Fraud and Serious Crime. Silk in 2016 having established a reputation for hard work, meticulous preparation. A defence and prosecution practitioner in serious crime involving gangland Murder (including over 50 major murder trials, reaching successful conclusions in 90%), Armed Robbery, Modern Slavery (involved as leading counsel in the 2 largest investigations in UK so far), Money Laundering, Drug Importation; Coroners Inquests. More recently he has established an extensive track record in serious Commercial and White Collar Fraud. Specialisation within this area includes FCA, Banking Fraud, Insider Dealing, MTIC, VAT, Diversion, “Boiler-room”, Advance Fee, Investment and Corporate fraud, many involving both criminal and civil proceedings with cross-jurisdictional elements. Having previously worked within the City, he has a good working knowledge of the financial markets and has successfully defended commercial solicitors, company directors and traders within both the criminal and regulatory arenas. These cases have ranged from internal accountancy issues prior to flotation, to issues of bribery and corruption, manipulation of markets and high yield lending frauds. Recently defended the MD of a PLC accused of a £39 million property/ banking fraud. Also, successfully defended in largest attempted currency fraud perpetrated against the Bank of England; successfully defended commercial Solicitor (Legal 500) in SFO prosecution of 6 solicitors charged with £55 million mortgage fraud; successfully defended Company Director in FCA investigation into international property investment & Swedish credit unions; successfully defended solicitor charged with Olympic development fraud; Also R-v-N; R-v-W (stockbrokers charged with hedge fund investment frauds) and R-v-S, Company Director charged with substantial tax evasion.