“Smart, experienced and tactically astute”
– Legal 500
Fiona Gavriel is a partner at Janes and has over 25 years experience in defending her clients in numerous large, complex, high profile and media featured cases brought by the SFO, HMRC, CPS, FCA, NCA, The Electoral Commission, Trading Standards, GMC, HRA, HCPC and the War Crimes Unit, amongst others.
Having originally trained and qualified at Janes solicitors in 2000, she returned as a partner in 2018.
Fiona has been ranked in Chambers and Partners since 2018.
The testimonials in Chambers and Legal 500 consistently reflect her compassion and sensitivity towards those facing the most stressful events of their lives.
“Fiona Gavriel is a real gem. She prides herself on picking the best team for the clients’ needs. He bespoke approach means that she has exceedingly good results.” – Legal 500, 2023
“Fiona Gavriel continues to excel in financial crime. She provides excellent legal skills with a real personal touch.” – Legal 500, 2022
“A hard working and talented lawyer with excellent client care. She has no stop button when it comes to preparing the defence of her client.” – Legal 500, 2022
“A hard working and talented lawyer with excellent client care.” – Legal 500, 2019
Fiona has defended her clients in some of the largest, complex and high profile cases in recent history. This includes successfully defending a broker in Libor, getting an acquittal of an accountant charged in what was described as the “ largest and most complex tax fraud ever prosecuted by HMRC”, successfully dismissing torture charges connected to Charles Taylor in one of only three cases ever prosecuted in the UK under the doctrine of Universal Jurisdiction.
She also successfully represented a jockey in the Kieran Fallon race fixing trial and secured an acquittal in a recent case of large scale money laundering into Dubai where all other defendants were convicted.
Fiona enjoys personally preparing a case from the investigation stage through to trial and beyond. She represented an individual in the SFOs investigation into ENRC, personally attending SFO interviews. She also currently represents a very high profile individual who was married to Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter and is accused of £260 million money laundering allegation linked to NatWest fines.
“She is smart, thorough and great with clients” – Chambers, 2022
“Fiona is absolutely excellent and her client care is phenomenal” – Legal 500
“She is a tough litigator with excellent communication who is protective of her clients.”
“Fiona Gavriel is very client-focused. Outstanding.” – Legal 500, 2021
“A tough litigator with excellent communication who is protective of her clients” – Legal 500, 2021
Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
Member of Female Fraud Forum
Member of Women in Criminal Law
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Member of the International Women’s White Collar Defence Association
In her spare time Fiona enjoys yoga, Art galleries and Music festivals
Greek and French
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