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Julian Christopher QC

Julian is a white-collar crime specialist, defending and prosecuting a range of complex cases with a particular emphasis on tax fraud.

He has applied his analytical skills to a wide variety of cases, including terrorism, money laundering, phone and computer hacking, commercial blackmail, murder, confiscation proceedings and civil proceedings for fraud. He was Standing Counsel to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office for five years, prosecuting cases involving the creation and promotion of income and corporation tax evasion schemes, drugs importation cases brought on behalf of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and cases involving diversion fraud, evasion of VAT or Anti-Dumping Duty. Since taking silk his practice has gone from strength to strength. He is on the SFO panel for both prosecution and proceeds of crime work; has been a contributing editor to Archbold since 2005, and is responsible for the chapters on Trial, Privilege and Disclosure, and the Theft and Fraud Acts; and is a Advocacy Trainer for Gray’s Inn.

Areas of expertise

Fraud; disclosure in criminal proceedings; Legal Professional Privilege; the cartel offence; the use of compulsory powers under s.2 CJA 1987 and s.62 SOCPA 2005.

Notable cases

R v Blakey (and others): This case involved the prosecution of 5 defendants for promoting selling and implementing dishonest tax avoidance schemes involving the sheltering of £170m from income and corporation tax as a result of apparent investment in carbon sequestration and research for cures for HIV, and for the fabrication of evidence in support of the expenditure in the course of HMRC enquiries promoters of a series of tax schemes which relied on false claims for tax relief on donations of shares to charities, by which over £200m of clients’ income and profits were to be sheltered from income and corporation tax.

R v Abdel-Malek and Choucair: Defending a compliance officer at UBS charged with five counts of insider dealing worth £1m. 

R v Skansen Interiors Ltd (and others): Prosecuting the first contested trial for failing to prevent bribery, in connection with the award of contracts worth £6m in the construction industry.

R v Green (and others): Defending a lobster fisherman charged with the importation of 250kg of cocaine seized in the middle of the English Channel.

R v Paterson: Prosecution of a breast surgeon for conducting unnecessary operations, including mastectomies, on patients to whom he had exaggerated the risk that they might develop cancer, including misrepresenting the contents of pathology reports to their GPs.

R v Karim (and others): Prosecuting seven defendants for immigration fraud and PAYE fraud on an industrial scale. 

R v Bell: Defending the principal defendant in a £28m MTIC fraud.

R v C, T, M: Prosecuting case in the Supreme Court which determined that trading in “grey goods” is a criminal offence, within the ambit of section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 - [2017] UKSC 58.

R v Perrin:  Prosecuting the promoters of a series of tax schemes which relied on false claims for over over £200m in tax relief on donations of shares to charities (CA decisions at [2012] EWCA Crim 1729 and[2014] EWCA Crim 1556).