Details of practice
Recommended as a leading junior barrister in crime by Chambers UK 2016 and 2015.
Luke is instructed in the most serious and complex criminal cases, for both prosecution and defence.
Current instructions include murder (1982 “cold case”); murder (alleged multiple murderer); attempted murder (attempted contract killing); cybercrime (hacking of Yahoo) and organised crime (multi-million pound supply of cocaine).
He represented barrister and recorder Constance Briscoe in her two trials for perverting the course of justice, which arose out of the Chris Huhne/Vicky Pryce “speed points” trial.
He has particular expertise in cybercrime. He prosecuted LulzSec, the notorious group of computer hackers whose victims included the FBI, the NHS, News International and the Sony Corporation. He is adept at presenting complex computer evidence at trial.
Luke has been instructed in a number of high-profile organised crime trials. He was seconded to the Organised Crime Division of the CPS, which provided valuable insight into how such cases are investigated and prepared, and the particular issues that arise (SOCPA agreements; CHIS; PII).
Luke is regularly instructed in matters of white collar crime, including MTIC, commercial and mortgage fraud. Current and recent instructions include defending a city trader in a £250 million Ponzi scheme in a prosecution brought by the SFO; prosecuting a nine-handed money laundering operation conducted through Anglo-Iranian money transfer bureaus and advising in relation to a $200 million bond fraud.
He has particular expertise in matters concerning alternative remittance systems such as hawallah and hundi banking.
In respect of MTIC fraud Luke has considerable experience representing individuals and companies both in the criminal courts and before the Tax Tribunal.
Luke is instructed in matters of bribery and corruption. Most recently, he successfully defended a Marine quartermaster who was tried for corruptly receiving kickbacks in return for securing MoD contracts.
Proceeds of crime
Luke has expertise across the range of proceeds of crime, including: restraint, confiscation (and enforcement), cash forfeiture and civil recovery.
He has acted for the NCA/SOCA in a number of civil recovery claims.
Luke has considerable experience in post-confiscation proceedings, including applications for reconsideration in the High Court and the Crown Court.
He has been instructed in a number of challenges to confiscation enforcement proceedings as a breach of the reasonable time requirement under Art 6 ECtHR.
Luke is regularly instructed in matters of police discipline. He has represented numerous police officers, both at criminal trial and at disciplinary proceedings.
Regulatory crime and inquests
Luke appears regularly in Coronial proceedings.
Luke prosecutes and defends in matters of health and safety, environmental health, consumer protection, product safety and trading standards.
Luke appears regularly in matters under the Licensing Act 2003, both in front of local authorities and on appeal to the Magistrates’ Court. He has lectured on the Licensing Act 2003 to the Directorate of Legal Services at the Metropolitan Police.
He is instructed in matters of taxi licensing.
BA (Hons) History – London School of Economics
Harvard University Special Student Programme
Bar Vocational Course
Everard van Heyden Foundation Prize
Campbell Foster Prize (Middle Temple)
Jules Thorn Scholar (Middle Temple)
CPS level 3 prosecutor
CPS specialist panellist for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime