John Smith

Crime & Fraud Barristers

Crime & Fraud

Our team of criminal barristers are well regarded and successful, with members at all levels of seniority both prosecuting and defending across the whole spectrum of criminal law, regularly appearing in high profile, sensitive and difficult cases. Our members include Queen's counsel, leading and junior counsel ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and many of the senior members of the team sit as Recorders and District Judges, whilst other appointments include junior treasury counsel. More junior members bring experience of other practice areas to their criminal advocacy. This combination of breadth of practice and depth of experience enables us to provide a service to our clients which we consider cannot be matched by more traditional criminal sets.

Whilst most of our work is in the Crown Court on the South Eastern Circuit, our members also regularly appear in the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Crown Courts and Magistrates' Courts in every part of the country.

Members of 9 Gough Square appear for both the Crown and for defendants in some of the most complex fraud trials, acting both for and against various regulators and government departments. We are ranked by Legal 500 as a leading set in criminal fraud, and several of our members, both leading and junior counsel, are ranked for criminal fraud in Chambers and Partners. Members of our team are on the Serious Fraud Office and CPS Fraud panels of advocates whilst others are instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority. Chambers is particularly recognised for excellence in cases involving the Department of Work and Pensions, prosecuting at all levels of seriousness. Our members are used to dealing with cases which can be extremely document-heavy, often advising at the investigatory stage.

All of our members are CPS Panel Advocates, whilst many of our members are on more specialist lists - in particular the CPS Rape, Serious and Organised Crime and Fraud panels and SFO panels. We are also instructed by other bodies such as the MHRA, whilst Chambers has a particularly strong record in DWP cases. Our experience prosecuting also gives us a perspective which can help our defence clients from whom accept instructions funded both privately and by legal aid.

We also regularly appear in confiscation and restraint hearings and other proceedings relating to money laundering and civil recovery. We have been involved in this growing area ever since the enactment of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and we recognise that it is far more than a simple adjunct to criminal proceedings: as a mixed-common law set our members are able to bring to bear an expertise in both civil and criminal law and procedure which can prove invaluable whether appearing for respondents, the Crown, or affected third parties.

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020 7832 0500 or Email »

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