Victoria Sheppard-Jones is a regulatory law and crime specialist barrister who joined 3PB in January 2021 from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where she has been working on an investigation into the Anti Money Laundering and Compliance framework of a large bank. This follows over two years as a Complex Casework Lawyer at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Prior to this, Victoria was invited to join the General Dental Council (GDC) as their interim Head of the Illegal Practice team having previously been on their panel of instructed counsel.
A former tenant of another highly-respected criminal team in a London chambers for nearly ten years between 2007 and 2016, Victoria has experience both as junior barrister alone and as a led junior. Unusually for her previous chambers, Victoria built up a strong financial and healthcare regulatory/disciplinary practice.
Her considerable experience covers regulatory disputes (particularly financial crime), complex and lengthy fraud, inquests, people trafficking, exploitation, drugs, firearms, serious violence and serious sexual crime.
In 2014 Victoria spent six months working on a highly-sensitive investigation into the Anti Money Laundering practices in the Middle East branches of a well-known bank. She has also been seconded to a specialist corporate fraud solicitors to join their team in representing two businessmen and their wives in a high profile fraud and tax prosecution alleging manipulation of the Guernsey Stock Exchange.
She was appointed a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) in March 2020.
Outide of her busy work demands, Victoria is a committed marathon and ultra-marathon runner for charities Beat and Mind with fundraisers including completing the Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara Desert.
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Victoria Sheppard-Jones is a highly experienced regulatory barrister who has worked in-house and in private practice for two UK regulators, the General Dental Council (GDC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She has considerable experience of white-collar criminal prosecutions and disciplinary cases, particularly complex and lengthy fraud and money laundering cases.
Victoria was invited in January 2020, because of her previous experience, to join the FCA’s Enforcement Department as a consultant. She worked as part of a team on a regulatory investigation into the Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) controls of a bank.
Her key responsibilities have been:
- Customer file analysis using the online platform, Citrix
- Interviewing witnesses using compelled powers
- Drafting Information Requirements and liaising with the bank and their lawyers
- Consideration and drafting of policy decisions
- Advising on law and procedure
- Communicating with internal and external stakeholders
- Consideration and application of the relevant Money Laundering Regulations (MLRs), FCA Handbook and Joint Money Laundering Steering Group Guidance (JMLSG)
In 2014 Victoria also spent six months working on a highly sensitive investigation into the Anti Money Laundering practices in the Middle Eastern branches of a well-known bank.
She has also been seconded to a specialist corporate fraud solicitors to join the team in representing two businessmen and their wives in a high profile fraud and tax prosecution alleging manipulation of the Guernsey Stock Exchange.
In healthcare, Victoria was invited to join the GDC as interim Head of the Illegal Practice (IP) team in late 2016. Her responsibilities included:
- Providing guidance and accountability for all decisions to prosecute
- Providing legal advice to the team and wider GDC
- Drafting policy, contracts and charging advices
- Preparing and presenting Registration Appeals before the Registration Appeals Tribunal
- Considering and drafting judgment on applications to review the decisions of casework not to refer a fitness to practice complaint to a GDC practicing committee
Even at the outset of her career - in 2005, the year she was called to the Bar - Victoria was involved in regulatory cases. She was employed by a Midlands law firm to assist in the preparation of the defence case in relation to a prosecution by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) which involved large volumes of material disclosed by them.
She was later asked to join the firm permanently as a Crown Court case manager. This saw Victoria obtain her police station accreditation and she has considerable experience of assisting defendant clients in police and regulators' interviews.
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Victoria Sheppard-Jones is a highly experienced criminal defence barrister who takes cases both as a junior alone and a led junior.
She has considerable experience in cases of complex and lengthy fraud, other financial and white-collar criminal prosecutions, people trafficking, exploitation, drugs, firearms, serious violence and serious sexual crime.
Victoria was employed from 2017 until 2020 as a complex casework lawyer at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. She acted under delegated powers of the Registrar to case manage complex conviction and sentences appeals lodged at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Her key responsibilities included:
- Providing legal advice to casework, the single Judge and the full Court of Appeal as to law and procedure
- Issuing directions and case managing complex conviction and ad hoc applications (including Courts Martial, CCRC referrals, Prosecution appeals and Attorney-General references) in accordance with internal procedure, statute and the Criminal Procedure Rules
- Advising on the legality of sentences passed in the Crown Court
- Preparing summaries for the full Court as the basis upon which judgment was given
From 2007 until 2016, Victoria was in private practice with another highly-respected crime and regulatory chambers in London. She acted on a number of high profile criminal cases, and appeals before the Court of Appeal Criminal Divisions, including:
- 2016. Reading Crown Court. R v X. Junior alone. Secured an acquittal for a youth of good character tried on indictment for assault and rape of a child.
- 2016. Northampton Crown Court. R v Farren. Junior alone for defendant accused of historic rape.
- 2016. Burnley CC. R v Berry. Junior alone for first defendant in plant machinery sales fraud case.
- 2015. Leeds CC. R v Ul Haq. Led junior for the first defendant in a high profile people trafficking and exploitation case.
- 2015. Basildon CC. R v McLaughlin. Led junior for the first defendant in the Tilbury Docks people trafficking case. Re-tried in May 2016.
- 2015. Newcastle CC. R v Jones. Junior alone. Secured an acquittal for a man of good character accused of rape.
- 2015. Preston CC. R v Ahmed. Junior alone. Defendant deemed unfit to plead in relation to allegations of kidnap and rape of a child. Acted for the defendant in the trial of issue. Acts not proved.
- 2014. Isleworth CC. R v X. Junior alone. Secured the acquittal of a youth of good character accused of gang rape.
- 2014. R v Guclu. Led junior at the Central Criminal Court in a high profile case representing a solicitor indicted for breaches of immigration law.
- 2014. Birmingham CC. R v Beatty. Led junior in a three month VAT fraud. Defendant acquitted.
- 2013. Warwick CC. R v Booth. Led Junior in a three month fraud and perverting trial.
- Bar Vocational Course: Very Competent, Nottingham Law School
- LLB Law degree: 2:1, Kings College, University of London
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care - Mental Health)
- Criminal Bar Association
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Inner Temple