Sandip Patel QC
Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association,
Sandip Patel QC is a Barrister with an impressive domestic and international practice in civil and criminal litigation with particular emphasis on international regulatory cases. Sandip has been at the forefront of prosecutions involving ‘cybercrime’. Sandip regularly represents individuals, businesses and Governments in complex disputes that have an overlap between criminal and civil law especially in the arena of fraud and tax evasion. Sandip has advised in matters in the Middle East, India, Europe and the Caribbean.
In the “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide said this about Sandip, “He has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner”, “a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court” Legal 500 2017.
Sandip advises and represents public and private entities on contentious and non-contentious international commercial disputes conducted under the rules of various institutions (ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA) and ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules within civil law and common-law jurisdictions, in particular, India.
Sandip has been at the forefront of cases involving ‘cybercrime and cyber security’. Sandip has been involved in the most high-profile cybercrime cases involving fraud, deception, money laundering and organised crime. Sandip has acted in famous cases such as the “Facebook Hacker”, ‘Anonymous’ prosecutions for computer hacking involving PayPal and Visa and for computer hacking into UK and US Government websites for agencies such as the CIA and FBI in the US and National Crime Agency, National Health Service and Ministry of Defence in the UK. In addition, Sandip has been involved in cases of serious and organised fraud and money laundering on the ‘Dark Web’.
Sandip has intricate knowledge of cases involving cybercrime especially from the issue of admissibility of evidence. Sandip is a contributor to the leading text book namely: Electronic Evidence, 3rd Edition, Stephen Mason. In addition, Sandip lectures regularly on cybercrime and has trained law enforcement officials both in the UK and abroad including advising the Police in the Republic of Grenada on the formation of a cybercrime unit with focus on policies and procedures.
Sandip is the Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.
Data Breach & Protection
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to come into force on 25 May 2018, and replaces the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998. The GDPR imposes more stringent levels of accountability and will apply to all organisations worldwide that process the personal data of EU citizens.
Sandip provides expert advice and training to organisations in order that they fully understand the implications of the GDPR; how they may be affected and how to prepare. He also assists in the auditing of current processes and policies, and provides guidance how to improve data protection compliance in time for GDPR implementation.
Sandip is routinely asked to speak at conferences, and recently gave presentations on the GDPR to industry leaders and lawyers in England, Scotland and Israel.
Sandip heads the Data Protection team at Scarmans.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry Caribbean Lawyer Network
International Criminal Lawyers Association Cyber Defence Forum
Anti-Corruption Professionals Network
PwC Fraud Group
Chairman of Cybercrime Practitioners Association.