Vincent was trained as a professional economist and spent over 20 years in the finance industry, working in investment banking, wealth management and asset management. He was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse and UBS and worked in London, New York and Sāo Paulo, Brazil.
As he began to explore a new career in the law, Vincent worked as a volunteer for the international human rights organisation Reprieve for several months during 2015. There he was involved with cases of Guantanamo Bay inmates and did research and advocacy related to the civilian victims of drone strikes.
In 2015, Vincent returned to university to do an LLB, followed by the Bar Professional Training Course. He did his pupillage at Nexus Chambers.
Criminal Defence Experience
Since being called to the bar in 2019, Vincent has represented clients in the Crown Court, Magistrates' Court and the Youth Court, in a wide range of criminal matters. Amongst notable successes have been:
- R v MG (St. Albans Youth Court) 2020 - Achieved an acquittal on a charge of possession of an offensive weapon;
- R v GA (Guildford Crown Court) 2021 - Mitigated successfully to obtain a suspended sentence for being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs, despite prior drugs convictions;
- R v DG (Croydon Crown Court) 2020 - Mitigated for and achieved a suspended sentence for a heavily convicted client;
- R v JH (Bromley Magistrates' Court) 2020 - Won a Newton Hearing leading to acceptance of a basis of plea on a charge of possession of a bladed article. The basis was that the defendant had picked up the knife from the road moments before being stopped by the police;
- R v SB (Stratford Magistrates' Court) 2021 - Achieved an acquittal on a charge of assault involving a youth complainant and an adult defendant;
- R v PW (Croydon Magistrates' Court) 2020 - Successfully opposed Crown application to vacate trial date that was crucial to winning ultimate acquittal; and
- R v CY (Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court) 2020 - Successful in convincing Crown to offer no evidence in trial for breach of non-molestation order as an abuse, given Covid-related delays in bringing prosecution.
Given his background in banking, capital markets and finance, Vincent is well equipped to represent clients facing charges of fraud or other economic or financial crime.
Vincent is willing to take on cases pro bono and has advised Extinction Rebellion protestors facing charges of obstruction of the highway, on this basis.
He is registered to take on public access work.
B.A. (Hons) (Carleton University) - Economics/Spanish - University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement
M.Phil / Ph.D (University of Cambridge) - EconomicsLL.B. (London School of Economics) - First Class Honours
BPTC (City University) - Very Competent
Vincent speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French and is able to advise clients in these languages.