Howard Watkinson

Howard Watkinson

Year of call: 2006
For enquiries please call: 020 7353 5324 or email vcard cv save

Business Crime & Financial Services

Howard specialises in advisory and advocacy work in civil and criminal fraud cases, those involving other allegations of financial wrongdoing and ancillary proceedings. Howard’s practice has ranged from advising individuals on a multi-million pound civil fraud arising out of property dealings in Cyprus to prosecuting and defending high value frauds in the Crown Court.

Howard recently acted successfully for the Defendant director of a claims handling company alleged to have been at the centre of one of the largest “cash for crash” conspiracies in the North East with ancillary judicial review proceedings arising out of unlawfully procured and issued search warrants and unlawful arrests.

Howard has particular expertise in allegations of fraud and other wrongdoing associated with VAT, excise and other customs duties. Howard has been instructed in more than 70 cases concerning complex allegations of MTIC fraud, carousel fraud, diversion fraud and other frauds on the Revenue, with a cumulative value of more than £800 million.

Howard has appeared in each of the three major civil MTIC fraud cases to have recently reached the Court of Appeal.

Howard is currently instructed in ongoing major litigation involving multi-national financial institutions trading in carbon credits.

Howard also has significant disclosure experience having been instructed as leading independent counsel by the FCA in relation to a hedge fund fraud investigation and as disclosure counsel by the FRC in relation to allegations of wrongdoing arising out a share ramping fraud connected with the AIM listing of a company.

Howard also advises on and is instructed in cases concerning regulatory compliance, particularly in relation to the Money Laundering Regulations and anti-bribery and corruption legislation.

Recent Cases:

HMRC v CFB

Leading for HMRC in a complex £3 million VAT fraud in the metal recycling industry.

Operation Honda

Acting for the Prosecution in a conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud involving a mortgage broker, conveyancer and other professionals.

HMRC v DS

Acting for HMRC in a multi-million pound VAT fraud in the mobile telephone industry involving high profile participants.

HMRC v GT

Acting for HMRC in a multi-million pound alcohol diversion fraud.

R v A

Acting successfully for the Defendant director of a claims handling company alleged to have been at the centre of one of the largest “cash for crash” conspiracies in the North East with ancillary judicial review proceedings arising out of unlawfully procured and issued search warrants and unlawful arrests.

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