Daniel Godden


Partner, White Collar Fraud, Civil and Criminal

Daniel is both a civil and criminal litigation specialist with over 10 years of experience who is regularly instructed in complex white collar cases being investigated by HMRC, SFO, NCA and the FCA. Daniel was previously a Partner and Head of Serious Fraud at a Tier 1 law firm in Central London. Daniel is described by the Legal 500 as a ‘fantastic lawyer’ who is ‘first rate’ with ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’.

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Contact Email Address: dgodden@berkeleylegal.co.uk

Notable Cases

Serious Fraud and Tax Evasion

Regina v Lord Hanningfield

Acted for the aforementioned Member of the House of Lords who was accused of dishonestly claiming parliamentary expenses. The case was resolved in Lord Hanningfield’s favour after a dismissal application was made by Daniel Godden submitting that the concept of ‘parliamentary work’ was subject to parliamentary privilege. This then led to an intervention by Parliament re-iterating the samesaid point which led to the Court concluding that they had no jurisdiction to try the Defendant(see article by Daniel Godden published in the Solicitors Journal http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/comment/separation-powers-and-exclusive-cognisance-parliament)

Regina v. Anon

Acting for an individual being prosecuted by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division as a result of an HMRC investigation in relation to an alleged tax avoidance scheme which involved the purchase of a Contract for Difference which could be disposed of either in full or in part at any time. The allegation by the CPS is that the later disposal was only for the purpose of creating a tax advantage namely a capital loss and as a result a fraudulent misrepresentation had been made to HMRC.

Regina v KP

Acted for an individual accused of mortgage fraud involving a large number of properties in a case involving 5 Defendants. Daniel Godden successfully applied to dismiss all charges against our client avoiding the need for him to stand trial. The other Defendants in the case all remain on bail awaiting trial.

Regina v Walsh and Others

Acted for one of 13 people, which included 7 city investment bankers, who had been charged with a £2.5 million tax fraud relating to a film funding scheme which was purportedly set up to cheat the public revenue. Whilst a decision to charge was made against our client it was discontinued against him after forceful and detailed representations were made by Daniel Godden avoiding the need for him to stand trial (Reported by the Evening Standardhttp://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/seven-investment-bankers-face-charges-over-25m-tax-fraud-9096325.html)

Regina v AD and others

Acted for a Director of a Construction/Demolition company who was the lead Defendant in a case involving 11 people and 10 separate companies which was alleged to have caused a multi-million-pound loss to the Revenue over a number of years in a complex construction industry ‘cash back fraud’ involving VAT and CIS. The majority of the case effectively collapsed after Mr Daniel Godden identified significant disclosure problems which had been concealed by the Prosecution.

Regina v Reza and Others

Acted for one of the lead Defendants in respect of a 14 handed conspiracy to defraud the DWP of Access to Work Benefits worth over half a million pounds. The case involved a large number of bogus companies which had been set up to invoice each other for work that had not been carried out. The monies from the fraud were laundered internationally through Canada to the Middle East and beyond.

Regina v GS

Acted for a Defendant who was charged with being part of a conspiracy to defraud various banks of over £1million over a period of 2.5 years by the use of sophisticated malware. The Defendant’s role was successfully challenged during a Newton hearing whereupon his culpability was severely curtailed and confiscation proceedings under Part 2 of POCA 2002 were avoided. (This was reported by the BBC at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25344131)


Regina v Anon

Currently instructed by an individual in relation to an investigation by the Economic Directorate of the City of London Police into an alleged investment fund fraud which involved deposits being made into an international account and then being traded on the foreign exchange market (FOREX) for an alleged guaranteed return.

Regina v Anon

Currently instructed by an individual who is accused of bribery and corruption in relation to the procurement of public sector contracts.

Daniel Godden is currently instructed in numerous other complex investigations at the pre-charge stage. Daniel Godden is well aware that early and pro-active intervention can either prevent charges being laid or ensure that matters are later resolved in an individual’s favour.

Restraint Orders/Freezing Injunctions/Civil Recovery

Re (a Restraint Order) v CPS

Acted for a Director of a company with a multi-million-pound turnover who was being investigated in a high profile operation by HMRC and the Police in relation to allegations of tax evasion, money laundering and fraudulent trading. The Director was made subject to a Restraint Order under POCA 2002. Daniel Godden gathered the necessary evidence to produce detailed legal submissions which led to the restraint order being discharged and a significant costs order being made against the CPS (see article on Restraint Orders by Daniel Godden http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/legal-profession/barristers/24954/restraint-orders-reasonable-suspicion-and-reporting)

National Crime Agency (‘NCA’) vSimkus

Acted for an individual who was subject to a Property Freezing Order (‘PFO’) obtained by the NCA pending the institution of Civil Recovery Proceedings under Part 5 of POCA 2002. Material non-disclosure by the NCA was identified during the course of the submissions and a precedent was established in relation to both PFO and Disclosure Orders (see article by Daniel Godden http://www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk/features/Tale-Two-Orders)

 Appellate/Public Law

Regina v Ali Dizaei

Acted for the former Commander of the Metropolitan Police in relation to his second appeal against conviction which set a precedent in respect of case management issues involving non-defendant bad character applications (see R v Ali Dizaei [2013] EWCA Crim 88 at http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2013/88.html). Daniel Godden remains instructed in relation to application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Queen (on the application of X) v Director of Public Prosecutions

Successfully challenged by way of judicial review a decision by the DPP to take over and discontinue a private prosecution instigated against an employee of the Metropolitan Police.


‘The Separation of Powers and the Exclusive Cognisance of Parliament’ by Daniel Godden and Rupert Bowers QC published by the Solicitors Journal Vol 160, no.33, 6th September 2016 (seehttp://www.solicitorsjournal.com/comment/separation-powers-and-exclusive-cognisance-parliament)

‘A Tale of 2 Orders’ by Daniel Godden and Rupert Bowers QC published by Criminal Justice and Law Weekly Vol 180, No.10, 11th March 2016 (see http://www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk/features/Tale-Two-Orders)

‘Restraint Orders: Reasonable Suspicion and Reporting’ by Daniel Godden and Rupert Bowers QC published by Solicitors Journal, 15th December 2013 (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/legal-profession/barristers/24954/restraint-orders-reasonable-suspicion-and-reporting)