Leonard Smith QC

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A specialist criminal defence advocate with particular expertise in serious fraud and  complex financial  crime. Extensive experience in several jurisdictions, defending in all forms of complex and grave cases. Advising and appearing for CEOs and professionals in all type of large scale financial crime.

Equally at home in the largest and  most complicated of SFO frauds or in heavyweight Old Bailey murders.

Ranked as a leading silk in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners: “Totally committed to the client’s cause… He has a remarkable skill of digesting voluminous material and working out the real issues in the case.  Added to this he is a reassuring presence for the client.”

"A criminal defence silk who commands respect for the pains he takes with this preparation, and for the persuasive advocacy he delivers in court.  He regularly handles cases involving allegations of mortgage fraud, breach of sanctions and overseas corruption... Regularly instructed by both corporations and individuals, and has a strong record of acting in cases with a global reach.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)

“Very industrious and someone with superb technical knowledge.  He is prepared for most eventualities and is definitely a great courtroom advocate.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

“A great tactician who is very hard-working and passionate about achieving the right result for the client.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“He is in some of the best cases in the country, his strategy is second to none, he knows the law inside out and he works extremely hard.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)

Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2013 as leading practitioner in Criminal Fraud. The same publication describes him as “hard-working, meticulous and extremely bright”, “good with clients”, and valued for his “hands-on approach from beginning to end.”