Year of Call 1988

Bill
Evans

Door Tenant

billevans@millenniumchambers.com

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Areas of Practice

  • Fraud and Financial Crime
  • Money Laundering
  • Criminal Defence
  • Drug Offences

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Middle Temple

Expertise

Bill Evans is a very experienced senior junior with a reputation for excellent case preparation and presentation, combined with a powerful court presence and approachable manner. His practice consists of serious crime, emphasising fraud, money laundering, drugs conspiracies, and serious violence.

He has been involved in numerous fraud cases, including MTIC, company frauds of various types, Ponzi schemes, insurance broking, boiler house and other financial fraud. He has defended in numerous multi-handed cases prosecuted by HMRC and the NCA and acted as leading counsel in many notable cases.

Involved over many years in advocacy training, Bill has lectured on criminal law practice and procedure, including disclosure and asset confiscation.

Notable Cases

Murder

R v R (Central Criminal Court) Triple shooting with a machine gun in East London

R v M (Teesside Crown Court) Albanian client acquitted of gangland execution following a 3-month trial

R v R (Central Criminal Court) Gang-related triple attempted murder with a scorpion submachine gun

R v C (Central Criminal Court) 14-year-old charged with murder of 18-year-old

R v L (Winchester Crown Court) 28-year-old acquitted of a body in the boot murder in Bournemouth

R v M (Central Criminal Court) Perverting the course of justice in a murder investigation

R v N (Central Criminal Court) Murder of schoolgirl

R v C (Central Criminal Court) Revenge shooting in a block of flats in Peckham

R v M (Central Criminal Court) Defendant acquitted of multi-defendant murder

R v Y (Central Criminal Court and Court of Appeal) Reported at [2008] EWCA Crim 10. Admission of hearsay statements in a murder trial

R v E (Central Criminal Court) Pregnant woman charged with murder of husband and father of her five children

R v N (Woolwich Crown Court) Double murder including the murder of police officer

Drugs

R v W (Isleworth Crown Court) Importation and distribution of thousands of kilos of cocaine

R v G (Wood Green Crown Court) Importation and distribution of large quantities of cocaine via a network based in Holland

R v K (Cardiff Crown Court) Organised crime network involved in the distribution of large quantities of class A drugs

R v A (Liverpool Crown Court) Operation Starlight major drugs conspiracy

R v S (Birmingham Crown Court) Importation of cocaine through Heathrow and firearms

R v R (Leeds Crown Court) Importation of £15m of MDMA into the UK via Amsterdam

R v S (Woolwich Crown Court) Supply of drugs and money laundering

R v S (Woolwich Crown Court) Columbian cocaine importation – supergrass case, defendant acquitted

R v H (Woolwich Crown Court) Heroin importation – supergrass case, defendant acquitted

R v P (Snaresbrook Crown Court) Importation of half a tonne of cocaine on a yacht from the Caribbean

R v T (Woolwich Crown Court) Supply class A drugs – supergrass case

Other

R v S (Southwark Crown Court) Ringing luxury cars

R v O (Bristol CC) Organised grooming and sex abuse – defendant acquitted by the jury

R v D (Nottingham Crown Court) Leading counsel in grooming and sex abuse case – the judge ruled no case to answer at the end of the prosecution case

R v B (Croydon Crown Court) Leading counsel in kidnap and blackmail – case thrown out at the end of prosecution case after submission of no case to answer

R v A (Inner London Crown Court) Defendant acquitted of kidnap and blackmail after a two-month trial

R v P (Snaresbrook Crown Court) Importation of half a tonne of cocaine on a yacht from the Caribbean

R v T (2001 Woolwich Crown Court) Supply class A drugs – supergrass case

R v A (Woolwich Crown Court) Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice with a corrupt customs officer

R v F (Southwark Crown Court) Supply of drugs involving corrupt police officers

As a result of Bill’s work in serious fraud stretching back over 20 years, he is adept at managing large volumes of prosecution evidence and quickly understanding the key issues in a case, pursuing disclosure, and undermining the foundations of the prosecution.

Fraud and Money Laundering

R v R (Southwark Crown Court) Money laundering

R v R (Nottingham CC) Acting for the first defendant in a four-month sophisticated high-cost company fraud

R v S (Croydon Crown Court) Laundering of £50m of drugs money through Dubai

R v H (Southwark Crown Court) Defendant acquitted by a jury of international film equipment fraud

R v D (Reading Crown Court) Leading counsel for company director charged with fraud following an investigation by BIS and police

R v P (Blackfriars Crown Court) Leading counsel for the first defendant in a large VAT invoicing fraud

R v K (Maidstone Crown Court) Irish lorry driver acquitted of massive duty diversion fraud

R v M (Canterbury Crown Court) Massive insurance and tax fraud

R v H (Southwark Crown Court) Importation of £3m worth of fake trainers from China

R v O (Southwark Crown Court) Fraud on the Olympic Delivery Authority

Operation Tangelo (Southwark Crown Court) Successfully defended the director of UMBS – the “MTIC fraudsters bank.”

Operations Mentum and Ghast (Southwark Crown Court) Large-scale duty frauds – successful abuse of process arguments

R v G (Operation Venison) (Southwark Crown Court) Massive duty fraud – successful abuse of process arguments

  • Recommendations (Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Publications):

“He is a persuasive and attractive advocate, with a natural presence, sound judgement and calm disposition.”

Legal 500

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