- Instructed to represent the former CEO of a multinational company involved in carbon emissions trading who is accused of involvement in a conspiracy to cheat the revenue of £60 million and money laundering.
- Instructed to represent a former solicitor who is accused of money laundering in relation to high profile corruption offences.
- Advising persons in relation to the Operation Weeting phone hacking investigation.
- Lead lawyer in the defence of a trader acquitted of LIBOR manipulation.
- Representing businessman facing investigation for money laundering in relation to alleged overseas corruption offences.
- "“Making it Fair – A Joint Inspection of the Disclosure of Unused Material in Volume Crown Court Cases – Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector.”"
- "Bivonas Law LLP successfully defended the former Barclays trader Stylianos Contogoulas following a re-trial at Southwark Crown Court on the 6th April 2017."
- "Following on from his earlier article Proposed Reform of Pre-Charge Bail and its impact on Investigations into Financial Crime (May 2015), Steve Sharp contemplates the impact of the Police and Crime Act (2017) reforms of pre-charge bail which comes into effect on 3 April 2017."
- "The impact of the proposed reforms on the use of police bail is a matter of speculation until we see how it works in practice...For suspects the advantages of being treated as volunteers will continue in most cases to outweigh any perceived advantages of speeding up investigations by exposing them to regular review. "
- "Иногда происходит нечто настолько поразительное, что и придумать такое невозможно. Это утверждение полностью подходит к ситуации с рядом уголовных дел, которые были завершены в октябре 2014 года."
- "Sections 34-37 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994) allowed court to draw an adverse inference from the defendant’s silence in a number of defined circumstances. This paper focuses specifically on the adverse inference to be drawn from silence during the interview process."
Areas of Expertise
Steve is a highly experienced criminal lawyer specialising in white collar and business crime for over 25 years. He has defended in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs, Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Economic Crime Unit (ECU), NHS Counter-Fraud Service and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Steve has dealt with cases involving complex financial fraud, bribery and corruption, the avoidance of tax through complex investment structures, fraudulent trading, advanced fee and boiler room frauds, and money laundering. He has advised clients (including fellow professionals) in relation to investigations into financial crime including witnesses required to make statements to investigative agencies under compulsory powers.
R v VR (RBG Resources)
Acting for the CEO of a major metal trading company accused of a US$1.2 billion conspiracy to defraud major merchant banks through bogus metal trading on a worldwide scale. The case (prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office) was a highly complex one requiring the instruction of a spectrum of forensic experts and liaising with international lawyers in a number of different jurisdictions. Successfully resisting the extradition of the defendant to India.
R v R
Guideline case for the provision of e disclosure by the Crown in complex fraud cases.
R v SC
Successful defence of a trader accused of involvement in LIBOR manipulation prosecuted by the Serious Fraud office.
R v S (Operation Cent)
Successful defence of a managing director of a company supplying bogus bomb detection equipment to international clients. The case was one of a series of similar prosecutions all of which resulted in convictions.
R v L
Successful defence of a client accused of mis-selling insurance products resulting in multi-million pound losses. The case was prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office.
Steve is a member of the Law Society (Accredited Criminal Litigator), Fraud Lawyers Association, International Bar Association, Sitting Member of the Very High Cost Case Appeals Committee.
Steve has written and lectured on many topical issues arising from White Collar Crime.