CHARTER CHAMBERS IS A ‘LEADING SET’ IN FRAUD WORK. WE ARE SPECIALISTS IN BUSINESS & REGULATORY CRIME AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE MOST COMPLEX AND SENSITIVE CASES OF RECENT YEARS.
We offer sound practical legal advice and strong representation from the beginning of an investigation. We develop with our clients a strategy that shapes the outcome of the case. We frequently advise on the legality of search warrants, Legal Professional Privilege/LPP and the seizure of privileged material, and requirements to produce material.
National and international firms use our services regularly. We also accept direct instructions from the general public and corporate clients. We are well attuned to electronic management & presentation of evidence, and disclosure & e-disclosure. Charter Chambers’ work in these areas brings with it significant experience in advising clients on ancillary restraint and complex confiscation orders. We assist clients in criminal and civil litigation (including civil fraud) where the effect of restraint is often the very first real impact felt by a client after the commencement of an investigation.
Charter Chambers assists commercial organisations, public bodies and individuals in meeting the challenges presented by anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation and regulation, including in internal investigations. We can assess the risk to clients in domestic and international markets, develop strategies to deal with those risks and advise on client specific measures to ensure compliance with the requirement to have ‘adequate procedures’ in place.
In non-contentious areas we provide tailored advice to clients, assisting and enabling them to do business with confidence in the UK and internationally, minimising the possibility of any inadvertent criminal infractions.
We offer relevant training from board-level downwards when required. Charter Chambers can also lead internal inquiries for commercial organisations and provide representation and advice in cases of self-referral to the regulators and in any related proceedings before the Courts both in the UK and internationally.
Experts in Fraud & Business Crime
- Money laundering
- Corporate crime
- Business crime
- Bribery & corruption
- Insider dealing
“A go-to set for those in an emergency or in need of barristers who can handle complex matters”
– Legal 500
Members of Charter Chambers have appeared in many serious and high profile cases including;
- Libor- Tom Hayes, the first and most important Libor case in the world
- ‘Lord Davenport’ Advance Fee Fraud (SFO)
- Imperial Consolidated (SFO)
- The Landfill Tax Fraud (SFO)
- The Ikea Fraud and corruption case (SFO)
- The BCCI Banking Collapse (SFO)
- Dunblane Firearm Amnesty Fraud (CPS Serious Casework)
- Chesterfield FC Collapse (SFO)
- ILA learning Frauds (CPS Serious Casework)
- Mortgage Frauds arising from the collapse of a solicitors firm (SFO)
- The Rotherham Council Fraud (CPS Serious Casework)
- Northern Advance Fee Fraud laundering Proceedings through Northern Cyprus (SFO)
- Alleged Money Bureau laundering (£220 million, HMRC)
Bribery & Corruption
- SFO investigation into former FTSE 100 natural resources company
- SFO prosecuted alleged corruption and bribery prosecution against two former Directors
- Corruption of London Underground Staff
- Alleged Corruption of MOD Staff for contracts
- Advising an overseas Agent on corruption allegations in a large petro chemical company
- Advice to a City Insurance company on specific bribery compliance
- Pharmaceutical corruption arising from manufacturing agreements
- Corruption concerning the construction of Devonport Nuclear Submarine Base
- v. George (The BA/ Virgin Price Fixing case.)
- v. Kent Pharmaceuticals (SFO largest prosecution ever. Allegation of cartel activity)
- Presently advising on a criminal investigation into a suspected cartel.
Insider Dealing / Boiler Rooms
- Operation Tabernula (the largest FCA Insider Dealing prosecution to date)
- The “City Slickers” (Daily Mirror Insider Dealing)
- v. Mustafa (Operation Saturn. Then the FSA’s largest Insider Dealing prosecution)
- v. Wilmot & McInerney, (FSA ‘boiler room’ and money laundering prosecutions (see also confiscation restraint))
- v. Yazdanian (FSA boiler room)
Revenue Frauds & MTIC (Missing Trader Intra Community Frauds)
- Operation Ghast (HMRC – loss £15m)
- Operation Vaulter (HMRC – loss £20 million)
- Operation Shepard (HMRC – loss £7 million)
- Operation Dowell (HMRC – loss £15 million)
- Operation Elemi (R v Bedesha 1)
- Operation Hayrick (R v Bedesha 2 HMRC loss £26 million)
- Alleged Pensions fraud (HMRC – loss £20m)