Kate McMahon – Partner

Email Kate: katemcmahon@emmlegal.com – Phone Kate: +44 (0)207 583 8392

Kate is a specialist, dual-qualified prosecutor. Prior to founding Edmonds Marshall McMahon, Kate prosecuted for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) where she worked as a senior lawyer on some of the UK’s largest criminal prosecutions, including the “Innospec” case. This was the first global settlement in the UK and involved systemic corruption by a UK/USA company in Iraq and Indonesia. The case resulted in a US$12.7 million fine in the UK and a US$14.1 million fine in the USA and successful prosecutions of the Company Directors and employees. Kate now specialises in cases involving serious fraud, serious and violent crime, international crime and perverting the course of justice.

Kate has also had conduct of the following matters:

  • A number of high-profile, high-value international “boiler room” frauds operating across a number of countries, involving thousands of victims.
  • Significant experience in the area of confiscation, having obtained significant confiscation orders and acted on behalf of third parties intervening for significant amounts;
  • Successfully conducted many large-scale fraud trials, including the famous “transit thefts” of pharmaceuticals in transit from EU factories to wholesale dealers in the UK.
  • Successfully acting for a leading corporate in relation to a CEO fraud and prosecution, now proceeding to confiscation (considered to be the largest in the UK);
  • Successfully acting for a Middle Eastern Company and Company Director in relation to a $USD175.5 million infrastructure contract fraud (including recouping legal costs);
  • Successfully acting for a US hedge fund in relation to a $USD30 million fraud committed by a financial institution (including recouping legal costs);
  • Successfully acting for a Canadian victim in a €500k trading fraud (including recouping legal costs, where all other victims had failed to achieve recovery);
  • Successfully acting for a high profile, international airline company defrauded by employees (including recouping legal costs and compensation for the Company).
  • Successfully prosecuting a defendant for a false adverse possession claim in a private prosecution for perverting the course of justice (value approximately £750k);
  • Successfully acting for the parents of a murdered child against the police after a high profile murder case;
  • Successfully acting for a former partner of a city law firm in an SRA referral and subsequent strike off. Presented allegations of fraud and money laundering to the regulator.

Kate is known for her incisive analysis and strategic vision, having had conduct of large fraud, corruption and trademark cases. She is highly regarded by her clients and has a reputation for being extremely determined and driven in all her cases. She has been described as an “outstanding prosecutor” who provides “intellectual leadership”. She is praised for her “high intelligence, tactical acumen and great client care skills.”

In 2018, Kate was recognised as an international “thought leader” by the “Who’s who Legal: Asset Recovery” guide which lists the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers: She is described as “one of the best”. In 2017, “The Lawyer” recognised Kate as one of the “Hot 100” Lawyers in the UK. This award acknowledges the “best lawyers in the UK- the most daring, innovative and creative“. She was also singled out by “Who’s Who Legal 2017” as an “outstanding practitioner” in the field of asset recovery. The publication said “Founder Kate McMahon is a well-established name in the market with an excellent track record in high-profile confiscations. As one interviewee maintains, “She is creative and aggressive in a careful and measured way, and is able to distil complex matters and convey a joined-up solution quickly and coherently.”” In 2017, Kate was also invited to become a member of “Fraudnet” which is the world’s leading asset recovery network.

Legal 500 (2016) describes Kate as a a fearless and energetic prosecutor’ who has ‘a relentless commitment to justice. She is also described as“highly commercial” (2013),  a “formidable adversary” (2014) and “highly respected” as well as observing that she “enjoys and excels in her work” (2015). Since 2013, she has been a recommended individual in the area of white-collar crime.

In 2015, Kate was voted “Best Female Fraud Lawyer – UK” by the Corporate Livewire Awards. This award selects winners based on their achievements and strengths. Also in 2015 she was recognised by the ‘Women in Law Awards’ (The Lawyer Monthly) for her wide ranging success in the field of private fraud prosecutions.

She has spoken at the leading European Fraud Conference, C5 in Geneva (2015; 2018) and USA’s leading C5 “Fraud and Asset tracing” Conference in Miami (2015). She has been interviewed on the BBC news and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and “Drive Time” to discuss criminal court charges (August, 2015). She appeared on BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire show to discuss Cameron’s anti-corruption pledges (May 2016). She was interviewed recently by Ian King on Sky News (August 2018). She is often quoted in the FT and national press (including the Independent). Kate is currently one of the selected solicitors to act together with the Government in a new City of London Police initiative to tackle fraud. 

Some of Kate’s Current Cases include:

  • Currently advising PCP Capital Partners LLP in relation to matters involving investment banking and financial advisory services
  • Currently acting for a leading hedge fund in relation to an international dispute worth some $2 billion;
  • Currently acting for an international hedge fund in relation to fraud in a patent matter;
  • Currently acting for a wife who is involved in a high-value and high-profile divorce, where the husband has lied about ownership of assets to defraud his wife  (approximately €40m)
  • Currently acting for a number of individuals in relation to investment frauds, such as gold investment, carbon credits scheme, hotel development and international land ownership schemes.

Kate is a member of the following professional societies:

  • The Law Society
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • The Female Fraud Forum
  • The Fraud Women’s Network
  • Fraud Advisory Panel
  • AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers)
  • Fraudnet (ICC)

Recent articles:

Review of multiple causes of action (Holyoake and another v Candey and others)

Court of Appeal’s judgment on Virgin Media case

Prosecutions to the people

History of private prosecutions