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Robin Booth

Robin Booth … is well versed in advising clients on issues pertinent to corruption, money laundering and asset forfeiture.

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Robin Booth, Special Counsel at BCL, specialises in fraud, corruption and money laundering.

He has extensive experience, both as a prosecutor and a defence lawyer, of the investigation and prosecution of serious financial and other crime. He started his career in private practice before moving to the prosecuting authorities in the mid-1970s, progressing to the position of head of the Fraud Division and Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS Headquarters in London between 1993 and 1999.

After returning to private practice in 1999 as a partner at BCL, Robin has acted for defendants in a number of high profile fraud and money laundering prosecutions, as well as advising individuals, companies and foreign governments on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance both in the UK and abroad.

Robin now advises individual and corporate clients on compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations, including suspicious activity reporting, and in civil and criminal money laundering investigations, as well as in cash seizure and forfeiture cases.  He also acts for clients who are the subject of or adversely affected by the use of search and seizure powers, including warrants, production orders and other intrusive investigative orders.

He was a member of the Money Laundering Task Force of the Law Society from its establishment in 2000 until 2011 (and was its chair from October 2004 to April 2008).  He was also a member of the Government’s Money Laundering Advisory Committee and the SARs Regime Committee of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

He is the lead author of “Money Laundering Law and Regulation: A Practical Guide” published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

“Robin Booth is immensely experienced and has a reputation for being particularly strong on money laundering matters.”
Chambers UK

“Former head of the fraud division at the CPS, Robin Booth focuses on defending allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering.  Peers note that ‘he’s a very wise man, and sharply analytical,’ while his experience at the CPS brings a different perspective to the matters he handles; having formerly acted on the other side of the law, peers say that he has earned his stripes and has become ‘a true defence lawyer’.”
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