Jeremy Scott-Joynt accepts instructions across all Chambers’ areas of expertise. However, his background in banking, investigations and regulation gives him a particular focus and advantage in assisting clients with commercial matters such as those involving financial services and regulation, and with business crime concerns. As a former financial crime specialist and lead investigator for a London-based international bank, he is skilled in managing complex and delicate enquiries, while his experience in handling both commercial and employment litigation enables him effectively to mitigate the risks to which such an enquiry can give rise.
His long-term interest in technology matters means he has a particular interest in commercial and regulatory cases involving cryptoassets and data protection/privacy issues.
Jeremy came to the Bar after a successful career in banking and regulation. He was head of investigations for Europe (overseeing all in-region misconduct and criminal enquiries) and then senior anti-bribery and corruption adviser (and deputy head of the global AB&C function) at Standard Chartered Bank. He then took charge of building an anti-fraud and anti-corruption programme in EMEA for Bank of Montreal. Before going into banking, he spent four years at the Financial Services Authority as an intelligence and investigations specialist, running fraud and corruption enquiries and latterly serving as its deputy MLRO.
Jeremy is public access qualified and accepts instructions directly from members of the public.
Jeremy is developing a broad commercial practice, appearing in court (both at the interim and final stages) and advising on a variety of claims involving contract issues, restitution, company law and insolvency.
Jeremy has a strong interest in the growing area of cryptoassets and smart contracts. He has presented webinars on the financial crime aspects of cryptoassets, and been part of the legal team on disputes involving the question of whether (and if so, on what basis) cryptoassets can be considered property.
Advice and representation in a dispute between joint venture partners, including issues of both breach of contract and directors’ duties.
Advice and drafting of particulars for the claimant in a contract dispute, which led to concession and settlement (including costs) on the part of the prospective defendant.
Strategic advice to a technology firm seeking to enforce restrictive covenants following the departure of key senior staff.
Advising and drafting pleadings in a High Court claim based on agency and unjust enrichment.
Advising and representing clients in company and insolvency matters.
Having spent more than a decade in banking and regulation, Jeremy has particular expertise in dealing with financial services matters. He has provided advice to, and been seconded to, the Financial Conduct Authority, working both with its General Counsel’s Division and with Supervision and Enforcement. He also spent a year supporting the Independent Third Party addressing complaints from small business customers of RBS’s Global Restructuring Group. His regulatory experience includes work on the developing area of investments in, and regulation of, medicinal cannabis firms.
He is currently advising clients on several disputes between regulated entities and their customers, involving both Financial Ombudsman claims and litigation.
Jeremy spent a great deal of his career before coming to the Bar dealing with financial crime issues, intelligence and investigations. He is therefore a specialist in assisting clients get to the bottom of complex investigations and in dealing with allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. His long experience in bribery and corruption matters led to his authoring the first chapter in Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption, the third edition of which was published in 2020.
He has experience of POCA orders, including the successful release for an overseas client of more than £500,000 frozen and marked for forfeiture by HM Revenue and Customs; and recently helped secure the release of a goods vehicle which had been restrained for sale by the UK Border Force.
His experience in internal investigations enables him to both plan and run enquiries into misconduct or suspected criminality, and to advise on how to mitigate the legal risks which can arise from such enquiries. He can be engaged to assist with investigations on a direct access basis if desired.
Jeremy’s in-house commercial and investigative experience led to significant involvement with employment matters even before he was called to the Bar. He is often instructed by both claimants and defendants in complex employment matters, including whistleblowing, discrimination, TUPE and unfair dismissal disputes. He has assisted counsel including David Grant in appeals before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He is co-author of the 8th edition of the Employment Law Handbook, edited by Daniel Barnett and published in November 2020.
As part of his broader commercial and financial services/regulatory practices, Jeremy is frequently asked to assist in disputes concerning professional negligence. He is currently advising and representing clients in matters involving both solicitors and financial advisers, including a claim which involves the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products (IRHPs).
Jeremy has advised and represented regulators including the CQC in their oversight of regulated entities. He has also assisted clients in their dealings with the Financial Conduct Authority, the Gambling Commission, the Serious Fraud Office, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.
Jeremy has a particular interest in data protection issues. He has advised clients on special category data, data processing exemptions and subject access requests, as well as representing clients in negotiating with public authorities including the Information Commissioner and law enforcement agencies on data protection matters.
Jeremy’s primary interest in personal injury and clinical negligence cases is in cross-border issues, advising both on jurisdictional issues and on more general liability and quantum concerns. He represents both claimants and defendants, providing advice, drafting pleadings, and making interim applications as well as representing at substantive hearings.
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