Natasha Wong QC

Ranked as a Leader in Financial Crime in Chambers & Partners UK Bar every year since 2013 and a Leading individual in the Legal 500 every year since 2012.

Ranked as a Leader in both Crime and Financial Crime in Chambers & Partners and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017, Natasha is 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”. 

“Her results speak for themselves”

 

FINANCIAL CRIME AND REGULATORY

Specialist defence counsel with 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, money laundering, bribery and corruption. Has also acted for professional clients accused of false accounting, theft from client accounts, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and a range of disciplinary matters. Recent work includes representing the rights of third parties in confiscation proceedings, regulatory proceedings in the Upper Tax Tribunal, and acting for a defendant charged with EURIBOR manipulation . Many of her cases involve multi-jurisdictional aspects as well as detailed legal arguments, including the admissibility of evidence, joinder and severance, challenging and advising upon 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, dismissal applications and submissions of no case to answer. Very experienced at managing large quantities of documents, disclosure databases and expert forensic evidence.

CRIME

Specialist defence counsel with expertise and considerable experience in all areas of criminal law.

Currently instructed as Leading counsel in a number of ongoing proceedings, including allegations of murder, assisted suicide and the large scale supply of drugs.

Registered to undertake Public Access work.

SPORTS LAW

Natasha is a Registered Lawyer under the Football Association (FA) Football Agents Regulations.

Notable Cases

FINANCIAL CRIME AND REGULATORY

R v Smith & others: Counsel for company director accused of conspiracy to steal £1.9m of telecommunications equipment and laundering the proceeds by creating false paperwork through a network of companies.

 R v Abidi & others: Junior counsel for owner/manager of Money Service bureau accused of laundering £60m proceeds of drug/revenue crime involving detailed analysis of surveillance material/ covert recordings and ledgers.

R v AR: Counsel for doctor on trial with his non hearing/speaking mother, sister, and 4 sign language interpreters for conspiracy to claim £800,000 from the DWP by falsely claiming they received and provided sign language interpretation and creating false paperwork to support claims. 

In the matter of W: Argued and settled third party rights of sister re property sought by the prosecution in respect of her brother’s confiscation proceedings

Council of Lloyds v  J: Junior Counsel  for an active underwriter in misconduct proceedings connected with losses of £235m  ultimately settled before the Lloyd’s Enforcement Tribunal in its regulatory capacity

R v CB:  Acted in criminal proceedings brought by Department of Business, Innovation and Skills against a company director accused of fraudulent concealment of, and trading in, shares worth £4.5 million, at a time when he was allegedly insolvent.

 HMRC v Peter Storrie:  Junior counsel for former chief executive of Portsmouth City Football Club accused of cheating the public revenue.

 

CRIME

R v PW:  Murder. Counsel for alleged hired assassin in gang related axe murder with extensive analysis of cell site, DNA and telephone evidence.

R v A: allegation of contract killing involving extensive cctv and forensic evidence

R v Peckham and others: Counsel for first defendant accused of conspiracies to import cocaine and cannabis over 4 years and aiding and abetting misfeasance in public office.

R v MVG: Counsel for business man accused of importing class A drugs and laundering the proceeds, defence of duress

R v W:  Counsel for W in historical rape and indecent assault allegations made by W’s grandchild and others

R v ADB:  Counsel for film director accused of raping an actress after allegedly spiking her drink and luring her to a flat.

R v  H. Gonzalez: Counsel for defendant accused of conspiracy to import 100KG of cocaine to the UK concealed in bananas. 

Languages

  • Fluent French.
  • German.
  • Spanish.