Alumni lecture: 'Confronting Evidential Issues in the Courtroom'
Richard Fisher QC
Coutts Lecture Theatre
Alumni lecture: Richard Fisher QC
A tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, 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.
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 and Partners 2017 he is one of only 16 silks ranked in POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture across the country where it is said of him: "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." In previous editions he has been 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 Fraud: Crime (including Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture) and in previous editions he has been described as “a barrister of standout quality,” as “Proceeds of Crime Act guru” with his “particular expertise in money laundering cases” being recognised as
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 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.