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Fraud, Financial and Business Crime

Fraud, Financial and Business Crime

Our criminal law team is especially noted for its expertise in criminal and civil fraud and serious economic crime, with extensive experience in dealing with highly complex cases, acting for both individuals and companies. This includes corporate, banking, cartel and tax fraud as well as money laundering and other compliance and regulatory issues. Matrix can provide advice, advocacy and consultancy assistance focussed on the implementation of anti-corruption policies. We have a particular expertise in advising on strategy at the earliest stages of an investigation.

Our members in this area draw upon several other fields, including commercial law, regulatory and securities law, corporate social responsibility, investigations and employment law. They are able to advise on cross border strategy so it can be implemented internationally. Experience suggests that this is the most critical phase of any possible criminal case in which this broad range of expertise is vital.

Notable cases

  • Representing Robert Tchenguiz in his damages claim against the Serious Fraud Office after he was arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the collapse of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
  • Representing Thomas Kwok in a long-running trial in Hong Kong, concerning corruption offences in one of the country’s most high value cases.
  • Advising a number of FT100 companies on strategy and compliance. We acted in HKSAR v Hon Ming Kong Criminal Appeal No 272 of 2011 in the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong, concerning conspiracy to defraud and market abuse by the Chairman of two public companies.
  • Acting on both sides in the high profile case before the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal: Chiang Lily v Secretary for Justice (HK Court of Appeal) CACC 238/2011. The case concerned a conviction for fraud, conspiracy to defraud and the authorisation of a prospectus that included an untrue statement. The appeal considered issues of witness credibility.


See Clare Montgomery QC discuss the law concerning money laundering in Hong Kong, and Alex Bailin QC discuss the role of jury trials in fraud cases in their interviews.


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Alex Bailin QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2010
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Anita Davies
Called: 2011
Nicholas Gibson
Called: 2009 Solicitor: 2004
Jamas Hodivala
Called: 1998
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Jessica Jones
Called: 2013
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Helen Law
Called: 2005
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Alison Macdonald QC
Called: 2000 Silk: 2017
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Raj Parker
Called: 1983 Solicitor: 1988 Solicitor Advocate: 1994
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
James Stansfeld
Called: 2008
Mark Summers QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2014
Adrian Waterman QC
Called: 1988 Silk: 2006