Steve is an extremely experienced criminal lawyer who has specialised in white collar and business crime for over 25 years. He has defended cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office , HM Revenue and Customs, Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the Crown Prosecution Service Economic Crime Unit and NHS Counter-Fraud Service.
Steve has dealt with cases involving complex financial fraud, bribery and corruption, the avoidance of tax through complex offshore 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.
– Representing two individuals under investigation by HMRC Fraud Investigation Service for an alleged major tax fraud perpetrated by the use of sophisticated offshore structures. The clients have featured on an episode of Panorama exposing wealthy persons who have avoided UK tax liability. The programme followed the release of the Paradise Papers in the autumn of 2017. The disclosure exercise involved the use of sophisticated software and the analysis of over 18,000 documents.
– Advising a Russian billionaire and entrepreneur, co-owner of an international trading platform, in relation to a request for extradition by the Russian Federation for fraud offences.
– Representing a leading defendant in an ongoing prosecution by the CPS and HMRC in relation to a major conspiracy to defraud insurance companies by alleged use of the “cash for crash” ruse, a fraudulent activity that according to the insurance industry is costing tens of millions of pounds every year. The conspiracy straddles issues of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering, tax evasion and perverting the course of justice.
– Representing a defendant in a major investigation by Essex Police into alleged fraud perpetrated by a syndicate against a major online gaming company. The client is alleged to be the organiser of a syndicate who have created a number of fictitious accounts with Bet365.
– Representing a UK-based asset management company to advise on its exposure to third party liability after the SFO requested information about its clients linked to an investigation into alleged money laundering and fraud offences concerning the award of major oil contracts in the Middle East.
– Advising a UK company being investigated by the Ministry of Defence Police for an alleged Defence Procurement Fraud.
– Advising a former Minister in a Foreign Government accused of major corruption offences and facing potential extradition and/or prosecution.
Steve is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, International Bar Association.
Steve has written and lectured on many topical issues arising from White Collar Crime.