Natasha Wong QC
Ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2013 and the Legal 500 2012 as a Leading Individual, and noted for, “her excellent client manner and her eye for detail when handling cases. Her meticulous approach wins plaudits from interviewees who also value her ability to get to the heart of complex fraud matters”.
Specialist defence counsel with considerable expertise over the full range of investigations into civil fraud, financial crime, confiscation, regulatory and disciplinary hearings. Her practice is focused particularly on defending those charged with or being investigated in respect of serious and complex fraud cases, allegations of cheating the revenue, and regulatory proceedings. The majority of these cases have been prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and many have involved multi-jurisdictional aspects as well as detailed legal arguments, including the admissibility of evidence, joinder and severance, challenging expert evidence, legal professional & litigation privilege, applications to stay the proceedings on the grounds of abuse of process and or fitness to stand trial, public interest immunity and disclosure issues, and submissions of no case to answer. Very experienced at managing large quantities of documents, disclosure databases and expert forensic evidence
Natasha is a Registered Lawyer under the Football Association (FA) Football Agents Regulations.
- R v CB - Counsel for Defendant in criminal proceedings brought by Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. This related to the alleged fraudulent concealment of, and trading in, shares worth £4.5 million, at a time when the Defendant was allegedly Insolvent. Acquitted.
- Council of Lloyd's v X – Recently acted for an active underwriter in misconduct proceedings ultimately settled before the Lloyd’s Enforcement Tribunal in its regulatory capacity.
- HMRC v Peter Storrie – Junior counsel for former chief executive of Portsmouth City Football Club. Acquitted of two charges of cheating the public revenue.
- R v Majumdar and others – Junior counsel in conspiracy to defraud (metal trading). Appeal against conviction and confiscation.
- R v Cashman and others – En primeur wine fraud. Acquitted.
- R v Wharam and others – Large scale duty evasion. Stayed as an abuse of process.
- R v Diamond – Carousel trading. Stayed as an abuse of process.
- R v Gamble and others – Mortgage fraud. Acquitted.
- R v White and others – Mortgage fraud. Acquitted.
- R v Allen and others – Conspiracy to defraud involving high yield investment programmes. Acquitted.
The losses involved in these complex cases were all significant. Also successfully represented a number of professional clients accused of false accounting, theft from client accounts, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and a range of disciplinary matters.
- Fluent French.