Collingwood Thompson QC is Head of Chambers at 7BR. He has specialised in both civil and criminal fraud, since taking silk in 1998. Collingwood has acted in some of the most high profile fraud cases, both on behalf of the Crown and the defence
Both prosecution agencies and defence solicitors regularly instruct him. Concerning the prosecution, he works closely with SFO, CPS and NCA. Regarding defence matters he represents individuals and corporate clients in large fraud investigations.
While being in silk and through his fraud practice he has developed an expertise in legal professional privilege, particularly in connection with search warrants and production orders.
Also, his practice over the past 20 years has become increasingly international, where he has appeared in the courts and advised in a number of jurisdictions including; Caribbean, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Thailand and Jersey.
Some of the matters he has worked on recently are as follows;
Advising the Attorney General of Jersey on fraud-related investigations;
Representing CITIC Group concerning an LPP issue;
Representing a large well established institution on the Isle of Man, which has been accused of Money Laundering and regulatory issues;
Collingwood is ranked in both Chambers & Partners 2019 and Legal 500 2019 as one of the leaders at the London Bar for Financial Crime/Fraud: Crime.
Collingwood’s is regularly instructed in both advisory work and litigation in offshore jurisdictions, especially in Hong Kong and the Caribbean. His range of work covers:
He has twice appeared in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong acting for the successful appellants in criminal cases. He has also appeared in one of the leading cases on legal professional privilege in Hong Kong: Citic Pacific v Secretary of State for Justice & another, in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned the doctrine of limited waiver of privilege in Hong Kong law.
A significant part of Collingwood’s practice involves financial regulatory work in both the UK and offshore jurisdictions.
He has acted for both regulators and financial institutions, especially in the context of systems and controls operated by financial institutions. He has been instructed by the Jersey Financial Services Commission to report on the money laundering controls of offshore banks, the failure of split capital investment trusts based in Jersey and the operation of European Property Investment Funds by regulated entities in Jersey.
He has also represented trust companies and financial institutions under investigation and successfully acted for the promoters of investment funds that the Jersey Financial Services Commission was seeking to wind up.
In the UK he has represented clients at the RDC facing disciplinary action from the FSA (now the FCA) and has acted for a listed company facing allegations of breaching the UK Listing Rules in related party transactions, instructed by a leading City law firm.
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