charges in the Beccles A146 running-down murder trial (“Caunter”).
- Representing Jamie Stuart, the ex-England under 21 footballer cleared of charges of serious assault on the field of play.
- Successfully defending in a number of serious and highly sensitive sex cases, including: the defence of a teenager charged in a 4-handed multiple rape trial (“Herrera & Others”); the defence of a man facing 4-handed rape and underage sex charges involving three teenage complainants (“Zerak & Others”); the defence of a learning disadvantaged teenager charged with rape of a class-mate (“R v A”); The defence of a highly intellectually-impaired husband charged with marital rape (“R v B”).
- Leading for the Crown in the Operation Greengrass prosecution of the Seymour Place prostitution gang (“Pislaru & Others”).
- Paul also prosecuted the South Beach Bar Brixton shooting case (“Ammah”), was led junior counsel in the Operation Talbert South Kilburn murder trial (“Kavuala & Others”), and leading counsel in the Operation Pontardawe shooting case (“Toto and Cudjoe”) - all for Operation Trident. He has recently concluded the prosecution of the last defendant in the Operation Donlontown murder case (“Shah”).
Paul has a flourishing practice within the fields of professional discipline and regulatory law. He is particularly experienced in the regulation of healthcare professionals, having appeared frequently before the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.
He has acted as the legal adviser to the Royal College of Physicians' Examinations Misconduct Tribunal.
Significant recent cases include:-
- Presenting the highly publicised GMC case against Dr Adler – found culpable of misconduct in relation to the provision of false personal injury reports and the claiming of contingency fees for work as an expert witness.
- Acting for the General Medical Council in regulatory proceedings concerning the volatile behaviour of a surgical registrar mid-operation (“Dr Mahfoudh”).
- Representing the General Medical Council in fitness to practise proceedings concerning the blurring of boundaries in a GP’s conduct (“Dr Featherstone”)
"A sought-after fraud prosecutor, with notable defence experience. His judgement is impeccable. Acted for the CPS in the prosecution of a high value, multi-defendant benefits and immigration fraud conspiracy." Chambers UK (2014) Fraud: Criminal.
“An excellent prosecutor and advocate.” The Legal 500 (2014) Fraud: Criminal.
Chambers UK (2013) described him in Fraud: Criminal as “a very thorough and professional" fraud junior, who "exudes confidence." He focuses on defending and prosecuting white-collar crime, and recently acted for the FSA in its successful prosecution of a substantial boiler room fraud. Sources praise his "sharp intellect”. Chambers UK (2013) also recommended him in Crime.
"Tactically astute." The Legal 500 (2013) Crime.
"Exceptionally persuasive." The Legal 500 (2013) Fraud: Criminal.
Chambers UK (2012) said that he “enjoys a rising profile particularly on the prosecution side, acting for bodies such as the FSA. He acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the alleged car clocking fraud conspiracy prosecution of Ghulaman and Sadiqi” (although for many years Paul primarily defended, he now defends and prosecutes in equal measure and has achieved like recognition on both sides of the courtroom).
The Legal 500 (2012) said that he was “singled out as [a] leading junior” in Crime; He was recommended also in Fraud: Criminal.
The Legal 500 (2011) described him as a "silk in the making" and a "rated junior”.
Paul has a long established and thriving defence practice and is instructed by a number of leading solicitors in his specialist fields. In recent years he has also developed commensurately strong prosecution expertise. He has been a CPS Grade 4 advocate since 2007, is on the Rape List and Fraud Panels, and has been an appointee to the “A” panel of the Serious Fraud Office list of counsel since 2009 (for further details, see “appointments” below). He has been instructed by the SFO, the Financial Conduct Authority, by CPS Special Casework, CPS Homicide and the CPS Serious Organised Crime Division, by Trading Standards and by a number of local authorities. He has also acted in cases brought by The United Kingdom Borders Agency; The Department for Work and Pensions; Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs; The Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
2016 Re-appointed to the CPS External Advocates Panel and Rape List
2013 Re-appointed to the "A" Panel of the Serious Fraud Office List of Counsel;
Appointed to the "A" Panel of the Serious Fraud Office Proceeds Of Crime List
2013 Appointed to the CPS Fraud Panel at Grade 4
2012 Appointed to the CPS External Advocates Panel at Grade 4
Also appointed to the Rape List
2009 Appointed to the "A" panel of the Serious Fraud Office list of Counsel
2007 Appointed to the CPS London list of advocates at Grade 4
MA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics, St John’s College, Oxford.
Postgraduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law, London.
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law.
Criminal Bar Association.
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.
Public Access Bar Association (PABA).
Registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory.
Lecturing & Writing:
Paul has lectured on a range of legal subjects, including: The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007; Dealing with “dawn raids”; “Abuse of process” in fitness to practise cases; “Obtaining best evidence” in regulatory proceedings; The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and unused material/disclosure. In 2011 he was one of four members of Chambers who delivered a keynote speech to the Annual Trading Standards Conference at Bournemouth.
He also recorded the joint QEB/ Brent & Harrow Trading Standards podcast on “Wheel Clamping – regulation and the Criminal Law” (please see links to podcast and associated article).
He has written a number of articles about, and is engaged in a number of seminars concerning, the lessons to be learned from “XYZ”.
He is the author of the Westlaw Insight article on “Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Bribery”.
Having completed six years in the role, Paul has recently handed on the mantle of Chambers Treasurer and Director. He has sat on both the pupillage and tenancy recruitment committees, and is a registered pupil supervisor. He is particularly proud of, and indebted to, the generations of his pupils with whom it has been his great pleasure to work.
R v Shah (2016)
Operation Donlontown murder
R v Pisaru & Others (2016)
Paddington prostitution gang
Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz instructed in landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement case - "SFO v XYZ Ltd"
GMC v Adler (2016)
Paul Raudnitz presents Dr Adler case for the GMC
R V Mahamoud Simakan, Ayi Cogj Hughes Arnaud D’Almeida, Erika Lazdane, Jordane Nice, Mathieu Aka
Operation Boromo: Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly conclude largest joint DWP/ Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought
R v Weir & Others (2015)
Paul Raudnitz acted for JG, trustee of “K.I.C.T” (Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment)
R v Bloor (2015)
Paul Raudnitz and Katherine Lloyd act for Operation Zygos “most-wanted” suspect in horse-racing tipping fraud.
Operation Cotton (2015)
Operation Cotton: Case Concludes - Sean Larkin QC, Paul Raudnitz and Polly Dyer act for Financial Conduct Authority
R v Nabuguzi & others (Operation Spenser) (2012-Ongoing) (2014)
Commercial scale identity fraud
R v Grover & Arura (2014)
Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the
QEB team win FCA appeal in Court of Appeal - Operation Cotton. (2014)
FCA prosecution for land-banking fraud
R v Rahman & others. (2014)
The “Highway” driver-training fraud.
R v Bharya & 2 Others (2013)
The “Fast-Track” fraud.
R v K & Others (2013)
International drugs and money laundering conspiracy
R v Leslie Ammah (2013)
The South Beach Bar shooting.
R v Ali & Ali (2012)
Trading Standards fraudulent trading conspiracy
R v Kavuala & Others (2012)
Operation Talbert South Kilburn murder trial
R v Toto & Cudjoe (2012)
Operation Pontadawe attempted murder
R v Tanin & Marques (2011)
"Sham marriages" conspiracy trial
R v Peters (2011)
City Police's "biggest identity theft" case
R v John-Lewis (2011)
The Camberwell arson murder trial
R v Mason (2011)
Leading Counsel, FSA's (as it then was) first criminal conviction for boiler room fraud.
R v Akra & Others (Victoria Station Murder Trial 1) (2011)
The Victoria Station murder
GSCC v Le Jardin (2010)
General Social Care Council race prejudice misconduct hearing.
R v Ghulaman & Sadiqi (2009)
Trading Standards' biggest ever “car clocking” fraud conspiracy.
R v Sidhu & Others (2009)
Defence of Revenue and Customs Tax Fraud Conspiracy
R v Wilson & another (2009)
The 'Cawston Park' alleged 'Extra Care' fraud
R v Caunter & others (2008)
The Beccles A146 running-down murder trial
R v Stuart (2008)
Ex-England under-21 footballer charged with assault
Deferred Prosecution Agreements: Bribery
Westlaw Insight article (October 2016).
Trading Standards: Wheel Clamping - Regulation and the Criminal Law
WHEEL CLAMPING: REGULATION AND THE CRIMINAL LAW 19.4.2010
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