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 has appeared in many of the highest profile criminal cases in recent years including the Unaoil corruption investigation, Alstom corruption case, LIBOR rate–fixing, Weavering Capital Fund fraud, the “Gypsy Slavery” cases, the “Anonymous” computer hacking case, and many others. 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 sportsmen.

Crime

Gideon prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost complexity and gravity. He predominantly acts in fraud and corruption cases, but has defended allegation as diverse as celebrity sexual assault allegations to 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.  

Regulatory Law

Gideon is regularly instructed to appear before the Gambling Commission, National Anti-Doping Panel, British Horseracing Authority, was for a number of years a Case Presenter for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Gideon has acted for boxers, rugby players, jockeys facing allegations of misconduct.

Civil Recovery

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.

Direct Access

Gideon is qualified to accept instructions directly from the public. 

Notable Cases

Fraud and Corruption

·         R (Hunter Ltd) v Lawless (2018) – Successful private prosecution for £2m fraud.

·         Re A (Unaoil) (2018) – 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.

·         Re X (2013) – Advising AG of Jersey on the propriety of continuing investigation into corruption by a large company.

·         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 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 ‘Anonymous’, an organization committed to freedom of access to the internet. Mr Davis avoided extradition and served 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.

 

Restraint and Confiscation

·         AG v N (2015)– Jersey – confiscation hearing led to order for £200,000 (conceded at the outset) reduced from £2m.

·         R v GJF Ltd (2014) – Gideon obtained a stay in respect of an improperly obtained restraint order resulting in the release of the whole of the company’s funds and indemnity costs.

·         R v Collins and others (2013) – 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.

Publications

• Editor of Chapter 4 “Frauds on Investors” – with particular emphasis on FSMA 2000 in Butterworths “Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure”
 

Education

• 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)