Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) in London
BCL Solicitors LLP is well-regarded for its top tier white-collar crime practice, representing individuals in financial crime investigations and proceedings. It handles the full gamut of financial crime matters including commercial fraud, international financial regulation, money-laundering, corruption, sanctions, price-fixing, extradition, tax and company investigations. Ian Burton heads the practice and has more than 40 years’ experience advising high-profile individuals in national and international cases. Harry Travers is noted for his experience defending suspects in large SFO investigations. The 'experienced, wise, efficient, responsive and personable' Richard Sallybanks is adept at dealing with various enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and CMA. Jane Glass focuses on fraud, insider dealing and market abuse matters, representing clients in FCA and SFO investigations. Shula de Jersey handles fraud and bribery matters; John Binns whose 'wise insight can often change the way you think about a case' and Julian Hayes are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘A specialist team of many and complementary talents’.
‘Excellence across a range of work, from general crime to international corruption’.
‘They are the market leaders, specialists with strength in depth’.
‘Ian Burton is the most experienced white-collar crime solicitor on the block and his firm offers a complete service’.
‘BCL has a real attention to the strategy of getting the best result for the client, often thinking round problems and outside the box’.
‘Harry Travers is a combination of steely drive and ambition on the legal side, and empathy to the human impact of the position his clients are in’.
‘Top quality team with very good client relationship skills and the strategic sense to involve counsel at the earliest stage for an overview on the way forward’.
‘It is the firm of choice for anyone responding to a white-collar criminal investigation, and it has had notable successes in some of the most high-profile cases’.
- Represented John Dougall, a former director of DePuy International Ltd (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc) in connection with criminal proceedings against him (and others) in Greece arising from alleged corrupt payments, fraud and money laundering in the orthopaedic products market.
Bivonas Law LLP is well-regarded for its expertise advising individuals caught up in investigations by the police, SFO, HMRC and FCA. Its alliance with Russian firm Pen & Paper makes it uniquely placed to handle matters in Russia and the CIS. The team advises clients in relation to allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering, restraint orders, receivership orders and business crime matters. Head of practice Anthony Brown acts for CEOs of major companies as well as defending alleged underworld figures in cases spanning the globe. Cindy Dorrington has more than 20 years’ experience in criminal and regulatory litigation and is 'key to the team's success' . 'Real grafter' Steve Sharp is an experienced trial lawyer who often handles cases with an international dimension.
‘A boutique firm with big-hitting talent’.
‘My go-to firm for anything fraud or finance-related’.
‘Cindy Dorrington is the stand-out partner in a stand-out firm; I have been consistently impressed by her intellect, hard work, and devotion to the cause’.
‘Steve Sharpe is highly intelligent, with a high capacity for analytical work and excellent strategic foresight’.
‘George Kampanella is an excellent communicator and great with clients’
‘They have a broad series of disciplines which means they can cover all aspects of a case’.
‘Cindy Dorrington is very good with clients for whom she has fierce loyalty, she is always willing to go the extra length for the best result’.
‘Those making up the team at Bivonas Law LLP are each talented and accomplished individuals who, through many years of dedication, appreciate the importance of operating as a collective’.
- Acting for a director of a UK public company being investigated by the FCA and other authorities in relation to the alleged defrauding of investors via the mis-selling of certain investment products.
- Acting for senior individuals at a major investment bank in connection with a joint DOJ/ FCA investigation into sovereign loans.
- Acting for a senior individual in connection with a high-profile investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in order to obtain mining licences in an African state.
Byrne and Partners LLP advises on high-value fraud, money laundering, tax and financial services investigations and prosecutions, and bribery and corruption cases. It frequently handles multi-jurisdictional cases involving the US, Europe and Africa. Sara Teasdale, who co-heads the team, acts for individuals involved in high-profile prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), DoJ and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 'First-rate lawyer' Michael Potts also heads the team and specialises in restraint, confiscation and asset forfeiture. 'Very seasoned, clever and strategic practitioner' Matthew Frankland focuses on the defence of major criminal fraud trials and investigations. David Byrne has a particular expertise in Inland Revenue investigations and prosecutions.
‘From traditional criminal work representing high-profile individuals, to banking and other regulatory work, they offer a complete service’.
‘Emma Brooks is a clever, determined and savvy solicitor who is a future heavyweight of the criminal fraud world’.
‘This team offers a superlative service to all of its fraud clients’.
‘Cases are properly prepared, sensible advice is always given and no stone is unturned in pursuit of the best result for the client’.
‘Matthew Frankland is a pleasure to work with; tactically astute, he brings his wealth of experience to bear in all his cases’.
‘Michael Potts possesses excellent judgement and applies sound strategic thinking to the cases’.
‘Sara Teasdale is stand out; practical, smart and someone you want on your side if the chips are down’.
‘Matthew Frankland is highly experienced, knowledgeable and approachable’.
Soma Oil and Gas
- Successfully defended Graham Hill, the former Chairman and Director of Alstom International Limited, who together with the company, was prosecuted in a large SFO investigation into alleged corruption.
- Advised and represented two former board members of a major UK medical appliances company and a world leading pharma company in respect of allegations of bribery and corruption in Greece following a joint SFO and DOJ investigation.
- Represented a lawyer defendant in Operation Amazon, a complex HMRC prosecution.
Corker Binning handles the full range of financial and business crime matters, advising individuals caught up in investigations by regulators such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA, CMA, SEC and DoJ. Head of team Andrew Smith is recommended for advice on money laundering, market abuse, insider dealing, false accounting, and bribery and corruption allegations. Peter Binning deals with international fraud and regulatory litigation, and criminal defence matters. 'First class white-collar crime lawyer' David Corker is a criminal litigator active in large SFO cases. Jessica Parker is adept at handling tax fraud; and Claire Cross is an expert in enforcement issues and criminal and regulatory investigations.
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‘The quality of their individuals at every level of seniority has made them a top five contender for defending individuals in all the major SFO and FCA investigations of the last ten years’.
‘They are unusual in the concentration of talent which they offer: there are no weak links; every partner is a star at his/her level of experience’.
‘Corker Binning are top drawer, they provide a personalised and attentive service, delivered by some excellent lawyers’.
‘Peter Binning is very hard-working and client-friendly’.
‘Andrew Smith is fiercely intelligent with razor sharp judgment’.
‘Jessica Parker is a stand out individual; very intelligent and client friendly’.
‘David Corker is a cut above the rest, he brings to bear his extensive experience and speaks to clients with great authority’.
‘Peter Binning is rightly considered a legend in his field; he combines strong tactical nous and huge experience with a responsive and flexible approach to clients’.
Nicholas Reynolds (former Global Sales and Technology Director for a subsidiary company of Alstom Group)
John Varley (ex-CEO of Barclays Bank)
Andrew Pearse (former Credit Suisse banker)
- Representing Nicholas Reynolds, the former Global Sales and Technology Director for a subsidiary of Alstom Group, in connection with his being charged with offences of corruption and conspiracy to corrupt in an SFO prosecution.
- Secured a case dismissal and full acquittal at appeal for John Varley, a former CEO of Barclays Bank, who faced a high-profile SFO prosecution.
The financial crime department at Hickman & Rose acts for directors and senior executives in high-profile white-collar fraud investigations. It is currently involved in a plethora of SFO investigations into fraud, false accounting, and bribery and corruption. Experienced criminal litigator and 'stellar performer' Ross Dixon jointly heads the team and recently acted for Chris Bush, former MD of Tesco UK, in the highly publicised SFO trial. Ben Rose also jointly leads the team and handles regulatory enforcement, confiscation, general crime and extradition matters. Andrew Katzen handles regulatory and disciplinary issues involving various enforcement agencies including the FCA, FRC and SRA.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team brings a wealth of experience and skills which complement each other and combined, form a truly formidable team that worked relentlessly to support, challenge and defend my interests’.
‘I could not wish to be represented by a better team of professionals and people who genuinely care about their clients’.
‘A firm with sufficient partners to give the clients the service they need and have come to expect’.
‘There are some excellent associates who supplement the seniors very well’.
‘This firm has all the necessary elements to put them in the top of the solicitors doing this type of work’.
‘This firm has a great reputation with all the peer firms’.
‘Andrew Katzen is a tremendously hardworking individual who I have worked with on a number of cases over the last two decades’.
‘The team is technically very good and provide an excellent service to clients’.
SFO Investigation (Petrofac)
Chris Bush – SFO Prosecution (Tesco)
SFO Investigation (Chemring)
SFO Investigation (Amec Foster Wheeler)
SFO Investigation (ENRC)
SFO Investigation (UnaOil)
SFO Investigation (G4S)
Yoshiki Ohmura – NCA Investigation and CPS Prosecution
Nicholas Woods – SFO Investigation (SERCO)
- Acted for Chris Bush, the former MD of Tesco UK, who was acquitted at trial on charges of fraud and false accounting in a very high profile and important SFO prosecution.
- Acting for Nicholas Woods, former senior executive of SERCO, in a prosecution attempt by the SFO on allegations of fraud and false accounting relating to government electronic monitoring contracts.
- Acting for a central figure in the SFO and DOJ investigation into the activities of ENRC, its owners and directors, and various connected parties.
With a host of recognised leading individuals, Kingsley Napley LLP handles a wide range of cross-border cases involving everything from bribery and corruption, tax and false accounting claims, through to allegations of insider dealing and money laundering. The firm continues to see an uptick in instructions relating to Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), asset forfeiture orders and account freezing orders. Co-head of team Louise Hodges is 'a real leader in this field' and specialises in financial crime, FCA regulatory investigations and fraud. The 'quick and energetic' Jonathan Grimes is experienced in the banking sector and often acts for clients in regulatory investigations. Caroline Day focuses on cartel activity and anti-competitive behaviour and handles interviews with the CMA. Nicola Finnerty advises individuals and corporates in cases brought by the SFO and NCA, among others. Highly experienced litigator Stephen Parkinson is also recommended.
‘Multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional, high profile, long established practice, perhaps the most famous firm in the field’.
‘Universally respected by its peers, many of whom look enviously at its happy workforce, media profile and public standing’.
‘Stephen Parkinson is the great string puller – invisible, deadly, the wisest lawyer in the white-collar industry in London’.
‘Louise Hodges is first choice for any City trader; she speaks the language of the City but knows every police station in London like the back of her hand
‘Jonathan Grimes is meticulous, emotionally intelligent, with exceptional client skills, and is a first-rate academic lawyer’.
‘They are responsive, imaginative and dedicated professionals’.
‘Nicola Finnerty is a great addition to the team and has brought a huge back catalogue of high-profile experience’.
‘Rebecca Niblock is precise and meticulous’.
- Advising Aaron Banks in relation to a criminal investigation into donations to a permitted participant in the EU Referendum.
- Advising Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, in respect of a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the parliamentary Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) committee’s enquiry into “fake news”.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has heavyweight expertise advising individuals involved in allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions and cartel matters. Despite its small size, the firm handles high-profile international matters, liaising with foreign law firms, forensic accountants, investigators and PR agencies to provide a cohesive response to crises. Michael O’Kane heads the team and is noted for his experience defending individuals in major SFO investigations. Neil Swift is recommended for international financial crime cases. Jasvinder Nakhwal has particular expertise in cross-border investigations, extradition and mutual legal assistance matters. Hannah Laming handles contentious regulatory matters and cases brought by the SFO, NCA and FCA.
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‘The team are very responsive, empathetic, engaging and friendly’.
‘Nick Vamos gives clear, practical advice and his judgment of legal risks and likely outcomes is impeccable across a wide range of situations’.
‘This is a superb firm with a group of exceptionally talented individuals’.
‘Michael O’Kane is a superb lawyer and has wonderful strategic sense’.
‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is exceptionally gifted and has wonderful judgement’.
‘Anna Bradshaw is an experienced counsellor in high-stakes matters’.
‘I was very impressed with the personal side of how the legal team managed a very difficult situation and their professional attention to detail was without question’.
‘Jasvinder Nakhwal strives to make sure her clients are protected and is a rising star’.
Khadem Al Qubaisi (‘KAQ’)
Zsolt Tamas Hernádi
A UK-based company director (Xavier Wiggins)
Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder
- Acting for a former senior executive of Barclays Investment Bank, who was a defendant in the SFO’s landmark prosecution based on payments made by Barclays to a Qatari sovereign wealth fund and the Prime Minister of Qatar.
- Acting for Walid Choucair, a trader who was prosecuted for insider dealing by the FCA in the only such prosecution since 2016.
- Acting for Zsolt Tamas Hernádi, chairman and CEO of the Hungarian national energy company, MOL, one of the largest companies in Eastern Europe. He is accused by Croatia of bribing the former Croatian Prime Minister to further MOL’s interests in negotiations concerning the increase of its stake in the Croatian national energy company INA.
WilmerHale continues to be involved in many of the biggest white-collar crime cases brought by the SFO, NCA, Police and HMRC. Under the strong leadership of the 'tactically astute' Stephen Pollard, the team handles the full gamut of business crime and securities enforcement work. Clients include individuals from the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on financial services. Areas of advisory expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, cartels, money laundering, market abuse and insider dealing.
‘This practice has international reach, a great reputation in London and the USA, and is equally comfortable in both those jurisdictions and elsewhere in Europe’.
‘The team is the creation of Stephen Pollard, it is trained and fashioned in his image, and it provides his unique style of service across its members’.
‘Stephen Pollard is one the top five white collar crime defence solicitors in the country’.
‘Stephen Pollard is the most impressive leader of a litigation team that I’ve worked with and he has recruited brilliantly’.
‘Christopher David is demanding but measured and his reputation is growing not just in London but internationally’.
‘They are at the cutting edge of most criminal cases’.
‘Stephen Pollard has built up a really excellent team of young associates around him and their offering to the market is second to none’.
‘Christopher David has extensive experience in internal investigations, transnational practice, and on the subject of arrest warrants and Interpol red notices’.
Allen & Overy LLP is continuing to build its profile in the white collar space following its 2018 recruitment of criminal defence lawyer Eve Giles. Giles, who heads the practice, has extensive experience of fraud, market abuse and extradition matters, with the broader practice now able to advice on a range of financial crime matters, as well as both domestic and international investigations. The team is able to call on support from its global network of offices, providing a holistic approach to multi-jurisdictional matters. It has recently acted in cases involving tax fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, anti-bribery and corruption, data protection, cybercrime and investigations that have been brought in light of the #me too movement.
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‘Eve Giles has a very strong real crime/fraud background’.
‘Eve Giles is very sympathetic and yet gritty’.
‘The resources and reassurance of the Magic Circle, combined with genuine real world white-collar litigation experience and judgment’.
‘A top-tier firm in this field with a depth of understanding and skill in this market’.
‘Eve Giles pursues an in-depth analysis of her cases which is almost unparalleled in the market, and which allows her to find possible arguments or solutions that other lawyers miss’.
‘Eve is one of the best fraud/corruption and general criminal lawyers in the business’.
‘Eve Giles is calm, thorough and utterly committed to her clients’ interests’.
‘Eve’s knowledge of blue-chip civil litigation is invaluable for her white-collar clients, given the regular cross-over of issues’.
Individual in the SFO’s investigation into G4S
Individual in the SFO’s investigation into Rio Tinto
- Acting for an individual following the high profile investigation into G4S for the overcharging of contracts for tagging offenders.
- Acting for a section 2 witness in the SFO’s ongoing investigation into alleged overseas corruption by Rio Tinto.
The financial crime team at Blackfords LLP is noted for its experience in substantial and complex financial crime cases that include allegations of bribery and corruption, investment fraud, money laundering and insider dealing. 'Exceptional litigator' Gary Bloxsome co-heads the team and is experienced in cases prosecuted by the SFO, FCA, HMRC and CPS, among others. Daniel Cundy, who also co-heads the team, handles CMA matters and criminal and civil Proceeds of Crime Act matters. Trevor Francis deals with serious crime, complex frauds, MTIC investigations and regulatory matters.
‘Gary Bloxsome has a constant stream of boiler room and frauds of all types, he and Trevor Francis have conducted some very high-profile and difficult fraud cases’.
‘Trevor Francis is thorough, personable and tough and inspires confidence in his clients’.
‘Gary Bloxsome is vastly experienced and with a very loyal following’.
‘Blackfords enjoys a depth of experience with a firm fronted by a deep pool of both experience and talent’.
‘Daniel Cundy, their leading light in white-collar fraud, is a uniquely talented litigator’.
‘Gary Bloxsome has developed a brilliant practice for the rich and famous and is fantastic looking after reputation in highly sensitive cases’.
‘They have a breadth of practice across crime that is nearly unrivalled and the success of their City of London Office goes from strength to strength’.
‘They have a number of extremely experienced lawyers who are dedicated and always go the extra mile for clients’.
- Representing a defendant in a large and complex HMRC prosecution (Operation Epsom), which took six years to reach charges, with trials finally taking place in late 2019.
- Successfully representing Simon Day, the former Chief Executive and (at the time of press )current CFO of the Conservative Party, in relation to an investigation into the recorded expense returns submitted to the Electoral Commission for the 2015 General Election.
- Continuing to represent a key individual from a major mining company which is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the SFO in relation to suspicions of corruption of Government officials in Africa and of breaches of EU and US sanctions.
Dechert LLP 's London team is able to call on support from the firm's international network to support its white-collar offering, which includes advice around investigations as well as enforcement matters and criminal proceedings. Well-known partner Neil Gerrard, who co-heads the practice globally from London, will retire from the firm at the end of 2020. The wider team includes the 'well-regarded' Matthew Cowie, whose broad experience includes internal and government investigations in the pharmaceutical, financial services, defence, oil and gas, and telecoms industries. Former DoJ prosecutor and ‘standout adviser’ Roger Burlingame's is recommended for matters with a US angle and is experienced in FCPA matters, market abuse, money laundering, asset forfeiture and tax evasion issues. Gerrard
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a wealth of experience and are able to offer US expertise in London with Roger Burlingame’.
‘Dechert has strength in depth with well-known names within its partner ranks drawn from the prosecution and years of defence work’.
‘Roger Burlingame is very savvy and clients love him’.
‘Neil Gerrard is tactical and forthright; someone you’d want on your side fighting your corner’.
‘Matthew Cowie is a highly experienced former prosecutor who brings a sophisticated approach to his work’.
‘Roger Burlingame brings hard-headed New York legal expertise to bear with cross-border clients to great effect’.
‘Roger Burlingame is personable, affable and highly competent’.
‘The best in the business for London-based US legal advice’.
- Advising Navinder Sarao on CFTC civil enforcement and DOJ criminal actions in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for commodities manipulation, fraud and spoofing, alleged to have contributed to the 2010 “flash crash”.
- Representing a CEO of a leading brokerage in an FX futures investigation by the UK FCA and US CFTC.
- Representing an executive in connection with a global investigation into alleged embezzlement from money laundering and fraud connected to the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.
Specialist player Edmonds Marshall McMahon is dedicated to private prosecution work. Within this niche it has experience across a wide range of private prosecutions, including those allegedly guilty of fraud, financial crime and corporate dishonesty. Its team is made up of investigators, barristers and solicitors and it advises clients in the oil and gas, property investment, personal investment and charity sectors. The team is headed by the 'clever and driven' Kate McMahon, the 'diligent and knowledgeable' Andrew Marshall and the 'unwavering' Tamlyn Edmonds. McMahon handles serious fraud, international crime and perverting the course of justice matters. Marshall is recommended major fraud prosecutions and regulatory matters. Edmonds focuses on serious fraud, cyber-crime, asset recovery, international fraud, and intellectual property crime.
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‘They work tirelessly, imaginatively, effectively and as a team’.
‘They put their clients first and are feared by their opposition’.
‘They are respected by the judiciary and have put private prosecutions on the map’.
‘Kate McMahon is simply the best at what she does; fearless, hard-working and imaginative’.
‘Andrew Marshall is utterly respected and one of the best lawyers in fraud’.
‘Tamlyn Edmonds is a fantastic lawyer who cuts through complex issues quickly, effectively and accurately’.
‘Tamlyn Edmonds was a senior public prosecutor for many years, yet has the polished strategic sense and sensitivity to deal with individuals’.
‘Kate McMahon has a breadth of knowledge and tactical awareness rare in other lawyers and is relentlessly results-driven’.
- Advising a number of wealthy investors including the owner of a hedge fund on multi-jurisdictional investigations and anticipated criminal prosecutions arising out of fraudulent multi-million-pound investments.
- Advising the founder of an overseas billion-dollar asset management company on an investigation and criminal prosecution stemming from a fraudulent multi-million-pound investment.
- Advising the owner of an international foreign exchange trading platform on an investigation and criminal prosecution.
Howard Kennedy LLP is well-versed in domestic and international financial crime investigations. The practice advises on money laundering issues, regulatory compliance, Bribery Act audits, preparation of bribery policies and corporate governance matters. Other areas of focus include serious fraud, criminal cartel activity, market abuse and insider trading work. It is also experienced in internal investigations, proceeds of crime matters, whistle-blowing and self-reporting. The 'unflappable' Ian Ryan heads the team, with more than 21 years’ experience and has represented clients involved in investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS, NCA, DoJ and FBI.
‘Howard Kennedy have assembled an excellent team with good expertise at all levels of PQE’.
‘Ian Ryan is incredibly experienced and clients can be reassured that he has “seen it all”’.
‘They put an unrivalled level of resource into their cases’.
‘Ben Ticehurst is an experienced and highly effective solicitor; he has an impressive work ethic and positive approach to difficult legal issues’.
‘The team, led by Ian Ryan, is committed, diligent and able’.
‘John Martyn has superb client skills and is patient and empathetic’.
‘Kevin Robinson is highly intelligent and very thorough with excellent client skills, nevertheless his most prized qualities are his judgment and tactical nous’.
‘They have a breadth of experience, and they work together brilliantly at all stages of criminal litigation’.
Ms Anna Machkevitch
- The team secured the acquittal of Andreas Hauschild at trial in June 2019 after he was charged with manipulating Euribor between 2005 and 2006. This included representation after his extradition to the UK and at trial.
- Advising and representing a former CEO of a well-known cafe chain in respect of an SFO investigation into the company.
- Representing a former CEO of a multinational corporation in relation to offences of bribery and corruption relating to gifts and hospitality and the alleged payment of permission to third parties in Ecuador.
Macfarlanes LLP continues to go from strength-to-strength in the white-collar arena and is currently instructed by clients in some of the highest profile SFO cases. With a large private wealth team, the firm acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals, alongside senior executives, members of family offices and entrepreneurs. It is noted for its expertise in criminal investigations, prosecutions, extradition proceedings and contentious matters.The 'established and very-well respected' Neill Blundell is highly recommended for matters involving fraud, financial crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, facilitation of tax offences, insider dealing, market abuse, unexplained wealth orders and cartel offences.
‘The Macfarlanes crime and investigations department is really making waves in this field, garnering some of the highest profile individuals and dealing with them with quiet efficiency’.
‘Neill Blundell brings gravitas to his mandates and commands the respect of individual HNW clients who are more used to being in the driving seat themselves’.
‘Neill Blundell is a good team player who’s clearly respected by his team and by colleagues within the industry’.
‘Neill Blundell is calm and unflappable as well as having considerable charm’.
‘Lorna Emson works with integrity, and efficiency’.
‘The legendary rigor and excellence that the Macfarlanes name evokes has very quickly come to include the corporate crime and investigations practice, which coalesced at the arrival of Neill Blundell’.
‘Neill Blundell is a truly exceptional attorney with tremendous experience handling significant internal investigations and criminal litigation for individuals and corporations’.
‘The team is developing a strong reputation for its effective representation of clients in complex criminal proceedings and internal investigations’.
Judith Shepherd (Deputy GC) of Barclays Plc
- Acting for Judith Shepherd in the SFO investigation into Barclays Bank and its 2008 $3bn fund raising from Qatar Holdings LLC.
- Acting for Michael Curtler, the former Head of Global Finance for Deutsche Bank, in relation to a prosecution by the US DOJ (Southern District of New York).
The 'excellent and expert team of criminal lawyers' at Mishcon de Reya LLP is known for its experience defending suspects in prominent SFO cases and is currently involved in several such investigations and prosecutions. The firm continues to see an uptick in instructions involving NCA investigations, acting for individuals who are the subject of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) and account freezing orders. It is often instructed in cross-border cases and has dealt with the DoJ, IRS and various European enforcement agencies. Jo Rickards heads the white-collar crime and investigations group, and advises on corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services issues. Ben Brandon joined as partner from 3 Raymond Buildings.
‘The team from top to bottom, work tirelessly to make sure every I is dotted and every T is crossed’.
‘There is a feeling that there is always someone who is able to help you and you are never left in a position where you can’t get hold of someone’.
‘Matthew Ewens is the standout Senior Associate; his dedication, tactical awareness and pre-emptive preparation is an invaluable addition to any team’.
‘Ben Brandon is a recent hire with masses of experience both as a solicitor and at the bar’.
‘Jo Rickards constantly challenges herself and her team around her to achieve excellence’.
‘Jo Walsh has a fantastic legal mind and is a great strategist’.
‘Jo Rickards has proven astute in the overall strategy ensuring that all eventualities are covered’.
‘Gareth Minty heads up their private prosecutions team and is knowledgeable about the particular issues and difficulties in bringing such cases’.
Dr Cansun Guralp
Virkiran and Ritika Awasty
Norton Rose Fulbright advises individuals on financial and white collar crime issues. It often deals with domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, NCA, HMRC and CPS. Areas of focus include internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations, prosecutions and related civil litigation. The team handles all stages of the criminal process from the outset of investigations, to interviews by prosecuting authorities, through to trial and beyond. Head of practice Neil O’May is experienced in defending prosecutions alleging bribery and corruption, international fraud and market abuse. Pamela Reddy handles cross-border internal investigations and financial services investigations.
‘The team acts for an impressive array of senior high-profile individuals and corporates facing all aspects of criminal and regulatory difficulties’.
‘They consistently pop up in all of the major, high-profile investigations and trials’.
‘Pamela Reddy has many years of experience advising on and defending individuals and corporates involved in an array of fraud and regulatory matters’.
‘Pamela Reddy’s previous experience working as a partner in a criminal boutique gives her invaluable insight into all aspects of criminal/regulatory investigations and prosecutions’.
‘Neil O’May is one of the very few partners in a silver circle firm with extensive experience of white-collar crime’.
‘Pamela’s approach is clear, calm and pragmatic and she has a reassuring no-nonsense air about her when co-defending with her’.
‘Neil O’May is an effective leader who has made himself, over the past few years, a leading name in the financial crime market’.
‘Pamela Reddy is a partner who has great range to her talents and is immensely personable and good to deal with’.
Former Finance Director- Tesco plc
Senior executive at Petrofac
Former Senior Executive of Barclays – LIBOR Lowballing investigation
- Represented Carl Rogberg the former Financial Director (CFO) of Tesco in the high profile prosecution into accounting practices at Tesco.
- Represented and secured the acquittal of Victor Dahdaleh on all charges brought by the SFO in a prosecution for alleged corruption in connection with contracts worth billions of dollars for the supply of alumina to a Bahraini company, Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.
- Representing a senior executive of Petrofac in relation to the SFO’s criminal investigation.
Ropes & Gray LLP works closely with its US counterparts to provide a joined up approach to dealing with proceedings brought by US and international enforcement agencies, such as the DoJ, SEC, FBI and the US Attorneys’ Offices. Head of practice Judith Seddon has 'a rare combination of detailed black letter legal knowledge, sound tactical judgement and excellent interpersonal and client-handling skills'. Seddon handles a broad range of white-collar matters, including fraud, corruption, and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Amanda Raad, who splits her time between London and New York, also co-heads the team and is dual-qualified in the US, and in England and Wales.
‘I find the Ropes team to be quite careful and thoughtful when giving advice and to take guidance and input from co-counsel and clients’.
‘Judith Seddon and Amanda Raad are quiet and confident, but at the same time, strong advocates’.
‘They counsel and advise with intelligence and caution and have tremendous credibility with regulators’.
‘They have particular expertise and experience of advising individuals who find themselves the subject of investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, US Department of Justice and similar investigatory agencies’.
‘Judith Seddon enjoys an unparalleled reputation in white-collar fraud and is a stand out partner in this area of practice’.
‘Matthew Burn is intelligent, quick and is an extremely dedicated senior associate with strong legal and client-handling skills’.
‘Judith Seddon give Ropes one of the best-known lawyers in this space in London and her reputation for hard work, intellectual rigour and strategic thinking is well-deserved.’
‘Judith Seddon is an excellent team leader and inspires the complete confidence of all her individual clients’.
Detelina Subeva (Former Credit Suisse Banker)
- Representing the former Credit Suisse banker Detelina Subeva indicted in the Eastern District of New York in connection with an alleged $2 bn fraud against the Mozambique government that destabilised the country’s economy.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons represents individuals and companies in cases brought by domestic and international regulators. Its clients come from sectors such as mining, banking and financial services, oil and gas and retail . Joint head of team Stephen Gentle has experience of fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions and criminal cartel matters. Nick Benwell, who also heads the team, frequently advises on corruption matters, freezing orders and international investigations brought by authorities such as the SFO. Of counsel Cherie Spinks is noted for her strong technical criminal law expertise. Camilla de Silva joined as partner from an in-house role at the SFO.
‘An excellent team with broad and in-depth knowledge spanning both civil and criminal regimes’.
‘Stephen Gentle is a highly experienced criminal practitioner with encyclopaedic knowledge of the financial crime sector’.
‘Top quality team with clear sense of achieving client objectives and excellent communicators’.
‘They are a major City law firm that delivers a boutique personal service’.
‘Stephen Gentle and Nick Benwell provide a deeply knowledgeable commercially savvy client-focused service’.
‘Personable individuals who provide a calm atmosphere at their offices’.
‘Strong work ethic and accessible’.
‘Stephen Gentle was calm and reassuring and ensured I was well-prepared and briefed for interviews’.
- Defending Shahid Ullah, former COO of Afren plc, against two counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering in one of the Serious Fraud Office’s most significant prosecutions to go to trial in 2018.
- Acting for the former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy plc who was charged in the US with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and multiple counts of wire fraud.
The criminal and regulatory investigations department at Stephenson Harwood acts for individuals drawn into investigations by regulatory and prosecuting authorities, and internal investigations. The team calls on strength from the firm’s wider litigation practice to provide support in significant international fraud cases. The 'calm, insightful and experienced' Tony Woodcock heads the team and focuses on criminal and contentious financial services investigations and business regulation. Sean Jeffrey specialises in financial regulatory litigation and FCA investigations. Justin McClelland, who recently joined as partner from Winston & Strawn LLP, handles multi-jurisdictional investigations involving market abuse and insider dealing.
‘One of the few City firms who can properly lay claim to a white-collar crime practice’.
‘Their key capability is the ability to handle all of the civil, regulatory, and criminal aspects of a case’.
‘Tony Woodcock is simply excellent; wonderful with clients, his quiet manner belies a very focused and very determined litigator’.
‘Alan ward is absolutely fantastic in providing advice, commitment to his clients, ensuring that he is always one step ahead of the process’.
‘The team has a long track record of acting for very high-profile individuals in the financial services industry’.
‘Tony Woodcock is widely regarded as a leading individual in his field and Alan Ward is fast making a name for himself’.
‘Sean Jeffrey is a stand-out partner, having acted for the Tchenguiz brothers in their long running litigation against the SFO and Grant Thornton for nearly 10 years’.
‘You get extremely high-powered partner-time from a major City firm with none of the usual filtered advice’.
Peter Johnson, former US Dollar rate LIBOR submitter at Barclays
Joerg Vogt, Deutsche Bank Euribor submitter
Arif Hussein, former manager UBS
Amit Soni – Tesco SFO whistle-blower (profit-overstatement)
Vincent Tchenguiz, Robert Tchenguiz, the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies
- Represented Peter Johnson (former US Dollar rate submitter at Barclays) in relation to his prosecution by the SFO for conspiracy to defraud. The allegations concern the setting of the US Dollar London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR).
- Advising Joerg Vogt, a German citizen and former employee of Deutsche Bank, in relation to the SFO’s decision to charge him with conspiracy to defraud. The charge relates to a multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation conducted by the German regulator, BaFin, the US Department of Justice and the SFO concerning EURIBOR.
- Represented two receivers, partners in a major accountancy practice, who – together with a US hedge fund – were prosecuted by a private individual for the criminal offence of conspiracy to defraud and fraud under the Fraud Act 2016.
White & Case LLP is particularly strong in the financial sphere, acting for individuals caught up in national and international investigations. The team advises on matters such as tax evasion, sanctions busting, money laundering, insider dealing, fraud, false accounting and financial services offences. Head of practice Jonathan Pickworth, regarded as ‘one of the most sophisticated thinkers in this field’, has over 30 years’ experience in criminal and regulatory issues involving the SFO, HMRC and FCA. Joanna Dimmock is experienced in criminal defence procedure, international criminal law and international sanctions. Anneka Randhawa was promoted to partner.
‘The fact they are a multi-national law firm that represents both corporates and individuals is increasingly rare’.
‘Joanna Dimmock is an up –and-coming star with extraordinary commitment to her clients’ cases; she can achieve the impossible more often than not’.
‘This is a wonderful firm and Jonathan Pickworth is a superb leader’.
‘They are all bright and competent but they also are grounded in good business sense, they are committed and they work as a team’.
‘Jonah Anderson is tactically astute, pragmatic and forward thinking’
‘Joanna Dimmock has unrivalled knowledge and experience of her field which comes from conducting the most high profile cases from beginning to end’.
‘This is simply a top-class outfit with excellent legal and market knowledge’.
‘Joanna Dimmock devotes a laser like focus and unceasing energy to fighting every case’.
- Advised Richard Usher in relation to UK investigations undertaken by the FCA and the SFO and also associated regulatory and civil proceedings.
- Acting for Ziad Akle in connection with an investigation and prosecution brought by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office in relation to Unaoil Group, a Monaco based oil industry consultancy firm, and its executives.
Arnold & Porter is well-regarded in the white-collar sphere and is known for its expertise in regulatory prosecutions and investigations, and bribery, corruption and fraud matters. It also handles compliance, money laundering and anti-tax evasion issues. Working closely with its US offices, the team is well placed to provide advice on global investigations. The 'technically gifted' Kathleen Harris has significant experience of economic crime matters and co-heads the team alongside the 'phenomenally bright' Sean Curran . Curran is noted for his experience dealing with international enforcement agencies.
‘Their conscientious client care is matched by their collective capacity for hard work, relentless dedication and a real tactical skill’.
‘Kathleen Harris is fiendishly bright, astonishingly hard-working, and as tenacious as they come’.
‘Sean Curran is an engaging personality and a hard-working and skilled lawyer’.
‘Kathleen Harris has secured fantastic results for her clients, who are of the very highest profile, and often incredibly demanding’.
‘Sean Curran commands the absolutely confidence of his clients; he is an astute tactician with real depth of experience’.
‘They have a real depth of experience and expertise across the board that they utilise to great effect’.
‘Sean Curran is hugely charismatic and very clever’.
‘One of their real strengths is understanding and being able to navigate issues where civil and criminal law meet’.
Bark&co handles the full gamut of white-collar criminal matters, including financial trading offences, bribery and corruption investigations, tax, pension and mortgage fraud, and money laundering cases. Under the leadership of the ‘energetic, hands-on and astute’ Giles Bark-Jones, the team deals with high-profile suspects in investigations brought by the SFO, CPS, HMRC, FCA and the Environment Agency. The firm also handles public relations matters and bespoke media plans for clients.
‘Giles Bark-Jones is an excellent lawyer and very much the power house that drives the firm forward and ensures that it provides the excellent quality of service that it does’.
‘Bark & Co has an enviable array of talented and experienced lawyers’.
‘Bark & Co has been one of the leading boutique fraud firms for many years, and continues to appear in many of the highest profile fraud cases in the country’.
‘They have a very good reputation in fraud and I have been impressed by the way they really work on a case with their clients’.
‘The principal of the firm, Giles Bark-Jones has a huge amount of experience in the field of fraud and serious crime’.
‘Giles Bark-Jones is regularly involved in some of the most high profile and complex cases brought to trial’.
‘Giles Bark-Jones has a huge amount of experience; provides a very personal service and very effective tactical advice to clients’.
‘Whatever the situation, the firm always is client and results-driven, striving always to achieve the best possible outcome’.
- Acting for Ersin Tatar (the Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus) in an SFO investigation, which was been discontinued following the firm’s intervention.
- Acting for a client in investigations by the National Crime Agency and SKAT (the Danish tax authority) into fraud and money-laundering activities worth over £1.5bn committed against the tax authorities in a number of countries, predominantly the UK, Denmark, the US and Belgium.
- Acting for an individual in relation to a high-profile SFO investigation into the collapse of a major UK retailer, as well as acting in relation to his prosecution for various counts of tax fraud.
The crime, fraud and regulatory team at Bindmans LLP acts for high-profile professionals and high-net-worth individuals in investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, FCA, OFT, HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams. The firm has recently seen an uptick in instructions defending individuals against private prosecutions. Katie Wheatley, who heads the team with 'excellent judgement and real gravitas', is an expert in fraud, bribery and corruption matters, and is experienced in defending bankers and other professionals in financial crime cases. Associate Jessica Skinns has specialist knowledge of search and sift powers and is experienced in defending large-scale fraud cases. Tayab Ali joined as partner from ITN Solicitors.
‘They are second to none in their commitment to achieving social justice and providing an exceptional standard of representation’.
‘They have real strength in depth in terms of the quality of their lawyers and the quality of their case preparation is a cut above their competitors’.
‘Katie Wheatley is exceptionally hard-working and shrewd, it’s hard to think of a lawyer who cares more deeply about her clients’.
‘Jessica Skins is extremely bright and conscientious’.
‘Bindmans are a committed team of solicitors whose approach and dedication to a case is first-class’.
‘Bindmans are an extremely impressive outfit, with a huge amount of expertise within the team’.
‘They go the extra mile for every client, leaving no stone unturned in promoting a defence’.
- Acting for the former CEO of a large insurance company in connection with the company’s private prosecution of him for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.
- Acting for a former senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development who was charged with conspiring to make or receive corrupt payments.
- Representing a client under investigation by the FCA for insider dealing.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP launched its white-collar defence and investigations group at the start of 2020 with the hires of Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts, from Brown Rudnick LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP respectively. Beardsworth is well-versed in the defence of serious fraud and criminal matters, and often handles cases involving the SFO, HMRC, FRC and Environment Agency. Roberts is noted for his regulatory compliance and investigations work; and often deals with regulators, including the FCA, MHRA, HSE and SFO.
‘Mark Beardsworth is an excellent lawyer to work with; very responsive and client-friendly’.
‘Mark Beardsworth brings a strong UK white-collar crime pedigree to the firm’.
‘United for the first time in the same firm, the highly respected Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts now form a powerhouse dynamic’.
‘Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts bring finesse, sure-footed advice and an utterly exceptional service to their clients’.
‘They are enormously charismatic in their approach to the work they do’.
The white-collar defence and investigations team at Cooley (UK) LLP has been bolstered by the 2019 arrival of Tom Epps, as new head of team, from Brown Rudnick LLP. With experience gained in a plethora of high-profile cases, including a number of current SFO prosecutions, Epps handles a range of business crime issues and regulatory investigations. The team acts for suspects, whistle-blowers and witnesses across a variety of sectors, including energy, pharmaceutical, accounting and legal, public corporations and technology. Louise Delahunty left for McCann FitzGerald.
Other key lawyers:
‘The addition of Tom Epps to lead the team shows that Cooleys are intent on building up the white-collar team’.
‘Senior partner Tom Epps brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous positions’.
‘Tom Epps has recently moved to Cooleys and is establishing himself quickly as someone who is very capable handling corporate as well as individual matters’.
‘Tom Epps is a stand-out lawyer in this field’.
‘The team are highly responsive, innovative and practical, as well as excellent lawyers’.
‘Tom Epps is the solicitor who barristers would call if they were in trouble; he is an outstanding strategist with a very great intellect’.
‘Tom Epps is very responsive and has an excellent manner with clients’.
‘Tom Epps has real emotional intelligence and is dedicated to his clients’ cause’.
The white-collar crime team at Fox Williams LLP continues to grow at a junior level, with the addition of a number of associates and senior associates. The practice is well regarded for advising on fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance matters and is often involved in multi-jurisdictional cases involving UK regulators and prosecuting authorities. Co-head of team Peter Wright is experienced in financial services regulatory issues and FCA investigations, with a focus on market abuse and insider dealing. James Carlton, who also co-heads the team, is 'one of the best criminal solicitors in London' and is noted for his experience defending clients caught up in high-profile SFO investigations.
‘James Carlton is a very experienced white-collar crime solicitor with good judgment’.
‘A boutique team that punches far above its weight, with experienced, hardworking and compassionate practitioners who go the extra mile for their clients’.
‘James Carlton is exceptional: a seasoned criminal practitioner with great judgment and a lovely manner’.
‘Sona Ganatra is seemingly inexhaustible, she also has great judgment and bags of compassion to support clients’.
‘The team is well-led and provides clear advice and is very cost-effective by not having too many people attend meetings’.
‘One of the top teams for business crime: astute, commercially-focused and vastly experienced’.
‘Sona Ganatra and Sebastian Sayer are both fantastic up-and-coming practitioners’.
‘James Carlton is a top strategist and lives and breathes his cases’.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is described by one client as a 'standout international firm' for its white-collar defence practice. The firm’s international network of offices means it is able advise on cross-border financial crime matters and investigations. 'Stalwart of the London corporate crime community' Barry Vitou is global co-chair of the white-collar and special investigations practice and heads the team in London, which also includes the 'excellent' Anne-Marie Ottaway. Mohammed Khamisa QC joined as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Lisa Navarro left to form Navarro Law Consultancy.
‘Good understanding of the regulatory environment and the practicalities of dealing with the relevant regulators’.
‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are extremely good advisers and have in-depth knowledge in this area’.
‘A standout international firm it has an excellent global white-collar defence practice led by Barry Vitou’.
‘Barry Vitou has an impressive client list and sought out by corporates and senior executives in complex cross-border high-profile investigations’.
‘Barry Vitou has been involved in landmark cases and is an extremely astute lawyer and an excellent strategist’.
‘They have an impeccable pedigree in this field and have built up the firm’s white-collar fraud practice to an enviable position in the market place’.
‘Anne-Marie spent a significant period of time at the SFO and understands its workings’.
‘They have extensive experience in dealing with the relevant regulators’.
- Represented Roger Jenkins, former head of Barclays’s investment banking and investment management in the Middle East, in connection with his trial at Old Bailey Crown Court which resulted in an acquittal in February 2020.
IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)
IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles private and publicly funded work and continues to see an uptick in instructions relating to City financial and corruption investigations. Areas of focus include regulatory investigations, brought by authorities such as the FCA and SFO, and corruption and insider dealing. Uxbridge-based John Milner heads the team and is noted for his experience in business crime, financial crime investigations and VAT fraud.
Fabiana Abdel Malek
- Advised Sisse Bohart, a former Barclays employee, who was charged in relation to the SFO EURIBOR investigation.
- Advised Fabiana Abdel-Malek in relation to an FCA prosecution into allegations of insider dealing.
- Advised Giuseppe Morreale in relation to an SFO prosecution into allegations of bribery and corruption in the Oil and Gas sector in Angola and the UK involving international freight-forwarding company FH Bertling.
Janes Solicitors has expertise in multi-jurisdictional fraud and financial crime, and white-collar crime cases. Areas of practice for the firm include advising on allegations of corruption, tax avoidance schemes, money laundering and proceeds of crime matters, as well as regulatory matters, electoral offences and sanctions. Head of practice David Janes handles bribery, fraud, tax, asset recovery and POCA cases. Fiona Gavriel has led on numerous cases involving high-profile investigations by the SFO, HMRC, CPS, FCA, NCA and Trading Standards, amongst others.
‘Fiona Gavriel stands out as a partner, her experience running very large cases for demanding defendants is second to none’.
‘Fiona Gavriel is hard-working, dedicated to her clients and exacting in her preparation’.
‘David Janes is a very good lawyer with buckets of experience who also makes excellent strategic decisions’.
‘David Janes may well be the most dogged, determined, committed and inventive solicitor that I have ever met’.
‘James Mullion has a sophisticated approach to legal and practical problems’.
‘Janes is a small solicitors but are at the top of their game’.
‘Janes are a boutique firm who have an astonishing level of dedication to their clients combined with years of expertise acting for individuals in the most high-profile cases’.
‘Simon Barker has a practical but technically adroit approach to complex cases’.
- Acting for a consortium of the Residents of the Crown Dependency of the Island of Alderney in respect of alleged fraud and major corruption in relating to proposals in relation to nuclear energy and power pipelines proposed for the island.
- Representing a defendant in respect of an international SFO fraud and bribery investigation in relation to the UK’s leading supplier of bio-diesel.
- Representing a director accused of fraudulent trading involving the mis-selling of financial products up to £100m pounds.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP has deep experience acting for individuals subject to government enforcement actions. It often advises senior executives caught up in international internal and external investigations. The team’s broad expertise includes advising on allegations of bribery, sanctions and export control violations, money laundering, terrorist financing, tax evasion and fraud. The 'experienced' and 'charismatic' Christine Braamskamp co-chairs the firm’s global Investigations, compliance and defence (ICD) practice and leads the London ICD team. Braamskamp is well regarded for handling white-collar cases brought by regulators including the SFO, FCA, FRC and HMRC. Robert Dalling was promoted to partner.
‘The firm is international with an excellent reputation, particularly in the UK and the US’.
‘Christine Braamskamp is very well-knownand has great client handling skills and is a pleasure to work alongside’.
‘Very proactive and strong ability to get into the detail without losing site of the bigger picture’.
‘Christine Braamskamp makes serious problems much easier to manage’.
‘The team has developed and grown into a formidable group of partners and associates’.
‘Christine Braamskamp and Kelly Hagedorn are both experienced, sensible lawyers, with sound judgement’.
‘Christine Braamskamp is without doubt one of the new generation of stars within the field of white-collar’.
‘Christine Braamskamp is responsive, thoughtful and technically excellent’.
Kobre & Kim LLP
Kobre & Kim LLP is known for its defence of ultra-high-net-worth clients, crisis management strategies and cross-border litigation. Other areas of focus include civil and criminal proceedings and investigations aimed at asset forfeiture or confiscation. The London team works closely with its counterparts in the US and is headed by Robin Rathmell, who is a dual-qualified English barrister and US lawyer who splits his time between London and Washington. Nick Cherryman joined as partner from King & Spalding LLP.
‘The team has very specific and in-depth expertise when it comes to investigations and white-collar defence work’.
‘They prefer to think out-of-the-box and they tend to think more pragmatically and less academically than perhaps other large law firms’.
‘Jonathan Huth has a knack for dealing with clients who require intense support, and is always available to them’.
‘The team was exceptional and more commercial than many peers’.
‘Robin Rathmell is a dual-qualified UK barrister and US lawyer whose knowledge is invaluable for the asset protection aspects that may arise in white-collar matters’.
‘Polly Wilkins is highly responsive, very thorough and commercial’.
‘Polly Wilkins has extremely good client handling skills’.
‘Jonathan Huth is extremely good at developing a close rapport with clients which is essential to the trusted advisor relationship’.
Several Unaoil Executives
High net worth international business person and strategy consultant
Two high-net worth individuals, one of which is a former Brazilian politician
Two Brazilian High-Net-Worth Individuals
Wealthy Latin American Family
Two trust funds
Ultra High Net Work Individual (EU citizen) based in the UK facing criminal prosecution in and potential extradition to his home country in the EU.
FX Options and Derivate Brokers at a leading International Brokerage
High Net Worth Client, UK citizen, prominent film producer
High Net Worth Client, U.S. citizen residing in Middle Eastern country
- Representing Jho Low in a multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering.
- Advising several Unaoil executives on a program of asset litigation in offshore jurisdictions, in the context of international bribery investigations conducted by UK, Australian and other authorities.
- Acting as counsel to a high-net-worth international businessperson and strategy consultant in relation to multiple legal issues in multiple jurisdictions.
Rahman Ravelli advises professionals and high-net-worth individuals in various sectors and countries on a broad spectrum of financial crime matters. Areas of experience include multi-million pound frauds, white-collar crime, corporate crime, money laundering and tax evasion. It also handles regulatory cases, Bribery Act matters and SFO investigations. Under the leadership of Aziz Rahman, the team handles cases involving international law enforcement agencies and regulators. Neil Williams, who co-heads the team, is experienced in currency fraud, mortgage fraud, charity fraud and carbon credit fraud.
‘The team are personable, approachable and sympathetic’.
‘They apply unequalled attention to detail and preparation, allowing them to provide accurate and focused advice on cases of the utmost complexity’.
‘Rahman Ravelli is a leading firm that provides a high-value service to its clients’.
‘The firm consistently impresses with its attention to detail and the personal, genuine dedication of its professionals’.
‘Each member of the team passionately cares about the quality of the service given to their clients and aims to achieve only the most impressive results’.
‘Rahman Ravelli have an excellent track record in responding effectively to the challenges of the market’.
‘Neil Williams has an intuitive grasp of the finer tactical points that arise in the most complicated of cases’.
‘Aziz Rahman is one of the hardest working lawyers I know and has been the driving force and vision behind the firm’s successes’.
Stewarts Law LLP advises high-net-worth individuals and professionals caught up in criminal matters and regulatory investigations. The team draws on strengths from its trust, tax, employment, media and commercial practice groups. The well-regarded Richard Kovalevsky QC heads the team and has a strong practice handling financial crime matters.
‘Prompt first-class service at all times’.
‘Richard Kovalevsky has the ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly, assessing the relevant points and analysing the best way forward in a clear and concise manner’.
‘Richard Kovalevsky is as sharp as they come, and a great pleasure to work with’.
‘Richard Kovalevsky has been at the coal face of defending on some of the most high-profile cases over the last decades, and he remains at the top of the game’.
‘David Savage is extremely smart and hard-working’.
‘The criminal team at Stewarts is at the top of its game with an exceptional reputation’
‘Richard Kovalevsky QC is outstanding as a lawyer and business leader and is an ideas person’.
‘The team has significant experience and skill in managing challenging corporate and individual engagements’.
The international corporate crime and fraud team at Taylor Wessing LLP handles financial crime matters, compliance advice and internal and external investigations. It has recently acted for a number of senior bank executives in relation to anti-trust and whistleblowing investigations. The firm is noted for its experience handling investigations by regulatory enforcement agencies, as well as cybercrime, data protection, corruption and general criminal matters. David De Ferrars and Tim Strong head the team. Nick Storrs joined as a partner from Signature Litigation LLP and Amy Patterson was promoted to partner.
‘David de Ferrars: very approachable with excellent judgement.’
‘Nick Storrs is a rising star. He is hungry, ambitious, and highly talented. Knows how to run a strategy that achieves the best outcome.’
Brown Rudnick LLP
Brown Rudnick LLP’s white collar and regulatory investigations team is able to advise on a wide range of corporate crime and institutional fraud matters. It handles high-profile criminal investigations, joint US/UK investigations, enforcement issues and compliance matters. Anupreet Amole and Peter Bibby head the team. Mark Beardsworth left for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Tom Epps left for Cooley (UK) LLP; and Jamie Symington left for an in-house role at the FRC.
‘Brown Rudnick are able to over-deliver without the unnecessary fanfare of a typical Magic Circle firm’.
‘For in-house counsel looking to trim the fat of padded bills or paying for laundry list of juniors development at your expense – they are a “go-to” firm’.
‘Anupreet Amole understands the issues, he has laser-like focus to help cut through the waffle and is able to understand what the primary drivers are’.
‘Anupreet Amole is an absolute pleasure to work with and his insight and understanding also comes with a practicality that is sadly too rare in the market today’.
Nottingham-headquartered Cartwright King is well-regarded for its defence of prosecutions brought by various regulators, including the SFO, CPS, HMRC, National Crime Agency, FCA and CMA. It continues to see an increase in instructions relating to tax offences arising from specialised regional HMRC investigation teams. The practice takes on mandates from directors, senior employees and management across a range of industries, including banking, investment, health, construction and manufacturing. Nottingham-based Sundeep Soor heads the national team and is adept at handling fraud and POCA matters.
‘Cartwright King is a well-respected firm in the area of white-collar crime’.
‘They have a large client base and have a very good reputation’.
‘A brilliant all-round team of talented and experienced lawyers’.
‘Sundeep Soor heads a strong team’.
‘A powerhouse of criminal and other litigation’.
‘Richard Cornthwaite is always a pleasure to work with’.
‘The team have an exceptional depth of legal knowledge across all its members which is quite rare’.
‘Highly experienced team with some outstanding individuals across the board, handling a varied array of complex, often international, serious fraud matters’.
DLA Piper advises individuals in the financial services and manufacturing sectors caught up in domestic and cross-border disputes and investigations. Areas of practice include bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management and global compliance issues. Patrick Rappo heads the team.
‘Experienced, well-resourced and manages relationships well’.
‘The lawyers are realistic and down to earth and do not display any signs of arrogance or pretension, which is refreshing’.
‘DLA Piper is a truly global firm and their London Office is welcoming, well-located and highly professional’.
‘Sam Millar is extremely conscientious and patient’.
Mr Thomas Kalaris
- Acted as defence counsel to Mr Thomas Kalaris in respect of the Serious Fraud Office’s (“SFO”) prosecution of events relating to capital raisings worth c£12.8bn by Barclays in June and October 2008 during the height of the financial crisis; the team was successful in getting Mr Kalaris’ acquittal.
Fieldfisher advises on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings in the UK and internationally. Under the leadership of Tony Lewis, the team handles issues around allegations of fraudulent conduct, investigations, recovering assets, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. Cases often involve regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Francesca Titus left the firm for McGuireWoods London LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kyle Phillips is a highly motivated and talented individual who is destined for great success at partner level’.
‘Fieldfisher LLP are an amazing group of individuals right from the receptionist through to their directors’.
‘Kyle Phillips is a very enthusiastic solicitor, very keen to get ahead and will work tirelessly for clients’.
‘The financial crime team works closely with their civil fraud and regulatory departments and therefore they have experience of the interplay between concurrent criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings’.
‘They stand out because of their combination of experts from a range of backgrounds, from criminal to regulatory, which puts them amongst the very best law firms that I have had the joy of dealing with’.
‘Kyle Phillips is a very experienced criminal lawyer who has worked on some of the SFO’s largest investigations’.
‘Kyle Phillips is a hands-on lawyer with excellent client skills’.
‘Tony Lewis is always calm and measured, and is particularly good at running large-scale multijurisdictional investigations’.
- Advising an individual accused of defrauding HMRC of approximately £4m in taxes over an eight-year period.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 's City white collar team is regularly involved in investigations brought by the SFO, DoJ and HMRC, amongst others. The team is headed by Susannah Cogman, who is recognised for her expertise in investigations and compliance issues. Rob Hunt relocated to London from the Hong Kong office and Kate Meakin made partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is phenomenal, I have never seen such a constellation of young talent in one firm before’.
‘They are all focused and determined to achieve the best results, and usually do’.
‘Outstanding depth of team, with good sense of client needs and support’.
‘They are able to deliver the right mix of candour and support in what can be challenging circumstances’.
- Acted for Roger Jenkins in relation to criminal charges brought as a result of the efforts by Barclays Bank to raise emergency capital at the height of the Global Financial Crisis.
Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors advises on high end privately funded and publicly funded financial crime matters. The practice has recently rebranded as a financial crime and regulatory team, with Ruth Harris and Kiran Mehta at the helm. Fraud investigations and the defence of money laundering prosecutions are at the forefront of the firm’s offering. Harris is experienced in dealing with various enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA as well as the CPS and local authorities. Mehta focuses on advising individuals in relation to financial crime and regulatory breaches. John Hartley left for Shoosmiths LLP, while Mike Schwarz joined the team from Bindmans LLP.
‘In fraud, as with other areas, they do not treat their clients as a factory but rather put in the hard-work and graft to provide the very best service’
‘Ruth Harris is a magnificent solicitor with all the attributes necessary to be a great fraud lawyer’.
‘Raj Chada is a fine tactician’.
‘Kiran Mehta is outstanding, bright, industrious and personable’.
‘Hodge Jones and Allen are the arguably the best firm of solicitors representing criminal clients on legal aid’.
‘Ruth Harris is tremendous at managing large cases and inspires confidence in her clients with her calm demeanour and quick ability to get on top of their case’.
‘Kiran Mehta is an outstanding professional with an unrivalled work ethic’.
‘Raj Chada knows his stuff inside out and understands how to get the best outcome for clients’.
‘Mike Schwarz shows strong leadership and handles extremely demanding clients skilfully’.
Mr Richard Baldwin
Mr Peter Chapman
Mr Michael Moore
Mr Carlo Palombo
Mr K Debczak-Debski
Mr Marcus Allen
Mr Jie Huang
Mr Gemma Garen
- Acted for Marcus Allen in a complex, multi-handed trial alleging conspiracy to defraud before Southwark Crown Court., this involved the alleged mis-selling of diamonds and Carbon Credits.
- Advising an individual in connection with an FCA investigation into mis-selling financial instruments and being involved in regulated activities while not being authorised to do so by the FCA.
- Advising Carlo Palumbo, an ex-trader of derivatives at Barclays Bank Plc, who was accused with six others of attempting to manipulate the Euro Inter Bank Lending Rate (EURIBOR).
Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients on matters such as investigations, compliance, bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and false accounting. It often acts for individuals, companies and financial institutions caught up in investigations by the SFO, FCA, police and NCA. Crispin Rapinet heads the team. Liam Naidoo was promoted to partner.
‘The firm is a massive, multi-disciplinary, multijurisdictional powerhouse’.
‘Claire Lipworth is the stand out figure in London for advice to individuals’.
‘Claire Lipworth has the rare advantage of having worked at the highest level for both prosecution and defence in the most significant corporate crime cases of the last 25 years’.
‘Claire Lipworth makes clients feel supported by executing well thought through strategies’.
‘Hogan Lovells have a strong practice based on a long standing reputation for acting for individuals through partners such as Claire Lipworth, Crispin Rapinet and Liam Naidoo’.
‘Clare Lipworth has a wide experience of defending and prosecuting white-collar crime, and is highly intelligent, tactical and effective with clients’.
‘Clare Lipworth enjoys a famous reputation amongst her peers in the white-collar world’.
- Defending a senior Swiss lawyer and former head of the Geneva bar, who is one of multiple defendants in $836.8bn proceedings commenced in the English Court by the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in Kuwait.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP acts for individuals in relation to criminal law and investigations, regulatory compliance and risk. It is experienced in high-profile cases brought by the FCA, FRC and SFO. Areas of practice include bribery and corruption, fraud, insider trading, anti-money laundering, cartels, extradition and mutual legal assistance matters. The team is headed by Dylan Moses and Pittsburgh-based Brian Saulnier.
‘The team, led by Dylan Moses, is exceptional in its commitment and the quality of its work-product’.
‘Dylan Moses is exceptionally clever and committed’.
‘Dylan Moses combines the edge and craft of the advocate with the smooth strategic sense of the white-collar and corporate world’.
‘Dylan Moses is completely devoted to winning for his clients’.
‘The team is led by Dylan Moses who is a stand-out practitioner in corporate crime’
‘Dylan Moses is an extremely thoughtful and able lawyer who has a good feel for the bigger picture’.
‘They are exceptionally client-focused, going above and beyond in terms of delivering services that meet the needs of the client’.
‘Dylan Moses is receptive to ideas, and flexible in his approach’.
Kangs Solicitors handles a range of financial crime matters including VAT/MTIC fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud, boiler room fraud, bank fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, cartels, data protection and cybercrime. Hamraj Kang heads the team and is experienced in defending cases brought by the SFO, HMRC, FCA, BEIS, Environment Agency and Trading Standards.
‘Kangs is an excellent firm with plenty of white-collar crime experience’.
‘Their cases are well-prepared and their staff are professional’.
‘Hamraj Kang is exceptionally highly rated and has a real instinct as to how best to fight a case and offers no-nonsense and practical advice’.
‘Kangs provide a dedicated, professional and tactically astute team’.
‘Hamraj Kang is an excellent lawyer and a master tactician’.
‘John Veale is an outstanding solicitor, dedicated and extremely hard-working’.
‘Hamraj Kang is extremely proactive with impeccable judgment’.
‘John Veale is absolutely fearless with an extremely calm presence when all around appears frenetic’.
Lewis Nedas Law Limited’s experience advising on organised crime matters makes it well placed to handle complex money laundering investigations and prosecutions. Fraud and business crime are key focuses for the practice and it often deals with enforcement agencies such as with City of London Police Economic Crime Unit, the NCA, FCA, the Insolvency Service, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the SFO. Jeffrey Lewis heads the team and has more than 35 years’ experience.
‘Unan Choudhury is one of the brightest solicitors around’.
‘Lewis Nedas are a dependable source of experienced solicitors who are willing to put themselves out on behalf of their clients’.
‘Keith Wood is tactically astute and great with clients’.
‘Keith Wood delivers robust, practical, well-thought out advice and is generally excellent’.
‘A dedicated, highly experienced team drawing upon strengths in various related disciplines and able to respond quickly and provide focused advice and representation’.
‘Siobhain Egan is hugely experienced, proactive and pragmatic’.
‘Jeffrey Lewis has unparalleled experience in criminal defence’.
‘Keith Wood has a keen eye for detail and is excellent with clients’.
- Advising an individual in relation to a multi-jurisdictional £5m fraud case brought by HMRC.
- Acting for a director in the defence of an investigation/prosecution by the NCA into a national money service bureau and related cash forfeiture proceedings.
- Advising an individual pre-charge in relation to a multi-million Ponzi fraud scheme.
Osborne Clarke LLP is experienced in representing clients in multi-jurisdictional fraud, bribery and corruption investigations, including those brought by the SFO. It advises clients from the financial services, real estate, automotive, life sciences and technology, and retail sectors. Jeremy Summers heads the team and handles a broad range of high-profile business and financial crime matters.
‘What Jeremy Summers doesn’t know about representing individuals and corporates in white-collar crime investigations isn’t worth knowing’.
‘Jeremy Summers’ experience is vast and encompasses all stages of the process from dawn raids and arrests, through to negotiating plea agreements and if necessary defending clients at trial’.
‘Their cool guidance and advice was very reassuring during a stressful time’.
‘Jeremy Summers’ experience and calmness during a stressful time for me, was a great reassurance’.
‘Osborne Clarke LLP are knowledgeable, insightful and approachable’.
‘The team are extremely well-resourced and Jeremy directs the team most effectively’.
‘Jeremy Summers is vastly experienced with long standing industry knowledge of bribery and corruption as well as nearly every other type of fraud’.
‘Jeremy Summers is a consistently outstanding lawyer with vast experience in all matters relating to financial and business crime, and investigations into financial irregularities’.
Russell-Cooke LLP acts for companies and individuals in relation to fraud investigations and regulatory matters. It has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to the defence of private prosecutions. The firm is well-versed in advising clients caught up in regulatory investigations, including those brought by the SFO, FCA, CPS and HMRC. Head of team Jae Carwardine is recommended for restraint issues, tax offences and confiscation proceedings. Nicola O’Connor left the firm for Bird & Bird LLP.
- Advising Lucinda Barton, who is facing multiple allegations, together with her husband and two sons, of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering in Liverpool Crown Court.
- Defending Gerard (Gary) Lawless in a private prosecution relating to allegations of fraud by abuse of position and theft, arising from his employment as financial controller for a number of companies.
Shearman Bowen & Co
Shearman Bowen & Co acts for companies and individuals facing criminal investigation and prosecution. The firm specialises in white-collar fraud confiscation and civil recovery matters. It also handles matters of bribery and money laundering and is experienced in cross-border cases. Mark Bowen, who heads the practice, is experienced in advising high-profile clients caught up in SFO investigations.
‘Boutique law firm providing high quality business crime representation at a more affordable price’.
‘Mark Bowen is knowledgeable and well-respected in the sector’.
‘The team are extremely competent and very professional’.
‘Mark Bowen is a “go-to” guy for highly complex matters and can produce amazing results due to vast experience and knowledge’.
‘The interests of the client always come first’.
‘Mark Bowen is clever, dependable, determined, tough-minded, approachable, kindly and wise’.
‘Mark Bowen is outstanding in his field’.
‘Cutting edge expertise and experience in dealing with complex high-value fraud and confiscation’.
- Acted for the lead defendant in a highly publicised bribery case at Southwark Crown Court.
- Acted for the lead defendant in a fraud case where it was alleged that he was a director and had a leading role in multimillion pound boiler room fraud.
- Acted for lead defendant in trial at Southwark Crown Court where it was alleged that £5m of VAT was defrauded from the revenue in false metal invoicing via a missing trader fraud.
Simons Muirhead & Burton is experienced in acting for individuals in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary matters. It continues to see an increase in instructions for pre-investigation work, sanctions violations and money laundering issues. The firm handles internal and external investigations such as those brought by the SFO. Philip Smith, who heads the team, handles corruption cases and related public enquiries. Anthony Burton has more than 40 years’ experience in criminal and fraud cases, some with an international dimension.
- Advised Peter Smith, who was acquitted in an 8 handed SFO prosecution arising from the long running Project Jasmine investigation into FH Bertling Ltd by the Serious Fraud Office.
- Representing Hans-Olav Eldring in relation to a multi-million pound property fraud arising from a scheme to finance the development of what would have been the tallest residential building in Europe.
- Representing the former finance controller of an award-winning public relations and advertising strategy brand in an investigation by the National Crime Agency which uncovered a highly sophisticated dissipation of embezzled funds laundered across multiple jurisdictions.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP
The international regulatory compliance and white-collar crime team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP was bolstered by the arrival of Zoe Osborne from Clifford Chance LLP in late 2019. The practice defends individuals and companies in high-profile criminal prosecutions and investigations. Cross-border financial crime and contentious regulatory investigations and litigation are key areas of focus . John Rupp heads the team.
Criminal defence boutique Stokoe Partnership Solicitors advises individuals on financial and white-collar crime matters. It handles privately and publicly funded cases, and represents high-net-worth individuals, professionals, company directors and corporate entities. Areas of focus include commercial fraud, money laundering, bribery, corruption, cybercrime and hacking, HMRC and VAT fraud. Founding partner Bambos Tsiattalou heads the practice and is noted for his experience in FCA investigations, confiscation and restraint, civil recovery and extradition matters.
Tuckers Solicitors advises on various white-collar crime matters and large-scale investigations. Areas of practice include business crime, corruption, risk management, compliance, regulatory matters, crisis management and cross-border fraud investigations.