Gareth Minty

Legal Director, Barrister

Personal Profile

Gareth Minty is a Legal Director in the White Collar Crime & Investigations Group. He advises clients across the full range of litigation relating to white collar crime, including: private prosecutions, internal investigations, white collar criminal defence, restraint and confiscation of assets advice, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance advice.

Since joining Mishcon de Reya, Gareth has drawn on his experience as a senior lawyer in the Central Fraud Division of the Crown Prosecution Service to successfully conduct the largest private prosecution brought to date involving a complex €100m fraud, which resulted in a sentence of 8 years’ imprisonment. Gareth’s private prosecution experience also extends to: prosecuting on behalf of Sky UK in relation to a fraud against the company’s intellectual property, an internal accounting fraud committed against a UK corporate, proceedings for international blackmail in a corporate context, and advising in respect of prosecuting for company director offences.

Additionally, Gareth has taken the leading role in defending high profile SFO prosecutions for money laundering and corruption, as well as acting for clients who have been investigated by the City of London Police, the FCA, HMRC, the Metropolitan Police, and the US Department of Justice. 

Gareth is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is one of firm's trainers of prospective CFE's.  He is also a member of the Private Prosecutors' Association, the Fraud Lawyer's Association and the International Bar Association.

Key Experience

  • Defended an SFO prosecution for laundering the proceeds of 'boiler room' frauds
  • Defended a multi-million pound mortgage fraud
  • Defending clients under investigation for bribery and corruption offences (including Bribery Act 2010 offences)
  • Acted for clients under investigation, across multiple jurisdictions, for offences relating to rate/market manipulation
  • Representation of clients who have been the subject of substantial cash seizures in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act
  • Led the team responsible for the 'phone hacking' and corruption cases that arose from the investigation into the News of the World and, subsequently, other national newspapers
  • R v Sarwar & Others –£100 million intra-EU Missing Trader VAT Fraud (including pre-charge restraint and post-conviction proceedings in relation to confiscation of assets)
  • R v Ali & Others –a £15 million trans-EU indirect tax Fraud
  • R v Rana & Others –£5m VAT Fraud (including restraint and confiscation proceedings in relation to assets).

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Senior Lawyer, Crown Prosecution Service, Organised Crime Division
Senior Lawyer, Crown Prosecution Service, Central Fraud Division
Senior Lawyer, Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office
Brunel University, LLB (Honours)

Articles and Publications

Co-author: "An Inspector calls: do you need a lawyer?". Published in The Strategic View - Business Crime 2016, issue 1, September 2016

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