Neil is a specialist trial advocate. He has extensive experience in civil and criminal fraud (including money laundering, bribery & corruption) as well as regulatory and disciplinary litigation.
Neil is a leading junior and is regularly instructed to lead other barristers in complex and heavyweight fraud and financial litigation cases. He advises investment firms, companies and their senior officers as well as individuals.
Neil is regularly instructed by City firms to assist on matters of corporate criminal liability and has advised a number of companies, investment firms and financial institutions as to their duties under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and Money Laundering Regulations. He has a full understanding on the impact of the Bribery Act 2010 and an excellent understanding of financial services law and the workings of the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority, SFO and HMRC.
Neil has also acted for professionals, including sports personalities, solicitors and barristers, in connection with serious regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.
Criminal offences relating to news gathering and investigations – conspiracy, bribery, interception of communications, blagging, data protection act offences & harassment. For example, phone-hacking trials taking place in the civil and criminal courts, journalists/individuals and institutions accused of harassment/stalking;
- Advising on production and disclosure orders;
- Advising on search warrants;
- Advising on reporting restrictions, contempt, official secrets, freedom of expression, misleading, false and deceptive advertising;
- Offences relating to what can be said by candidates during elections;
- Computer misuse; wilful trademark infringement or counterfeiting, piracy of unauthorised copies of music, films etc under Trade Marks Act, Copyright Designs and Patents Act, Video Recordings Act, Fraud Act;
- Aspects of human rights law, in particular Articles 8 and 10 as they relate to individuals and media organisations;
- Private prosecutions for harassment, data protection, trademarks/intellectual property/piracy & fraud.
- Neil is direct access qualified.
- Neil is currently instructed pre-charge in the following high profile cases:
- Operation Weeting: A journalist currently implicated in “phone hacking” allegations;
- Operation Elveden: A journalist currently implicated in bribery and corruption/misfeasance allegations;
- An individual alleged to be involved in a fraud relating to overcharging the Government concerning contracts for the electronic tagging of offenders;
- A film director in relation to tax fraud allegations.
Articles & Publications
- Free Speech Online (2014)
- Bar Quarterly Review (March 2009) “Future of Expert Evidence”.
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Associations
- Health & Safety Lawyers Association
- British Association for Sports and Law
- Criminal Bar Association
- Amnesty International
- 2003 Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent)
- 2001 LLM, University College London – Commercial & Corporate Law
- (i) Insolvency Law
- (ii) Securities regulation
- (iii) Regulation of Financial Markets
- (iv) Corporate Manslaughter (15,000 word thesis)
- 1997-2000 LLB Hons University College London.