Gideon Cammerman QC
Gideon Cammerman is a highly experienced and robust advocate in fraud, regulatory and disciplinary cases. He is listed as a leader in his field by Chambers and Partners. Gideon has appeared in many of the highest profile criminal cases in recent years including the Alstom International corruption case, LIBOR rate–fixing, Weavering Capital Fund fraud, four of 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.
Gideon prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost gravity for private clients, HM Revenue and Customs, and specialist fraud departments of the CPS. His particular expertise lies in fraud and corruption cases. Gideon is also a private prosecution specialist, bringing his 15 years of experience prosecuting for specialist government departments to assist private clients. Gideon prosecuted the first successful private prosecution for perverting the course of justice and fraud case.
Gideon is regularly instructed to appear before the Gambling Commission, British Horseracing Association, and is a Case Presenter for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Gideon is also an indirect tax evasion specialist and is instructed by HMRC to respond to appellants in the First Tier Tax Tribunals, but is happy to accept instructions from appellants.
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.
· R v Graham Hill, Alstom Corruption case <2016> 1 Cr App R 21 (2015 - present) – Representing the alleged controlling mind of Alstom in an international corruption case stretching from Delhi to Tunis.
· K v K (2016 -present)– 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 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 quashed the conviction and Mr Michel awaits retrial.
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 of a 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.
• 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, 1993)
• Inns of Court School of Law – BVC 1995 – 1996 (Harmsworth Scholarship, 1995 and Diplock Major Scholarship, 1995)