Kevin Dent Q.C.

Year of Call: 1991 | Queen’s Counsel: 2019

A highly persuasive advocate with a calm, measured, yet robust courtroom manner. Kevin took silk in 2019, building upon his heavyweight practice in the fields of financial crime and serious crime. Kevin is ranked in the Legal 500.

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A highly persuasive advocate with a calm, measured, yet robust courtroom manner. Kevin took silk in 2019, building upon his heavyweight practice in the fields of financial crime and serious crime.

Kevin is ranked in the Legal 500 in Fraud - Crime, 2019 Silks section:

‘His attention to detail and brilliant presentation skills are legendary. His trademark is his ability to simplify very complex law and facts cases such that the Jury are able to grasp the real issues and remain engaged all through out the several weeks of trial. Kevin has well developed legal instincts and ability to work collaboratively with different partners.’

The Legal 500 2021.

Kevin is appointed to the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) panel of Queen's Counsel. 

Kevin has considerable experience in cases of serious and organised crime, terrorist finance, serious sexual offences including those against children and offences of homicide. Kevin is often instructed for cases where multiple vulnerable victims and witnesses are involved. Kevin is a sought-after leader in large scale cases of financial crime including those that fall within the complexities of cybercrime, bribery and corruption, and revenue evasion.

Kevin also has an established practice within the field of professional regulation and discipline, deploying his expertise in criminal cases concerning medical professionals, including where death has occurred.  

‘ Noted for his expertise in complex financial crime cases. ’

The Legal 500 2020.

‘His diverse practice includes advice on bribery matters.’

The Legal 500 2019.

Kevin advises both individuals and corporates, local authorities and government departments alike. Kevin advises on private prosecutions and accepts Direct Access instructions.

With a passion for justice, Kevin regularly publishes articles to raise profile for underrepresented and serious subjects. Kevin has campaigned for the release of a prominent abducted Bangladeshi lawyer and provides regular training in his areas of expertise, recently on Human Rights to Somalian lawyers through the Foreign Commonwealth Office.

Professional Panel Appointments

Prior to taking silk, Kevin’s experience and expertise were reflected in the following appointments:

  • Appointed to the 'A' Panel of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) advocates.
  • Level 4 advocate on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Unified Prosecution List, the specialist Central Fraud Group Panel, Counter-Terrorism panel, Serious Crime Group panel and Proceeds of Crime Panel.
  • Appointed to Band 'C' (10 years call and above) on the General Dental Council’s (GDC) panel of advocates.

Professional Memberships

  • Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Ensuring financial recovery is embedded within case strategy, Kevin draws upon his considerable expertise in all aspects of restraint and confiscation, including; cases involving Bitcoin and other crypto-currency assets, corporate veil cases, 3rd-party interests, enforcement receivers, hidden and multiple jurisdiction assets, inadequacy, reconsideration of assets and intervening in matrimonial proceedings.

Kevin also has experience in complex VAT MTIC cases before the First Tier Tribunal.

Business Crime

For more than a decade, Kevin has been leading in cases of serious fraud and money laundering. Reflecting this expertise, prior to taking silk, Kevin was a specialist advocate on the SFO’s Panel A and the Serious Fraud Division’s Fraud Panel at Level 4.

He is naturally talented in grappling with financial details in order to provide incisive strategic advice then in presenting complex cases to juries clearly and powerfully.  

Kevin’s wide experience as a leader in complex financial crime includes carbon credits and precious commodities ‘boiler rooms’, revenue evasion, vishing and courier fraud, frauds on institutional pension funds, insider fraud within companies, fraudulent trading, Ponzi investment schemes, multi-jurisdictional money laundering, cybercrime and organised benefit frauds.

Kevin is also an experienced leader in bribery and corruption, including cases alleging corrupt sales of government land and procurement fraud.

Kevin advises both individuals under investigation for financial crime and organisations seeking to determine whether wrongdoing has occurred within their domains.

Kevin is an established leader in criminal cases involving medical professionals including dentists, medical doctors and optometrists. Through this, Kevin is aplomb in calling and cross-examining medical-legal experts, analysing medical records, liaising with parallel regulatory proceedings and navigating NHS regulations and patient confidentiality issues.

Kevin accepts instructions in Direct Access cases involving financial crime and also in private prosecutions.

Criminal Defence

Kevin has a wealth of experience in serious and organised crime. He is ranked in the Legal 500 in Fraud, Crime.

He has experience in relation to cases involving serious sexual offences and sexual allegations.

Kevin has a particular reputation for guiding seemingly difficult cases of serious crime to successful conclusions through fine strategic judgement and an unwavering determination.

Criminal Prosecutions - Private & Public

Kevin has significant experience in relation to private prosecution matters.

Kevin has a wealth of experience in serious and organised crime and, prior to taking silk, was a specialist Level 4 advocate on both the CPS specialist Counter-Terrorism and Serious and Organised Crime Panels. Kevin’s wide expertise in serious crime includes leading in modern slavery and terrorist financing, trading in firearms, large scale drugs importations, serious sexual offences and sexual allegations offences and homicide. 

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Kevin has an established practice within the field of professional discipline, with particular emphasis on cases involving probity and fraud, drawing upon his ample experience of criminal cases involving medical professionals.

Kevin’s wide experience includes cases involving; where a patient subsequently died, serious allegations where erasure is likely, parallel criminal and regulatory cases, serious dishonesty, want of integrity and where there are investigations with multiple regulators.

Notwithstanding a calm and positive manner, Kevin has a reputation within the field of professional discipline for forensic, and when required, rigorous cross-examination of both lay and expert witnesses.

Inquests & Inquiries

Kevin accepts instructions in relation to Public inquiries and inquests.

Cases of Note

Recent on-going criminal cases

Recent and ongoing criminal cases include

10-handed modern slavery case, a £2M fraudulent trading/laundering relating to VER carbon credits, an 8-handed £3.5M cross-border laundering, a 7-handed £1M+ short and long-firm conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder, a £1M+ fraud by employee on Westminster Council’s pension fund and a 4-handed company fraud targeting a Director’s Loan Account.

Notable cases

R v W and W (2017-19)

Leading counsel in £1M+ fraud on Westminster City Council’s pension fund by its former fund manager. Monies laundered internally. 5-day fitness to plead hearing involving 4 eminent psychiatrists after D1 claimed selective amnesia disorder.

R v Z and others (2018-19)

Leading counsel in £3.5M 8-handed laundering. OCN laundered proceeds through major UK retail banks, using 500+ bank accounts.

R v P and others (2018)

Leading counsel in 4-handed company fraud targeting Directors Loan Account and involving unauthorised self-awarded pay increases and bonuses. 4-week trial. Expert evidence called regarding vulnerable defendant.

R v C and others (2018-19)

Leading counsel in 7-handed £1M+ conspiracy to defraud involving proceeds laundered through export of high value vehicles and bulk used clothing. 5-week trial.

R v L & N (2017-19)

Leading counsel in 2-handed £2M cross-border laundering dubbed ‘The Tangled Web’ by City of London Police because of dauntingly complex movements through online payment platforms. 3-week trial.

Operation Miching (2015-18)

Leading counsel in series of fraud and laundering cases investigated by Met Counter Terrorism Command. Courier/vishing frauds targeted large number of elderly and vulnerable victims (average age 83) and proceeds laundered through complex network and cover businesses. 4 trials at the Central Criminal Court and 18 convictions.

R v B and others (2016-17)

Leading counsel in £1.5M cross-border laundering operation. Evidence gathered from 4 jurisdictions. Expert accountancy evidence.

R v W (2016-7)

Leading counsel in fraud by highly-respected dentist on NHS through making £460,000 in false claims over 6-year period.

R v M (2017)

Fraud by dentist on NHS making £700,000 in false claims.

R v M & M (2015-6)

Leading counsel in fraud by NHS treasurer abusing labyrinthine payment systems to steal monies intended for Appointee patients lacking mental capacity. 6-week trial.

R v H and others (2013-7)

Leading counsel in 8-handed £2M cross-border revenue evasion involving fleet of vehicles operated behind various shell companies. 6-week trial.

Operation Easton (2013)

Conspiracy to make false representation in respect of prolific ‘courier’ frauds involving the targeting of the elderly and vulnerable, persuading victims to part with bank cards by pretending to be from the fraud department of their banks. 8 defendants.

R v M & A (2012)

Instructed as leading counsel in a 6-week NHS dental fraud trial where dentists had fraudulently claimed Units of Dental Activity for private work in order to avoid monies being clawed-back for under-achievement of the contracted target.

R v K and others (2012)

7-handed case of fraud on a Housing Association, involving diverting fraudulent compensation claims into the bank accounts of accomplices. The 4-week trial involved cross-examining a defence witness in Uganda via live-link about the details of the various transactions in order to expose a false ‘confession’ which potentially exonerated all of the defendants.

R v G and others (2011)

Leading counsel in a 5-week multiple identity Housing Benefit fraud case brought by a Local Authority. The trial lead to a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal concerning the trial judge’s decision to bring in verdicts under S.46 of the CJA 2003 after the jury had been discharged following jury tampering.

R v A and others (2012)

Fraudulent evasion. 4-week trial involving 13 million cigarettes and evasion of £2.8 million in Revenue.

R v B and others (2011)

Procurement fraud. Instructed as leading counsel in a case brought by NHS Protect alleging that contracts worth £600,000 had been procured to a firm of contractors on a corrupt basis.

R v G (2009)

Acted as leading counsel in a 12-week trial in a NHS Protect prosecution alleging that a GP had fraudulently obtained bonuses under the Quality and Outcomes Framework, and had falsified patient records. This was the first prosecution brought in respect of QOF.

R v M (2009)

Importation of a £13million consignment of ecstasy, said to be the largest ever single haul.

R v D and others (2008)

Leading counsel in a 7-handed identity fraud and benefit fraud brought by the DWP focusing on members of a Chinese community.

R v P and H (2008)

Bribery and corruption. Lead counsel in a 5-week 2 handed trial alleging that an NHS Director had corruptly conspired to defraud an NHS Trust in the sale of a derelict hospital site to a favoured developer causing around £6 million in lost profit.

R v O and others (2008)

Lead counsel in a 6-handed 8-week trial brought by the DWP alleging that a number of staff members at Harlesden Jobcentre were creating fictitious benefit claims and fraudulently diverting payments into bank accounts.

R v F (2007)

Fraud by a student midwife had altered computer records to show her to be of sufficient experience in deliveries to qualify as a midwife.

R v P (2007)

Fraud involving falsely claiming to be an optometrist in order to make fraudulent claims to the NHS for conducting thousands of eye-tests.

R v L and others (2007)

Instructed as leading counsel in a 5-handed conspiracy to defraud case brought by the DWP in respect of a large-scale giro cheque fraud involving corruption within London sorting offices.

R v T and T (2006)

Instructed as leading counsel in an 8-week 2-handed DWP trial of an ageing rock star and his wife for multiple benefit frauds.

R v S and M (2006)

Drugs importation. £1.3 million’s worth of heroin concealed within a horse box.

R v T and others (2005-10)

Counsel in a series of RCPO surveillance-led multiple-handed money laundering cases targeting drugs-related crime.