Timothy Hannam QC

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Judicial appointment



Practice details


Instructed in a wide variety of criminal matters by both prosecution and defence, but has significant expertise in large scale organised crime and white collar crime, including international drug trafficking, excise fraud, VAT fraud, Revenue fraud, corruption and bribery, money laundering and the exploitation of hawala banking, and dental and medical fraud within the NHS.   He is also experienced in cases concerning the cooperation of foreign powers, including those based in offshore tax havens.

Before his recent appointment as Queen’s Counsel, he was a Grade 4 prosecutor on the Fraud and Serious Organised Crime panels and was authorised to prosecute for the SFO on Panel A.  In August 2008, he was appointed as Standing Counsel to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office.

He most recently prosecuted the largest criminal fraud case ever brought to court by HM Revenue and Customs: Operation Amazon, before Southwark Crown Court in 2017.

Described in Chambers & Partners 2012 as  ' .. thoroughly able', with an  '... all-encompassing criminal practice', 2013 edition noted that he is  ' .. well known for his work in white collar crime ...'  and  ' .. for his work in investigatory and post-conviction issues including public interest immunity, disclosure and confiscation' , 2014 entry mentioned  ' ... a particular specialism in white-collar crime, including cases involving money laundering', and 2018 entry  'he is excellent in terms of the quality of service and the work he provides'.

He has a particular expertise in disclosure (including large scale e-disclosure exercises, public interest immunity and matters arising under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) and appeared for the prosecution in the recent leading case in this area: R -v- R  [2016] 1 Cr.App.R.20.   He is also well versed in claims for legal professional privilege and has acted as independent counsel during the execution of search warrants.

He is an acknowledged expert in confiscation matters and has great experience in the field of abuse of process.

He has outstanding ability in the interpretation and presentation of complex scientific and financial evidence.


Continuing professional development

Lectures on confiscation proceedings and enforcement.