Kate Blackwell KC

Kate Blackwell KC

“One of the best silks in the country with an acquittal rate second to none.”

Legal 500 2022 Tier 1 Leading Silk Crime
Year of call: 1992 KC: 2012
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Throughout her career, Kate has been instructed in substantial cases of mortgage fraud, VAT fraud, corruption and MTIC fraud. She regularly represents high net-worth individuals and companies facing financial investigation. Her keen knowledge, thorough preparation and tenacity are key skills for which she is highly sought after. She advises professionals prior to and during the course of criminal proceedings.

Recent cases include:

R v A Defending a business man charged with conspiring with others to launder money. HMRC offered no evidence after extensive written argument, all restraints lifted.

R v LS & others Defending a woman in a multi-million pound fraud and money
laundering operation. Following lengthy disclosure arguments the case collapsed leading to not guilty verdicts for all the defendants.

R v W & others Defending a man in a substantial waste disposal/weighbridge fraud. Not guilty verdict entered against him in circumstances where the majority of other defendants were convicted.

R v C & others Defending a woman in an MTIC fraud of EU exporters. At the time this was the largest and most complex fraud of its type, involving at least £400 million worth of mobile telephones being traded and a loss to the Revenue of at least £85 million.

R v F & others Defending a Maltese national in a £13 million diversion fraud involving a strong international element and a culture of non-disclosure and misinformation. Successful defence in circumstances where client had developed severe mental health difficulties during course of the trial.

R v W & others Fraudulent trading and blackmail. Successfully defended a woman who was the only one of 4 indicted defendants to be acquitted.

R v B & others The provision of advice given to a company director during the currency of an investigation into a £ multimillion MTIC fraud.

R v O & others Prosecution of 3 defendants charged with fraud on a substantial scale involving the commission of “disqualified director” offences.

Oldham Trading Standards v VM & others Defending a woman in a conspiracy alleging the fraudulent running of a kitchen business. Case stopped as an abuse of process after a 4 month trial.

R v R & others Representing the main defendant in an alleged MTIC carousel fraud depriving HMRC of over £100million.

Operation Oceanus Successfully prosecuting three defendants charged with fraudulent trading and “disqualified director” offences.


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