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.
H v FCA: Acting for a network of Independent Financial Advisors in a reference to the Upper Tribunal following the issuance of Decision Notices by the FCA. The case involves consideration of the Authority’s definition of standard assets and the extent of an individual IFA’s responsibility under the Conduct of Business Sourcebook. This case involves concurrent Director’s Disqualification proceedings brought by the Secretary of State.
PT: 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 P: 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 L: 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 N: Retrial of a complex allegation of VAT and PAYE fraud centered around the construction industry. The value exceeded £1m. Achieved a suspended sentence for the defendant following a significant concession regarding the indictment.
LT: Assisted client in developing argument against his extradition from South Africa having been sought in connection to a highly complex investigation into historic sexual abuse. Assisted the client’s South African legal team in an analysis of the relevant legal framework to develop an argument that his extradition would be contrary to the RSA constitution.
R v ETJ: 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: 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.
R v MU: Conviction which resulted in a 10 year prison sentence overturned on appeal following criticism of previous legal team. The prosecution subsequently offered no evidence. The defendant was released from custody and faced no further charges.
R v B: Acted for defendant accused of laundering £18,000 and corrupting a public official. The case involved the sale of contraband in prison. The defendant was acquitted of all counts following trial.
R v T: Assisted Peter Hughman in securing the acquittal of a high profile client accused of rape.