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  1. Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets
  2. Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks
  3. Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2016 silks
  4. Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2017 silks
  5. Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

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Most work taken into account in this section will concern business crime matters such as bribery, sanctions, interest-rate rigging, criminal cartel offences, trade union redundancy offences and similar. It does not cover fraud cases such as land-banking scams and VAT fraud: please see crime: fraud for coverage of this specialism. International crime and extradition and POCA and asset forfeiture are also covered separately. That said, many barristers are likely to have practices that do not neatly fit within these boxes and so may be ranked in more than one practice area.

Exhibiting β€˜genuine strength in depth’, 2 Bedford Row includes a number of members appearing in complex trials and delivering international advice. William Clegg QC represented a rate submitter in a 2016 trial of several former Barclays employees in a Libor-rigging case, while Jim Sturman QC handles complex sanctions-related work.

Cloth Fair Chambers covers a range of matters, with involvement both in complex trials and pre-charge advisory work. Ian Winter QC represented a trader who was acquitted in the Operation Tabernula insider dealing case.

β€˜At the top of its game’, Matrix Chambers counts among its ranks a number of silks instructed in extremely sensitive cross-border corruption and other corporate crime investigations. Aaron Watkins represented a former European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) executive director, who was convicted in Russia of accepting bribes in return for loans.

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜an extremely impressive set for financial crime’. Among a raft of high-profile cases, James Hines QC prosecuted six former Barclays employees for Libor manipulation; three were convicted and a fourth entered a guilty plea. The set also contains a number of silks and juniors handling defence-side work and pre-charge advice.

6KBW College Hill’s members are instructed by international corporates and the regulators alike on a range of cases concerning bribery and corporate fraud. David Perry QC represented Rolls-Royce in its SFO investigation, which terminated with a Β£500m deferred prosecution agreement.

β€˜A top-flight set from the quality of its senior silks to its diligent pupils’, QEB Hollis Whiteman’s members handle work ranging from corruption and interest rate rigging through to sanctions. Mark Ellison QC prosecuted in the Operation Tabernula case – two defendants were convicted and received sentences totalling eight years.

At Red Lion Chambers, β€˜the quality of counsel is very high indeed and the strength in depth is impressive’. Members appear on either side of challenging trials, but also handle pre-charge advisory work for both businesses and regulators – one example of this being Antony Shaw QC’s advice to Airbus regarding an ongoing investigation by the SFO, which alleges that the aircraft manufacturer’s third-party consultants paid bribes.

2 Hare Court’s members handle a range of matters, primarily for the defence, regarding interest rate-rigging, corruption and various other offences. Christopher Coltart QC is instructed to defend the former CEO of Sports Direct, who is accused of failing to notify the government of the impending redundancy of 80 workers in Glasgow.

25 Bedford Row’s Nathaniel Rudolf was junior counsel for one of the acquitted defendants in the Operation Tabernula insider dealing trial. Other work handled by members relates to environmental crime and interest rate manipulation.

33 Chancery Lane’s members appear in a range of corporate crime cases, many relating to interest rate rigging. Amanda Pinto QC is scheduled to defend a trader in the upcoming Euribor manipulation trial; the SFO alleges that her client adjusted Euribor submissions at the behest of Barclays.

Commercial and financial heavyweight Fountain Court Chambers handles a range of work at the intersection of criminal law and financial services, primarily acting for banks, but with some members handling work for regulators and prosecutors. Richard Lissack QC advises Barclays on ongoing criminal charges regarding its 2008 capital-raising exercise; investment from Qatar averted a state bail-out of the bank.

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