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RAYMOND SHAW
Senior Partner
(Admitted 1996)

Email: r.shaw@sgkllp.com
Secure email: r.shaw@sgkllp.com.cjsm.net
Office: 020 7734 9700
Direct dial: 020 3167 6470

Raymond’s reputation has been established over 25 years. His consistent recommendations in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for over 13 years are the result of his consistent approach, bringing the same meticulous commitment to every client no matter the nature of the charges they face.

“Raymond Shaw is an individual who is all over his briefs. He brings insight, lines of enquiry together with providing leadership and strategic input into the most difficult and largest of cases.” Chambers & Partners

His personable manner puts clients and witnesses at ease, allowing him to build trust and get to the root of matters quickly. He has the judgment to identify the key points in a case and the communication skills necessary to explain often complex issues in a manner that allows clients to make informed choices.

Raymond brings the same meticulous commitment to every client, no matter the nature of the charges they face. His personable manner puts clients and witnesses at ease, allowing him to build trust and get to the root of matters quickly. He has the judgment to identify the key points in a case and the communication skills necessary to explain often complex issues in a manner that allows clients to make informed choices.

Raymond has particular experience in advising and defending fraud and related financial offences. This experience extends to investigations and proceedings brought by the SFO, HMRC and CPS specialist fraud units as well as advising clients facing FCA and CMA investigations. Raymond’s clients frequently face criminal matters complicated by parallel civil proceedings.

Raymond has completed the ACFE Certified Fraud Examiner qualification, bringing to his practice a unique insight and understanding of how investigative and prosecutorial agencies approach their work.

In addition to his financial crime expertise, Raymond has particular experience defending and advising in:

  • Allegations of domestic violence, coercion and control, or harassment  where Raymond receives referrals from specialist family law firms.
  • Contempt of Court proceedings, civil and criminal, including acting for a barrister accused of contempt within the Post Office Operation Horizon appeals.
  • Football related investigations, having acted for the former chairman of a Premier League club, a Premier League footballer facing assault allegations, a solicitor advising footballers and their agents,  a well-known comedian arrested following a football related stunt.
  • International child abduction cases.
  • Conspiracy cases (fraud/drugs).

Supplementing his traditional criminal defence practice, Raymond also advises:

  • Victims of crime - guiding them through a stressful and complex process, pressing the police and CPS to act more effectively in cases where clients are receiving an inadequate response.
  • Professionals - doctors, dentists, solicitors, actuaries, IFAs and other professionals facing professional disciplinary investigations, particularly those with potential criminal liability.
  • Clients seeking the removal of biometric and data records available to the police for disclosure during DBS or enhanced DBS checks.

Outside his client work, Raymond is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association and a member and former President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, in which he represented defence solicitors in negotiations and meetings with Government, the senior Judiciary, the leadership of the CPS and the Bar.

“Raymond Shaw is a really strong criminal defence advocate.”

"He is extremely intelligent and experienced, highly tactical and never does anything without considering every angle."

"Ray is just amazing - he is responsive, very thorough and tenacious where appropriate. Clients love him."

Chambers & Partners 2024


“Raymond is excellent, methodical, very thorough, and very engaging.”

“Raymond Shaw maintains a strong criminal defence practice which includes representing clients facing serious allegations of violence and attempted murder. He heads the private client criminal defence team at Shaw Graham Kersh.”

Chambers & Partners 2023


“Both Paul Graham and Raymond Shaw, who are stalwarts of the London criminal market and should be praised for their client care...”

“Raymond Shaw is an outstanding solicitor. A giant brain on criminal law.”

“Raymond Shaw is a really strong criminal defence advocate.”

Legal 500 2023


“Raymond Shaw – a highly experienced litigator who is diligent, creative and devoted to his clients. He is a pleasure to work with and is tactically astute”

Legal 500 2022


“Raymond Shaw is a good defence lawyer who shows judgement, confidence and clear thinking.”

“He demonstrates excellent client care and superb attention to detail. He is an excellent tactician who provides sensible pragmatic advice.”

Chambers and Partners 2022


“He is amazing at dealing with people who are having their first interaction with the law.”

Chambers and Partners 2021


“Raymond Shaw is very knowledgeable and tactically astute. Fantastic client care with a young client facing a very serious charge and his very worried parents were handled with skill. Nothing is left to chance”

Legal 500 2021

"Thank you for all your support… [and] for providing reassurance through the process. I have found your advice and calming style really helpful throughout the long time this has taken"


"It is terrifying to realise how close we can all come to a wrongful conviction. Worst of all, this process has ripped me apart from my family. I am looking forward to … rebuilding my life with my wife and young children. I thank my legal team at Shaw Graham Kersh, in particular Raymond Shaw"

2024 SFO/Glencore Energy
Advising an individual subject to SFO investigation following the conviction of Glencore Energy UK Ltd for extensive bribery charges relating to their oil business in West Africa, Glencore having already been levied the highest ever financial penalty imposed in the UK.


2024 Robbery
R aymond acts for one of the security guards involved in the Fayed family robbery case currently before Guildford Crown Court.


2024 Actuary professional advice
Advising an actuary as to whether he is bound to report the actions of a  fellow actuary to his professional body, navigating the overlapping contractual requirements, professional/disciplinary rules and legal professional privilege.


2023 Indecent Images
Representing the CEO of a listed company charged with possession of indecent images.


2023 Bournemouth Crown Court, Blackmail/Harassment
Represented a Defendant initially charged with harassment of his two fellow directors at his company. Persuaded the police that the offending emails were the result of the blackmail being conducted against our client, resulting in the investigation, prosecution and conviction of the other two directors.


2023 Murder Investigation – Brent
Represented a young man being investigated for the murder of one person, and attempted murder of another at a party in Kilburn NW6.


2023 Murder Appeal
Advising and appealing conviction on behalf of a mentally ill man who was convicted of murder and not of manslaughter by diminished responsibility. The case involves an attack on the integrity and professionalism of the prosecution expert psychiatrist.


2022 Trading Standards v B, Southwark Crown Court
Represented a director, one of 9 accused of conspiracy to defraud multiple customers of millions in respect of a ‘Magic Box’ said to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use and produce save on heating bills. Challenges to the prosecution disclosure regime ultimately led to the case collapsing and not guilty verdicts being entered for all defendants.


2022 Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Represented a former employee of a company at the heart of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry providing evidence to the Enquiry and avoiding any police investigation.


2020 Birmingham Crown Court
Tax Fraud. Represented the lead defendant in a £125 million tax fraud case involving government incentives to bolster the British film industry. The combination of celebrity investors, tax schemes and the British film industry attracted significant publicity. The Judge was persuaded to dismiss the case at the close of the prosecution case but this decision was over-ruled by the Court of Appeal. The defendant was eventually convicted after a four week jury deliberation. He received a sentence falling significantly below the current sentencing guidelines. Raymond conducted the confiscation proceedings himself successfully ensuring no order was made.


2020 Contempt of Court, at the Court of Appeal
Representing a barrister accused of contempt of Court in respect of the onward disclosure of a contentious document produced during the appeal process.


2020 International Freezing order, Queens Bench Division
Representing a financial services company and its main director, in connection with an international freezing order resulting from allegations of fraud and the loss of millions of pounds of invested funds. In the process uncovering apparent fraud by those seeking the Order against our client.


2020 B Metropolitan Police Encrochat
Advising client under investigation as part of the wave of arrests involving Encrochat or PGP encrypted devices. One of a number of such cases in the firm.


2018 Southwark Crown Court
With Madeleine Corr represented one of three defendants charged with bribery involving a prominent motor sport company. Following a timely guilty plea resulted in a suspended sentence order.


2018 Fraud Norwich Crown Court
Representing a company and its directors in an FCA investigation and parallel criminal proceedings for conspiracy to defraud. The allegations concern the alleged improper use of millions of pounds of investors’ funds in breach of FCA regulations and conspiracy to defraud charges.


2018 Southwark Crown Court
Represented the sole defendant charged with defrauding his “Russian oligarch” employers of millions of pounds. Whilst a civil case in 2014 was found against him and had resulted in him being ordered to repay £12.5 million. Massive efforts were made to secure full disclosure from the prosecution and this resulted in abuse of process applications and repeated adjournments of the trial. Shortly before being listed for trial for the third time the Crown offered no evidence and Not Guilty verdicts were entered on the 15 Count indictment.


2018 (police investigation)
Advising a prominent celebrity/journalist in connection with allegations of controlling or coercive behaviour (under the Serious Crime Act 2015).


2018 (various)
Football related fraud Advising the former director of a Premier League Football club and a current director.


2017 Kingston Crown Court
Successful defence of two men accused of conspiracy to launder more than £50 million in drug money through a money transfer office. The manager and compliance officer of the company were both acquitted notwithstanding their filmed movement of the cash sums on motor bikes through London without the required AML record keeping.


2017 CMA v Various
Instructed by a well-known city firm to advise former employees of a company under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority in respect of bid rigging and price fixing in the building industry in breach of the Enterprise Act 2002.

The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms Shaw, Raymond

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