Simon O’Meara is a litigation specialist with an emphasis on fraud and serious crime.
Simon’s expertise covers all allegations of fraud, including boiler room fraud, tax fraud, bribery & corruption, cartel activity, MTIC fraud, and insider dealing. He is also adept in the related areas of asset restraint, sanctions, confiscation (POCA), and cash seizure proceedings. He is also more regularly being instructed to advise on the adoption and regulation of cryptocurrency.
Simon has been instructed in cases investigated and prosecuted by authorities as varied as the City of London Police, Economic Crime Directorate, the Flying Squad, Scotland Yard, the NCA, FCA, SFO, and HMRC. He has considerable experience at every stage of the investigation/prosecution process, regularly representing clients at the police station, Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal.
Simon’s objective is always to bring matters to a satisfactory conclusion as soon as possible, often avoiding prosecution or further action. He is extremely client-focused and an effective stakeholder manager. He has strong relationships with a number of the country’s leading barristers and defence experts.
Simon is regularly instructed by corporates, high net worth individuals and those in the public eye. It is, of course, not just the outcome which is important to his clients but also discretion, risk analysis and reputation management. In this respect Simon is particularly astute when engaging with the media, including preventing or removing inaccurate reporting, lobbying for favourable coverage and drafting press releases.