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“The clerks are easy to get on with, reliable, extremely well organised and quick to respond to calls and e-mails. They work to a very high and professional standard.”

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Top Ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2019
Legal 500 Top Tier Set 2019
Winner Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015
Shortlisted Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2018

Our fraud law barristers bring decades of expertise defending in some of the largest and most complex fraud and confiscation cases in the UK and abroad.

Garden Court is consistently recognised for its outstanding contribution to criminal defence law. We won the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015 and have been shortlisted for the same award three times. Our team is also ranked as a leading set of chambers in the Legal 500 for fraud law. Members of the team have authored the highly regarded Confiscation Manual, the authoritative guide for lawyers on applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pre-charge advice
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • International fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Other large scale fraud, e.g Boiler Room Fraud
  • Land banking fraud
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders
  • Confiscation
  • Restraint Orders
  • Criminal anti-competitive cartels e.g. LIBOR Fixing

the work we do

We represent individuals and companies facing regulatory investigations or prosecutions brought by: 

  • The Serious Fraud Office
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • HMRC
  • National Crime Agency
  • The Environment Agency
  • The Department of Business Innovation and Skills
  • The Health and Safety Executive

Our clients include professionals such as accountants, solicitors, bankers and architects. 


Notable Cases


Our notable cases include:

  • LIBOR-fixing fraud
  • Pakistani cricket spot-fixing corruption
  • Operation Emersed – largest ever VAT ‘carousel’ fraud
  • Operation Hornet – corruption and fraud at HBOS
  • R v Omar and others – bribery of Ghanaian, Kenyan and Somalian officials
  • R v Karim – Bollywood international film fraud
  • R v Van Badlo – large scale Ponzi fraud
  • R v Wilmot and others – biggest ever ‘boiler room’ fraud
  • R v Childs – fraud against Libyan Investment Authority

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Latest News

Client found not guilty of £1.4 million fraud allegations after 6-week 'Gatwick Airport Parking' trial

Keir Monteith QC and Shahida Begum were instructed by Shahid Khan and Abraar Ayaz at Advice Wise Solicitors.

12 April 2019

Henry Blaxland QC shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year by the Legal 500 Awards 2019

Henry Blaxland QC has been shortlisted by the Legal 500 Awards 2019 for Crime Silk of the Year.

4 December 2018

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019.

5 November 2018

Client alleged to have conspired to supply £3.8 million worth of cocaine and accused of associated money laundering allegations found 'not guilty'

Keir Monteith was instructed by Mohsin Ariff at Lloyds PR Solicitors on behalf of the defendant, AT. 

29 October 2018

Two 'not guilty' verdicts secured in seven-handed £1 million insurance conspiracy

Keir Monteith represented KN, and was instructed by Pan Symeou of Faradays Solicitors.

16 October 2018

Garden Court Chambers announces no returns action in response to legal aid cuts

As of 25 May 2018, members of Garden Court Chambers will be implementing a no returns policy in line with the CBA protocol.

9 May 2018

Garden Court Chambers supports and welcomes statement from Criminal Bar Association on legal aid cuts and AGFS

Garden Court will not take any criminal work under representation orders dated from 1st April 2018. We will support any days of action proposed by CBA.

29 March 2018

Garden Court Shortlisted by Legal 500 Awards for Crime Set of the Year - third year running

We are delighted to announce that Garden Court Chambers has been shortlisted by the Legal 500 Awards for Crime Set of the Year for the third year running.

4 December 2017

Counterfeit clothing case ends in acquittal for all defendants

Henry Blaxland QC appeared for a defendant charged with involvement in commercial scale trading in counterfeit clothing.

12 November 2017

Garden Court Chambers sponsor London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association's Annual Autumn Conference 2017

The LCCSA Annual Autumn Conference took place in Seville from 7-8 October.

12 October 2017

Henry Blaxland QC shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017

Ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers & Partners Bar Guide 2017, Henry is recognised as one of the leading criminal defence advocates in the UK.

6 September 2017

Tom Wainwright secures acquittal for nurse accused of stealing drugs from children’s hospital

The defendant was represented by Tom Wainwright of Garden Court Chambers.

21 July 2017

Proof magazine #3: ‘Life in the Justice Gap: Why legal aid matters’ launch supported by Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is proud to sponsor Proof magazine. The third issue of Proof was co-produced by the Justice Gap and the Justice Alliance.

20 July 2017

Garden Court Chambers extends condolences and solidarity to all those affected by Grenfell Tower tragedy

Garden Court Chambers is horrified by the fire at Grenfell Towers. We extend our condolences and our solidarity to all those bereaved, injured or rendered homeless.

16 June 2017

Di Middleton appointed Queen’s Counsel

Di Middleton QC is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team.

14 February 2017

Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC elected as Joint Heads of Chambers

Garden Court is delighted to announce that Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC have been elected as Joint Heads of Chambers.

31 January 2017

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017.

2 November 2016

Colin Cook recognised as one of the most influential black people in Britain

Colin Cook is the Director of Clerking at Garden Court Chambers.

24 October 2016

Garden Court’s Crime Team and Kieran Vaughan QC shortlisted at Legal 500 awards

Our Crime Team has been involved in a number of biggest criminal cases of the past 12 months.

21 October 2016

Garden Court Chambers secures number one spot in Legal 500 2016

We now have the second highest number of junior barrister rankings of any chambers in the Legal 500 2016.

14 September 2016

Bureau de change employees acquitted of £11.5 million money laundering conspiracy

Michael Turner QC and Nerida Harford-Bell of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team represented the defendants.

23 August 2016

Jury acquits former ICAP broker in Libor trial

Henry Blaxland QC of Garden Court Chambers represented Darrell Read, accused of helping convicted trader Tom Hayes manipulate the Libor rate.

28 January 2016

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