Year of Call 1977

Bruce
Stuart

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Areas of Practice

  • Crime
  • Regulatory
  • Money Laundering
  • Corporate Fraud
  • VAT Tax Tribunals

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Gray’s Inn

Expertise

Bruce was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1977. He was called to the Bar in Scotland in 1989.

Since 1990 Bruce’s main area of practice has been defending in commercial criminal fraud, in particular cases prosecuted by the SFO, HMRC and the FCA, including Money Laundering, Bribery, Corruption and Asset Recovery. Bruce also advises on and appears for individuals and companies charged with insolvency and company offences.

Bruce is a former contributing editor of Butterworths Money Laundering Law. He has an excellent working knowledge of information technology and uses it extensively in the preparation of cases.

His knowledge of Scots Law allows him to deal with cross border issues. He is instructed in trials in all parts of England and Wales.

Notable Cases

Money Laundering

R v H 2 (2018) | 8 week money laundering, leading junior counsel.

R v W (2015-6) | £50m money laundering through Foreign Exchange Bureau.

R v O (2010) | Nigerian Money Laundering – cross border issues.

R v E (2009-15) | Money Laundering multi jurisdiction. ( Reported case)

R v E (2007/8) | Money Laundering – Leading Junior.

R v I | Leading junior counsel for the defence in this extremely serious drug money laundering case. The case concerned £5 million pounds per week from heroin importations. The case lasted 10 weeks.

Restraint / Confiscation / Forfeiture

R v CH (2017-19) – confiscation with alleged hidden assets of over 30m. Listed for a 4 week hearing I April 2019. Leading junior counsel.

R v JK | complicated hidden assets hearing,(3 weeks), leading junior counsel.

R v G and Others. (2007). SFO invoice discounting fraud, leading junior. Reported case on the definition of “benefit” in confiscation proceedings.

Fraud

SFO v TS (2020) | Legal insurance fraud, expected to be a 4 -6 month trial.

Trading Standards v LM and 8 others (2020) | Fraud and money laundering expected to be a 4 month trial.

R v H (2017) | Largest copycat website fraud prosecuted by Trading Standards. 3 Month trial, leading Junior counsel.

R v G (2016) | Boiler Room fraud, Rare earth metals.

R v G (2014) | £50m MTIC and money laundering | 4 month trial, leading junior.

R v G (2009-2012) | FSA prosecution for manipulating the market – largest FSA prosecution to date.

Operation Orange | (2007/8) – unique private prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act.

R v C (2007/8) | Corporation Tax and Vat fraud. Leading Junior.

R v R and Others (2005-6) 8 month HMRC MTIC fraud | leading junior counsel.

R v G and Others.(2007) | SFO invoice discounting fraud, leading junior. Reported case on the definition of “benefit” in confiscation proceedings.

R v H and Others (2005) SFO prosecution for misuse of funds obtained under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.

R v G (2003) | Leeds Crown Court. Leading Junior Counsel in multi-million pound mobile phone fraud. Indictment stayed by the Judge following submissions concerning whether VAT was properly chargeable in carousel fraud cases, based on the ‘Bondhouse’ VAT tribunal decision.

R v A (2002) | Leading Junior Counsel in HM Customs & Excise Bond Duty Fraud. After an abuse of process argument heard by Grigson J. the prosecution offered no evidence against all defendants. This case resulted in the Butterfield Review of Customs and Excise prosecutions which led to the government decision to withdraw from Customs and Excise their power to prosecute.

R v P | Leading junior counsel for the defence in a case prosecuted by HM Customs and Excise. The case concerned over £200 million of diverted duty and VAT. The indictment was stayed by Customs and Excise on the first day of trial and before lengthy abuse of process applications were to start.

R v G | Junior counsel in an Inland Revenue prosecution of a prominent Estate Agent. The case had many complicated cross border issues.

R v M | Defence counsel in a case prosecuted by the Inland Revenue involving allegations against a chartered accountant.

R v C | Leading junior counsel for the defence in a case prosecuted by the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise. The case involved a major construction company and involved complicated VAT and PAYE issues. The case was listed for 9 months. The indictment was stayed after a successful abuse of process application.

R v S | Junior counsel for the defence in a case which involved the defrauding of the World Bank in relation to overseas Aid.

Inquiries

Shipman Inquiry (2002) | Represented Police Authority Investigating Officer who had conducted the first investigation into Shipman.

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Bruce is Public Access accredited and accepts direct instructions from lay clients.

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