John specialises in advising individuals and corporates through the challenges of criminal and regulatory investigations from beginning to end. In particular John specialises in fraud, proceeds of crime and money laundering and sanctions.
John joined Shoosmiths in 2019 from Hodge Jones and Allen where he was head of financial crime and regulatory investigations.
John is ranked in the Chambers & Partners guide for Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals UK.
He has extensive experience of advising on complex cases brought or contemplated by agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency, Financial Conduct Authority, Crown Prosecution Service and HMRC.
John is regularly instructed in matters relating to money laundering, fraud, bribery & corruption, proceeds of crime and financial services related investigations such as breaches of FSMA. John also advises on related Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS).
John advises on UK Sanctions and the effects of sanctions on businesses and individuals. This includes advice on import / export controls.
Additionally John is well placed to provide pre-action advice and assistance on regulatory and compliance issues including anti-bribery and money laundering policies, business bribery risk assessment & staff training.
Due to the nature of John's practice he also has a significant understanding of ancillary or parallel investigations & requirements such as:
- Anti Money Laundering;
- Anti Bribery and corruption;
- Import / export controls
- Internal investigations;
- Police / law Enforcement arrests and interviews;
- Disclosure obligations (ie Section 2 Notices);
- Compelled interviews;
- Director’s Disqualification proceedings;
- Regulatory & Disciplinary investigations of professional bodies;
- Civil Recovery;
- Account Freezing & Forfeiture Orders;
John is an active committee member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the IBA (Business Crime Division), Fraud Lawyers Association, European Criminal Bar Association, LCCSA and the London Fraud Forum.