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Business Crime

"Members act for some of the largest financial institutions on the most high-profile banking scandals."

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David Smith

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Outer Temple Chambers has a long established reputation in white-collar financial crime and regulatory enforcement, with barristers involved in a number of extensive, complex cases, often involving cross-border issues. Uniquely, we advise and act for corporate and individual clients in respect of investigations and proceedings in the UK and other jurisdictions, including for the UK’s leading enforcement authorities (SFO, FCA, HMRC, OFT and the Bank of England), various non-UK governments and foreign enforcement authorities.

Business Crime Barristers

Our business crime barristers and associates are leaders in the field of advising major banking institutions, senior directors and high profile individuals. They are routinely instructed in the most demanding and sensitive cases of alleged fraud, market abuse & insider dealing, bribery & corruption, cartels & price fixing and sanctions violations. We work extensively in foreign jurisdictions including advise to foreign governments and we have considerable experience of concurrent cross-border cases and the cross-jurisdictional issues that arise in these cases, including dealing with foreign enforcement lawyers & prosecutors, tracing and freezing assets and evidence gathering. Much of the caseload involves investigations instituted by US enforcement bodies, such as the DOJ, SEC, CFTC and FED, before whom members of the team have been instructed to appear.

We offer a complete service – we can advise at pre-charge stage and in relation to restraint proceedings right through to trial and confiscation proceedings. We have an acknowledged expertise in criminal fraud with members having appeared in some of the biggest and most high profile criminal fraud cases in the UK. We have a unique ability to service the most complex financial crime cases, which span four or five different areas of law.

Outer Temple Chambers’ strength in Banking, Financial Services and Civil and Criminal Fraud complements our work in financial crime & regulatory enforcement and members of the group are listed as Leaders in the Field in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Our Financial Crime group has acted in nearly all of the cases brought before the English criminal courts for market abuse & insider dealing and frequently act for both the FCA and regulated firms and individuals before the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC).

Chambers’ unrivalled expertise in parallel civil, regulatory and criminal investigations enables us to provide a unique service to clients where a case touches each of these three spheres and the Financial Crime group is a vital part of this spectrum. Our knowledge of what might happen in each sphere and how best to prepare for the possibilities helps clients plan and decide what to do in order to achieve the best possible result in a practical cost-effective manner.

Members of Chambers appear in the range of tribunals where financial crime and a wide range of regulatory enforcement issues arise, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Crown Court, FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee, Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery), as well as overseas.

We also act for the government and regulatory agencies (including the SFO, FSA, and OFT, as was). Our experience in SFO prosecutions stretches back to the landmark fraud trials of the 1980s. Since then we have been routinely involved in the most high profile SFO investigations (for the SFO or defendants, individual or corporate). We have acted, and continue to act, in various LIBOR, FOREX and capital-raising-related investigations.

Members of our team are currently instructed on behalf of corporations and individuals in three key cases recently identified by the Director of the SFO, namely the investigation into Barclays’ 2008 capital raisings, Autonomy and the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into Libor matters.

Members of Chambers act for both the taxpayer and the Revenue in the Tax Chamber of the first-tier tribunal and have appeared in some of the leading cases on MTIC fraud including Bond House Systems Limited and others v HMRC before the European Court of Justice.

We also have experience of matters involving regulators and prosecutors in New York, Abu Dhabi, Dubai where we have offices, and in the broader Middle East, with considerable experience of the cross-jurisdictional issues which arise in fraud cases, including tracing and freezing assets, compliance with anti-bribery legislation and the obligations under Part 7 Proceeds of Crime Act.

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