Barrister Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler QC

Year of call: 1988  Silk: 2017

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great client-care skills”, “engenders respect for his great manner in court”, and is known for his “highly effective cross-examination style

Chambers and Partners

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Overview


Andrew Wheeler QC is head of the Financial Crime Team at 7BR Chambers, and is ranked in financial crime/fraud by the Legal 500 and by Chambers & Partners.

Andrew has extensive experience in relation to the defence and prosecution of serious fraud, associated money laundering and proceeds of crime restraint/confiscation, and compliance/regulatory matters – and has a detailed knowledge of evidence gathering from, and asset tracing through, multiple jurisdictions. Andrew is regularly instructed by leading defence firms, by the Serious Fraud Office, Insolvency Service, FCA and CPS Complex Casework/Specialist Fraud Division.

His experience extends in particular to Bribery & Corruption, Company Investigations, Insolvency and Tax fraud, and to issues of Insider Dealing. He regularly advises the UK and offshore & International sectors in respect of financial crime, anti-money laundering and associated regulatory & compliance issues.

Andrew has conducted seminars  in respect of the UK Money Laundering provisions, including specifically for the UK Serious Fraud Office & UK Insolvency Service, and also for a number of offshore and international jurisdictions, including the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Cyprus, the Channel Islands & the Isle of Man. He is widely recognised for his advice and expertise in this field.

Andrew has also conducted seminars in a number of jurisdictions in respect of AML issues, key aspects of digital fraud investigations and cryptocurrency, and internal/corporate investigations.

In addition to his financial crime work, Andrew has had significant involvement in general crime, and has been instructed to defend in cases involving murder, attempted murder and other offences against the person, drugs, firearms, health and safety and sexual offences.

Memberships


  • Member of the Queens Counsel Panel of approved counsel for the Serious Fraud Office
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
  • Member of Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of South Eastern and Midland Circuits
Financial Crime

Financial Crime


  • C – Advising Hong Kong private client re ongoing proceedings.
  • S – Advising offshore private client re ongoing financial proceedings re trust structure/s.
  • T – Advising offshore private client in the regulated sector re ongoing proceedings relating to alleged money laundering & terrorist financing.
  • S – Advising offshore corporate in relation to AML, Internal Investigation, Privilege and associated.
  • R v A – £1bn offshore investment investigation conducted by the SFO
  • R v AB – representing former Company CFO charged with £multi-million fraud in a private prosecution.
  • Advising re ongoing large-scale FCA investigation.
  • R v JF – £multi-million Insolvency Fraud & Money Laundering Investigation.
  • R v H & Others: Proceeds of $billion overseas bribery and corruption investigation traced through complex multi-jurisdiction offshore trust structures.
  • Operation P – £multi-bn offshore corruption Investigation conducted by the NCA
  • Operation Scar – systematic abuse of charities and shell companies for the purposes of high value tax evasion
  • Operation Janitor – £multi – million VAT investigation conducted by HMRC, involving 25 defendants.
  • Operation Perhaps – £multi-million Investigation into tax fraud, mortgage fraud and money laundering relating to a faith healer and associates
  • Operation Raiment: £25m Tax fraud/s and associated money laundering/Perverting Course of Justice.
  • Operation Learning: Co-ordinating investigations nationwide arising from the £280 million collapse of the DfES individual learning account scheme.
  • Operation Digits: The largest investigation by HMRC into tax fraud in the construction industry.
  • Operation Design: £multi-million Income Tax Pension Fraud devised and implemented by accountants acting as Trustees and Administrators of pension schemes – investigated by HMRC, FCA & tPR.
Offshore & International

Offshore & International


  • Re C – Advising Hong Kong private client re ongoing commercial proceedings.
  • Re S – Advising offshore private client re ongoing financial proceedings re trust structure/s.
  • Re T – Advising offshore private client in the regulated sector re ongoing proceedings relating to alleged money laundering & terrorist financing.
  • Re S – Advising offshore corporate in relation to AML, Internal Investigation, Privilege and associated.
  • Re L – Advising Hong Kong Private Client re Hong Kong SFC investigation.
  • Advising Offshore & international businesses generally re AML , compliance, internal investigations, privilege and funding issues.
  • Advising generally re tracing of assets through offshore & international company, trust & related structures – & through multiple jurisdictions.
Crime

Crime


  • R v LE; Representing defendant charged with attempted murder of psychiatric nurse.
  • R v KK; Representing main defendant charged with joint enterprise ‘drill-rap’ murder.
  • R v DS; Representing youth charged with attempted murder relating to turf war shooting & related incidents.
  • R v SK; Representing defendant charged with attempted murder, with psychiatric issues arising in relation to potential defence of insanity.

How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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