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Rhys Meggy

Call: 2009

LLB Hons. (London School of Economics)

Practice: Business Crime, Crime and Regulatory

"Recommended as a Leading Junior in Financial Crime" – Chambers UK (2018)

"A wonderful advocate, and well on his way to becoming a top junior in commercial crime." Legal 500, Fraud: Crime (2017)

"‘Solicitors rate him for criminal data protection, corruption and insider dealing matters." Legal 500, Business and Regulatory Crime including Global Investigations (2017)

"Clever and sympathetic." Legal 500, Fraud: Crime (2016)

Rhys is described as ‘Clever and sympathetic’ by the Legal 500 Bar Guide 2016 in which he is ranked as a leading junior for Fraud: Crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture).

Rhys Meggy's practice encompasses all aspects of Chambers' expertise, with particular emphases on business crime, general crime and regulation.

Recommended by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018 as a Leading Junior in Financial Crime.

Business crime

Rhys has an expansive practice in the field of business crime, defending but also prosecuting white-collar cases brought by bodies including:

  • the Serious Fraud Office (SFO);
  • the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA);
  •   the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA);
  • the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), including the Insolvency Service's Companies Investigation Branch (CIB); and
  • various trading standards departments.
His experience includes cases of:

  • bribery and corruption;
  • anticompetitive behaviour;
  • serious fraud (both financial and commercial);
  • unauthorised activity (e.g. landbanking); and
  • large scale false accounting and money laundering.
Rhys' recent work has included:

  • advising the CEO of a national company on the Bribery Act implications of employee misconduct which was the subject of civil fraud proceedings brought by a third party. Rhys was involved from the outset of the company's internal investigation and throughout the civil proceedings.
  • defending in the SFO's prosecution of the individual executives of Innosoec Ltd, the international fuel additives manufacturer, accused of corruption through their agents in Indonesia. The 13-week trial followed 18 months of preparation on Rhys' part and gave rise to abuse of process proceedings relating to deficient prosecution e-disclosure, and a challenge to assertions of LPP over interview notes prepared by the company's US lawyers' during their internal investigation.
  • defending the managing director of a company subject to an OFT/CMA investigation into alleged dishonest anticompetitive cartel activity contrary to the Enterprise Act 2002 (ongoing).  
  • defending a chartered accountant charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position of trust and false accounting valued at £1.5million. The investigation arose out of the collapse of a large south-eastern insolvency practice. Rhys advised during the complex two-year investigation, and appeared as sole counsel in the criminal proceedings that followed, through to the Court of Appeal.
  • appearing at the day-long PCMH in the SFO’s first Libor trial (SFO v Hayes and others) to represent the interests of one of the 21 financial services professionals who learnt a matter of days before the hearing that they were due to be named as co-conspirators in the Indictment faced by the accused.  Rhys appeared as sole counsel alongside Queen’s Counsel and senior juniors representing the other interested individuals.
  • advising an alleged shadow director of an insolvent company personally subject to criminal investigation by trading standards and the Insolvency Service.
  • advising the directors of a legitimate land banking company subject to a criminal investigation by BIS.
  • advising the former marketing manager of a defunct offshore bank as to potential criminal liability for money laundering offences arising out of the bank's alleged involvement in carousel fraud. Rhys also represented the individual’s interests at a deposition convened at an English court pursuant to a Dutch request for mutual legal assistance.
  • defending the two managing directors of a publishing company accused of manufacturing articles for use in fraud, prosecuted by trading standards.
  • prosecuting criminal breaches of regulatory accounting requirements on behalf of the FCA.
  • acting as independent counsel instructed to determine the status of potentially privileged material seized in the course of several large and complex investigations by the FCA.
Rhys has a commercial approach and is adaptive to the industry-specific nuances and concerns that business crime cases inevitably entail.

He has a detailed understanding of the operation and dynamics of internal investigations, having represented both the organisers and subjects of such inquiries. He also has knowledge of dawn raids through his instructions as independent counsel.
    
Rhys is conversant with both the law and procedure relating to confiscation and restraint. He spent 3 months in 2012 on secondment to the then FSA and was responsible for assisting in the obtaining and administering of restraint and confiscation orders arising from FSA investigations and prosecutions.

Rhys undertook a further invaluable secondment at BCL Burton Copeland where he worked alongside partners and associates within the firm on a variety of significant business crime and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Chambers, Rhys worked at an offshore law firm in the British Virgin Islands. There, he was involved in the liquidation of two of the largest feeder funds in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and also worked on a number of multi-jurisdictional commercial, insolvency and civil fraud disputes.

Consequently, Rhys is accustomed to working with corporations, lawyers and forensic accountants in multiple jurisdictions.

General crime

Rhys both prosecutes and defends the full range of general criminal matters, including offences of violence, dishonesty and blue-collar fraud, as well as sexual and drugs offences. He appears in all courts, from the magistrates’ to the Court of Appeal.

A significant proportion of Rhys' defence instructions are private, but he also undertakes publicly funded work.

Rhys has a calm and confident manner, and relates well to both juries and clients. Rhys often defends professional people in the Crown and magistrates' courts. Past clients have included sports and media personalities, doctors, dentists, accountants, financial services professionals, teachers, serving police officers, numerous business people and a diplomat.

Recent work has included:

  • the defence of the rapper Mike GLC Coombs, whose prosecution for supplying cocaine to Mazher Mahmood (also known as the ‘Fake Sheikh’) alongside the X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos, was stayed as an abuse of process. Rhys, appeared as sole counsel throughout proceedings, prosecuted by Treasury Counsel and co-defending with Queen's Counsel.
  • the defence of a bouncer accused of a series of serious assaults involving the putting of a knife to the throats of young partygoers.
  • the defence of a police officer charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and misconduct in public office.
  • the defence of a television production assistant accused of racially abusing a premier league footballer.
  • the defence of a film set crew member accused of a serious road-rage-based ABH.
  • the prosecution of a man who fraudulently purported to be a qualified solicitor operating from sham offices in East London.
  • the defence of a leading British Olympic athlete and television personality charged with driving offences.   
  • The defence of a doctor accused of harassment.  

Regulatory

Rhys has experience of a wide range of regulatory matters and has proved himself adept at quickly assimilating intricate evidence relating to a variety of specialist industries, from healthcare to oil to chemical and electrical engineering.

Health and Safety
Rhys is currently instructed as junior in the defence of a pharmaceutical company and one of its directors being prosecuted by the MHRA for supplying controlled drugs contrary to their regulatory obligations.

Rhys has previously been involved in the prosecution of a corporate together with individuals charged with gross negligence manslaughter and a variety of ‘section 3’ allegations arising from alleged systematic negligence in the installation of gas central heating systems at housing developments.  

Professional discipline
Rhys both defends and prosecutes professionals subject to professional disciplinary proceedings.

Rhys has particular experience of healthcare disciplinary work. In 2011, he was a junior member of the Counsel to the Inquiry team of the ‘Mid-Staffs’ Hospital Inquiry, and has detailed understanding of the practical and cultural dynamics of the healthcare sector as a result.

Sport
Rhys has a keen interest in sports law matters and is keen to expand has practical experience in this field of work.

Public Inquiries and Inquests
Rhys has a strong grasp of the law and procedure relating to public inquiries, and has experience of dealing with issues arising before and after, as well as during, their formal sitting.

In addition to his involvement as junior Counsel to the Inquiry at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, Rhys has also previously assisted in the advising of an individual due to give evidence before the Leveson Inquiry, and was for a period involved in the inquest into the death of Raoul Moat.

Public Access
Rhys is qualified to undertake Public Access work. Accordingly, he can accept instructions in any of his specialist fields directly from members of the public.

Languages

Native Welsh speaker

Achievements

Founding Trustee, Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust
Inner Temple Exhibition Award
Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship
Finalist, Inner Temple Lawson Moot 2009
Represented LSE, Inner Temple Intervarsity Moot 2008
LSE Full-Colours Scholar (1st XV Rugby) 2008

Professional Memberships

Financial Services Lawyers’ Association
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
British Association of Sports Lawyers
Criminal Bar Association

Notable cases:

MHRA Prosecution Dismissed (2015)
Adrian Darbishire and Rhys Meggy were instructed to defend a pharmaceutical manufacturer, P Ltd., and a senior manager of tha

Olympic star keeps licence (2014)
Rhys Meggy represented a leading British Olympic athlete and television personality facing disqualification from driving.

Tulisa Contostavlos and Mike GLC Coombs cocaine prosecution collapses (2014)

R v A (2012)
Successful defence

R v V & M (2011)
Defendants discharged

Articles:

No safe havens? Pt1.Corporate facilitation of tax evasion: the new frontier.
Part 1 of a special two part analysis published by the New Law Journal on 10.11.2017 (www.NewLawJournal)
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