Trevor Archer specialises in complex investigations, particularly those relating to financial crime prosecuted by the SFO, HMRC, FCA, BEIS, and the CPS.
Trevor has extensive experience advising on matters of privilege, and was admitted to the Bar in the Turks and Caicos Islands for that specific purpose. More recently, he has advised major banks in the UK and the US on privilege. Trevor has also acted as independent counsel for the SFO, BEIS, and HMRC.
Trevor’s practice also encompasses health and safety work in the Crown Court and other regulatory work at professional disciplinary tribunals.
Trevor has worked on many Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) investigations into international corruption and fraud including, advanced fee fraud, ramping fraud, rent fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, banking fraud and market manipulation. These investigations frequently involve evidence obtained from other jurisdictions and collaborative work with international agencies.
Trevor also regularly prosecutes and defends fraud prosecuted by the CPS specialist fraud group, including VAT fraud investigated by HMRC and benefit fraud. Notable defence instructions include a boiler room fraud, a banking fraud and a misconduct in public office/fraud trial.
Trevor was admitted to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2010 for the specific purpose of advising the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) on matters of privilege. The SIPT was established following Sir Robin Auld’s Commission of Inquiry in 2009 to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption involving senior members of the former Turks and Caicos Islands Government. Trevor has subsequently been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and major banks in the UK and the USA to advise on matters of privilege.
Early in his career, Trevor spent five months seconded to the Asset Forfeiture Division of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. He was specifically engaged on a review of Confiscation Orders following the judgment of Toulsen L.J. in R v Chambers  EWCA Crim 2467. Trevor developed a comprehensive understanding of the subtle and intricate issues surrounding confiscation under POCA.
Trevor is a member of the specialist ‘proceeds of crime’ counsel panel for the Serious Fraud Office.
Trevor has experience defending and prosecuting a wide variety of offences including conspiracy to murder, aggravated burglary, robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and a wide variety of sexual offences.
Significant cases include:
Trevor is panel counsel for the General Medical Council and frequently acts in proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. He is also appointed to the list of approved regulatory counsel to the Health and Safety Executive, the Office of Rail Regulation and the Environment Agency (List C). Trevor has acted for various local authorities in a variety of miscellaneous regulatory matters, including prosecution for breach of an enforcement notice and appeals. He also acts for the defence.
Significant cases include:
Trevor was admitted to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2010, and has since been instructed as independent counsel to the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT). The SIPT was established in 2009 to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption involving senior members of the former Turks and Caicos Islands Government. Trevor was instructed to attend searches, review seized items and advise on highly complex and disputatious LPP issues.
In 2008, Trevor spent six weeks as Crown Counsel in the Falkland Islands working within the Attorney General’s chambers. He prosecuted a wide range of cases and gave pre-charge advice to the Royal Falkland Islands Police in various investigations including an attempted murder involving complex jurisdictional issues, a drugs importation; and a death by reckless driving (under Falklands law). Trevor also advised a variety of government departments on a number of civil matters.
Trevor has been instructed to work on a fraud investigation into offences committed in Jersey. Working pro bono, Trevor has also advised in relation to a number of appeals from the Jamaican Gun Court.
Prior to pupillage, Trevor spent three months in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Working pro bono in connection with the Amicus charity, assisting prisoners on Louisiana’s death row with their appeals. Due to the acute conditions at the time, the work not only involved legal research but also investigative work to locate witnesses who had been dispersed throughout Louisiana and neighbouring states.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Trevor assisted in relation to a number of high profile inquests, including the second inquest into the death of 13 teenagers in New Cross house fire in 1981, and the death of Zahid Mubarek who was murdered in his cell by a fellow prisoner. Since joining chambers, Trevor has acted as counsel representing properly interested persons in a number of jury inquests.
Trevor spent much of 2012 working as support counsel to the Al-Sweady Inquiry.
Trevor has enjoyed success in the Court of Appeal. He is highly accomplished at drafting advices and grounds of appeal, both in relation to conviction and sentence.
Trevor has experience both of advising in relation to claims for judicial review, and of appearing in the High Court.
After the Hurricane – capital appeals in New Orleans, Counsel Magazine, April 2007
South Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Turks and Caicos Islands Bar (2010)
2017 SFO Prosecutions panel (List B)
2016 GMC panel
2013 SFO Proceeds of Crime panel (List C)
2013 CPS Grade 3
2012 Regulatory panel for the HSE, ORR and Environment Agency (List C)