Stephen Hopper


"He is really knowledgeable and has very strong communication skills. He is extremely thorough and very dedicated"

- Chambers UK (2015)

Stephen’s practice is a mixture of criminal defence, criminal prosecution and professional disciplinary work.  He has extensive jury trial experience across the full range of criminal offences; appearing as junior alone, led junior and leading junior.  He has appeared in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division for both appellants and the Crown.

In recent times Stephen has specialised in fraud and financial crime.  He is ranked in the financial crime section of the 2015 edition of Chambers and Partners.  He is frequently instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division of the Crown Prosecution Service in cases of VAT fraud, income tax fraud, money laundering and large scale benefit fraud.  As a consequence of this work, he has acquired considerable experience of confiscation and forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act.  He has a detailed knowledge of the disclosure regime and related law.

Stephen has been instructed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in criminal prosecutions under the Medicines Act and related regulations.  He has also provided pre-charge advice to the Agency in cases involving patient deaths arising from either prescribing or drug manufacturing errors.

Since 2008, Stephen has been instructed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants as a case presenter, regularly appearing at Disciplinary and Appeal Tribunals concerning matters of professional discipline and financial irregularity.  He also provides written advice to the Association on matters of regulatory law.

Notable Cases

Operation Veneer (2014) (Southwark CC) Prosecution junior in a money laundering prosecution based around a central London bureau de change. The bureau converted in excess of £100 million of criminal proceeds. 

Operation Solent (2014) (Southwark CC) Leading junior for the Crown.  Eleven defendants charged with a conspiracy to defraud the Royal Marsden NHS Trust.  In excess of £600,000 of payments intended for the hospital’s suppliers were diverted to bank accounts controlled by the defendants. 

Operation Moonshot (2014) (Central Criminal Court) Junior alone prosecuting five defendants in VAT repayment fraud using shell companies.

Operation Beigy (2012) (Southwark CC) Prosecution junior.  Conspiracy to defraud based on the Access to Work Scheme for disabled employees.

Operation Vex (2012 and 2013) (Kingston CC) Prosecution junior with responsibility for disclosure. Missing Trader fraud involving a VAT loss in excess of £70 million. 

Operation Domic/Dedans (2010) (Southwark CC) Prosecution junior with responsibility for disclosure.  £12 million revenue fraud based around counterfeit vodka and tobacco operations.

Operation Rize (2010) Advisory work for the DWP in a number of cases arising from the 2008 “Safety Deposit Box” searches.

R v S, S and ZS (2010) (Luton CC) Defending as led junior in mortgage fraud involving dishonest mortgage broker.

Operation Cerastium (2009) (Southwark CC) Led junior for the Crown in organised conspiracy to assist illegal immigration based around firm of London solicitors.

R v S and 9 others (2009) (Blackfriars CC) Defending in conspiracy to rob trial.  Result of Metropolitan Police operation targeted at West London gang.

R v S and ten others (2007) (Portsmouth CC) Represented one of eleven defendants in a two month trial concerning a conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

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Stephen Hopper
Stephen Hopper

Specialist Areas

  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • General Crime
  • Professional Discipline & Regulatory



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