Siobhan Grey QC

s.grey@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Silk

2016

Year of Call

1994
Siobhan Grey QC
What the Directories say

"Very, very good and not afraid to ruffle feathers in court - she fought tooth and nail for the client but was very charming with it. I was very impressed with her commitment, which was extraordinary." Chambers and Partners 2017
 

"Takes every proper point and fights the whole way." Legal 500 2016, ranked Tier 1 Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations).
 

"An unbeatable combination of great intelligence, great insight and really hard work."  Chambers & Partners 2014
 

"A polished advocate."  Chambers & Partners
 

 

Profile

Siobhan Grey is a criminal defence advocate with a diverse practice including Murder, Fraud, Sexual Offences and pre-charge advice, as well as appearing in court, for corporations and individuals relating to export control and sanctions for Military and Dual use goods.

 

Since taking Silk Siobhan Grey has defended in Murder cases involving forensic psychiatry, forensic pathology, forensic medicine and toxicology/pharmacology issues. Her cases frequently involve expert evidence and the cross-examination of experts. She has recently been involved in murder cases involving causation and other medical issues such as the effects of alcohol and drugs on the mind of the accused.

 

In the context of white collar crime, she has defended in cases brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, Serious Fraud Office and HM Revenue and Customs. She has extensive experience of dealing with cases involving insider dealing, pension fraud, MTIC fraud, Investment fraud and money laundering offences.

Siobhan is also frequently instructed as an appellate advocate in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. She also has experience of dealing with cases before the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

 

Recent Significant Cases
 

R v Hill: Represented the Defendant charged with Murder. The case involved complex neuro-psychiatric issues regarding Alcohol Dependency Syndrome as well as the effects of alcohol and ketamine on the mind of the accused.

 

R v Goodridge: Represented the Defendant charged with Murder. The case involved issues about causation of death which required the cross-examination of numerous expert witnesses in the areas of pathology, orthopaedics, cardiology and hepatology (liver medicine).

 

R v Richards: Represented the Defendant charged with Rape. The defendant was profoundly deaf with low cognitive ability. The case involved psychological evidence, intermediaries and deaf interpreters.

 

Seton v United Kingdom: The Court of Appeal upheld a conviction for murder that depended upon the admission of hearsay evidence where the Crown had failed to call the evidence live. Ms Grey took the case to Strasbourg and the European Court of Human Rights declared the application admissible.

 

R v M: Acted for an accountant on an indictment involving eight defendants charged with Conspiracy to Defraud by using the Construction Industry Scheme to defraud HMRC of over £1million of tax owed by subcontractors in demolition projects.

 

R v Halliburton: A murder appeal relating to the minimum period of a life sentence. Minimum period was reduced by three years on appeal. 

 

R v Perkins: Represented a company director on 22 counts of Fraud and exporting dual purpose goods (commercial and military items) to China without a licence. The case involved novel and complex legal argument concerning the EC Regulation 428/2009 and whether it lacked legal certainty in the context of the classification of Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuits. Three expert witnesses in the fields of electrical engineering and export control were engaged in the case.  Press coverage here.

 

R v Armstrong: Defended one of two defendants charged on an indictment with 27 counts of Fraud and Money Laundering involving million of pounds. Press coverage here.

 

R v Nganga: Represented an individual charged with Arson with intent to endanger life. The case involved complex issues surrounding the defendant’s mental health.

 

R v Campbell: Acted for the first of eight defendants charged with double Murder involving multiple cut-throat defences.

  

R v Tree: Represented a woman charged with offences of Fraud relating to the production of bomb-detector devices sold to Governments and Law enforcement agencies across the world.

 

R v BW: Represented a former solicitor on charges of Fraud and forgery against members of his Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

 

R v Ostler: Represented an individual charged with Misconduct in Public Office resulting from the police investigation (Operation Elveden) into corrupt payments to public officials. The case concerned the disclosure of confidential information to newspapers about patients at Broadmoor Hospital in exchange for money.

 

R v Morrison: A murder charge reduced to Manslaughter. The Manslaughter sentenced was subsequently reduced from an IPP to a determinate sentence. The matter in issue was the way in which the probation officer had concluded that the appellant was dangerous. On appeal, the report writer accepted that the wrong test had been applied in the pre-sentence report. Determinate sentence imposed.

 

R v Pitcher: Represented a pensions' trustee in a Conspiracy to Defraud involving £52 million of pension funds which were disinvested from the United Kingdom and reinvested internationally. The case is considered the biggest pensions' fraud since the Maxwell trial in the 1990s. Represented the applicant alone in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division against QC and junior instructed by the SFO. 

 

R v Sheikh: Defended the wife of the principal defendant in a £200 million money laundering regarding a licensed money service business specialising in remitting money to Pakistan.

 

R v Sanders: Defended the first of five defendants in the first cross-jurisdictional prosecution of Insider Dealing brought by the FSA. The case has been cited in The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2012.

  

R v Taneja: Defended the senior partner of a law firm on allegations of Conspiracy to Defraud insurance companies. The case focused on the issue of referral fees within the context of legal expenses insurance.

 

Publications 

Interview on 'Investment Fraud'. To read the interview please see here pages 54-55.

  

Two chapters on Regulatory offences and Insider dealing in Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure

 

The Journal of Media law  "The World Wide Web: Life Blood for the Public or Poison for the Jury".

  

Article Exposed: Surveillance, Privacy and Censorship.

  

Co-wrote JUSTICE’s Manual on “Appealing criminal cases to the Court of Appeal.

 

The articles are reproduced with the permission of Counsel Magazine, the monthly journal of the Bar of England and Wales.

 

Hear more from Siobhan:

 

As part of the lead-up to a seminar Siobhan hosted on 22nd June 2017, Expert Witnesses in Homicide Cases (click here for details) she interviewed Professor Michael Kopelman on the circumstances where a neuro-psychiatrist may be of more value to a client than a forensic psychiatrist.

 

 

 

 

Regulatory and Financial Crime

R v Tree Represented a woman charged with offences of fraud relating to the production of bomb-detector devices sold to Governments and Law enforcement agencies across the world.

R v Ostler ​Represented an individual charged with Misconduct in Public Office resulting from the police investigation (Operation Elveden) into corrupt payments to public officials. The case concerned the disclosure of confidential information to newspapers about patients at Broadmoor Hospital in exchange for money.

R v Sheikh Represented the wife of the principal defendant in a £200 million money laundering regarding a licensed money service business specialising in remitting money to Pakistan. After a lengthy investigation and pre-trial hearings, the prosecution did not pursue criminal proceedings against the defendant.

R v Green Benefit Fraud involving a lay client with long standing, acute psychiatric issues. After service of psychiatric reports and submissions based on the defendant’s mental health the prosecution offered no evidence.

R v Sanders Defended the first of five defendants in the first cross jurisdictional prosecution of insider dealing brought by the FSA. The case has been cited in The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2012.

R v McInerney Represented a company director in relation to a multi million pound Boiler room Fraud.

R v Taneja Represented the senior partner of a law firm on allegations of conspiracy to defraud insurance companies. The case focused on the issue of referral fees within the context of legal expenses insurance. After extensive legal arguments, the prosecution offered No evidence.

R v Usher Represented a company director in a multi-million pound international investment fraud. Led Junior, prosecuted by QC and Junior. The defendant was eventually found Not Guilty.

R v Hening Represented a company director in a "Missing Trader" VAT fraud involving the evasion of VAT to the sum of £54 million. The defendant, a French national, was extradited from France and was said to be the mastermind behind the operation. Led Junior, prosecuted by QC and Junior.

R v Simeon Represented a company director on charges of money laundering. Acted alone, defendant found Not Guilty.

R v Leon Confiscation hearing regarding a £10 million counterfeit cigarette case. Acted alone.

R v Simpson Money laundering trial culminating in the House of Lords' decision of R v Montilla, led junior.

R v Mehta Represented a company director in Enforcement proceedings in relation to a VAT fraud involving £10 million.

Terrorism

R v Fernandes Led junior defence counsel in a case where an undercover operation was said to have revealed a conspiracy to obtain radioactive red mercury and whose main prosecution witness was the News of the World's "Fake Sheikh" journalist. 

Homicide Offences

R v Bowman: A defendant charged with murdering his wife 25 years after her death. The body was exhumed and the Crown's pathologist concluded that the cause of death was strangulation. On appeal, six pathologists testified as to the flaws in concluding strangulation as a cause of death. It is the leading case on the presentation of expert evidence before the courts.

 

R v Dorling:  Represented the first defendant in relation to a multi handed gang-land murder

 

R v Morrison An appeal in relation to a sentence for imprisonment for public protection imposed on a guilty plea to manslaughter. The matter in issue was the way in which the probation officer had concluded that the appellant was dangerous. On appeal, the report writer accepted that he had applied the wrong test when considering the issue of dangerousness.

 

R v Astall Man accused of the manual strangulation and double rape and sexual assault of his partner.

 

R v Young Represented one of five defendants charged with stabbing to death the “wrong man” in his own home.

 

Education

BA (Hons) London University;
CPE City University;
 

 

Memberships

Bencher at Gray’s Inn

Grade A Advocacy Trainer

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Member of the South Eastern Circuit (SEC)

 

   

 

Publications

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