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Guy Bastable

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BCL Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Business crime and regulation.


Partner specialising in corporate crime, financial crime, regulatory investigations, AML/ABC compliance and Coroner’s inquests. Has particular expertise in crisis management, internal investigations, corporate and director liability, and dispute resolution, focussing on all types of fraud, bribery and corruption, FCA investigations (insider dealing and market abuse), cartels and price fixing, money laundering, corporate manslaughter, health and safety, fire safety, food safety and hygiene, environmental protection, and consumer protection and trading standards. 


Also specialises in anti-bribery and corruption compliance, anti-money laundering compliance, recovery of the proceeds of crime (restraint, confiscation, cash seizure and civil recovery) and judicial review of the actions of investigators.  Has enhanced full rights of audience such that he can appear as an advocate in any court.


Qualified as a barrister at a leading criminal/regulatory barristers' chambers.  Joined BCL and invited to join the partnership in 2006.  Publications of note: 'Economic Crime: A Boardroom Guide to Prevention and Compliance' (Serious Fraud Office); 'Money Laundering Law and Regulation: A Practical Guide' (Oxford University Press); 'The International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime' (Global Legal Group); 'When Should Organisations Be Held Criminally Liable?' (ICLG, Global Legal Group); 'Practical Law's Financial and Business Crime Global Guide' (Thomson Reuters); Corporate Crime Forum on LinkedIn; Corporate Manslaughter Forum on LinkedIn.


Conversational French.


The Law Society; General Council of the Bar; The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates; Fraud Lawyers Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers; Health & Safety Lawyers Association; UK Environmental Lawyers Association; London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.


University of Edinburgh (1996 MA Hons); College of Law, London (1997 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law, London (1998 BVC).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Pre-eminent white-collar crime defence practiceBCL Solicitors LLP has ‘the depth, breadth, and resources to take on the toughest and most intense litigation at very short notice’. It has one of the largest, specialist white-collar crime teams in the UK, representing directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of fraud, white-collar and business crime. Head of team Ian Burton is ‘the ultimate heavyweight in white collar crime’, he is supported by key practitioner Richard Sallybanks, who is ‘strategically savvy, bright and has a wealth of trial experience’. Harry Travers is ‘frighteningly bright and relentlessly committed’. Shaul Brazil is ‘a street fighter with a first-rate brain’ and Michael Drury has ‘bags of experience and an easy charm’. John Binns and Julian Hayes were promoted to partner. Shula de Jersey, who ‘brings real class to the firm’, joined from Slater and Gordon.  Jane Glass and Guy Bastable are also recommended. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Guy Bastable - BCL Solicitors LLP

Within: Health and safety

BCL Solicitors LLP 'has an excellent reputation for its health and safety work' and 'receives full marks for its client service, professionalism and responsiveness'. The team fields practice leader and 'rare findGuy Bastable, who focuses on corporate crime, crisis management, director liability and contentious matters and is 'very down to earth and incredibly responsive'; newly promoted partner Richard Reichman, who is 'extremely thorough and appreciates the big picture issues'; and senior associate Tom McNeill, who is 'endlessly reliable'. The team's expertise encompasses corporate manslaughter cases, food safety issues, fire safety work and environmental offences.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

BCL Solicitors LLP is in demand for being 'excellent for all types of criminal-related judicial reviews.' In conjunction with its excellence in areas such as white-collar and corporate crime, it takes on public inquiry, judicial review and  inquest work. Its current cases include acting for a corporation in a judicial review regarding search warrants obtained by the police, a judicial review in connection with allegations of money laundering and fraud and a number of inquests with possible criminal ramifications. Richard Sallybanks is characterised as 'a cool-headed individual in big-ticket cases'; Michael Drury is 'a great strategist and a very bright lawyer who is brilliant at client-handling' and Guy Bastable is 'tenacious, hard-working and a brilliant tactician.'

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