Financial Crime & Fraud

Financial Crime & Fraud


33 Bedford Row provides high quality advice and advocacy at all levels of financial and fraud crimes at all levels of criminal courts across the country and abroad. Our barristers have prosecuted and defended allegations of fraud and financial crime at all levels. No matter which side we are instructed for, our barristers undertake some of the most serious or complex cases many of which will attract significant media attention.

Our fraud and financial regulatory practice is diverse and includes:

  • Benefit fraud;
  • Bribery Act 2010 Offences;
  • Cartels;
  • Carousels;
  • Fraudulent trading;
  • Identity fraud;
  • Insider trading;
  • Money laundering;
  • Freezing orders;
  • Restraint and confiscation orders;
  • Asset forfeiture – Proceeds of Crime Act.

The principle that "crime doesn’t pay" has been enshrined in legislation for over twenty years but it is only since the enactment of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 that the theory of stripping convicted criminals of their assets has become reality. It is now at the heart of government criminal justice policy and is likely to remain a central part of the legal landscape for the foreseeable future.

The development of anti money-laundering measures means that an increasing number of cases will have an asset forfeiture aspect and professionals, especially solicitors, will often find that they are in need of expert advice. Chambers has an advantage in being able to offer clients barristers who have a broad background in commercial, property, family and criminal law – areas which often overlap with asset forfeiture cases. This gives us a unique perspective and understanding of the issues and an advantage on more conventionally experienced barristers with narrow specialisms in either criminal or civil law.

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Financial Crime & Fraud