Global Investigations and White-Collar Crime; Fraud; Confiscation.
Summary of Experience
Blake has specialised in white collar crime since 2001. During that time he has been involved in some of the largest criminal prosecutions brought in the UK including matters investigated and prosecuted by the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Revenue & Customs and the Financial conduct Authority.
He has also acted in a number of high profile investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office. Such work includes bribery and corruption, long firm fraud, high yield investment fraud, insurance and mortgage fraud, asset stripping and advance fee fraud.
In addition Blake has extensive experience of Proceeds of Crime Act matters, and led the defence of a Kenyan national in what are said to be the largest private confiscation proceedings ever brought in the United Kingdom. This followed the collapse of a hotel and banking business with assets in Southern Africa, India, Mauritius and the Middle East.