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Rebecca Meads

Rebecca Meads

Associate

Experienced in acting in serious fraud and financial regulatory matters, Rebecca has an excellent success rate in challenging Interpol Red Notices and securing deletion of information from Interpol’s systems.

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Memberships

  • Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers
  • European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • Extradition Lawyers Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA) (Social Secretary)

Rebecca has worked on a number of high-profile cases and acts on behalf of individuals and corporates across a broad range of business and general crime matters. Much of her work has international aspects and involves cross-border issues. She is therefore experienced in collaborating with legal representatives in other jurisdictions.

Rebecca’s work includes:

  • Bribery and corruption (both domestic and international)
  • Financial regulatory investigations
  • Serious fraud
  • Sanctions
  • Extradition/ mutual legal assistance/ challenging Interpol Red Notices
  • Public inquiries and inquests

Her recent cases include acting for a company director charged with corruptly procuring contracts for the supply of services at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. She also acted on behalf of a financial controller of a global company charged with offences of corruption for allegedly paying bribes in Nigeria, in a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office.

Rebecca has increasing experience in acting in a number of serious fraud and financial regulatory matters involving the SFO, HMRC and FCA. Most recently she acted for a partner in an insolvency firm charged with fraud (of just under £1m) by way of a very serious abuse of trust. She has also advised a number of corporates who have found themselves in breach of EU and UN sanctions, resolving matters in such a way as to prevent any criminal investigation.

Rebecca has an excellent success rate in challenging Interpol Red Notices and securing the deletion of information from Interpol’s systems. Her clients include those subject to Red Notices issued by Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Russia. She currently assists in acting for William Browder, head of the Hermitage Capital Fund (once the largest foreign investors in Russia). Hermitage is renowned for exposing corruption in Russia, and as a direct result has suffered harassment and intimidation from the Russian authorities, including the perpetration of a US$230m fraud against the company. As part of its campaign, Russia has repeatedly attempted to issue Interpol diffusion notices and Red Notices for Mr Browder. Due to Peters & Peters’ representations to Interpol, these have been refused.

Her extradition work involves both category 1 and 2 territories. She acted for Georgy Trefilov pursuant to an extradition request from the Russian Federation. Significantly, the Court found in favour of her client on all grounds. She also recently acted in extradition proceedings pursuant to an extradition request from Greece. Again the District Judge refused to order extradition.

As part of her general crime work, Rebecca has acted for high-ranking members of the Metropolitan Police Force in respect of a range of alleged offences, including misconduct in a public office, breaches of confidentiality and Data Protection Act offences. Rebecca also has a great deal of experience in dealing with general crime matters, ranging from sexual offences, firearms, drugs and murder.

Her work in public inquiries and inquest matters includes acting for a high-profile company in an inquest. Reputation was a significant concern for the client and through careful management of the case, Peters & Peters were able to ensure that the matter was not reported in the national press. She also acted for a high-ranking member of the Metropolitan Police at the Leveson Inquiry. Prior to joining Peters & Peters, she also assisted in:

  • Representing the family of the ex-president of Egypt, President Gamel Abdel Nasser, in the inquest into the death of his son-in law; and
  • Representation of the Gold Command team in the Stockwell Inquiries and Inquest (shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes).

As an employed barrister, Rebecca has full rights of audience in all courts.

To contact Rebecca please call:

+44 (0)20 7822 7723

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