Howard Watkinson

Howard Watkinson

Year of call: 2006
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Public Prosecution

Howard prosecutes mainly in cases of fraud and other financial wrongdoing at all levels of Court. Howard has recently prosecuted a series of high value benefit frauds that have received media attention. Howard has also prosecuted offences of mortgage fraud, money laundering and fraud by employees. Howard is well versed in the wide spectrum of prosecutions brought by local authorities having dealt with cases from unlawful eviction to compliance with complex European machinery safety regulations and planning enforcement.

Notable Cases:

Operation Honda

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

R v El-Kaissi

Prosecuting a multi-agency identity fraud on behalf of the DWP, two London Local Authorities, the Home Office and Passport Office resulting in a seven-year sentence of imprisonment and confiscation order of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

R v Reid

Prosecuting a model for a high value benefit fraud that received international media attention.


Representing HMRC in a case concerning allegations of breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations by an international money services bureau.


Leading independent disclosure counsel to the FCA in an ongoing investigation into a major fraud at a hedge fund.

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