• The "superb" Paul Raudnitz is renowned as an exceptional senior junior 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 meticulous tenacity. He is "very experienced and a very good campaigner" (Chambers UK 2018).

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Recognised as a leading senior junior 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.

    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 measured and meticulous approach and for his presence and advocacy in the court room. 

    Regulatory 

    Paul has substantial experience across a range of fields within professional regulation and discipline. He is frequently sought after to deal with the most complex of cases in the most demanding of tribunals.

    Private Prosecutions 

    A senior junior instructed frequently in complex, multi-handed often ground-breaking private prosecutions on behalf of financial prosecuting authorities and local government departments.

    Reviews 

    Legal 500 2020: Fraud: Crime – Tier 1; Crime – Tier 2; Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law – Tier 2; Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – Tier 3

    Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime – Band 3; Crime – Band 5

    ‘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

    ‘He has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) 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

    • CPS External Advocates Panel Grade 4 (since 2007)
    • CPS Fraud Panel at Grade 4 (since 2013)
    • CPS Rape List (since 2012)
    • "A" Panel SFO List of Counsel (since 2009)
    • "A" Panel SFO Proceeds of Crime List (since 2013)

    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

    • 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.

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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 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

      May 2009Download (PDF) >

    • Corporate Manslaughter

      An introduction to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Instructed in the weighty, high profile and often ground breaking corporate and financial cases of present times; Paul Raudnitz makes the complex seem easy.

    Overview 

    Recognised as a leading senior junior 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.

    Experience 

    Paul’s reputation in corporate and financial crime is particularly strong. He has appeared in a number of very high-profile cases 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). 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 vast experience includes: leading counsel for the defence of an Operation Zygos "most wanted" nominal accused of involvement in a multi-million pound horse-racing betting and bloodstock fraud (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). On the prosecution side, Paul's experience includes: 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 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); Paul is also currently instructed by the SFO to advise in respect of a very extensive international investigation into a legal financing fund fraud (Op Totem).

    Notable Cases

    R v Pullinger & others (2016)
    Paul Raudnitz represented "S" - the alleged second in command in the "Steinberg and Prior" wine and gold bullion fraud case. Applications were repeatedly made for disclosure of material from a related discontinued City of London Trading Standards Investigation. Following repeated disclosure failures by the Crown and consistent defence pressure for the Crown to serve relevant material, the case collapsed and S was found "not guilty".

    Operation Boromo (2016)
    Paul Raudnitz, Kerry Broome and Caoimhe Daly were instructed in Operation Boromo, an investigation into the misuse of 399 identities to commit benefits and immigration fraud over a period of seven years by six members of an organised criminal gang. Over £2.8m worth of benefits was obtained and 225 sham marriages were arranged. A related £1m+ fraud on Eurostar was also uncovered. A four-year investigation involved the partnership of the DWP, Home Office, HMRC and Eurostar. Paul Raudnitz led the prosecution team which was the then largest joint DWP/Home office fraud prosecution yet brought. 

    R v Weir & Others (2015)
    Paul Raudnitz acted for JG, trustee of Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment, a charity set up to provide fundraising for treatment for children affected by cancer, and financial assistance and educational information for their families. The case had been the subject of a Charity Commission enquiry before being referred to the police. JG was one of six defendants charged with fraud and money laundering offences. Following sustained defence representations led by the JG team, and repeated applications for disclosure, the case collapsed and JG was acquitted. A substantial punitive costs award was obtained against the Crown following a contested application. Instructed by Wright Hassall LLP.

    R v Bloor (2015)
    Operation Zygos: Paul Raudnitz led Katherine Lloyd in the defence of Jeffrey Bloor who was accused of involvement in a multi-million pound horse-racing betting and bloodstock fraud. Six others had previously received sentences of up to seven years. Mr Bloor, a Brighton-based businessman and former director of Worthing FC, had been named as a "most-wanted" suspect in Operation Zygos, a National Crime Agency and Crimestoppers joint operation targeting alleged fugitives to Northern Cyprus. After Mr Bloor’s negotiated return to the UK in 2014, he was due to be tried on conspiracy charges. Following eleventh-hour negotiations, the prosecution agreed to accept a plea to a lesser charge of money-laundering and Mr Bloor received a suspended sentence. Instructed by Shearman Bowen & Co.

    Operation Cotton (2015) 
    Operation Cotton, one of the largest criminal prosecutions ever undertaken by the FCA, concluded with the convictions of all eight defendants.  Scott Crawley, Dale Walker, Daniel Forsyth, Brendan Daley, Aaron Petrou, Ross Peters, Adam Hawkins and Ricky Mitchie were all convicted for their parts in an unauthorised land-banking collective investment scheme which led to 110 investors losing over £4.3m. Scott Crawley, Ross Peters, Aaron Petrou and Adam Hawkins were also convicted of conspiracy to defraud. Dale Walker, a solicitor, was convicted of laundering the proceeds of the scheme. The case was tried in two consecutive trials at Southwark Crown Court which lasted a total of 81 days. The case had previously been at the centre of the row over Legal Aid funding between the Government and the Bar when it was dismissed for lack of defence representation.  It was subsequently reinstated following a prosecution appeal to the Court of Appeal.  The FCA was represented throughout by Sean Larkin QC, Paul Raudnitz and Polly Dyer.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2020: Fraud: Crime – Tier 1; Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – Tier 3

    Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime – Band 3

    ‘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

    ‘He has impressive experience in handling SFO and FCA work.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) 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 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. 

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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

      View Article

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

      May 2009Download (PDF) >

  • A leading senior junior with superior knowledge, experience and client care; Paul Raudnitz approaches his work with great care, creativity and with the full respect of his peers and the court.

    Overview

    Paul has built a substantial practice in general crime.  He has knowledge of the full gamut of offences and is regularly instructed on high profile and complex multi-handed matters.  He is instructed to prosecute and defend by specialist prosecution entities (CPS Special Casework, CPS Homicide, CPS Serious Organised Crime Division and trading standards and local authorities.) and by leading defence solicitors, respectively. Because of Paul’s experience in the professional regulatory field, he is also equipped with the expertise to deal with cases that are steeped in the nuances of that profession, this is particularly so in the financial and medical professions.  Clients instruct Paul for his experience, his measured and meticulous approach and for his presence in the court room. 

    Experience 

    Paul has extensive experience in substantial homicide, firearms, drug-trafficking, sex offending, robbery and conspiracy cases. He has appeared in numerous multi-handed trials, often involving serious organised crime. He is instructed by leading defence solicitors and by CPS Special Casework, CPS Homicide, CPS Serious Organised Crime Division and trading standards and local authorities.

    His experience includes: Operation Markham: prosecution of two brothers for Nelson Gardens Bethnal Green knife murder (2016); Operation Mappleton: prosecution of two brothers for White Hart Pub, Eltham High Street manslaughter case R v Weeks & Weeks (2016); Operation Donlontown: prosecution of the last defendant to be charged from the 2008 Leytonstone murder, R v Shah (2016); Leading for the Crown in Operation Greengrass prosecution of Seymour Place prostitution gang, R v Pislaru & Others); Representing 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; Operation Talbert: South Kilburn murder trial R v Kavuala & Others; Operation Pontadawe: leading counsel in two-handed attempted murder by shooting trial R v Toto and Cudjoe; acting for the Crown in South Beach Bar Brixton attempted murder trial R v Ammah; defending  principal’s brother on “assisting” charges in Beccles A146 running-down murder trial R v Caunter; representing Jamie Stuart, ex-England under-21 footballer cleared of charges of serious assault on field of play.

    Paul has successfully defended serious and highly sensitive sex cases, including: a teenager charged in four-handed multiple rape trial R v H & Others; a man facing four-handed rape and under-age sex charges involving three teenage complainants, R v Z & Others; learning-disadvantaged teenager charged with rape of a classmate, R v H; intellectually-impaired husband charged with marital rape, R v W.

    Paul’s experience, superior care and attention to detail and his uncompromising approach make him the ideal candidate for the most serious, sensitive and complex general crime matters.

    Notable Cases

    Operation Donlontown (2016)
    Paul prosecuted the murder of Adnan Patel in Leytonstone, East London, 8 years after the incident took place. Amar Shah absconded to Pakistan the day after the murder but surrendered to police on his return to the UK. He was prosecuted for murder but acceptable pleas were entered to manslaughter and violent disorder. He was sentenced to 11 years and 10 months. He was the last defendant prosecuted in Operation Donlontown (one had been convicted of murder and three more of violent disorder).

    R v Pisaru & Others (2016)
    Paul successfully prosecuted in Operation Greengrass, a Met Police Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit investigation into a sex-trafficking gang based around Paddington, West London. The investigation featured undercover evidence and a surveillance operation.  All four defendants were convicted of trafficking, prostitution and money laundering offences.

    R v H (2016) 
    Paul successfully defended H, a vulnerable 16-year old boy charged with six counts of rape/sexual assault on a 15 year-old girl (T) when he was 14. Complicated by their historical nature, the charges were serious and sensitive. The Crown relied on texts from H to T making threats to rape. H was acquitted on all counts.

    R v S (2016) 
    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. The complex evidence included 1000+ pages of interviews from four vulnerable witnesses detailing a complicated narrative of alleged grooming and sexual exploitation. Following detailed cross-examination of the complainant witnesses, S was found not guilty.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 2

    Chambers UK 2020: Crime – Band 5

    ‘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

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

    ‘An impressively robust cross-examiner.’ Legal 500 2014

    Recent Cases

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

  • A senior junior with the keen intellect and fastidious approach required in the field of professional regulation; Paul is thorough, measured, resourceful and impressive.

    Overview 

    Paul has experience across various fields within the fields of professional regulation and discipline.  He is frequently sought out to deal with the most complex of cases at the most demanding of tribunals.

    Experience 

    Paul has a flourishing practice within the fields of professional discipline and regulatory law. He is particularly experienced in the regulation of healthcare professionals, having appeared frequently before the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.

    He has acted as the legal adviser to the Royal College of Physicians' Examinations Misconduct Tribunal.

    He also prosecutes on behalf of trading standards and local authorities.

    His experience includes: presenting in the case of GDC v Hermann, misconduct proceedings against a dentist for inadequate root canal treatment; counsel for the GDC in the case of GDC v Gomes, misconduct proceedings against a dentist for the provision of inadequate treatment to nine patients; presenting in the case of GMC v Adler, the highly publicised GMC case against a doctor 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; counsel for the GMC in the case of GMC v Mohan: the widely reported GMC case of botched breech delivery leading to the death of one twin; presenting in the case of GDC v Browne, proceedings against a dental technician for acting outside scope of practice; counsel for the GMC in the case of GMC v Mahfoudh, misconduct proceedings concerning the volatile behaviour of a surgical registrar mid-operation; and presenting in the case of GMC v Dr Featherstone, fitness to practise proceedings concerning the blurring of boundaries in a GP’s conduct.

    Notable Cases

    GMC v Adler (2016)
    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.

    GMC v Mohan (2016)
    Alleged misconduct by obstetrician. Two QEB Hollis Whiteman barristers appeared on opposing sides in a Medical Practitioner Tribunal Council Fitness to Practise Hearing. 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.. Dr Mohan also faced allegations of misconduct in respect of evidence she gave to the Coroner's Inquest which followed the death of one of the twins. The tribunal found that Dr Mohan’s fitness to practise was not impaired.

    GDC v Laurence Browne (2015)
    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 in great part proven. Misconduct and impairment were found, and Mr Browne was reprimanded.

    GMC v Mahfoudh (2014)
    Misconduct proceedings concerning the volatile behaviour of a surgical registrar mid-operation. Dr Mahfoudh was a general surgeon charged with misconduct allegations relating to his conduct during and after a laparoscopic appendectomy. Misconduct and impairment were found proved, and Dr Mahfoudh was suspended for 12 months.

    Reviews 

    Legal 500 2020: Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law – Tier 2

    ‘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

    • 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 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...

    • 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, ...

    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".

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  • Private Prosecutions

    A consummate advocate with a wealth of experience prosecuting privately for various entities; Paul’s meticulous approach and exceptional skills as an advocate make him extremely suited to this field.

    Overview 

    A senior junior instructed frequently in complex, multi-handed often ground-breaking private prosecutions on behalf of financial prosecuting entities 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 recent 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.

    MR 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 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

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

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

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

    ‘A solid and resourceful counsel, who works very hard for his clients.’ Legal 500 (2017)

    ‘He gives good, practical and realistic advice.’ Legal 500 (2016)

    ‘He is very calm and prioritises well. He knows the cases so well and always has the details at his fingertips.’ Chambers UK (2015)