Gary Summers


Gary is a respected UK barrister with more than 35 years’ experience.

He focuses mainly on private prosecutions, forensic investigations, and criminal and medical defence – and has other specialisms in dispute resolution and crisis management.

Background and expertise

Private prosecution
In private prosecution cases, Gary seeks to identify crimes, perpetrators and backers – including those perverting the course of justice. He files information, procures summonses and prosecutes individuals in UK courts.

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Financial investigations
In financial investigations, Gary seeks to identify crimes, perpetrators and backers, and provides evidence to authorities and/or private clients. He may also cause a recovery process to be instituted here and abroad, to recover the fruits of frauds.

Gary is an acknowledged expert in asset confiscation – and ranked as a leading junior in fraud in the Legal 500 (2006–14 edition).

In 2007, Gary set up an international forensic investigation capability – tested in 2007–08 during a substantial investigation in Dubai.

Criminal defence
In criminal defence cases, Gary aims to clears the names of those unjustly accused of serious crimes here and abroad.

In 2011 Gary was retained as special investigation counsel on behalf of Uhuru Kenyatta in the International Criminal Court (ICC). In mid-2012 he was appointed lead investigation counsel for Kenyatta, in relation to his impending trial. All charges against Kenyatta were withdrawn in 2014.

Medical defence
Gary represents those accused of disciplinary offences by the General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Notable cases

Albesher v Ryan Corporation, 2016–17
Dispute resolution case at the Commercial Court. Fraud claim £24m for the defendants.
Dr Bonar, 2014-16
Defence regulatory case before the GMC, which lasted for 37 days and involved allegations of mistreatment of a terminal cancer patient against a GP.

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R v AM, 2011
Serious fraud case. Gary represented the principal defendant in a £50m sterling pension fraud (GP Noble).
Other substantial financial investigations, 2013–16
Investigations in Iraq, Jersey, Venezuela, Panama, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the British Virgin Islands and Peru.
Lismore, 2010
Defending one of the principal defendants in Operation Downpour, international investigation involving conspiracies to manufacture and distribute drugs. Significant Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) arguments involving the use of the product of Dutch telephone intercepts.
Brennan, 2010
Defending one of the principal defendants in Operation Dunlin II, involving organised conspiracies to distribute cocaine and amphetamine sulphate.
Roberts, 2010
Defending allegations of trademark piracy on ‘northern soul’ vinyl records, brought against a leading record distributor of the genre.

Dispute resolution

Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees SA and others v Grant Thornton and others, 2013–17
Commercial fraud claim for a claimant seeking damages of £2.2bn.
Roy Keane v HR (a firm), 2014–16
Advising the defendant.

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David O'Leary v HR (a firm), 2014–16
Advising the defendant.

Defence regulation

Dr Bonar, 2016-17
Defending an investigation by UK Anti-Doping into allegations made in the Sunday Times concerning performance-enhancing medication for athletes and others.
Mr E, 2015–16
HCPC Paramedic cleared of breach of working time directives and working while sick.

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Miss K, 2015
HCPC Registration appeal.
Dr B, 2015
GMC interim orders panel (IOP) and fitness to practise panel Suspension successfully resisted at IOP. Allegations concerning criticisms of care of terminally ill patient by doctor in private practice.
Mr M, 2015
General Dental Council (GDC) Suspension successfully resisted at IOP for prison dentist.
Ms Clay, 2013

GDC Fitness to practise case; instructed by Capsticks for the GDC. Issues of consent in emergency treatment.

Mr Moss

GDC Fitness to practise case; instructed by Capsticks for the GDC. Profound treatment issues concerning a well-known West Midlands implant specialist.


General Chiropractic Council Fitness to practise case; instructed by Crowell and Moring for the defence. One of a series of cases relating to the capability of chiropractors generally and their website descriptions.

Fraud and financial crime

Venus William, 2011
Represented the principal defendant on money laundering (multi-million-pound proceeds of tax evasion).
Haroutuinian, 2010
Defended one of the principal defendants in a £50m money laundering conspiracy involving monies exchanged at a leading west London bureau de change over several years by a defendant acting on behalf of another bureau. Sustained legal arguments in the abuse of process sphere.

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Hayre, 2010
Defended one of the principal defendants in Operation Ghast, a missing trader (MTIC) fraud involving alleged losses of the order of £500m. Sustained legal arguments in the abuse of process sphere concerning informant handling.


  • Joint editor of Fraud Law Practice and Procedure, Lexis Nexis
  • Numerous articles in the New Law Journal and Money Laundering Bulletin

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PROFILE: Gary Summers

"Active in the areas of general and financial crime for over three decades. Particular areas of focus include MTIC frauds, corruption allegations and insider trading cases. He is very easy to deal with, very authoritative and is good at communication."

Chambers UK, 2016

Year called



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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Sexual offences

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

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Financial and Corporate law

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Civil Fraud

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Corporate Offences

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VAT Tribunals


BA Law (Hons) (2:1), East London University


Criminal Bar Association (CBA), Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

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