Leon Kazakos

Leon Kazakos

"A class act who is a pleasure to watch" - Chambers UK 2019

“An excellent tactician, he is the hardest-working and most user-friendly barrister solicitors know”- Legal 500 2018
Year of call: 1999
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Ranked as a leader in financial crime in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, significant and complex fraud cases are a very substantial part of Leon’s practice. He has extensive experience of defending most forms of business crime and is instructed to defend in cases brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, CPS, BEIS, HMRC as well as defending against private prosecutions. Leon’s caseload spans the full spectrum, from allegations of misconduct in insolvency proceedings to the operation of unauthorised collective investment schemes to bribery, corruption and wide ranging conspiracies to defraud.

Recent instructions:

BEIS v K (2018)

Defence counsel for the leading defendant in a prosecution brought on behalf of the Insolvency Service. The case concerned the alleged abuse of a series of limited companies (through ‘phoenixing’) and the creditors voluntary liquidation scheme in order to evade debts to creditors and to pursue property investment transactions.

Operation Observe (2018)

The successful defence of a businessman accused of fraud and money laundering. The prosecution alleged his involvement in an high value conspiracy to defraud members of the public through the offering for sale of tickets to sporting events. The case received widespread publicity both before and during trial (see here).

R v J (2018)

An allegation of the laundering of the proceeds of a ‘boiler room’ fraud where rare earth metals were mis-sold as suitable products for private investors.

T v T (2018)

The successful defence of a businessman against a private prosecution brought by an ex-business partner accusing him of fraud and misuse of the letter of credit scheme.

The proceedings arose out of an international action brought in the High Court by a contractual counterparty.

NCA v E (2018)

Instructed for the respondent in Part V (High Court) Civil Recovery Proceedings.

Operation Dogstar (2018)

The successful defence of a City worker accused of participation in fraudulent equity release loan applications and mortgage fraud.

NCA v D (2017)

Instructed for the respondent in Part V (High Court) and Part VI (Tax Tribunal) Civil Recovery Proceedings.

Operation Cotton (2015-2017)

Leading Junior representing a defendant accused of conspiracy to defraud arising out of the operation of a collective investment scheme, the largest land banking scheme prosecution brought by the FCA.

R v A (2017)

Representing an individual accused of involvement in a £12m international fraud and money laundering operation.

R v V (2017)

Representing a businessman accused of a series of frauds on investors, the public revenue and government institutions.

R v C (2017)

An allegation of fraud involving the sale of carbon credits to the public.

R v A (2015 – 2018)

 

A series of allegations of high value mortgage frauds and money laundering against the background of organised crime.

R v DS (2015)

The successful defence of a Barclays Bank Business Manager against allegations of money laundering arising out of an investigation by the Hi-tech crime unit into a series of multi million pound frauds.

Operation Isidor (2015)

Representing a property developer accused of involvement in a long running money laundering and mortgage fraud conspiracy with allegations of involvement in organised crime.

Operation Vara (2014)

Leading Junior in the defence of a man accused of cheating the public revenue arising out of his alleged involvement in a £15m international gold smuggling operation.

Operation Solent (2013)

Representing an NHS employee accused of a conspiracy to defraud the Royal Marsden.

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