Philip Shears QC is a leading silk recognised for his expertise in all aspects of fraud and business crime, instructed both by defence and prosecution. Philip has been praised for his great skill in case presentation, and is known as a highly effective cross-examiner and trial tactician.
Over the last 15 years he has been instructed in high profile cases concerning commercial fraud, corruption, offshore tax evasion schemes and money laundering. He is instructed by leading defence firms, the SFO and HM Revenue and Customs.He has lectured on the applications of the proceeds on crime legislation and the law of corruption. He also has extensive experience in cases of homicide, gross negligence manslaughter and serious breaches of health & safety legislation.
He was appointed Recorder in 1990.
Much of Philip’s practice centers on major cases concerning complex business crime. He is a nominated leading counsel for the SFO, having recently completed cases concerning international corruption, and the collapse of Polly Peck International (R v Asil Nadir, theft of £150 million).
He has wide ranging experience defending company directors and professionals in all aspects of alleged corporate /business crime, many involving an international element, money laundering and offshore Trust structures.
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Experienced in disciplinary proceedings for gross misconduct, for example in respect of alleged fraudulent fee claims.
Philip has extensive experience in general crime; latterly primarily homicide and manslaughter, representing the Crown in one of the first prosecutions for familial homicide and defended in family honour killing.
He has defended in gross negligence manslaughter arising from dangerous materials on building sites and has prosecuted in death caused by negligent use of firearms. Philip has also defended in cases of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to cause an explosion (terrorism).
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