Richard Fisher QC

r.fisher@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Silk

2015

Year of Call

1994
Richard Fisher QC
Profile

Richard Fisher QC provides advice and advocacy for clients whose cases involve allegations of financial crime, issues of bribery and corruption, the proceeds of crime and related litigation, and regulatory compliance.

 

His non-contentious and advisory work sees him providing guidance to companies and their individual directors and officers on whether or not their business activities are at risk of incurring regulatory or criminal sanction. Recent advisory work has included: a UK/Japanese corporate on money laundering regulations; a Big Four firm on the law governing offshore company and tax evasion legislation; a multi-jurisdictional £900m criminal tax fraud and money laundering investigation; corporate client on the impacts of Proceeds of Crime legislation on insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. Richard was invited to give expert evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Proceeds of Crime legislation.

 

The Select Committee's report was published in July 2016 and Richard prepared a bulletin for clients which can be found by clicking here.

 

In contentious work Richard is instructed in cases of fraud, cheat, money laundering and where the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is engaged to restrain, recover, forfeit or confiscate assets. Richard is routinely instructed to advise both individual and corporate clients before any criminal proceedings have commenced, during the investigation stage, representing those who have been charged with criminal offences, acting for those affected by the various forms of civil recovery litigation, advising third parties affected by asset recovery measures and assisting those seeking to appeal against convictions, sentences or other orders. Richard has also conducted linked litigation in the High Court. In the last two years Richard has represented the principal defendant in a series of Film Tax fraud trials and represented four defendants in an international bribery and corruption case prosecuted by the SFO. Richard is currently advising on a number of ongoing investigations including a £multi-million cheat on the revenue and a fraud and corruption case involving rail engineering contracts.

 

Richard is currently listed in both legal Directories. In Chambers & Partners 2018 Richard is ranked in both Fraud (Criminal) and POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture. Recommendations include: "He's very charming, very bright, very hard-working and obviously a specialist in financial crime, POCA work and tax fraud." "He is strong in court and has a good presence in front of the judge." Previously described as "An extremely talented barrister whose knowledge, particularly of POCA, is phenomenal." "He really cares about clients and wants to do a good job for them. He is dedicated, hard-working and produces excellent written submissions." In the Legal 500 2017 he is ranked as a Leading Silk in both Fraud: Crime and in POCA and Asset Forfeiture, previously described as “a barrister of standout quality,” as “Proceeds of Crime Act guru” with his “particular expertise in money laundering cases” being recognised.

 

Richard is co author of Blackstones Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, published by Oxford University Press now in its fifth edition. Richard has presented seminars on a variety of topics, most recently at the Offshore Alert conference, London (corporate facilitation of tax evasion) and has written articles that have been published in Archbold News and the Solicitor’s Journal and he has contributed to LexisNexis UK Human Rights Updater service and the drafting of consultation papers on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association and Liberty.

Regulatory and Financial Crime

  • R v MS, JB, DJ & RP – Bribery – conspiracy to make corrupt payments – represented four individuals – suspended sentences imposed.
  • R v POTTER & Others – Conspiracy to Cheat the Revenue - £multi-millions claimed as sideways loss tax relief through losses incurred on film projects.  (Read More)
  • R v CHAHAL - Court of Appeal proceedings re: prosecutors appeal against Judge’s ruling on s.8(4) reducing claimed benefit figure of £185 million to £107,000. Reported at: [2014] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 35. 
  • R v NW, SW & Others – Court of Appeal proceedings re: degree of proof required to establish that monies are derived from criminal conduct in POCA money laundering. Reported at: [2008] 3 All ER 533
  • R v AUSTIN – Confiscation proceedings - £13million confiscation order reduced to one of £36,000
  • Missing Trader VAT Frauds – Richard has been instructed in trials, confiscation proceedings and related appellate proceedings in Operations: EMERSED (£20million), SHEPHERD (£65million), DEVOUT (£37million) and DUMA (£185million).  (Read More) Related Appeals - Reported at: [2005] EWHC 1950 (Admin), [2008] EWCA Crim 79, [2007] EWCA Crim 2837. (Read More).
  • R v FRIEND & Others - Veterinary Medicinal Products regulatory offences. (Read More)
  • R v SCARROTT – £23.5milion VAT fraud in the construction industry. (Read More)

Homicide Cases

  • R v Walker (Read More)
  • R v Carpenter & Others Romany ‘Fair Fight’. (Read More)
  • R v NM & Others West London gang killing - (Read More)
  • R v AHMED & Others – Honour killing of daughter’s boyfriend. (Read More)

Other Serious Criminal Offences

  • R v MILLARD & Others – Operation Elveden – Journalist at The Sun accused of conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office as a result of payments being made to public officials. (Read More)
  • R v BABAR & Others – Massive cocaine importation - Leading Junior for principal defendant. (Read More) (Read More)
  • R v JO – Historic sexual offences committed against 12 male pupils of 2 separate boarding schools.

Education

University of Bristol. LLB Hons
Inns of Court School of Law

 

Languages

Very basic French

 

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
Justice

 

Awards

      

   

Richard is one of the authors of Blackstone’s Guide to The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, a leading practitioner text on confiscation and POCA proceedings. Click here for more information on the latest edition.

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