Faras is a specialist in the most serious cases of financial crime. He acts for and against companies and senior professionals accused of serious financial misconduct. He lectures nationally and internationally on topics including the Bribery Act, Common Reporting Standard and the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Recent work has included: acting for the SFO in the Unaoil international corruption trial and as lead counsel in a multimillion-pound private equity fraud in the energy sector. He is currently instructed in a number of international corruption investigations involving multinational corporates, an international trade finance fraud and an investigation into tax evasion by a high net worth individual. He represented a company director accused of laundering the proceeds of international diversion frauds and a compliance officer accused of laundering £10 million of terrorist funds. Faras has advised in internal investigations relating to financial misconduct by major financial institutions and breaches of international sanctions.
Faras has advised major international organisations and foreign courts on AML, sanctions, enforcement and discrete matters of UK law.
Lectures to JP Morgan, HMRC Fraud Investigation Service, City law firms, BEIS and the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Task Force on the OECD Common Reporting Standards and the offence of ‘Failing to prevent’ tax offences under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.
Lectures to Slaughter and May and K&L Gates on the anticipated new offence of Failing to Prevent Economic Crime.
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
SFO A Panel
SFO Proceeds of Crime A Panel
Grade 4 (Highest Level) CPS Prosecutor
Grade 4 CPS Specialist Fraud Panel
College of Law Mooting Prize
Leading individual in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar directories (see Recommendations)