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James Carlton

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Fox Williams LLP

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Business crime and regulation/financial services/professional regulation.


Partner in business crime and regulation with considerable experience in acting on some of the most complex and high-profile regulatory investigations, inquiries and prosecutions ever brought including acting in relation to the investigations into alleged manipulation of LIBOR and in the foreign exchange markets. James regularly acts in investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO and FCA in the UK and the SEC, CFTC and DOJ in the US. Significant experience in the conduct of complex internal investigations, acting for both corporates and senior individuals. Specifically, James is currently instructed in relation to various internal investigations concerning allegations of market manipulation and has acted in relation to the Pollard Review by the BBC. James has considerable experience in the conduct of corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations and prosecutions for both corporates and individuals following workplace deaths and serious accidents. He has notable expertise in the conduct of public inquiries and inquests, including amongst others, SSE, Marchioness, Victoria Climbie and Leveson. James also acted on behalf of the largest victims’ family group in the 7/7 London Bombings Inquest. He has developed significant specialist knowledge in all aspects of professional regulation and discipline, representing amongst others, solicitors and barristers, accountants, healthcare professionals, the Police Federation and those facing serious issues of fitness and propriety in the context of regulatory investigations in the financial services industry.


Trained Simmons & Simmons; partner Russell Jones and Walker (part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers).


Fraud Lawyers Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; The British Academy of Forensic Sciences; London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.


Uppingham School; University of Birmingham; College of Law Guildford.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

FantasticFox Williams LLP provides ‘great response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery’. It is adept at handling all white-collar fraud-related matters as part of its regulatory and investigations practice which has experience in representing individuals in SFO and Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigations. The ‘brilliantJames Carlton heads the team; he is ‘charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level’. Newly promoted partner Sona Ganatra ‘understands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both’. Chris Finney joined as partner from Cooley (UK) LLP. Peter Wright is also recommended.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Fox Williams LLP advises on a broad range of corporate crime issues including fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance. It recently acted for a large logistics company in relation to a City of London Police investigation into alleged fraudulent sales practices, after liaising and cooperating with the investigators, the investigation was terminated. Other clients include brokerage firms, foreign banks, multinational media companies and a public relations company. James Carlton heads the team and is ‘vastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations’. Sona Ganatra was promoted to partner. Peter Wright is also recommended.

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