Business Crime & Financial Services
The great majority of Christopher’s practice throughout his career has involved fraud and business crime. He advises on all aspects of matters involving international corruption and money laundering, market manipulation, large-scale investment, tax, and insurance fraud. Christopher is well-versed in issues arising in concurrent civil and criminal proceedings.
His work frequently involves advising in respect of the following issues:
- jurisdiction in relation to historic fraud and bribery allegations
- mutual legal assistance requests and the use of foreign evidence
- SOCPA agreements from the defence and prosecution perspective
- judicial review in relation to decisions to prosecute, and use of powers to obtain evidence
- confiscation, asset forfeiture, civil recovery and related enforcement, including representation of third parties
- data protection
He is regularly instructed by major defence firms and all relevant prosecuting authorities.
His civil indirect tax practice often involves allegations of fraud; he therefore has invaluable experience of business crime in the civil commercial context.
Christopher’s current instructions include:
Advising an ex-director of a major UK listed company in relation to an ongoing SFO investigation into misconduct and market misrepresentations.
Representing the ex-Finance Director of a UK listed company in an FCA prosecution alleging false accounting and the making of false or misleading statements to auditors and the market.
Advising a plc in an investigation with a view to a potential private prosecution relating to fraudulent misrepresentations.
Advising a company in relation to a mutual legal assistance request from a foreign state.
Other Notable Cases include:
R v Rolls Royce plc
Advised and represented the SFO in its investigation into allegations of corruption which resulted in Deferred Prosecution Agreement relating to alleged conduct across multiple jurisdictions. Leading junior counsel responsible for investigation into Civil Aviation division.
R v Innospec plc
Advised and represented the SFO in large investigation and prosecution relating to the corrupt practices in Indonesia of a major UK chemical company manufacturing fuel additives. Joint US/UK investigation.
R v A, G and others
Leading prosecution counsel in multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud and money laundering involving cyber-attacks on banks in the UK and other EU states.
R v S
Defended MEP in confiscation proceedings following conviction for European Parliamentary Expenses Fraud.
R v H and others
Leading prosecution counsel in corruption allegations relating to the engineering arm of a Formula One company.
A & B
Advised NEDs of an international financial services company in respect of potential appeal against HMRC’s decision to rescind their “fit and proper” status within the Money Laundering Regulations.
Advised corporate in technology sector in respect of AML and compliance issues in relation to international trade.
Advised an overseas company as an interested party in UK libel proceedings relating to corruption and money laundering allegations.