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

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, BIS, HMRC and the CPS. Leon’s caseload spans the full spectrum, from allegations of misconduct in insolvency proceedings to the operation of unauthorised collective investment schemes to wide ranging conspiracies to defraud.

Recent Instructions:

Operation Cotton

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.

Operation Dogstar

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

R v DS

Representing 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 Observe

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 A

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

R v V

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

R v C

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

Operation Vara

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

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

Operation Isidor

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

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