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Siobhain Egan

Director (Non-executive)

020 3811 6784 segan@lewisnedas.co.uk

Summary

1989: Called to the Bar
1993: Admitted as a solicitor
Experienced Higher Rights Advocate

Key Defence Areas:

  • Serious Crime (including sexual offences);
  • Serious/White Collar Fraud;
  • Money Laundering;
  • Regulatory (FCA, HSE, Environmental, Trading Standards);
  • Professional Disciplinary (GMC accountants, Finance professionals);
  • HMRC investigations (both civil and criminal) and prosecutions;
  • Investigations brought by NCA, SFO, FCA, BEIS; Insolvency Service; HMRC; HSE; Dept of Environment; Trading Standards, police and City of London economic crime unit;
  • POCA (asset restraint - confiscation);
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders;
  • Civil Recovery;
  • Extradition;
  • Interpol Red Notices;
  • Cybercrime inc. fraud & indecent images.

Key Advice Areas:

  • Appeals against conviction/sentence;
  • Business investigations (money laundering / tax evasion / bribery and corruption);
  • Corporate Compliance (AML - AB&C- GDPR);
  • Cyber Crime Recovery (victims of cybercrime and fraud) & investment scams;
  • Second opinions on current trials/investigations/appeals;

Experience

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

Criminal & Serious Fraud

Advising victims of fraud; pension liberation; boiler room; investment fraud and cybercrime (hacking/ransoms/banks); Asset restraint and recovery (civil and criminal proceedings); Money laundering (including AML compliance and business investigation advice to businesses and individuals), self-reporting, cash seizures, asset / bank account restraint, SAR reports; Bribery and corruption (including compliance and business investigation advice); SFO investigations and prosecutions (successfully defending these since 1992); Complete remit of fraud; money laundering and bribery and corruption allegations; Cybercrime (fraud, illegal material, hacking); Corporate Manslaughter; FCA inc. complete remit of criminal and regulatory breaches and offences (approved persons, fit and proper individual, money laundering, unauthorized collective investment schemes; BEIS investigations/prosecutions; NCA investigations & Prosecutions

Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary Proceedings

S2 interviews; Business investigations inc. due diligence; Dawn raids, search and seizure (documents/Legal Professional privilege); Voluntary interviews and those after arrest; UWOs (unexplained wealth orders); DPAs; Civil settlements (across all investigative/prosecution bodies); Disclosure; SAR reports inc. self-reporting; Appeals against conviction and sentence; GDPR advice; SOCPA/Queens Evidence agreements

General

HMRC investigations and prosecutions (complete remit inc. civil and criminal - settlements) tax evasion; file tax partnerships; SM& CR - RDC and Upper tribunal -systems and controls; Governance and Culture, settlements, notices, misrepresentation, mis-selling, restrictions, warnings, insider dealing and market abuse, disclosure re compulsory notices; Insolvency Services; HSE; Trading Standards; Environmental offences/Regulatory investigations and prosecutions

Siobhain also has extensive experience of advising and providing commentary to media outlets and publications such as:

  • Television (BBC, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, ITN, Sky News and Al – Jazeera);
  • Talk Radio;
  • Journalist Advisory for agents such as Bloomberg, Financial Times & Vanity Fair;
  • Assisted Bill Browder / Magnitsky Campaign (2013) leading to a major multinational settling a DPA with the DOJ;
  • Finance Monthly;
  • Corporate LiveWire;
  • Financier Worldwide;
  • Lexis Nexus;
  • Society for Computers & Law.
  • Coverage 

Noted for:

High Acquittal and overall success rates dealing with high profile cases that attract National/International publicity;
Particularly adept at ‘nipping serious crime and fraud investigations in the bud ‘(please see our criminal/fraud cases and results section on the website for some of her successes and instructions).

Expertise regarding disclosure issues;

  • Taking a robust stance with the investigative and prosecution authorities when necessary;
  • Highly ranked by the leading Legal Directories (Legal 500/ Chambers UK/Superlawyers UK) since 2003;
  • The Times ‘Lawyer of the Week' in June 2003 (for her work on the infamous NOTW sting ‘the Beckham Kidnapping' which led to the collapse of that prosecution);
  • Chambers UK ‘Women in Law Awards ‘2012;
  • Lawyer Monthly Commercial Fraud lawyer of the year 2014;
  • A practitioner of Note - Chambers UK 2015;
  • Works with the leading barristers and experts in the country

Clients

Various Companies; Senior Managers; Company Directors; Professionals; High Net worth individuals; PEPs

Current Major Cases

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

Other recent and current cases:

  • PEP (politically exposed person) facing allegations of money laundering and tax evasion (this case has attracted international publicity);
  • An individual facing SFO investigation (Serious fraud - false accounting): this case has attracted International attention in the legal and business news;
  • City of London fraud investigation into allegations of fraud and money laundering in the wholesale Italian insurance market involving UK Nationals;
  • SFO investigation (bribery and corruption) into oil and gas industry;
  • SFO investigation (bribery and corruption) construction industry in UAE;
  • Three individuals facing a series of criminal/regulatory FCA investigations;
  • Several professionals facing sexual allegations;
  • Numerous professionals facing fraud, dishonesty, tax avoidance, money laundering investigations;
  • Advising UK construction company on bribery and corruption investigation issues in Europe;
  • Advising several individuals/companies who have been the victims of cyber, investment and pension liberation frauds;
  • Appeal against conviction/sentence on £50 million money laundering matter (client originally defended by another firm);
  • Appeals against conviction (Mazer Mahmood sting convictions NOTW).

Further notable cases:

  • SFO prosecution Arck LLP - pension sipp fraud -£5O million - early guilty plea - suspended a sentence of imprisonment;
  • Operation Rize - Successfully advised over 50 clients facing Met Police and HMRC investigations into tax avoidance ABC money laundering - after high profile safety deposit box raids - all clients were returned all their monies and assets - no further proceeding;
  • SFO investigation into multi-jurisdictional property SIPP fraud - all proceedings dropped after 4 years, upon receipt of robust submissions;
  • Major NCA investigation into offshore tax and money laundering allegations in Seychelles and UK - the client was an offshore tax expert who ran hundreds of offshore companies;
  • Businessman facing tax and money laundering investigation after the release of Panama Papers;
  • Operation Elveden - NOTW hacking investigation- successfully represented former NOTW journalist - proceedings were withdrawn;
  • Tax investment scheme fraud investigation into senior accountant - charges dismissed;
  • The Beckham Kidnapping - NOTW - Mazer Mahmood sting - successfully represented a professional unfairly accused of plotting to kidnap Mrs Beckham and family;
  • Stanstead Hijacking - client one of the first to be acquitted in the first trial;
  • SFO investigation into the creation of false bank and £multimillion fraud.

Public Appointments

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales (2010-2013) reported directly to LJ Leveson (advised upon consultation for sentencing guideline - fraud - money laundering - DPAs -Bribery and corruption). One of the first women appointed to the Serious Fraud Panel and as a Supervisor on that panel. Member of the VHCC appeals panel.

Funding

The majority of her cases are privately funded or through D&O insurance.

Honours and Awards

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2017
Crime: general
"Siobhain Egan is a committed legal professional with a no-nonsense attitude."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2017
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan ...provides a thorough and committed service and gives 100% to all clients."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2016
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan....leads the 'noteworthy' financial crime group."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2016
Crime: general
"Team [is] led by... the 'incredibly user-friendly' Siobhain Egan."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2015
Fraud: white-collar crime
"Siobhain Egan takes a 'no-nonsense approach'."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2015
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
"Siobhain Egan has 'tremendous breadth of experience'."

The Legal 500 - Recommendation
The Legal 500
2015
Crime: general
"The criminal team at Lewis Nedas law limited includes the ‘very competent’ Siobhain Egan."

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

Top Ranked Lawyers: Legal 500 

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