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Sophie O’Sullivan specialises in business crime and professional regulation. Her practice encompasses: business crime; commercial fraud; asset forfeiture; financial regulation and compliance; sanctions; professional discipline; and health and safety.

Recent or extant work includes:

  • Representing the former director of a wealth management company in £14m confiscation proceedings
  • Assisting the FCA in a dual track Tier-1 investigation into systemic failings of a major global bank.
  • Advising a global entity on sectoral sanctions regimes applicable to its international commercial dealings
  • Representing the director of a major construction company against allegations of corporate bribery and corruption
  • Appeared before the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in a matter relating to convictions arising from international money laundering offences
  • Representing the director of a technology company against allegations of consumer fraud and money laundering
  • Representing the manager of a dementia care home against criminal allegations of wilful neglect and ill treatment
  • Appeared on behalf of a surgeon facing grave allegations of misconduct, lack of competence and dishonesty relating to his gynaecological practice

She is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Sophie is a contributor to the 3rd edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, the leading work on bribery and corruption offences.

Sophie has extensive advocacy experience having appeared in significant jury trials concerning corporate bribery, large scale MTIC carousel fraud, cross-border VAT evasion, banking, insurance and mortgage fraud.

Sophie has advised on and appeared in appeals before the FTT (Tax Chamber) in cases involving the seizure of goods for alleged non-payment of Excise Duty, breaches of prohibitions and regulations on importation and associated non-restoration appeals. She has also appeared in condemnation proceedings involving the liability of goods to forfeiture under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

Sophie appears regularly before the GMC, SRA, NMC, GPhC and HCPC, often defending individuals against the most serious allegations of professional misconduct and negligent care as well as acting for both prosecuting authorities and defendants in health and safety proceeding.

Business Crime and Financial Regulation

Sophie acts for companies and company officers regarding allegations of fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, tax evasion, insider dealing and sharp practices. She conducts contentious work, appearing in crown and appellate courts, in addition to her advisory practice, providing opinions on legal issues including financial sanctions regimes, market manipulation and sharp practices, financial regulation proceedings and pre-charge advice.

She has particular experience in proceedings arising out of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, acting for company directors and individuals in asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings.

Sophie has advised on and appears in appeals before the FTT (Tax Chamber) in cases involving the seizure of goods for alleged non-payment of Excise Duty, breaches of prohibitions and regulations on importation and associated non-restoration appeals. She also acts in condemnation proceedings involving the liability of goods to forfeiture under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

Recent Cases:
  • Project L (2020): advising a global entity on sectoral sanctions regimes applicable to its commercial activities
  • FCA v Company X (2019-20): advising and assisting in the investigation of systemic failings within a major global bank
  • R v FD (2020): acting for the ex- director of a wealth management company in £14 million confiscation proceedings (POCA 2002) arising out of corporate fraud and money laundering offences
  • AUG Logautika v HMRC (2020): acting for a haulage company in proceedings against the HMRC for seizure of goods
  • R v CP (2019): acting for the co-director of a multi-million pound construction company against allegations of bribery and corruption
  • R v JT (2018-19): acting for a haulage director in a multi-million pound cross-border MTIC (carousel) fraud
  • R v AR (2018): appearing before the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division regarding convictions arising out of a international money laundering offences

Sophie is often invited to speak at business crime seminars and conferences. Recently, Sophie chaired a webinar with EY on international internal investigations in the corporate sphere and appeared as a panellist in a seminar addressing the future of Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Publications:
  • Sophie is a contributor to Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, the leading text on bribery and corruption
  • Sophie has contributed to the Government’s Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal.
Professional Memberships:
  • Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
  • Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
  • Crown Prosecution Service Grade 2 Prosecutor
  • Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
  • Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Sophie O’Sullivan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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