WORK UNDERTAKEN As leaders within their field members of chambers undertake work in all criminal and related investigations and proceedings, with specific expertise in serious fraud, terrorism, murder, money laundering, miscarriages of justice, courts martial and health and safety. Chambers offers a highly skilled and experienced team of advocates in all of their specialist areas with a particular emphasis to fraud and regulatory matters.
Fraud: Carmelite Chambers has represented both individuals and companies in some of the most notable fraud cases in recent years, counsel are instructed in both private and publicly funded fraud matters in both the civil and criminal courts which include complaints related to corruption, cartels, boiler room fraud, diversion fraud, carousel fraud, NHS fraud and mortgage fraud.
Prominent cases involving members of chambers include cases such as the investigation into the alleged Libor rate fixing, the current FCA Investigation described as the largest insider dealing case to be prosecuted in the UK, the iSoft PLC trial which concerns alleged fraud of multi-million pound contracts for the provision of software to National Health Authorities in the UK and Ireland, Operation Friar the recent Competition & Markets Authority prosecution at Southwark Crown Court, one of the only cases reaching jury trial, the North East England Property Fraud “Operation Bamburgh” Parts 1 & 2, Operation Ruthenium the Alstom International Bribery case involving allegations corruption and bribery on an international scale, Operation Hayrack the Royal Household corruption case, the film investment fraud investigation at Southwark CC Operations Chainmail & Crystaline. Operation Yuletide a £100million fraud involving a leading shipping company, the successful defence of former “Superhead” CEO of a Lincolnshire Federation of Academies accused of 7 counts of fraud by abuse of position following a 10 week trial at Lincoln Crown Court. Project Sweden, a major SFO investigation into African corruption by a FTSE 100 company and Operation Evenbox a case involving a £290 million tax evasion allegation involving the use of LLPs to claim tax deductible losses on investment vehicles promoting the reforestation of Brazilian rainforest and HIV research.
Crime: Chambers enjoys a reputation that is second to none in the defence of allegations of serious and organised crime, recognised nationally and internationally for providing advice and representation of the highest quality in the most serious high-profile criminal trials.
Recent instructions include representing defendants charged as part of Operation Weeting and Operation Elvenden involving phone hacking by News of the World journalists and subsequent associated prosecutions, R –v- Cregan & others the Preston Crown Court Trial concerning the shooting of two female Manchester police officers and other linked matters, a six month immigration fraud at Manchester Crown Court involving an alleged successful and lucrative enterprise to assist illegal migrants to deceive the UK Borders Agency. Operation Clover the largescale investigation into abuse and sexual offences in Rotherham.
Terrorist cases including R –v- J the teacher from Manchester planning to join IS in Syria, R –v- F & others where there were four defendants facing charges relating to the preparation of terrorist acts and R –v- H & 3 others charged with conspiracy to murder/terrorism where all three are said to have been influenced by events in Syria and Iraq and inspired by an Islamic State fatwa, posted on You Tube by an IS spokesman, to kill disbelievers in the West, it is alleged that their targets included personnel from both the police and military.
Asset Recovery & Civil Fraud: Carmelite Chambers has an unparalleled reputation in defending allegations of serious fraud and chambers’ specialist Asset Recovery and Civil fraud team has been formed from its leading experts in criminal fraud, some of whom also have strong backgrounds in civil and commercial law. Their experience and judgment is increasingly sought after by those involved in civil fraud litigation who recognise the significant crossover between commercial, civil, criminal and regulatory work. Our Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery team is regularly instructed in cases involving:
■A wide range of fraud related matters including corruption, investment fraud, bribery and money laundering
■Multi-jurisdictional asset recovery claims
■Civil injunctive relief including freezing orders, civil search and seizure orders and “Norwich Pharmacal” third party disclosure orders
■Significant overlap between civil and criminal proceedings
■Civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
■Individuals and companies affected by restraint proceedings brought in the criminal courts Additionally, with regulatory authorities placing an increasing burden upon companies to investigate internal wrongdoing and to self-report, chambers can advise corporate clients in situations where criminal activity by directors, employees or advisors is suspected as to the proper approach and strategies to be adopted in investigating that activity and, where necessary, on the appropriate co-operation strategies with regulators and prosecuting authorities.
Private Prosecution: Chambers now undertakes private criminal prosecutions for a wide range of criminal offences including serious fraud and money laundering. Increasingly, clients look to the experience of members to advise on and conduct prosecutions in cases that are beyond the scope of public prosecuting authorities or where the police have conducted inadequate investigations. Chambers offers a complete advisory and advocacy service throughout the private prosecution process with meticulous emphasis on the proper presentation of the case and the prosecutor’s duties of disclosure and impartiality.
Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings: Chambers’ members are regularly instructed amongst others on behalf of doctors, dentists, nurses, lawyers, police officers and accountants before the Bar Standards Board Disciplinary Tribunal, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the Police Disciplinary Tribunal, the General Dental Council, the General Medical Council, the NMWC, Accountancy and Actuarial disciplinary panels as well as at Disciplinary Tribunals on behalf of professional sportsmen and women. With their extensive fraud experience members frequently appear before the FSA, VAT and HMRC tribunals.