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Luke Gittos


Luke Gittos

Luke is a specialist in complex litigation. He has extensive experience acting for clients in both civil and criminal proceedings. He also acts for individuals and companies in regulatory investigations by the FCA, HMRC and the SFO.

Luke joined the firm in 2009. He was called to the bar in 2011 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2013. He regularly appears in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court as an advocate.

Luke frequently handles complex cases with both civil and criminal dimensions. Since 2009, he has acted for defendants in the most serious general crime work. Since 2015, has expanded his practice to include work on civil fraud and regulatory investigations. His knowledge and experience means he is trusted to deal with both serious general crime and complex white collar work. His recent experience includes acting for company directors facing disqualification proceedings brought by the Insolvency Service.

He regularly acts for high profile clients and is astute at managing public relations as part of his client care.

He also has also developed expertise in criminal appeals. His recent casework includes two successful appeals against conviction following review of the trial representation. He is regularly instructed on a private basis to review advice on appeal provided by trial representatives. He teaches appeal litigation to students from some of the country’s leading law schools.

In his spare time, he is a prolific public commentator and regularly appears in the British and international media to comment on legal and political issues.

Recent Cases

HCA and ORS v FCA (2020): Instructed on behalf of a network of Independent Financial Advisors accused of serious breaches of the FCA’s Code of Business Sourcebook (COBS).

R v M (2020): Client acquitted of multi-handed murder allegation following production of medical evidence, disrupting the Crown’s case on causation.

PT (2019): Acted for client in an extremely complex civil fraud involving international letters of credit. This case involved concurrent civil proceedings and private prosecutions. The claim against the principal Defendant was struck out following an application identifying the attempted litigation of decided issues.

R v L (2018): Represented principal defendant with respect to allegation involving ticketing fraud with respect to the 2015 rugby world cup worth in excess of £1 million. Client was acquitted of all charges after a trial.

R v P (2018):  Acted for a Defendant in complex and large scale criminal money laundering allegation, involving the alleged movement of large sums to be sent to terrorist organisations in Syria.

R v ETJ (2015): Large scale allegation of controlling prostitution and money laundering across the north of England, arising out of the ownership of a chain of escort agencies. The first trial jury failed to reach a verdict. A suspended sentence was achieved following plea negotiations.

R v L (2013): Large scale international conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine involving informant evidence. The Crown offered no evidence on all drugs charges following a lengthy disclosure argument.



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