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Sean Larkin QC

Silk 2010, Call 1987, BVC, LLB (Hons)

Nominated: Crime Silk of the Year [2017] - Legal 500

Nominated: Professional Discipline Silk of the Year [2017] - Chambers

Practice: Fraud, Regulatory and Crime

Recommended as a Leading Silk in Crime, Fraud and Professional Discipline - comments over the years include:

"Handles the most complex and challenging cases with the utmost skill"

"Always provides high quality, level-headed advice, and a clear strategy."

"Very, very client-focused, extremely hot on the details and has a very disarming manner."

"Sympathetic manner with clients."

"Always provides high-quality advice with a clear strategy. He is an excellent advocate who impresses solicitors and clients alike."

"Incredibly bright and industrious." "absolutely superb" "absolutely meticulous in all he does." "mastery of the minutiae. He is absolutely meticulous, very organised, methodical, and a real 24/7 man who constantly keeps in touch with you."


Sean Larkin provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of criminal, regulatory and confiscation proceedings, with particular emphasis on business crime, terrorism and regulatory breaches by individuals (particularly professionals) and companies.

He is often asked to advise, act and lecture on complicated areas of law and was The Times Lawyer of the Week. He has been involved in many cases where sensitive disclosure and cross-jurisdictional issues have arisen. He has written and lectured extensively on the effect of the Bribery Act 2010.

He has considerable expertise in matters of professional discipline and professionals before the criminal court has prosecuted and represented lawyers, doctors, dentists, nurses, accountants, police officers and members of the clergy for a variety of professional, clinical, sexual and dishonesty allegations.

He is able to master substantial amounts of material and has been involved in some of the largest cases before criminal courts [Operations Amazon, Vaulter, Cotton, Hatfield Rail crash, Versailles and Robinson's frauds], and is skilled at identifying the crucial issues and presents them in an attractive manner.

His televised advocacy before the Court of Appeal can be seen here.


"Sean Larkin QC's 'unfussy presentation and effective strategising' make him a natural choice for complex criminal matters, and he recently prosecuted a terrorism case which could have long lasting implications on the definition of terrorism and the impact of public international law on domestic legislation."  Legal 500 2012 (Crime)

"Sean Larkin QC 'is a good hardworking barrister and team player.'"  Legal 500 2012 (Fraud)

"Sean Larkin QC is valued for his 'excellent analytical skills', for being 'very thorough' and for leaving 'no stone unturned.'" Chambers UK 2012

"Since obtaining the status of silk, Sean Larkin QC ‘has gone from strength to strength.’"  Legal 500 (2011)

Sean Larkin QC "recommended for his 'mastery of the minutiae. He is absolutely meticulous, very organised, methodical, and a real 24/7 man who constantly keeps in touch with you.'" Chambers UK (2011)

Sean Larkin QC "who is a meticulous case preparer."  Legal 500 (2010) Fraud

Recent Work

In 2010 – 2016 his recent work included:

- Advising and representing clients on a variety of cases in which the concern was involvement in bribery or corruption

- Advising a major financial institution on bribery and money laundering

- Advising clients in the course of SFO investigations

- Advising a company facing allegations of multi-million pound fraud (not prosecuted)

- Operation Amazon - defending in the largest e-disclosure case brought by the HMRC for tax fraud

- Operation Cotton, the FCA's largest investigation into collective investigation schemes

- R v Gul - Appeared in the Supreme Court in a landmark case on issues of Terrorism and public International Law

- Operation Tabernula - the FCA's largest insider dealing case - acted on restraint and money laundering issues

- Operation Vaulter - defended a director accused of money laundering £900m money laundering trial

- Successful defence of businessman in multi-million pound mortgage fraud

- Successful defence of man accused of manslaughter by opening car door into path of cyclist

- Successful defence of Tony Morris, founder of The Money Portal accused of £52m pension fraud

- Defending and advising companies facing allegations relating to workplace death, product liability, intellectual property offences, press reporting, bribery and corruption
including ancillary orders such as disclosure notices and production orders

- Defending and advising professionals solicitors firms, accountants, brokers at SDT, FSA and accounting bodies and has advised officers in the investigation into the death of Raoul Moat

- Represented the GMC in a hearing of Female Genital mutilation

- Acted in a variety of counter-terrorism cases

- Defending in a variety of multi-million pound frauds brought by different prosecuting agencies including the London Stock Exchange

- Defending in workplace or road traffic fatality cases

- Prosecuting and representing doctors, dentists and other professionals at their regulatory bodies and the Central Criminal Court facing allegations ranging from dishonesty, sexual impropriety, causing death and serious injury, performance and health

- Defending and prosecuting in a wide range of seriouscrimes including murder (all forms of defence advanced) including youth cases

- Acted in a variety of cases where sexual crimes alleged raising a large number of legal issues

Career Details

Sean Larkin’s experience has included:

- Advising pre-charge through to representing at trial a variety of professionals including lawyers, directors, IFAs, accountants, insolvency practitioners in a wide variety of fraud offences including breach of trust, conspiracy to defraud and fraudulent trading brought by the SFO, CPS, RCPO, London Stock Exchange and other prosecuting authorities

- Acting in complex and seriouscases including Hatfield Rail crash, Robinsons fraud, Versailles fraud, terrorism cases involving issues of collecting and presenting evidence from a number of foreign jurisdictions including the Department of Justice and FBI

- Defence of directors and companies facing allegations of regulatory breaches, product liability, breach of intellectual property

- Prosecuted and defended doctors and dentists for a variety of offences at the criminal courts.

Sean Larkin has also appeared in a range of other cases involving licensing, money laundering, health & safety offences, trading standards, dangerous products, Courts Martial, confiscation and restraint proceedings and local authority prosecutions.

He has advised clients on criminal aspects of substantial civil claims including sale of Wembley Arena and largest ever civil case involving a member of Kuwaiti royal family.

He has prosecuted professionals in the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and has defended in police disciplinary tribunals on a variety of conduct and performance issues.

Additional Information

Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory

Member of:


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Sean Larkin is a regular speaker at conferences.


Former contributor to 'Fraud: Law Practice and Procedure'.

Co-author of many reports for Criminal Bar Association and other organisations, including those relating to conspiracy and corporate criminality.

Notable cases:

Operation Cotton (2015)
Operation Cotton: Case Concludes - Sean Larkin QC, Paul Raudnitz and Polly Dyer act for Financial Conduct Authority

Operations Amazon (2015)
Acting for the CEO of a company accused of a direct tax fraud connected to the carbon credit industry described by HMRC as o

Inquest of Brian Dowling (2013)
Sean Larkin QC acted in the inquest of the cyclist who was killed on the Mayor of London's Cycle Super Highway.

Operation Vaulter (2013)
Large fraud and money laundering case

Operation Tabernula (Ongoing) (2013)
FCA's largest insider dealings case

R v Gul (appellant) (2013)
Supreme Court

R v Ajaib (2013)
Multi-million pound fraud

R v Aydogdu (2012)
Successful defence of a man accused of manslaughter

R v Tony Morris (2012)
Former CEO of The Money Portal has been cleared of defrauding £52m pension funds

GDC v Valilas (2012)
Dentist facing charges relating to poor performance.  


Sean Larkin QC pens Practice Note for Practical Law on Collective investment schemes
Practical Law has published a Practice Note by Sean Larkin QC on Collective investment schemes (CIS) dealing with reference i 29.9.2015

FGM, The Law the Lessons and the Unintended Consequences
In this article Sean Larkin QC and Zoe Johnson QC explore the issues surrounding the criminal prosecution, the ramifications 29.5.2015
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The Times - Lawyer Of The Week
Sean Larkin QC is The Times Lawyer Of The Week. 3.12.2013
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LIBOR fixing
Sean Larkin QC considers the forthcoming prosecutions following the action by regulators worldwide and commencement of civil 24.10.2013
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Bribery Act Update June 2013
Recent media reports suggest that the Government is set to reconsider and review the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010, to r 3.6.2013

The Bribery Act 2010 - A Short Guide
Sean Larkin QC provides a new short guide to the Bribery Act 2010 8.11.2011
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Adequate Procedures Handout - Bribery Act 2010
Sean Larkin QC and Rachna Gokani provide further guidance in relation to the Bribery Act 29.9.2010
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Fighting Bribery; New UK Legislation Explained - Sean Larkin QC
Fighting Bribery; New UK Legislation Explained - Sean Larkin QC in conjunction with Commercial Crime International. 1.4.2010
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The Bribery Bill 2010 - An Overview
This article provides an overview of the Government’s recent strategy to fight bribery and corruption, particularly ove 28.1.2010
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Regulation of Healthcare Professionals
Whistle-blowing, disclosure and patient confidentiality - the conflict between confidentiality and a duty to disclose. 29.9.2009
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