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Top-Rated Fraud Defence Direct Access Barrister KC [QC]

Top-Rated Fraud Defence Direct Access Barrister, Adrian Eissa KC [formally QC] has extensive expertise in successfully defending the full range of fraud allegations:

  • Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Money laundering
  • MTIC
  • VAT and tax fraud
  • Insider dealing
  • Cyber-crime
  • Crypto frauds
  • White-Collar crime

Recognised as a true leader in the field, he is regularly instructed by top city firms and corporate clients in all aspects of fraud. Adrian is also available to receive instructions from direct access private individuals.

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Specialist Fraud Charge Defence Barrister | SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA

Adrian has been instructed by a wide range of national fraud-related bodies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) – both defence and prosecution, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HMRC, the National Crime Agency (NCA), as well as private prosecutions.

He offers comprehensive legal services all the way from the commencement of an investigative stage through to trial.

Experience shows that early intervention advice can make a significant difference to the ultimate outcome. If you are facing an investigation, a best-case scenario might mean a discreet resolution without criminal charges or civil proceedings.

However, if you or your organisation, is the victim of a suspected fraud, Adrian can advise you as to the best course of action – including whether to pursue a civil or criminal remedy, including a private prosecution.

Adrian has excellent relationships with leading solicitors and forensic accountants in this field whose input can be necessary in cases of this nature.

Best-In-Class POCA Defence Barrister KC | Proceeds of Crime Act

It should always be borne in mind that allegations of fraud frequently involve the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Restraint orders of assets pre- or post-charge may significantly impact the lives of both persons suspected of fraud and third parties, such as spouses, partners and dependents. In the event of convictions, a default sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment can be imposed in confiscation proceedings.

It is therefore vital that any practitioner in this area is also an expert in confiscation law, as well as fraud. See my POCA expert defence barrister page for further details.

Proceeds of Crime Act


  • Winner of Legal Awards “Best for Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture” in the – UK.
  • Winner of the “Excellence in White Collar Crime UK” Award – Corporate Live Wire Awards.
  • Winner “White Collar Crime law expert in England.
  • Winner Anti-Money Laundering Barrister of the Year.
Adrian is calm, methodical and totally unflappable under pressure. A charming advocate whom juries like.

Legal 500

Fraud Crime

Very thorough … Excellent at communicating with the client. He remains positive in the face of even the worst of judicial storms.

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Very thorough. Comprehensive knowledge of relevant legal principles. Excellent at communicating with the client. He remains positive in the face of even the worst of judicial storms.

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Contact Top-Rated Direct Access Criminal Defence Barrister | Adrian Eissa KC

If you or a loved one would like an initial conversation about your case with one of the UK’s top-rated and most experienced and successful direct access criminal defence barristers, speak to my clerk, Daniel.


  • Recorder of Crown Court 2012
  • Queen’s Counsel 2018


  • The Proceeds of Crime
    Millington & Sutherland Williams 5th Ed, 2018. Oxford University Press, Civil Recovery Chapters
  • Criminal Law Week 2019
    Case commentary
  • Fraud: A Practitioners Handbook
    Bloomsbury Professional 2014
  • Confiscation: A Practitioners Handbook
    Bloomsbury Professional 2011


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
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