Chambers has a proud history of involvement in the largest and most complex fraud cases that this country has ever seen. In recent years, for example, members have been instructed in "Blue Index" (the FSA's first cross-border insider dealing investigation), SFO v Kallakis, the British Airways cartel case, in the Kent Pharmaceuticals trial and in the case against Kieron Fallon and others for race fixing. Four out of the eight defence barristers instructed for Operation Tabernula (Jan 2014, the Financial Conduct Authority's most complex and largest market abuse prosecution) are members of 2 Hare Court.
In order to ensure that standards are maintained and so that we can offer a pool of dedicated fraud specialists, Chambers has established a Fraud Team. This team comprises those members of Chambers who have extensive experience in this field. Those who prosecute do so on behalf of the Central Fraud Group at the CPS, the Serious Fraud Office and Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs. Our defenders, meanwhile, also operate at the highest level, regularly being instructed by blue chip firms, both criminal and commercial.
Every member of the team is in a position to offer a 'cradle to grave' service, starting with pre-charge advice and restraint proceedings, moving through to trial and confiscation proceedings thereafter. In addition, we have extensive experience of cases with an international dimension, enabling us to advise on a variety of cross-jurisdictional issues.
In order to ensure that we stay on top of recent developments in the law, every member has instant online access to Westlaw, Archbold and a number of other publications. In relation to any new instruction, identifying the relevant points of law and checking for new authorities is a mandatory requirement for membership of the team.
Being familiar with the relevant legal principles is, however, only one of the skills required of a stand out fraud lawyer. The over-riding quality is the ability to apply those principles to the facts of the particular case, no matter how complicated or extensive. With this in mind, our team is committed to undertaking the most thorough review of the detail of every case in which they appear. In order to assist in this objective, members will compile chronologies, personae dramatis, schedules and whatever other documents are required in order to ensure that the issues are properly and swiftly distilled. This mastery of the brief is the key to winning fraud cases, no matter on which side you appear.
Finally, we understand that the need for legal advice in this area can arise swiftly and unexpectedly. If you or your clients receive 'the knock' and need instant access to counsel, our Rapid Response Advisory Team provides emergency telephone advice on a range of issues, including search and seizure operations mounted by the prosecuting authorities.
For further information on the Fraud Team and the services which we offer, please contact Ben Heaviside.