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This profile submitted by Charles Bott QC

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‘A leading authority on all aspects of criminal and civil fraud, he has combined wide experience as an advocate and a background in civil and commercial law to develop an extensive practice in fraud, money laundering, regulatory and regulatory work: he has appeared in more than 80 serious fraud trials, including many of the leading cases of recent years. He has represented politicians, solicitors, accountants and prominent figures in the city and insurance markets. He also undertakes a wide range of civil advisory work and litigation, specializing in the areas of financial regulation, money laundering and asset recovery. Represents both corporate and personal clients in dealing with the FCA and other regulatory authorities and has recent experience of substantial and complex civil recovery proceedings. Has advised on and drafted comparable legislation in other jurisdictions. Also has wide experience in cases of murder, terrorism, serious violence and drug trafficking and has appeared in two public enquiries.’ Fraud clients include: a senior bank manager at Nat West (R v. Crowther 1991), a portfolio manager at BZW (R v. Borkum 1990), a leading importer of Indian films (R v. Jumani 1990), the Chairman of Boodles (R v. Shand 2002), the director of a re-insurance brokerage at Lloyd’s (R v. Felstead 1997), the largest UK importer of tropical birds and parrots (R v. Hammond 1996), the principal sub-contractor on the Millennium Dome site (R v. McHale 2000), the managing director of a chain of employment agencies (R v. Strachan 1997), the owner of the Windmill Club (R v. Owide 2004), the auditor in the Jubilee Line Extension fraud (R v. Mills 2004/5), a Tower Hamlets councillor accused of financial corruption (R v. Uddin 2006) the director of a leading pharmaceuticals company (R v. F 2006-2008), the Chief Executive of a major psychiatric hospital (R v. Breeze 2009) and a number of solicitors and accountants . Other fraud work includes R v. Miller (1998) a prominent case about corruption in the City, R v. Stepnika and others (2000) money laundering by former Czech police officers, R v. Headley (2002), laundering the proceeds of Europe’s largest armed robbery, R v. Zone (2003),test case on abuse of Local Authority Right to Buy scheme, R v. Baldar (2005), surgeon accused of obtaining NHS posts by deception. Re M (2007),FSA/French Stock Exchange insider dealing inquiry, R v. Thorne (2009), SFO Prosecution of leading UK car retailer. R v. R (2009/10), SFO Prosecution of investment fraud, R v JH (2012) Expatriates Ponzi fraud. Major revenue frauds include R v Koser (2008), R v Jones (2006/7), R v M (2010), R v YAM (2011) and R v PS (2012), amongst the largest modern MTIC trials. Has also defended a police officer charged under the Official Secrets Act (R v White), the Managing Director of ‘Hustler’ magazine in a pornography trial, the soldier responsible for the Sudbury Nursing Home siege (R v King), a Palestinian journalist charged with plot to bomb the Israeli Embassy (R v. Derbas 1996), a Leeds United footballer charged with serious assault (R v. Hackworth 2001, Bowyer, Duberry, Woodgate and others). Other recent work includes R v Ali (2008- 21/7 terrorist case), R v Taylor (2008), the Woodhams Murder trial, R v Palmer (2009) the Colchester train manslaughter case, R v Faroqui (2011) - terrorist recruitment case and R v Baroudi - doctor charged with manslaughter by gross negligence, R v JW News of the World phone hacking case, R v Gilmour Libor manipulation case, R v WD film Investment trial. Current work includes R v JV, a major European corruption trial and R v JB, an accountant accused of investment fraud.

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