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Cindy Dorrington

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Areas of Expertise

Cindy specialises in regulatory investigations and enforcement, White Collar and Business Crime.

Cindy is an experienced practitioner who advises on a wide range of white collar crime and financial services regulatory matters. She has acted for both individuals and companies in investigations and proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Crime Agency (NCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and other prosecuting bodies.

Cindy specialises in the areas of financial services regulation and enforcement, complex financial frauds, money laundering, bribery and corruption offences, direct and indirect tax evasion and fraudulent trading. She also advises and represents individuals and third parties in proceedings relating to restraint orders, receiverships orders and cash seizures.

Recent Work

  • Representing a director of a mining company in a SFO case involving allegations of bribery and corruption.
  • Acting for individuals in Regulatory Decisions Committee proceedings.
  • Advising and defending individuals and companies in relation to allegations by HMRC of large scale duty diversion fraud, corporate tax evasion and income tax evasion.
  • Representing individuals who are facing allegations of being involved in boiler room frauds selling Carbon Credits and Rare Earth Metals.
  • Acting in Judicial Review Proceedings regarding the legality of search and seizure warrants and the application of section 59 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

Notable Cases

R v R and Others (Operation Inertia)

£170 million contra trading VAT fraud and complex receivership proceedings involving 23 companies.

R v F and Another

SFO prosecution where the Financial Director and Chief Executive Officer of a publically listed company were accused of misleading auditors which led to the overvaluation of the company’s share price.

R v S-T and Others (Operation Bedel)

A money laundering and alcohol diversion fraud. HMRC failed to comply with their disclosure obligations that led to all defendants being acquitted.

MB

Assisted a  hedge fund in its application to the FCA to obtain Control Function 30 approved persons status for an ex Deutsche bank employee involved in the LIBOR scandal. This case successfully concluded after the FCA’s Regulatory Transactions Committee (RTC) decided to grant approved person status.

PW

Acted for PW in the FCA regulatory investigation into the high-profile LIBOR manipulation scandal at Royal Bank of Scotland. Represented PW in compelled interviews, replying to the FCA’s Preliminary Investigation Report and making representation to the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FCA.

Professional Associations

Cindy is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, International Bar Association, and Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.