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Steve Sharp

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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.

Recent Work

  • 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.

Notable Cases

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.

Professional Associations

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.

Publications

Steve has written and lectured on many topical issues arising from White Collar Crime.