Gurprit Mattu

Gurprit’s practice encompasses most areas of Financial Services law; Dispute Resolution, Regulation, Compliance, Confiscation, Asset Recovery, and Financial Crime. She both prosecutes and defends regulatory and fraud matters at the Crown Court. She also accepts public access instructions from private persons and companies. Gurprit is presently retained by HSBC Global Banking and Markets on a dispute resolution project. She has also spent a considerable time at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) former FSA, in General Counsel’s Division and in the Enforcement and Financial Crime Division (EFCD).

Financial Services - Dispute Resolution

Gurprit is retained by HSBC Bank PLC to assist in relation to the Interest Rate Hedging Products Review, specifically to assess consequential loss claims. She also receives instructions to conduct banking litigation against other banks where there is no conflict of interest. Most recently, she successfully assisted a client in obtaining financial redress for a miss-sold swap from a bank not participating in the FCA Interest Rate Hedging Review. She has also spent a few weeks with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, gaining first hand experience of the workings of International Arbitration.

Financial Services - Regulation

Gurprit has obtained first hand financial services regulatory experience through her secondment at the FCA as a Senior Lawyer in General Counsel’s Division. She provided advice to stakeholders and firms on Insurance and Investment contracts, and Retail Redress. She specifically provided legal advice on Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), thematic reviews and skilled person matters.

Gurprit also assisted the FSA in the preparation of the first litigated Landbanking trial that was heard in the High Court Chancery Division; it was alleged that the defendants breached FSMA 2000 regulations in operating an Unauthorised Collective Investment Scheme, FSA v Asset Land & Others (2012). Gurprit is familiar with the investigation and disciplinary process to the Regulatory Decisions Committee and Upper Tribunal.

Compliance

Gurprit was seconded to the EFCD of the FCA for over one year. She has gained in-depth knowledge of the FCA Handbook, the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), financial services law and regulation, market abuse, and money laundering regulations.

She spent over six months in the specialist regulatory team investigating LIBOR/ EURIBOR and TIBOR manipulation by individuals at Investment Banks. She worked in the capacity of an associate with responsibility for investigating and drafting notices as required for individuals. She understood the failings of many banks to be related to poor governance and risk, and to enhance her knowledge in this area, has undertaken an International Diploma in Compliance Governance & Risk.

Financial Crime

Gurprit has gained first-hand experience of preparing lengthy and complex fraud cases. Covering AML regulations, restraint orders, confiscation, commercial fraud, conspiracy to defraud, fraudulent accounting and pharmaceutical licensing. Some cases include, a Very High Costs Case as Junior Counsel in a multi-million-pound phoenix fraud; R v Mark Nelson (2011). At the High Court she successfully represented a third party interest in the case of Sharma (2012)EWCA Crim 677, a leading domestic authority on confiscation. She secured an acquittal for a London Underground employee accused on strong evidence of fraud, R v Van Huyn (2013). In Hong Kong she predominately assisted on international criminal and commercial fraud cases whilst attached to law firms. She also has experience in representing both the local authority and defendants, in several Benefit Fraud matters.

Regulatory Law

Gurprit is often instructed in regulatory cases on behalf of local authorities and defendants in diverse areas including trade mark infringement, licensing, breach of abatement notices, animal cruelty, dangerous dogs, to fly tipping and failure to comply with food hygiene regulations (both in respect of declaratory relief on a civil complaint and criminal breaches). She provides pre-prosecution advice, drafts charges and attends court. She successfully prosecuted a company for counterfeit Proctor & Gamble goods, R v Red and Blue Trading (2014) for which she also settled a confiscation order.

Other

In July 2017 Gurprit acted as junior counsel in R (on the application of Durand Academy Trust)  v OFSTED  and the Secretary of State (2017) EWHC 2097 (Admin), an important Judicial Review case; successfully challenging Ofsted’s decision to place a school in special measures. The court ruled that the regulator’s appeal process was not fair or rational for a substantive challenge to be made to a Ofsted Report. She continues to act for the school in matters against the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

She is also instructed as independent disclosure counsel by Treasury Solicitors and instructed to draft grounds of appeal in judicial review proceedings. She is often instructed by local authorities to carry out Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) reviews and to appear as Independent Counsel at court.

Gurprit was awarded a Pegusus Scholarship to go to Hong Kong in 2015, to learn about about the legal system and the laws of Hong Kong. Her placements include Eversheds law firm, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and a local law firm, Boase, Cohen and Collins.

Gurprit has a wealth of experience of presenting at the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. She is able to deal with complex asylum and Immigration matters, whether it is a Human Rights Claim, an appeal against the refusal of entry clearance for a visitor’s visa, or a Judicial Review application. Prior to being called to the Bar, Gurprit spent 5 years working in Immigration.

Memberships and Associations

Financial Services Regulation

Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration

South Eastern Circuit

Equality & Diversity Officer of the Surrey & South London Bar Mess

Guest Speaker for ‘Inspiring the Future’ charity

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