Called to the Bar:1987

Silk:2010

  • An exceptional silk with an impressive reputation across all of the fields he practises in; he is known for his ability to process vast and complicated material quickly and effortlessly to get to the root of any issue.

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    A silk frequently engaged to represent individuals and companies in the most high-profile and complex financial crime cases, Sean Larkin provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of criminal, regulatory and confiscation proceedings often where sensitive disclosure and cross-jurisdictional issues have arisen. He is often asked to advise, act and lecture on complicated areas of law and was The Times Lawyer of the Week. He has written and lectured extensively on the effect of the Bribery Act 2010. 

    Crime 

    Sean has spent 30 years defending and prosecuting at all levels of the criminal courts. He has considerable experience in serious and complex crime; he is often involved in the groundbreaking decisions of the day.

    In 2017 he was nominated by Legal 500 as Crime Silk of the Year and he was The Times Lawyer of the Week following R v Gul in which the Supreme Court considered the definition of terrorism and the context of public international law.

    Regulatory 

    Sean Larkin QC provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of regulatory proceedings; he has represented regulators, professionals and companies. His presence in the market means that he is instructed in the largest and most high-profile cases in the field. His ability to master the technical practices of other professions and evidence that arises from them makes him a favoured candidate for prosecution and defence teams alike.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime – Band 1; Crime – Band 3; Professional Discipline – Band 3

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

    ‘As well as possessing a good brain, he's really good with clients and he seems to genuinely care. His advocacy is brilliant and he's very jury-friendly. Focused and very measured, he has a style that appeals to judges.’ ‘A magnificent advocate, who has a knack of being able to make sense of the nonsensical.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2020)

    ‘A wonderful tactician – he really thinks through cases.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘His ability to get to grips with a long and difficult case at a late stage, and to put persuasive submissions in front of the court, was clearly a testament to his abilities.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2020)

    ‘His empathetic and imperturbable manner puts people at ease.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2020)

    ‘He is tenacious, calm and an absolute pleasure to work with.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘He grasps the key issues of a case with lightning-quick speed.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2020)

    ‘He is very analytical, focused and level-headed.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2020)

    ‘A truly exceptional silk, he has a fantastic manner with clients and is an outstanding advocate.’ ‘A calming influence in difficult times, he's incredibly hard-working and very methodical.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    ‘He's a real high net worth guy and successfully defended a lot of major executives.’ Chambers High Net Worth (2019)

    ‘He always provides high-quality, level-headed advice with a clear strategy. He is also an excellent advocate.’ ‘Very smooth and persuasive.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    ‘A really hands-on, hardworking silk who instantly puts clients at ease and instils absolute confidence.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2018)

    ‘Unflappable, patient with clients and with a depth of knowledge and experience.’ Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    ‘The most eloquent and persuasive courtroom advocate, with exceptional tactical skills and judgement.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    ‘An impressive barrister who provides high-quality and level-headed advice with a clear strategy.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2018)

    ‘He is superb. He has an easy-going manner which belies a sharp intellect, and he can cut through masses of paperwork to get to the bottom of an issue quickly. His interactions with clients are professional yet relaxed, and he puts clients at ease with his dry wit.’ ‘Sean has shown the utmost professionalism, patience and client care throughout these proceedings and his advice has been spot on. One thing about Sean is that however demanding the client or however difficult the issues, he does not become ruffled.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2018)

    ‘Hugely impressive and hard-working. He quickly digests and turns around difficult legal submissions. He is also proactive and exceptionally thorough, caring and dedicated. A very skilful advocate.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    ‘Outstanding in his cross-examination, grasp of the issues and presentation to the court.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    ‘He is a reassuring presence in any case – no matter the issue being addressed, he maintains his calm.’ Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    ‘He shows utmost professionalism, patience and client care, and his advice is always spot-on.’ Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2017)

    ‘An impressive barrister, who always provides high-quality level-headed advice with a clear strategy.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2017)

    ‘He is an impressive barrister, who always provides high-quality, level-headed advice, and comes up with a clear strategy.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2016)

    ‘He’s very, very client-focused, extremely hot on the details and has a very disarming manner.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2015)

    ‘Incredibly bright and industrious ... absolutely superb ... absolutely meticulous in all he does ... mastery of the minutiae ... He is absolutely meticulous, very organised, methodical, and a real 24/7 man who constantly keeps in touch with you.’ Chambers UK Crime (2014)

    Professional Memberships

    • Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory
    • Justice
    • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
    • Financial Services Lawyers Association

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    Recent Cases

    • Sean Larkin QC is defending a former Baclays Bank trader, Carlo Palombo, accused of conspiracy to defraud in relation to fixing the Euribor rate.

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    • Sean Larkin QC acted for Dr Bawa-Garba at the High Court in response to a GMC appeal.

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    • Sean Larkin QC and Jocelyn Ledward successfully represented the former Chief Executive Officer of a company said to be at the heart of substantial tax cheat.

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    • Three-handed murder where deceased’s final words and defendants' actions recorded on 999 call.

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    • Advising senior staff facing investigation into allegation of conspiracy to defraud and bribery involving major financial institution and foreign sovereign wealth fund.  

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    • Advising company on alleged multi-million-pound over-claims from a public institution.

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    • Sean Larkin QC prosecuted a mother who travelled with her toddler son to Syria, then joined Islamic State.

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    • Pre-charge advice given to dental firm being investigated for allegations of £1m fraud against the NHS.

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    • Sean Larkin QC defended a man accused of tying up his wife, repeatedly raping her and taking photos in the course of the rape.

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    • Sean Larkin QC defended a GP accused of sexually assaulting four patients over a period of 14 years.

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    • Defence of gangland murder in Cayman Islands.

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    • Advising major financial institution on ramifications of potential bribery and money laundering incidents across several jurisdictions.

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    • Defence of pharmacist accused of being a sex pest towards a fellow member of staff and customer.

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    • Prosecution of alleged members of a group encouraging support for ISIS. 

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    News

    Articles

    • Sentencing for offences of cheating the revenue (R v Michael Richards and others)

      Sean Larkin QC writes for Lexis PSL on the greater appetite for prosecuting financial crimes.

    • Sean Larkin QC pens Practice Note for Practical Law on Collective investment schemes

      The note discusses the key principles from case law in this area and the main elements of a CIS.

    • FGM, The Law the Lessons and the Unintended Consequences

      Sean Larkin QC and Zoe Johnson QC explore the criminal prosecution, the new legislation and the duty of professionals.

    • The Times - Lawyer Of The Week

      Sean Larkin QC is The Times Lawyer Of The Week.

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    • LIBOR fixing

      Sean Larkin QC looks at forthcoming prosecutions following the action by regulators worldwide.

    • Bribery Act Update June 2013

      The media suggest the Government is set to reconsider and review the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010.

    • The Bribery Act 2010 - A Short Guide

      Sean Larkin QC provides a new short guide to the Bribery Act 2010

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    • Adequate Procedures Handout - Bribery Act 2010

      Sean Larkin QC and Rachna Gokani provide further guidance in relation to the Bribery Act.

    • The Bribery Bill 2010 - An Overview

      This article provides an overview of the Government’s recent strategy to fight bribery and corruption, particularly overseas corruption. The article analyses a centre-plank of that strategy, the Bribery Bill 2010 as well as other developments in the criminal law

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    • Regulation of Healthcare Professionals

      Whistle-blowing, disclosure and patient confidentiality - the conflict between confidentiality and a duty to disclose.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A class-act in the field of corporate and financial crime, Sean Larkin QC continues to impress market leaders. He is recognised for his vast knowledge, sharp intellect and easy unflappable client rapport.

    Overview 

    A silk frequently engaged to represent individuals and companies in the most high-profile and complex financial crime cases, Sean Larkin QC provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of criminal, regulatory and confiscation proceedings often where sensitive disclosure and cross-jurisdictional issues have arisen. He is frequently asked to advise, act and lecture on complicated areas of law and was The Times Lawyer of the Week. He has written and lectured extensively on the effect of the Bribery Act 2010. 

    Experience 

    Sean Larkin QC is prominent in the field of corporate and financial crime with a proven track record for excellence.

    He has operated at the highest level of financial crime cases advising on the defence and prosecution of corporate entities, directors and other professionals regarding all aspects of financial crime including bribery, fraud and regulatory breaches. He is instructed both on the preventative systems in place and pre-charge when under investigation. His representation of a variety of professionals including lawyers, directors, IFAs, accountants and insolvency practitioners has involved financial crime offences including breach of trust, conspiracy to defraud, product liability, breach of intellectual property, corruption and fraudulent trading brought by the SFO, CPS, RCPO, London Stock Exchange and other prosecuting authorities.

    He has advised or acted in the most serious cases including: XYZ; Barclays Euribor; Barclays Libor; Barclays/Qatari; Operation Amazon, where he successfully defended a CEO in the largest e-disclosure case; Operation Cotton, in which he was lead counsel for the prosecution of the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) largest case; Operation Vaulter where he defended a director accused of laundering £900m; the successful defence of a former CEO for £52m pension fraud; and the defence of a company for workplace death. He is also instructed on a number of highly sensitive cases including cases that have required self-reports to domestic and foreign agencies.

    Sean has considerable experience of multi-jurisdictional investigations, disclosure, LPP and confidentiality, use of powers of search and production, investigatory powers and abuse of process. He has recently advised the Jersey Law Officers and the Gibraltar FSC.

    He provides sensible, pragmatic advice based on his experience of different tribunals and authorities. He works on a collaborative basis taking the view that it is essential for there to be an effective team to provide successful representation to a client.

    His involvement in some of the largest and most complicated cases has led to him being most recognised for his ability to master substantial amounts of material and identify the crucial issues, presenting them beautifully, whether in advice or in a courtroom.

    Sean was the founding head of the Corporate and Financial Crime Group at QEB Hollis Whiteman and led the team for over five years.

    In 2017 he was nominated by Legal 500 as Crime Silk of the Year, encompassing Financial Crime.

    Notable Cases

    • R v Sorby (2019)
      Lead prosecutor for the SFO in the prosecution of the three defendants accused of substantial bribery overseas. Issues arising from the outcome of an internal investigation, the impact of corporate liability and corporate structure.
    • Barclays Euribor (2019)
      Defence of a former Barclays trader accused of manipulating the Euribor rate. The case arose from the investigations into alleged Libor and Euribor rate-rigging.
    • Y (2019)
      Advising company on alleged multi-million pound over-claims from a public institution requiring close analysis of accounting procedures in liaison with expert accountant.
    • R v Abdel Malek (2018)
      Defence of former compliance officer at UBS accused of insider dealing by accessing confidential information available to her and clandestinely passing to a trader who traded. Trades said to be linked to other substantial high net-worth traders.
    • Z (2017)
      Advising a senior lawyer facing investigation into allegation of conspiracy to defraud and bribery involving Barclays/Qatari investigation. Not charged.
    • X (2016)
      Advising major financial institution on ramifications of potential bribery and money laundering incidents across several jurisdictions with different rules on privilege and different duties of reporting to investigatory and regulatory bodies.
    • Operation Amazon (2016)
      Successful defence of CEO of company said to be at the heart of a substantial tax cheat. Significant disclosure issues which led to a stay of the case and the leading case in e-disclosure R v R and others [2016] 1 Cr App R 20.
    • R v M (2013)
      Defence of company facing criminal allegations following workplace fatality.
    • R v W (2017)
      Advising company director of multi-national company of potential regulatory and criminal liability involving multi-million pound sale of products.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime – Band 1

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

    Chambers High Net Worth 2019: Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals – Band 2

    ‘As well as possessing a good brain, he's really good with clients and he seems to genuinely care. His advocacy is brilliant and he's very jury-friendly. Focused and very measured, he has a style that appeals to judges.’ ‘A magnificent advocate, who has a knack of being able to make sense of the nonsensical.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2020)

    ‘His empathetic and imperturbable manner puts people at ease.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2020)

    ‘He grasps the key issues of a case with lightning-quick speed.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2020)

    ‘A truly exceptional silk, he has a fantastic manner with clients and is an outstanding advocate.’ ‘A calming influence in difficult times, he's incredibly hard-working and very methodical.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    ‘He's a real high net worth guy and successfully defended a lot of major executives.’ Chambers High Net Worth (2019)

    ‘A really hands-on, hardworking silk who instantly puts clients at ease and instils absolute confidence.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2018)

    ‘The most eloquent and persuasive courtroom advocate, with exceptional tactical skills and judgement.’ Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    ‘He is superb. He has an easy-going manner which belies a sharp intellect, and he can cut through masses of paperwork to get to the bottom of an issue quickly. His interactions with clients are professional yet relaxed, and he puts clients at ease with his dry wit.’ ‘Sean has shown the utmost professionalism, patience and client care throughout these proceedings and his advice has been spot on. One thing about Sean is that however demanding the client or however difficult the issues, he does not become ruffled.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2018)

    ‘Outstanding in his cross-examination, grasp of the issues and presentation to the court.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    ‘He shows utmost professionalism, patience and client care, and his advice is always spot-on.’ Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2017)

    ‘He’s very, very client-focused, extremely hot on the details and has a very disarming manner.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2015)

    Recent Cases

    • Sean Larkin QC and Jocelyn Ledward successfully represented the former Chief Executive Officer of a company said to be at the heart of substantial tax cheat.

    • Advising senior staff facing investigation into allegation of conspiracy to defraud and bribery involving major financial institution and foreign sovereign wealth fund.  

    • Advising company on alleged multi-million-pound over-claims from a public institution.

    News

    Articles

  • Outstanding in his grasp of the issues, cross-examination and presentation to the court; a formidable silk with 30 years of experience at all levels of the criminal legal system.

    Overview

    Sean has spent 30 years defending and prosecuting at all levels of the criminal courts. He has considerable experience in serious and complex crime; he is often involved in the groundbreaking decisions of the day.

    In 2017 he was nominated by Legal 500 as Crime Silk of the Year and he was The Times Lawyer of the Week following R v Gul, in which the Supreme Court considered the definition of terrorism and the context of public international law.

    Experience 

    Sean’s experience in this field is wide-ranging; he has been instructed across a vast spectrum of offences at the most serious level and throughout every stage of proceedings all the way from pre-charge to the Supreme Court.

    Sean has acted in complex and serious cases including the Hatfield Rail crash, serious violence (including murder and all of its defences), sexual offences and terrorism cases involving issues of collecting and presenting evidence from a number of foreign jurisdictions including the Department of Justice and the FBI.

    He is adept at calling experts and of their cross-examination; he has been involved in many cases where sensitive disclosure and cross-jurisdictional issues have arisen. He has been instructed in numerous sensitive cases including sexual cases and has cross-examined through intermediaries.

    His ability to master substantial amounts of material has placed him in some of the largest cases before criminal courts; he is skilled at identifying the crucial issues and presents them skilfully in an attractive manner.

    Sean has defended and prosecuted a wide variety of road traffic cases including those involving fatalities leading to charges of manslaughter, and death by dangerous or careless driving.

    Sean has also acted in the defence of individuals and companies facing regulatory breaches including health and safety, nuisance, product liability, environmental offences including workplace fatalities.

    His practice is one of the most well-rounded and versatile there is.

    Notable Cases

    R v Heath (2015) 
    Prosecution of mother and boyfriend in non-fatal baby-shaking case involving the calling of a number of experts in different fields relating to “baby-shaking”.

    R v Gul (2013)
    Sean Larkin QC successfully led the prosecution in this appeal in which the Supreme Court.

    R v Aydogdu (2012)
    Sean Larkin QC successfully defended a man accused of manslaughter upon opening his car door into the path of a cyclist who sustained fatal injuries.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2020: Crime – Band 3

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘A wonderful tactician – he really thinks through cases.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘He is tenacious, calm and an absolute pleasure to work with.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘Unflappable, patient with clients and with a depth of knowledge and experience.’ Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    ‘He is a reassuring presence in any case – no matter the issue being addressed, he maintains his calm.’ Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    ‘Incredibly bright and industrious ... absolutely superb ... absolutely meticulous in all he does ... mastery of the minutiae ... He is absolutely meticulous, very organised, methodical, and a real 24/7 man who constantly keeps in touch with you.’ Chambers UK Crime (2014)

    Recent Cases

    News

    Articles

    • FGM, The Law the Lessons and the Unintended Consequences

      Sean Larkin QC and Zoe Johnson QC explore the criminal prosecution, the new legislation and the duty of professionals.

    • The Times - Lawyer Of The Week

      Sean Larkin QC is The Times Lawyer Of The Week.

      View Article

  • A silk with expertise across the full range of regulators; he is renowned for his ability to deal with niche and complex areas of law.

    Overview

    Sean Larkin QC provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of regulatory proceedings; he has represented regulators, professionals and companies. His presence in the market means that he is instructed in the largest and most high-profile cases in the field. His ability to master the technical practices of other professions and evidence that arises from them makes him a favoured candidate for prosecution and defence teams alike.

    Experience 

    Sean has experience of a vast array of regulators and has represented parties from the very inception of an allegation through to the highest levels of appeal.

    He has advised or appeared before: the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service of the General Medical Council; the General Dental Council; the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the General Social Care Council; the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal; the Regulatory Decision Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority; the Gambling Commission; and the Police Disciplinary Tribunal. He has been involved in hearings from Health, Interim Orders and Registration Committees, and dealt with all aspects of dishonesty, sexual allegations, clinical failings and performance assessments.

    Recent cases have involved areas of law such as female genital mutilation, abortion and related offences, sexual misconduct and complicated financial claims.

    His experience of serious crime and professional regulation means he is perfectly placed to deal with the variety of criminal and regulatory tribunals that a complaint against a professional invariably goes before.

    Sean is often asked to advise, act and lecture on complicated areas of regulatory law. In 2017 he was nominated as Professional Discipline Silk of the Year and Crime Silk of the Year. Sean has been a Times Lawyer of the Week.

    Notable Cases 

    Drs A & B (2015)
    Advising the GMC on the issue of abortion based on gender selection, a highly controversial and topical subject. The CPS had decided not to criminally prosecute two doctors caught in a Daily Telegraph sting.

    Gambling Commission v Mann (2014)
    Criminal prosecution of businessman for running various amusement arcades without appropriate licences.

    GMC v Dr P (2014)
    Presented case for GMC against GP accused of carrying out FGM in the course of a cliterectomy. This raised many issues as to the application of the law of FGM.

    Raoul Moat (2010)
    Advising various officers involved in the murder/suicide by Raoul Moat.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2020: Professional Discipline – Band 3

    Legal 500 2020: Professional Discipline and Regulatory – Tier 3

    Nominated by Chambers UK as Professional Discipline Silk of the Year 2016

    ‘His ability to get to grips with a long and difficult case at a late stage, and to put persuasive submissions in front of the court, was clearly a testament to his abilities.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2020)

    ‘He is very analytical, focused and level-headed.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2020)

    ‘He always provides high-quality, level-headed advice with a clear strategy. He is also an excellent advocate.’ ‘Very smooth and persuasive.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    ‘An impressive barrister who provides high-quality and level-headed advice with a clear strategy.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2018)

    ‘Hugely impressive and hard-working. He quickly digests and turns around difficult legal submissions. He is also proactive and exceptionally thorough, caring and dedicated. A very skilful advocate.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    ‘An impressive barrister, who always provides high-quality level-headed advice with a clear strategy.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2017)

    ‘He is an impressive barrister, who always provides high-quality, level-headed advice, and comes up with a clear strategy.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2016)

    Recent Cases

    • Sean Larkin QC acted for Dr Bawa-Garba at the High Court in response to a GMC appeal.

    • Pre-charge advice given to dental firm being investigated for allegations of £1m fraud against the NHS.

    • Advising major financial institution on ramifications of potential bribery and money laundering incidents across several jurisdictions.

    • Defence of pharmacist accused of being a sex pest towards a fellow member of staff and customer.

    Articles

    • FGM, The Law the Lessons and the Unintended Consequences

      Sean Larkin QC and Zoe Johnson QC explore the criminal prosecution, the new legislation and the duty of professionals.

  • Private Prosecutions

    Sean has been involved in private prosecutions throughout his career. He has advised individuals and companies both on prosecuting and defending private prosecutions and bringing actions.

    He is particularly expert on arguments arising on corporate liability, LPP, disclosure and abuse of process having been involved in several of the leading cases in the field. He has considerable experience in the field of restraint and confiscation.

    He provides creative analysis to the issues that arise and brings a team-based approach to actions to achieve the client’s preferred outcome.

    Experience 

    Sean Larkin QC was involved prosecuting and defending cases initially in intellectual property and regulatory breaches before becoming active in private financial crime.

    By way of example, his cases include:

    Defence of directors of a German company in private prosecution brought by Amazon (charges discontinued).

    Defence of a high net worth individual for allegedly uttering a worthless high value cheque to a Mayfair casino to pay for gaming losses.

    Defence of the director of a man said to be one of the world’s largest Internet pirates who provided access to films and TV programmes.

    Defence of a man said to be one the country’s leading illegal suppliers of live football matches.

    Advising a large multi-national company on potential criminal breaches and liability from contractual arrangements and exposure to corporate and individuals.

    Prosecution of a man who ran a chain of amusement arcades for Gambling Act offences.

    Advising directors of a company on the pursuit of criminal allegations of bribery and fraud committed abroad.

    Advising a company director on his personal liability should his company have committed regulatory breaches pursuant to EU directives.

    Sean’s practice means he has advised many company directors about their personal and the corporate liability from potential offences committed or against the company. The range of offences he has advised on has included intellectual property breaches, fraud, bribery and an array of regulatory breaches). 

    News

    • QEB Hollis Whiteman ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

      Chambers & Partners’ High Net Worth publication ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth.Its 2019 edition launched on Thursday 11th June and marks the first time that Chambers HNW has featured barristers who specialise in...