Details of practice

Nicholas Yeo is a versatile advocate experienced in all aspects of criminal law and of civil litigation arising out of criminal law.

He is a specialist in fraud and the proceeds of crime, including civil forfeiture, money laundering and confiscation.  He has a particular interest in computer technology cases, having been a software architect in asset management companies for ten years prior to coming to the bar.

He is recommended in the legal directories for his work in Crime, Fraud and POCA & Asset Forfeiture.  He is said to be “very talented and dynamic” (The Legal 500 2012), “a ‘bright junior’ who handles a heavy caseload of fraud work” (Chambers and Partners 2012) and to demonstrate “conspicuous skill” as an advocate (Goldring LJ in Perinpanathan (CA) [2010] 1 WLR 1580 in the High Court).


Nicholas Yeo acts in a wide range of criminal cases.  He has a particular specialism in fraud and money laundering, and writes and lectures widely on the subjects.  He has extensive experience in company law prosecutions including insolvency and bankruptcy.  He is also experienced in serious drugs prosecutions and violent offences of all seriousness.

Notable cases include:

  • Cherney v Deripaska – $4bn civil claim between Russian businessmen (part of D’s counsel team)
  • Flook (CA) [2010] 1 WLR 980 which is a leading case on third party disclosure (Archbold [12-51]), particularly in the context of material held by foreign non-EU agencies (Archbold [12-100])
  • Perinpanathan (CA) [2010] 1 WLR 1580 the leading case on costs in cash forfeiture proceedings
  • Anwoir (CA) [2009] 1 WLR 980 a leading case on particularity of conduct in money laundering (Archbold [26-11])

Recent cases include representing at trial an investment manager accused of laundering the proceeds of a corrupt Nigerian state governor and representing a Spanish property developer in UK asset forfeiture and associated contempt proceedings.

VAT & Missing Trader Intra Community Fraud:

Nicholas Yeo is a specialist in the criminal and civil aspects of VAT fraud.

Recent cases include representing a Ugandan businessman accused of setting up a network of companies to defraud HMRC of VAT and representing an electronics wholesaler before the First Tier (Tax) Tribunal.

Extradition and International:

Nicholas Yeo acts for the person sought, the judicial authority and the requesting state in extradition cases, at first instance and on appeal.  He advises on cross-border evidence gathering and mutual legal assistance.  He has written various articles on extradition and lectures on the subject.

Recent cases include acting for a British man sought by USA in relation to a payment card fraud commenced in the Netherlands, and a Turkish national sought by Germany for offences for which he had already been prosecuted and effectively pardoned in Turkey.

Public and Administrative:

Nicholas Yeo acts for claimants and respondents in judicial review proceedings.  He has particular experience in matters arising out of due criminal process and licensing decisions.

Recent cases include acting for the CPS in a judicial review and habeas corpus application relating to the legality of magistrates’ decision to remand in absence and a judicial review of a decision to extend custody time limits.


Nicholas Yeo acts for applicants, responsible authorities and licensing authorities in all areas of licensing.

Recent cases include acting for the Metropolitan Police in a variety of applications to review premises licenses and for the applicant in a judicial review of a decision of Westminster City Council to refuse to renew a licence.

Regulatory Enforcement:

Nicholas Yeo has particular experience of trading standards matters and criminal offences arising out of licensing matters.

He recently acted for an individual who operated a household maintenance firm accused of gross over charging and “rogue trading” in one of the largest local authority prosecutions ever brought.

Professional Discipline:

Nicholas Yeo acts for police officers accused of serious misconduct before police discipline panels and the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Directory recommendations

“On POCA and anti-money laundering there is no one like him. When I don’t understand exactly what is going on with POCA I phone him and he gives me practical advice that makes me look good.” 

“Extremely promising, and someone with exceptional legal skills and knowledge.” Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime

“We can rely on him to have expert knowledge of all the recent authorities. He is very thorough and easy to work with.” Chambers UK 2018: POCA

“A very calm and calculating advocate, and a good strategist, who takes a very pragmatic approach to his cases” Legal 500: Fraud (2017)

“He can be trusted to always have the salient evidence at his fingertips” Legal 500: Police (2017)

“He knows POCA backwards and can take on cases of factual complexity at very short notice.” Chambers UK 2016: POCA Work

‘He is incredible. He knows all the latest legal updates and developments in the field.’ Chambers UK 2015: Financial Crime

A very capable advocate who is very strong under pressure.’ The Legal 500 2014: Crime

“Very talented and dynamic” The Legal 500 2012

Education/professional qualifications

BSc Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation (University of Leeds (1991) (2(i))

Diploma in Law (Commendation)


C List of the Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates (2006-2009)
CBA working parties on murder, fatal driving offences, corruption and fraud

Recent Publications


  • Money Laundering Law and Regulation: A Practical Guide (OUP (2011) with Simon Farrell QC, Robin Booth  and Guy Bastable)
  • Blackstone’s Guide to the Fraud Act 2006 (OUP (2007) with Simon Farrell QC and Guy Ladenburg)

Book Chapters

  • Competition regime: UK Procedure, negotiation and enforcement (Practical Law Company (2013) with George Peretz and David Whitehouse QC)
  •  Serious Economic Crime – a boardroom guide to prevention and compliance: Chapter 14 – “The Main Fraud Offences Prosecuted by the SFO” (SFO (2011) with Harry Travers and Shaul Brazil of BCL Burton Copeland)
  •  Fraud and Regulatory Offending  chapters for Hannibal & Mountford (OUP)


  • “Bull’s-eye” – an introduction to the Fraud Act 2006 [2007]  NLJ 212 and [2007] NLJ 418
  •  “A little less confiscation a little more action” – confiscation after the case of May and others (The Benchmark Magazine)
  •  “Recurring delays” –  extradition after Dabas in the House of Lords [2007] NLJ 806

Lectures, Seminars and Webinars

  • Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime – confiscation after the case of Waya in the Supreme Court (Webinmar) (London Criminal Court Solicitors Association, July 2013)
  •  ‘Waya’ in the Supreme Court – (Stephenson Harwood (2013))
  •  White Collar Crime, “Foundations of Confiscation Law” and “The Latest on Confiscation – A Master class” seminars for MBL on a regular  basis
  •  The  Fraud Act 2006 – Practical Lessons Learned and Fraud Sentencing Update (MBL Webinars (2011))
  •  Key Issues in Confiscation Butterworths Proceeds of Crime Conference 2009
  •  Crime – Fraud Act 2006 and Crime – Youth Justice for Legal Network TV

Direct access

Nicholas Yeo is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

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