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Fraud, POCA and Money Laundering

At Citadel Chambers we have a specialised team of fraud advocates, many of whom have a vast amount of experience in prosecuting or defending criminal cases as well as acting for the claimant and defendant in civil allegations. Our fraud team have been involved in many of the leading cases of recent years and are recognised as leading experts in this area of law.

As a result of our expertise and vast experience the Citadel Chambers fraud team were recognised in Chambers & Partners 2012 for  “… excellent work “, and have continued to build upon that reputation.

Our clients have included numerous Government Departments, the SFO, large companies, SMEs, Company Directors and individuals.

We are proud to have a strong reputation as well as very a high success rate in conducting all types of fraud litigation, both before the criminal and civil courts.

Our members regularly appear before the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Appeal  Criminal Division, County Court and High Court (both Administrative Division and Queens Bench).  Our silks and juniors have successfully represented clients in Very High Costs Cases, MTIC frauds, VAT frauds, direct and indirect taxation matters, conspiracies to defraud and numerous other complex, high value, dishonesty cases.

A large number of the fraud advocates are also members of the Citadel Chambers Regulatory Team. As a result their experience includes matters of asset restraint and forfeiture, confiscation, NHS and medical fraud, corporate fraud, bribery and corruption, counterfeit goods, financial services, intellectual property and trading standards.

The Citadel Chambers fraud team’s reputation for being at the forefront of this area has led to them conducting a bi-annual lecture series for the benefit of our instructing solicitors, Government Departments, the Crown Prosecution Service and those individuals involved in the investigation of fraud. The popular courses have been highly praised and are accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Our team of fraud advocates conduct work for privately paying and legally aided clients. The vast majority of members of  the team have completed the Direct Access Course, meaning that in appropriate cases they can conduct litigation on behalf of clients without the need for fees being paid to a solicitor.

Each case accepted into Chambers is treated as a high priority, with our extensive facilities being utilised to ensure the best results for our clients.

Some of our members are on the Attorney-General’s list of Unified Advocates, and are regularly instructed to prosecute cases on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform  (formerly the DTI). All accept instructions to defend in such cases, and regularly appear in cases involving sophisticated and organised frauds on the public purse.

Some of our members are on the Attorney-General’s list of Unified Advocates, and are regularly instructed to prosecute cases on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform  (formerly the DTI). All accept instructions to defend in such cases, and regularly appear in cases involving sophisticated and organised frauds on the public purse.

Andrew Fisher QC

Year of Call: 1980
2009

Timothy Hannam QC

Year of Call: 1995
2018

Gurdeep Singh Garcha QC

Year of Call: 1997
2020

Edmund Vickers QC

Year of Call: 1993
2017

David Bright

Year of Call: 1976

Michael Aspinall

Year of Call: 1986

Robert Tolhurst

Year of Call: 1992

Adam Western

Year of Call: 1997

Amanda O’Mara

Year of Call: 1999

Niall Skinner

Year of Call: 2001

Caroline Harris

Year of Call: 2001

Laura Hobson

Year of Call: 2003

Andrew Davidson

Year of Call: 2003

Daniel White

Year of Call: 2003

Nicholas Berry

Year of Call: 2004

Graham Russell

Year of Call: 2004

Richard McConaghy

Year of Call: 2005

Laura Culley

Year of Call: 2006

Rupert Jones

Year of Call: 2011

Lee Egan

Year of Call: 2009

Omar Majid

Year of Call: 2012

Henry Skudra

Year of Call: 2012

Syed Ahmed

Year of Call: 2011
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