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Vedrana Pehar

‘An elegant and astute performer: her piercing and shrewd advocacy is the product of rigorous preparation and a fine intellect. Her attractive style is much enhanced by a quick wit and excellent client care. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Legal 500 2021
Called: 2008

Vedrana is recognised as a leading junior in the highly complex arena of fraud. She handles the full range of financial crime cases, including serious fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, corruption and bribery (domestic and international), benefit and mortgage fraud and money laundering. Vedrana has been instructed in some of the largest and most high-profile business crime cases before the UK courts involving senior executives, corporate entities and global institutions, including LIBOR rate–fixing, Weavering Capital Fund fraud and Dahdaleh.  She has experience of dealing with SFO, FCA and DOJ investigations as well as internal investigations.

Vedrana has a detailed understanding of both the law and procedure relating to ancillary proceedings, such as restraint proceedings, confiscation proceedings and Administrative Court proceedings. She is well-placed to advise clients on all aspects of asset forfeiture, from pre-charge restraint through to post-conviction confiscation, or civil recovery in the event of acquittal.

Vedrana is currently instructed on behalf of a former banker relating to charges of defrauding the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Vedrana regularly contributes to publications and presents to law firms and corporates on financial crime matters.  She is a Middle Temple advocacy trainer and regularly judges moot competitions.

Vedrana is qualified to accept instructions directly from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.

Vedrana has extensive trial experience.  Her practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence work focusing particularly upon serious violence, organised crime and sexual offences.  In 2019 she represented the first defendant in a momentous hijacking case at the Central Criminal Court.  This was the first case of hijacking of an international ship that had reached the criminal courts.

Vedrana has been involved in several ongoing serious white-collar matters, both commercial and financial, brought by bodies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Consent of Principal: effect under the Bribery Act 2010 – Fraud Intelligence

Criminal Bar Association

Fraud Lawyers Association

European and Compliance Lawyers

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Women’s White Collar Defence Association

Female Fraud Forum

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Vedrana is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"A highly capable junior with a keen eye for detail and good client skills."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"She can very quickly gain the confidence of difficult clients."

Legal 500 (2020)

"A highly capable junior with a keen eye for detail and good client skills.” “She’s extremely clever and she makes good points economically and effectively."

Chambers and Partners (2020)

"A very able, hard-working and clever junior.” “She is extremely capable and very talented."

Chambers and Partners (2019) Financial Crime

"An extremely hardworking junior with great instincts and the ability to charm even the most grisly of prosecutors, judges or jurors."

Legal 500 (2018) Fraud

"She is bright but can explain complicated concepts very simply."

Legal 500 (2017 and 2016) Fraud
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Called: 2008

‘An elegant and astute performer: her piercing and shrewd advocacy is the product of rigorous preparation and a fine intellect. Her attractive style is much enhanced by a quick wit and excellent client care. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Legal 500 2021

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Public Law
  • Corporate and Business Crime
  • Crime
  • Fraud and Financial Crime
  • Investigatory Powers
  • Regulatory Offences
  • Serious Crime (including terrorism) and Trial Advocacy

Vedrana Pehar

Contact Vedrana: vedranapehar@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Vedrana's Practice Team (Team T): TeamT@matrixlaw.co.uk


Vedrana is recognised as a leading junior in the highly complex arena of fraud. She handles the full range of financial crime cases, including serious fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, corruption and bribery (domestic and international), benefit and mortgage fraud and money laundering. Vedrana has been instructed in some of the largest and most high-profile business crime cases before the UK courts involving senior executives, corporate entities and global institutions, including LIBOR rate–fixing, Weavering Capital Fund fraud and Dahdaleh.  She has experience of dealing with SFO, FCA and DOJ investigations as well as internal investigations.

Vedrana has a detailed understanding of both the law and procedure relating to ancillary proceedings, such as restraint proceedings, confiscation proceedings and Administrative Court proceedings. She is well-placed to advise clients on all aspects of asset forfeiture, from pre-charge restraint through to post-conviction confiscation, or civil recovery in the event of acquittal.

Vedrana is currently instructed on behalf of a former banker relating to charges of defrauding the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Vedrana regularly contributes to publications and presents to law firms and corporates on financial crime matters.  She is a Middle Temple advocacy trainer and regularly judges moot competitions.

Vedrana is qualified to accept instructions directly from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.

Crime

Vedrana has extensive trial experience.  Her practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence work focusing particularly upon serious violence, organised crime and sexual offences.  In 2019 she represented the first defendant in a momentous hijacking case at the Central Criminal Court.  This was the first case of hijacking of an international ship that had reached the criminal courts.

Fraud

Vedrana has been involved in several ongoing serious white-collar matters, both commercial and financial, brought by bodies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Publications

Consent of Principal: effect under the Bribery Act 2010 – Fraud Intelligence

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association Fraud Lawyers Association European and Compliance Lawyers Young Fraud Lawyers Association Women’s White Collar Defence Association Female Fraud Forum Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Education and Qualifications

MA (Cantab)

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"A highly capable junior with a keen eye for detail and good client skills."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"She can very quickly gain the confidence of difficult clients."

Legal 500 (2020)

"A highly capable junior with a keen eye for detail and good client skills.” “She’s extremely clever and she makes good points economically and effectively."

Chambers and Partners (2020)

"A very able, hard-working and clever junior.” “She is extremely capable and very talented."

Chambers and Partners (2019) Financial Crime

"An extremely hardworking junior with great instincts and the ability to charm even the most grisly of prosecutors, judges or jurors."

Legal 500 (2018) Fraud

"She is bright but can explain complicated concepts very simply."

Legal 500 (2017 and 2016) Fraud