Called to the Bar:1994

Silk:2020

  • Paul Raudnitz QC is renowned across the range of disciplines in which he practises. An excellent lawyer and an extremely impressive advocate, he is recognised for his sharp intellect, exceptional client care and first-rate advocacy. The Legal 500 2021 described him as "a dynamic and cerebral Silk, Paul is a great advocate. He works extremely hard. Very methodical in his approach to a case. He is a barrister who is very good in law, as well as an excellent jury advocate". Chambers & Partners 2021 described him as "very shrewd and has a good tactical approach. He is good with clients ...is very hard-working, good in court and a delight to deal with... lots of common sense and gets right to the point". In his last year as a junior before being appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020, Paul was nominated for the "Legal 500 UK Crime Junior of the Year Award 2020".

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    Recognised as exceptional in the field of financial crime, Paul is sought after for his ability to understand the complex quickly, and resourcefully to find solutions to the problems posed. He has a fantastic reputation both as defence and prosecution counsel, in cases involving both individuals and corporates. His practice embraces the full calendar of serious and heavy fraud work, complex white-collar, corporate and commercial crime. In recent years he has been involved in a number of landmark cases, cementing his impressive reputation in this area. He is prized in particular for the quality of his cross-examination and jury advocacy.

    Crime

    Paul has also built a very substantial practice in general crime. He is regularly instructed, for both defence and prosecution, in high-profile homicide, firearms, drug-trafficking and sexual offences cases. He has appeared in numerous multi-handed trials, often involving serious organised crime. He is instructed by a large number of leading defence solicitors and specialist prosecution agencies (CPS Special Casework, CPS Homicide, CPS Serious Organised Crime Division, Trading Standards and local authorities). His experience in the professional regulatory field also equips him well to deal with criminal cases involving professional clients, particularly in the financial and medical spheres. Clients instruct Paul for his experience, his intellect and command of the law, and his presence and advocacy in the court room.

    Regulatory

    Paul has substantial experience across a range of fields within professional discipline and regulatory law. A Silk with the keen intellect and fastidious approach required in this area, he is frequently sought after to deal with the most complex of cases of clinical and other alleged misconduct.

    Private Prosecutions

    Paul is instructed in complex, multi-handed and often ground-breaking private prosecutions on behalf of financial prosecuting authorities and local government departments.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2021: Recommended in: 1) Fraud: Crime – New Silk. 2) Crime – New Silk. 3) Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law – New Silk. 4) Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – New Silk.

    Chambers UK 2021: Recommended in 1) Financial Crime – New Silk. 2) Crime – New Silk.

    Legal 500 2020: Nominated for "The Legal 500 UK Crime Junior of the Year Award 2020",

    'A cerebral and hardworking counsel his varied practice in this area speaks to his many qualities. Highly respected by judges and juries who listen to what he has to say' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2021.

    'A dynamic and cerebral silk, Paul is a great advocate. He works extremely hard. Very methodical in his approach to a case. He is a barrister who is very good in law as well as an excellent jury advocate' Legal 500 Crime 2021.

    'He has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2021.

    'Experienced in regulatory cases, he deals well with complex clinical cases and is very pleasant to work with' Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law 2021.

    '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. He provided counsel to the SFO on its pioneering use of deferred prosecution agreements. He is very hard-working, good in court and a delight to deal with. He has lots of common sense and gets right to the point' Chambers Financial Crime 2021.

    'Very shrewd and has a good tactical approach. He is good with clients and a fine all-round defence lawyer' Chambers Crime 2021.

    ‘He’s very good at homing in on the main issues of a case.’ ‘He’s very good on paper and has a very good manner with juries.’ Chambers UK Crime 2020

    ‘Intense, focused and impressive.’ ‘A charming man with all of his clients, he's someone who can engage with the jury, and is able to assimilate and become the master of volumes of evidence.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2020

    ‘A very assured and impressive advocate.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2020

    ‘A very able advocate with an incisive mind which cuts through the thorniest of legal issues.’ Legal 500 Crime 2020

    ‘He is sought after to present cases for the GMC and GDC.’ Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law 2020

    ‘Pragmatic, exceptionally well prepared and a very good cross-examiner.’ ‘He has an investigative mind and goes into every detail.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2019

    ‘A tenacious advocate and a skilled tactician at trial.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2018

    ‘Brilliant: first rate across the law, evidence and tactical strategic decisions.’ Legal 500 Crime 2018

    ‘So hardworking; solicitors don’t understand how he produces the results he does.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2018

    ‘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. He is superb and could easily be a silk. Very experienced and a very good campaigner.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2018

    ‘He is excellent in conference and is able to guide clients through complex legal arguments.’ Legal 500 Fraud - Crime 2017

    ‘He is extremely thorough and immediately understands the brief.’ Legal 500 Crime 2017

    ‘Responsive and a joy to work with.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law 2017

    ‘A solid and resourceful counsel, who works very hard for his clients.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2017

    ‘A safe pair of hands, who is sensible and down to earth.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2017

    ‘He has a great eye for detail and is very knowledgeable.’ Legal 500 Fraud - Crime 2016

    ‘He gives good, practical and realistic advice.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2016

    ‘A strong junior in the financial crime sector, who regularly acts for large-scale business 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.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2016

    Appointments

    • QC Panel - SFO List of Counsel (2020).
    • Queen's Counsel (2020)
    • "A" Panel - SFO Proceeds of Crime List (2013)
    • CPS Fraud Panel - Grade 4 (2013)
    • CPS Rape List (2012)
    • "A" Panel - SFO List of Counsel (2009)
    • CPS External Advocates Panel - Grade 4 (2007)

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association.
    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.
    • Public Access Bar Association (PABA).

    Education

    • MA (Hons) PPE, St John’s College, Oxford
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law
    • Bar Vocational Course

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    Recent Cases

    • R v Tsang & Pan: Paul Raudnitz QC and Polly Dyer prosecuted a husband and wife for offences including conspiracy to commit human trafficking, controlling prostitution and possession with intent to supply class A drugs in a five week trial at Isleworth Cro...

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    • Paul Raudnitz QC prosecuted a doctor who had failed to diagnose a 13-year-old child who passed away from acute leukaemia. As a result of an inadequate consultation and failure to examine, the patient’s cancer went undiagnosed which delayed the treat...

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    • Paul Raudnitz QC is instructed to provide charging advice in an SFO investigation into a suspected fraudulent trading operation involving the appropriation of £107m invested into a legal services financing fund. The case material is very extensive (over 5...

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    • Sean Larkin QC and Paul Raudnitz QC were instructed on behalf of the SFO in these high-profile and related cases.In “XYZ” the Court approved what was only the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement in England and Wales for company XYZ. During t...

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    • Paul Raudnitz QC represented Emmanual Chukwuka, charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder. The case was the widely publicised 10-handed internet banking diversion fraud and money laundering conspiracy allegation tried before HHJ Simon a...

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    • Paul Raudnitz QC is instructed to defend an individual charged with operating money exchange bureaux, which allegedly laundered over £12m representing the proceeds of drug dealing. There are some 94,000 pages of evidence and the issues are extremely compl...

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    • Paul Raudnitz prosecuted a dental practitioner who had been charged with a broad range of inadequate treatment and inadequate record-keeping allegations pertaining to his dental treatment of eight patients. The dental practitioner was suspended for 12 mon...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Tom Doble acted for a former Supply Chain Manager, who faced charges of bribery contrary to the Bribery Act 2010.  The allegations concerned the solicitation and receipt of corrupt payments from multiple supplier companies, over a number...

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    • Paul Raudnitz advised the GDC in its case against a dentist who had been charged with a broad range of inadequate treatment and inadequate record keeping allegations pertaining to his dental treatment of 20 patients. Following Paul’s advice, the cas...

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    • Paul Raudnitz successfully defends in people-smuggling organised crime case.Paul Raudnitz has successfully defended K, charged with smuggling 19 illegal migrants into the UK on a yacht chartered from Holland. The Prosecution, run by the National Crime Age...

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    • David Spens QC leading Paul Raudnitz was instructed to represent an ex-commando who was accused of murdering an 83-year-old dog walker.

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    • Misconduct proceedings relating to nine patients.

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    • Conducted the case for the GDC against a dentist accused of misconduct in relation to root canal treatment.

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Kerry Broome led a series of prosecutions as part of Operation Spenser, an investigation uniting the UKBA, DWP and HMRC.

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    • Nelson Gardens murder. Counsel for the Crown led by Simon Denison QC in the prosecution of two brothers for the 2016 Nelson Gardens, Bethnal Green, alleged knife murder of Russell Brown.

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    • Operation Mappleton - Counsel for the Crown led by Tom Kark QC and Paul Raudnitz in the prosecution of two brothers for the White Hart manslaughter case.

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    • Paddington prostitution gang - Paul Raudnitz and Fallon Alexis completed the successful prosecution of “Operation Greengrass”

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    • Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz instructed in landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement case - "SFO v XYZ Ltd".

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    • Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly have concluded the largest ever joint DWP/ Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought.

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    • Paul Raudnitz defended S, an Afghan asylum seeker, on charges of substantial seriousness and sensitivity: a four-handed conspiracy to rape/have sex with three underage teenagers.

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    • Conducted the GMC case against Dr Adler before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

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    • Counsel for the Crown led by Mark Heywood QC. The investigation into the 2008 murder of Adnan Patel in Leytonstone, East London, concluded with the sentencing of Amar Shah at the Central Criminal Court in 2016. Amar Shah absconded to Pakistan the day afte...

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    • Paul Raudnitz presented the case for the GMC, and Zoe Johnson QC defended Dr Anupama Ram Mohan in respect of allegations of misconduct relating to the delivery of twins in 2012.

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    • The case involved lengthy and complex legal argument in relation to the meaning of a licenceable HMO, SI 2006/371, etc.

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    • Operation Cotton, one of the largest criminal prosecutions ever undertaken by the FCA, concluded with the convictions of all eight defendants.

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Katherine Lloyd acted for Jeffrey Bloor, accused of involvement in a multi-million pound horse-racing betting and bloodstock fraud.

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    • Acted for JG, trustee of Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment, a charity fundraising for treatment for children and financial assistance and educational information for their families.

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    • Misconduct proceedings for acting outside scope of practice. Mr Browne was a registered dental technician accused of acting outside his scope of practice by fitting removable dental appliances. Following a Fitness to Practise Hearing, the facts were found...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority.

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    • Misconduct proceedings concerning the volatile behaviour of a surgical registrar mid-operation.Dr Mahfoudh was ageneral surgeon charged with misconduct allegations relating to his conduct during and after a laparoscopic appendectomy. Misconduct and impair...

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    • International drugs and money laundering conspiracy.

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    • The “Fast-Track” fraud.

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    • Paul Raudnitz successfully prosecuted two brothers - a director and a company secretary (a solicitor) for conspiracy to defraud company customers.  The case was brought by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards.

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    • Paul Raudnitz defended Adonis Akra in the first Victoria Station murder trial. Mr Akra was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. 

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    • Paul Raudnitz was instructed as Leading Counsel for the FSA in its first criminal conviction for boiler room fraud.For full details, please follow the link below.http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/Library/Communication/PR/2011/051.shtml 

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    • Paul Raudnitz was instructed as leading counsel for the Crown with Tom Broomfield as led junior in one of the largest “car clocking” fraud conspiracy prosecutions ever to be brought.

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    News

    • Paul Raudnitz appointed QC

      Congratulations to Paul Raudnitz who has been formally appointed to the rank of Queen's counsel today. The award is for excellence in advocacy and competencies in the higher courts and publicly recognises counsel's hard earned-achievements, by both the Cr...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Tom Doble secure suspended sentence in Bribery Act 2010 proceedings.

      Paul Raudnitz and Tom Doble acted for Kevin Herbert, former Supply Chain Manager at Williams Hybrid Power (a subsidiary of the Williams Formula 1 Group), who faced charges of bribery contrary to the Bribery Act 2010.  The allegations concerned the solicit...

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    • Paul Raudnitz appointed Queen's Counsel

      We are delighted to announce that Paul Raudnitz has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2019-2020 competition. Paul will receive his title at the ceremony at Westminster Hall on 16th March, presided over by the Lord Chancellor.Paul has a fantastic...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Faye Patis shortlisted by Legal 500 at UK Bar Awards 2020

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Paul Raudnitz is shortlisted for Crime Junior of the Year in The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2020. 'The awards recognise and reward the best over the past 12 months.' The Legal 500 We also congratulate Faye Patis who has been shortlist...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Kyan Pucks defend in £10m internet banking fraud

      Paul Raudnitz and Kyan Pucks defend Mr C, accused of complicity in £10m internet banking fraud. 

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    • QEB Hollis Whiteman and Mourant Financial Services & Regulatory Forum

      Joint event hosted on 2nd October at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Jersey.

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    • Paul Raudnitz speaks at Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association seminar

      The panel event was titled Privilege in International Investigations.

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    • Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz in landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement Judicial Review

      Judgment has been handed down in the landmark judicial review case of “AL v SFO”.

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    • Paul Raudnitz is ranked as Leader in his Field in Crime and Financial Crime in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018

      Details of the rankings and commentaries will be published in November 2017 in the Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018.

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    • Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz instructed in landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement case - "SFO v XYZ Ltd"

      Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz have today concluded a landmark hearing before Sir Brian Leveson, the President of the Queen's Bench Division, in which the Court approved what is only the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement in England and Wales. The ag...

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    • Female fraudsters sentenced to 33 months imprisonment for false identity fraud involving half a million pounds.

      Caoimhe Daly represented the Department of Work and Pensions in the prosecution of two women, originally from Africa who, posing as sisters, were convicted of 23 counts of fraud, conspiracy in connection with unlawful immigration and making false represen...

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    • Paul Raudnitz presents Dr Adler case for the GMC

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Paul Raudnitz opens case for the GMC against Dr Adler before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. The GP, who is charged with misconduct, provided medical reports for personal injury claims, allegedly on a contingency fee...

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    • Operation Boromo: P Raudnitz, K Broome and C Daly conclude largest joint DWP/ Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought

      QEB Hollis Whiteman members Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly have concluded the largest ever joint DWP/ Home Office...

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    • Operation Boromo: Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly conclude largest joint DWP/ Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought

      QEB Hollis Whiteman members Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly have concluded the largest ever joint DWP/ Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought. Operation Boromo was an investigation into the systematic misuse of identities to commit benefit...

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    • Three members of QEB Hollis Whiteman act for the prosecution in the trial of a sham marriage arranger and benefits fraudster.

      Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly prosecuted a six strong gang of benefits fraudsters led by Amankou Ndoli, the frauds involved falsely obtaining NI numbers and arranging sham marriages to facilitate the fraud. The gang were sentenced to 17 yea...

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    • Paul Raudnitz defends trustee of children's cancer charity against fraud and money laundering charges

      Paul Raudnitz acted for JG, trustee of the Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment charity which was set up to raise funds for treatment of...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Katherine Lloyd act for Operation Zygos "most-wanted" suspect in horse-racing tipping fraud.

      Paul Raudnitz and Katherine Lloyd acted for Jeffrey Bloor, accused of involvement in a multi-million pound horse-racing betting and...

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

      One of the largest criminal prosecutions undertaken by the FCA concluded with convictions of all eight defendants.

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    • 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 largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority.

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    • Paul Raudnitz prosecutes the baby-battering of a three-week old child

      Paul Raudnitz prosecutes the case of John Davis which concluded on 1st August at Canterbury Crown Court. Mr Davis had admitted battering his three-week old son following a drinking binge with friends. The child suffered serious head injuries and fractures...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly act for Trading Standards in counterfeit goods prosecution believed to be the largest of its kind to date.

      Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority. On 10th July 2014, ...

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    • Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly act for Trading Standards in counterfeit goods prosecution believed to be the largest of its kind to date.

      Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority.On 10th July 2014, N...

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    • R v Akpom

      Following a two week trial, a jury at Croydon Crown Court unanimously convicted Azu Akpom of misconduct in a public office and five counts of fraud in connection with his work as a Registrar for the LB Newham. Mr Akpom had fraudulently issued false birth ...

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    • R v Tanin & Marques

      "Sham marriages" conspiracy trial: verdictsThe trial concluded today (7th December) of Mohammed Tanin and Maria Marques, charged with conspiracies to arrange their own and four further sham marriages.The jury unanimously found them guilty on all counts. P...

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    • R v Peters

      The case of David Jeremiah Peters concluded today with an Old Bailey Judge imposing sentences totalling 5 years 8 months. Paul Raudnitz was instructed to lead a joint CPS/ Department for Work and Pensions prosecution team targetting systematic professiona...

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    • Camberwell arson murder trial: verdict

      After a month long trial, the jury in the Camberwell arson arson case today unanimously cleared Dimitri John-Lewis of murder, convicting him instead of manslaughter and perverting the course of justice.Sentence has been adjourned to 28th July. Rebecca Pou...

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    • FSA's first criminal conviction for boiler room fraud

      The case of David Mason concluded today at Southwark Crown Court. The case was the FSA's first criminal conviction for boiler room fraud. Paul Raudnitz was instructed as leading counsel for the Authority. http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/Library/Communication/...

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    • Victoria Station Murder

      The first of three trials concerning the Victoria Station alleged murder has commenced at the Old Bailey.There are 20 defendants to be tried in all.QEB Hollis Whiteman is represented across all three trials for both prosecution and defence, Julian Evans i...

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    • Trading Standards gets UK's biggest car clockers - Paul Raudnitz

      Two rogue car dealers were jailed for 27 months each at Isleworth Crown Court today (Friday 11 December 2009) after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud in the UK's largest car clocking case. The case brought by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards inv...

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    • £2m conspiracy to defraud various primary healthcare trusts - Paul Raudnitz

      Paul Raudnitz defended the finance director of a private psychiatric hospital charged by the Fraud Prosecution Service with an alleged £2m conspiracy to defraud various primary healthcare trusts. Further details - BBC News

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    Articles

    • Paul Raudnitz considers Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the light of the first two cases.

      Members of QEB Hollis Whiteman have been instructed in both of the first two DPA cases concluded in this jurisdiction, Standard Bank and XYZ. Paul Raudnitz who was instructed as junior counsel by the SFO in the XYZ case, considers the importance of self-reporting and defence co-operation in arriving at a satisfactory conclusion to such cases.

    • Co-operation - Key for DPA's

      Paul Raudnitz, junior counsel to the SFO in the case of XYZ, considers the need for defence co-operation to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

      Reproduced with kind permission of Fraud Intelligence. 

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    • Deferred Prosecution Agreements

      Willingness to come forward and admit the full extent of wrongdoing coupled with ready assistance to the prosecutor; it appears that criminal defence has been turned on it's head

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    • Wheel Clamping - regulation and the criminal law

      The following is an abstract of a Podcast recorded by Paul Raudnitz and Tom Broomfield of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers on "Wheel Clamping: Regulation and the Criminal Law".

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    • An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

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    • Corporate Manslaughter

      An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Paul Raudnitz QC is instructed in the weighty, high profile and often ground breaking corporate and financial crime cases of the age.

    Overview 

    Recognised as exceptional in the field of financial crime, Paul is sought after for his ability to understand the complex quickly, and resourcefully to find solutions to the problems posed. He has a fantastic reputation both as defence and prosecution counsel, in cases involving both individuals and corporates. His practice embraces the full calendar of serious and heavy fraud work, complex white-collar, corporate and commercial crime. In recent years he has been involved in a number of landmark cases, cementing his impressive reputation in this area. He is prized in particular for the quality of his cross-examination and jury advocacy.

    Experience 

    Paul has appeared in a number of very high-profile cases in this field, including SFO v XYZ (the landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement, then only the second in the UK) and Operation Cotton (the then largest case brought by the FCA and a leading authority on Abuse of Process in criminal law).

    His practice encompasses serious and heavy fraud work including tax, banking, company, investment, mortgage and insurance frauds. He has considerable expertise in cases involving professionals charged with complex corporate and commercial crime. He also advises companies, charities and other corporate entities.

    He is instructed by leading defence solicitors and, on the prosecution side, by the SFO, FCA, Home Office, HMRC, DWP, CPS Special Casework, Trading Standards and local authorities.

    His substantial experience includes:

    • Currently instructed by the SFO to advise on a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a suspected international legal financing fund fraud (Op Totem).
    • Leading counsel for the Supply Chain Manager in the Williams Hybrid Power Co alleged bribery case (R v Herbert, Rapid Engineering & Others);
    • Leading counsel defending an alleged confidence trickster accused of posing as a wealthy aristocrat to defraud finance lenders (R v K);
    • Leading counsel for one of the alleged conspirators in the Operation Zapote multi-million pound internet banking diversion fraud (R v Chukwuka & Others);
    • Leading counsel for the defence of an Operation Zygos "most wanted" nominal accused of a multi-million pound horse-racing betting fraud (R v Bloor);
    • Defending a charity trustee in the "Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment" alleged charities fraud (R v Weir & others);
    • Leading counsel for the defence of the operations manager in the "Highway" driver-training fraud (R v Rahman & Others);
    • Defending the alleged sales director in the "Fast-Track" fraud (R v Bharya & Others);
    • Acting for the finance director charged in the Cawston Park Psychiatric Hospital alleged “extra care” fraud (R v W & B);
    • Appearing for the company secretary in the "Tempaid" revenue fraud (R v Sidhu & others);
    • Acting for defendants charged in the "Steinberg and Prior" wine and gold bullion fraud case (R v Pullinger & others), the "The Commodities Link" rare earth metals fraud (R v Muldoon & others) and the "cash for crash" road traffic accident insurance fraud (R v Mehmood & others);
    • Appearing for the SFO in the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement case (R v XYZ) and the linked bribery prosecution of three company representatives;
    • Appearing for the FCA in its then most substantial fraud and collective investment scheme conspiracy case (Op Cotton);
    • Leading counsel for the then FSA in its first successful criminal prosecution for boiler room fraud (R v Mason);
    • Leading counsel for Trading Standards in one of its largest counterfeit goods cases (R v Grover & Arura) and its then largest car clocking fraud conspiracy (R v Ghulaman & Sadiqi);
    • The successful prosecution of one of City of London Police’s most substantial identity theft cases (R v Peters, 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 16 defendants for a multi-million pound benefits and immigration fraud conspiracy stretching back almost 20 years (Op Spenser);
    • Leading a team combining the DWP, the Home Office, HMRC 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).

    Notable Cases

    Operation Totem (2021)

    Paul Raudnitz QC is instructed in respect of an SFO investigation into a alleged fraudulent trading operation involving the suspected appropriation of £107m invested into a legal services financing fund. The case material is very extensive and highly technical and involved. The investigation is multi-jurisdictional, embracing the examination of a complex web of offshore companies and accounts. Paul Raudnitz QC is engaged by the SFO to advise on all aspects of the case.

    R v Herbert, Rapid Engineering & Others (2020)

    Paul Raudnitz, leading Tom Doble, acted for Kevin Herbert, the former Supply Chain Manager at Williams Hybrid Power (a subsidiary of the Williams Formula 1 Group), who faced charges of bribery contrary to the Bribery Act 2010. The allegations concerned the solicitation and receipt of corrupt payments from multiple supplier companies, over a number of months.  The investigation was lengthy and complex, encompassing a large volume of electronic and highly technical material. Following a series of substantial legal arguments concerning the scope of the investigation and the Crown's disclosure exercise, the prosecution conceded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue two of the three charges, and a plea deal was negotiated which resulted in the resolution of the case. Mr Herbert received a suspended sentence of two years’ imprisonment, with confiscation proceedings not to be pursued. The imposition of a non-custodial sentence in cases of this kind is extremely rare.

    R v K (2020)

    Paul Raudnitz led Tom Doble in the defence of K who faced an indictment charging numerous counts of confidence fraud, money laundering and perverting the course of justice. It was alleged that K had deceived a number of private investors by falsely presenting as a high net worth aristocrat fraudulently to obtain advances of finance, and that K had then perverted the course of justice by fraudulently subverting the resolution of bankruptcy proceedings. There were numerous complainants alleging a complex narrative of fraud and deception.

    R v XYZ; R v Sorby, Leek & Justice (2019)

    Paul Raudnitz acted for the SFO in an investigation into the company “XYZ”, which ultimately became the landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement case. There were a number of related proceedings over several years. In the first set (2016), the Court approved what was only the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement in England and Wales for the company XYZ. During the period June 2004 to June 2012, XYZ obtained some 28 contracts worth a total of £17.24m through the offer of bribes. The total gross profit from these contracts amounted to some £6.5m. Following a voluntary self-report, the SFO embarked upon a very substantial investigation - one of the first SFO investigations under the Bribery Act 2010. Paul Raudnitz advised throughout, and in particular on the interpretation and application of the entirely novel area of law concerning Deferred Prosecution Agreements and the Bribery Act 2010. The DPA having been secured against company XYZ, Paul Raudnitz then continued to act in the prosecution of the three company managers, Messrs Sorby, Leek and Justice. In 2018, the case against the individuals received worldwide attention in the legal and business communities when it was the subject of a judicial review concerning the question of whether the SFO should have breached the company for failure to disclose LPP material relevant to the trial of the individuals (“R on application of AL v SFO and (1) XYZ (2) ABC [2018] EWHC 856”). The case substantially developed the law in this field and gave guidance pending the Court of Appeal judgement in the “ENRC” case. A 9-week trial of the managers then took place in the summer of 2019.

    R v Chukwuka & Others (2019)

    Paul Raudnitz led Kyan Pucks in the representation of Emmanual Chukwuka, charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder. The case was the widely publicised “Operation Zapote” internet banking diversion fraud and money laundering conspiracy trial heard over 6 months from October 2018-March 2019. The trial embraced allegations that some £10m was diverted from hundreds of victims in a concerted international diversion fraud scheme. It involved some 75,000+ pages of evidence and was highly complex. It turned on a detailed challenge to extremely complicated forensic computer evidence. Emmanual Chukwuka was successfully acquitted of the laundering charge, earning a sentence of “time served” – substantially lower than others convicted on all counts.

     

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2021: Recommended in: 1) Fraud: Crime – New Silk. 2) Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – New Silk.

    Chambers UK 2021: Recommended in Financial Crime – New Silk.

    'A cerebral and hardworking counsel his varied practice in this area speaks to his many qualities. Highly respected by judges and juries who listen to what he has to say' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2021.

    'He has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2021.

    '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. He provided counsel to the SFO on its pioneering use of deferred prosecution agreements. He is very hard-working, good in court and a delight to deal with. He has lots of common sense and gets right to the point' Chambers Financial Crime 2021.

    ‘Intense, focused and impressive.’ ‘A charming man with all of his clients, he's someone who can engage with the jury, and is able to assimilate and become the master of volumes of evidence.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2020

    ‘A very assured and impressive advocate.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2020

    ‘Pragmatic, exceptionally well prepared and a very good cross-examiner.’ ‘He has an investigative mind and goes into every detail.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2019

    ‘A tenacious advocate and a skilled tactician at trial.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2018

    ‘So hardworking; solicitors don’t understand how he produces the results he does.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2018

    ‘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. He is superb and could easily be a silk. Very experienced and a very good campaigner.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2018

    ‘He is excellent in conference and is able to guide clients through complex legal arguments.’ Legal 500 Fraud - Crime 2017

    ‘A solid and resourceful counsel, who works very hard for his clients.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2017

    ‘A safe pair of hands, who is sensible and down to earth.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2017

    ‘He has a great eye for detail and is very knowledgeable.’ Legal 500 Fraud - Crime 2016

    ‘He gives good, practical and realistic advice.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2016

    ‘A strong junior in the financial crime sector, who regularly acts for large-scale business 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.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2016

    Recent Cases

    • Paul Raudnitz QC is instructed to provide charging advice in an SFO investigation into a suspected fraudulent trading operation involving the appropriation of £107m invested into a legal services financing fund. The case material is very extensive (over 5...

    • Sean Larkin QC and Paul Raudnitz QC were instructed on behalf of the SFO in these high-profile and related cases.In “XYZ” the Court approved what was only the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement in England and Wales for company XYZ. During t...

    • Paul Raudnitz QC represented Emmanual Chukwuka, charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder. The case was the widely publicised 10-handed internet banking diversion fraud and money laundering conspiracy allegation tried before HHJ Simon a...

    • Paul Raudnitz QC is instructed to defend an individual charged with operating money exchange bureaux, which allegedly laundered over £12m representing the proceeds of drug dealing. There are some 94,000 pages of evidence and the issues are extremely compl...

    • Paul Raudnitz and Tom Doble acted for a former Supply Chain Manager, who faced charges of bribery contrary to the Bribery Act 2010.  The allegations concerned the solicitation and receipt of corrupt payments from multiple supplier companies, over a number...

    • Paul Raudnitz and Kerry Broome led a series of prosecutions as part of Operation Spenser, an investigation uniting the UKBA, DWP and HMRC.

    • Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz instructed in landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement case - "SFO v XYZ Ltd".

    • Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly have concluded the largest ever joint DWP/ Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought.

    • Largest joint DWP/Home Office fraud prosecution yet brought.

    • Operation Cotton, one of the largest criminal prosecutions ever undertaken by the FCA, concluded with the convictions of all eight defendants.

    • Paul Raudnitz and Katherine Lloyd acted for Jeffrey Bloor, accused of involvement in a multi-million pound horse-racing betting and bloodstock fraud.

    • Acted for JG, trustee of Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment, a charity fundraising for treatment for children and financial assistance and educational information for their families.

    • The “Fast-Track” fraud.

    • Paul Raudnitz successfully prosecuted two brothers - a director and a company secretary (a solicitor) for conspiracy to defraud company customers.  The case was brought by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards.

    • Paul Raudnitz was instructed as Leading Counsel for the FSA in its first criminal conviction for boiler room fraud.For full details, please follow the link below.http://www.fsa.gov.uk/pages/Library/Communication/PR/2011/051.shtml 

    • Paul Raudnitz acted for the company director of three vehicle leasing companies charged with massive fraudulent trading. This substantial case was prosecuted by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

    News

    Articles

    • Co-operation - Key for DPA's

      Paul Raudnitz, junior counsel to the SFO in the case of XYZ, considers the need for defence co-operation to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

      Reproduced with kind permission of Fraud Intelligence. 

      View Article

    • Deferred Prosecution Agreements

      Willingness to come forward and admit the full extent of wrongdoing coupled with ready assistance to the prosecutor; it appears that criminal defence has been turned on it's head

      View Article

    • An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

      May 2009Download (PDF) >

  • An impressive Silk who commands wide respect in the field of general crime for his strategic insight and the quality of his advocacy, he is a commanding presence in any court. In his last year as a junior prior to taking Silk in March 2020, he was nominated for the "Legal 500 UK Crime Junior of the Year Award 2020".

    Overview

    Paul has built a very substantial practice in general crime. He is regularly instructed, for both defence and prosecution, in high-profile homicide, firearms, drug-trafficking and sexual offences cases. He has appeared in numerous multi-handed trials, often involving serious organised crime. He is instructed by a large number of leading defence solicitors and specialist prosecution agencies (CPS Special Casework, CPS Homicide, CPS Serious Organised Crime Division, Trading Standards and local authorities). His experience in the professional regulatory field also equips him well to deal with criminal cases involving professional clients, particularly in the financial and medical spheres. Clients instruct Paul for his experience, his intellect and command of the law, and his presence and advocacy in the court room.

    Experience 

    Paul is regularly instructed in some of the most serious, sensitive and complex general crime cases.

    Homicide and related matters:

    • Currently instructed to defend in a case of alleged gang-related murder by shooting (R v G);
    • Currently also instructed to defend the alleged gunman in a four-handed allegation of conspiracy to murder (R v I & others);
    • Defended a defendant acquitted of all charges in the Op. Rawlins murder trial (R v Hussain & Ahmed);
    • Defended the youth defendant in the Op. Northallerton murder case (R v Zambon & Others).
    • Defended in the "Norwich dog walker" murder trial (R v Palmer).
    • Represented defendants in the first Victoria Station murder trial (R v Oderinwale & Others) and the Camberwell arson murder trial (R v Kwakye & Others). Paul’s clients were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter in both cases.
    • Defended the principal’s brother on “assisting” charges in the Beccles A146 running-down murder trial (R v Caunter);
    • The Op. Markham prosecution of two brothers for the Nelson Gardens, Bethnal Green, knife murder (R v Carpenter & Carpenter);
    • The Op. Mappleton prosecution of two brothers for the White Hart Pub, Eltham High Street, manslaughter case (R v Weeks & Weeks);
    • The Op. Donlontown prosecution of the last defendant to be charged in respect of the 2008 Leytonstone murder (R v Shah);
    • The Op. Talbert South Kilburn murder trial (R v Kavuala & Others);
    • Leading counsel in the Op. Pontadawe attempted murder by shooting prosecution (R v Toto and Cudjoe);
    • Acting for the Crown in the South Beach Bar, Brixton, attempted murder trial (R v Ammah);

    Organised Crime, Drugs and Terrorism:

    • Currently instructed to lead for the defence in a seven-handed drugs importation conspiracy allegedly operated through Gatwick Airport (R v R & Others);
    • Represented the defendant charged in reputedly the largest ever UK residential seizure of MDMA and crystal meth (R v Scotland);
    • Successfully defended K, charged with smuggling 19 illegal migrants into the UK on a yacht chartered from Holland - the case was an intelligence-led NCA investigation into an alleged organised crime group (R v K & others);
    • Successfully defended A, acquitted of firearms supply offences in the context of alleged gang membership (R v A & Others);
    • Leading counsel for the Crown in the Op. Laius modern slavery and human trafficking conspiracy prosecution (R v Tsang & Pan);
    • Led for the Crown in the Op. Greengrass / Seymour Place modern slavery conspiracy prosecution (R v Pislaru & Others);
    • Prosecuted the Op. Canid terrorism case (R v Hussain);
    • Prosecuted the Op. Accudal cocaine importation case centred on Heathrow Airport (R v Iqbal & Others) and the Operation Tamsia firearms importation case (R v Okoro & Okoro).

    Paul has also appeared in a number of serious and highly sensitive sex cases, including:

    • Acted for the defendant charged in the Turpington Lane, Bromley, stranger rape case (R v Trotter);
    • Successfully defended a teenager charged in a four-handed multiple rape trial (R v H & Others);
    • Successfully defended a man facing four-handed rape and under-age sex charges involving three teenage complainants (R v Z & Others);
    • Acted for a learning-disadvantaged teenager acquitted of rape against a classmate (R v H);
    • Defended an intellectually-impaired husband found not guilty of marital rape (R v W);
    • Successfully defended an individual acquitted of multiple rapes against three separate complainants (R v A);

    Other cases of note:-

    • Represented Jamie Stuart, ex-England under-21 footballer cleared of charges of serious assault on the field of play.

    Notable Cases

    R v G (2021)

    Paul Raudnitz QC represents G, who is charged with murder by shooting in an alleged gang-related killing over a drug debt. The case is of the utmost seriousness, and is extremely complex, running to some 20,000+ pages of evidence.

    R v I & Others (2021)

    Paul Raudnitz QC represents I, charged as the alleged gunman in a four-handed conspiracy to murder charge.

    R v Trotter (2020)

    Paul Raudnitz QC defended William Trotter who was accused of the kidnap and rape of a 17 year old girl following a chance meeting on a late night bus. The case involved complex DNA evidence, with the defence calling the world-leading DNA authority, Professor Dan Krane.

    R v Tsang & Pan (2020)

    Paul Raudnitz QC led for the Crown in the Operation Laius human trafficking and modern slavery case against married couple Mr Wai Tsang and Ms Wenwen Pan. The case followed an extensive undercover operation featuring the deployment of test purchase officers and surveillance operatives who gathered evidence into a very substantial human trafficking, modern slavery and prostitution operation controlled and run by the defendants. An ancillary feature was the supply of Class A drugs as a side-line to the prostitution racket. The case was tried over four weeks at the conclusion of which both defendants were convicted on human trafficking charges.

    R v Scotland (2020)

    Paul Raudnitz QC defended Patrick Scotland in respect of what is believed to be the largest residential seizure of MDMA and crystal meth in UK legal history. The Defendant was linked to an alleged drugs warehouse which embraced some £2.3m worth of recovered drugs including several kilogrammes of crystal meth, MDMA and cocaine, 185,000 ecstasy pills, 8 kg of cannabis resin and more than 10,000 LSD tabs. There were also related importation charges pertaining to the concealment of drugs in children’s toys posted from abroad.

    R v Hussain & Ahmed (2019)

    Paul Raudnitz defended Yousef Ahmed, aged 18, for murder. The case turned on a detailed unpicking of a second by second narrative in which the Crown’s case of joint enterprise murder (together with a co-defendant, one Kamal Hussain) was systematically challenged and undermined. There were complex issues of disclosure and bad character. At the conclusion of the case, Mr Ahmed was found “not guilty” on all counts.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2021: Recommended in Crime – New Silk.

    Chambers UK 2021: Recommended in Crime – New Silk

    Legal 500 2020: Shortlisted for "The Legal 500 UK Crime Junior of the Year Award 2020"

    'A dynamic and cerebral silk, Paul is a great advocate. He works extremely hard. Very methodical in his approach to a case. He is a barrister who is very good in law as well as an excellent jury advocate' Legal 500 Crime 2021

    'Very shrewd and has a good tactical approach. He is good with clients and a fine all-round defence lawyer' Chambers Crime 2021

    ‘He’s very good at homing in on the main issues of a case.’ ‘He’s very good on paper and has a very good manner with juries.’ Chambers UK Crime 2020

    ‘A very able advocate with an incisive mind which cuts through the thorniest of legal issues.’ Legal 500 Crime 2020

    ‘Brilliant: first rate across the law, evidence and tactical strategic decisions.’ Legal 500 Crime 2018

    ‘He is extremely thorough and immediately understands the brief.’ Legal 500 Crime 2017

    Recent Cases

    • R v Tsang & Pan: Paul Raudnitz QC and Polly Dyer prosecuted a husband and wife for offences including conspiracy to commit human trafficking, controlling prostitution and possession with intent to supply class A drugs in a five week trial at Isleworth Cro...

    • Paul Raudnitz successfully defends in people-smuggling organised crime case.Paul Raudnitz has successfully defended K, charged with smuggling 19 illegal migrants into the UK on a yacht chartered from Holland. The Prosecution, run by the National Crime Age...

    • David Spens QC leading Paul Raudnitz was instructed to represent an ex-commando who was accused of murdering an 83-year-old dog walker.

    • Paul Raudnitz and Kerry Broome led a series of prosecutions as part of Operation Spenser, an investigation uniting the UKBA, DWP and HMRC.

    • Nelson Gardens murder. Counsel for the Crown led by Simon Denison QC in the prosecution of two brothers for the 2016 Nelson Gardens, Bethnal Green, alleged knife murder of Russell Brown.

    • Operation Mappleton - Counsel for the Crown led by Tom Kark QC and Paul Raudnitz in the prosecution of two brothers for the White Hart manslaughter case.

    • Paddington prostitution gang - Paul Raudnitz and Fallon Alexis completed the successful prosecution of “Operation Greengrass”

    • Paul Raudnitz defended S, an Afghan asylum seeker, on charges of substantial seriousness and sensitivity: a four-handed conspiracy to rape/have sex with three underage teenagers.

    • Counsel for the Crown led by Mark Heywood QC. The investigation into the 2008 murder of Adnan Patel in Leytonstone, East London, concluded with the sentencing of Amar Shah at the Central Criminal Court in 2016. Amar Shah absconded to Pakistan the day afte...

    • The case involved lengthy and complex legal argument in relation to the meaning of a licenceable HMO, SI 2006/371, etc.

    • Acted for JG, trustee of Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment, a charity fundraising for treatment for children and financial assistance and educational information for their families.

    • Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority.

    • International drugs and money laundering conspiracy.

    • The “Fast-Track” fraud.

    • Paul Raudnitz successfully prosecuted two brothers - a director and a company secretary (a solicitor) for conspiracy to defraud company customers.  The case was brought by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards.

    • Paul Raudnitz defended Adonis Akra in the first Victoria Station murder trial. Mr Akra was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. 

    • Paul Raudnitz was instructed as leading counsel for the Crown with Tom Broomfield as led junior in one of the largest “car clocking” fraud conspiracy prosecutions ever to be brought.

    News

    • Paul Raudnitz appointed Queen's Counsel

      We are delighted to announce that Paul Raudnitz has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2019-2020 competition. Paul will receive his title at the ceremony at Westminster Hall on 16th March, presided over by the Lord Chancellor.Paul has a fantastic...

    • Paul Raudnitz and Faye Patis shortlisted by Legal 500 at UK Bar Awards 2020

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Paul Raudnitz is shortlisted for Crime Junior of the Year in The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2020. 'The awards recognise and reward the best over the past 12 months.' The Legal 500 We also congratulate Faye Patis who has been shortlist...

    • Female fraudsters sentenced to 33 months imprisonment for false identity fraud involving half a million pounds.

      Caoimhe Daly represented the Department of Work and Pensions in the prosecution of two women, originally from Africa who, posing as sisters, were convicted of 23 counts of fraud, conspiracy in connection with unlawful immigration and making false represen...

    • Paul Raudnitz defends trustee of children's cancer charity against fraud and money laundering charges

      Paul Raudnitz acted for JG, trustee of the Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment charity which was set up to raise funds for treatment of...

    • 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 largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority.

    • Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly act for Trading Standards in counterfeit goods prosecution believed to be the largest of its kind to date.

      Paul Raudnitz and Caoimhe Daly acted for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in the prosecution of what is believed to be the largest-ever counterfeit-goods operation brought before the courts to date by any Trading Standards authority. On 10th July 2014, ...

  • A Silk with the keen intellect and fastidious approach required in the fields of professional discipline and regulatory law, Paul Raudnitz QC is focused, measured, strategically astute and impressive.

    Overview 

    Paul Raudnitz QC has substantial experience across a range of fields within 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 also advised on, and presented numerous cases relating to, the regulation of social workers. He has acted as the legal adviser to the Royal College of Physicians' Examinations Misconduct Tribunal.

    Experience 

    Paul Raudnitz QC has appeared for both the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council in respect of a large number of serious, complex and substantial regulatory cases. He has presented cases across the range of clinical and conduct issues, often involving highly complicated expert evidence.

    His General Medical Council work includes:

    • GMC v C: currently instructed in the case against Dr C for misconduct relating to alleged inappropriate sexual behaviour in respect of a number of female employees and partners;
    • GMC v Lupton: fitness to practise proceedings relating to a GP charged in relation to the alleged failure to diagnose acute leukaemia in a 13 year old boy who then very sadly died;
    • GMC v Bland: fitness to practise proceedings brought in respect of a doctor who had been convicted on child pornography possession charges;
    • GMC v Brooks: misconduct proceedings following on from Crown Court convictions in respect of a range of sexual offences committed in the streets against teenage girls;
    • GMC v Siala: a Consultant Breast Surgeon charged with misconduct relating to the alleged inadequate treatment of a breast cancer sufferer;
    • GMC v Adler: the highly publicised case against a GP 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;
    • GMC v Mohan: the widely reported GMC case of botched breech delivery leading to the death of one twin;
    • GMC v Mahfoudh: misconduct concerning the volatile behaviour of a surgical registrar mid-operation;
    • GMC v Featherstone: fitness to practise proceedings concerning the blurring of boundaries in a GP’s conduct.

    His General Dental Council work includes:-

    • GDC v Profeta: misconduct relating to a broad range of inadequate treatment/ inadequate record keeping allegations in respect of eight patients, and dishonesty pertaining to the conduct of registration obligations;
    • GDC v Hermann: misconduct proceedings for inadequate root canal treatment;
    • GDC v Gomes: fitness to practise proceedings for the provision of inadequate treatment to nine patients;
    • GDC v Shutov: a broad range of inadequate treatment/ inadequate record keeping allegations pertaining to the dental treatment of three patients.
    • GDC v Browne: misconduct proceedings against a dental technician for acting outside authorised scope of practice;

    Notable Cases

    GMC v Dr C (2021)

    Paul Raudnitz QC acts for the GMC in proceedings brought against Dr C for misconduct relating to alleged inappropriate sexual behaviour in respect of a number of female employees and partners. The case is factually involved, embracing a set of allegations stretching back several years.

    GMC v Dr Lupton (2020)

    Paul Raudnitz presented the case for the GMC against Dr Lupton, who was a GP charged with misconduct relating to the alleged failure to diagnose acute leukaemia in a 13 year old boy who then very sadly died. It was alleged that as a result of an inadequate consultation and a failure to examine, the patient’s cancer went undiagnosed, delaying treatment. The case involved highly complex expert evidence called from three experts concerning duties of treatment and professional adequacy in cancer care. The great part of the GMC’s factual case was found proved. Both Misconduct and Impairment were found proved and conditions were imposed.

    GDC v Dr Profeta (2019)

    Paul Raudnitz was instructed to present the case for the GDC against Dr Profeta who was charged with a broad range of inadequate treatment/ inadequate record keeping allegations in respect of his dental treatment of eight patients. There was also an allegation of dishonesty pertaining to the conduct of registration obligations. The allegations were clinically complex, involving complicated expert evidence across a range of clinical competencies. The matter was listed for Fitness to Practise Hearing over two weeks, at the conclusion of which Misconduct was established, the dentist was found impaired and suspended for 12 months.

    GMC v Dr Brooks (2018)

    This was a Fitness to Practice case following on from the Crown Court conviction of the doctor on a range of sexual offences committed in the streets against teenage girls. The case involved the sensitive presentation of the Crown Court material, analysis of the doctor’s extensive psychiatric and testimonial evidence, and submissions on public confidence and patient safety criteria concerning impairment. Impairment was found and the doctor was ultimately erased from the register.

    GMC v Mr Siala (2017)

    A Consultant Breast Surgeon charged with misconduct relating to the alleged inadequate treatment of a breast cancer sufferer. It was alleged that as a result of an inadequate consultation and a failure to examine, the patient’s breast cancer went undiagnosed, exacerbating her condition and delaying treatment. The case involved highly complex expert evidence called from three experts concerning duties of treatment in breast cancer care. The great part of the GMC’s factual case was found proved. Both Misconduct and Impairment were found proved and conditions were imposed.

    GMC v Dr Adler (2016)
    Paul Raudnitz conducted the GMC case against Dr Adler before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. The GP was charged with misconduct for allegedly writing medical reports for personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis in breach of his professional obligations. It was also alleged that he wrote two reports without having spoken to or examined the patient, and supported a fraudulent claim in the name of a patient made without the patient's knowledge or consent. In another case, Dr Adler was alleged to have written four different reports to try to maximise pay-outs from two insurers in a multiple accident claim. The allegations were in great part admitted or proved. Misconduct and Impairment were found and Dr Adler was suspended.

    Reviews 

    Legal 500 2021: Recommended in Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law – New Silk.

    'Experienced in regulatory cases, he deals well with complex clinical cases and is very pleasant to work with' Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law 2021.

    ‘He is sought after to present cases for the GMC and GDC.’ Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law 2020

    ‘He prosecutes dental and medical cases.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law 2019

    ‘Responsive and a joy to work with.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law 2017

    Recent Cases

    • Paul Raudnitz QC prosecuted a doctor who had failed to diagnose a 13-year-old child who passed away from acute leukaemia. As a result of an inadequate consultation and failure to examine, the patient’s cancer went undiagnosed which delayed the treat...

    • Paul Raudnitz prosecuted a dental practitioner who had been charged with a broad range of inadequate treatment and inadequate record-keeping allegations pertaining to his dental treatment of eight patients. The dental practitioner was suspended for 12 mon...

    • Paul Raudnitz advised the GDC in its case against a dentist who had been charged with a broad range of inadequate treatment and inadequate record keeping allegations pertaining to his dental treatment of 20 patients. Following Paul’s advice, the cas...

    • Misconduct proceedings relating to nine patients.

    • Conducted the case for the GDC against a dentist accused of misconduct in relation to root canal treatment.

    • Conducted the GMC case against Dr Adler before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

    • Paul Raudnitz presented the case for the GMC, and Zoe Johnson QC defended Dr Anupama Ram Mohan in respect of allegations of misconduct relating to the delivery of twins in 2012.

    • Misconduct proceedings for acting outside scope of practice. Mr Browne was a registered dental technician accused of acting outside his scope of practice by fitting removable dental appliances. Following a Fitness to Practise Hearing, the facts were found...

    • Misconduct proceedings concerning the volatile behaviour of a surgical registrar mid-operation.Dr Mahfoudh was ageneral surgeon charged with misconduct allegations relating to his conduct during and after a laparoscopic appendectomy. Misconduct and impair...

    News

    • Paul Raudnitz appointed Queen's Counsel

      We are delighted to announce that Paul Raudnitz has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2019-2020 competition. Paul will receive his title at the ceremony at Westminster Hall on 16th March, presided over by the Lord Chancellor.Paul has a fantastic...

    • Paul Raudnitz presents Dr Adler case for the GMC

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Paul Raudnitz opens case for the GMC against Dr Adler before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. The GP, who is charged with misconduct, provided medical reports for personal injury claims, allegedly on a contingency fee...

    Articles

    • Wheel Clamping - regulation and the criminal law

      The following is an abstract of a Podcast recorded by Paul Raudnitz and Tom Broomfield of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers on "Wheel Clamping: Regulation and the Criminal Law".

      View Article

  • Private Prosecutions

    A consummate advocate with a wealth of experience prosecuting privately for various entities, Paul Raudnitz QC’s exceptional skills as an advocate equip him well to this field.

    Overview 

    Paul is instructed in complex, multi-handed and often ground-breaking private prosecutions on behalf of financial prosecuting authorities and local government departments.

    Experience 

    Paul has extensive experience prosecuting for non-CPS authorities and institutions. He was instructed as leading counsel for the then Financial Services Authority in its first successful prosecution for boiler room fraud, R v Mason,  and thereafter over a two-and-a-half year period in Operation Cotton, the then largest FCA prosecution, an eight-handed land-banking fraud and collective investment scheme conspiracy.

    Paul has also acted for numerous Trading Standards and local authority prosecuting bodies. He was leading counsel in two of trading standards’ most significant prosecutions, R v Grover and Arura and R v Ghulaman and Sadiqi, and counsel alone in the prosecution of a director and a company secretary (a solicitor) for conspiracy to defraud company customers, R v Ali & Ali.

    He has prosecuted numerous cases for local authorities, in particular covering all aspects of benefits frauds. He has advised on, and conducted prosecutions for, trademark infringements and related IP breaches.  

    Notable Cases

    Operation Cotton (2015)
    FCA land-banking fraud, Operation Cotton, one of the largest criminal prosecutions undertaken by the FCA, concluded with the convictions of all eight defendants.  The convictions represent the culmination of an investigation stretching back over five years. The case was tried in two consecutive trials at Southwark Crown Court.

    R v Grover & Arura (2014)
    Paul Raudnitz was leading counsel for Brent and Harrow Trading Standards in what is believed to be the largest counterfeit-goods operation brought to date by any trading standards authority. Nirmon Grover and Ajit Arura were each sentenced to three years imprisonment for their part in Grover International Limited, a business which had imported vast quantities of counterfeit goods to the UK through continental Europe from China. Some 80,000 fake designer items were recovered. The haul, had it been genuine, would have been worth over £17m. The case was the culmination of an investigation stretching back five years.

    R v Ali & Ali (2012)
    Paul Raudnitz successfully prosecuted two brothers, a director and a company secretary (a solicitor), for conspiracy to defraud customers.  The case was brought by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards.

    R v Mason (2011)
    Instructed as leading counsel for the then FSA in its first criminal conviction for boiler room fraud.

    R v Ghulaman & Sadiqi (2009)
    Instructed as leading counsel for the Crown in one of the largest “car clocking” fraud conspiracy prosecutions ever brought. The case was investigated by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards and involved 320 cars with a total value of £1.5m and an illegal profit estimated at £250,000.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2021: Recommended in: 1) Fraud: Crime – New Silk. 2) Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – New Silk.

    Chambers UK 2021: Recommended in Financial Crime – New Silk.

    'A cerebral and hardworking counsel his varied practice in this area speaks to his many qualities. Highly respected by judges and juries who listen to what he has to say' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2021.

    'He has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2021.

    '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. He provided counsel to the SFO on its pioneering use of deferred prosecution agreements. He is very hard-working, good in court and a delight to deal with. He has lots of common sense and gets right to the point' Chambers Financial Crime 2021.

    ‘Intense, focused and impressive.’ ‘A charming man with all of his clients, he's someone who can engage with the jury, and is able to assimilate and become the master of volumes of evidence.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2020

    ‘A very assured and impressive advocate.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2020

    ‘Pragmatic, exceptionally well prepared and a very good cross-examiner.’ ‘He has an investigative mind and goes into every detail.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2019

    ‘A tenacious advocate and a skilled tactician at trial.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime 2018

    ‘So hardworking; solicitors don’t understand how he produces the results he does.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2018

    ‘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. He is superb and could easily be a silk. Very experienced and a very good campaigner.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2018

    ‘He is excellent in conference and is able to guide clients through complex legal arguments.’ Legal 500 Fraud - Crime 2017

    ‘A solid and resourceful counsel, who works very hard for his clients.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2017

    ‘A safe pair of hands, who is sensible and down to earth.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2017

    ‘He has a great eye for detail and is very knowledgeable.’ Legal 500 Fraud - Crime 2016

    ‘He gives good, practical and realistic advice.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime 2016

    ‘A strong junior in the financial crime sector, who regularly acts for large-scale business 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.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime 2016