Background and Expertise
Zacharias is a leading international and UK criminal lawyer. He is regularly instructed by high profile clients around the world and has been instructed in the UK in many of the leading cases involving criminal law and commercial fraud. He is known for having an incredible eye for detail, superb technical ability and litigation instinct. He is fearless however he is approachable with excellent interpersonal skills to bring the best out of his clients.
He is authorised to conduct litigation in relation to all areas of practice and direct access authorised.
He started practice at the bar as a commercial and criminal/ civil intellectual property lawyer and in his early years practised in both civil and criminal law. Zacharias has developed a specialist area which sits at the junction of criminal law and commercial fraud. Having been in practice for over 25 years, he has acquired great experience in many areas of law and is now taking on national and international fraud/ bribery cases with multi-disciplinary teams. He has a wealth of experience in advising clients particularly in the early stages and in crisis, setting out their options and guiding their responses, whilst also making the preparations necessary for future litigation.
Recent instructions include representing Vincent Tchenguiz in both the criminal SFO proceedings and in the commercial actions against the SFO for misfeasance and damages. Instructions included the commercial fraud actions arising in the complex commercial fraud case of Vincent Tchenguiz and Rawlinson & Hunter in claims in the BVI and London against Grant Thornton (UK) and Kaupthing Bank (Iceland) for damages amounting to £2.2bn; acting on behalf of a family in relation to a worldwide £800m fraud against their trust; allegations against international clients of insider dealing and market manipulation in France; allegations of fraud/corruption by an international property company in a European investigation of £1.6bn; actions for misconduct by trustees; commercial actions for libor and banking fraud; blackmail, bribery and corruption.
He works closely with global company heads and international family offices providing strategic solutions to complex litigation and leading multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams. Directing and deploying effective strategies to deal with complex situations and cases.
To be completed – largest international pharmaceutical generic drugs fraud involving dark net organisations and money laundering via cryptocurrency exchanges. The value of the fraud is excess of £20m. The litigation involves cross border evidence from the USA and Europe.
34 million international money service bureau fraud. Zacharias lead counsel for the main defendant of four defendants made extensive submissions Zacharias and argued there had been "catastrophic disclosure failures" on the part of the crown forcing the prosecution to accept they had not prepared their case properly.
In what was almost a week of legal argument after 6 weeks of the trial process and following extensive cross-examination by Mr Miah, the prosecution conceded that the questioning of their witnesses had exposed significant evidential issues, disclosure failures across the investigation and information from the MSB software operating systems which meant the case had to stop. The crown offered no evidence and not guilty pleas entered on all counts for all 4 defendants.
News report here.
Allegations that a uniformed sergeant in the West Midlands Police who was a dishonest policeman was passing criminal intelligence to the co defendant. He knowingly and deliberately abused his unique position as a trusted police officer to help his personal friends and acquaintances who were civilians. They did this by accessing sensitive and highly confidential data held on police computers to research internal police information about incidents that his friends and acquaintances were involved. They targeted sensitive data for their own criminal purposes.
Contrary to s.993 to Companies Act 2006 and Business Regulation Offences it was alleged that Wemba Akobola was knowingly a party to the carrying on of the company Tshovo Accountancy Services Limited for a fraudulent purpose, namely, to defraud clients and prospective clients of the firm, and misrepresenting that the junior accountants would be trained, earn income whilst training and earn between £20,000 plus income to that extent that for every employee they had offered a job would require a minimum business net profit of over 1.4m and offering audit services to city companies when they were not qualified to do so.
News report here.
Large scale cyber fraud investigation and purchase of hacked and stolen cards in secret websites through access points on the internet pending
Application to recuse trial judge who conducted major drugs trial involving large scale supply of drugs across Wales and North West. Application to recuse Trial Judge involving second Trial involving money laundering charges- Judge made significant findings in drugs trial – Judge recused himself after filing of legal submissions and case law.
Multi-handed money laundering trial involving cyber fraud and hacking of high profile victim and layering of funds through complex web of companies.
19 Year old Bangladeshi student kills man after one punch during a verbal racist assault towards the student by man in 50’s who unknown to the Defendant was suffering symptoms of stroke. Exposed a series of unrelated events not related to the D that resulted in a tragic event.
The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to handle motor vehicles in the West Midlands area valued in excess of £1m. The evidence in the case covers 3 years of investigation and over 25,000 pages of documents and electronic evidence. The Defendant was regarded as an expert in radio frequency and using special electronic techniques. Exposed prosecution experts knowledge in RF and systems operating in wider car market comparing new and old electronic and computer systems. The Defendant was found not guilty of all counts by unanimous jury acquittal.
Read more Notable Cases
International Fraud and Corruption
Advised in claims in the BVI and London against Grant Thornton (UK) and Kaupthing bank (Iceland)
A portfolio of Hilton hotels bought by Vincent Tchenguiz, leased back to Hilton and eventually put into administration upon default of a loan scheme hedged by Bayerische Landesbank in circumstances where the value of assets were believed to be undersold. Story here
A Ponzi scheme fraud by a Swiss registered company using the Hong Kong branch of the Singapore based bank DBS.
Embezzlement and fraud involving a Liechtenstein trust of high value with litigation in Cayman Islands, US, Israel, Switzerland, UK, Liechtenstein. See Mark Hollingsworth , Independent, Thursday 8 March 2018 Liechtenstein: The mysterious tax heaven that's losing the trust of the super-rich.
Represented and advised on misfeasance in public office v SFO officers. Settled.
Advised on SFO allegations and Kaupthing Bank Iceland.
Libor/ Swaps claims v banks – settled 2014/2015. Review of USA cases involving above claims
West Midlands £50m metals fraud involving an international metals business exporting worldwide and Scandinavian countries
Court of Appeal found “Scrappy conduct by Judge” - duty of a Judge when referring to a Defendant’s police interview.
Quashing of a 1999 conviction on fresh evidence inherent genetic and brain damage expert evidence. Exposed failures in imaging and scanning capabilities and reporting by experts whereas new expert evidence and techniques demonstrated the changes in the brain abnormality (CT/MRI) confirmed inherent brain abnormalities.
Judicial Review, procedure, disclosure, verdict statement of Coroner over turned.
Maximum sentence and reduction of sentence for early guilty plea.
Duty of professional care of Government Services.
Ancillary relief disclosure.
Jurisdiction Arguments India (Court of Appeal)
Disclosure ordered of all police officers uniforms for forensic investigation resulted in identifying key suspects and claim for damages.
Microsoft Hacking. Advised on one of first reported major hacking cases in the UK and advised on prosecution. Technical evidence and trial of alleged hacker. Hacker convicted. St Albans Crown Court.
- Extensive technical knowledge involving “new tech” investigations, cyber and IT related matters. Copyright and IP fraud related matters.
- Use and preparation of intelligence /analytical charts presentation for the jury in complex case
- Cross border litigation with European and USA Law firms
- Whistle blowing cases involving complex fraud and global finance
- Extensive knowledge in forensic investigations – Inquests (previously Shafilea Ahmed. Face of Asia, death in prison, ambulance service failures and disclosure from medical institutions)
- Researching law relating to artificial intelligence and data sets in cancer and radiology.
- Stem cell treatment UK and US law
PROFILE: Zacharias Miah
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Financial and Corporate law
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Intellectual Property Law
Masters Law International Law copyright and trademarks awarded with Merit
Forensic Medicine & Science 1st Winner Baron Ver Hayden De Lancey prize
Duke of Edinburgh entrance scholarship to the Bar
Pegasus International Scholarship
Inner Temple, Foreign Office Commonwealth Trust, House of Lords 1990, Clifford Chance
Master of the Bench Award Inner Temple
Scholarships 1990,1991 1992 advanced scientific /medical training as a Barrister
Scholarship Inner Temple
The Criminal Bar Association
The Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
International Bar Association
International Council of Jurists
The Society of Asian Lawyers
European Criminal Bar Association/European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers
European Fraud Lawyers Association
Private Prosecution Association