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Background and Expertise
Zacharias is a leading international and UK criminal lawyer. He is regularly instructed by high profile clients around the world and has been instructed in the UK in many of the leading cases involving criminal law and commercial fraud. He is known for having an incredible eye for detail, superb technical ability and litigation instinct. He is fearless however he is approachable with excellent interpersonal skills to bring the best out of his clients.
He is authorised to conduct litigation in relation to all areas of practice and direct access authorised.
He started practice at the bar as a commercial and criminal/ civil intellectual property lawyer and in his early years practised in both civil and criminal law. Zacharias has developed a specialist area which sits at the junction of criminal law and commercial fraud. Having been in practice for over 25 years, he has acquired great experience in many areas of law and is now taking on national and international fraud/ bribery cases with multi-disciplinary teams. He has a wealth of experience in advising clients particularly in the early stages and in crisis, setting out their options and guiding their responses, whilst also making the preparations necessary for future litigation.
Recent instructions include representing Vincent Tchenguiz in both the criminal SFO proceedings and in the commercial actions against the SFO for misfeasance and damages. Instructions included the commercial fraud actions arising in the complex commercial fraud case of Vincent Tchenguiz and Rawlinson & Hunter in claims in the BVI and London against Grant Thornton (UK) and Kaupthing Bank (Iceland) for damages amounting to £2.2bn; acting on behalf of a family in relation to a worldwide £800m fraud against their trust; allegations against international clients of insider dealing and market manipulation in France; allegations of fraud/corruption by an international property company in a European investigation of £1.6bn; actions for misconduct by trustees; commercial actions for libor and banking fraud; blackmail, bribery and corruption.
He works closely with global company heads and international family offices providing strategic solutions to complex litigation and leading multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams. Directing and deploying effective strategies to deal with complex situations and cases.
International Fraud and Corruption
Advised on SFO allegations and Kaupthing Bank Iceland.
Represented and advised on misfeasance in public office v SFO officers. Settled.
Advised in claims in the BVI and London against Grant Thornton (UK) and Kaupthing bank (Iceland)
Embezzlement and fraud involving a Liechtenstein trust of high value with litigation in Cayman Islands, US, Israel, Switzerland, UK, Liechtenstein. See Mark Hollingsworth , Independent, Thursday 8 March 2018 Liechtenstein: The mysterious tax heaven that's losing the trust of the super-rich.
A portfolio of Hilton hotels bought by Vincent Tchenguiz, leased back to Hilton and eventually put into administration upon default of a loan scheme hedged by Bayerische Landesbank in circumstances where the value of assets were believed to be undersold. Story here
A Ponzi scheme fraud by a Swiss registered company using the Hong Kong branch of the Singapore based bank DBS.
Libor/ Swaps claims v banks – settled 2014/2015. Review of USA cases involving above claims
Large scale cyber fraud investigation and purchase of hacked and stolen cards in secret websites through access points on the internet pending
Application to recuse trial judge who conducted major drugs trial involving large scale supply of drugs across Wales and North West. Application to recuse Trial Judge involving second Trial involving money laundering charges- Judge made significant findings in drugs trial – Judge recused himself after filing of legal submissions and case law.
Multi-handed money laundering trial involving cyber fraud and hacking of high profile victim and layering of funds through complex web of companies.
19 Year old Bangladeshi student kills man after one punch during a verbal racist assault towards the student by man in 50’s who unknown to the Defendant was suffering symptoms of stroke. Exposed a series of unrelated events not related to the D that resulted in a tragic event.
The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to handle motor vehicles in the West Midlands area valued in excess of £1m. The evidence in the case covers 3 years of investigation and over 25,000 pages of documents and electronic evidence. The Defendant was regarded as an expert in radio frequency and using special electronic techniques. Exposed prosecution experts knowledge in RF and systems operating in wider car market comparing new and old electronic and computer systems. The Defendant was found not guilty of all counts by unanimous jury acquittal.
Multi handed drug dealing gangs merge operations across West Midlands. 20 Defendants, 10 involving trial- D case was hung on both counts of conspiracy to supply -prosecution retrial only on possession.
Multi-handed conspiracy to steal high value cars using expert techniques. Disclosure from family court of relevant documents. Parallel proceedings and allegations stem for children’s proceedings. Disclosure ordered from family court.
Multi handed bank insider bond holder fraud £2m. Monies transferred between accounts. Money laundering offences. D was acquitted of all counts of money laundering.
Largest seizure of class A drugs, represented D of 9 Defendants 1 Possession of £4m class A drugs. 3 trials- first trial stopped exposed prosecutors conflict of interest in case, Trial 2 case stopped for non disclosure, Trial 3 exposed police corruption and lack of investigation of stash house linked to OICS in case. Acquitted of all counts. 8 Co D’s convicted.
Importation of drugs x 2. £7M importation. Multi-handed international transporter and logistics. Only D acquitted and of all counts.
Murder and neglect of child . “Koran murder case of 7 year old boy “. Father Ege acquitted of neglect counts. Mother convicted of murder.
“ Rochdale Grooming” Multi handed grooming case. Leading case. Represented Defendant facing counts of serious sexual offences. Led all disclosure arguments and social services records on behalf of all defendants. Acquitted of all counts.7 Convicted.
Multi handed 6 month passport fraud case and immigration fraud. Acquitted of 2 main counts of immigration fraud offences. Led all legal arguments on disclosure and historical immigration law spanning 60 years. Exposed destruction of landing cards and data upon cross examination of Immigration experts and high level immigration officers. Leading case on Immigration fraud. Exposed significant failures on disclosure policy and records of Immigration services and rights given to children/ parents from 1950’s onwards.
Multi -handed drug dealing across Wales involving large scale business operations and logistics.
Construction: £8 multi- handed HMRC fraud operated across West Midlands £8m.
Multi-handed VAT carousel fraud involving over £100m of claims.
West Midlands £50m metals fraud involving an international metals business exporting worldwide and Scandinavian countries
Court of Appeal found “Scrappy conduct by Judge” - duty of a Judge when referring to a Defendant’s police interview.
Quashing of a 1999 conviction on fresh evidence inherent genetic and brain damage expert evidence. Exposed failures in imaging and scanning capabilities and reporting by experts whereas new expert evidence and techniques demonstrated the changes in the brain abnormality (CT/MRI) confirmed inherent brain abnormalities.
Judicial Review, procedure, disclosure, verdict statement of Coroner over turned.
Maximum sentence and reduction of sentence for early guilty plea.
Duty of professional care of Government Services.
Ancillary relief disclosure.
Jurisdiction Arguments India (Court of Appeal)
Disclosure ordered of all police officers uniforms for forensic investigation resulted in identifying key suspects and claim for damages.
Microsoft Hacking. Advised on one of first reported major hacking cases in the UK and advised on prosecution. Technical evidence and trial of alleged hacker. Hacker convicted. St Albans Crown Court.
- Extensive technical knowledge involving “new tech” investigations, cyber and IT related matters. Copyright and IP fraud related matters.
- Use and preparation of intelligence /analytical charts presentation for the jury in complex case
- Cross border litigation with European and USA Law firms
- Whistle blowing cases involving complex fraud and global finance
- Extensive knowledge in forensic investigations – Inquests (previously Shafilea Ahmed. Face of Asia, death in prison, ambulance service failures and disclosure from medical institutions)
- Researching law relating to artificial intelligence and data sets in cancer and radiology.
- Stem cell treatment UK and US law
PROFILE: Zacharias Miah
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Financial and Corporate law
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Intellectual Property Law
Masters Law International Law copyright and trademarks awarded with Merit
Forensic Medicine & Science 1st Winner Baron Ver Hayden De Lancey prize
Duke of Edinburgh entrance scholarship to the Bar
Pegasus International Scholarship
Inner Temple, Foreign Office Commonwealth Trust, House of Lords 1990, Clifford Chance
Master of the Bench Award Inner Temple
Scholarships 1990,1991 1992 advanced scientific /medical training as a Barrister
Scholarship Inner Temple
The Criminal Bar Association
The Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
International Bar Association
International Council of Jurists
The Society of Asian Lawyers
European Criminal Bar Association/European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers
European Fraud Lawyers Association
Private Prosecution Association