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Michael Bowes QC

Former Head of Chambers, Michael Bowes QC, is appointed a Circuit Judge  

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that longstanding member Michael Bowes QC has been appointed a Circuit Judge, sitting on the Western Circuit from 19 September 2022. On 18th August 2022, it was announced that the Queen has appointed Michael Anthony Bowes QC to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. Circuit Judge Appointment: Bowes The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Michael to the Western Circuit, based at Portsmouth Combined Court Centre with effect from 19 September 2022.  He will be known as His Honour Judge Bowes QC. A leading light at…

Business Crime, News 19 Aug, 2022

Michael Bowes QC successful in Harlequin overseas investment fraud prosecution

Michael Bowes QC led the SFO team in its successful prosecution of David Ames, Chairman of Harlequin, who defrauded investors of £226 million in relation to overseas property investments. On 3 August 2022, David Ames was found guilty of two counts of fraud by abuse of position. An SFO (Serious Fraud Office) investigation uncovered how Ames deceived over 8,000 UK investors in the Harlequin Group, a hotel, and resorts development venture. Victims were led to believe they had a secure investment in property whereas, in reality, Harlequin Group was never operating as promised. The business model relied upon investors paying a 30 percent deposit to purchase an unbuilt villa or hotel room, half of which went toward fees for Harlequin…

Business Crime, News 5 Aug, 2022

Michael Bowes QC talks to RUSI

Michael Bowes QC talks to RUSI on the UK’s Economic Crime Enforcement Landscape

Michael Bowes QC was recently invited to speak as a ‘thought leader’ on economic crime for RUSI, a major UK think tank.  The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) is a major British defence and security think tank. They have launched an Economic Crime Plan Thought Leadership Series and in the fourth of this series, Michael argues that many of the right laws and structures are in place to enforce economic crime law, but that more needs to be done to put these into practice effectively. Michael’s thoughts on the UK’s Economic Crime Plan Michael recommended more investment in specialist resources, a refocus on swifter prosecutions, more effective use of civil asset recovery and greater use of…

Business Crime, Business Crime, News 5 Nov, 2021

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