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There has been no let-up in the volume of work for the white-collar crime Bar, with prosecutions for rate-rigging and insider trading continuing. While jury advocacy for the marathon trials is still key, for many, pre-charge advisory work is a significant feature on the landscape with a few silks aiming to run all-advisory practices. The long-running Operation Tabernula insider dealing case, which featured many of the criminal Bar’s leading names, concluded in May 2016, with three defendants acquitted and two found guilty. The lines between banking, regulatory and criminal law have become increasingly blurred in recent years, and as sets look to service work from all three angles, Fountain Court Chambers made a splash by launching a commercial crime practice in 2016, becoming the first Magic Circle set to do so.

2 Bedford Row has β€˜genuine strength in depth’ in financial crime matters, with many of its silks appearing in high-profile matters, often with international elements. Head of chambers William Clegg QC is instructed to defend Alstom’s former head of ethics in his upcoming bribery trial.

Cloth Fair Chambers’ members act for international corporates and high-profile individuals, with a particular focus on pre-charge advisory work. John Kelsey-Fry QC advised Olympus on its since-terminated investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Matrix Chambers handles a range of advisory and trial work, often interfacing with extradition and international matters. Andrew Bodnar successfully defended the former directors of collapsed courier company City Link in the first-ever prosecution brought under 1992 trade union legislation for failing to launch a redundancy consultation.

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜one of the premier sets for high-quality white-collar crime work’. Alexander Cameron QC is instructed to defend a former Deutsche Bank Euribor trader, who is charged with allegations of rate-rigging.

6KBW College Hill’s members are instructed by major corporates pre- and post-charge to handle investigations, as well as acting for the regulators themselves. The SFO has instructed Sasha Wass QC on its investigation into deficiencies in Tesco’s accounts.

QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜richly deserves its reputation’ for handling corporate crime work relating to insider trading and bribery, with a stronger portfolio of prosecution work than many other sets. Mark Ellison QC prosecuted for the SFO in the 2016 Operation Tabernula trial.

Red Lion Chambers’ business and regulatory crime practice crosses over with chambers’ expertise in serious fraud. Members defend and prosecute in bribery, rate-rigging and other corporate crime matters. Allison Clare advised the SFO on ICBC Standard Bank’s deferred prosecution agreement for failing to prevent bribery – the first of its kind.

2 Hare Court defends in and advises on a range of sensitive financial crime matters. Orlando Pownall QC successfully defended a trader in the Operation Tabernula trial.

9-12 Bell Yard prosecutes and defends in a range of rate-rigging, insider-trading and corruption matters. Jonathan Kinnear QC is instructed by the SFO regarding alleged corruption on the part of Ukraine’s former environment minister.

25 Bedford Row’s members defend individuals accused of boiler room scams, environmental regulatory matters and financial crime. George Carter-Stephenson QC’s work includes pre-charge advice on rate-rigging.

33 Chancery Lane’s members both prosecute and defend serious financial crime cases. Andrew Mitchell QC is prosecution counsel in the trial of many of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ leading politicians for bribery.

Continuing along its strong theme of international criminal law, Doughty Street Chambers’ white-collar crime practice extends to sanctions and international bribery matters. Benjamin Newton is instructed to defend in the Euribor case.

A banking and finance powerhouse, Fountain Court Chambers launched a commercial crime practice in 2016, following the arrival of Richard Lissack QC, Robin Barclay and Eleanor Davison from Outer Temple Chambers, and Nicholas Medcroft from Wilberforce Chambers.

Outer Temple Chambers’ members are instructed in financial regulatory quasi-criminal matters, as well as providing pre-charge advice on criminal matters. Richard Lissack QC, Robin Barclay and Eleanor Davison recently moved to Fountain Court Chambers.

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