"2 Hare Court is recognised as a set of highly skilled barristers with talented advocates and lawyers who offer a real breadth of experience. Its members receive instructions in a wide array of fraud cases and are particularly sought after for their advocacy prowess." - Chambers UK, 2014
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.
As well as advising on non-contentious issues, or matters which are discontinued before getting to Court, 2 Hare Court has a proud and long history of providing advocacy services in the largest and most complex fraud cases to come before the UK Courts and regulatory tribunals. Our dedicated Fraud Team comprises Silks and Juniors at all levels of call who specialise in advising and representing corporate and individual clients across the full range of white collar criminal offences, business crime, and related regulatory proceedings. A number of members also undertake work on behalf of the prosecuting and regulatory authorities.
We offer a 'cradle to grave' service, advising at the sensitive pre-charge stage and in relation to restraint proceedings, moving through to trial and confiscation proceedings thereafter if early resolution is not possible. In addition, we have extensive experience of cases with an international dimension, enabling us to advise on a variety of cross-jurisdictional issues and investigations.
We also realise 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 can provide emergency telephone advice on a range of issues, including search and seizure operations mounted by the prosecuting authorities. We have also provided barristers on-site during such operations to advise on privilege and other issues.
Areas of Expertise
Our barristers have experience of a wide spectrum of the business crime or regulatory issues which can face companies or individuals, including:
We have extensive experience as advisors and trainers in the law of Bribery and Anti-Corruption. Our long experience of advocacy in the criminal courts, both as prosecutors as well as defenders, has led to a number of instructions seeking advice on likely sanctions and sentencing under the Bribery Act 2010, and in light of the guidance from the DPP and revised guidance from the Director of the SFO (Oct 2012).
We also offer expertise in other forms of business regulation (Health & Safety, corporate manslaughter, environmental crime, licensing, product liability, trading standards, and so on).
We also advise and provide training on issues such as whistleblowing, deferred prosecution agreements, the likelihood of civil rather than criminal recovery, global settlements, and in other areas as requested by our clients.
Financial Services Regulation
Dovetailing members' experience of serious and complex financial crime and professional disciplinary proceedings, members are regularly instructed to advise and act for firms and individuals working in the financial services sector. Advisory work often includes potential liability under the criminal law in parallel with regulatory breaches of FSMA 2000, e.g. insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and the withdrawal of authorisation.
We deal with criminal investigations, but also cases brought by the FCA in the High Court, in the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal or before the Regulatory Decisions Committee.
Members of the team are instructed directly by individual traders and FCA approved persons to advise and act on their behalf, as well as through their solicitors or other representatives. Our Fraud Team also offers experience from industry, with members having come to the Bar following careers in other sectors including trading and advising in the City of London and other international financial markets.
What others say:
"Brimming with talented fraud experts, 2 Hare Court is renowned for its ability to tackle the most complex of cases"
- Chambers & Partners
"An immensely strong set, 2 Hare Court's silks are leaders in their respective fields, and the junior end of the scale is second to none"
- Legal 500
"2 Hare Court provides a blue-chip service to professional and lay clients alike."
- Legal 500
"Solicitors seek 2 Hare Court out as it has highly effective barristers who offer clear, bluster-free advice and who are prepared to really fight the client's corner."
- Chambers & Partners