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Goldsmiths LLB students to study law of financial wrongdoing with barrister in leading Commercial Law chambers

Financial wrongdoing is one of the greatest challenges of our day. From localised bribery and corruption to international fraud, the unlawful extraction of money threatens global governance and business, and the welfare of the world’s poorest people. The law’s approach to fraud and corruption is therefore a topic of immense importance, and great interest.

Goldsmiths LLB Law students will have the opportunity to obtain specialist theoretical knowledge and engage with professional practice relating to fraud and corruption by attending the Fraud and Corruption branch of our Law & Policy Clinic. The Clinic will run parallel to the ‘Criminal Law: Theory and Practice’ module in Year 1.

In the Clinic, they will:

–      Learn about the legal tools available in domestic law to assist enforcement agencies in discovering and preventing fraud, and to help victims to recover misappropriated funds.

–      Consider the effectiveness of international law in dealing with cases of fraud and corruption.

–      Participate in seminars run by leading experts in the field.

–      Engage in a piece of supervised independent research work on domestic or international law, which may seek to contribute towards wider projects being conducted by the Clinic’s partners.

The Fraud and Corruption branch of the Law & Policy Clinic will be supervised by Mr Aaron Taylor, a barrister in practice at Fountain Court Chambers, London.

We are delighted to announce his appointment at Goldsmiths Law as an Associate Lecturer with a focus on the Law of Financial Wrongdoing. Aaron practices a broad range of commercial law, with a particular interest in the law relating to civil fraud, business crime, and bribery/corruption. He is also interested in financial wrongdoing as it relates to new technologies, such as blockchain contracts and cryptocurrencies, and in the law regulating the market in art and antiquities.

Aaron will contribute lectures to several undergraduate modules within Goldsmiths’ LLB programme relating, broadly, to the civil and criminal law of financial wrongdoing.

Aaron is taking up the position of Associate Lecturer in Law alongside his full-time practice as a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, a long established and leading set of commercial barristers, based in the Temple, London, with new offices in Singapore’s financial district. Fountain Court has long been regarded as a premier set within the ‘magic circle’ of leading commercial sets of barristers in London. Its members have been involved in many of the most significant pieces of commercial litigation to come to trial over the past few decades, and it has a distinguished record of being involved in cases making new law, including many decisions of the House of Lords, Supreme Court, Privy Council, and Court of Appeal. Members of Chambers acting in six of the leading cases were identified by The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2019.

Aaron joins Goldsmiths Law having previously been a tutor in law at Trinity Hall and St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He was educated at Bristol (BA History), Cambridge (BA Law) and Oxford (BCL), and has published articles across a range of private, public and criminal law topics in a number of leading academic journals.

We’re looking forward to Aaron making an outstanding contribution to the LLB Law and LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights degrees at Goldsmiths, and we’re delighted that he’s joined our dynamic Law team.