Kevin Dent QC
Kevin specialises in financial crime, serious crime, professional discipline and asset recovery. He is highly regarded as leading counsel in these areas.
Kevin is known for his diligence, meticulous preparation, fine strategic judgement together with piercing cross-examination where necessary in contested hearings.
Kevin is adept at handling cases involving a large volume of paperwork and is quickly able to identify the critical issues for both a jury and a client.
Kevin has a reputation for guiding seemingly difficult cases to successful outcomes through fine strategic judgement and unwavering commitment to the cause.
Kevin has a particular interest and expertise in frauds involving medical professionals within the field of healthcare, and in cases concerning fraudulent abuse of the elderly and vulnerable.
Kevin’s wide expertise in criminal cases includes: cybercrime, romance fraud, vishing fraud, online payment platforms, Bitcoin, fraudulent evasion of revenue, benefit fraud, money laundering, fraudulent trading, Companies Act offences and offences of bribery and corruption.
Kevin also has an established reputation in the arena of professional discipline, including cases involving allegations of dishonesty, want of integrity, applications to restore, cases where a patient subsequently died, counterfeit medical devices, inappropriate relationships and multiple-patient cases.
I like to get right to the heart of a case by spending time with clients at an initial conference; listening to their concerns and needs then working out what is alleged, what the evidence is and then the best way of advancing the case.
Where it is possible to do so, I will seek to improve a client’s prospects through constructive dialogue with the opposition. In other circumstances, however where a contested hearing is inevitable, I will meticulously prepare for a thorough and exacting cross-examination of key witnesses.
I am prepared to travel to my clients, although I would charge the costs of travel.
Costs: I usually set fixed fees, so that you know exactly how much you will have to pay.
By way of examples of helping clients get good results in tough situations:
- I recently advised the CEO of a SMS business in relation to an ongoing bribery and corruption investigation. Successfully fending off a prosecution was crucial for both him and his business. We worked out a careful strategy then made detailed representations to the prosecuting authority with the consequence that no charges were brought. Both he and his business are now both thriving.
- I also represented a client charged with tax evasion from his business in buying and selling properties. Having perceived that he was very likely to be convicted, I patiently liaised with the prosecution to agree a ‘basis of plea’ which limited the scope of the offending. After this, I persuaded the Crown Court judge to suspend the sentence of imprisonment and that there was no need for confiscation proceedings as HMRC would make their own assessment of liability.
I have been a barrister for more than 25 years, practising mostly in the arena of crime. For many years, I was on the specialist AGs List of specialist Prosecution Counsel which gave me a great grounding in cases involving matters such as medical frauds, MHRA cases, benefit fraud, Company Act offences, bribery and corruption.
More recently, and prior to taking silk, I have been at the Grade 4 (top) lists of prosecution advocates on the Crown Prosecution Service’s panels for fraud, asset recovery and general crime.
I am also on the Serious Fraud Office’s panel of advocates for Panel A, their top panel.
I love working with individual clients and helping them sort out the various problems they face. My background, both defending and prosecuting, also helps me to work out the best strategy for a client and the most effective way of communicating with the opposition.
Professional & academic
I studied at the University of Sussex obtaining an Honours Degree in 1990.
I was called to the Bar in 1991.
I write regularly in legal journals, both on matters of expertise and also on matters that I am passionate about.
I am a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.