Trevor Archer specialises in complex investigations, particularly those relating to financial crime prosecuted by the SFO, the Insolvency Service, HMRC, the FCA, and the CPS.
Trevor frequently acts in cross-border investigations and he has particular expertise in prosecutions and DPAs involving corporate defendants. In 2016, Trevor acted in the first successful UK-prosecution of a company for bribery of a foreign public official.
Trevor has extensive experience advising on matters of privilege; he was admitted to the Bar in the Turks and Caicos Islands to act as independent counsel during a bribery investigation and prosecution of former Government Ministers and real-estate developers. More recently, Trevor has advised major banks in the UK and the US on privilege, and he has acted as independent counsel for the SFO, the Insolvency Service, and HMRC.
Trevor’s general criminal practice includes murder and gang crime. Trevor also frequently acts in prosecutions of corporates and individuals by the Health and Safety Executive, and he represents the General Medical Council at professional disciplinary tribunals.
Fraud & Corruption
Fraud & CorruptionLegal Professional PrivilegeProceeds of Crime (POCA)
Trevor has worked on many Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) investigations into international corruption and fraud including, advanced fee fraud, ramping fraud, rent fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi fraud, banking fraud and market manipulation. These investigations frequently involve evidence obtained from other jurisdictions and collaborative work with international agencies.
Trevor also regularly prosecutes and defends fraud prosecuted by the CPS specialist fraud group, including VAT fraud investigated by HMRC and benefit fraud. Notable defence instructions include a boiler room fraud, a banking fraud and a misconduct in public office/fraud trial.
- R v AB Ltd and CD Ltd (2020-2021) Junior counsel for the SFO in UK’s eleventh and twelfth DPAs. Press report: [Serious Fraud Office]
- R v Guralp Systems Limited (2016-2019) Junior counsel for the SFO in UK’s sixth deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) Press report: Serious Fraud Office
- R v G & others (2016-2019) Junior counsel for the SFO in prosecution of three individuals for conspiracy to make corrupt payments to a foreign public official.
- Op. Vouch: R v T & others (2018-2019) Junior counsel for CPS Specialist Fraud Division in prosecution of 10 defendants for boiler room fraud and conspiracy to launder criminal property in the UK and abroad.
- R v S & another (2017-2018) Disclosure counsel for the SFO in prosecution of fraud and money laundering by the CEO and Chief Operating Officer at a FTSE250 listed corporation.
- R v R (2017) Led by Gillian Jones QC defending an allegation of misconduct in public office, fraud, theft and money laundering relating to an employee at the London Borough of Southwark.
- R v S and O Ltd (2016) Junior prosecution counsel in the SFO’s first successful prosecution of a company for bribery of a foreign public official. A UK company and two company directors were convicted of corruption involving bribes totalling £400k to Kenyan and Mauritanian officials to secure contracts to supply printing materials for public elections and academic examinations. Press report: SFO
- R v J (2016) Junior alone defending a multi-handed boiler room fraud.
- R v Saunders and others (2015) Disclosure counsel for the SFO in a £45m London-based Ponzi fraud.
- R v J (2015) Junior counsel for the SFO in allegation of aiding and abetting another to use a false instrument to mislead the financial markets.
- R v B & S (2015) Junior counsel for BEIS in the successful prosecution of offences under the Company Directors Disqualification Act arising from four companies that became insolvent with deficiencies exceeding £18m. Trevor was subsequently instructed alone to prosecute the confiscation proceedings.
- Op. Saturn (2012) Instructed to assist the FCA with disclosure in a complex insider dealing prosecution following examination of intelligence and trading analysis over a 21-month investigation. The case involved trading through a variety of accounts on the basis of price-sensitive information provided by print room employees working within two major investment banks.
Trevor was admitted to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2010 for the specific purpose of advising the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) on matters of privilege. The SIPT was established following Sir Robin Auld’s Commission of Inquiry in 2009 to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption involving senior members of the former Turks and Caicos Islands Government. Trevor has subsequently been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and major banks in the UK and the USA to advise on matters of privilege.
- R v Misick and others (2010-2014) Investigation into allegations of corruption involving the highest echelons of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and international property developers: instructed to advise SIPT on matters of privilege and ownership of documents during the investigation.
Early in his career, Trevor spent five months seconded to the Asset Forfeiture Division of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. He was specifically engaged on a review of Confiscation Orders following the judgment of Toulsen L.J. in R v Chambers  EWCA Crim 2467. Trevor developed a comprehensive understanding of the subtle and intricate issues surrounding confiscation under POCA.
Trevor is a member of the specialist ‘proceeds of crime’ counsel panel for the Serious Fraud Office.
- R v Y Instructed to advise and represent a local authority in confiscation proceedings relating to breach of a planning enforcement notice.
- R v X Prosecuted confiscation proceedings relating to a multi-handed drugs conspiracy case where one of the main issues related to the equity in a matrimonial home registered to the defendant’s wife.
- R v G Instructed by the SFO to examine and review defence solicitor’s files during confiscation proceedings in a case where the defendant waived privilege and claimed the SFO had undertaken to exclude certain assets from their assessment of his available assets.
- R v X Instructed by the CPS Organised Crime Division to prosecute confiscation proceedings in a weapons importation case.
Regulatory & Professional Discipline
Trevor has experience defending and prosecuting a wide variety of offences including conspiracy to murder, aggravated burglary, robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and a wide variety of sexual offences.
Significant cases include:
- R v F & others (2017-2018) Led by Ian McLoughlin in prosecution of 8 defendants for conspiracy to kidnap, wounding with intent and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Press link: Metro
- R v C and others (2017) Led by Sally-Ann Hales QC in prosecution of a conspiracy to murder a heavily pregnant woman. The case involved intermediaries. The defendants were all found guilty after a trial.
Inquiries & Appellate Work
Trevor frequently represents the General Medical Council in disciplinary proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Trevor is also appointed to the regulatory panel for the Health and Safety Executive, the Office of Rail Regulation and the Environment Agency (List B).
Significant cases include:
- R v NS Ltd, FC Ltd and JR Ltd (2020 – ongoing) Currently instructed to prosecute offences arising from an employee being crushed by an air conditioning unit that fell from the roof of a commercial building.
- R v L Ltd (2019-2020) Prosecuted an offence arising from defective perimeter fencing at a concrete manufacturing plant.
- R v WC Ltd & RJF Ltd (2017) Prosecuted an offence that caused a carbon monoxide leak and also risked a gas leak and explosion inside a residential tower block. Resulted in fines and costs totalling £700k.
- R v O (2017) Defended two alleged breaches of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. The defendant was unanimously acquitted.
- R v DI Plc (2017) Prosecuted an offence arising from the collapse of a temporary floor system for the BBC Proms in the Park, crushing an employee.
- R v An NHS Trust (2016) Prosecuted an offence concerning the death of an 87-year-old man in a residential nursing home.
- R v AC Ltd (2016) Prosecuted an offence arising from the collapse of a site hoarding, severely injuring passing pedestrians.
- R v AAC(W) Ltd (2016) Prosecuted an offence arising from an injury caused by a vertical milling machine.
- R v O and others (2014) Defended a multi-handed prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The defendant and two co-defendants were local council waste recycling employees accused of exploiting their position to assist others to make unauthorised deposits of commercial waste
Coroners' InquestsPublic InquiriesAppealsJudicial Review
Prior to commencing pupillage, Trevor assisted in relation to a number of high profile inquests, including the second inquest into the death of 13 teenagers in New Cross house fire in 1981, and the death of Zahid Mubarek who was murdered in his cell by a fellow prisoner. Since joining chambers, Trevor has acted as counsel representing properly interested persons in a number of jury inquests.
- Anthony Quigley Inquest (2014) Instructed by the Treasury Solicitor to represent the Crown Premises Fire Inspection Group at an inquest into the death of a prisoner following a cell fire at HMP Chelmsford.
- Lee Balkwell Inquest (2008) Represented an employer (initially suspected of murder) at a jury inquest into the death of a builder who had died when trapped in the machinery of a cement mixer.
Trevor spent much of 2012 working as support counsel to the Al-Sweady Inquiry.
- Al-Sweady Inquiry (2012 and 2014) Support counsel to an inquiry into allegations of torture and murder of Iraqi detainees in the custody of British Forces in 2004, leading a multidisciplinary team to analyse evidence and prepare for the oral hearings and assisted assist the Chairman to prepare his inquiry report. Press Links: Gov.uk
Trevor has enjoyed success in the Court of Appeal. He is highly accomplished at drafting advices and grounds of appeal, both in relation to conviction and sentence.
Trevor has experience both of advising in relation to claims for judicial review, and of appearing in the High Court.
- R (Rawlinson & Hunter) v SFO (2012) Instructed by the SFO and Treasury Solicitor to advise on duty of candour in judicial review regarding an application for search warrants, relating to circumstances surrounding the collapse of the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing, in October 2008.
- R (H) v Northampton Crown Court (2009) Represented the claimant in judicial review of a Circuit Judge’s decision to remand the claimant in custody. The claim was granted and the decision was quashed. The criminal proceedings were later discontinued.