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Partner (Admitted 1996)

Raymond Shaw


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Raymond is head of our private client department and his practice encompasses serious crime of all types.

Raymond has particular experience in advising and defending fraud and related financial offences. This experience extends to the SFO, HMRC and CPS specialist fraud units as well as advising clients facing FCA and CMA investigations. Raymond’s clients frequently face criminal matters complicated by parallel civil proceedings.  Raymond has completed the ACFE Certified Fraud Examiner qualification, bringing to his practice a unique insight and understanding of how investigative and prosecutorial agencies approach their work.  Raymond acts as a supervisor for Very High Cost Case legal aid work (the very largest legal aid cases).

In addition to his financial crime expertise, Raymond has particular experience in:

  • Contempt of Court proceedings
  • football elated investigations, acting for the former chairman of a Premier League club in a League related matter, a solicitor advising footballers and their agents, a well know comedian arrested following a football related stunt and a Premier League footballer facing assault allegations;
  • international child abduction cases;  
  • allegations of domestic violence, coercion and control, or harassment;

Supplementing his traditional criminal defence practice, Raymond also advises:

  • victims of crime guiding them through a stressful and complex process, pressing the police and CPS to act more effectively in cases where clients are receiving an inadequate response;
  • doctors, dentists, solicitors, IFAs and other professionals facing professional disciplinary investigations, particularly those with potential criminal liability;
  • clients seeking the removal of biometric and data records available to the policefor disclosure during DBS or enhanced DBS checks.

Raymond brings the same meticulous commitment to every client, no matter the nature of the charges they face. His personable manner puts clients and witnesses at ease, allowing him to build trust and get to the root of matters quickly. He has the judgment to identify the key points in a case and the communication skills necessary to explain often complex issues in a manner that allows clients to make informed choices.

Outside his client work, Raymond is a former President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and has represented defence solicitors in negotiations and meetings with Government, the senior Judiciary, the leadership of the CPS and the Bar.

Raymond is recognised in ‘Chambers and Partners’ and ‘the Legal 500’ where he has been a ranked lawyer for many years:

"He is amazing at dealing with people who are having their first interaction with the law."
Chambers and Partners 2021 

Raymond Shaw is very knowledgeable and tactically astute. Fantastic client care with a young client facing a very serious charge and his very worried parents were handled with skill. Nothing is left to chance’ 
Legal 500 2021

Raymond Shaw “is sensational, supportive and sharp” and  “the doyen of disentangling doomsday scenarios”.
Legal 500, 2019

Raymond Shaw is "everything a solicitor should be - completely unflappable, calm, knowledgeable and approachable to clients." 
Chambers and Partners, 2019

Raymond Shaw "brings a thoughtful and creative approach to all he does" and shows "quite a phenominal level of detail" in case preparation. He has experience representing vulnerable clients facing criminal charges and is praised as "a very good communicator who goes out of his way to explain issues to clients in a way that they understand."
Chambers and Partners 2018

Raymond Shaw is the key name to note, and is praised as being a "tenacious individual who works incredibly hard on every case and is fearless in defence of his clients"
Legal 500 Fraud: White Collar Crime 2018

Raymond Shaw "comes highly recommended by market observers, who cite his dedication to client care and handling of complex cases. He is well versed in the representation of individuals charged with a broad range of criminal offences"
Chambers and Partners 2017

Raymond Shaw is "bright and responsive". Sources say: "He is a master of the battle of correspondence and his commitment is outstanding - a top operator."
Chambers and Partners 2016

"The ‘highly skilled’ and ‘no-nonsense’ Raymond Shaw heads the ‘extremely competent’ practice at Shaw Graham Kersh, which was instructed by professionals on a wide range of matters, including tax-related offences"
Legal 500 Fraud: White Collar Crime 2016

Raymond Shaw has "great ideas, and is always forward-thinking and very impressive." He is praised for being "powerful as an advocate in pursuing his client's case"
Chambers and Partners 2015

"Raymond Shaw has great judgment"
Legal 500 Fraud: White Collar Crime 2014

Raymond Shaw is commended for his "good judgement" and "excellent client skills". “His practice is dominated by serious crime, fraud and the supervision of VHCC work"
Chambers and Partners 2013

Client feedback:

"Thank you for all your support… [and] for providing reassurance through the process.  I have found your advice and calming style really helpful throughout the long time this has taken"

"It is terrifying to realise how close we can all come to a wrongful conviction.  Worst of all, this process has ripped me apart from my family. I am looking forward to … rebuilding my life with my wife and young children.  I thank my legal team at Shaw Graham Kersh, in particular Raymond Shaw"

His recent notable cases include:

  • 2020 Grenfell Tower Inquiry
    Representing a former employee of a company at the heart of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • 2020 Contempt of Court, CACD
    Representing a barrister accused of contempt of Court in respect of the onward disclosure of a contentious document produced during the appeal process.
  • 2020 Trading Standards v B, Oxford Crown Court
    Representing a director, one of 9 accused of conspiracy to defraud multiple customers of millions in respect of a ‘Magic Box’ said to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use and produce save on heating bills. 
  • 2020    International Freezing order, Queens Bench Division
    Representing a financial services company and its main director, in connection with an international freezing order resulting from allegations of fraud and the loss of millions of pounds of invested funds. In the process apparent fraud by those seeking the Order against our client.
  • 2020 Dorset Police matter
    Advising a director facing allegations of harassment against fellow directors after being the victim of blackmail in the context of a battle for boardroom control of a company securing funding for large scale environmental projects.  
  • 2020 B Metropolitan Police
    Advising client under investigation as part of the wave of arrests involving Encrochat or PGP encrypted devices.
  • 2018  CPS v H Southwark Crown Court
    With Madeleine Corr represented one of three defendants charged with bribery involving a prominent motor sport company. Following a timely guilty plea resulted in a suspended sentence order.
  • 2018  FCA v T&T  Norwich Crown Court
    Representing a company and its directors in an FCA investigation and parallel criminal proceedings for conspiracy to defraud. The allegations concern the alleged improper use of millions of pounds of investors’ funds in breach of FCA regulations and conspiracy to defraud charges.
  • 2018  R v B  Southwark Crown Court 
    Represented the sole defendant charged with defrauding his “Russian oligarch” employers of millions of pounds. Whilst a civil case in 2014 was found against him and had resulted in him being ordered to repay £12.5 million. Massive efforts were made to secure full disclosure from the prosecution and this resulted in abuse of process applications and repeated adjournments of the trial. Shortly before being listed for trial for the third time the Crown offered no evidence and Not Guilty verdicts were entered on the 15 Count indictment.
  • 2018 R v S (police investigation)
    Advising a prominent celebrity/journalist in connection with allegations of controlling or coercive behavior (under the Serious Crime Act 2015).
  • 2018  G and R (various)
    Advising the former director of a Premier League Football club and a current director.
  • 2018 B
    Advising a company and its director subjected to blackmail attempts, burglary and other threats from a former business associate.
  • 2017  R v   C & B  Kingston Crown Court
    Successful defence of two men accused of conspiracy to launder more than £50 million in drug money through a money transfer office. The manager and compliance officer of the company were both acquitted notwithstanding their filmed movement of the cash sums on motor bikes through London without the required AML record keeping.
  • 2017  CMA v Various 
    Instructed by a top city firm to advise former employees of a company under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority in respect of bid rigging and price fixing in the building industry in breach of the Enterprise Act 2002.
  • 2016  City of London police investigation
    Represented two men being investigated for an alleged fraud involving hundreds of trades on the London Metal Exchange resulting in a profit of approximately $50 million said to be dishonestly obtained at the expense of a clearing house.
  • 2016  R v H  Birmingham Crown Court
    Represented the lead defendant in a tax fraud case involving government incentives to bolster the British film industry, said to have been devised, marketed and operated in order to cheat the public revenue in the sum of £125 million.  The combination of celebrity investors, tax schemes and the British film industry attracted significant publicity. The Judge was persuaded to dismiss the case at the close of the prosecution case but this decision was over-ruled by the Court of Appeal. The defendant was eventually convicted after a four week jury deliberation. He received a sentence falling significantly below the current sentencing guidelines.
  • 2014  R v K  Isleworth Crown Court
    With seven other defendants, Mr K, a director of a freight company near Heathrow, faced allegations that over a two year period he smuggled into the UK over 100kg cocaine and heroin, 1.19 tonnes of cannabis and over 36 million cigarettes. The trial commenced in October 2013 and lasted five months before being aborted. Following an abuse of process hearing in June 2014 the case against Mr K was stayed and he was successfully acquitted. The defendant was the only one of the directors to not have to face a re-trial.
  • 2013  Eriksson v SK  High Court, Chancery Division
    SK was the former financial advisor to former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson who alleged that Mr K had defrauded him (and/or been negligent) causing him losses of circa £10 million. Mr K always denied these allegations. We represented Mr K in contempt of court proceedings brought for multiple alleged breaches of a court order relating to third party loans and credit card expenditure. Following consideration of our submissions the applicant was persuaded to withdraw the contempt application in return for a public apology, and Mr K thereby avoided prison.
  • 2013  R v B   Liverpool Magistrates’ Court
    Representation of BBC comedian who entered the field of play at a Premier League match character in full kit as the players warmed up. Mr B was arrested and charged with pitch invasion and the prosecution intended to apply for a football banning order, the impact of which would have been substantial on the comedy character. Following lengthy representations the CPS agreed to discontinue the charge and no banning order was imposed.
  • 2012  R v M  Southwark Crown Court
    This SFO prosecution was the first case to result from the appointment of the Pensions Regulator and the sums involved effectively made this the largest trial of a pension fraud case since the Robert Maxwell case. The case involved the transfer out of the UK of over £50 million of private pension funds. The defendant, who had earned a stellar reputation in mergers and acquisitions, was presented in all the related trials as the mastermind controlling the operation. Notwithstanding the conviction of those tried before him, M was acquitted of all charges.
  • 2012  R v B   Blackfriars Crown Court
    Successful representation on a retrial of a businessman accused of multiple rapes upon his office and home cleaner.
  • 2011  R v C  Isleworth Crown Court   
    The defendant faced charges of defrauding numerous athletes and sports people through his business website which purported to bring sportspeople together with would be company sponsors.  Alleged victims in this widely reported case include household names such as Olympic athlete Mark Lewis Francis. By their verdicts the jury accepted that the scheme may not have been set up dishonestly although it later became so. Sentence significantly reduced given this mixed verdict.t.

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