Responsible for the City Office.
Areas of Specialisation: Serious Fraud; Serious Organised Crime; Asset Confiscation; Money Laundering.
Has defended many high profile and complex prosecution brought by SFO; FCA; Special Casework CPS; SOCA; City of London Fraud Squad.
Regularly ranked as leading individual Chambers UK.
Recent and current cases:
R v P and others – Ponzi fraud, value in excess of £100 million, described as being the UK’s equivalent to the Madoff scheme;
R v B and others - complex multi-handed money laundering/kidnap prosecution involving central plot to defraud the London clearing banks;
R v H – substantial tax credit fraud;
R v A and others – large scale multi million mortgage fraud;
R v A – Operation Eaglewood – money laundering / drugs prosecution to the value of £100 million;
R v H - particularly complex fraud confiscation proceedings; Crown sought the recovery of £4 million, proceedings spanned over four years which were eventually discontinued;
R v P - multi-handed murder trial, only defendant to be acquitted;
R v Y – very high profile class A drugs conspiracy re-trial;
R v G – defended one of Baybasin organisation (extortion);
R v M – defended a director of QPR concerning allegations of kidnap of Paladini – acquitted;
R v Cash – conviction overturned in Court of Appeal, fresh evidence;
R v W – enforcement of outstanding POCA sums stayed as an abuse of process.
See Keith's blogs here.
Professional Memberships: LCCSA.
Career: Qualified 1996. Worked as assistant solicitor at Lewis Nedas before being made a partner in 2010.
Personal: Born January 1970, Educated at Hull University and College of Law. Married with two children. Resides in Surrey.
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"Keith Wood ‘never gives up’" (The Legal 500: Crime, 2013)
"Keith Wood 'goes that extra mile for clients'." (The Legal 500: Crime, 2012)
"Keith Wood wins plaudits for his work across a range of serious crime. Of late, he has handled an alleged importation of 30 kg of heroin and a USA Ponzi fraud-related extradition request." (Chambers UK: Crime, 2012)
"Keith Wood is 'a terrific organiser of large-scale cases, and a redoubtable fighter'." (The Legal 500: Crime, 2011)
"Keith Wood [is] 'top drawer'." (The Legal 500: Fraud, 2011)