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Fergus Harrington

Consultant Solicitor

LLB (hons)

“They are extremely competent in their legal and strategic advice, their files are very well prepared and they have some of the hardest-working and most dedicated solicitors that I have ever worked with”

Chambers & Partners

“They are able solicitors, who are hardworking and understand what is necessary tactically in preparation to advance a case”

Chambers & Partners

“The solicitors are approachable and care about the clients”

Chambers & Partners

Recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers, Fergus has developed a wealth of experience over the years in all aspects of criminal litigation, professional discipline and regulatory proceedings.

He advises in respect of allegations of white-collar crime, business crime, money laundering, contraventions of the Financial Services and Markets Act and investigations relating to bribery and corruption.

Fergus’ practice also involves advising clients accused of being involved in serious organised crime, importing drugs on a commercial scale, the supply of firearms and murder. In many of these instances, life sentences are a possibility.

Fergus has a detailed understanding of complex financial and regulatory investigations, including allegations of multi-million-pound fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.  Fergus has vast experience in preparing Very High Cost Cases and defends prosecutions brought by the FCA, HMRC, Trading Standards and the SFO.

Fergus is currently advising the director of a multi-million pound company who has been charged with fraudulent trading in connection with the mis-selling of solar panel systems. This investigation is being conducted by Trading Standards. Fergus is also advising a sales representative of a large national company who is being prosecuted by Trading Standards for mis-selling double glazing.

Fergus has extensive experience of preparing lengthy and highly complex Crown Court trials, often involving the miss selling of diamonds, alternative investments and precious metals. Fergus has developed particular expertise in advising individuals involved in boiler room frauds. He advised defendants in the first three land banking prosecutions in the UK, including Operation Cotton.

Fergus is sought after by individuals being investigated by their own professional bodies for misconduct, such as the GMC, GDC and NMC. Fergus is currently advising the partner of a commercial law firm in London, in respect of allegations of mortgage fraud. He is also advising another lawyer who is under investigation for perverting the course of justice.

With links to the sports industry, Fergus is regularly called upon to advise professional football players, boxers and other sports figures. Fergus has advised two international football players regarding match fixing in Australia’s A-League. Fergus also recently secured the acquittal of a Championship football player charged with assaulting a fan during a pitch invasion, following the Championship play off semi-final last season. Fergus has a proven track record of securing results for high profile clients, in situations where convictions can be career ending. This is a testament to Fergus’ drive and ability to achieve results even in the most complex scenarios.

Fergus has built up a credible private client following, advising high net worth individuals, as well as company directors, in relation to HMRC investigations, VAT fraud, mortgage fraud, charity fraud and money laundering.

Fergus has significant expertise in preparing cases concerning the supply and importation of drugs on a commercial scale. These types of cases often involve the importation of tonnes of class A drugs and carry substantial sentences. Fergus is currently advising a client charged with conspiring to export 450 kilos of MDMA to Australia concealed inside a Doosan digger.

Fergus recently secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with importing 1.5 tonnes of class A drugs into the UK. Fergus is also currently preparing for a trial involving the importation of over 2 tonnes of cannabis from Ghana to the UK.

Fergus previously secured the acquittal of a company director who was charged with importing in excess of 2 tonnes of class A drugs into the UK from Malaysia and 1 tonne of cannabis from Kenya.

Fergus is particularly sought after in cases involving EncroChat evidence linked to Operation Venetic. He is renowned for his ability to analyse and comprehend vast amounts of complex telecommunications data. Since the EncroChat server was hacked in 2020, Fergus has worked with a number of the country’s leading telephone experts and computer experts to assist with Encrochat cases. He has also instructed French Law experts to provide commentary on the involvement of the French authorities in Operation Venetic.

Fergus is also adept at handling matters involving gang violence, murder and serious organised crime. He is representing a client charged with murdering a rival drug dealer with a shot gun. In September 2023 Fergus secured a not guilty verdict for a client accused with thirteen others of murdering the guardian of a cannabis factory. Fergus is skilled in diligently preparing complex trials, involving complex cell site evidence and CCTV footage.

Fergus has developed a niche following of clients charged with committing criminal offences while in prison. Fergus is currently advising a client charged with importing firearms into the UK while in prison. He also represents a client charged with smuggling drugs into prison. Earlier this year the same client was acquitted of conspiring to cause GBH to a police officer. This involved the slashing of a police officer in the face during a PACE interview conducted in prison. It was alleged Fergus’ client had ordered a “hit” on the police officer who was attacked.

Fergus is regularly instructed in cross border investigations and recently travelled to Dubai to carry out financial investigations on behalf of a client. Fergus is currently advising an individual charged with the trafficking of Albanian nationals into the UK using private aircrafts. This is a multi-jurisdictional investigation which will require Fergus to travel overseas to conduct investigations and interview witnesses.

Fergus has the ability to handle matters when the stakes are at the absolute highest. This is illustrated by the wide array of criminal litigation and regulatory matters Fergus is entrusted to handle by his clients. Whether it is a client’s career, reputation or liberty which is on the line Fergus prepares each case with great skill and care.