Details of practice

Recommended as a leading junior barrister in crime by Chambers UK in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Serious and complex crime

Luke is instructed in the most serious and complex criminal cases.

Current and recent instructions include: Port (Grindr serial killer); Markuta (hacking of Yahoo): Warnock (“cold case” 1982 rape and murder); Briscoe (barrister/recorder tried for perverting the course of justice), Pulex (cocaine importation through corrupt Heathrow baggage handlers) and Collins and Phoenix (allegations of acid attack in London)

Luke is a CPS level 4 prosecutor and is on the RASSO, serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime specialist panels.

Luke has particular expertise in cybercrime, having been instructed in a series of hacking/dark web trials, and is familiar with the challenges of presenting complex computer evidence at trial. He prosecuted LulzSec, the notorious group of computer hackers whose victims included the FBI, the NHS, News International and the Sony Corporation. Instructions last year included prosecution of the D33Ds.org dark web forum, and representing the Metropolitan Police concerning production of material relating to Bitcoin.

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).

Financial crime

Luke specialises in white-collar and financial crime. He is currently instructed for the first defendant in the trial concerning the alleged manipulation of the Euribor benchmark rate. He has considerable experience defending and prosecuting in proceedings brought by the SFO and HMRC, including MTIC fraud, mortgage and commercial fraud.

He represented the sole defendant in Levene, an SFO prosecution in relation to a £250 million Ponzi scheme.

He has particular expertise in matters concerning alternative remittance systems such as hawallah and hundi banking, such as Pishevarz and others- an NCA investigation into a money-laundering scheme conducted through Anglo-Iranian money exchange bureaux.

In respect of MTIC fraud Luke represents individuals and companies both in the criminal courts and before the Tax Tribunal.

Luke is instructed in matters of bribery and corruption.

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 and cash forfeiture 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.

Professional discipline

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.  He has particular experience representing prison officers and police officers in inquests concerning deaths in custody.

Luke prosecutes and defends in matters of health and safety, environmental health, consumer protection, product safety and trading standards.

Licensing

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.

Directory recommendations

“He has a reassuring presence in court and is very calm under pressure”.  The Legal 500 2017: Fraud

“Very hardworking and a good lawyer”. The Legal 500 2017: POCA work

Education/professional qualifications

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)

Other information

CPS level 4 prosecutor
CPS specialist panellist for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime
RASSO panellist