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Siobhain Egan Solicitor
Siobhain EganDirector (Non-executive) 
Lawyer: financial and corporate crime, regulatory defence, compliance, business investigations, SFO/FCA/BIS/HMRC/NCA defence

Summary

Reputation for dealing with high profile cases, high rate of acquittals/overall success rate, particularly adept at ‘nipping fraud investigations in the bud’.

Expertise: (anti-) bribery & corruption, (anti-) money laundering compliance, asset restraint/confiscation, business investigations, cartels, civil recovery/forfeiture, civil settlements, confiscation, corporate governance, corporate investigations, cybercrime, dawn raids & emergency response, disclosure, DPAs, due diligence, extradition, FCA regulatory & professional disciplinary, FX and LIBOR investigations, informants, insider dealing, market abuse, money laundering, POCA, privilege/ protected documents/information, RIPA, s.2 interviews, SAR reports, sentencing, serious crime, serious fraud, SIPP fraud, tax/VAT investigations/tribunals/prosecutions, white collar crime.

Good working knowledge of FCPA, BA 2010, FATCA Currently advising/assisting: company directors facing regulatory and criminal investigations (BIS, HMRC, SFO, NCA, FCA, City of London Fraud); general counsels, charities, and offshore wealth management companies; bankers/financiers, brokers, IFAs, and traders being investigated under Project Bloom (pension liberation fraud investigations); investors on film tax partnership investigations/tax avoidance issues.

Articles published in Finance Monthly, Lawyer Monthly, Financier Worldwide, Defero Law, Lexology, the Society for Computers & Law, and Lexis Nexis.

Assisted Bloomberg, the Financial Times, the Mail on Sunday, Channel 4, Corporate Livewire, Vanity Fair, BBC Panorama, Al-Jazeera, BBC Radio 4, and ITV news with publications and programmes on criminal justice issues.

Highly rated and ranked by legal directories: tier 1 in crime, highly recommended in white collar and corporate crime (Legal 500 - 2013/14); practitioner of note in fraud (Chambers UK - 2015); highly ranked for crime, fraud and tax (SuperLawyers UK 2013/14); Lawyer Monthly's Commercial Fraud Lawyer of the year 2014.

Experience

Consultant: Corporate Crime, DPAs, White Collar, Serious Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax/VAT at Lewis Nedas Law
February 2008 - Present

Defends: corporate/white collar crime; business investigations, DPAs, civil settlements; tax/VAT investigations; AB&C, AML compliance; insider dealing; serious crime; extradition; money laundering; asset confiscation; POCA; FCA regulatory & professional disciplinary; SFO, FCA, BIS, NCA, City of London fraud investigations/prosecutions; s.2 interviews; dawn raids & emergency response; corporate investigations.

Defended 3 SFO prosecutions, and recently instructed in another major SFO investigation. Defended bankers and financiers facing FCA investigations e.g. fit and proper person test; traders: FX/LIBOR investigations. Advising/defending corporates facing multinational jurisdictional investigations in money laundering/tax. Successfully represented former News of the World journalist facing corruption charges (Op. Elveden). Proceedings discontinued after representations. Successfully represented banker in high profile allegation of dishonesty by FCA (Dec 2014). Settled first SFO SOCPA agreement in 5 years-Arck LLP-client received suspended sentence. Instructed by former Directors of major public company to advise on SFO and FCA investigations.

PUBLIC APPOINTMENT: Member of the Sentencing Council for England & Wales (2010-13), reported to LJ Leveson. Advised on consultations on DPAs, fraud, money laundering, bribery & corruption, and corporate crime.

Advising high net worth clients/professionals/ companies, on tax fraud investigations, money laundering and corporate investigations. Advising on several corporate investigations into fraud, money laundering, bribery & corruption, AML, AB&C, corporate governance.

Assisted Bill Browder / Magnitsky Campaign (2013) leading to a major multinational settling a DPA with the DOJ.

Assisted Channel 4 on forthcoming series on tax (2014); appeared in BBC1 Panorama’s highly controversial programme ‘Mazher Mahmood - The Fake Sheikh’ (Nov 2014), now advises individuals appealing against convictions based on evidence by Mahmood.

Member of the Council at the Sentencing Council for England and Wales
March 2010 - March 2013

Reported to the then Chairman LJ Leveson; sat as member of the Council and defence lawyer representative.

Advised on a large number of Sentencing Guidelines and consultations over the first three years.

Particular interest in the current consultation on sentencing of corporate crime, money laundering, bribery and corruption, serious fraud, Deferred Prosecution Agreements (because of her background, expertise and interests). This has now become the definitive sentencing guideline in this area.

Higher Rights Advocate and Supervisor – Serious Fraud Panel at Edward Hayes
2007 - 2008

Defended serious fraud and crime cases e.g. AIS prosecution of serving and former Metropolitan police officers who were alleged to have acted as private investigators, and to have hacked into emails and telephones and ‘blagged’ sensitive information for high profile clients. It was the largest investigation at that time of that type, which also included the prosecution of some of the clients instructing the AIS agency. Entitled Operation Barbatus (also known as the Jimmy Choo bugging case), this case is now under renewed scrutiny as a result of the SOCA blue chip companies and rogue PI scandal in August/September 2013, and was the subject of an FT articled dated 06/10/2013.

Additionally, has advised an individual who faced a major SFO investigation into large-scale bribery and corruption regarding MOD contracts in Northern Ireland.

Partner and Supervisor on the Serious Fraud Panel, and Higher Rights Advocate at Christmas and Sheehan Solicitors
January 2000 - February 2007

Partner; fraud supervisor; higher rights advocate.

Defended high profile cases: money laundering, international drugs conspiracies, serious fraud. Major drugs importations cases of particular note: the Stansted hijacking; the Beckham kidnapping (a failed NOTW sting prosecution involving the ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood), and the Baybasin prosecution.

Successfully defended a long string of high profile HMRC organised crime, multi-jurisdictional class A drugs importations and conspiracies to supply, highlighting ‘irregularities’ in the prosecution’s approach to disclosure and informants etc prior to the Butterfield Report.

Defended various fraud prosecutions e.g. HMRC.

Partner at O'Keeffe Solicitors
June 1996 - December 1999

Successfully defended serious fraud and high level drugs conspiracies.

Publications

See recent blogs on fraud, tax and regulatory issues here.

Cases

Click here for recent cases of note which have attracted national and international publicity, acquittals and overall successes.

Other recent and current cases:
Operation Rize - advised over 50 clients facing full HMRC tax inquiries and money laundering investigations by the Metropolitan Police
R -v- K – Large scale after the event insurance fraud (client acquitted of all charges)
R -v- Z – £Multimillion money laundering conspiracy (10 defendants, our client acquitted)
R -v- W – Boiler room fraud (case discontinued after representations)
R -v- K – Conspiracy to supply 80kgs of class A drugs (discontinued after representations)
R -v- M – Appeal against murder conviction (pending)
R -v- H – Money laundering £1 million (discontinued after representations, full investigation, all monies returned to client)
R -v- J – Conspiracy to supply 11kgs (appeal only)
R -v- B – Blackmail (client acquitted)
R -v- B – Assisting/encouraging suicide (no further action after representations made on behalf of client)
R -v- B – Conspiracy to supply 100kgs heroin (convicted)
R -v- K – Bribery and corruption involving international motor manufacturers (no further action after representations made, diverted to civil proceedings)
3 x Revenue investigations/prosecutions (all 3 investigations successfully settled without prosecution)
R -v- O – Conspiracy to supply 500kg class A : conspiracy to supply 2 tonnes class A drugs (guilty plea – the largest SOCA drugs prosecution to date – 24 defendants)
R -v- W – Very large scale drugs cultivation (acquitted)
R -v- M – £multi-million tax prosecution (pending)
R -v- A – Advance fee fraud (pending)
R -v- L – Procurement fraud (discontinued as a result of representations made on behalf of client)
2 x Revenue investigations / prosecutions (pending)
R -v- C – Pension Ponzi fraud prosecuted by the SFO (pending) - £60 million fraud - ARCK LLP investigation
R -v- L – Land bank fraud (pending)
R -v- K – Land bank fraud (pending)
R -v- C – FCA investigation (pending)
R -v- H – FCA investigation (pending)
R -v- Z – Corruption investigation concerning former News of the World journalist (Operation Elveden) (case discontinued as result of detailed representations made to CPS)
R -v- S & L – Joint FCA/Trading Standards investigation into land/property company (guilty plea, conditional discharge sentence)
R -v- H – FCA investigation into senior finance professional (investigation finalised successfully, no finding against client)
Advising on tax upper tribunal proceeding re film production tax relief schemes (pending)
Large scale factoring fraud (pending)
Advising on company VAT investigation/prosecution (pending)
Advising two senior finance professionals on high profile money investigation by City of London Fraud (proceedings discontinued as a result of representations made)
Representing two City accountants in investigation for money laundering (clients cleared of any wrongdoing)
Currently advising re business investigations: (1) offshore wealth management company; (2) inward investment property company; (3) Italian jewellery/gold company
R -v- E – SFO £multimillion international property pension SIPP fraud (proceedings discontinued against our client as a result of detailed representations)
R -v- L – High profile murder (pending)
R -v- A – Tax fraud prosecution (pending)
R -v- E – Drugs conspiracy (class A) (pending)

Education

The University of Law, Bloomsbury (previously The College of Law)
Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

Council of legal Education
Bar finals, 1988 - 1989

Brunel University London
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law, 1979 - 1983

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith

Organisations

Serious Fraud Panel
Supervisor
2000 to Present

European Criminal Bar Association
Member

Fraud Lawyers Association
Member

The Sentencing Council for England & Wales
Member
March 2010 to March 2013

The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates
Committee Member
2011 to 2012

VHCC Appeals Panel
Member
2000 to 2011

LCCSA Committee
Member
2004 to 2008

Honours and Awards

The Legal 500 - Top-tier recommendation
The Legal 500
2013
Crime: general
“‘Steely determined’ Siobhain Egan is representing one of the defendants in a major case over the importation of substantial quantities of drugs spanning over ten jurisdictions.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2013
Fraud: white-collar crime
“Siobhain Egan ... [is] ‘always mindful of securing the best outcome for [her] clients’.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2013
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
“Siobhain Egan at Lewis Nedas Law Limited is ‘precise’.”

Ranked by Super Lawyers UK
Thomson Reuters
2013
“Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

Chambers UK Women in Law Awards
Chambers & Partners
2012
“The Chambers Women in Law awards recognise the outstanding achievements of female lawyers at the pinnacle of their professional careers as well as up and coming lawyers who are beginning to make their mark.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2012
Crime: general
"The 'always available and helpful' Siobhain Egan acted for a clairvoyant who was accused of encouraging an individual to commit suicide during a tarot session."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2012
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan … 'combine[s] real intellectual rigour with a very compassionate approach to clients'."

Chambers UK - Recommendation
Chambers & Partners
2012
Fraud
"Key contact Siobhain Egan has recently advised clients on a £15 million after-the-event insurance fraud, and also on Operation Rize – the Metropolitan Police’s widely reported safety deposit box seizure."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2011
Crime: general
"Siobhain Egan’s “'meticulous approach is second to none'.”

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2011
Fraud
"Siobhain Egan 'is also recommended'."

Interests

Collecting Art Deco, travel, black Labradors, Middle Eastern cookery, Irish poetry

  Chambers Recommended Lawyer London 2015

Testimonials

"I don’t know where to begin to thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. I was confident from the very beginning that you understood the complexities of the financial workings of the investment scheme that I was involved in, and after a very long battle with the authorities, thank fully they saw sense and proceedings were discontinued. I appreciate your fast communication and responses to telephone calls and emails; often late at night and weekends, and that we were able to work as team."

MR (finance professional, whose lengthy tax and fraud investigation discontinued after lengthy representations) March 2016

"We are all so grateful to you for your caring, supportive approach that you showed us during my case. Frankly I was so terrified about the trial, having never been in such a situation before. I knew that I wasn’t guilty but also that everything I had built could easily have slipped way.Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

JY (professional man, acquitted of sexual assault charges) May 2016

"The last 18 months have been a complete nightmare for me, my family and business partners. Thank you for all your support, hard work and the tenacious approach that you took with the police and the CPS."

TH(finance professional acquitted of fraud, money laundering and POCA charges) June 2016

"I would like to say how much we appreciate all the hard work and expertise that you put into achieving the best possible result for my husband, and in fact for all of us. As you can imagine we were overjoyed and it has taken several days to really sink in. After all the stress of the last two and a half years, its wonderful to finally be able to put it all behind us."

MB (whose husband was acquitted of sexual offences) July 2016

"I Just want to thank you for bringing about the result today. You have been brilliant and supportive all the way through, and your down to earth, matter of fact approach had kept me sane over this last year. So a million thanks …"

AS (acquitted of sexual allegations) July 2016

"Thank you for all your help – you were excellent!"

MCS (businessmen whose affray charges discontinued after strong representations made to CPS) August 2016

“I wanted to take the opportunity as well to thank you for everything that you have done on this case. The result that we got on Monday will have a massive positive impact not only on my life but the lives of all my family including that of my own son. I personally was struggling to hold back the tears when the sentence was being delivered by the judge and I know my father and sister felt the same too. It must be fantastic to work in a way that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives and I want you to know how much it all means to us all. Thanks a million and good luck with all that you do going forward.”

“I cannot speak highly enough of Siobhain Egan and her team at Lewis Nedas Law. It is clear that Siobhain always wants the best for her clients, even if that is sometimes detrimental to her. She clearly has exceptional knowledge and experience, dealing with situations on an informed and proactive basis, which ensures her clients receive the most effective outcome. I would not want anyone but Siobhain looking after me.”

“I can't thank you enough for all you did for me, you worked so hard for me and gave me the very best advice throughout the trial. Thank you again and again.”

“I just want to thank you for all that you did for me in my battle with the News of the World and the Metropolitan Police. You believed in me from the beginning, your unwavering support and dogged determination to prove what I had been saying all along was true, kept me going through a very difficult period in my life when I thought that I had lost everything that I had ever worked for. You were fearless when dealing with that newspaper and the authorities and picked apart every statement made by the News of the World and the Met which led to the CPS deciding to drop the case.”

“I have been a client of Lewis Nedas since 2002 and the level of service and professionalism that they have provided me with has been second to none. My solicitor, Siobhain Egan, always goes beyond the call of duty in her pursuit of justice and leaves no stone unturned. Lewis Nedas provides a professional yet a very personal service to its clients, and you would be hard pushed to find a law firm in this day and age of such quality. It's been a pleasure having them represent me.”

 

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