Gideon Cammerman QC
‘Extremely hardworking, commanding and able.’– Legal 500 2019
Gideon Cammerman QC is a highly experienced and robust advocate in fraud, regulatory and disciplinary cases. Gideon is currently instructed in many of the highest profile SFO investigations including Balli Steel, Unaoil, Petrobras and ENRC. Gideon has also appeared in many of the highest profile trials in recent years including the Alstom corruption case, LIBOR rate–fixing, Weavering Capital Fund fraud, the “Gypsy Slavery” cases and the “Anonymous” computer hacking case. Gideon is also instructed by individuals, company directors and government departments to advise and act in cases outside the sphere of public litigation. These clients have included offshore jurisdictions, companies conducting internal investigations, online gambling companies and sportspeople.
Gideon prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost complexity and gravity. He predominantly acts in fraud and corruption cases, but has defended allegations as diverse as celebrity sexual assault and Gambling Act violations. Gideon is also a private prosecution specialist, bringing his 15 years of experience prosecuting for specialist government departments to assist private clients. He has prosecuted many of the most complex recent fraud private prosecutions.
Gideon is regularly instructed to appear before the tribunals including the Financial Conduct Authority, the Financial Reporting Council, the Gambling Commission, National Anti-Doping Panel, British Horseracing Authority, he was for a number of years the senior external Case Presenter for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Gideon has a particular expertise in dealing with the temporary freezing powers arising from Part VII of POCA. Gideon has acted for online gambling companies, solicitors firms, accountancy firms, banking services complainants, boxers, rugby players, jockeys.
Gideon acts for the both applicants and respondents in civil recovery and restraint proceedings. In recent years, Gideon has successfully discharged restraint orders operating against company and private clients on a number of bases: incomplete disclosure and misconduct of the applicant being among them. In addition Gideon challenges the conduct of the police and banks in seeking to restrain funds prior to lawful application either for recovery or restraint.
Gideon is qualified to accept instructions directly from the public.
Fraud and Corruption
. SFO investigation into B (2019) – Instructed for main subject of ongoing investigation into multi-national trade finance company
. SFO investigation into P (2019) – Instructed for director of agent in ongoing investigation into petrochemicals company
. SFO investigation into G (2019) – Instructed for primary subject of corruption of investigation into mining interests in Africa
· R (Hunter Ltd) v Lawless (2018 - present) – Successful private prosecution for £2m fraud.
· Re A (Unaoil) (2018 - present) – Instructed to represent potential defendant in Unaoil investigation by DoJ and SFO.
· R v Graham Hill, Alstom Corruption case <2016> 1 Cr App R 21 (2015 - 2018) – Successfully defended this international corruption case involving infrastructure projects from Delhi to Tunis.
· R (Khassenov) v Kulich (2016 -present)– Successful private prosecution in a multimillion dollar international fraud.
· Orenstien v Pradhan (2015)– Successful private prosecution for fraud and perverting the course of justice.
· Re D (2015)– Multimillion pound corporate successful private prosecution of former director for fraud.
· R v Peterson, Weavering Capital Fund Fraud (2013 - 2015)– Representing hedge- fund manager charged with fraudulent trading in financial instruments with an alleged loss of $626m.
· AG of Jersey v Michel (2006 – 2011) <2009> UKPC 41; <2009> WLR (D) 312 –Defending. Gideon was engaged in this case full time from March 2006 to late 2007 and with regularity since. It was the largest money laundering case in the history of the Channel Islands. Gideon acted in the team for the first defendant. The prosecution sought £38m in confiscation but received less that £10m after argument. The Privy Council (Supreme Court) quashed the conviction.
Serious and Organised Crime
. R v Jabari Shelton (2019) – Defending internationally known individual (A$AP Bari) charged with sexual assault.
· R v Rooney and 16 others (2016 – present)– Defending main defendant in the largest slavery prosecution in England and Wales.
· AG of Jersey v Norris (2015) – Defending in importation of a tonne of cannabis to Jersey.
· R v Connors and others (2013 – 2014) <2013> EWCA Crim 324, Southampton and Bristol trials, – Defending members of the Travelling Community charged with Slavery. Secured the first acquittal under section 71 Coroners and Justice Act in England and Wales. Responded to appeal against the Attorney General on a reference.
· R v Jake Davis and others (2012 - 2013)– Defending an alleged ‘hacktivist’ and spokesperson for the ‘Anonymous’ collective, an organization committed to freedom of access to the internet that had attacked the websites of the FBI, CIA, Senate and the NCA. Mr Davis avoided extradition to the US and served only 1 month in custody despite the gravity of the charges he faced.
· R v Jogmahon (Trinidad - 2012) – Advising on all aspects of bringing a private prosecution for murder in Trinidad.
· R v Reece Donovan (2012) <2012> EWCA Crim 2749– Defending ‘Bad Samaritan’ robber, the footage of which became notorious, from the riot of August 2011. Leading case on propriety of granting anonymity orders to witnesses in cases of identification. Conviction quashed on Appeal.
. FRC v X (2019) – Acting for an auditor investigated by the FRC.
. National Anti-Doping Panel v T (2018) – Successfully acting for boxer charged with doping offence.
. Gambling Commission v X Ltd (2016) – Director of online gambling company cleared of wrongdoing.
. British Horseracing Authority v X (2015) – Acted for jockey charged with illegal betting.
· Environment Agency v GJF Ltd (2015) – Gideon obtained a stay of indictment in a multi million pound waste case. The challenge was based upon the prosecution’s improper use of Part 3 and 7 of POCA and resulted in the realease of the whole of the company’s funds and indemnity costs.
· R v Collins and others (2014) – Challenging restraint order made in circumstances of incomplete and improper disclosure. Also challenging police misuse of section 335 POCA.
· R v Dennard and others (2009 - 2010) <2010> EWCA Crim 978 - Prosecuting, led by Standing Counsel and David Anderson QC in a conjoined landmark ‘Chambers Review’ case on confiscation for Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in the Court of Appeal.
• Editor of Chapter 4 “Frauds on Investors” – with particular emphasis on FSMA 2000 in Butterworths “Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure”
• Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College - MA (Hons) Cantab. (1912 Academic Scholar, Academic Prize for top mark in year - 1993)
• Inns of Court School of Law – BVC 1995 – 1996 (Harmsworth Scholarship, 1995 and Diplock Major Scholarship, 1995)