Fraud

A leading Criminal Set with a deep-bench of fraud specialists; the concentration of talent on offer at QEB Hollis Whiteman is outstanding.

Overview

QEB Hollis Whiteman is a leading set for fraud. As a set it is ranked in the top band by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 and our members are consistently ranked as leaders in the fields of Financial Crime and Fraud. We have an established reputation for dealing with Serious Fraud, Business Crime and Financial Regulation. We are regularly instructed to defend in high-profile, high-value and complex fraud cases or to undertake this work on behalf of specialist prosecution or regulatory authorities; our members are regularly instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), as well as by individuals and corporations working in the Financial Services Industry.

Our Experience

Members of QEB Hollis Whiteman have been instructed in most of the significant fraud investigations of recent years, both as prosecution and defence Counsel.  These include: Operation Amazon, defending a Company Director and Chief Executive Officer in an alleged tax cheat worth over £100m; Operation Boromo, the largest joint DWP/Home Office Fraud Prosecution yet brought; Operation Cotton, one of the largest criminal prosecutions ever undertaken by the Financial Conduct Authority; and SFO v Barclays, a case arising from SFO Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud at Barclays. Members of Chambers are adept at dealing with all types of frauds including those involving: share dealing; insurance; mortgage; benefits; tax; revenue; VAT; excise; pension schemes; ponzi schemes; advance fee; fraudulent trading; carbon credit; real estate; and identity.

Members of Chambers represent individuals and corporate clients at every stage of the criminal process including, but not limited to: the provision of advice pre-charge (often resulting in the successful avoidance of criminal proceedings altogether); the provision of advisory and advocacy services before the Criminal Courts; appearances before Regulatory Tribunals; and in Ancillary Proceedings, including restraint, confiscation and directors’ disqualification. Furthermore, Chambers has significant experience in dealing with cases with international or cross-jurisdictional complexities. A number of members of Chambers are appointed to the SFO’s list of Panel Counsel.

Our experience and expertise also includes advising individuals and corporate clients on Private Prosecutions for Fraud

Recent Cases

R v Horsley (2019)

Anne Whyte QC successfully defends solicitor against allegations of theft made by former employer....

R v Kouakou (2018)

Linda Strudwick prosecuted Mr Kouakou, convicted of fraud connected to the Grenfell...

R v Msokeri (2018)

David Jeremy QC prosecutes a woman, 47, who claimed she had lost her home...

R v Akhtar (2018)

Defendant charged with supplying c. £100,000 worth of counterfeit stamps, in proceedings...

Re Mac (2017)

Kerry Broome represented a Portuguese solicitor who was convicted in absence after...

News

Kerry Broome Appointed Junior Treasury Counsel

Chambers would like to congratulate Kerry Broome on her appointment by the Attorney General...

Rhys Meggy defends in multinational money laundering case

Rhys Meggy acted for Michael Kinane, formerly Ravindera Sarathchandra, originally said to be the...

R v Msokeri (2018)

David Jeremy QC prosecutes a woman, 47, who claimed she had lost her home...

Articles

Confiscation During Covid

Polly Dyer co-authored an article, now featured by the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association. The article provides a review of confiscation judgments from the first six months of 2020.  It can be read here ....

R v Manning: Sentencing considered during the period of the pandemic

Philip Stott considers R - v -  Manning and the observations of the Lord Chief Justice on sentencing during Covid-19 A recent ‘unduly lenient’ sentencing reference to the Court of Appeal – R v Manning – provided an opportunity...

Criminal Courts: Coping with Covid-19

Edmund Smith  of  Kingsley Napley  and  Kerry Broome  of QEB Hollis Whiteman review how the administration of criminal justice has changed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and what this might mean for the future.  ...

R V BARTON & BOOTH [2020] EWCA CRIM 575: THE LAW ON DISHONESTY IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AND CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD

Sean Larkin QC  and  Polly Dyer  examine the judgment given by the Court of Appeal on 29 April 2020 in the case of  Barton & Booth  [2020] EWCA Crim 575, which confirmed the approach to dishonesty to be applied in the...

A Birds-Eye View of Recent Developments in Non-Conviction Money Laundering and Asset Recovery

In this blog  Sean Larkin QC  reflects upon whether prosecution agencies will seek to use non-conviction resolutions rather than prosecute cases, particularly cases of money laundering.  This approach takes on greater import in light of the...

The Coronavirus Act, and the emergence of a 'Virtual Court' - perhaps without Juries?

This briefing note from Edward Henry QC , Susannah Stevens , Philip Stott with the assistance of Anna Bond and John Morrison  provides an expert and detailed exposition of the procedural and legislative changes implemented by the...