News and Events - Business Crime & Financial Services


18th Oct 2021News

Another Fraud case collapses due to expert witnesses and disclosure failings

A diamond boiler room fraud in excess of 3 million pounds collapsed following the discovery by Narita Bahra QC leading Nichola Higgins (Matrix) that the prosecution’s expert had a commercial relationship with the Metropolitan police and significant disclosure failings. The exposure resulted in the acquittal of their client and all defendants. Press coverage: The Times […]

14th Oct 2021News

Martin Hicks QC, Chris Foulkes and Gavin Irwin acted for two former Quindell directors investigated by the SFO and which has now concluded without criminal charges

In Spring 2015, claimant personal injury law firm, Slater and Gordon, completed its acquisition of Quindell PLC’s (now Watchstone PLC) Professional Services Division, for a reported £637 million. The purchase was later described by the Law Society Gazette as one of the most “contentious acquisition deals in legal history … the most expensive ever by […]

4th Oct 2021News

Jonathan Kinnear QC and Howard Watkinson act in $8 billion corruption case

Jonathan Kinnear QC and Howard Watkinson (along with Tom Payne from Red Lion Court) acted for the SFO in the prosecution and sentence of Petrofac Limited. On 1 October 2021 Petrofac entered guilty pleas to seven counts of failing to prevent bribery, contrary to s.7 of the Bribery Act 2010 in respect of corrupt contracts […]

24th Jun 2021News

The Times | Lawyer of the week: Kate Blackwell QC

Kate Blackwell QC was recently interviewed by The Times and named Lawyer of the Week. Kate has been Counsel to the Daniel Morgan Inquiry Panel for the last 8 years during which there has been forensic scrutiny of the numerous investigations and operations surrounding the murder of Daniel Morgan. The time taken by the Panel […]