Leon Kazakos, QC

Leon Kazakos advises and represents individuals and companies where complex allegations of financial wrongdoing arise. These range from advice on compliance with the money laundering regulatory framework to defending in substantial prosecutions. He has extensive experience of defending most forms of business crime and is instructed to defend in cases brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, BIS, HMRC and the CPS. Leon's caseload spans the full spectrum, from allegations of misconduct in insolvency proceedings to the operation of unauthorised collective investment schemes to wide ranging international conspiracies to defraud.
In the last few years he has defended in a series of criminal cases involving investment fraud, the misuse of the international letter of credit scheme, an international multi-million pound money laundering ring, defended a Barclays Bank Business Manager against allegations of money laundering and represented a series of professionals accused of tax and mortgage fraud. He provides advice and representation in civil recovery proceedings and represents companies before the First and Upper Tier Tax Tribunals. He is a contributing editor to Butterworths 'Fraud Law, Practice and Procedure'.

Practice areas


  • Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, South


  • Contributing Author


  • Inns of Court School of Law, Manchester University, Kings College School Wimbledon.

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