'Members continue to appear in groundbreaking trials including LIBOR fixing and money laundering cases' Legal 500 2016
'It is regularly sought out to handle high-profile matters' Chambers UK 2017
'QEB Hollis Whiteman offers an impressive breadth of expertise in financial crime' Chambers UK 2016
Fraud & Money Laundering
Our prominence in the field of Corporate and Financial Crime has developed from our impressive foundations in Fraud and Money Laundering; our continued involvement in the most important cases of the day sets us apart from our competitors.
QEB Hollis Whiteman has an established reputation as a leading set for fraud. It is ranked Tier 1 in Fraud by the Legal 500, as well as Tier 1 in Financial Crime by Chambers UK. Its members are consistently ranked as leaders in these fields.
Counsel regularly defend in high-profile cases and undertake work on behalf of the Prosecuting and Regulatory Authorities. Many Members of Chambers have been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) list of Panel Counsel, many are regularly instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as well as for companies and individuals working in the financial services industry.
Members advise and represent individuals and corporate clients at every stage of the criminal process including: the provision of advice at the investigation or pre-charge stages (often resulting in the avoidance of criminal proceedings altogether); the provision of advice and advocacy before every Court; and the provision of advice and advocacy in Ancillary Proceedings including restraint, confiscation and directors’ disqualification.
Chambers has broad experience of dealing with cases involving international or cross-jurisdictional complexities.
QEB Hollis Whiteman has long been at the forefront of this area of law; our involvement in the most notable cases in legal history, as well as of the present-day has placed us at the very top of the field.
Members have acted in many of the most significant fraud cases of recent years, for example: in Operation Amazon we defended a company director and chief executive officer in an alleged tax cheat worth more than £100m; in SFO v Barclays we have been advising both the SFO and suspects since before charge in the probe into alleged fraud arising from the bank’s capital raising from Qatar in the financial crisis; in the SFO’s EURIBOR and LIBOR investigations we have acted and continue to act for individuals and corporates, securing, at Trial, acquittals for all the defendants we have acted for; we have successfully prosecuted the FCA’s largest-ever market abuse case in Operation Tabernula; in Operation Cotton, we secured convictions of eight defendants in one of the FCA’s largest-ever prosecutions for Conspiracy to Defraud, involving 110 investors losing more than £4.3m; and in R v Ketan Somaia we successfully conducted the largest-ever private prosecution, concerning a systematic series of frauds to a value of US$19.5m.
Our team also has vast experience of advising, prosecuting and defending Money Laundering at all levels of seniority and all levels of the Court system, across various jurisdictions. Our defence work in this area has led to great successes, including instances where cases have been dropped upon our involvement and the assertion of powerful arguments in favour of our client’s acquittal. Our experience prosecuting in the field has seen us sought out by specialised units to progress matters from investigation stage through to Trial in the most effective way; a Silk and a Junior from within the team have recently been engaged by the FCA to strategise and lead a complex operation from pre-charge, advising on how to proceed under the new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations.
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