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John Milner


John Milner heads the business crime and fraud team. He is a highly experienced litigator with 12 years’ experience in the London market at a top 20 firm.

John specialises in representing individuals who are the subject of criminal, white collar or regulatory investigations, principally in relation to business crime offences - financial crime, fraud, tax evasion, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, money laundering, boiler room fraud, restraint and confiscation – but also more general criminal conduct including allegations of violence, sexual offences generally and historic sex offences.

He has represented individuals, including accountants, lawyers and other professionals, facing investigation and proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, RCPO and CPS. His aim is always to avoid criminal proceedings, but if that proves impossible, John is able to advise and guide individuals throughout the entire investigation and trial process from internal and regulatory investigation, interview under caution, to charge and trial. 

John Milner Listed in Who’s Who Legal : Business Crime Defence 2018

John Milner Listed in Who’s Who Legal : Business Crime Defence 2017

John's recent work includes the representation of:

  • One of the New York derivatives traders in the SFO Barclays USD Libor trial;
  • One of the traders in the SFO Barclays / Deutsche Bank EURIBOR trial;
  • One of the bankers who was acquitted of all charges in a significant fraud on a Russian investment bank and a UK Asset Managment company;
  • A number of individual directors of large multi-nationals (Serco and Tesco) in on-going investigations by the SFO. 

He has enjoyed significant success acting for owners and company directors in a number of complex MTIC fraud investigations concerning the mobile phone, computer chip and motor vehicle industries, and was instructed to represent the managing partner, in relation to a major fraud in Gibraltar arising out of the collapse of an international law firm.

John is a member of POCLA and has chaired discussion and addressed conferences in London. He is also a member of the ECBA and LCCSA. He has given expert criminal evidence to a court in New York and spoken on fraud and banking fraud at conferences in Taormina, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Client comments include: "I really feel that you went that extra mile for me, and then some".

He is noted in the directories as follows:

Chambers in 2019 says:

"John Milner of IBB Solicitors draws on extensive experience in handling civil and criminal proceedings, frequently handling elements across multiple jurisdictions. Sources report: 'He is one of the best out there. He's absolutely superb'."

Chambers in 2017 says:

"John Milner of IBB Solicitors is 'extremely bright and has an incredible ability to focus, rationally assess a situation and provide a sober and frank assessment of matters,' according to market commentators, who add: 'At the very onset he strikes you with his competence, ability to evaluate things on the spot and above all his objectivity'. "

Chambers in 2016 says:

"John Milner of IBB Solicitors has considerable experience in financial crime and often works on major SFO prosecutions. He is particularly active handling corruption, carousel fraud and investment fraud. "

Chambers in 2015 says:

"Sources say that John Milner of IBB Solicitors "works flat-out for his clients." He is a prominent figure in the field of MTIC fraud matters."

"He has extensive experience handling tax fraud and FCA matters for high profile individuals and corporate clients. Sources report that he is 'excellent. He's very tough, sensible and hardworking'."

Chambers in 2014 says:

"Singled out as thoughtful and intuitive, particularly good at dealing with clients, with notable experience of handling tax fraud cases. Highly rated with a focus on defending individuals accused of serious financial fraud."

Legal 500 in 2018 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), which provides ‘a high-quality service’, handles lengthy, high-profile investigations and trials emanating from SFO and FCA investigations, which frequently extend into a number of jurisdictions. The team is representing an individual in a case involving a fraud on a Russian bank, which had a number of cross-jurisdictional complications. In other work, it is dealing with an FCA prosecution for insider dealing, boiler room frauds, bribery and corruption and a Euribor case. According to one source, practice head John Milner ‘is one of my go-to people for SFO investigations' and 'has excellent criminal law instincts and fights very hard for his clients’". 

Legal 500 in 2017 says:

"The practice is led by ‘top-notch practitioner’ John Milner, who is ‘capable of going toe-to-toe with the best of the white-collar crime solicitors’".

"John Milner, who is noted for his strength in matters at the intersection between general crime and fraud, ‘is a very experienced, wise and tactically shrewd expert’; ‘he is particularly calm under fire’". 

Legal 500 in 2016 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s fraud practice is headed by John Milner, a ‘go-to lawyer for white-collar crime’. Milner and Aman Uppal led the defence of George Alexander, a former sales director of an asset finance company, who was charged by the SFO for allegedly defrauding two banks out of £160m. "

Legal 500 in 2015 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s ‘excellent’ team strengthened with the arrival of consultant John Milner from Irwin Mitchell, who now heads the practice. "

Legal 500 2013 says:

"Works phenomenally hard displaying considerable attention to detail and a sympathetic yet down to earth approach."

Specialism Business Crime and Fraud Based Capital Court - Uxbridge