trial advocate Neil Baki

Year of Call 2003



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Areas of Practice

  • Crime
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Civil Fraud
  • Tax
  • Commercial
  • PI


  • Elected Member of the Bar Council 2018-2021

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


Neil Baki is a specialist trial advocate. He has extensive experience in civil and criminal fraud (including money laundering, bribery, and corruption) contentious tax and financial litigation.

Consistently ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for fraud, Neil has been instructed to lead and has been led in several extremely complex and high-value fraud, tax and commercial fraud cases. His work involves advising companies and financial institutions as well as individuals accused of dishonesty or misconduct.

Neil is regularly instructed by City firms and directly by accountants to assist on a wide range of matters, including breach of contract, contentious tax litigation and corporate criminal liability. Neil also has experience in drafting injunctions, freezing orders, asset tracing orders and affidavits, as well as defending in such applications, often at short notice.

Neil has advised several companies, investment firms and financial institutions as to their duties under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, Money Laundering Regulations and Bribery Act 2010. As a result, Neil has an excellent understanding of financial services law and the workings of the FCA, PRA, NCA, SFO and HMRC.

Neil has also conducted numerous civil personal injury trials, particularly where allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty have been made.

Neil has also conducted several substantial and complex criminal cases ranging from murder, attempted murder, serious and violent sexual offences, firearms, and drugs conspiracies.

Notable Cases

Below are representative of the typical case Neil is instructed

El H v Al R & Ors [2019 – present] | Representing the Claimant in the Chancery Division of the High Court in a substantial Partnership dispute and commercial fraud valued at £1 billion, involving a prominent Emirati family, Chairman of a global law firm and member of the Dubai Royal Family.

I Ltd v I & Ors (Private Prosecution) | Neil successfully represented ERS Insurance in a groundbreaking prosecution of three defendants accused of insurance fraud involving the submission of a false claim for personal injury losses arising from a serious road traffic collision.

HMRC v H (Operation Lunar) | VHCC. Representing one of the main defendants in a £140M cheat on the Revue involving tax avoidance schemes in the gaming, pharmaceutical and film industries.

HMRC v S (Operation Stagecoach) | VHCC. Instructed to represent the main defendant an £8M “rare Earth metals” investment fraud.

HMRC v S (Operation Incubus) | Instructed to defend in an £8m evasion of duty on smuggled tobacco.

HMRC v R (Operation Epsom) | Instructed to defence in a large £4M VAT diversion fraud.

HMRC v H Engineering (VAT Tribunal) | Instructed to defend an engineering company accused of direct and indirect tax fraud as well as dishonestly establishing an Employee Benefit Trust.

HMRC v H (Operation Ghast) | Instructed to defend the director in a £150M VAT MTIC fraud.

NCA v I | Instructed to defend a prominent Nigerian for bribery and corruption related to his wife’s human trafficking of girls from Nigeria to Germany. This was the first case where the offences occurred in a third country, to be prosecuted in the UK using the Court’s extraterritorial powers under the Human Trafficking Act.

Trading Standards v B (Operation Angel) | Represented the marketing director in one of the largest Trading Standards ever prosecuted involving the sale of substandard kitchens and associated trademark infringements.

Trading Standards v L | Substantial investment fraud.


(Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Publications)

  • Legal 500 Crime Fraud

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

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