Uniquely ranked in both Financial Services and Criminal Fraud (Band 1) in Chambers UK, Jason is a defence specialist in FCA and professional disciplinary litigation and business related crime.
Jason draws on his previous experience as a regulator, prosecutor and senior lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP to deploy the strategy and tactics necessary to achieve the best possible results.
Jason accepts work via direct public access.
Jason defends individuals and corporates under criminal investigation by the SFO, FCA and CPS. He is often instructed by corporates in connection with criminal compliance issues under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Bribery Act 2010, Enterprise Act 2002, and export control legislation.
Jason has been instructed in 14 criminal investigations and enquiries for insider dealing, market abuse and market manipulation, including defending the former finance director of iSOFT Plc in relation to allegations of market manipulation and acting in FSA v Littlewood. Pre-charge, Jason was instructed in Operation Tabernula and Operation Saturn, the FCA’s largest insider dealing investigations to date.
Jason advises corporates in relation to disclosures to the SFO. He is currently acting for a bank in connection with the SFO’s investigation of the forex market and for an individual in connection with LIBOR. In 2014 he also acted for a financial institution in connection with an allegation of overseas bribery and a potential deferred prosecution agreement. He has also advised a number of senior executives in connection with proposed SOCPA agreements. He has a particular interest in data protection, advising corporates and individuals in connection with the criminal and regulatory consequences of data breaches and associated issues.
Jason has advised firms and individuals in relation to more than 85 FCA (formerly FSA) enforcement investigations and associated proceedings in the RDC, Upper Tribunal and High Court. He has also acted both for and against the Financial Reporting Council (formerly the AADB) in respect of disciplinary proceedings brought by the accountancy regulator. Many of his instructions result in no public outcome, preserving confidentiality.
Jason is instructed on behalf of firms and individuals in relation to FCA investigations concerning alleged breaches of FCA Rules and Principles and for market abuse. He has acted for a number of firms in relation to FCA supervisory interventions through the use of the OIVOP procedure and for a number of alternative investment companies and their Directors in connection with High Court proceedings for alleged breaches of the regulatory perimeter.
Other instructions include acting for a PLC in relation to a listing rules inquiry, former senior employees of banks in relation to the FCA’s investigation of Libor, a former CEO of a large financial institution in respect of prohibition proceedings, various individuals in relation to allegations of market abuse and an insurance company in connection with allegations of mis-selling.
Jason has also acted for individuals in relation to applications for FCA approval and advises individuals and corporates on regulatory reporting, perimeter, authorisation and supervision issues.
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