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Leonard Smith QC

Carmelite Chambers - London

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  • 9 Carmelite Street
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 0DR

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A specialist criminal defence advocate with particular expertise in serious fraud and complex financial crime. Extensive experience in several jurisdictions, defending in all forms of complex and grave cases. Has long advised and appeared for CEOs, directors and professionals in all areas of large scale financial crime. Particular expertise in appearing for professionals in SFO prosecutions of high level financial and corporate malfeasance and for UK and overseas citizens in investigations and prosecutions involving the Bribery Act. Has successfully appeared in many of the largest and most well known operations prosecuted throughout the jurisdiction over the past two decades. In 2016, appeared for Chartered Surveyor in Operation Aquamarine (Southwark) and appeared for and advised in the SFO investigations concerning Sweett Group PLC . In 2015-16, appeared for the main defendant in the North East Property Mortgage Fraud- an enormous and politically sensitive prosecution affecting the homes of hundreds of people in the North East. More than 1000 mortgages were obtained by companies said to be controlled by client in what was alleged to be one of the UKs largest ever mortgage cases. Extensive experience acting for solicitors, accountants, brokers, IFAs and real property professionals (RICS) at all levels.


Called 1986 - QC 2008.