Sandip Patel QC MCIArb



“has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner” Legal 500 2016

“a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court” Legal 500 2017

“a truly exceptional Lawyer with a phenomenal eye for detail” Stuart Miller Solicitors

“one of the leading Private Prosecution QCs in the country” Forrest Williams

“an outstanding lawyer and advocate” Scarmans


  • 1991 (Middle Temple)
  • 2005 (Isle of Man (T)
  • 2013 (Grenada)


  • OECS Bar Association
  • European Academy of Law
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Cybercrime Practitioners Association
  • Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry

Sandip Patel QC is a Barrister with an impressive domestic and international practice in civil and criminal litigation with particular emphasis on international regulatory cases.   Sandip Patel QC has been at the forefront of cases involving cybercrime and electronic evidence.    Sandip Patel QC regularly represents individuals, businesses and Governments in complex disputes with an overlap between criminal and civil law especially in the arena of fraud and tax evasion.   Sandip Patel QC has advised in matters in the Middle East, India, Europe and the Caribbean.

International Arbitration

Advises and represents public and private entities on contentious and non-contentious international commercial disputes conducted under the rules of various institutions (ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA) and ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules within civil law and common-law jurisdictions, in particular, India.


Private Prosecutions

Sandip Patel QC has acted in variety of different types of Private Prosecutions for Government departments such as the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Authority as well on behalf of individuals on cases involving legally and factually complex issues.   Sandip Patel QC is often instructed in cases involving ‘civil judgements’; which are then sought to be used in support of ‘Private Prosecutions’.   As such, Sandip Patel QC is extremely versed with both Criminal law and Civil Procedure.


Sandip Patel QC is currently instructed in a substantial Private Prosecution brought by a City law firm against two former employees for fraud and perverting the course of justice following extensive litigation in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court.   In addition, Sandip Patel QC is currently advising on a matter involving the commencement of a Private Prosecution by a French company against a UK company for fraud, copyright theft and passing-off.  This case has required extensive consideration of UK and French law in relation to Private Prosecutions.

R v A: a Saudi Princess, accused of immigration, fraud and perjury offences stemming from civil litigation.

Forrest Williams, a leading private client firm, describes Sandip as “one of the leading Private Prosecution QCs in the country”

Private Prosecution Solicitors

Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety

Sandip Patel QC specialises in advising clients on a broad range of health and safety and regulatory issues, and has particular expertise in providing advice and representation in the defence of Corporate Manslaughter cases.

He provides advice to clients who are subject to investigation by the police and by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches of health and safety legislation.

Since April 2015 the CQC has had a power to bring criminal prosecutions against health and social care providers for failing to provide care and treatment in a safe way. These powers sit alongside those that exist for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Sandip Patel QC advises clients who are subject to enforcement activity brought by the CQC. Tracey regularly provides training to Board members and health and safety managers on dealing with adverse incidents, health and safety legislation and corporate manslaughter.

Fraud and Business Crime

Sandip Patel QC is a business crime specialist advising businesses and individuals on issues involving action by criminal or regulatory enforcement agencies in the UK and internationally.

Sandip Patel QC represents clients at all stages of the process from dawn raids and arrests, through to negotiating plea agreements and if necessary defending clients at trial. He also provides compliance training and adviceroutinely assists companies who may have been the victims of crime ensuring effective engagement with law enforcement authorities to prevent or limit secondary liability arising elsewhere.

He has significant experience of all aspects of business crime including bribery and corruption, fraud and financial crime, insider dealing, revenue offences and trading standards. Matters instructed upon include investigations brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Police, HM Revenue & Customs, Competition and Markets Authority and the US Department of Justice.



R v H:£1 mn fraud by D, loss adjuster, on Thames Water, a client-construction of contracts-abuse of position-breach of trust-investigated by Anti-Terrorist Branch-links to terrorist funding

R v A: solicitor accused of cheating the Revenue

Banking/Financial Services include:

Law and Regulation of Market Abuse: Insider Trading (s.52 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993; s.118 FSMA), Market Manipulation (ss.89 and 90 of the Financial Services Act 2012), the FCA Principles, The Disclosure and Transparency Rules (DTRs), the UK Takeover Code, Market Abuse Directive 2003/6/EC (MAD).

AML (Anti-Money laundering) law inclusive of 3rd EU ML Directive, POCA, Terrorism Act 2000, FCA rules, Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) guidelines and Money Laundering Regulations 2003 and 2007, KYC (Know Your Customer), KYC (Know Your Client) Financial Crime, Fraud, Bribery, Corruption (Anti-corruption legislation, including, in particular, the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act 2010), Compliance, Regulatory Reporting, Regulatory Risk, Due Diligence; Knowledge of AML regulations. Economic and trade sanctions laws, regulations and practice.

Serious Crime

Sandip Patel QC has appeared in many murder cases including corporate manslaughter

R v B:  murder of sister by family-charges included sparsely used “familial homicide”-complex issues of fact and law-substantial argument-high profile.

R v R: Joint enterprise murder -diminished responsibility-expert evidence on loss of control-high profile.

R v J: shotgunmurder of a homeless man

R v C: murder-drug related-self-defence-complex issues re joint enterprise, bad character etc.

R v C:multi-million pound cocaine smuggling ring at Heathrow airport-Sidhu employee and “inside man”-high profile-SOCA investigation.

Terrorism: Cases have involved both substantive charges under the Terrorism Acts (2000, 2001, 2006, 2008,); Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010, as well as common law conspiracies to murder. Routinely instructed in cases involving serious and organised crime and, in particular, by the National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA), concerning major drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms, rape/serious sexual assaults etc.

Drug Trafficking cases: Importation of 200kgs of cocaine (R v B and Others, 2010); Importation of 40 tonnes of cannabis (R v G and Others, 2013)

Bribery and Corruption

Sandip Patel QC was instructed in the first SFO bribery prosecution on behalf main defendant awaiting extradition from Cambodia. The case concerns the promotion and selling of “bio fuel” investment products to UK investors by Sustainable Agro Energy plc. The value of the alleged fraud is approximately £23m and the offences are said to have taken place between April 2011 and February 2012.

Cybercrime and Data Protection

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Sandip Patel QC has been at the forefront of cases involving ‘cybercrime and cyber security’.  Sandip Patel QC has been involved in most high profile cybercrime cases involving fraud, deception, money laundering and organised crime.   Sandip Patel QC has acted in famous cases such as the “Facebook Hacker”, ‘Anonymous’ prosecutions for computer hacking involving PayPal and Visa and for computer hacking into UK and US Government websites for agencies such as the CIA and FBI in the US and National Crime Agency, National Health Service and Ministry of Defence in the UK.  In addition, Sandip Patel QC has been involved in cases of serious and organised fraud and money laundering on the ‘Dark Web’.


Sandip Patel QC has intricate knowledge of cases involving cybercrime especially from the issue of admissibility of evidence.   Sandip Patel QC is a contributor to the leading text book namely:  Electronic Evidence, 3rd Edition, Stephen Mason.  In addition, Sandip Patel QC lectures regularly on cybercrime and has trained law enforcement officials both in the UK and abroad including advising the Police in the Republic of Grenada on the formation of a cybercrime unit with focus on policies and procedures.

Sandip Patel QC is Chairman of the Cybercrime Practitioners Association.


Law Firm Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting clients in the digital age

Law firms hold a large amount of sensitive information and potentially valuable client data on their IT systems, making them an attractive target for hackers and cyber terrorists. Cyberattacks against UK law firms jumped by 20% between 2015 and 2016 as more than 70% of leading firms reported some form of attack.

Join us for the Law Firm Cybersecurity Conference where IT experts and leading authorities in the legal sector will discuss the growing threat posed by cybercrime. Understand the implications of the Government’s £1.9 billion cybersecurity strategy, know your obligations under the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation and learn how your firm can avoid being the next high profile victim of a data breach.

Expect to hear from a panel of specialist speakers including a keynote presentation from Sandip Patel QC, chairman of the Cyber-Crime Practitioners Association.


Sandip Patel QC, Chairman of the Cyber-Crime Practitioners Association

My experience of being at the forefront of cyber-crime prosecutions

  • The threat of cyber-crime threatens all sectors, industries and professions
  • The legal profession is particularly vulnerable to attack
  • The significance of the Mossack Fonseca security breach

Madras Bar Association


Speech delivered by Mr.Sandip Patel QC, Barrister, Scarmans (London) in MBA on “Cross-border Investigation & Prosecution of Cybercrime :UK Experience”


Stuart Miller, a leading London firm in cyber crime, describes Sandip as “..a truly exceptional Lawyer with a phenomenal eye for detail. He is routinely instructed in cases involving Complex Fraud, Serious & Organised Crime and Computer Misuse Offences”.

Cyber crime pod casts for Academy of European Law

Case studies: prosecuting members of Anonymous for Denial of Service Attacks (DoS) on PayPay, Visa etc. and the “Facebook hacker” – how  was electronic evidence handled in these cases? (Part 1)

Case studies: prosecuting members of Anonymous for Denial of Service Attacks (DoS) on PayPay, Visa etc. and the “Facebook hacker” – how  was electronic evidence handled in these cases? (Part 2)


In 2012, the “Facebook Hacker” case.

In the same year he was involved in the case of members of Anonymous who hacked PayPal,Visa etc.

In 2013, Anonymous members who hacked into UK and US govt websites including CIA, FBI. NCA, NHS, MoD etc.

Radio interview by Sandip:


He led in the DarkMarket case, a website for carders involving the US Secret Service and FBI

In November 2013, Sandip spoke at a cybercrime conference in Milan hosted by the European Academy of Law.

He also advising the Grenadian police on the formation of a cybercrime unit, its policies and procedures.

Sandip contributed to Electronic Evidence 3rd Ed, Stephen Mason.

See review:


International work

Sandip Patel QC’s internation work has taken him to India, the Middle East, the West Indies, Africa and Europe


Sandip has received six judicial commendations and numerous professional endorsements.

LinkedIn URL

Sandip Patel QC has lectured on mutual legal assistance, human rights and forensic evidence (Turkey), counterfeit medicines (France, Isle of Man), SOCPA 2005, asset recovery, modernisation of the criminal justice system, and advocacy (CPS, SOCA (now NCA), organised crime, firearms.

Sandip Patel QC has provided cybercrime training to the CPS, NCA, police, solicitors and foreign governments and organisations. He advised the Grenadian A-G on drafting/implementation of e-legislation.

Sandip Patel QC has provided training on UK bribery law (2010 Act, caselaw) and procedure, prosecution framework to the Mauritius Chief Justice and prosecutors; the Japanese First Legal UK Attache, judges and prosecutors; SOCA, CPS etc.

Chambers & Prs: Leading Barrister

Legal 500: Leading Individual

  • Legal 500 2016: Leading Individual