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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 the Fraud: crime section 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.

2 Bedford Row includes a number of heavyweight silks handling cases concerning international bribery and corruption, as well as more domestic business crime issues. William Clegg QC continues to advise ENRC on an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency concerning alleged corruption in the Nigerian natural resources industry, while Timothy Kendal represented the only defendant found not guilty in the Operation Hornet trial concerning the impaired assets division of HBOS. Richard Kovalevsky QC left the independent Bar to join Stewarts Law LLP.

Cloth Fair Chambers is a group of β€˜extremely high-quality barristers for business crime’, with a significant amount of work coming in the form of pre-charge advice. Three silks from the set are instructed to represent defendants in the upcoming Barclays trial concerning its 2008 fundraising – Nicholas Purnell QC is scheduled to defend the bank’s former CEO, John Kelsey-Fry QC is to represent the former head of investment banking, and Ian Winter QC will defend the former head of the wealth division.

Matrix Chambers β€˜has a real breadth of talented barristers with a wide coverage of legal areas’, advising business and directors on a range of matters concerning corruption, fraud and insider trading allegations. Clare Montgomery QC advised Tesco on its entry into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Serious Fraud Office concerning its 2014 accounts.

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜a fantastic set for business crime, and very strong in depth – all members are very high quality’. The set includes members with practices ranging from corruption and insider trading through to more exotic areas such as sanctions and data protection offences. Alexander Cameron QC continues to represent Alstom Network UK, a multi-faceted corruption case, while as sole counsel, Ben Summers prosecuted an insurer in a case concerning its compelling of a policyholder to carry out a subject access request to the Criminal Records Office after it alleged that a claim was fraudulent.

2 Hare Court includes a range of members and juniors who primarily defend in financial crime cases. Jonathan Laidlaw QC continues to advise a founder of ENRC in the SFO investigation into the company, while Orlando Pownall QC represented Ke Xu, a former hedge fund employee convicted in 2015 of copying his employer’s fund algorithms, in a subsequent case over a serious crime prevention order concerning his surrender of computers and return of intellectual property.

6KBW College Hill is β€˜most definitely a leader when it comes to business crime – whether prosecuting or defending multinationals, it is always involved in the highest-profile cases’. Sasha Wass QC and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann continue to prosecute three former Tesco executives for the SFO; the matter is due for a retrial after one of the defendants, the company’s former finance director, suffered a heart attack shortly before the summing up in the first trial.

QEB Hollis Whiteman’s members have appeared defending or prosecuting in some of 2017’s most high-profile corporate crime cases. Various members have been involved in various trials as part of the SFO’s investigation into Alstom and its employees; Mark Ellison QC represented the former head of compliance in a trial concerning alleged corruption in the procurement of the Budapest Metro and David Spens QC acted for a sales manager in a case concerning a Lithuanian power station refurbishment.

Red Lion Chambers handles a range of work concerning investigations from various bodies into bribery, corruption and other corporate crime matters. A number of members have strong prosecution practices. Jonathan Fisher QC, for example, is representing the SFO in proceedings to obtain documents from ENRC as part of its investigation into the alleged payment of bribes by the multinational to secure mining access in DR Congo.

25 Bedford Row’s members are now frequently appearing in business crime cases, including financial crime and environmental crime matters. George Carter-Stephenson QC represented a former Burges Salmon LLP partner who was acquitted of concealing criminal property as part of the Operation Hornet into HBOS’ impaired assets division.

33 Chancery Lane’s members, alongside the set’s primary reputation for proceeds of crime, handles a range of heavyweight work concerning corruption and interest-rate rigging. Amanda Pinto QC and Christopher Convey represent a former Barclays rate submitter accused by the SFO of manipulating her submissions to the calculation of Euribor.

Fountain Court Chambers includes a small team instructed for the defence in agenda-setting SFO cases. Richard Lissack QC, Robin Barclay and Eleanor Davison represented Barclays against allegations the bank financed a Qatari entity’s acquisition of its shares during the 2008 crash, averting a state bailout; the charges were dismissed.

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