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Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cameron Brown as Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service (Criminal Enforcement)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Insolvency Service is a Government agency that helps to deliver economic confidence by supporting those in financial distress, tackling financial wrongdoing and maximising returns to creditors. The Insolvency Service criminal enforcement team works to deter fraud in companies and by bankrupts, by prosecuting breaches of Insolvency and Company Law. 

Once we accept a complaint about alleged criminality by a bankrupt or relating to the affairs of a limited company we will conduct a criminal investigation, or we may refer the case to others for regulatory enforcement. One of our Investigation Officers will gather evidence and take witness statements. If appropriate, they will invite suspects to an interview under caution. Suspects can attend with or without legal representation.  A departmental lawyer will then decide if there is enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against each proposed defendant, and whether it is in the public interest for the department to bring the case to court.  Where there is enough evidence a prosecution will usually take place - unless the prosecutor is sure this would not be in the public interest. We follow the Code for Crown Prosecutors to make this decision.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, the Criminal Enforcement team successfully prosecuted 97 defendants. Of those:

  • 63 received immediate or suspended custodial sentences ranging from 8weeks to 4 years, and most of the remainder received community orders, supervision orders and fines.
  • 31 were disqualified from being involved in the running of limited companies ranging between 1 and 15 years
  • 3 Compensation orders ranging from £754.66 to £12,358.06
  • 53 Cost orders totaling £435,767.67

Cameron has contributed to Lexis-Nexis in relation to Bankrupcy and Insolvency Offences and Westlaw in relation to Cheating the Public Revenue/VAT Fraud.

Cameron's Appointments

  • Appointed Standing Counsel to the Insolvency Service (Criminal Enforcement) (2017)
  • Appointed to the England Golf Disciplinary Panel (2017)
  • Appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 4 (2013)
  • Appointed to the Fraud and Serious Crime Group Panels at Level 4 (2013)
  • ‘A’ List for SFO Prosecution Panel & Proceeds of Crime Panel (2013)
  • Appointed to the List of Advocates Prosecuting on behalf of HSE, ORR and the Environment Agency (2012)
  • Appointed SFO Counsel (2009)
  • Appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Prosecuting Advocates (2006 and 2002)






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