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Rebecca Dix

Barrister and Senior Associate
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Areas of Expertise

Rebecca is a senior associate and a practising barrister. She joined the firm having worked in private practice for a leading London set of Chambers where she was instructed as the advocate to both prosecute and defend individuals and companies for a range of criminal law offences from breaches of company directors’ disqualification orders to high profile bribery and corruption cases.

With substantial experience in areas of bribery, fraud, corruption and financial crime, Rebecca has developed a particular expertise in managing complex and high value investigations prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

With the influx of private prosecutions in recent times, Rebecca is regularly instructed to defend individuals prosecuted by private organisations and advise companies and individuals seeking private prosecutions.

Rebecca is a Specialist Panel Advocate for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime offences and regularly advises on matters for restraint and confiscation proceedings, both pre and post charge. Most recently she secured a number of high value Civil Recovery Orders in an overseas jurisdiction for the recovery of land obtained through unlawful conduct.

Rebecca regularly appears before the Crown Courts and Higher Courts of England and Wales and also outside of the jurisdiction, in a British Overseas Territory.

Recent Work

  • Secured the acquittal of a client accused of participating in a money laundering arrangement to launder the proceeds of crime for a Money Exchange Bureau in central London. After an eight day trial the client was unanimously acquitted by the jury.
  • Representing a former CEO of a Carbon Trading company accused of being part of a conspiracy to defraud HMRC of tax revenue by the implementation of a tax incentivisation scheme trading in carbon credits.
  • Successfully acted as the trial advocate, for a client who was charged with eight others for money laundering by way of converting the proceeds of crime at a value in excess of £750,000. It was alleged that the accused had used fraudulently obtained credit cards to purchase Apple gift cards for the onward purchase of Apple merchandise. It was alleged that the purchases were a means of laundering ‘dirty’ money. After 3 days of legal argument before the Crown Court the Prosecution were forced to offer no evidence against all eight defendants and the case was dismissed by order of the Judge.
  • Reviewing for disclosure and trial preparation purposes a substantial quantity of prosecution material in the SFO Barclays LIBOR trial on behalf of a trader. The prosecution accused the client along with three other traders and one submitter that between 2005 and 2007 they entered into a dishonest agreement to submit false or misleading US Dollar LIBOR submissions on behalf of Barclays Bank.
  • Instructed in a 6–year-long investigation and prosecution into acts of corruption and bribery in Government in a British Overseas Territory. Acted for a specially selected independent legal team drafted in by the Foreign Commonwealth Office to prepare the first case of its kind to prosecute former members of government, local attorneys and investors for allegations of multi-million dollar bribery, fraud and money laundering that centred around the sale of valuable pieces of land to foreign investors.

Notable Cases

R v Misick and others 2010 - 2016

Instructed as junior counsel in a complex and paper heavy investigation and prosecution with over 200,000 pages of evidence Rebecca was required to distil the hundreds of Government minutes, development agreements, land transactions and financial transactions into a simple and digestible form for the judge only trial. This included drafting a 300 paged opening and admissions for trial.

R v X 2014 - 2015

Drafting and securing lengthy and novel off-shore Civil Recovery Orders for the recovery of prime parcels of beach front land obtained from unlawful conduct. The cumulative value of those Orders was in excess of $24 million. All Orders were obtained before the Supreme Court Judge in that jurisdiction.

R v Nawara [2014] EWCA Crim 1912

Acted as the advocate for the defendant in a successful appeal against sentence for a breach of employer trust case before the Court of Appeal.

R v Sagoo 2009

Successfully prosecuted a former company director for failure to keep accounting records pursuant to the Companies Act 1985 and the failure to comply with the Insolvency Practitioners’ requirements. The Director was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment.

R v X 2016

Successfully secured an absolute discharge for a client who faced a private prosecution.

Professional Associations

Rebecca is the Honourable Secretary for the Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry and a member of the following organisations: Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association; International Bar Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; Fraud Lawyers Association; Female Fraud Forum (Social Secretary) and the Bar South Eastern Circuit.

Publications

IBA Criminal Law and Business Crime Newsletter September 2016 ‘UK: deferred prosecution agreements’ Rebecca Dix.

'SFO issues guidance on section 2 interviews’ Rebecca was interviewed by the Lexis Nexis Legal Analysis team on 20 June 2016.

City Security Magazine Summer 2016 edition ‘Digital Age legislation to tackle escalating cyber related crime’ Rebecca Dix.

New Law Journal ‘Beyond Reach?’ ‘Rebecca Dix reports on government attempts to tackle escalating Cyber Crime’ February 2016.

IBA Newsletter September 2015 ‘Why not use the tools you already have to protect your business against cybercrime?’ John Bechelet and Rebecca Dix.

Speaker for the Caribbean Regional Judges Workshop, advising on Economic Crimes, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat.