Counting CEOs, politicians, and business leaders among its client base, the ‘incredibly imaginative’ BCL Solicitors LLP team regularly advises on SFO and financial crime investigations. The group routinely acts for individuals across industries ranging from energy to banking, demonstrating in-depth expertise in everything from money laundering, to tax investigations, to Russian sanction issues. Richard Sallybanks leads the business crime and regulation division, deploying a ‘global view’ to international fraud and bribery investigations, while Ian Burton has 40 years’ experience handling corruption and extradition matters for domestic and international clients. Harry Travers has an eye for ‘meticulous detail’, regularly assisting individuals involved in contentious tax proceedings and commercial fraud, while Shula de Jersey is an expert on financial crime. Michael Drury is knowledgeable on data and information law issues, and Julian Hayes supports clients in SFO and FCA actions. Shaul Brazil has specialist knowledge in criminal and civil fraud cases, and John Binns specialises in asset forfeiture and complex sanction matters. Anoushka Warlow, Oliver Schneider-Sikorsky and Hannah Raphael are also recommended.
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Other key lawyers:
Ian Burton; Harry Travers; Shula de Jersey; Michael Drury; Julian Hayes; Shaul Brazil; John Binns; Anoushka Warlow; Oliver Schneider-Sikorsky; Hannah Raphael
‘Michael Drury is simply excellent. A fantastic lawyer, whose judgement is impeccable. Ian Burton is similarly brilliant and brings unrivalled experience to every case.’
‘Harry Travers has the most zealous approach to his client’s case I have ever seen. Everything is considered in meticulous detail for the best results. His forte is avoiding the client being charged, or if charged, going to trial, or if tried, being convicted.’
‘Richard Sallybanks and Shula de Jersey are both superb. Richard’s ability to see the bigger points in cases and to be pragmatic about the next step is impressive. Shula’s client management skills and eye for detail are fantastic.’
‘Stand out people include: Shaul Brazil, Julian Hayes, Shula de Jersey, Richard Sallybanks, Anoushka Warlow.’
‘Shula de Jersey is a partner at the very top of her game, she has all the attributes necessary to conduct the biggest and most complex litigation. I have been exceedingly impressed by her handling of an SFO wide-ranging international corruption case which is going to trial. she really is first class.’
‘Julian Hayes has been making a huge impression in the field of GDPR data protection, he is becoming the go-to man in that field. An enormous work ethic and attention to detail, coupled with accurate and clear advice.’
‘The team is incredibly imaginative and always in anticipation rather than in mere reaction.’
‘Richard Sallybanks does not leave any detail unclarified; he has a global view of a line of defence.’
Demonstrating ‘good strength in depth’, Corker Binning’s white-collar crime practice is highly recommended for representing HNW individuals and C-Suite executives in high-profile SFO and US DOJ investigations. The team boasts diverse expertise in sectors including renewable energy, banking, and natural resources, advising clients on complex money laundering issues and sanction compliance matters. Former partner David Corker has moved into a consultancy role but has vast experience acting for clients implicated in criminal or regulatory investigations. Peter Binning specialises in handling money laundering and breach of sanctions proceedings. Andrew Smith leads the department, bringing in-depth knowledge of prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, and NCA, while the ‘experienced and professional’ Jessica Parker , who is now the firm's senior partner, focuses on criminal tax fraud and investigations. Claire Cross routinely covers contentious tax proceedings, and of counsels Maia Cohen-Lask and Nick Barnard represent individual clients across a range of criminal and regulatory affairs. Paul Morris joined the firm as criminal litigation partner from BCL Solicitors LLP in October 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Peter Binning; David Corker; Jessica Parker; Claire Cross; Maia Cohen-Lask; Nick Barnard
‘In this space, Corker Binning spoils you for choice. It has strength in depth, and covers the waterfront of white-collar work.’
‘Corker Binning are deservedly at the very top of the field when it comes to individuals. The consistent quality and depth of experience across the firm is impressive. It will be interesting to see how the new leadership of Andrew Smith and Jessica Parker step up into the giant shoes of David Corker and Peter Binning.’
‘Peter Binning is one of the most charming and effective practitioners in the game. His strategic thinking and instinct is first rate, and he approaches the big judgement calls with composure and remarkable clarity of thought. He never gets distracted by noise and irrelevant detail, and has an extraordinary ability to quickly identify what lies at the very heart of a case and to focus on it with laser precision. Nick Barnard is a real rising star. He is extremely bright and measured, and he has a good strategic mind and excellent judgement. One to watch.’
‘Strong team with good strength in depth.’
‘Jessica Parker – experienced and professional. Peter Binning – proactive, strategic.’
‘Corker Binning a very sophisticated, boutique criminal law practice that provide excellent service across the full spectrum of criminal work. I have typically used them for business crime matters and they are a “go to” firm. I find the firm to be responsive, thoughtful and hard working .’
‘Very strong team of seasoned white-collar lawyers – these guys don’t just talk the talk. Key people are: David Corker – outspoken in the market but always carefully listened to; Peter Binning – has been in all the big cases and is very smart; Jessica Parker – now well established as a go to white collar lawyer and is in all the major investigations; Andrew Smith – very cerebral and understated but rated by the city firms for both reasons. A younger generation of new partners making their way up behind them – all very able.’
‘Andrew Smith and Jessica Parker are worthy successors to name partners Peter Binning and David Corker at the firm’s helm. Alongside them are regulatory specialist Claire Cross and extradition guru Ed Grange. They are all very collegiate and excellent strategists.’
- Acted for Mr Abdulla Mohammed Ali Bin Beyat Alfalasi, an Emirati national in one of the largest money laundering cases prosecuted by the CPS to date.
With an active presence in the white-collar defence sphere, the ‘stand out’ criminal litigation team at Kingsley Napley LLP is highly regarded for multi-jurisdictional cases spanning from money laundering to financial sanction breaches. Its client roster includes politicians, senior employees, and HNW individuals and the group regularly advises defendants in SFO, US DOJ, and INTERPOL Red Notice cases. Louise Hodges leads the practice, specialising in financial crime and complex fraud proceedings; former criminal litigation head and senior partner Stephen Parkinson was recently appointed as the UK's new director of public prosecutions. Nicola Finnerty has expertise in cartels and insider dealing claims, and Jonathan Grimes focuses on regulatory and market manipulation issues. Caroline Day assists individuals with bribery and corruption investigations, while Alun Milford handles corporate crime and deferred prosecution agreements. Aaron Watkins is an expert on extradition issues. Other key names in the team include Rebecca Niblock , Ed Smyth and legal directors Sophie Wood and Gemma Tombs .
Other key lawyers:
Nicola Finnerty; Jonathan Grimes; Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Aaron Watkins; Rebecca Niblock; Ed Smyth; Gemma Tombs; Sophie Wood
‘Kingsley Napley is a wonderful standout firm with talent and expertise at all levels. This is a highly experienced team.’
‘Jonathan Grimes is a superb lawyer with an uncanny ability to predict how a case is likely to fare as it progresses from investigation to trial. He has wonderful judgement and inspires confidence.’
‘Kingsley Napley have a great team with varied and longstanding experience in this area. They are one of the market leaders.’
‘Louise Hodges provides great leadership for the team and has dealt with many of the most high-profile cases in the last twenty years.’
‘Louise Hodges and Sandra Paul are both outstanding.’
‘Rebecca Niblock: brings client dedication, deep legal knowledge, and stamina for hard work. Collectively, they make her indispensable to any difficult case.’
‘Edmund Smyth is knowledgeable and personable in equal measure; able to achieve outcomes others can’t through sheer force of reasonableness.’
‘Aaron Watkins and Rebecca Niblock are especially strong in cross border white collar work. Energetic, expert and engaging – they have the X factor in the big cases.’
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The ‘very special team’ at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has extensive experience advising individuals subject to allegations of corruption, anti-corruption sanctions, and INTERPOL Red Notices. The practice consistently defends HNW individuals, C-Suite Executives, and high-profile politicians from the oil and gas and technology industries, regularly handling global SFO and FCA investigations. Nick Vamos leads the group, specialising in fraud, money laundering, and general crime issues, whilst Jasvinder Nakhwal is an expert on extradition and asset seizure matters. Neil Swift focuses on international financial crime, and Michael O’Kane is highly knowledgeable on international corruption and financial sanctions. Charlotte Tregunna was promoted to partner in May 2023, and both Anna Bradshaw and Maria Cronin are also highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
Jasvinder Nakhwal; Neil Swift; Michael O’Kane; Anna Bradshaw; Maria Cronin; Charlotte Tregunna
‘Neil Swift is a calm, clear thinker who is forensic in his approach to witness testimony and fraud analysis. His first priority is the protection of his client and I very much appreciated his candid guidance. Always available when needed, Neil’s common-sense approach to dealing with the stressful situations associated with white collar fraud is to be commended.’
‘This is a very special team that is small and super-efficient. They have a reputation for excellence at all levels and provide an efficient and practical service in all stages of the process. They have consistently achieved astonishing success for clients over a number of years.’
‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is meticulous in her preparation and a delight to work with.’
‘Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is highly specialized in white-collar crime, fraud, corruption, international sanctions, money laundering, etc., yet its solicitors are never afraid of thinking outside the box and often bring efficient and original and tailored solutions as a result of their deep understanding of the subject matter.’
Michael O’Kane is very bright and one of the best strategic thinkers. He is a top lawyer .’
‘Charlotte Tregunna is able to monitor cases with an iron fist in a velvet glove. Her very pragmatic and subtle analysis allows her to be very efficient and successful.’
‘Neil Swift is the go-to guy for white collar crime/VAT fraud. A consummate professional and unflappable. He fills the lay client with confidence.’
Acting for foreign government officials, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, the ‘unique team of experienced lawyers’ at Bivonas Law LLP is consistently instructed by clients in high-profile SFO, HMRC and FCA investigations. The group demonstrates significant expertise handling complex fraud and sanction compliance matters, with particular strength in both the crypto market and tax litigation proceedings. Senior partner Antony Brown has advised domestic and international clients for more than 30 years on civil and criminal fraud issues, while Cindy Dorrington specialises in regulatory litigation, money laundering, and proceeds of crime investigations. Steve Sharp deals with complex financial fraud, bribery, and corruption cases, whilst Roland Ellis has seen regular involvement in high-profile SFO investigations. Manraj Somal acts for individuals in NCA and FRC proceedings. Gary Chatfield joined as a senior consultant from the National Crime Agency in March 2023.
Antony Brown; Cindy Dorrington; Stephen Sharp
Other key lawyers:
Roland Ellis; Manraj Somal
‘Manraj Somal is a really good solicitor – he goes the extra mile for his clients.’
‘Bivonas were able to collect a unique team of experienced lawyers with broad experience in white-collar crime and human rights. The teams worked efficiently and were able to present advanced and extensive legal research fast, precise and efficiently.’
‘Tony Brown is truly experienced in complex litigation cases. He has a thorough understanding of both litigation strategy and EUHRC argumentation. He is a brilliant strategist and consular and you can always trust him to deliver top legal advice.’
‘Stephen Sharp – highly experienced and astute in the conduct of litigation. Able to deal with the most complex and substantial of cases. His client care is excellent – focused, practical, reassuring. His knowledge of the law and litigation is broad and enables him to find a way through the numerous challenges that arise in difficult and sensitive cases.’
‘This is a niche high quality white collar crime outfit that gives a cost effective and personalised service. They are used to dealing with complex and sensitive cases. It is a firm comprising knowledgeable and talented lawyers. They give clear no nonsense advice.’
‘The two standard out lawyers for me are Steve Sharp and Cindy Dorrington. I have a great deal of respect for them. They are lawyers that can think outside of the box. I have been a lawyer for over 30 years and if I was ever in trouble Steve and Cindy would be the lawyers I would go to.’
‘Anthony Brown is unique among white collar crime lawyers. He approaches all matters from the client’s side as that is where he comes from. He makes clear cut assessments of where money should be spent and he does not hesitate to speak out where any idea is not practical or not cost effective. His advice never comes from a position of self-interest and I would not hesitate to bring him on board in a matter where a client’s interests were at stake.’
- Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption whilst in office.
- Representing an individual being investigated by the SFO and the FCA for fraud and mis-selling minibonds to the value of circa £250m to retail investors.
- Acting for the UK arm of a ship husbanding company involved in a major US Navy contracting scandal concerning allegations of bribery and overcharging with a deal value of US $50million.
Displaying ‘massive strength in depth’, the Blackfords LLP financial crime team is praised for its advice in high-profile SFO prosecutions and complex tax fraud cases. The ‘strong niche’ practice has a track record representing company directors, business people, and HNW individuals in multi-jurisdictional financial crime cases ranging from investment fraud to bribery and corruption. Gary Bloxsome and Daniel Cundy co-head the practice, with the former described as a ‘charismatic rainmaker’ specialising in all aspects of serious fraud and money laundering matters, whilst the ‘adept’ Cundy has vast experience handling SFO, NCA, and FCA investigations. Managing partner Trevor Francis focuses on serious crime and complex fraud proceedings, while solicitor-advocates Diana Payne and Jennifer Richardson focus on major fraud offences including Ponzi schemes. In-house counsel Rachel Wilson is a specialist in money laundering cases, while solicitor Naureen Shariff concentrates on restraint orders.
Gary Bloxsome; Daniel Cundy
Other key lawyers:
Trevor Francis; Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Naureen Shariff; Jennifer Richardson; Scott Bowen
‘Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome have a wealth of experience in all categories of fraud. Trevor is a powerhouse in fraud cases, and a strong shoulder to lean on for any individual caught up in this sort of wearing investigation. Gary has seen it all before but retains his enthusiasm and empathy for the client.’
‘Gary Bloxsome – stand out partner. Complete mastery over the sector and superb with clients. Jen Richardson – superb senior solicitor. Work ethic like few others. Plain speaking and great judgement. Rachel Wilson – fine up and coming in house advocate. Able to progress cases beyond her call. Simon O’Meara – top notch solicitor with wisdom and tactical nous.’
‘Daniel Cundy acts for high net worth individuals and advises corporations. He is the stand-out partner in this firm. Daniel is a brilliant lawyer with a razor-sharp mind and without a doubt a go-to lawyer when it comes to complex fraud and regulatory cases.’
‘Naureen Shariff is an exceptional lawyer who works tirelessly to get the best results for her clients.’
‘Danny Cundy is hugely impressive: he’s a pleasure to deal with and very adept at helping his clients navigate sensitive and complicated issues.’
‘Utterly dedicated. Hard working. Great lawyers but with real world nouse. if I was in trouble I would go to them for representation. Not a faceless corporate but a group of specialist individuals who know what to do in almost every situation.’
‘Jennifer Richardson: understated, dedicated, determined, effective, brilliant. Gary Bloxsome: charismatic rainmaker with great tactical oversight of all his cases. Trevor Francis: hugely experienced and knowledgeable member of firm who you would be lucky to have in any business crime case. Danny Cundy: legal ability second to none. Rachel Wilson: excellent junior as an advocate and non-advocate. Hugely talented, astute and great with clients.’
- Representing 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 foreign Government officials and of breaches of EU and US sanctions.
- Representing a senior trader who is facing an FCA investigation in relation to Danish Cum-Ex trading and who is also a named suspect in the German Cum-Ex criminal investigation.
- Acted for an individual in relation to the police prosecution of alleged multimillion-pound money laundering offences involving international gold bullion firm Stunt & Co.
With extensive expertise representing individuals from the technology, natural resources, and construction industries, the ‘unrivalled’ white-collar crime team at Hickman & Rose works across the full spectrum of financial crime. Aside from advising clients in high-profile SFO and FCA investigations, the group is well-equipped to handle bribery and corruption proceedings for senior executives, bankers, and company directors. Ross Dixon and Ben Rose co-head the team, with the former dealing with DPAs and financial crime issues, and the latter focusing on fraud and corruption cases across a multitude of jurisdictions. Andrew Katzen has expertise where criminal allegations intersect with regulatory and disciplinary matters, while Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay assists individuals with complex accounting fraud issues. Emily Sheils is an expert on market manipulation while Claire Wallace concentrates on money laundering. Associates Steffan Barker and Tom Bushnell are also noted.
Ross Dixon; Ben Rose
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Katzen; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay; Emily Sheils; Claire Wallace; Steffan Baker; Tom Bushnell
‘Their experience and expertise in white collar crime is unrivalled. They are extremely easy to work with and build strong client relationships from the outset. They are always thinking ahead and choosing the right tactics to get the best results. Lots of other firms talk a good game, but Hickman & Rose are the real deal when it comes to white collar crime. An incredibly good team.’
‘The strength of Hickman & Rose is the experience, expertise, hard work and diligence of the partners that lead, mentor and develop a team of high quality individuals who provide excellent service and advice to those that find themselves in the most challenging of situations. The skill and dedication of the individuals give invaluable reassurance at a time when clients are at their most anxious. The firm is a cut above the competition – understated but delivering the most excellent advice and service.’
‘Ross Dixon and Andrew Katzen are at the top of the list for executives in trouble. Between them, they have acted in the SFO’s highest profile cases and have achieved fantastic results for their clients.’
‘Ross Dixon is one of the very best in white collar crime. His experience is simply unmatched, and he has a wonderfully personable approach to building strong client relationships.
‘Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay – an incredibly talented and highly intelligent lawyer whose commitment to winning was a sight to behold.’
‘Andrew Katzen is a well-established partner who has excellent credentials and is extremely popular with all his clients. He always manages the team with great fairness, keeping his eye on the most significant features in a case.’
‘Ross and Andrew, and their team of junior partners and associates, are a joy to work with and alongside. They have seen it all before, but are always open to new ideas and strategies – their own or contributed by others.’
- Acted for Richard Morris, former CEO of G4S UK and Ireland, successfully defending allegations of fraud prosecuted by the SFO.
- Advising Tom Hayes, Christian Bittar, Carlo Palombo, Jay Merchant and Philippe Moryoussef in their endeavours to secure the quashing of their convictions for fraud which relate to the alleged fixing of LIBOR or EURIBOR.
- Advising a suspect in the SFO’s investigation into bribery and corruption at Petrofac.
A ’fantastic team across the board’, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s white-collar crime practice is routinely involved in high-profile SFO and INTERPOL cases, demonstrating significant strength in cross-border cases. Within the team’s core advisory areas of fraud, bribery, and money laundering, there is in-depth experience representing individuals subjected to investigations brought by the NCA, HMRC, and FCA. Johanna Walsh is a ‘first rate team leader’, offering vast expertise in domestic and international serious fraud and corruption proceedings, while Ben Brandon regularly advises HNW individuals in complex extradition matters and sanctions claims. Matthew Ewens specialises in handling multi-jurisdictional bribery investigations and tax fraud litigation, and Alison Geary focuses on corporate crime elements spanning market abuse to cartels. Managing associates Celia Marr and Christopher Gribbin are both noted for their criminal and regulatory work.
Other key lawyers:
Ben Brandon; Matthew Ewens; Alison Geary; Celia Marr; Christopher Gribbin; Jessica Dunk
‘Fantastic team across the board. No stone left unturned. Experience in dealing with high net worth individuals and business crime cases. They give a personal service and provide tenacious legal representation.’
‘ Jo Walsh is an absolute star. She is a strategic thinker and a fantastic ally for clients and foreign counsel – a very talented and effective lawyer.’
‘Matthew Ewens – tremendous tactician, eye for detail and errors, personable and trusted by clients.’
‘Jo Walsh has achieved an outstanding result in a recent Serious Fraud Office cases securing an acquittal after a long running investigation. She is a first rate team leader- wonderfully insightful.’
‘Matthew Ewens: I have not met many solicitors who involve themselves as deeply in their cases. He cares deeply and is intent on doing the best, time after time. He has judgement and courage – and will take risks if carefully measured. A really good tactician. Subtle and thoughtful.’
‘The team is very ably led by Jo Walsh – a fantastic lawyer with great judgement and experience. Matthew Ewens is a great person to work with, with really deep knowledge and instincts. At the associate level, Jessica Dunk, Celia Marr and Chris Gribbin all stand out.’
- Acting for Robb Simms-Davies, a former executive of a design and build fit out company, in a Serious Fraud Office investigation and prosecution that concluded in January 2023 with the client’s acquittal.
- Advised Peter Hebblethwaite, the Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, in relation to criminal liability under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
- Advised a highly successful professional gambler and high net worth individual in respect of a complex and high value money laundering investigation and highly contentious account freezing order proceedings. Both were successfully concluded.
Acting on behalf of CEOs, HNW individuals, and suspects in sanction breaches, the ‘outstanding individuals’ at PCB Byrne handle ongoing SFO criminal investigations, spanning from money laundering to corruption and fraud. The group is highly recommended for its tax and financial services offering, consistently advising individual clients in high-profile FCA and HMRC investigations, alongside complex confiscation and asset forfeiture proceedings. The criminal team is jointly led by Sara Teasdale and Michael Potts, with the former boasting vast experience in regulatory and criminal investigations, whilst the latter concentrates on alleged sanction breaches and anti-money laundering compliance measures. Matthew Frankland has expertise defending in major criminal fraud trials and investigations, while Emma Brooks regularly assists individuals facing allegations of corruption and serious fraud across many jurisdictions.
Sara Teasdale; Michael Potts
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Frankland; Emma Brooks
‘PCB Byrne has a standout reputation in white collar crime. One of the ‘go to’ firms for investigation/pre-charge advice.’
‘Matthew Frankland – hugely experienced partner who provides outstanding tactical and legal advice.’
‘Emma Brooks is a very clever, incredibly hard-working expert in this field. She approaches every case, from the earliest stages, like a chess game – one she intends to win and usually does. She is steeped in the complexities of high-level fraud, knows everything and everyone and gives her all to her clients. Hannah Redwood is a rising star, who quietly masters the facts of the heaviest frauds then plots the route through them with a sophistication way beyond her years.’
‘I know Michael Potts well and he is an excellent and reliable specialist in white collar crime and FCA regulatory matters.’
‘PCB Byrne is the premier boutique business crime firm. No other firm has their experience, in both depth and breadth, of white-collar crime.’
‘The team and individuals at PCB Byrne LLP are involved in the majority of the major complex criminal cases in the UK. As a result, they have a great deal of experience and knowledge of many different types of criminal cases and are therefore leading figures in this area of law in the UK.’
‘We worked with Michael Potts’ experience and precision were indispensable and greatly appreciated. He provided invaluable input on the function of the UK prosecution authorities.’
‘Outstanding individuals I have come across are Matthew Franklin and Mike Potts, both of whom have a wealth of experience in fraud and related matters and very strong client skills.’
- Acting for Rodney Whiston-Dew in complex confiscation proceedings for the former solicitor convicted of £107m fraud.
- Representing a corporate and individual defendant in the Royal Mail’s largest ever private prosecution due to take place at Southwark Crown Court. Royal Mail alleges an £81 million conspiracy to defraud.
Consistently advising clients in multi-jurisdictional SFO investigations, the London WilmerHale team effectively combines ‘US law firm heft’ with ‘gold-standard’ UK lawyers, according to one client. The group has considerable expertise handling white-collar proceedings being investigated by the NCA, FCA, and HMRC, along with international cases involving the US DOJ and SEC. The ‘legendary’ Stephen Pollard heads the practice, specialising in financial services fraud, market manipulation, and internal investigations, while the arrival of Richard Burger as a partner from DWF in January 2023 adds more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and global regulatory enforcement and criminal proceedings to the department. Meanwhile, counsel, Lloyd Firth , is highly knowledgeable in all matters relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering, and insider dealing. David Rundle left the firm for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in May 2023.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Burger; Lloyd Firth
‘Their team, led by the legendary Stephen Pollard, is second to none. US law firm heft coupled with gold-standard UK lawyers makes them as good as anyone in this area.’
‘Lloyd Firth is extremely thoughtful and always on top of the details, he provides excellent advice, is always available, and extremely reliable.’
‘Recently recruited the hugely impressive and experienced Richard Burger, who is a stellar addition to their ranks.’
‘WilmerHale’s business crime department in London houses a small but dedicated team who punch above their weight. They deal with matters in a discreet and effective manner, are flexible and can draw from an extensive US team if necessary.’
‘Take a no nonsense approach in achieving the best result. You get what you pay for.’
‘Stephen Pollard is the standout lawyer – absolutely brilliant and remains one of the most sought-after lawyers in the world of white-collar crime whether for senior executives, the board or corporates. Very smart, pragmatic, clever, wise and determined. Emotionally intelligent and global in his thinking and approach to a problem.’
‘Stephen Pollard has a huge depth of knowledge and experience, is always available, provides exceptional advice and thinks of the interests of his client.’
Allen & Overy LLP
Regularly handling complex money laundering, insider dealing, and corruption matters, Allen & Overy LLP’s London litigation and investigations practice is highly regarded for its expertise in multi-jurisdictional proceedings. With experience ranging from SFO and NCA prosecutions to FCA and HMRC criminal investigations, the team is instructed by individual clients across industries including natural resources, security, and financial trading . Eve Giles is ‘outstanding’, drawing on her specialisms in domestic and international corruption and market abuse to lead the group, while senior associate Hayley Humphries has experience of financial crime and bribery issues. Tom Spackman and Jessica Rodger are also key members of the team.
Calum Burnett; Arnondo Chakrabarti; Eve Giles
Other key lawyers:
Hayley Humphries; Rachel Donelan; Sophie Pringle; Tom Spackman; Robin Marshall; Jessica Rodger
‘Superb team, deeply resourced. Personnel to spare in every discipline, awash with experience.’
‘Eve Giles is the stand-out performer in this team. She has brought a wonderful track record of dealing, at the highest, most complex level, with individuals in business and the City. Her reputation is stellar, both for hyperacuity to detail and emotional intelligence and client care. She is equally at home with criminal investigations, money laundering challenges, regulatory enquiries and corporate investigations.’
‘Top-quality experienced criminal team, led by Eve Giles, who is outstanding.’
The enforcement and dispute resolution team at Arnold & Porter has expertise in criminal and regulatory investigations, representing individuals in complex SFO and US DOJ proceedings. With the firm’s London lawyers working closely with the firm's wider US offices, the group expertly covers a broad array of sectors, including finance, technology, and defence, in cross-border cases. White collar 'legend' Kathleen Harris leads the London practice, regularly advising clients on compliance and enforcement relating to financial and trade sanctions, while 'charismatic and very clever ' Sean Curran is an expert on civil matters involving accusations of fraud, along with bribery and corruption proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Huge international reach and crossover between highly specialised departments. The team works collaboratively with lawyers in other jurisdictions and is able to offer a truly complete service with advice that anticipates all eventualities.’
‘Sean Curran – Hugely charismatic and very clever. Clients have complete faith that he can walk them through the fire of litigation. Brilliant lawyers.’
‘Kathleen Harris – a legend in white collar who is relied upon to advise the UK’s largest corporates’
‘Kathleen Harris is just brilliant. She works fiendishly hard, bringing very considerable tactical sense and mastery of the detail to the fore in all she does. She outflanks and outclasses opponents in interviews and negotiations, and brings out the best in those she works with.’
‘Sean Curran matches a good deal of charm to a strong grasp of the issues and the pitfalls, which he skirts round and lures opponents into’
Remaining at the ‘forefront of criminal defence’, Bindmans LLP’s practice specialises in representing individuals caught up in complex financial crime investigations conducted by the FCA and HMRC, along with white-collar crime claims spanning from bribery to money laundering. Counting HNW individuals, professionals, and CEOs among her clientbase, the 'calm, efficient and pragmatic' Katie Wheatley leads the London group, bringing vast expertise of serious fraud and internal investigations to the team. ‘Simply fantastic’ Kate Goold has experience acting in complex extradition proceedings and tax investigations, while Tayab Ali regularly assists individuals with protecting their reputations against false public and criminal allegations, as well as covering both criminal and civil law issues.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Goold; Tayab Ali; Catherine Jackson
‘Bindmans are a brilliant firm. The passion and commitment of their lawyers is amazing. The firm is well-resourced and efficiently run.’
‘Bindmans have been at the forefront of criminal defence for many years and have maintained that position through continuing to recruit and nurture talented young lawyers. They are large enough to offer expertise across all areas of crime and to have the resources to run large cases, but not so large as to have lost their unique sense of identity.’
‘I have been extremely impressed by Catherine Jackson. Her intelligence and efficiency was quickly apparent from the speed at which she digested the evidence and identified the key issues in the case. Her judgement was impeccable.’
‘Katie Wheatley is excellent; a very thoughtful lawyer who is collaborative in common interest situations. Kate Goold is simply fantastic and hugely committed to her clients.’
‘Kate Goold brings understanding, experience, and composure. She has been dealing with the most serious offences for many years and her client care skills are truly exceptional. Catherine Jackson is the perfect all-round solicitor – she is organised, dedicated, intelligent and thoughtful. Her cases are always litigated with the highest levels of professionalism and diligence.’
‘Katie Wheatley and Kate Goold are highly committed senior lawyers who will expertly fight the corner of an individual investigated for fraud.’
‘Bindmans has excellent business crime expertise and continues to punch above its weight.’
‘Katie Wheatley is calm, efficient and pragmatic, handling demanding clients with ease and ensuring the case stays firmly on the right track.’
The ‘powerhouse white-collar team’ at Dechert LLP represents individual clients from across the world, providing vast expertise on market manipulation, serious fraud, and bribery claims. With an extensive client roster of senior directors, c-suite executives, and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, the practice regularly handles domestic investigations brought by the SFO and FCA, as well as international proceedings involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and SEC. Practice co-chair Judith Seddon – ‘respected, sophisticated and hugely experienced‘ – specialises in complex money laundering and criminal investigations, while fellow co-head Roger Burlingame draws on his experience as a DOJ prosecutor to deal with cross-border white-collar criminal defence proceedings. Matthew Mazur is well versed in internal investigations, while Tim Bowden frequently manages cases involving international fraud. Other names to note include Matthew Banham, who concentrates on financial crime issues, and Evan Flowers, an expert in anti-bribery compliance and AML sanctions.
Judith Seddon; Roger Burlingame
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Mazur; Tim Bowden; Matthew Banham; Evan Flowers
‘Roger Burlingame was referred to me as the best lawyer in the market for trading related cases in finance and my experience confirmed it – He identified the right strategy in complex situation, mastered complex facts, his experience in trading cases was deep, evident and helpful, He navigated me sure-handedly to a great result, and his experience was evident in achieving the result, he was great at explaining it all and guiding you through, Roger was also v sensitive to the fact that it was a very stressful time.’
‘Dechert LLP has always provided the leadership to the legal firms in India and Indonesia, which I had to rely on respectively.’
‘I have always found the Partners and the Firm specifically, Judith Seddon, to be extremely competent and provides the best advice for me and my colleagues, especially in the Financial Crime space.’
‘Judith Seddon is a respected, sophisticated and hugely experienced expert in the field of white collar crime. She stands out for her calm manner, and careful analysis of the law and evidence as well as tactical considerations.’
‘Roger Burlingame is a master strategist – it’s a pleasure to watch him at work. Clever, tactical, great with clients and hugely persuasive.’
‘A powerhouse white collar team. Can handle the biggest cases with confidence and care.’
‘Judith Seddon and Roger Burlingame are an amazing team – hugely experienced, widely respected and their pool of knowledge is second to none. Especially strong on cross-border cases and big-ticket work.’
“Essex Boys” – independent oil traders associated with Vega Capital London Ltd.
John Hanick, former Fox News Director
James Vorley, former Deutsche Bank precious metals trader
- Represent a group of independent oil traders known in the media as the “Essex Boys” in a market manipulation investigation.
- Represent former Fox News director Jack Hanick, charged with conspiracy to evade Russian sanctions by working with a Russian oligarch to build media outlets throughout Europe.
- Represented James Vorley, a former Deutsche Bank precious metals trader, in a high-profile prosecution for spoofing, which the London white collar team litigated through trial (winning acquittals on most charges) and an appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Representing senior traders, CEOs, and business leaders, Howard Kennedy LLP has been praised by clients for having ‘considerable experience in all areas of financial crime’, with the team showing strength advising on market manipulation, money laundering, and tax fraud investigations. The group routinely handles cross-border proceedings led by European and US enforcement agencies, along with assisting victims of serious fraud in private prosecutions. The practice is headed by Ian Ryan, who ‘instils complete confidence’ in clients. Kyle Phillips ‘works tirelessly’ for individuals on bribery and corruption claims, while Jonathan Huth has advised on asset recovery and cross-border investigations since arriving as a partner from Kobre & Kim LLP in January 2023. Barrister Angharad Hughes covers confiscation and dishonesty matters, while Jennifer Harper and Chloe-Jane Belton are other key members of the team.
Other key lawyers:
Kyle Phillips; Jonathan Huth; Chloe-Jane Belton; Jennifer Harper; Angharad Hughes
‘Ian Ryan has seen it all and instils complete confidence. Jen Harper is a senior associate who is always the best informed in the room.’
‘Ian Ryan – a perfect foil to any prosecution. At times gentle, at times savage. A really powerful weapon to have on your side. Lives cases day-by-day and hour-by-hour. He is supported by a knowledgeable and savvy team’
‘Howard Kennedy’s white-collar crime team are excellent. They have considerable experience in all areas of financial crime, including alleged market fixing and fraud.’
‘Kyle Phillips is quality. His analytical ability is first-rate, and he works tirelessly for his clients.
‘Chloe Belton is conscientious and engaging. She is hard-working and effective.’
‘Jennifer Harper is an experienced and tenacious lawyer. She is very bright, always across the case and engages fully with counsel in the preparation of written argument.’
Jenner & Block LLP
The Jenner & Block LLP team advises on serious allegations of fraud, sanctions breaches, and tax evasion brought by UK enforcement agencies and international regulators. The practice’s coverage spans the natural resources, financial services, and government sector, and the team boasts decades of experience defending individuals subject to government enforcement action and internal investigations. Christine Braamskamp, whose broad practice encompasses compliance, investigations and white-collar matters, heads the team, while Paul Feldberg advises individuals on criminal fraud and insider trading issues. Robert Dalling has extensive knowledge of financial and trade sanctions, and special counsel Lucy Blake advises on matters including ESG compliance and supply chain abuses. Other members of the team include Karam Jardaneh and Anna Gaudoin . Kelly Hagedorn left as partner for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in April 2022
Other key lawyers:
Paul Feldberg; Robert Dalling; Lucy Blake; Karam Jardaneh; Anna Gaudoin; Andre Nwadikwa
‘Jenner & Block’s investigations, compliance and defense team in London are now a real force in the market, primarily due to Chris Braamskamp. Having qualified originally as a barrister, Chris is a highly skilled lawyer and brilliant handler of clients. She is one of the handful of genuine rainmakers in the area of white collar crime.’
‘Excellent – great technical knowledge. Responsive and easy to deal with. ‘
‘Paul Feldberg has great technical knowledge. He’s responsive and easy to deal with and very active in the sanctions and white collar community.’
The ’insightful, experienced, and effective’ Macfarlanes LLP corporate crime and investigations practice is highly recommended for defending clients in complex multijurisdictional criminal investigations brought by the SFO and DOJ. Counting entrepreneurs, politically exposed and HNW individuals in its client-base, the team has a growing presence in the financial sanctions space, along with long-established expertise in alleged tax fraud. Neill Blundell heads the group, using a ‘friendly, open approach’ to advise individuals on aspects of financial crime ranging from bribery and corruption to money laundering, while Lorna Emson has experience handling high-profile civil and criminal proceedings. Helen Harvey regularly designs and implements compliance programmes and Max Hobbs focuses on general crime issues. Associates Francis Bond and James Reid are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Lorna Emson; Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Helen Harvey; Max Hobbs; Francis Bond; James Reid
‘Very helpful friendly and knowledgeable team and a very personal service.’
‘In this area judgement is key. Technical expertise is essential but when to be firm and when to hold fire is critical. The team integrates well, which makes them easy to work with.’
‘Neill Blundell has a friendly, open approach which is helpful since often individuals in this area are going through a once in a lifetime nightmare experience. His advice is clear, considered and inspires confidence. Lorna Emson is technically high-grade and her written style is persuasive and impressive. Helen Harvey is developing into an outstanding adviser in this field. Her grasp of the detail and ability to cut to the important stuff is extraordinary.’
‘A tight knit and experienced team with enormous passion for their job, and a diverse young support staff. Adept at dealing with investigators and experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations with prosecutors and regulators across the EU and globally.’
‘Neil Blundell still retains a boyish enthusiasm for his cases even though he is approaching the status of an elder statesman. Great judgement. Helen Harvey is shrewd and clever; an up-and-coming star.’
‘The team is insightful, experienced, and effective. The partners are all over the detail and are highly diligent and responsive.’
‘Helen Harvey is a superstar – calm in a crisis, and highly diligent in her approach. Neill Blundell is an excellent practice head with deep experience.’
Anthony Stimler (former Glencore trader)
Maintaining a strong track record representing senior executives and UHNW individuals, Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice covers all aspects of financial crime, showing strength negotiating DPAs and defending fraud investigations. The team is well-equipped to handle proceedings conducted by overseas enforcement agencies, as well as displaying consistent involvement in major SFO and FCA related affairs. The group is jointly led by Patrick Bourke and Neil O’May, with the latter specialising in criminal and regulatory law matters. The ‘calm and astute’ Pamela Reddy has 25 years’ experience advising clients in domestic and international fraud, corruption, and money laundering investigations. while David Harris concentrates on cross-border internal investigations and criminal prosecutions. Katie Stephen is highly knowledgeable on AML and market abuse issues, Andrew Reeves is an expert on bribery and corruption, while Annie Birch, Claudia Culley and Thomas Hubbard are also highly regarded within the team at non-partner level.
Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May
Other key lawyers:
Pamela Reddy; David Harris; Ruth Cowley; Katie Stephen; Andrew Reeves; Annie Birch; Claudia Culley; Thomas Hubbard
‘Focused, attention to details and honest advice.’
‘Open and frank discussion, good analytical capability, and ability to look at things from multiple angles.’
‘Neil O’May is strategic. If there is a point for his client worth taking, he will take it and run with it.’
‘A strong team with a powerful commercial hinterland.’
‘Neil O’May is a very reassuring presence.’
‘Neil O’May and Pam Reddy run a tight ship. Very well organised.’
‘Pam Reddy is very calm and astute. she has a very disarming manner and is good with clients; she gives sensible advise.’
Senior executive at Petrofac
Paul Hastings LLP's 'creative, efficient and tough as nails' London team defends clients in sectors including energy, steel, finance, and security in high-profile proceedings brought by both UK and international regulators- including the SFO and the US DOJ. The team is particularly active in the bribery and corruption arena, covering proceedings spanning a multitude of jurisdictions, as well as routinely handling complex money laundering and serious fraud cases. The ‘world class’ Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, specialising in dealing with tax evasion and money laundering investigations brought by the NCA, HMRC, and FCA, while Joanna Dimmock has expertise in economic sanctions, extradition, and prosecution matters. At the more junior end, Fred Kelly is knowledgeable on fraud and cartel offences and Tom Hickey advises on anti-bribery and corruption compliance programmes.
Other key lawyers:
Joanna Dimmock; Fred Kelly; Tom Hickey
‘Tough defenders who robustly defend rather than court the prosecution authorities. They have been at the centre of a string of successful cases against the SFO- they are creative, efficient and tough as nails. Well-resourced with great judgement.’
‘Jo Dimmock is a genius, how she balances work and life is one of the mysteries of the profession. She has won case after case in the past decade. Jonathan Pickworth, great lawyer and tactically astute.’
‘Jonathan Pickworth is world class. A visionary strategist and wonderfully imaginative. He is an original thinker who approaches his cases with great imagination and drive. He is one the best there is and his communication skills are superb.
‘Jo Dimmock has a wonderful eye for detail and great tactical vision. She inspires trust and confidence.’
‘The team is full of talented individuals at all levels.’
‘Jo Dimmock is an outstanding solicitor particularly adept at dealing with individuals being prosecuted by the SFO. She is committed and persists in fighting for her clients to secure their acquittal and has achieved some outstanding results.’
Counting owners of financial institutions, UHNW individuals, and entrepreneurs among its key clients, Rahman Ravelli’s practice has a ‘wealth of legal talent’ and routinely handles white-collar crime, money laundering and tax evasion issues. The team has expertise in multi-jurisdictional investigations spanning the UK, Europe, US, Africa, and Asia, along with strong capabilities advising individual clients on complex sanctions matters, cryptocurrency fraud, and ESG-related financial crime. The ‘exceptional and very talented’ Azizur Rahman heads the group, specialising in serious fraud issues and large-scale bribery and corruption affairs, whilst Niall Hearty regularly deals with the NCA, SFO, and FCA in high-profile financial fraud cases. Since joining the firm in mid-2022, Angelika Hellweger and Zulfi Meerza have brought added experience on economic crime and regulatory matters to the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Niall Hearty; Angelika Hellweger; Zulfi Meerza
‘Niall Hearty is both client-focused and an outstanding lawyer, tactically astute and with an approachable and affable manner that makes working with him a delight.’
‘Rahman Ravelli are an exceptional firm and leaders in this field. They have a wealth of legal talent and are involved in some of the biggest cases prosecuted in the UK.’
‘Aziz Rahman is exceptional and very talented. He works tirelessly to achieve the best results for his clients.’
‘Aziz Rahman is a strong negotiator and very experienced in fraud cases. He is knowledgeable and inspires confidence in his clients.’
‘Zulfi Meerza – bright and with a great future.’
‘Aziz Rahman – a true leader and exceptionally talented white collar crime solicitor.’
Simmons & Simmons
Demonstrating ‘great breadth and depth of experience’, the Simmons & Simmons team is regularly called upon by CEOs and senior managers to advise on complex SFO, FCA, and NCA investigations. The firm’s international experience spans financial sanctions, extradition, and INTERPOL-related matters, and the practice boasts a diverse client-base from industries including financial services, engineering, and technology. Following Stephen Gentle’s retirement in May 2023, the ‘tactically and legally astute’ Camilla De Silva leads the group. De Silva specialises in advising on cases involving financial misstatements, modern slavery, and tax evasion, while Nick Benwell focuses on financial crime and money laundering matters. 'Truly excellent' of counsel Cherie Spinks routinely assists clients in high-profile fraud investigations. Managing associate Emily Agnoli also advises on anti-bribery and corruption compliance.
Camilla de Silva
Other key lawyers:
Nick Benwell; Cherie Spinks; Emily Agnoli
‘Great breadth and depth of experience in business crime. Nick and Camilla de Silva form a strong leadership with their wide spectrum of experience in private and public service.’
‘Camilla De Silva: tactically and legally astute. Great international experience and has done a whole range of business crime work.’
‘Emily Agnoli – charismatic and engaging up-and-coming new partner with strong inclusion and diversity awareness. Unflappable and unbelievably hard-working.’
- 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 in relation to the acquisition of Autonomy by Hewlett Packard, as well as in relation to one of the largest fraud claims to come before the English Courts.
- Acting for the former Finance Director of a construction company in an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations of bribery and money laundering relating to UK based contracts.
- Acting for the CEO of a major international bank in relation to a criminal complaint raising serious allegations of fraud and conspiracy arising out of a multi-million Euro claim and related cross-border litigation.
A ‘leading light in financial crime’, Bark&co’s criminal fraud practice specialises in the whole spectrum of white-collar criminal work, with a specific focus on advising individual clients in high-profile SFO, FCA, and HMRC investigations. The team shows considerable strength in handling bribery and corruption proceedings, tax fraud, and money laundering cases, routinely representing clients from the energy, finance, and technology sectors. The group’s principal Giles Bark-Jones is regarded by clients as a ‘real heavyweight’ who brings considerable expertise in major international fraud and corruption cases to the department, while solicitor advocate Charles Long has over 35 years of experience in litigation. Senior consultant David Byrne focuses on regulatory investigations, while Peter Finbow and Maria Stalbow are noted for their knowledge of financial fraud issues and corruption prosecutions.
Other key lawyers:
David Byrne; Alex Nelson; Charles Long; Peter Finbow; Maria Stalbow; Sabrik Dhamu; Pat Wilson; Ria Kudrati
‘Giles Bark-Jones is at the top of his game. Thinks outside the box and goes far more than the extra mile for his clients. Pat Wilson: her dedication to her clients is second to none. Every one of her clients whom I have met think the world of her and, justifiably, believe that they are getting the best possible service. Her preparation is outstanding.’
‘Giles Bark-Jones is still one of the real heavyweights of the criminal defence world. He is actively involved in client management and providing high-level strategic and tactical advice. Clients really know that he is on their side.’
‘David Byrne has decades of experience of dealing with some of the biggest SFO/FCA prosecutions. Nothing gets past him and he is a real fighter.’
‘Bark & Co as a whole are a leading light in financial crime, constantly at Southwark in long running trials, the forefront of fraudulent cases. KC’s and juniors are carefully picked for the client so that the best outcome can be achieved in what are extremely complex matters that would leave most law firms flummoxed.’
‘Giles Bark-Jones – leading authority in financial crime. If you need advice on fraudulent behaviour this is the person to contact. Peter Finbow is regularly against SFO investigations.’
‘Maria Stalbow is absolutely brilliant. Very well prepared and dedicated to her clients. She has a brain the size of a planet and can best be described as simply a winner. Giles Bark-Jones is an amazing solicitor. Hugely experienced and a master tactician.’
- Acted for Boris Becker in relation to criminal charges brought by the Insolvency Service following his bankruptcy in 2017.
- Acting in eight separate, large-scale FCA investigations and prosecutions.
- Won a landmark victory in the Supreme Court for a HNW client, concerning the extent to which suspects of (in this case, financial) crime are entitled to privacy.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s white-collar defence and investigations practice offers a ‘bespoke service’ on all serious fraud and regulatory matters, having frequently acted on behalf of individual clients in complex SFO, FCA, and HMRC proceedings. Boasting notable C-Suite executives and HNW individuals in its client roster, the team shows strength in emerging markets work, particularly in the cryptocurrency compliance and litigation space. Kevin Roberts leads the group, bringing expertise handling complex regulatory matters, serious fraud prosecutions, and money laundering compliance to the department. The ‘intelligent and industrious’ special counsel Duncan Grieve is an expert on financial sanctions and trade embargos, while Charlotte Glaser and Sharon Takhar regularly work on serious fraud cases and multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption. Former co-head Mark Beardsworth left in October 2023 to spearhead a London investigations practice for Goodwin.
Other key lawyers:
Duncan Grieve; Charlotte Glaser; Sharon Takhar
‘ The whole team have shown empathy, compassion, innovation and a clear and coherent strategy. Communication from them has been outstanding.’
‘Kevin Roberts has been my main contact for many years. His knowledge, thoughtful insights and calm manner have assisted me through many complex matters.’
‘Kevin Roberts – tenacity personified. He fights. And he wins.’
‘A small, niche team able to provide a bespoke service.’
‘Duncan Grieve is an outstanding talent and future star in this sector. He is intelligent, industrious, knowledgeable and has a wisdom beyond his years.’
‘Since the arrival of Kevin Roberts and Duncan Grieve they have built an impressive team. Duncan’s Portuguese language skills have enabled them to grow a stream of work stemming from Brazil.’
‘Kevin Roberts is a standout no-nonsense lawyer who has been advising corporates in complex litigation crossing over between criminal and civil fraud for many years.’
Routinely handling complex cross-border issues including claims of fraud, market manipulation, and insider trading, the ‘hugely talented team’ at Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP is highly recommended for its work on behalf of high-net-worth individuals and CEOs. The practice maintains a strong offering in all aspects of regulatory investigations and compliance, as well as in criminal and strategic defence, demonstrating consistent activity in advising on high-profile UK and international enforcement proceedings. John Gibson and Richard Kovalevsky co-head the department: Gibson deploys a ‘bright, strategic’ approach when assisting clients from the financial, energy, and extractive industries, while Kovalevsky is noted for his significant expertise in financial crime and sanctions matters. Since his promotion to partner in January 2023, Thomas Shortland has frequently represented individuals in internal investigations and regulatory proceedings. Counsel Tim Harris and Ashley Collins are also recommended.
John W Gibson; Richard Kovalevsky KC
Other key lawyers:
Sir David Green CB KC; Thomas Shortland; Tim Harris; Ashley Collins; Patrick Ferguson
‘I have worked very closely with the team of John Gibson, Thomas Shortland, Ashley Collins, and Patrick Ferguson. They are stand-out stars, in every way. Brilliantly innovative, relentlessly persistent and utterly charming – quite simply the nicest people to work with and to have alongside you in a fight. Top of the league.’
‘A hugely talented team.’
‘John Gibson brings many years of experience and expertise on the most complex matters.’
‘Tom Shortland combines intelligence with great commercial sense.’
‘The level of senior expertise C&G possesses is, to my knowledge, market-leading. From former prosecutors, such as John Gibson, through to leading silks, such as Richard Kovalevsky KC, clients cannot ask for deeper insight and experience. That, attached to the firm’s dynamic attitude – including the advanced use of in-house data strategists – allows them to punch well above their numerical weight and adopt innovative strategic solutions. This is especially important for individual clients, caught up in criminal investigations, for whom swift positioning and defence is crucial to protect their interests.’
‘I worked with Richard Kovalesky KC on a judicial review in the Supreme Court in. 2020 about financial crime, and on another case about financial crime in the High Court of Trinidad in 2021-23. He and his team are very impressive lawyers: knowledgeable, innovative and very hard-working. I would rate them highly in these categories.’
‘John Gibson is very bright, very strategic, and excellent at supporting his clients through the litigation process. He has first-hand prosecutorial insight, which he deploys to his clients great advantage.’
‘That experience runs right through to the most junior associates: Patrick Ferguson and Ashley Collins. Again, both have exceptional fist-hand experience for their level of seniority, and are entirely capable of running cases, and developing strategy far beyond their peers.’
Mr. Claus Kronberger
Mr. Gianni Porta
Mr. James Henderson
Mr. Luke Johnson
Mr. Andrey Melnickenko
Cooley (UK) LLP
Counting business owners, high-net-worth individuals, and c-suite executives amongst its key clients, Cooley (UK) LLP’s white-collar defence and investigations team is praised for its advice in global SFO corruption cases and complex tax evasion proceedings. With ‘worldwide resources and expertise’, the practice is renowned for its work across the natural resources, aviation, and finance sectors. Practice head Tom Epps demonstrates ‘consummate skill’ in fraud and corruption cases, while Sascha Grimm is noted for her expertise in asset recovery and privacy compliance issues. Ben Sharrock and Monica Mylordou are also highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
Sascha Grimm; Ben Sharrock; Monica Mylordou
‘Tom Epps heads up a team with deep, worldwide resources and expertise, able to address any problem with consummate skill and bags of experience.’
‘Tom Epps is widely recognised as one of the most talented lawyers of his generation. He is disarmingly calm, taking everything in his stride, yet, below the surface, his brain turns over at a thousand miles an hour. He is sensitive with clients, a pleasure to work with and achieves outstanding results.’
‘Tom Epps would be who I would call especially if it was a global investigation. He is excellent at dealing with sensitive situations.’
With a client-base spanning the extractive, aerospace, and technology industries, the ‘committed and dedicated’ team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in money laundering, tax, and extradition proceedings. Practice head Rebecca Meads specialises in complex financial crime investigations and bribery matters, while Gavin Costelloe draws upon his experience as a former employee of the SFO to advise clients on investigations brought by the SFO, CPS, and HMRC. Of counsel Alex Swan is noted for his knowledge of market abuse and insider dealing issues. Jo Rickards left the firm in January 2023.
Other key lawyers:
Gavin Costelloe; Alex Swan
‘An excellent, committed and dedicated team with strength at all levels.’
‘Rebecca Meads is outstanding. A tireless worker who has a keen appreciation of what is possible and how to achieve it.’
‘Gavin Costelloe is outstanding. Highly intelligent, vastly experienced, a walking law book and calm under pressure. Rebecca Meads is a charismatic leader capable of penetrating analysis. Alex Swan leaves no stone unturned and is also an impressive advocate.’
‘Rebecca Meads – a wonderful force of nature with a zest for clients, cases and winning. Fabulous lawyer to have on your side.’
‘Alex Swan – a huge presence and as enthusiastic a solicitor as you could ever wish for. Bright, energetic and able to cut through the rubbish to get to the meat of the case.’
‘The white-collar crime practice at GT is very professional, efficient and informative, with a complete grasp of the client and its needs. The team is attentive and exact in their legal advice, proactive in their proposed solutions and next steps, and always strives to deliver optimal results. The team is complementary, responsive and solution-oriented. It is always a real pleasure to work with them, in particular with the latest amazing women lawyers that recently joined the team.’
‘Rebecca Meads work with an enthusiasm which makes me want to work in their team. Their deep knowledge of other jurisdictions facilitates the comprehension of what can be done in the UK without adversely impacting elsewhere. They are both very shrewd, always available, easy and lovely to work with.’
‘Rebecca and Alex are absolutely amazing to work with.’
A former trader of Glencore
A former non-executive director of Patisserie Valerie
Various individuals in criminal investigation into Grenfell Tower
- Advising a former Glencore trader in respect of the SFO’s investigation into the relationship between Glencore and intermediary in Africa.
- Advising a former non-executive director in relation to the SFO’s investigation into Patisserie Holdings plc.
- Advising potential witnesses in connection with the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘industrious and efficient’ practice covers prosecution and advisory work for high-net-worth individuals, directors, and executives, drawing upon its global network of offices to expertly handle multi-jurisdictional investigations. The team shows particular strength in complex criminal tax proceedings, regularly defending clients in proceedings brought by the FCA and HMRC. 'Top expert' Susannah Cogman leads the group, where she demonstrates her considerable expertise in sanctions issues and anti-money laundering enforcement measures. Brian Spiro is noted for his capabilities in offshore tax fraud investigations and financial crime matters, while Robert Hunt focuses on prosecutions involving fraud, bribery and corruption. Kate Meakin's expertise is concentrated in corporate crime issues. Daniel Hudson left the practice in April 2023.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Spiro; Robert Hunt; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Kathryn Boyd; Jessica Chappatte
‘HSF has a developing strength in white collar crime. It is fortunate to have exceptionally gifted associates in the form of Jess Chappatte, Ali Grodzki and Dawen Gao. Brian Spiro is an elder statesman and has built a brilliant team. Nick Clayton is a tax genius and wonderful to work with.’
‘HSF is the very best team in this field. They are industrious, efficient, and packed full of bright young things with a complete determination to achieve the very best results for their client. Working with them is a total pleasure.’
‘Kate Meakin is highly intelligent and a real operator. Susannah Cogman is one of the top experts in the field. Her advice is always carefully thought out, tailored precisely to the details of the particular issue in front of her and spot on. Jessica Chappatte is an excellent strategist who is in it to win it, and usually does just that.’
Post Office Limited
Uxbridge-based John Milner heads the business crime and fraud team at IBB Law, drawing on a ‘wealth of experience’ handling high-profile financial crime investigations and VAT fraud proceedings. The team specialises in representing company directors, c-suite executives, and high-net-worth individuals in complex SFO and HMRC investigations, consistently receiving referrals from leading law firms in the market. From the Uxbridge office, Eddie Tang handles tax fraud matters, while Caroline Dunne boasts over 25 years of experience advising on all aspects of criminal law.
Other key lawyers:
Eddie Tang; Caroline Dunne
‘John Milner is sage, seasoned and with tons of judgment. Deftly guides cases through murky waters.’
‘John Milner is outstanding. His experience is vast, he is highly astute, works his socks off and is a delight to deal with. Very few people have the level of strategic awareness that John has, and he uses it to its full advantage. He knows everyone and puts those connections to use when representing clients. An A1 solicitor, bursting with talent.’
‘John Milner holds a unique position in this market, providing a wealth of experience in white-collar matters through a flexible and bespoke service, acting effectively as a firm within a firm.’
‘John Milner has extensive experience in dealing with the most serious high-profile fraud cases. He is able to gain the trust of clients, whether they are sophisticated or naive and inexperienced. His many years’ experience has given him excellent judgment in seeking to resolve cases in his clients best interests. If a matter is to be contested he is unstinting in his efforts in support of his clients.’
‘John has been involved in many of the major large fraud trials over the years and has a hands-on experience which is second to none.’
‘I have worked with John Milner many times as counsel and instructing him from a law firm. He always gets his client’s full trust very quickly and his experience brings strategic judgement of the highest quality. Very well liked in the white-collar market.’
‘John Milner is an excellent white collar crime lawyer, with years of experience working on some of the most high-profile investigations prosecutions. Vastly knowledgeable with a great bedside manner. A very safe pair of hands.’
Through routinely representing individual clients in high-profile extradition cases involving allegations of fraud and complex investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC, the Janes Solicitors team shows ‘great strength in depth’. The practice has vast experience of handling complex financial fraud cases including money laundering and tax evasion, which often span across industries ranging from renewable energy to finance. David Janes leads the financial crime division, specialising in alleged bribery, corruption, and asset recovery cases, whilst the ‘outstanding’ James Mullion has expertise in sanctions breaches and regulatory matters. Fiona Gavriel focuses on complex business and financial crime issues, and Simon Barker concentrates on confiscation and money laundering proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
James Mullion; Fiona Gavriel; Simon Barker; Alex Chapman
‘The firm are a boutique criminal defence firm. Thier size is perfect for a tailor-made service with sufficient resources to meet the needs of the most demanding of clients. They are modern, forward thinking and well regarded amongst peers.’
‘Fiona Gavril is a real gem. She prides herself on picking the best team for the clients’ needs. He bespoke approach means that she has exceedingly good results.’
‘This is an elite team with great strength in depth at every level. This is the firm I always send clients to.’
‘Simon barker is a very savy operator with a mild manner. Robert Berg is always on the ball. sets clear case expectations. David Janes is the doyen of Fraud cases.’
‘The benefits of a relatively small West End firm with a personal touch combined with expertise and experience in the largest fraud and corruption cases to match much larger firms.’
‘James Mullion is outstanding in complex white-collar cases, particularly those with an international element.’
‘Fiona Gavriel gets excellent results.’
‘Groundbreaking achievements where no other criminal firm has achieved such results.’
- Defended of William Osmond, a solicitor that is subject to the only SFO prosecution of a matter linked to their multiple lengthy investigations into ENRC.
Kobre & Kim LLP
Using the UK as a central hub for its global representations, the ‘highly professional’ group at Kobre & Kim LLP specialises in handling financial crime proceedings involving a mix of civil, criminal, and regulatory issues. The team is recommended for its experience working with individuals in domestic and international investigations, covering allegations of fraud, money laundering, and tax-based proceedings. Jason Masimore and Nicholas Surmacz draw on their experiences as US DOJ prosecutors when assisting with cross-border anti-corruption and bribery matters, while Kiran Unni is a barrister who focuses on disputes and misconduct. Other key figures include Miranda Ching, who defends high-net-worth individuals facing complex risks related to financial regulatory misconduct. Robin Rathmell left the firm in June 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Jason Masimore; Nicholas Surmacz; Kiran Unni; Miranda Ching
‘The team is highly professional and spends extra time to ensure that they truly understand the needs of a client before they offer guidance and advice.’
‘Nick Surmacz and Erica Berman particularly standout as exceptional counsel. Both are tireless workers who take care to understand all information, large and small, to provide holistic strategic advice to address problems at every level.’
Praised by clients for its ‘network of contacts and resources’, Sidley Austin LLP has in-depth expertise in complex money laundering, market abuse, and serious fraud matters, acting on behalf of various c-suite executives, senior board members, and bankers across the finance and media sectors. Sara George is an ‘exceptional individual’ who leads the firm’s London-based offering, specialising in issues surrounding criminal misconduct, market abuse, and insider dealing.
Other key lawyers:
‘Case experience, knowledge of the law, network of contacts and resources to lean on.’
‘Sara George; truly an exceptional individual who truly goes all out to do the very best for her client. Not only does she have extensive experience but she also works tirelessly to achieve the optimal outcome.’
‘A very experienced small team with excellent international reach.’
‘Sara George is a preeminent regulatory lawyer and a tenacious fighter when it comes to litigation, criminal or civil.’
‘The team at Sidley in London in this area is greatly staffed, with excellent professionals but also great individuals. They coordinate among them really well and bring great added value with expertise both in local as well as in international matters, including in cross-border projects and coordinating international matters and bringing additional practical and commercial insights.’
‘I have very much enjoyed working with the team in this area at Sidley in London due to them being not only excellent professionals, but also being great persons and team players among them and with external teams involved, such as our team or the clients’ team. They also bring expertise from different areas and sectors, including from public services and drawing on the experience of former prosecutors.’
BeIn Media Group
- Represented Lars Mørch, former Danske Bank Executive Board Member and former Head of International Banking of Danske Bank, in connection with the largest money laundering case by value of sums laundered (US$230 billion).
- Represented the former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes, who was convicted of interest-rate rigging following a Serious Fraud Office-led trial on a pro bono basis in the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal in a successful challenge to a proposed prohibition order following his conviction for manipulation of LIBOR whilst the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
- Helped beIN Media Group to successfully manage an international dispute with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Acting for clients across technology, finance, and property industries, Simons Muirhead Burton’s team ‘remains a market leader’ in the white-collar crime space, advising on complex fraud and money laundering matters. The practice is especially renowned for its work concerning financial crime allegations, regularly defending individuals in HMRC-led investigations and addressing UK sanctions. Practice head Phil Smith routinely guides clients through high-profile fraud and corruption cases, while Anthony Burton focuses on domestic and international financial crime issues. Henrietta Ronson and David Phillips are also highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
Anthony Burton; Henrietta Ronson; David Phillips
‘Attention to detail, no matter how small.’
‘Great leadership and strength in depth.’
‘Since Phil Smith joined to head up the team it has gone from strength to strength.’
‘Properly innovative in its thinking, old-fashioned in its core values.’
‘Phil Smith is a force of nature – vastly experienced and able he gives no quarter in pursuit of his client’s needs. His instincts are spot on and he just knows what to do in every situation and in his dealings with all parties. Henrietta Ronson leaves no stone unturned in her conduct on every case. Resourceful, resilient and able she is not to be messed with and provides remarkable support to counsel and the lay client alike. She is a future star.’
‘Phil Smith is a man who controls the whole process. Give a case to Phil and a good night’s sleep is assured.’
‘Excellent criminal team that have a long-established history acting for high profile individuals.’
‘Anthony Burton and Phil Smith are both hugely experienced. Safe pair of hands.’
With a ‘supremely talented team’, Stephenson Harwood specialises in the whole spectrum of financial crime activity, routinely handling money laundering, corruption, and fraud cases across many jurisdictions. The practice has expertise in dealing with a range of issues emerging from a criminal investigation, particularly managing the confiscation of assets, maintaining relationships with domestic and international regulators, and advising on civil and regulatory processes. Practice head Sean Jeffrey specialises in financial sanction matters and criminal litigation, while the ‘excellent’ Justin McClelland covers all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations. David Capps focuses on finance-related disputes. Since being promoted to partner in May 2022, the ‘truly exceptional’ Alan Ward has continued to concentrate on corporate and financial crime issues.
Other key lawyers:
Justin McClelland; David Capps; Alan Ward
‘Justin McClelland is an excellent solicitor with very good judgment and extremely measured. He has a good manner with clients and is very committed.’
‘This is a very strong and prestigious team, it has excellent individuals who can draw on the vast knowledge of the wider firm.’
‘Alan Ward is a standout performer who has an exceptional grasp of the law and approaches each case with tenacity.’
‘Strong department with a number of excellent partners.’
‘Alan Ward is a wonderful new partner at this firm. He has an easy touch with clients and is well-liked by all those he represents. He is remarkably hard working and understands the nuances of all the cases he is instructed in.’
‘Supremely talented team of individuals who work tirelessly to achieve the very best outcome tor the client.’
‘Alan Ward, a truly exceptional individual who goes the extra mile for his clients. Forward looking and thoroughly prepared, Alan ensures he is ahead of the game in every respect.’
‘Alan Ward is an excellent, hardworking, smart lawyer.’
Representing individual clients across the media, renewable energy, and finance industries, the fraud and complex crime team at ABV Solicitors is praised for its ‘international capability’, which it leveerages to handle proceedings brought by foreign investigative agencies. The firm is also highly recommended for acting on behalf of senior company executives and directors implicated in serious fraud investigations, as well as a range of regulatory matters. Deepak Vij and Akhtar Ahmad co-head the practice; the former specialises in financial and complex fraud issues, while the latter boasts experience in SFO, NCA, and FCA proceedings. Amirah Ajaz covers serious organised crime, while senior fraud lawyer Rohit Sharma and Fergus Harrington are also noted.
Deepak Vij; Akhtar Ahmad
Other key lawyers:
Amirah Ajaz; Rohit Sharma; Fergus Harrington; Zahir Ahmed
‘Deepak Vij is a truly exceptional team leader and solicitor of the fraud and business crime team. Calm and meticulous, corporate and individual clients are always best served by Deepak and his team. Enjoying now an international practice this team are up there competing with the large corporate firms, providing exceptional client care and representation. An outstanding solicitor and a master tactician.’
‘Amirah Ajaz is a tenacious solicitor with superb judgment. Down to earth and dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for her clients, she has generated an enviable reputation in fraud and business crime cases.’
‘Rohit Sharma commands the confidence of clients and the counsel, and is one to watch for the future.’
‘Deepak Vij has an incredible client following. Clients facing the largest and most complex allegations of financial crime flock to him as they appreciate he is one of the very best solicitors in this area. He is always on top of the facts of the case he is dealing with and puts clients at ease. He is a delight to work with. I have always found him to be very intelligent and insightful. His understanding of trial strategy is highly impressive.’
‘Akhtar Ahmad has practiced in crime for over two decades. Whilst his experience is vast, his enthusiasm has not waned. He is passionate about every client’s case. He is able to rapidly deconstruct even the most complex prosecution case and identify the holes to exploit. He gives clients realistic and enormously helpful advice about how to achieve the best possible outcome in their cases. He has an exceptional record of securing acquittals for his clients in cases of the highest gravity.’
‘Amirah Ajaz is an exceptional talent. She has the complete trust and respect of her colleagues and clients. She has conduct of a substantial portfolio of substantial fraud cases. Amirah is remarkably assiduous. She works incredibly hard to ensure no stone is left unturned. She is without doubt a superstar in the practice area of white-collar crime.’
‘Zahir Ahmed is a stalwart in heavy fraud cases. He has a calm demeanour which is both reassuring and contagious. His clients always know they are in good hands.’
‘This is one of the UK’s top fraud and regulatory specialist law firms. Boutique in terms of partner access and the flexibility to react to client needs, and a case CV that rivals any of the city-based international firms in the sector. They have depth in their team, from associate, through the mid ranks and all the way to the very experienced and well thought of partners.’
Operation Candlewood and Volt
London Capital Group (SFO)
Patisserie Holdings (SFO)
Operation Maple Lodge (Royal Mail)
R v K
- Representing a company director part of a Plc, floating on the London Stock Exchange, alleged to be running multi-million investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
- Advising London Capital Group in an SFO investigation of a £237 million investment fraud.
- Advising Patisserie Holdings in an SFO investigation of a £94 million “black hole” accounting fraud.
The ‘heavy hitters’ at Fieldfisher frequently act as both litigators and trial counsel, representing C-Suite Executives and company directors in multi-jurisdictional SFO investigations. The team demonstrates significant strength in advising clients on financial crime compliance and civil fraud proceedings, with particular expertise in the mining, finance, and oil sectors. The ‘first rate’ practice head Quinton Newcomb has over 16 years’ experience prosecuting and defending individuals in financial crime proceedings, while Shiv Haria-Shah focuses on civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. William Glover regularly acts on behalf of high-net-worth individuals. Verity Quaite is also recommended. Noteworthy new arrivals include Priyanka Kapoor, who joined as partner from PCB Byrne in July 2022, and Natalie Quinlivan, who joined as director in December 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Shiv Haria-Shah; William Glover; Verity Quaite; Priyanka Kapoor; Natalie Quinlivan; Will Glover
‘They have a strong white-collar crime team filled with experienced and innovative thinking lawyers.’
‘Will Glover is a standout performer in the area of fraud. His experience at the Bar has equipped him to offer clients invaluable insight into litigation strategy. He is meticulous in his case preparation and a real asset to any team.’
‘A team of heavy hitters from a diverse range of backgrounds.’
‘Quinton Newcomb is first rate. Technically brilliant and strategic in approach.’
‘Quinton Newcomb is bright, imaginative, thinks outside the box, loved by clients, and incredibly hard-working and focused.’
Fox Williams LLP provides a bespoke service on all aspects of financial crime risk, ranging from criminal law to civil action and financial services regulation. The team is particularly recommended for representing senior executives in cross-border SFO and FCA investigations, often relating to corruption and serious fraud issues. James Carlton and Peter Wright co-head the practice, with the former bringing 25 years’ experience in complex financial crime, regulation, and disciplinary investigations to bear. Sona Ganatra focuses on investigations involving allegations of financial misconduct.
James Carlton; Peter Wright
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are incredible; always available, very efficient, swift with advice and very reasonable with their billing. I can recommend the firm very highly.’
‘James Carlton lives and breathes his cases. His work ethic is indefatigable and his strategic acumen is second to none. One of the top few solicitors in this field in London.’
‘Sona Ganatra is a joy to work with. Nothing is too much trouble, she thinks of everything before anyone else and she is very shrewd.’
Senior individuals in relation to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review
The Hodge Jones & Allen financial crime and regulatory practice has a ‘really broad range of expertise’, acting on behalf of company directors and high-net-worth individuals in complex fraud, money laundering, and corruption cases. The team is unique - accepting both privately and publicly funded claims - and drawing upon its strong criminal expertise to provide a quality service in defending financial crime matters. The ‘thorough, diligent, and capable’ Ruth Harris leads the department, specialising in asset seizure and lawfulness of search warrant matters, while Raj Chada handles complex and financial crime proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Raj Chada; Kiran Mehta
‘A really broad range of expertise across the team with a real sense of a common purpose.’
‘The firm really does believe in access to justice. They are well known for high-profile cases, but it is the lesser known, sometimes more complicated cases that should be celebrated. The team works tirelessly for all their clients.’
‘Ruth Harris is an extremely talented lawyer. She is able to advise clients carefully and with accuracy. She is approachable, but commands respect. She also practices law with compassion.’
‘Kiran Mehta is the standout solicitor. He gives every case his all, which is considerable, given that he is frighteningly clever and one of the best lawyers in the field.’
‘Possibly the best firm of criminal solicitors conducting publicly funded work, and also offer an excellent service to privately funded clients. They have a large team that has continually prospered through recruiting excellent trainees and investing in people. It is notable that many of the leading individuals at high profile firms specialising in private client work built their practices and reputations at HJA.’
‘Ruth Harris leads the financial crime team and works extremely hard on complex cases, ensuring that material is considered and processed efficiently and all necessary preparation is conducted in a timely and effective manner. She is great with clients, offering genuine compassion and a willingness to go the extra mile.’
‘A very well-respected firm. They have a reputation that they prepare cases fully and properly. I have co-defended with the firm and if I have a conflict of interest they are always one of the firms that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a client.’
‘Ruth Harris is an excellent solicitor. Ruth is thorough, diligent and capable of digesting large amounts of material quickly. She also has a friendly and approachable manner that I can see puts her clients at ease.’
- Acted for Yoshiki Ohmura in proceedings before Southwark Crown Court regarding a prosecution by the National Crime Agency and the Serious Economic Organised Crime and International Directorate of the CPS.
Counting CEOs, senior managers, and company directors amongst its key clients, the K&L Gates LLP practice specialises in handling internal investigations, serious and complex fraud, and money laundering. The team has a strong presence in the sanctions and extradition space, regularly defending individuals in proceedings brought by domestic enforcement agencies including the SFO, FCA, and FRC. Practice head Dylan Moses displays ‘excellent knowledge’ on white-collar crime and regulatory matters, while Michael Ruck is a ‘first-class advisor’ on multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations. Rosie Naylor handles bribery and corruption proceedings, while Annabel Goulding focuses on fraud issues.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Saulnier; Michael Ruck; Rosie Naylor; Annabel Goulding
‘Dylan Moses is a very highly regarded practitioner who has acted on significant mandates.’
‘Dylan Moses is cool, calm and collected in his approach. A fantastic operator with years of experience as a criminal lawyer.’
‘Has recently emerged as strong team with real experience of white-collar trial work. Both partners Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck have both been involved in significant SFO and FCA trials respectively. That kind of experience is not so common in the market these days so they can properly claim proper trial experience.’
‘The team are very strong but also able to call very easily on expertise from across the firm where needed.’
‘Dylan Moses has excellent knowledge, sensible and pragmatic judgement and I’d great at breaking down issues to the fundamental matters. He also listens to and values the input of his team, which I felt was very important.’
‘Rosie Naylor has a really strong knowledge of the material and a great eye for detail. She adds a different view to many discussions, which is always valuable.’
‘A full commercial offering with exceptional financial regulation experience and expertise.’
‘Michael Ruck is by far one of the leading regulatory defence lawyers for FCA enforcement investigations and both civil and criminal proceedings.’
Former CEO of Balli Group Plc
Former CFO of Redcentric
Senior Manager of KPMG
- Representing the former CEO of Balli Group PLC in connection with the SFO’s investigation of UK registered companies Balli Group plc, Balli Steel and Balli Trading Ltd in relation to suspected fraud offences.
- The firm has been instructed by former Redcentric CFO Tim Coleman. The instructions are in connection with Mr Coleman’s alleged criminal conduct whilst working at Redcentric, in the accounting periods leading up to the 2016 interim and year-end results.
- Representing a senior manager of KPMG in connection with the FRC’s investigation into the FRC’s Audit Quality Review into aspects of the audits of Carillion (year end 2016) and Regenersis (year end 2014).
Recommended for its ability to defend clients against allegations of tax fraud brought by HMRC and other domestic enforcement agencies, the RPC team is ‘tenacious, innovative, and brilliantly aggressive’. The practice is well equipped to represent individuals from the art, real estate, and extractive industries, with considerable expertise in handling financial crime matters and internal investigations. Adam Craggs and Sam Tate co-head the group; Craggs is an expert on criminal tax prosecutions, while Tate specialises in political financial crime issues. Davina Given concentrates on money laundering and sanctions compliance, while Michelle Sloane focuses on HMRC criminal investigations.
Adam Craggs; Sam Tate
Other key lawyers:
Davina Given; Michelle Sloane; Alice Kemp
‘Tenacious, innovative and brilliantly aggressive. They are completely unafraid to take novel points, often with great success.’
‘Adam Craggs is calm but brilliantly runs the team. He is a creative lawyer who fights doggedly for his clients.’
‘This is the firm you should go to if you are facing a Revenue criminal or civil investigation or you are or you are on the wrong end of a tax assessment/penalties. This team will fight your corner. They know how the Tax Tribunal works . They are very experienced in seeing off criminal investigations and settling cases.’
‘RPC is an absolutely phenomenal firm. It is second to none in terms of the full service it can offer to large multinational clients, and small clients alike. It has a broad range of specialisms, particularly in tax, where it can offer value for money. It compares more favourably than with other firms principally because of the can-do attitude and responsive nature of the service given to its clients.’
‘Michelle Sloane is a first-rate lawyer in this space. What she does not know in the tax/crime cross-over is not worth knowing. Her clients interests are extremely well protected, and she can ensure that whatever difficulty her client is facing, she will improve their position. She has a strong corporate understanding, and is widely recognised as a leader in her field. She was instructed in the Rangers football raid involving HMRC. She is tremendous. A strategic genius.’
‘The tax and white collar crime team headed by Adam Craggs and with Michelle Sloane as a senior partner, provide exceptional legal advice, investigation services and representation to corporate and individual clients across the board. This specialist team consistently deal with high profile and complex cases, with particular strengths in international business crime and white collar cases. The team are incredibly bright and highly effective at winning cases, applying a no nonsense determined approach. For counsel they provide intensive support which obtains results for clients.’
‘Adam Craggs is a tremendous solicitor and team leader. His legal analysis is superb. He is a masterful tactician, and always remains calm and pragmatic delivering first-class results for his clients. You want Adam on your side.’
‘Michelle Sloane is widely recognised as a leading solicitor in business crime and fraud. She provides outstanding representation to corporate and professional clients. Michelle is an all-round standout performer when advising clients through complex investigations and court proceedings.’
- Act for a former employee of KPMG who has been investigated by the FRC regarding allegations that he (and others) misled the FRC in relation to information provided to it as part of the FRC’s review of KPMG’s last audit of Carillion Plc.
Russell-Cooke LLP’s financial crime practice consistently represents high-net-worth individuals and c-suite executives subject to allegations of boiler room fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. The group has experience in dealing with UK enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, and HMRC, and shows significant strength in fraud matters arising largely out of an abuse of position. Practice head Jae Carwardine advises defendants, witnesses, and victims of fraud with respect to fraudulent investigations and related confiscation proceedings. The ‘fantastic’ Frances Murray is an expert on financial crime, while Martin Rackshaw regularly deals with international fraud and bribery cases. Matt Bosworth is noted for his knowledge of financial regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
Frances Murray; Martin Rackstraw; Matt Bosworth; Jacob Smyth; Emily Russell; Abby Ewing; Joanna Schaefer; iLSE Gifford Smith
‘iLSE Gifford Smith is extremely thorough and hugely reassuring to clients.’
‘Fran Murray has an outstanding background in white collar fraud and financial regulatory work. She is frighteningly hard-working, hugely perceptive and strategically no-nonsense in tackling the most complex of cases. I have worked with her for a number of years and never seen her phased by anything. I don’t know the rest of the team as well, but having only joined Russell Cooke in recent times, Fran herself must think exceptionally highly of them.’
‘Fran Murray is excellent. A joy to work with, prolific in the work she turns out, and hugely assured in the advice she gives.’
‘Frances Murray is a highly committed and experienced practitioner.’
‘Frances Murray is a very diligent and committed practitioner who leaves no stone unturned for her clients.’
‘Fran is a fantastic lawyer, with a real vision for the future. Always available and passionate about her clients and work.’
- Derailing a police investigation into a finance director for misappropriation of company funds involving a cross-border dispute with the Australian shareholders.
- Acting for member of established partnership, alleged to have engaged in persistent fraudulent conduct and abuse of position over a 5-year period. The sum involves is in excess of £1.85m.
- Advising a professional in Financial Services who is the subject of a Worldwide Freezing Order and a cross-border police investigation in relation to the allegation of Fraud by Abuse of Position following their admission in the parallel civil proceedings to misappropriating a sum in excess of £1,000,000 from a US-based entertainment company.
Squire Patton Boggs
Providing a ‘first-class service’ to individuals caught up in bribery, corruption, and financial fraud investigations, the Squire Patton Boggs team is regularly called on by CEOs, HNW individuals, and business owners. Since Hannah Laming’s arrival to lead the practice in 2022, the team has represented clients in proceedings brought by the FCA and HMRC, aided by her ‘fantastic attention to detail’ in private prosecutions and insider dealing. Ben Ticehurst shows ‘great skill’ dealing with SFO and tax investigations, while Wayne Barnes has significant experience conducting internal investigations and liaising with due diligence providers.
Other key lawyers:
Wayne Barnes; Ben Ticehurst
‘The team is relatively new to the London market, but they have recruited really well and the capture of Hannah Laming to head up the UK white collar teams was a real coup for them.’
‘Hannah Laming heads up the team and has an exceptional grasp of the detail of any case, and an instinctive feel for case strategy. She is a super lawyer with a great understanding of both regulatory and corporate fraud.’
‘Ben Ticehurst provides a first-class service advising clients in cross-border matters. He manages the team with great skill, empathy towards different legal cultures and a good strategical guidance.’
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP
Boasting strong cross-border capabilities- particularly between the UK and US - Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP’s ‘impressive’ practice is highly regarded for its work in complex financial crime investigations and prosecutions of individuals. With deep experience of handling proceedings brought by the SFO, the US DOJ, and FCA, the team is renowned for dealing with extradition issues, sanctions compliance, and money laundering measures. Practice head Zoe Osborne is noted for her expertise in multi-jurisdictional financial crime proceedings and contentious regulatory cases, while Ivan Gordienko supports clients with regards to fraud charges and wealth disputes. Leigh Mallon - praised for his 'strategic mindset' and 'inexhaustible energy' - concentrates on white-collar crime and enforcement affairs. John Rupp retired as partner in December 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Ivan Gordienko; Leigh Mallon
‘Excellent attention to detail and strategy.’
‘Leigh Mallon has a unique skill set not often found in lawyers: a strategic mindset, problem solving obsession and a keen attention to detail with inexhaustible energy. He is legally sharp and yet knows when to seek support. He is commercially savvy. He is client focussed and an excellent manager who oversees multiple team on my litigation not just within Steptoe but with oversight responsibility over 6 other law-firms working on different aspects of my case in multiple jurisdictions.’
‘Wide-ranging team with a number of specialist practices which run deep. The ability to draft in various other partners/associates with particular skill-sets that are not present in the individuals at the time has been a key distinguishing factor in Steptoe’s ability to get the job done, not only in a timely manner, but also in an efficient, effective one.’
- Advising a wide range of individuals on Serious Fraud Office investigations, including in High Court trials.
- Representing high-profile individuals in complex international criminal investigations of allegations of bribery and corruption.
Representing a range of lawyers and senior executives, the ‘professional, attentive, and hugely experienced’ practice at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors specialises in defending both criminal and civil claims, including bribery, fraud, and money laundering. The team demonstrates strong cross-border capabilities through regularly handling multi-jurisdictional investigations brought by UK and international enforcement agencies, showing a special niche in acting for individuals allegedly involved in organised crime. Richard Cannon leads the team, boasting expertise in financial crime matters, while Bambos Tsiattalou focuses on bribery and corruption cases. Other key figures include Amjid Jabbar, an expert on money laundering; Brian Swan, noted for his knowledge of tax fraud; and criminal defence lawyer Maria Theodoulou.
Other key lawyers:
Bambos Tsiattalou; Amjid Jabbar; Brian Swan; Maria Theodoulou
‘The partners have a very informed understanding of the working of legal proceedings. They are very skilled at understanding the emotions and thoughts of their clients whilst guiding those energies into a constructive defence. They understand all the moving pieces and are very proactive.’
‘They are experts in their fields and they don’t colour over anything.’
‘The legal team at The Stokoe Partnership are top drawer being very professional, attentive, hugely experienced with an extremely acute eye for detail. The KC’s and Barristers they work with are similarly top drawer and they work collaboratively and seamlessly with the Stokoe legal team.’
‘Bambos Tsiattalou – the beating heart of the firm, driven and focused Amjid Jabbar – expert in financial crime cases Richard Cannon – a great acquisition whos strengthen the team.’
‘Richard Cannon is excellent as both tactician and strategist, and working with challenging circumstances. He is constantly thinking about his clients and the best approach, evaluating both the most creative approach and keeping in mind the doctrine.’
Taylor Wessing LLP has in-depth expertise in a range of financial crime investigations, ranging from tax fraud to money laundering and insider trading. The team maintains a strong client base which comprises CEOs, compliance managers, and industry experts, and is praised for defending individuals in bribery and corruption investigations brought by the SFO and FCA, as well as for demonstrating a growing presence in the cryptocurrency disputes sphere. Practice head David De Ferrars has more than 20 years of experience leading on major financial fraud cases, while David McCluskey shows ‘true pedigree’ in the international crime and regulatory space. Laurence Lieberman focuses on corporate investigations, while Richard Viegas and Tim Strong are also recommended.
Andrew Howell; David de Ferrars
Other key lawyers:
Tim Strong; David McCluskey; Laurence Lieberman; Nick Moser; Richard Viegas; Emma Allen; Lorna Bramich; Samantha Brendish; Alexandra Boreham
‘David McCluskey has true pedigree in this area of law having been a partner at boutique firm Peters and Peters. He applies. His experience and expertise to TWs corporate clients.’
White & Case LLP has ‘excellent breadth’ in its white-collar and investigations team, frequently advising clients in multi-jurisdicitonal criminal investigations relating to data, money laundering, and regulatory matters. The firm draws on its network of international offices to provide guidance to c-suite executives, high-net-worth individuals, and politicians subjected to proceedings conducted by domestic and foreign enforcement agencies, including the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA. Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa co-head the team; Anderson, regarded by clients as ‘hardworking and strategic’, handles complex internal investigations, while the 'commercial and pragmatic' Randhawa is an expert on financial crime issues.
Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa
Other key lawyers:
Edward Pearson; Laura Higgins; Lucy Rogers
‘This is a busy team with the ability to handle large and complex criminal and regulatory investigations.’
‘Jonah Anderson is excellent. He bring significant value to any case. His wide ranging experience means that he provides holistic advice. He also obtains a deep understanding of the client’s business and its needs. He is entirely client focussed, always available and clients find in Jonah a superb lawyer who can speak their language and act as a wise head.’
‘There is excellent breadth in the team covering everything from anti-money laundering advice through to complex internal investigations. The team is well led by Jonah and Anneka who are supported by an excellent team of juniors. The money laundering knowledge in particular within the team is second to none.’
‘Jonah Anderson is hardworking, strategic and incredibly user-friendly. He is always two steps ahead, able to see through the knotty weeds of an investigation. He is approachable but not to be underestimated.’
‘Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa have done a brilliant job building a thriving practice at White & Case, delivering commercial and pragmatic advice to a number of high-net-worth individual clients.’
‘Jonah Anderson is the guru in the London market on complex money laundering issues. Ed Pearson and Lucy Rogers are fantastic associates.’
Representing directors, senior employees, and management at multinational companies, the Cartwright King team is experienced in handling complex fraud, tax, and financial crime investigations. The department is well regarded for defending individuals in prosecutions brought by the SFO, HMRC, and FCA. The team is headed up by Laura Smith, who dispenses comprehensive advice on serious and complex fraud matters. Richard Cornthwaite left the firm in early 2023.
‘Laura Smith has acquired a stalwart reputation for doggedly and tenaciously defending lay clients. She has impressed.’
‘Laura Smith is a truly fantastic solicitor. She is completely dedicated to her work, ensures that everything is prepared well in advance, that her clients feel reassured and supported throughout the proceedings and that her cases can run as smoothly as possible. She is a pleasure to work with.’
- Acting on behalf of a defendant alleged to have been involved in £123m cheat on the public revenue through a sophisticated scheme to avoid the payment of VAT and duties on goods imported from China.
- Representing client in relation to a mis-declaration fraud against the Royal Mail using an online self-billing system.
- Representing two senior executives of multinational company under investigation by SFO for falsifying analytical test results enabling the sale of poor quality steel products into the international aviation industry.
With offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, Kangs Solicitors’ ‘impressive' specialist fraud department is highly recommended for its capabilities in complex tax and money laundering investigations. The firm has notable expertise in fraud proceedings involving cyber and crypto assets, representing a client-base spanning across the finance, construction, and media sectors. Practice head Hamraj Kang - 'a real market leader in fraud litigation' - routinely advises individuals on bribery and corruption matters, while John Veale handles large-scale mortgage fraud cases. Timothy Thompson focuses on financial crime-related matters.
Other key lawyers:
John Veale; Timothy Thompson; Fergus Harrington
‘Fergus Harrington is a highly dedicated member of this team with whom I have worked on a number of cases, including a high-profile eight-month case in 2022 (the United Kingdom’s largest money laundering case). He was well able to meet the extensive preparation demands of this case, and formed an excellent professional relationship with the client. In my view he is particularly adept at gaining a client’s trust, not least because of his approachable demeanour and first-class work ethic.’
‘Hamraj Kang is a real market leader in fraud litigation. He handles complex and international litigation in his stride. A lawyer who is much in demand and always sought after in the high value litigation. A very intelligent lawyer who is a tactical genius – his lateral thinking is frightening.’
‘John Veale is a vastly experienced fraud litigator. Always involved in the most serious cases and admired by clients for his calming influence in high stakes litigation. John remains focused and calm in high pressure situations just when clients need him the most.’
‘This is a team of professionals at the top of their games. They provide a Rolls Royce service to their clients. They provide realistic advice but leave no stone unturned so that clients appreciate that the advice they receive is fully thought through and, as a result, wholly reliable.’
‘Kangs is an impressive, leading white collar crime practice. It is at the forefront of white-collar investigations and related civil fraud cases. Having worked with the firm on major high stakes cases the firm is known for its top quality representation of high-profile clients. It’s cases invariably involve cross border issues and acts against international enforcement agencies such as the SEC. It also has a significant Tax Fraud practice UK wide acting in the big-ticket investigations and proceedings.’
‘Hamraj Kang displays unparalleled tactical acumen, positioning him as one of the most exceptional legal minds in the country, particularly in the realm of financial crime. His strategic brilliance and deep understanding of complex legal issues make him a formidable force in the field. Hamraj’s expertise and reputation firmly establish him as one of the best in the business, earning the trust and admiration of clients and peers alike.’
‘Together, Hamraj Kang and Tim Thompson form an exceptional team at Kangs Solicitors, delivering unparalleled legal services with utmost professionalism and skill. Their remarkable talents and commitment to excellence set them apart, making them invaluable assets to their clients and a testament to the firm’s unwavering dedication to providing outstanding legal representation.’
‘An excellent law firm with the drive and commitment to become a national leader in white collar crime. They are led by the hugely talented Hamraj Kang who is a tireless worker and demanding taskmaster in the pursuit of the provision of top-quality legal service.’
- Represented a client in the largest money laundering prosecution brought in the UK (value £266 million) arising from gold bullion trading.
- Representing a company director in relation to a HMRC investigation into offshore tax structures in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Nevis, Switzerland and Mauritius.
- Representing a Dutch National in one of the first cryptocurrency criminal frauds prosecuted in the UK with a value of £10 million.
Demonstrating strong cross-border capabilities and extensive expertise in matters ranging from bribery and corruption to extraditions, the Pallas Partners LLP team is highly regarded. Matt Getz and Tracey Dovaston co-head the group; Getz is especially well versed in internal investigations and white-collar defence proceedings, while Dovaston focuses on financial services investigations. Counsel Alessia de Quincey concentrates on financial crime cases.
Matt Getz; Tracey Dovaston
Other key lawyers:
Alessia de Quincey
‘Matt was fantastic. I needed urgent advice. He made the time as he was trying to juggle a new family member. He helped not just with legal advice, but very practical steps to deal with the situation. He made himself available as and when required and has stayed in touch and close to the situation. When challenges arise, on a personal and professional level Pallas provided all of the support I could have asked for. I wish them every success.’
‘Pallas is an elite, crack team.’
‘Pallas is immensely commercially aware. Their well-earned confidence makes them superior negotiators.’
‘Matt Getz is a brilliant, creative fighter who cares for his clients and spots things other people miss.’
‘Tracey Dovaston is a very experienced and strategic advocate used for high-value disputes. Very commercial – quick to grasp issues and look for solutions.’
‘A strong team serving an UHNWI client base in matters of the highest profile. Clever, creative and doggedly determined to advance matters properly and fairly and achieve desired outcomes for every client. Experts in building and leading a team across disciplines and borders in the most complex of matters.’
‘Matt Getz has bag loads of white collar and sanctions experience at the highest level for clients of the highest profile. Knows which buttons to push and when to do so with maximum effect. A great human being as well.’
- Representing Ben Delo, a co-founder of HDR Global Trading and BitMEX in a number of related regulatory investigations involving allegations of corporate crime, including in connection with a criminal investigation by the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York and an investigation by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
- Represented Vadim Wolfson, the Russian financier.
- Representing Mr Neil Phillips, a co-founder of Glen Point Capital, who is the subject of an indictment from the US Department of Justice and a civil complaint from the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission.
The Payne Hicks Beach LLP defence and investigations group is regarded as being at the ‘forefront of innovation in this sector’, offering in-depth expertise in serious fraud matters and financial crime proceedings. Practice head Mark Jones is a ‘very impressive fraud lawyer’ who specialises in complex criminal investigations brought by the SFO and FCA since his arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in September 2022. Paul Dorrans focuses on fraud and financial crime issues, while Hanna Basha handles privacy and media-related work. Nick Grant and Henry Watkinson are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Dorrans; Hanna Basha; Nick Grant; Henry Watkinson
‘Smart, multidisciplinary, at the forefront of innovation in this sector.’
‘Mark Jones is a man to see if you need help and are in big trouble’.
‘Mark Jones is a very valuable addition to the PHB offering.’
‘Mark Jones is fantastic for individuals work. He has great client care skills and deep knowledge and experience of white-collar crime matters. He is tactically astute and unflappable.’
‘Mark Jones is a very impressive fraud lawyer with huge knowledge in the field and with a first-class approach to strategy. He also has excellent client care skills, and is very responsive.’
‘I’ve worked with Mark Jones on a complex cartel case, brought by the payment systems regulator. He is fantastic to work with, excellent with the client, and brilliant on the law. He gets to grips with the detail of a case but can also stand back and see the big picture. I would highly recommend.’
‘A growing presence in the white collar crime field. The arrival of the excellent Mark Jones has given them a real boost.’
Reeds Solicitors’ complex crime team largely focuses on serious fraud work, drug conspiracies and HMRC investigations, with significant experience of defending individuals in SFO and NCA proceedings. Neil Williams heads the London-based offering, specialising in multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption cases, while Sundeep Soor is an expert on complex white-collar crime matters.
Neil Williams; Julian Richards
Other key lawyers:
‘The team have great strength in depth.’
‘Sundeep Soor is a superstar. Always on the ball and juggling different issues.’
‘Reeds Solicitors LLP is a professional, well regarded, multi-discipline law firm hosting a number of excellent white-collar lawyers.’
‘Of note within Reeds Solicitors is Sundeep Soor. Having co-defended with Mr. Soor on a number of occasions over many years, I can affirm that he is a highly experienced and knowledgeable white-collar and POCA defence lawyer with exceptional case management and client care skills – he’s truly first class and my first recommendation if I am unavailable to deal with such matters.’
‘Excellent at fraud and financial crime-based work.’
Showcasing a ‘great breadth of talent’, the Withers LLP white-collar defence team has vast expertise in complex cross-border financial crime matters. The group shows considerable strength in advising individuals on sanctions and money laundering regulations, with co-head Carl Newman routinely defending high-net-worth individuals in SFO and FCA investigations. Fellow co-head Harvey Knight focuses on international criminal proceedings, while Natalie Sherborn brings ‘a calm approach to the most complex of matters’, including allegations of employee fraud and misconduct.
Carl Newman; Harvey Knight
Other key lawyers:
Natalie Sherborn; Anthony Hanratty; Perveen Hill; Sophie Gilford
‘Good quality. Thoughtful and helpful.’
‘The team at Withers has a great breadth of talent from partners to associates. Natalie Sherborn who joined as a partner in May 2022 was a great addition to the team. High quality advice’.
‘Carl Newman is an exemplary talent; well respected and very commercially sound’.
‘Great strength in depth with a team of seasoned practitioners who are ahead of their game. The team is well respected in the legal community.’
‘Carl Newman is an impressive lawyer with the skills and tactics to ensure that his clients receive the best possible outcome during the lifetime of their case. He is a master tactician who is able to navigate the complexities of an instruction.’
‘An impressive team who are able to advise upon the full range of white-collar work’.
‘Natalie Sherborn brings a calm approach to the most complex of matters. Strength in dealing with international investigations and marshalling a team of lawyers in different jurisdictions. Easy to communicate with and gets straight to the heart of the matter is a straightforward way’.