Gavin Irwin

Gavin Irwin

"A criminal barrister with the finesse and smoothness to switch very easily to the corporate or commercial context...a skilled negotiator...he understands a case from the technical, commercial and human angles"

Chambers UK 2018
Year of call: 1996
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Criminal Defence

Gavin has appeared for the defence in numerous homicide cases before the Central Criminal Court. In recent years he has represented individuals charged with rape (disclosure of multi-agency records, controversial statistical analysis of DNA), causing non-accidental harm to children (numerous paediatric, medical experts), arson and firearms offences (expert DNA and cell-site evidence) and substantial drug trafficking (covert probe intercept evidence and evidence obtained under letters of request).

Gavin is currently representing an individual charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.  The allegation involves a multinational network of diversion fraudsters who obtained more than £10 million from a host of victims before transferring the proceeds through bank accounts in China.

In the recent past, Gavin:

  • represented a Chinese national in proceedings for money laundering involving the misuse of the Daigou ‘luxury items’ trading system
  • represented the principal defendant in confiscation proceedings arising from the defendant’s conviction for what the SFO dubbed “the largest boiler room fraud ever pursued by a UK authority” – valued at £70 million
  • acted as leading counsel for the principal defendant in the most significant proceedings yet brought by National Trading Standards for the management and promotion of ‘copy-cat’ websites – valued at £40 million
  • acted as leading counsel for the prosecution in perhaps the most significant proceedings ever brought by a Local Authority under the CPUT Regulations 2008 – for cold-calling the elderly and vulnerable and offering them ‘free’ alarm, fire and security systems. Victims were visited in their homes where they were subjected to hard sales techniques in an attempt to sign them up to lengthy monitoring contracts at punitive costs
  • represented the principal defendant in a £10m money laundering scheme relating to duty evaded on wholesale alcohol shipments within the European Union

 

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