Remaining highly active at the top of the individual white collar criminal defence market, BCL Solicitors LLP deploys an extensive senior team on behalf of senior executives, directors, and high net-worth individuals in the UK and globally, handling SFO, FCA, police, and global enforcement agency investigations into bribery and corruption, revenue frauds, insider dealing, and money laundering, with standout involvements in ongoing issues relating to Russian sanctions and Cum-Ex proceedings. The practice is overseen by Harry Travers, who has particular expertise in tax fraud, multijurisdictional financial crime expert Richard Sallybanks, and Shula de Jersey , who has been active in a number of major SFO investigations into bribery and corruption. Senior partner Ian Burton continues to work on behalf of high-profile clients in complex proceedings, while Shaul Brazil is also highlighted for his work in financial crime. John Binns has been active in the sanctions space, representing a number of individual clients facing UK, US, and EU economic and trade sanctions, and Julian Hayes has continued to burnish his reputation in high-profile crime cases. At senior associate level, Hannah Raphael has standout involvements in cross-border financial crime cases, including relating to LIBOR rate-fixing, and Anoushka Warlow is a key name for SFO investigations and prosecutions.
Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) in London
Harry Travers; Richard Sallybanks; Shula de Jersey
Other key lawyers:
Anoushka Warlow; Hannah Raphael; John Binns; Julian Hayes; Shaul Brazil; Ian Burton; David Hardstaff
‘The English firm to go to in white collar crime matters.’
‘Shaul Brazil: Extremely hard working and responsive. Always on top of a matter. Anoushka Warlow: A rising star. While obsessed with the details, she never looses sight of the bigger picture.’
‘BCL is a market leader in this field. Ian Burton is the number one choice for the rich and famous. His partner team is large and multi-talented. This attractive and hugely successful outfit would rank in everyone’s Top Five white collar firms in London.’
‘Ian Burton – the most experienced high net worth defender in the UK, his reputation for influence and strategic nous is unparalleled. If you are rich and famous you should have his number on speed dial.’
‘Richard Sallybanks – a calm analyst, an incisive mind, a great academic lawyer, and a hugely likeable presence put him in the Champions League placings.’
‘David Hardstaff – the senior associate to watch – a classic ‘rising star’ – I have spent much of the last two years working with David and can vouch for his quite exceptional good judgement – his ability to engage with, respond to, and give a perfect opinion about.‘
‘Harry Travers – extraordinarily dogged in his painstaking approach to protecting and promoting the interests of his clients. He is like a dog with a bone and simply will not allow clients’ positions to be disadvantaged, even after things seem to be settled. Outstanding!’
‘Greg Mailer – a thorough and strong pair of hands for any client. He ensures that every issue or piece of evidence has been considered from every angle – an excellent person to have representing you.’
Corker Binning represents a wide range of individuals, including directors and senior executives at multinational businesses in various industries, throughout high-stakes proceedings, with the senior team enjoying productive relations with major UK enforcement bodies such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and the police, as well as regularly handling cross-border proceedings involving US agencies and law enforcement bodies, including the DOJ, FBI, and SEC. The team, led by international investigations specialist Andrew Smith, includes the vastly experienced David Corker and Peter Binning, who both bring deep expertise in SFO proceedings and significant success in criminal fraud defence trials, while Jessica Parker‘s strengths include cross-border money laundering and criminal tax fraud investigations. Claire Cross is a former senior FCA lawyer, and has notable capabilities across regulatory and internal compliance investigations. Edward Grange specialises in extradition work, and is accordingly a go-to for international business crime cases. Both Maia Cohen-Lask, a go-to for defending senior executives in UK agency investigations and international regulatory and criminal investigations specialist Nick Barnard were promoted to counsel in April 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Peter Binning; David Corker; Jessica Parker; Clare Cross; Edward Grange; Maia Cohen-Lask; Nick Barnard
‘One of the best boutique white-collar firms. Very experienced, committed to their cases, and you get excellent partner engagement in every case (which is not always the case in every firm). They are also very pleasant and engaging to work with.’
‘Peter Binning is hugely experienced, has excellent judgment and is great with clients.’
‘Andrew Smith is a star – hugely bright, very thoughtful, and an excellent lawyer.’
‘The casework that this team has handled together is unrivalled. They are responsible for no-charge decisions and client acquittals in the highest profiles cases of the last decade. Their expertise and their results are second to none.’
‘Jessica Parker – as deadly as she is polite, she really knows what it takes to get a case trial ready and has the right levels of intellectual ability and emotional stamina necessary to see difficult and lengthy investigations through to a successful conclusion for the client.‘
‘Maia Cohen-Lask – a first class lawyer whose mind scours through cases like Vim. An intellectual giant with a great sense of humour which makes her a real pleasure to work with too. I trust every single word that comes out of her mouth, as well as I trust my own memory.’
‘Strong team, lots of experience with financial crime, approachable and thoughtful lawyers, especially strong at partner level.’
‘Jessica Parker – assured, confident and knowledgeable.’
‘A very strong team at all levels‘, Kingsley Napley LLP has a hugely successful record in representing individuals in complex, often cross-border white collar cases, offering specialist criminal law expertise throughout the firm in cases relating to bribery and corruption, tax and corporate fraud, insider trading, cartels, and sanctions breaches, among others. The firm also has notable multijurisdictional expertise, regularly handling major SFO, FCA, and US DOJ cases involving defendants in a number of jurisdictions, as well as extradition issues. The senior team is led by the ‘formidable‘ Louise Hodges, and also features experienced practitioners such as Stephen Parkinson, Nicola Finnerty, investigations specialist Caroline Day, and former SFO General Counsel Alun Milford. Formerly a practitioner at the Bar, Aaron Watkins brings significant advocacy expertise, while Jill Lorimer and Jonathan Grimes are noted for their financial services sector and broad financial crime expertise respectively. Rebecca Niblock remains active in major domestic and cross-border investigations on behalf of individual clients, and senior associate Sophie Wood has a growing reputation for serious fraud cases, including notable expertise in POCA and extradition issues, including INTERPOL Red Notices.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Day; Stephen Parkinson; Alun Milford; Jill Lorimer; Nicola Finnerty; Jonathan Grimes; Rebecca Niblock; David Sleight; Sophie Wood
‘Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her.’
‘David Sleight is a powerhouse of energy and dedication. He’s a great lawyer and strategist and extremely persuasive. A combination that time after time secures the best results for his clients. Caroline is clever, efficient and diligent, with excellent judgment and attention to detail.’
‘This is a wonderful firm with committed individuals who are imaginative and professional in everything they do.’
‘Jonathan Grimes is superb.’
‘A very strong team at all levels- they are in the top tier.’
‘Louise Hodges leads the team in all senses- she knows the market inside out and understands the nuances of dealing with fraud cases.’
‘Well resourced and intelligent approach to white collar work.’
‘Real range of talent and think no aspect of fraud in which they do not have expertise. Particularly welcome its female heavy make up.’
Offering a senior team and long-standing expertise in white-collar criminal defence work, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP represents a wide international individual client base, including senior directors, high net-worth individuals, and employees of corporates facing regulatory investigations, handling high-level investigations and prosecutions relating to allegations of fraud, tax evasion, sanctions violations, and corruption, including high-profile SFO and DOJ proceedings, as well as actions brought by international law enforcement agencies such as INTERPOL. The practice is led by Nick Vamos, a former Head of Special Crime at the CPS with extensive experience in sensitive criminal corruption and public law cases. Senior partner Michael O’Kane is noted for his international expertise, particularly relating to extradition, while Jasvinder Nakhwal is also a key name for cross-border work, representing clients in major investigations by the SFO, FCA, and international agencies. Neil Swift specialises in SFO work, successfully defending clients in several high-profile investigations by the agency, and counsel Charlotte Tregunna maintains her international practice, with standout involvements in areas such as sanctions, extradition, and cross-border business crime proceedings. Hannah Laming left the firm in July 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakhwal; Neil Swift; Charlotte Treguna
Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder
- Acted on behalf of Simon Marshall, a former director of Serco Geografix Ltd. In July 2019, Serco Geografix Ltd entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to offences of fraud by false representation.
- Lead counsel for KAQ, a chief suspect in the global investigations into a $6bn fraud against the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
- Act in one of the highest profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia. Client was formerly the largest foreign investor in the Russian Federation.
Boutique white-collar firm Bivonas Law LLP has a successful record across criminal fraud representations, successfully defending directors, public officials, and high net-worth individuals throughout complex cases brought by UK and international bodies, encompassing initial investigations, criminal confiscation proceedings, and trial, with all senior team members offering significant litigation experience. While independent, the firm maintains a significant international referral network, and has handled cases in jurisdictions across Europe, Africa, Asia, and most notably Russia, and has represented public sector officials internationally. The team is headed up by highly experienced senior partner Antony Brown , who has handled several of the firm’s high-profile multijurisdictional cases, Cindy Dorrington , a ‘master of the subject matter‘ across fraud, corruption, and financial services regulatory proceedings, and ‘seasoned pro‘ Steve Sharp. Roland Ellis is a key name for complex fraud proceedings, and George Kampanella specialises in criminal fraud and financial crime prosecutions brought the SFO, FCA, and HMRC, among others.
Antony Brown; Cindy Dorrington; Steve Sharp
Other key lawyers:
Roland Ellis; George Kampanella
‘Excellent Service and knowledge.’
‘Attention to detail and the ability to sort the wheat from the chaff.’
‘Bivonas offer more of a boutique service than other firms, offering a first-class service from experienced lawyers who are at the top of their profession. They are not a traditional criminal law firm; they operate in the niche area of white collar, business and financial crime and are able to provide focus and time to their client’s cases.’
‘Cindy Dorrington leads this impressive team in terms of star-quality. She lives and breathes her cases and works relentlessly to secure the best outcome. Nobody is better than her in seeking out and pursuing pre-charge and pre-trial methods of avoiding prosecution.’
‘Stephen Sharp is also a seasoned pro. He brings his incisive mind to any fraud/white collar crime case, and is well-used to working in serious and complex cases. I have worked with him and he is brilliant at eking out the points that help his clients.’
‘Cindy Dorrington heads this team. She has many years of experience and unlike a number palpably enjoys the subject matter! She is committed, well organised and approachable. She has a strong team beneath her including Roland Ellis who impresses with his input.’
‘Cindy Dorrington is well prepared and a master of the subject matter in what are often obscure issues.’
‘George Kampanella, Steve Sharp and Cindy Dorrington stand out at the firm, huge expertise, quality and at a price more competitive than some of the bigger firms.’
- 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.
Boutique litigation firm Hickman & Rose is highly active in SFO prosecutions, representing a number of high-profile individuals, including international directors and executives, facing significant financial crime allegations, as well as representing clients before international regulatory agencies and in parallel civil investigations, among others. The team is led by Ross Dixon, who has particular expertise in DPAs and has played a key role in a number of major SFO cases, alongside Ben Rose, a specialist in bribery and corruption globally, with a number of clients from the financial services industry. Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay focuses on complex financial crime matters, including prosecutions relating to LIBOR and EURIBOR fixing allegations, while Andrew Katzen has expertise in money laundering and regulatory investigations. Emily Sheils combines work in financial crime cases with knowledge of corporate and commercial law, and Claire Wallace is noted for her work on financial regulatory issues and professional discipline cases on behalf of individuals employed in the financial services sector.
Ross Dixon; Ben Rose
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Katzen; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay; Emily Sheils; Claire Wallace
‘Many rightly think that boutique firms tend to be best placed to deal with this sort of work and Hickman and Rose are a very good example of a strong boutique firm, providing an excellent service to clients.’
‘Ben Rose – Impressive lawyer, highly personable, collegiate, experienced.’
‘Ross Dixon – On the ball, always well prepared, cerebral, very experienced.’
‘Andrew Katzen – Effective assiduous on details, very experienced.’
‘The fraud team at Hickman & Rose is hugely experienced, having acted for key individuals in numerous high-profile investigations. They have real, hands-on experience from acting in the some of the biggest fraud investigations in recent years.’
‘Ross Dixon (partner) is extremely experienced and highly-regarded in this area – calm, considered, assuring to clients. Chris de Boulaye is a junior partner with a bright future ahead of him.’
‘Hickman & Rose is an outstanding firm of criminal lawyers who are both expert in their field and highly respected by the business community and leading civil lawyers. The skill and experience of the team is second to none. They are the first choice criminal lawyers for clients.’
‘Ross Dixon – simply brilliant. The go to person for white collar crime. His knowledge, experience and assured manner put clients at ease in what are the most stressful of circumstances. Ben Rose – a most talented strategist. He has seen it all before.’
- Acted for a senior executive who is being prosecuted by the SFO as part of its long-running investigation into G4S.
- Act for a former senior executive who was under suspicion in the SFO’s investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption at Amec Foster Wheeler PLC and subsidiary companies.
- Represent one of three principal suspects in an SFO investigation into bribery and corruption by a UK PLC operating in Africa.
Mishcon de Reya LLP continues to play a key role in several major ongoing SFO investigations, alongside white-collar proceedings brought by the NCA, HMRC and international enforcement agencies. Acting for a number of senior executives in high-profile cases, the firm also has a strong capability in international ultra-high-net-worth representations, with standout capabilities in major police investigations and responses to Account Freezing Orders and Unexplained Wealth Orders. Additionally, the team has strong extradition expertise, led by Ben Brandon, who regularly works in conjunction with the firm’s immigration practice. Practice head Johanna Walsh offers a ‘wealth of experience’ on international fraud, corruption and money laundering cases, remaining active in ongoing and new SFO investigations, as well as proceedings relating to emerging areas such as modern slavery. Matthew Ewens also has a strong multijurisdictional record, handling bribery, corruption and money laundering cases, particularly relating to the gaming sector. Alison Geary joined the firm as a partner from WilmerHale in February 2022, furthering the team’s work in high-level corporate crime cases relating to market abuse, cartels, and money laundering, including cross-border investigations brought by European and US enforcers.
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Ewens; Alison Geary; Ben Brandon
‘Very knowledgeable both in terms of law and tactics. Great team with breadth and depth. Very impressive to work with’
‘Matthew Ewens – recently made partner is simply outstanding. His calm temperament and incisive mind are brought to bear on his cases leaving clients well looked after and very satisfied.’
‘Jo Walsh is a fantastic solicitor who really understands the law and has a real ability to be able form a relationship of trust with clients.’
‘Matthew Ewens – just a really solid performer who will go the extra mile for the client and then go another one. Relentless and always looking for the advantage.’
‘Ali Geary is a passionate and powerful advocate for her clients’ interests. She is hardworking, energetic, and focused. She is extremely personable and a highly regarded practitioner in the field.’
‘Multi disciplinary approach to clients means that they are able to provide comprehensive advice to individuals in complex cases.’
‘Jo Walsh is a committed and astute practitioner who is a star performer.’
‘Johanna Walsh is superb – she has a wealth of experience handling fraud, bribery and corruption investigations, both internally and by public bodies such as the SFO and NCA.’
Praised for its ‘great dedication and skill‘, the team at PCB Byrne offers bespoke criminal expertise across the full range of financial crime cases, including fraud, money laundering, tax and financial services investigations and prosecutions, both UK-led and multijurisdictional. The firm acts for senior executives, high-net-worth individuals, and other high-profile individuals facing allegations of bribery and corruption, and excels in sensitive proceedings involving significant public interest, and is involved in a large number of ongoing SFO investigations. Managing partner Sara Teasdale and Michael Potts head up the team, offering notable expertise and ‘strategic thinking‘ in cross-border bribery and corruption investigations and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings respectively, while Matthew Frankland is praised by clients for his ‘robust‘ work in serious criminal fraud prosecutions and investigations, regularly handling high-stakes global investigations and prosecutions. Emma Brooks has played a leading role on international cases brought by the SFO, NCA and HMRC, with particular expertise in City-based fraud, and offers ‘unparalleled levels of client care‘.
Sara Teasdale; Michael Potts
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Frankland; Emma Brooks
‘The white-collar fraud team provide outstanding levels of service in both pre and post charge matters.’
‘Matthew Frankland and Emma Brooks provide unparalleled levels of client care. No stone is left unturned.’
‘This is an exciting young team, eager to impress and achieving that aim with some ease.’
‘Emma Brooks has made a significant impact in recent years. She is highly tenacious and a formidable force. Every move is planned and thought out with great dedication and skill.’
‘PCB Byrne are a recently merged firm. With the enlarging of the practice I think that the firm now offers an almost unparalleled body of lawyers with experience in the white collar crime field.’
‘I have worked with Michael Potts for the last 16 years. In my view he is the best lawyer I have worked with in this practice field. He is a fantastic lawyer, with attention to the factual detail and has excellent overall strategic thinking. I have referred several white collar crime cases to Michael Potts as a reflection of his expertise and the expected standard of representation.’
‘Matthew Frankland is simply the most effective operator in this entire industry. He is the only person I would ever go to. However, if he was busy Sara Teesdale and Mike Potts are excellent; the latter particularly in FCA matters. Sara has great judgment and oozes style in all that she does.’
‘Matthew Frankland always offers sound and robust advice based on years of experience in this field. He is a real pleasure to work with.’
- Advised board members in connection with a multi-jurisdictional bribery investigation brought by the SFO and United Nations.
- 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 allege an £81 million conspiracy to defraud.
- Successfully defended the former Chairman and Director of Alstom International Limited who together with the company, was prosecuted in one of the SFO’s largest ever investigations into corruption.
WilmerHale represents an international client base in high-stakes white-collar and financial crime cases, including proceedings brought by the SFO, NCA, and police, as well as global enforcement agencies such as the US DOJ and SEC, benefitting from its strong US platform for multijurisdictional work. Stephen Pollard leads the team, and has great experience in fraud and corruption cases on a global basis, acting for directors, high-level directors, and high-net-worth individuals. Other key names in the team include counsel David Rundle, who is dual US-qualified and handles insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering cases, and Lloyd Firth, who has seen success in SFO proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
David Rundle; Lloyd Firth
‘The key to Wilmer Hale’s offering in this area is Stephen Pollard. He is the sun around which the talents of the white collar team orbit. He has picked them by hand, taught them one by one, and equipped them to provide what is an exceptional boutique service in the heart of London.’
‘A group of highly intelligent, tactically astute, academically exceptional lawyers who think nothing of long days and nights across multiple jurisdictions.’
‘David Rundle and Lloyd Firth are both extremely talented and experienced counsel, the equal of their peers in much larger firms in the City, only more nimble and alive to the strategic defence of individuals as well as the organisations in which those individuals sit.’
‘Stephen Pollard is an exceptional lawyer: innovative; open minded; a strategic genius; a fearsome adversary; and yet an advocate and advisor who is universally revered amongst his peers.’
‘When Stephen Pollard speaks, the room listens, because all the other senior lawyers there know that he is, basically, always right. He sees dangers and opportunities well before they have occurred to others. By the time that others have noticed a problem, Stephen will have solved it. He is the gold standard in the London white collar defence world.’
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP is able to act for individual clients in UK regulator-led investigations, including proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and NCA, as well as tax and police investigations, and cross-border investigations in Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. The team is led by Eve Giles, a ‘lawyer who can really handle anything‘, who offers expertise in the full range of criminal and regulatory white-collar proceedings, including foreign exchange, bribery, sanctions, cyber crime and insider trading. Other key members of the practice include senior associates Hayley Humphries, who has represented high-profile individuals against SFO and FCA investigations, Tom Spackman, who has notable capabilities in guiding clients through interviews by regulatory authorities, both domestic and international, and Jessica Rodger, who has represented senior executives at listed companies as well as high-net-worth individuals in SFO, internal, and police investigations into corporate malfeasance.
Other key lawyers:
Hayley Humphries; Tom Spackman; Jessica Rodger
‘This well resourced team sits at the heart of a powerhouse organisation with a global multi-discipline offering in the premier league of complex litigation.’
‘It can draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience far beyond the bounds of its own specialisms. Very few firms can offer this.’
‘The individuals within the white-collar fraud team are modest and friendly and approachable – a thoroughly modern take on the big City firm model.’
‘Eve Giles is the standout partner in this team. She provides a fierce and sophisticated dedication to her clients. She is universally respected by prosecutors. She has achieved remarkable results short of criminal charge for senior directors and employees and agents under investigation for the most serious of financial crimes.’
‘Eve Giles’s calm and long-sighted analysis of complex investigations, born of her long experience with individual clients, makes her the perfect choice in the tightest evidential spots.’
‘Eve Giles is the reason to go to A&O for advice as an individual facing investigation for corporate wrong-doing. She is a lawyer who really can handle anything.’
‘Eve Giles should be on the shortlist of lawyers to defend any individual facing investigation for corporate wrong-doing.’
‘When Eve is in charge of your case, you know you are getting the best of everything. She gives the best of herself, and gets the best from her colleagues, from counsel, from court staff, and even from the client.’
Arnold & Porter represents individuals involved in high-profile fraud and white-collar crime proceedings, including major investigations and prosecutions brought by global enforcement agencies such as the SFO, US DOJ, and SEC, with clients facing significant allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering, and sanctions violations, among others. The firm is able to collaborate with its US platform on multijurisdictional and concurrent proceedings, and has notable capabilities in managing reputational damage to its clients in the event of proceedings receiving significant media attention. The practice is led by the highly experienced Kathleen Harris, who has a successful record in representing high-profile individuals throughout regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as in criminal cases. Litigator Sean Curran is also a key member of the team, offering trial experience in cases relating to a number of key industries to an international client base.
Kathleen Harris; Sean Curran
Other key lawyers:
Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana
‘Sean Curran is a smooth operator and never lets his clients down. He brings a calmness to high pressured situations which makes him a go to solicitor for clients requiring advice and representation in financial crime matters.’
‘Sean Curran’s sympathetic and strategic approach to client’s problems is a huge bonus for anyone facing allegations of financial wrongdoing. He has great support from his team at A&P’
‘Very useful cross-border knowledge exchange across its international offices. Invaluable when dealing with multi-jurisdictional investigations.’
‘Sean Curran – the greatest tactician in this area. A clear, robust and brilliant adviser with gallons of charm.
‘Kathleen Harris – rightly regarded as a legend in white-collar. Her take on the facts and the law is often definitive.’
‘Arnold and Porter are a first rate white-collar fraud team. Highly competent, hard working and focused.’
‘Kathleen Harris is a towering figure in the white collar world. Sean Curran is similarly very impressive. Both are fearless in the conduct of their cases, whilst exercising good judgment.’
‘From the very first moment I met with my lawyers they have been amazing – knowledgeable, friendly – total experts in the field’
Bindmans LLP represents individuals in investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and national police forces relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering, and fraud, and offers particular expertise in criminal defence proceedings and extradition cases. The team is noted for its cross-border capabilities alongside strong domestic work, acting both for international clients and in multijurisdictional proceedings. The ‘hugely experienced‘ Katie Wheatley heads up the team, with a strong record in acting for clients in investigations, both internal and regulatory, relating to bribery and corruption, including handling interviews under compulsion, as well as bankers and traders accused of financial wrongdoing. Kate Goold specialises in complex, politically sensitive extradition cases, and has also seen success in representing clients in SEC investigations. Tayab Ali represents high-net-worth individuals in fraud and corruption proceedings, also handling reputation management issues arising from allegations.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Goold; Tayab Ali
‘Incredible preparation and total focus on the client’s needs. The firm are extremely well prepared and are relentless in the case management.’
‘Katie Wheatley is dedicated to her clients. She is always available and is extremely approachable.’
‘The team has a wide and diverse knowledge in fraud and white collar crime, which melds well with there other areas of work.’
‘Kate Goold brings a wonderful element of humanity and insight into international work, and combines this with a insight fraud and white collar work.’
‘The team has considerable experience in dealing with both complex and high profile cases and have built with it the expertise to advise on detailed, financially intricate matters. They go the extra mile in delivering a service to their client.’
‘Katie Wheatley, now head of the department is extremely knowledgeable and a very reassuring pair of hands both client and counsel.’
‘In-depth expertise in all areas of white collar crime.’
‘Katie Wheatley is a stand out individual. Highly experienced; sound judgement; and fantastic empathy.’
Three postmasters and postmistresses in Post Office IT scandal
Alleged Money Launderer
Agrogate Holding Ltd
Three postmasters and postmistresses in Post Office IT scandal
Alleged Money Launderer
Agrogate Holding Ltd
- Acted for three sub postmasters in respect of their successful appeals against conviction for theft/fraud related offences in private prosecutions brought by the Post Office between 2002 and 2010.
- Defending an individual against an undue police forfeiture order over property connected to an alleged criminal act and following arrest for money laundering.
- Representing Agrogate Holding Ltd, in a corruption investigation before Sudan’s new anti-corruption regime, established following the change of government.
Offering notable litigation and general criminal law expertise, Blackfords LLP represents individuals facing white-collar criminal proceedings throughout investigation, charge, trial, and appeal, acting both for executives and high net-worth individuals privately as well as for legal aid clients. The firm is regularly involved in high-profile investigations by the SFO, FCA, and police forces relating to bribery, serious fraud, and corruption, and has also increased its involvement in complex, multi-jurisdictional cases, often involving engagement with international law enforcement. Daniel Cundy and Gary Bloxsome head up the ‘hard nosed and tough‘ team, both offering civil and criminal fraud and financial crime expertise, while ‘first class‘ managing partner Trevor Francis is a key senior figure in the team for serious fraud and money laundering cases. In-house barrister Rachel Wilson takes the lead on litigation and advocacy work, while senior associate Jennifer Richardson is noted for her expertise in mortgage fraud, Ponzi frauds and carousel frauds.
Gary Bloxsome; Daniel Cundy
Other key lawyers:
Trevor Francis; Rachel Wilson; Jennifer Richardson; Naureen Shariff
‘Hard nosed and tough defenders, not interested in Linked In posts praising the SFO or FCA, but in doing their job defending against those authorities. They still do both legally aided and private work in an era where more and more good lawyers avoid legal aid.’
‘Trevor Francis is a really first class defence lawyer for white collar crime, he takes no prisoners and gives 100% to his clients. Gary Bloxsome, astute and tactically brilliant.’
‘I have worked alongside Danny Cundy for over 20 years. He is exceptional within this field. He is both tireless and committed. He is tenacious and there is no hill too steep to climb. His comprehension of the subject matter leaves the lay client with absolute confidence.’
‘As above and assisted by both Naureen Shariff and Rachel Wilson both of whom impress to a level beyond their years’ experience.’
‘A fantastic firm committed to providing the best service whether private or legally aided.’
‘Gary Bloxsome. The team leader and best pre charge lawyer out there. Great tactician Trevor Francis. Superb lawyer Jen Richardson – amazing associate with unlimited capacity for work. No nonsense approach very good for clients. Rachel Wilson – exceptional in house barrister.’
‘Extremely able and helpful led by the huge capable Gary Bloxome he treats every client like Royalty and he has been in some of the most amazing cases. They find solutions and put in the time to be proactive and make the client feel respected and engaged.’
‘I have worked with Gary Bloxome in particular on two major matters, Danny Cundy, Gary Rubin I know well, Rachel Wilson and Jennifer Richardson are also two individuals who I have worked with on a major international on data protection, fraud and money laundering and cases.’
- 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.
Praised by clients for their ‘expertise and experience‘ across high-level fraud, financial crime, and tax investigations, the team at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has a successful record in representing senior executives and high-net-worth individuals facing regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, FCA, and international regulatory and law enforcement bodies, with particular strength in handling cross-border cases involving European and US authorities. The practice is led by Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts, both highly experienced practitioners who are regularly involved in high-level, often multi-party individual proceedings relating to allegations of market abuse, insider trading, money laundering and fraud, with Beardsworth offering additional expertise in ancillary civil fraud issues, and Roberts increasingly focusing on the cryptocurrency space. Senior counsel Duncan Grieve is also highlighted, representing individual clients in multijurisdictional investigations, with a particular niche in cases involving Latin American jurisdictions. Associate Charlotte Glaser remains a go-to for HMRC and CMA investigations, and has previously practiced as a criminal barrister. Shruti Chandhok departed the firm in June 2022 for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.
Mark Beardsworth; Kevin Roberts
Other key lawyers:
Duncan Grieve; Charlotte Glaser
‘Very personable and extremely knowledgeable.’
‘Extremely efficient and professional and very well known in the market.’
‘They have been able to provide excellent solutions by thinking out of the box and working together as a team with the client.’
‘Mark Beardsworth and Duncan Grieve. Exceptional lawyers whos main focus is always the client.’
‘Their expertise in this area.’
‘Mark Beardsworth’s expertise and experience in this specialised area is outstanding.’
‘Adept at handling large scale financial fraud investigations and prosecutions‘, Howard Kennedy LLP is active in high-profile and complex money laundering and compliance proceedings, with standout involvements in cases relating to EURIBOR, as well as ongoing SFO investigations and cases relating to market manipulation, the Bribery Act, and regulatory issues. Clients include directors, executives, and financial services traders, both domestic and international, with the firm able to leverage in-house reputation management, private client, and commercial litigation expertise to represent a diverse range of clients in the full spectrum of white-collar cases. Practice head Ian Ryan ‘inspires confidence’, and has seen success in representing individuals in high-profile serious fraud proceedings, particularly SFO investigations, while financial crime and regulatory specialist Kyle Phillips is also a key name for international money laundering and market abuse cases. Senior associate Jennifer Harper represents clients in criminal fraud and regulatory proceedings brought by all major UK enforcement agencies.
Other key lawyers:
Kyle Phillips; Jennifer Harper
‘The firm has a great reputation in the industry for dealing with the most complex and high profile white collar crime work. They have achieved a string of excellent results for individuals facing prosecution by the SFO and other fraud prosecuting agencies.’
‘Kyle Phillips is a stand out performer. Now at partner level, he is gaining the reputation of a talented lawyer who always delivers.’
‘There is a huge amount of experience in this team as well as very well connected lawyers – they are very well regarded by all other law firms including their competitors which gives them an edge in multiparty litigation.’
‘Ian Ryan is top of the tree, and no-one else in the field has the experience he has. Kyle Phillips is very ambitious and hard working.’
‘An incredibly hands on, effective and utterly unpretentious firm. Clients really appreciate the clear and effective advice that they receive and the experience of its partners is incredibly impressive.’
‘Kyle Phillips – Able to cut through a 100,000 pages of material and get straight to the facts that matter. He has a great ability to stop an investigation becoming a prosecution.’
‘Ian Ryan heads the team which has shown its quality and experience over the years following significant successes. They are adept at handling large scale financial fraud investigations and prosecutions with huge confidence and skill.’
‘Ian Ryan heads the team – he is exactly what you want: straight talking, super smart and someone who inspires confidence to get things done with the best possible outcome.’
- Advising Andreas Hauschild on potential remedies and financial claims against the SFO following his acquittals in the Euribor trial in July 2019.
- Representing Swiss Asset Manager Kenneth Ciapala in his extradition proceedings to the US where he faces prosecution by the DOJ in the Southern District of New York and Civil Proceedings being brought by the SEC in respect of a £35m Pump and Dump Securities/Share Fraud.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP represents senior executives in a wide range of industries, including energy, extractive industries, financial services, and healthcare, in complex internal and regulatory investigations and associated litigation, with strong capabilities across the full range of white-collar criminal issues, such as bribery, sanctions violations, money laundering, terrorist financing, and emerging issues such as ESG and culture risks. Alongside representation of clients facing investigations and criminal charges, the firm also advises individual directors and executives on compliance issues across a number of key jurisdictions. The team is led by Christine Braamskamp, a leader in multijurisdictional white-collar crime cases who has represented clients in high-stakes criminal trials alongside regulatory investigations and compliance matters, while Paul Feldberg is also a key name for trial representation across the full range of fraud and white-collar criminal issues. Robert Dalling is noted for his work on trade sanctions and market abuse and experience of interacting with regulatory agencies in the UK and globally.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Felberg; Robert Dalling; Christian Tuddenham
‘Great partners and wide knowledge across criminal & civil law as well as good contacts in other jurisdictions. Particularly well placed as a result to tackle international / cross border cases.’
‘Depth of knowledge among partners. Standouts are Christian Tuddenham and Christine braamskamp.’
‘Very experienced in white collar matters, especially in fraud cases.’
‘I liked the way they present their very initial thoughts on a client’s issues – they always give you a pragmatic view on further perspectives.’
‘It’s evident that high skilled people work in the firm.’
‘Always accessible and give prompt responses. Last time they helped me to find a criminal lawyer in the US (Chicago) – they have a good team there.’
Macfarlanes LLP represents senior executives and international high-net-worth individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO and global enforcement bodies, as well as handling extradition proceedings, interviews under caution and witness interviews, and tax investigations. The firm is able to handle cross-border proceedings, and has acted for clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, sports, and others, and is particularly noted for its ability to represent high-profile clients facing sensitive allegations of financial crime. Vastly experienced white-collar criminal defence practitioner Neill Blundell heads up the ‘cohesive and well-informed‘ team, which also includes Lorna Emson, who continues to bolster her reputation in the financial crime space, acting for executives, HNW individuals, and politicians, and senior solicitor Helen Harvey, who has notable expertise in criminal HMRC investigations. Associate Max Hobbs, who regularly represents clients facing interviews under caution, is praised as an ‘up and coming force‘.
Other key lawyers:
Lorna Emson; Helen Harvey; Francis Bond; Max Hobbs
‘The Firm was able to guide me through the process and prepared me for the interview with the Serious Fraud Office.’
‘A daunting experience was made easier because of good co-ordination and expertise in this complex field.’
‘Key strengths were were expert knowledge, not only in the law but the application and practical aspects of the law concerned. The people I dealt with and who advised me throughout were the key to ensuring that we had a good outcome in the end.’
‘Neill Blundell gave me absolute confidence that I was receiving the best possible advice throughout the process. Although I always tried to give an honest picture of the facts involved, it was to Neill’s credit that he was able to pull everything together in a coherent way.’
‘Fantastic range of experience across the full gamut of frauds investigated by all agencies, and multi jurisdictional investigations. Tough in interviews and well resourced without being excessively expensive.’
‘Neil Blundell brings a wealth of experience from early years in general crime followed by decades of white collar crime expertise. he has won some huge cases, in ensuring clients were not even prosecuted in some of the most significant investigations of the past twenty years.’
‘The Team headed by Neill Blundell is cohesive and well informed. They are responsive to client’s needs but do not shirk from giving clear advice. They are personable and effective. There is a clear focus on what is required and strong foresight into what may happen ahead.’
‘Neill Blundell has instructed me in a number of high profile cases, with clients from here and abroad. He promotes others and is a champion of diversity. One of his team, Lorna Emson recently was elected as a partner in the firm. That was a justified and well-earned promotion.’
Norton Rose Fulbright leverages its international network to act on a range of complex domestic and global regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, representing individuals involved in major SFO investigations and cross-border enforcement actions. The firm combines its multijurisdictional reach with notable criminal defence capabilities - a number of senior team members able to represent clients throughout the criminal process, from initial notifications and interviews under caution through to trial. Areas of strength for the firm include fraud, market abuse, and corruption allegations, with involvement in standout LIBOR and EURIBOR investigations. The practice is led by specialist regulatory and corporate crime practitioner Neil O’May, who has notable expertise in DPAs and a successful record in domestic and international defence proceedings on behalf of high-profile individuals, alongside Pamela Reddy, who is regularly involved in high-profile financial crime and regulatory cases. Katie Stephen also offers in-house FCA expertise to clients facing market abuse and money laundering allegations.
Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May
Other key lawyers:
Katie Stephen; Pamela Reddy
‘Their use of remote working technology was excellent even ten years ago and long before Covid struck.’
‘They have an exceptional inter-disciplinary expertise across the firm, that Neil O’May orchestrates with devastating effectiveness for individual cases, as his track record amply proves.’
‘Neill O’May – has left a pile of defeated protections in his wake.’
‘Neil O’May and Pamela Reddy head the team. Both are skilled in their different ways.’
‘I have worked with Neil O’May on a large SFO investigation where we both represent individuals who are central to the core fact pattern and so I have had reason to engage with Neil regularly over the last year on status and strategy. Neil is forceful and strategic.’
‘A robust and well resourced team of lawyers.’
‘Neil O’May is a reassuring and strategic leader of the team.’
‘Pamela Reddy – first rate client care – excellent judgement – can really inspire and lead a team.’
Senior executive at Petrofac
- Representing a former senior executive of Petrofac in relation to the SFO’s criminal investigation.
The ‘really committed defence team‘ at Paul Hastings LLP continues to act for individual defendants in high-profile white-collar defence proceedings, including a key role in several ongoing SFO investigations. The firm also represents clients in global investigations, working in close collaboration with its US, European, and Asian teams, including parallel investigations by the US DOJ and other international enforcement bodies. The practice is led by Jonathan Pickworth, whose expertise includes tax evasion, fraud, and money laundering cases, while other key names are Joanna Dimmock, known for her work in international corruption, criminal cartel, and economic sanctions proceedings, and Rebecca Copcutt, who continues to build her reputation for criminal enforcement actions, including cross-border cartel and market misconduct allegations. Associate Fred Kelly plays a key role in several of the firm’s highest-profile individual representations, including SFO defence proceedings and investigations by law enforcement.
Other key lawyers:
Joanna Dimmock; Rebecca Copcutt; Fred Kelly; Tom Hickey
‘A really committed defence team that does not see its role as somehow incorporating a duty of cooperating with the authorities to secure the conviction of their client but who fiercely and fearlessly defend.’
‘Jo Dimmock conscientious, hard work, tough as nails and charming. A star. Jonathan Pickworth, rain maker and incredibly committed to his clients.’
‘Paul Hastings have been involved in two of the biggest SFO cases recently. They have an increasing profile in this area.’
‘Jonathan Pickworth is a brilliant leader. Joanna Dimmock is hard working. Fred Kelly is industrious. Tom Hickey is a bright rising star.’
‘The team is very strong and has a great track record in fraud cases.’
‘Jo Dimmock puts her all into the cases she deals with and her perseverance tends to pay dividends for her clients.’
‘Specialist criminal lawyers. Depth of experience in the most complex criminal trials in the UK. A wealth of experience dealing with individual defendants.’
‘This is a high profile team which has been involved in the majority of the most recent SFO multi jurisdictional cases brought in recent years. The team has the capability to deal with both corporate and individual clients and has a wealth of experience in this field.’
- Represented Richard Usher in the continuation of the global investigation into the alleged rigging of the global foreign exchange market.
- Representing Ziad Akle, who was the lead defendant in the Unaoil trial, the SFO’s largest bribery trial to date.
- Representing James Jardine in relation to the SFO’s prosecution of individuals employed by G4S.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons continues to offer deep expertise in representing individuals facing large-scale financial crime investigations, with a client base of senior executives in diverse industries including oil and gas, mining, tobacco, and financials services. The team represents clients in SFO investigations, alongside multijurisdictional proceedings involving UK and international enforcement agencies, including clients facing bribery, corruption, and fraud allegations in challenging jurisdictions. The practice is led by the ‘unflappable‘ Stephen Gentle, who has seen success across a wide range of cases, particularly those relating to money laundering, alongside Nick Benwell, a go-to for cross-border corruption and financial crime investigations. Former senior SFO official Camilla De Silva provides long-standing prosecutorial and regulatory expertise to individual clients, including valuable insights into the workings of regulators and developments in enforcement strategy, while managing associate and ‘outstanding future partner‘ Emily Agnoli continues to play a key role in major SFO investigations as well as cross-border proceedings. Of counsel Cherie Spinks specialises in money laundering issues, and managing associate Alexandra Webster has been integral to several high-stakes SFO prosecutions and directors’ liability cases.
Stephen Gentle; Nick Benwell
Other key lawyers:
Camilla de Silva; Emily Agnoli; Cherie Spinks; Alexandra Webster
‘The team is a truly slick operation with outstanding lawyers at all levels and with great experience of dealing with individuals under investigation or assisting with corporate internal investigations. They have an excellent in-house technology team which allows the firm to host and review data cost efficiently and swiftly.’
‘Emily Agnoli is an outstanding future partner. She is measured but is utterly committed and very tough. Her practice involves a mix of individual and corporate instructions. She is also strong on the technology side.’
‘Stephen Gentle is a leading practitioner. He is unflappable, creative and quick-witted. He also works well on big teams with lawyers drawn from around the world. There is little need to instruct external barristers when Stephen is advising on sanctions and money laundering matters.’
‘Stephen Gentle is a trusted advisor. Very smart. Very focused. Very experienced. Tough as nails.’
‘Highly knowledgeable, well prepared and easy to work with.’
‘Stephen Gentle stands out as an outstanding operator – easy to work with, calm, and highly experienced.’
‘This is a really experienced team with excellent partners and a strong team below which as acted in some leading matters.’
‘Stephen Gentle stands out as an excellent lawyer with vast experience of some of the leading cases of the last 25 years. Stephen combines practical experience and pragmatism with a great legal brain that can unpick the most complex problem.’
- 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.
Stephenson Harwood represents a wide range of individual clients in business crime proceedings, with expertise ranging from all stages of regulatory investigations, from notification and interviews through to the enforcement phase, as well as representing clients in criminal prosecutions and parallel civil fraud proceedings. The team benefits from in-house commercial litigation, corporate law and regulatory expertise, and can also call upon in-house experience from regulatory agencies, as well as experience on the prosecution side. Sean Jeffrey heads up the team, and has represented senior executives and high-net-worth individuals in major SFO investigations, with particular expertise in international financial sanctions cases. The ‘incisive‘ Justin McClelland is a former prosecutor, and brings his varied expertise to complex cases relating to market abuse, cartel activity and bribery, able to represent clients in civil proceedings alongside criminal regulatory prosecutions, with experience in dealing with UK and international bodies. Alan Ward was promoted to partner in May 2022, and continues to be active in multijurisdictional investigations on behalf of key individual clients. Tony Woodcock has retired from the partnership and assumed a senior consultant role.
Other key lawyers:
Justin McLelland; Alan Ward; Tony Woodcock
‘I have been fortunate enough to have been working with Justin McLelland for the past 8 to 9 years. Justin has had a wonderful way with clients who, not surprisingly given his mastery of each case and engaging personality, has the utmost respect for him.’
‘Justin McLelland’s preparation of his cases is impeccably thorough: it is not just a case, as with many, of summarising, but their instructions and enclosures provide a concise and incisive analysis of the evidence and law and this position maintains at every stage of the proceedings.’
‘Excellent team. Highly regarded.’
‘Alan Ward – new partner, astute, thoughtful and strategic.’
‘Justin McClelland is adept at handling enquiries from multiple supervisory and enforcement bodies on a consistent basis, but tailored to the different nuances required in each case. Calm, measured, thoughtful, listens well and challenges clients and regulators alike in an astute and diplomatic manner.’
Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP
Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP represents clients throughout high-profile fraud, money laundering, corruption, and market manipulation cases, with a senior team of experienced advocates capable of representing clients in both regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions, as well as offering expertise in asset tracing and POCA issues. The practice was further strengthened in February 2022 by the arrival of former SFO Director David Green KC from Slaughter and May, who offers deep cross-border investigations expertise, and Andrew Mitchell KC, a POCA specialist, who joined from 33 Chancery Lane. They join a team led by ‘heavyweight‘ Richard Kovalevsky KC, who has a successful record in representing individuals in financial crime cases, including several sophisticated cross-border proceedings, and John Gibson, who offers deep expertise in financial regulation and strong knowledge of enforcement strategies.
Richard Kovalevsky KC; John Gibson
Other key lawyers:
David Green KC; Andrew Mitchell; Tim Harris
‘They’ve got Richard Kovalevsky KC, Green and Andrew Mitchell – in a short space of time they have gone crazy and it has given them a huge department overnight. Richard Kovalevsky and Andrew Mitchell are very successful silks and they also have the old head of the SFO.’
‘Richard Kovalevsky KC and Andrew Mitchell can manage anything.’
‘John Gibson – Has had terrific experience in the most high profile and difficult cases from the other side of the fence, having previously had good experience in private practice. Since joining from the SFO has been developing an excellent practice.’
‘Cohen & Gresser represents individuals involved in SFO/DOJ and FCA/SEC investigations, as well as white-collar crime investigations conducted by the City of London Police. The former SFO Director, Sir David Green, has recently joined the firm as a consultant.’
‘Richard Kovalevsky KC is a phenomenal lawyer – he is hard-working and knows precisely what buttons to press to get the best result for his clients. Formerly at the Bar, he is a highly persuasive advocate and works very well in a team. Tim Harris has recently been appointed of counsel and this is richly deserved. He is calm under pressure and has excellent client care skills.’
‘C&G have really expanded in the White-Collar market in recent years, and have been involved in some really significant white collar cases. The team has some excellent lawyers with experience of dealing with serious investigations by the UK and international regulatory and white-collar criminal agencies.’
‘Richard Kovalevsky KC brings a huge amount of heavyweight experience to the team, and when he speaks it is always worth listening.’
‘John Gibson is a talented, experienced, pragmatic and strategic practitioner who has quickly built a solid team of high quality associates.’
Mr. Paul Evans
Mr. Claus Kroberger
Mr. Gianni Porta
The ‘high-class bespoke team’ at Cooley (UK) LLP has standout cross-border capabilities in an array of white collar proceedings, representing individuals in cases ranging from internal and regulatory investigations through to criminal prosecutions for fraud, bribery, corruption, and money laundering, among others. The team represents senior executives, directors, high-net-worth individuals, and public sector officials based in the UK and globally, and has a strong record in helping clients avoid prosecution, as well as providing complementary risk and reputation management expertise. The team is led by the ‘outstanding‘ Tom Epps, who has a strong record across fraud and financial crime investigations and prosecutions, including a number of highly sensitive international proceedings, with litigator Sascha Grimm providing Bribery Act and asset recovery expertise. Senior associate Marie Kavanagh regularly represents clients against SFO and FCA investigations and prosecutions, including a number of complex cross-border cases.
Other key lawyers:
Sascha Grimm; Marie Kavanagh
‘Tom Epps is partner in charge of criminal and white collar work. We have worked together for many years and I welcome any case he instructs me in. He has a great reputation in London and has a wealth of experience.’
‘Marie Kavanagh is still an associate but it will be only a matter of time before she is made partner. She always has any case at her fingertips and her drafting skills leave nothing to be desired.’
‘Tom Epps has assembled a hand-picked, high-class, bespoke team, which is outstanding in this field.’
‘Tom Epps is the man you want to head your team. He thinks through every case, putting him three moves ahead of his adversaries. He is an excellent leader, being both approachable, wise and highly organised. Above all, he is one of the very best lawyers in London.’
‘An engaged, knowledgeable team that thinks strategically whilst acting tactically.’
‘Tom Epps is an outstanding advisor with a firm grasp of what it takes to achieve a successful outcome.’
‘Very friendly and affable team.’
‘Highly competent and thorough. Extensive knowledge of investigative processes and excellent follow thru.’
Dechert LLP hired practice co-head Judith Seddon from Ropes & Gray LLP in March 2022, an experienced name in the market with a strong record in defending senior executives at corporates and financial services institutions in criminal investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, often high-stakes and involving global elements. Elsewhere, the team regularly represents US and UK-based individuals, primarily executives, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and traders, in proceedings brought by global prosecuting authorities such as the US DOJ and CFTC, a particular strength for practice co-head Roger Burlingame and Matthew L Mazur, who are both US-qualified and regularly represent clients before US authorities. Timothy Bowden, a former practitioner at the Bar, is also a key name in the team for individual representations, acting for clients facing SFO and FCA investigations as well as internal investigations in the financial sector.
Judith Seddon; Roger Burlingame
Other key lawyers:
Matthew L. Mazur; Timothy Bowden.
11 UK-based independent oil traders with Vega Capital London Ltd.
Former Deutsche Bank precious metals trader
- Representing 14 independent oil traders based in Essex, UK, in connection with simultaneous investigations by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
- Representing a former London-based Deutsche Bank precious metals trader charged criminally by the US Department of Justice and civilly by the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for alleged spoofing in the precious metals futures markets.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP has established a new white-collar offering, recruiting Jo Rickards and Hannah Blom-Cooper from Mishcon de Reya LLP in October 2021 and Rebecca Meads from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in April 2022. The practice combines strong international expertise thanks to the firm’s global platform with specialist criminal defence and commercial litigation capabilities, and acts for an array of high-profile individuals in major financial crime and fraud proceedings, including allegations of market manipulation, bribery, and corruption. Rickards, praised as ‘dedicated and hard working‘, has particular strength in SFO, FCA, HMRC, and CMA cases relating to bribery, environmental crime, and greenwashing.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Meads; Hannah Blom-Cooper
‘An exceptional team with top quality lawyers from partner to junior associate level.’
‘A brilliant fraud defence team who fight to the last to defend their clients.’
‘Jo Rickards is a dedicated hard working lawyer. We worked together on a particularly difficult case where the client was himself a lawyer.’
‘Jo Rickards stood out as both impressive in dealing with the legal issues and the pastoral care clients so often need.’
‘Jo Rickards brooked no nonsense, whilst being able to reassure the client that she was on top of all the issues – and she was. If only all my solicitors had the same level of care and expertise.’
‘Very good team, persistent in defending the interests of the clients.’
A former trader of Glencore
A former non-executive director of Patisserie Valerie
- Advising in relation to a wide-ranging multi-jurisdictional corruption case.
- Advising a former NED of Patisserie Valerie in respect of the SFO’s investigation into the collapse of the cake chain in 2019.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP offers deep regulatory agency expertise, allowing it to represent a broad range of individual clients throughout financial crime investigations and prosecutions brought by UK regulators and enforcement bodies, as well as in cross-border proceedings and investigations by international agencies. Clients include directors, executives, and high-net-worth individuals in various industries facing investigations into issues such as tax fraud, corporate malfeasance and misappropriation of funds, and insider trading. The team is led by Susannah Cogman, who has experience in handling criminal and regulatory proceedings, with particular strength in AML and sanctions, and regularly represents clients in SFO investigations, while Brian Spiro is noted for his work on behalf of international high-net-worth individuals in multijurisdictional fraud and business crime cases. The ‘wise and calming’ Kate Meakin has in-house experience at the SFO, and notable capabilities in representing clients in the financial services in cases relating to market abuse.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Spiro; Kate Meakin
‘Experience; expertise; approachability; client care; teamwork’
‘This team is, by some margin, the very best in this field.’
‘It is full of bright young things eager to make their mark, and so they do.’
‘They excel as a team, covering all the basis with ease and managing significant creativity.’
‘Nothing is too much trouble and everything is done to an exceptionally high standard.’
‘Kate Meakin is a wise and calming presence, accompanied by a natural authority.’
‘Hannah Lau is extremely bright and hard working.’
IBB Law has increased its share of high-profile referrals from major firms in London, reflecting its expertise in handling complex cases for individuals facing fraud trials, as well as supporting clients through internal and regulatory investigations by the SFO, among other bodies. The firm represents a number of directors and former executives at major corporates and financial services institutions, and has seen success in cases relating to ongoing LIBOR and UK PLC investigations. The team is led by the ‘intelligent, industrious‘ Uxbridge-based John Milner, a highly experienced business crime practitioner who has seen great success in representing City clients throughout financial crime, corruption and VAT fraud proceedings, with a reputation for representing clients facing funding issues due to asset forfeitures or freezing orders.
Other key lawyers:
‘Their commitment to their clients is second to none. The difficult circumstances of the last 2 years has not in any way slowed down IBB and their dynamic team of solicitors. They can be relied upon to give full service commitment to their clients even in the most challenging times.’
‘They have modern offices with fantastic technical infrastructure that enables remote conferencing without losing the personal touch or impacting detrimentally on the communication process. They have the technology to encourage a free flow of instructions and advice.’
‘Eddie Tang is ferociously hard working. He provides clear, comprehensive and tactical advice and advised both individuals and corporate entities. He is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced criminal lawyers around. He is exceptionally talented and has not lost any enthusiasm despite his long track record.’
‘John Milner provides a unique service, a boutique white-collar crime practice with excellent experience sitting within a larger firm.’
‘They provide thorough client care and ensure counsel has all that they need throughout the case to ensure it is prepared for trial or for any hearing.’
‘They go that bit further always and ensure briefs are fully prepared from start to finish, beginning to end.’
‘John Milner is just one of the very best in the business – he is the man who you would want to chat through strategy with for hours. The only really top class London style fraud solicitor in a non London firm. But just as good and is always working with the all the big names.’
‘John Milner is outstanding. He is industrious, intelligent and very wise. His strategic calls are always spot on. Also very easy to work with.’
Basil AL JARAH
- Advised Mr Al Jarah in the SFO investigation into UNAOIL which was one of the largest SFO investigations undertaken.
Kobre & Kim LLP
Specialising in international private client representations, the team at Kobre & Kim LLP represents ultra-high-net-worth clients across the globe in cross-border litigation and crisis management cases relating to allegations of financial crime, with a successful record in defending clients against asset forfeiture claims, accusations of misappropriation of funds, and broad reputational damage, including standout involvement in responses to the Pandora Papers leak. Clients include high-profile private individuals and business directors, with the firm’s international network and dual-qualified lawyers allowing it to effectively handle multijurisdictional claims and respond to demands from global regulators. UK and US-qualified Robin Rathmell heads up the team, and is vastly experienced in handling complex fraud claims before courts and authorities in both jurisdictions, as well as Interpol investigations. Former US DOJ prosecutor Jason Masimore has particular expertise in financial crime investigations in Europe and the Middle East, while Polly Wilkins is a key name for the mitigation of business and reputational risks facing individual clients.
Other key lawyers:
Jason Masimore; Polly Wilkins
‘Excellent client service and expertise.’
Rahman Ravelli is a nationwide firm with an international reach in white-collar criminal defence proceedings, representing a global range of individual clients facing allegations of financial crime, bribery and corruption, and serious fraud. The firm is engaged in a range of proceedings worldwide, offering on-the-ground European and US expertise, as well as acting in Africa and Asia-domiciled proceedings, and representing defendants in major SFO, FCA, and HMRC prosecutions in the UK. The ‘fantastic‘ Azizur Rahman heads up the team, taking the lead on an array of high-profile and sensitive cases, while the ‘outstanding‘ Niall Hearty was promoted to partner in May 2022. Counsel Salomé Lemasson divides her time between London, Paris, and Berlin, heading up the firm’s EU-wide business crime offering and contributing heavily to the firm’s cross-border expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Niall Hearty; Syedur Rahman; Nicola Sharp; Salomé Lemasson
‘Good firm with a growing reputation. Extremely ambitious in the sector and with a great level of skill and knowledge’
‘Niall Hearty an excellent lawyer with real skill both inter-personally in client facing and also in his careful and considered preparation of cases. He works for clients rather than the firm!’
‘I have worked with this firm on both defence cases and recently on a private prosecution, They are extremely professional and are accustomed to dealing with large scale cases. Their infrastructure is well used to dealing with such cases.’
‘Niall Hearty – rock solid performer – great with clients and a real hard worker.’
‘I know a number of the lawyers at Rahman Ravelli, they are all hard working and all client focused and provide an outstanding service.’
‘Aziz Rahman is the managing partner and he has a fantastic ability to be able to soak up vast quantities of detailed dense information is a short period of time – very impressive.’
‘Niall Hearty is another outstanding lawyer who clients love as he is calm and reassuring and is a solutions man not a problems man.‘
‘Syedur Rahman’s ability to be able to get to grips with volumes of detailed information always impresses me and I am always glad he is on my side inside, instead of the other guy’s side!’
Sidley Austin LLP represents high-profile individuals, including senior executives and high-net-worth individuals, facing sensitive and often heavily-publicised proceedings relating to allegations of fraud and other financial crime. The team regularly handles cross-border cases, including multijurisdictional investigations and criminal trials, utilising the firm’s international network and the experience of ‘brilliant‘ practice head Sara George, praised for her ‘straightforward, comprehensive‘ work in criminal defence cases.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Fox; David Smith
‘Sara George is truly the best lawyer I have every worked with. Her knowledge, network, forward thinking, commitment is truly exceptional.’
‘US firm with a UK focus and feel. Well resourced by litigators who trained and honed skills in this jurisdiction rather than parachuted in.’
‘Sarah George is an excellent practitioner. Quietly confident with a razor sharp mind. She is excellent with people whether clients or professionals.’
‘Sara George is technically brilliant. Superb with clients. Clear, straightforward, comprehensive. Unafraid of giving difficult advice where required. Fiercely defends her clients. She is the lawyer I would want.’
‘Sidley Austin team has both a very well balanced partners-associates team as well as a very skilled team at all levels of seniority.’
‘Andrew Fox and Sara George are not only great professionals, but also great persons to work with. They both have international experience which makes our matters easier to deal with and for me and our team address with them and their team various jurisdictional matters, from several jurisdictions we cover.’
‘David Smith is a great senior associate to be praised as well.’
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ABV Solicitors has a strong record defending high net-worth individuals and senior executives facing SFO investigations and prosecution, including standout involvement on behalf of individuals in the high-profile Amec Foster Wheeler and Patisserie Valerie proceedings reflecting the firm’s reputation for serious fraud defence in the energy, oil, and retail sectors. The team is led by Akhtar Ahmad, an experienced figure in criminal defence before the SFO, NCA, and other key enforcement bodies, alongside Deepak Vij , a specialist in financial crime work in the UK and globally.
Deepak Vij; Akhtar Ahmad
Other key lawyers:
Amirah Ajaz; Rohit Sharma
‘ABV have established themselves as a top legal services provider in the white collar crime and serious fraud. They are respected by others in their field and offer substantial experience in this sector. ABV is routinely involved in the most high-profile cases, often with an international dimension. They provide an all round first class representation for clients and in particular professionals charged with serious fraud offences. Their client care is exceptional whether focused on individual officers of companies or corporate clients.’
‘Deepak Vij continues to provide outstanding representation for high profile corporate and individual clients, at an international level. Deepak delivers the highest standard of legal advice and client care at all time. Running the serious fraud and white collar crime team at ABV Deepak has excellent capability coupled with first rate legal knowledge. Unlike larger firms, Deepak provides a human side and level of engagement with the client that ensures maximum satisfaction and the efficient delivery of representation services. He is knowledgeable and a now a veteran of heavyweight white collar and financial crime.’
‘Amirah Ajaz provides first class client care and legal representation. Her determined no nonsense approach produces results and she never fails to deliver. Amirah is highly capable and extremely bright. She is tactically very astute and has bags of experience defending serious fraud work. Rohit Sharma continues to impress at every opportunity. He is smart, and provides exceptional client representation in serious fraud.’
‘Superb firm with real expertise and dedication to the white collar cause.’
‘Amirah Ajaz – hardest working lawyer I have ever come across. An excellent addition to the ranks of partner. Deepak Vij – superb tactician and client handler’
‘Their client base is extensive and they always provide a first rate service as their client care and dedication makes them stand out in the industry.’
‘Akhtar Ahmed is hugely experienced, very tactical and extremely industrious to his client’s cause. He leaves no stone unturned’
Amec Foster Wheeler (SFO)
Operation Maple Lodge
Patisserie Valerie (SFO)
London Capital Group (SFO)
Operation Candlewood / Volt / Venetic
Operation Joseki / Cullinan
Bark&co has standout involvements on behalf of high-profile sportspeople, politicians, and business executives, handling cross-border white-collar proceedings including insider dealing, tax fraud, bribery, and money laundering cases. Most notably, the firm represented Boris Becker in his ongoing tax fraud prosecution, reflecting its regular involvement in major trials, as well as complex SFO and FCA investigations, combining litigation and compliance expertise with in-house reputation management capabilities. Giles Bark-Jones heads up the team, a ‘powerhouse‘ in complex international fraud and corruption cases, while senior consultant David Byrne is noted for his work on regulatory investigations, and the ‘tireless‘ Maria Stalbow plays a leading role in FCA insider dealing cases and corruption cases brought against former police officers.
Other key lawyers:
David Byrne; Maria Stalbow
‘Very open and honest advice. Do not tie you up in legal jargon. Fully break down the whole process and always available in a time which can be the most stressful for anyone.’
‘Giles Bark-Jones is a superb lawyer. Amazing knowledge and more than happy to go the extra mile for clients.’
‘Maria Stalbow – She is like a legal encyclopedia. Gives nearly all legal answers there and then. So thorough with her work.’
‘In my view, Bark and Co is one of the pre-eminent firms in both areas of criminal practice (fraud and general crime) with great strength and depth in the team.’
‘I would wish to single out Giles Bark-Jones who remains the back bone of the firm and very much in control of the whole show. He is an excellent lawyer and very much the power house that drives the firm forward and ensures that it provides the excellent quality of service that it does. ’
‘Giles Bark-Jones is still one of the real heavyweights of the financial crime defence world. He is actively involved in client management and providing high-level strategic and tactical advice. He has seen it all and know exactly what to do in any given situation.’
‘Maria Stalbow gets under the skin of a case and has a knack of getting straight to the heart of the issue. Clients like her and she’s always on top of the detail.’
‘David Byrne is one of the stars of the white-collar world and has been for years. There is nothing he doesn’t know about fraud, and when he takes a point he is like a dog with a bone. The sort of scrapper that you really want in your corner.’
- Acted for an individual in relation to the SFO’s high-profile bribery and corruption investigation into Amec Foster Wheeler.
- Secured a significant victory in the Supreme Court for a HNW client concerning the extent to which suspects of crime are entitled to privacy.
DLA Piper represents a worldwide client base in financial crime investigations brought by UK and international authorities, combining representation throughout contentious proceedings with advice on internal policies and compliance. The firm advises on pre-charge issues, interviews under caution, and also represents clients in court against bodies such as the FCA, with a strong record of success. The practice is overseen by Tony Katz, a key name for cross-border internal investigations in a wide range of industries, and Sam Millar, who leads the firm’s European white collar offering, working with financial institutions and corporate clients.
Tony Katz; Sam Millar
‘The subject matter expertise and knowledge of the conduct of SFO investigations.’
‘Knowledge of processes and actions to implement to counter extreme media intrusion.’
‘The knowledge and detailed advice of the potential courses of action that will follow any decisions taken.’
‘They have impressed me and are extremely conscientious, patient and keen to put their client’s interest (mine) first.’
‘They do not speak just to be heard and intervene or communicate when appropriate.’
‘Sam Millar, in particular, is well-connected within the industry.’
- Defended Mr Thomas Kalaris in the Serious Fraud Office’s (“SFO”) prosecution relating to allegedly fraudulent capital raisings at Barclays Bank at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
Fieldfisher expanded its individual fraud and white-collar defence capabilities with the December 2021 arrival of new practice head Quinton Newcomb from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd, who brings significant expertise in representing senior executives in criminal and regulatory prosecutions, as well as interviews under caution and compulsion under PACE and Section 2. The team was further bolstered in January 2022 by two additions from the Bar, with senior associate William Glover joining from 3 Temple Gardens and contributing experience in criminal fraud trials on behalf of high-net-worth individuals, while Manchester-based associate Verity Quaite arrived from 18SJS, having previously defended and prosecuted in Bribery Act and POCA cases. Senior Elliott Kenton has played a key role in cross-border HMRC tax evasion cases on behalf of business directors.
Other key lawyers:
William Glover; Elliott Kenton; Verity Quaite
‘Elliott Kenton has great analytical skills, and can find a great focus to breakthrough.’
‘The firm is well respected in this practice area. They have considerable experience dealing with complex cases and advising clients and corporates under investigation for financial malfeasance.’
‘Fieldfisher offer clear and pragmatic advice on an array of business crime matters and regulatory investigations. They have an excellent team of very astute and experienced litigators, who are well equipped to deal with heavy weight criminal litigation with a financial element.’
‘William Glover, barrister, is the stand out individual I have worked with. His forensic analysis of large volumes of financial documents is second to none. His use of technology and working documents are exceptional and makes case preparation straight forward.’
‘Well organised team, well prepared, knowledgeable, detail oriented.’
‘Quinton Newcomb, partner and Elliott Kenton, senior Associate Knowledgeable, detailed, prepared, thorough, good listeners, pragmatic.’
‘This practice has a huge amount of experience in so called white collar crime/accusations. That wealth of experience was the reason I approached them and specifically because of the experience of the partners and associates.’
‘The team knew how to address my matter in a way that kept me calm. I was advised from the first moment that it was a process, likely a long one but that they will be by my side every step of the way.’
- Advised a former company director charged with tax evasion along with five others in a multi-million pound HMRC tax fraud investigation.
- Advised a company director purportedly involved in the selling of investments in a pay-day loan company said to have been registered in the US, and also in coloured diamonds said to have been of investment quality.
- Advised on a case concerning a number of companies said to have been involved in the fraudulent miss-selling of diamonds and carbon credits by targeting high-net-worth individuals.
Fox Williams LLP is distinguished by the in-house regulatory expertise of its senior team, allowing the firm to represent clients in high-stakes SFO and FCA proceedings, utilising prior experience on the prosecution side. Areas of expertise include criminal fraud, money laundering, financial crime and market manipulation, with the team regularly referred work by major UK and international law firms. The vastly experienced James Carlton heads up the team, representing a diverse client base in prosecutions and investigations, both internal and regulatory, alongside former FSA prosecutor Peter Wright, who is heavily involved in market abuse and insider dealing cases. Sona Ganatra is a specialist in financial services industry investigations.
James Carlton; Peter Wright
Other key lawyers:
Hodge Jones & Allen represents clients in complex fraud trials, with notable capabilities in handling cases involving multiple defendants, as well as issues such as asset seizures, confiscations, and regulatory matters. The team acts for domestic and cross-border clients, including business directors and high net-worth individuals as well as providing representation to legal aid applicants. The practice collaborates closely with the firm’s general crime team, bolstering its capabilities in litigation, and is led by ‘meticulous‘ financial crime specialist Ruth Harris, who represents clients in complex proceedings across jurisdictions, and has secured acquittals for individuals facing SFO, FCA, and HMRC charges. General crime head Raj Chada is noted for his expertise in bribery cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘Top to bottom they have a great white collar presence and are able to compete with the very best.’
‘Ruth Harris is a dream to work with.’
‘Hodge Jones and Allen are well respected by in the industry. They are a firm known for quality throughout the team. They are professional, knowledgeable and I wouldn’t hesitate to refer any clients (for example if conflict arose) to them.’
‘I have in the past (and would do so again) referred work to head of financial crime Ruth Harris. She has an ability to communicate complex legal matters to clients in a straightforward and understandable way. Ruth is professional.’
‘The HJA crime team is extremely well run and efficient. All members are helpful and know the law inside out.’
‘They have a background in serious and general crime that they can use to good effect in white collar crime matters being enthusiastic and helpful.’
‘Ruth Harris is very pleasant, knowledgeable, down to earth and realistic in her work.’
‘Ruth Harris – impressive grasp of detail. Provides clear instructions and is clearly respected by barristers.’
Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to develop its presence in individual representations, acting for a number of senior executives and individuals of interest both as witnesses and defendants in major SFO and FCA investigations, as well as cross-border proceedings brought by the likes of the US DOJ. The firm has a particular strength in the financial services space, demonstrated by practice head and former FCA prosecutor Claire Lipworth, and is also able to draw upon industry-specific expertise in areas such as mining and energy, as well as tax capabilities, from the wider firm footprint.
Janes Solicitors represents clients in SFO, HMRC, and FCA investigations and prosecutions, combining a successful record in domestic fraud representations with notable success in cross-border proceedings, particularly relating to extradition attempts. Clients include executives at blue-chip companies in the UK and internationally, as well as high-profile high-net-worth individuals, with areas of strength including tax fraud, bribery and corruption allegations, and financial markets fraud such as LIBOR rate-fixing proceedings. The practice is led by David Janes, an experienced figure who is a go-to name for bribery and corruption, money laundering and POCA cases, while Fiona Gavriel has seen great success in securing acquittals at trial for clients facing complex financial crime allegations. Litigator Simon Barker focuses on money laundering and confiscation proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Fiona Gavriel; Simon Barker; Robert Berg;
‘An outstanding team of committed and able but approachable lawyers providing a tailored service in the West End.’
‘David Janes has a wealth of experience and clients trust his judgement. James Mullion quickly gets a good handle on complex cases. Simon Barker has a good eye for details and good strategy.’
‘A team of superstars. There is a reason they are the first firm I recommend to any client.’
‘Robert Berg – A clear mind and great tactical ability. David Janes – sees the big picture. Simon Barker – charms clients and predicts the future with great accuracy. Alex Chapman – a rising star.’
‘I think that potential clients would be well informed to know that Janes’ practice is unique in its extensive experience of white collar criminal cases. Janes’ compares favourably to other firms because they implement a high degree of client care and attention.’
‘I have worked with David Janes who is a brilliant lawyer with an eye for detail. Fiona Gavriel has excellent client care skills and an ability to marshal the facts. Simon Barker is extremely well organised.’
‘The team works well together and has strong individuals in each area of expertise.’
‘David Janes: an excellent lawyer who enjoys diving the finer legal points in case preparation. Very strong work ethic.’
Consortium of Alderney Residents
- Advising a former employee of a company in an SFO fraud and bribery investigation in respect of the bio-diesel trading operations of the UK’s leading supplier of bio-diesel and largest forecourt provider of fuel in the UK.
K&L Gates LLP combines standout cross-border expertise with specialist criminal defence capabilities, allowing it to represent senior executives of major domestic and global companies in high-profile, often sensitive investigations across jurisdictions, including proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and domestic law enforcement, as well as the US DOJ and other international enforcement bodies. The practice is led by Dylan Moses, who focuses on multijurisdictional white-collar crime, fraud, and health and safety prosecutions, and also includes Michael Ruck, who has in-house FCA experience and is a key name for complex financial services investigations. Senior associate Rosie Naylor has played a leading role in a number of international investigations in the UK, US, Africa, and Asia, and has a particular niche in acting for figures involved in politics.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Ruck; Annabel Goulding; Rosie Naylor
‘Excellent team with a strong market presence acting in high profile SFO cases.’
‘Dylan Moses is an experienced practitioner with an excellent reputation. He is collegiate, calm and reassuring.’
‘The K&L team are highly regarded in the market for their highly experienced partners and ability to cover regulatory and criminal investigations.’
‘Michael Ruck and Dylan Moses represent a mix of senior individuals and corporates – individual clients benefit from their knowledge of how the corporate is likely to respond.’
‘Michael Ruck is personable and calm and able to bring his years of in house FCA experience to the table. Dylan Moses is bright and energetic and is one of few practitioners with years of criminal experience from his time at the Bar.’
‘A strong multijurisdictional team with enviable resources on both sides of the Atlantic. The firm’s many departments and strength in depth make them an obvious choice for corporates or individuals alike.’
‘The ability of the firm to expand or contract a team at the drop of a hat distinguishes them from smaller operators in the field.’
‘Dylan Moses is the key member of this team. He is calm under pressure, experienced in a wide range of work, steady under fire, with a first rate tactical mind. To this he adds an exceptionally empathetic and likeable client manner.’
Balli Group plc
Serco Group plc
Qatar Free Zone Authority
- 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.
- 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).
RPC leverages its successful record in corporate crime and regulatory investigations, private prosecutions, and financial crime litigation to act successfully for high-profile individuals facing SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international white-collar proceedings, ranging from interviews under caution through to full-scale representation in criminal trials. The firm represents senior executives, directors, and global high net-worth individuals facing allegations of bribery, corruption, criminal fraud, and sanctions violations, among others. The practice is headed by criminal tax specialist Adam Craggs , financial crime litigator Michelle Sloane , and Sam Tate , a key name for global white-collar investigations.
Sam Tate; Michelle Sloan; Adam Craggs
‘The team led by Adam Craggs is tenacious, tactically savvy and hugely successful.’
‘Adam Craggs has a calm and reassuring presence in all matters he is engaged in. He is ferocious when he needs to be but has the tactical nounce to know when to turn on the charm.’
‘Michelle Sloane takes no prisoners and fears nothing. She takes brilliantly original points and has the confidence to follow them through. She is innovative and inspiring.’
‘Adam Craggs and his team at RPC provide an outstanding service to any individual or corporation facing a civil or criminal tax investigation by HMRC. The team are all technically brilliant at tax law and all aspects of the Tax Tribunal.’
‘This is a White Collar team that genuinely cares about its clients.’
‘When instructed by them, the lay client made the observation that he had been surprised that the lawyers in the team had not just been his legal advisors. They had been people that were at the other end of the call in the darker moments when the individual was feeling most vulnerable.’
‘They have a go-getter attitude and are scarily thorough. No stone is left unturned and no piece of evidence is forgotten.’
‘They work miracles when acting for clients. The RPC White Collar team is no fuss, and no frills. They roll their sleeves up to do everything within their power to ensure the right result for the client.’
The ‘exceptional‘ team at Russell-Cooke LLP is praised for its ‘effective communication‘ and versatile offering, with specialist criminal litigators providing expertise in financial crime, extradition, and corruption cases, and able to handle high-profile and sensitive proceedings on behalf of individuals of public note. Key names in the team include Jae Carwardine, Martin Rackstraw, and ‘brilliant‘ associate Jacob Smyth. Frances Murray joined from Rosenblatt (part of RBG Legal Services) in May 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Jacob Smyth; Jae Carwardine; Martin Rackstraw; Frances Murray
‘It felt that I had a team of support, instead of a person. That any question could be asked and discussed and would be answered by the appropriate professional but fed back and filtered through my solicitor so that he could be part of the process.’
‘Jacob Smyth, was brilliant. He kept me on track, focused our conversation to understand the situation better and took advice when he didn’t know the answer. There were some questions that needed a employment law specialist.’
‘RC is an exceptional firm in a highly competitive field. Effective communication between its members ensures that a client’s interests are always protected and promoted.’
‘Jacob Smyth (Associate) is exceptional. He has a meticulous eye for detail and fearlessly protects his clients interests. He leaves no stone unturned when preparing cases and always goes the extra mile to ensure that their interests are best represented.’
‘Jacob Smyth is utterly devoted to his clients and able to magic an acquittal out of the most unpromising facts.’
‘This is a particular area of expertise for the firm. they have considerable experience and expertise and are able to cover any case however complex or large.’
‘Jae Carwardine is hardworking and able to manage the largest cases.’
‘Jae Cardwardine and Martin Rackstraw are outstanding. They are highly conscientious and go the extra mile for their clients. They are widely regarded as first-rate criminal solicitors and are at the top of the tree.’
Simons Muirhead Burton represents clients in criminal and regulatory investigations, with particular strength in acting for business directors and high-net-worth individuals subject to Account Freezing Orders, solicitors facing financial crime accusations, and money laundering cases, with the team offering expertise in SFO, NCA, and police proceedings. ‘Force of nature‘ Philip Smith heads up the team and has strong expertise in acting for international directors and lawyers in criminal fraud investigations, including those relating to corruption, money laundering, and tax fraud, while the vastly experienced Anthony Burton remains a key name for individual fraud prosecutions of all kinds. Associate Henrietta Ronson has won praise for her ‘remarkable insight’ in complex financial crime matters.
Other key lawyers:
Henrietta Ronson; Anthony Burton
‘Attention to detail was very impressive.’
‘Phil Smith was absolutely amazing and very well supported by Henrietta Ronson. They were extremely professional.’
‘Phil Smith and Henrietta Ronson have instilled dynamism into an already established high end practice.’
‘The overriding objective to provide a complete service for clients in this sector sets the practice apart.’
‘Under the leadership of the redoubtable Phil Smith, the team works in unison to make the client feel totally at ease and as if they are the most important client at the firm be their case large or small. Very well resourced technologically.’
‘No task is left undone and client care remains a top priority. Collaboration with counsel throughout the proceedings is a key feature in establishing a team ethos with strategy and time management at its core.’
‘Department head Phil Smith remains a force of nature: he provides leadership, huge ability, wisdom and the personal touch. Strategically astute, he gives no quarter in the pursuit of the best result for the client.’
Former private banker
A digital marketing agency
With experience of complex financial crime proceedings brought by UK and US agencies, the team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is noted for its representation of individuals facing SFO and FCA investigations, as well as prosecutions brought by authorities such as the US DOJ and SEC, working in close collaboration with cross-border teams in the US and globally. Areas of expertise for the firm include bribery and corruption allegations, complex financial fraud such as trade manipulation, and pharmaceutical advertising fraud, which is a particular specialty of practice head John Rupp. The ‘hugely committed‘ Zoe Osborne remains a key name for internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, offering strong in-house financial services contentious regulatory and compliance expertise and broad crisis management capabilities.
Other key lawyers:
‘Zoe Osborne is hugely committed to her cases and her clients. She is also very pleasant to work with.’
‘Phenomenal depth and experience in the US which informs increasingly complex and international UK cases.’
- 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.
Stokoe Partnership Solicitors focuses on representing clients facing high-stakes criminal investigations and prosecutions, working on behalf of both professionals in a broad range of industries and those accused of participation in organised crime, with strong capabilities across interviews under caution, ongoing investigations, and full criminal trials. The team is led by Bambos Tsiattalou, who has a successful record in defending clients facing lengthy prison sentences, and offers broad expertise across the full range of criminal fraud issues, representing clients facing charges of wire fraud, money laundering, bribery, and tax fraud, while Richard Cannon specialises in cross-border financial crime proceedings, particularly involving the US, regularly working with clients facing extradition.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extent of communication with clients. They exceeded expectations in keeping us informed on progress and strategy.’
‘Strength in depth with partners supported by excellent associates. A diverse staff all of whom provide first class advice across the full range of white collar crime and a particular strength in multi-jurisdictional matters.’
‘Brilliant forensic strength and ability to dissect the most complicated fraudulent schemes, allied to iron determination to win. A STELLAR firm in this area.’
‘Bambos Tsiattalou is a genius at this type of work: a class act’
‘Stokoe are fighters — among a field of firms that are negotiators and have multiple balances to maintain, Stokoe are strong in large part because they are single minded.’
‘Richard Cannon is a pleasure to watch — a strategic thinker, very good with clients, integrating multiple jurisdictions into an approach.’
‘Richard Cannon in particular is an extremely astute strategist. Stokoe Partnership has augmented their already strong team by bringing on such a fabulous partner.’
‘I have worked with Richard for over 20 years and have learned a great deal from him. He is personable without being arrogant, and builds trusts with clients. He also has that synthesis of work ethic, intelligence and street smarts that make the perfect lawyer.’
- Acting for an alleged former member of a notorious hacking group on a federal indictment in the U.S. alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and related extradition proceedings.
- Acting for a solicitor against charges of money laundering.
- Acting for a defendant in a case about the sale and distribution of vast quantities of Class A and B drugs.
Taylor Wessing LLP represents a diverse range of clients, including executives at domestic and international businesses from the financial services, pharma, and e-commerce sector, in regulatory and criminal proceedings relating to money laundering, bribery, tax fraud, and complex criminal fraud proceedings more generally, with a strong focus on cross-border investigations. Led by David De Ferrars, who has broad expertise across international fraud proceedings, with notable capabilities in the technology and cryptocurrency space, the team was further strengthened by the arrival of international disputes specialist Richard Viegas from Collyer Bristow LLP in January 2022, and also includes consulting partner David McCluskey, a vastly experienced advisor on AML and compliance issues.
David de Ferrars
Other key lawyers:
Richard Viegas; David McCluskey; Michelle George
‘David McCluskey is a seasoned professional who has represented senior individuals for 25 plus years. He has strategic nous and a tactical prowess that makes him a popular choice of adviser for those facing personal issues with the authorities.’
‘Taylor Wessing is a highly regarded name among commercial firms.’
‘In my view, it stands and delivers in the white-collar crime space to the same very impressive standards.’
‘Their capacity to pick up and despatch the criminal problems of their blue-chip-related and other high-profile clients is not something they can or would think it appropriate to broadcast. But I know from my work with them that they are incredibly effective at putting to bed big problems for big name individuals.’
‘The lawyer with whom I work most frequently is Michelle George. She is cerebral and yet a devastatingly effective strategist. Whether in the boardroom or the conference room, she holds her own among big names, and securers great results.’
White & Case LLP represents clients in complex investigations relating to financial crime, money laundering, cross-border data issues, and compliance, supporting senior executives throughout regulatory proceedings from initial contact through to trial. The team has notable cross-border expertise, coordinating defence proceedings throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, among others, and regularly collaborates with its international teams, particularly in the US, on international investigations by bodies such as the CMA, US DOJ, and police forces globally. Bribery Act specialist Anneka Randhawa leads the team alongside the ‘astute, incisive’ Jonah Anderson, who provides international corruption and compliance support.
Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa
‘It’s always an absolute pleasure to collaborate with this team; they are the last word in professionalism, and unfailingly pleasant and courteous to work with.’
‘A good team under new internal leadership – going great.’
‘Jonah Anderson leads the White Collar team and is an excellent lawyer. He rolls his sleeves up and really gest into the detail which allows him to provide the right advice. Jonah is a joy to work with.
‘The other very good partner at W&C is Anneka Randhawa. A very diligent white collar lawyer who gives practical advice.’
‘The team combines indepth knowledge about their field, with attention to detail and excellent judgment.’
‘This is a team fully committed to their clients with the funding to service any type of investigation whether internal or external.’
‘Jonah identifies the best outcome for his clients and works 24/7 to get there. A smart tactician, able to apply nuanced judgment he is a calming but forceful presence that clients and opponents listen to. On all aspects of money laundering there is no one with more expertise than Jonah.
‘Anneka is hugely knowledgeable in relation to the industries that she services. Clever, and quick, she is a force to have on your side.’
With a UK-wide reach, Cartwright King offers specialist teams with expertise across the full range of regulatory investigations and prosecutions, including proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, NHS counter-fraud units, and the UK government. The firm acts for directors, senior employees, and management of companies facing allegations of fraud, bribery, and financial crime, ranging from small-to-medium businesses through to national banks and corporate entities. The team is led by Laura Smith, who acts on a nationwide basis in high-value tax and financial fraud cases, while primarily Manchester-based Richard Cornthwaite has handled a number of major complex investigations, including cases relating to LIBOR.
Other key lawyers:
‘A national firm with outstanding experience in fraud and financial crime cases. Fantastic client care and outstanding commitment to its cases, wherever they may be brought. Not afraid to challenge conventional thinking or to take novel points of law.’
‘Richard Cornthwaite has unrivalled experience in white-collar fraud, having over 40 years of experience and is generally involved in any headline fraud matter brought by the SFO, FCA or HMRC. Laura Smith, recently appointed as head of the department.’
‘The team at Cartwright King are fantastically led by Laura Smith. I have only worked with her directly of the team, but I have always known them to provide fantastic support whenever it has been required by her and counsel. The support is always exactly what is required.’
‘Laura Smith is a fantastic solicitor, incredibly dedicated to her work, her clients and progressing the firm. She obtains amazing work because she has such a good reputation in the field.’
‘Excellent team, very experienced and capable in providing high quality white collar crime advice.’
‘Laura Smith – a high flyer , pulls in top quality work John Allchin – goes into intricate detail with clients.’
‘Laura Smith – pleasure to work with, hard working, client focused, good on long term strategy.’
‘Excellent partners with great industry knowledge and ability to see the big picture. Good choice of counsel and good client care.’
Divided between Birmingham and London, Kangs Solicitors specialises in representing professionals facing fraud investigations, with clients in industries including financial services, film and media, law, and construction. The firm handles a wide range of proceedings, including HMRC investigations, sophisticated cyber and crypto fraud, and frauds relating to government Covid-19 support schemes, as well as multijurisdictional criminal and financial regulatory investigations. Hamraj Kang heads up the team, with particular experience representing executives in offshore HMRC investigations, alongside bribery and corruption matters, while associate John Veale in Birmingham handles VAT and mortgage fraud proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is a firm that can manage the very largest cases with the greatest efficiency. Tactically astute with vast experience at Partner level. They have dealt with every imaginable prosecution and investigations agency and have very good experience of cross-border investigations in financial misconduct.’
‘Hamraj Kang – Respected and known by everyone. No one has insight like him and he instantly gains the trust of any client.’
‘Kangs is led by a dynamic partnership of lawyers renowned for being very able, experienced and forward thinking. The team plan cases well and their tactical nous is second to none as Kangs know how to navigate a client through tricky investigations and prosecutions.’
‘Hamraj Kang is a brilliant fraud litigator who always seeks to find early effective solutions for clients. Widely admired for his tactical acumen and ability to master the key issues in complex financial investigations.’
‘John Veale is a key Partner in the firm and has two decades of experience handling high value and complex white collar crime investigations. He is admired for this thoughtful and thorough approach which leaves clients feeling very assured and confident in his abilities.‘
‘The team has incredibly strength in depth. The team acts in some of the most serious and complex fraud investigations in the country. The firm has solicitors with the ability and experience of conducting complex financial investigations in multiple jurisdictions.’
‘The senior partner Hamraj Kang is a stand out lawyer. A brilliant litigator in all financial matters and very switched on to the needs of a client. His tactical acumen is awesome, clients leave with solutions having arrived with problems – a class operator in every sense.’
‘This team more than any I know consistently provide a first class service to its clients.’
- Representing a solicitor charged with a multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to cheat HMRC and fraudulent trading.
- Representing a senior banking executive in relation to allegations of multi-million pounds worth of tax evasion in relation to numerous overseas jurisdictions.
- Representing a Chartered Surveyor in relation to an international property fraud investigated by the SFO with a value in excess of £200 million.
Osborne Clarke LLP represents senior executives at major public and private sector entities in high-stakes, often cross-border SFO and NCA investigations, including initial interactions with enforcement agencies, interviews under caution, through to defending against prosecution. The team, led by business crime head Jeremy Summers, acts for clients across a wide range of industries, including financial services and investment funds, real estate, life sciences and technology. Bristol-based Tom Ellis has notable expertise in financial crime, working with individuals employed in accountancy and investment funds.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is unparalleled in its expertise and responsiveness, as well as turnaround time.’
‘We were able to secure high-quality work that required collaboration with US counsel in a very short period of time.’
‘Jeremy Summers is highly knowledgeable in the area of anti bribery and has helped us put together a multi-jurisdictional anti bribery policy with many complex elements.’
‘Jeremy Summers provides superior risk assessment strategies and explains difficult concepts in a systematic and simple to understand manner.’
‘The team delivered a clear, pragmatic project that achieved our goals and resolved our issues.’
Department of Transport
- Advised the DoT in relation to potential criminal offences connected with the matters that led to the withdrawal of the LSER rail franchise.
Led by financial crime specialist David Savage, who regularly handles high-level investigations, the team at Stewarts Law LLP advises and represents company directors, corporate officers, and high-net-worth individuals in a range of industries facing multijurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations relating to fraud, corruption, international sanctions, money laundering and market abuse. The practice draws upon in-house tax and employment expertise, while Pia Mithani is noted for her asset recovery capabilities, and director Karen Hutchinson has experience in cross-border civil fraud cases as well as financial crime matters.
Other key lawyers:
Pia Mithani; Karen Hutchinson
‘Stewarts are sharp and focused and aggressive and expert – they know their patch and stick to it and do very well for their clients.’
‘My experience is with David Savage, head of department and I have nothing but positive things to say.’
‘David Savage – Extremely experienced on sanctions, AML, bribery and corruption, and fraud generally. David is building a strong criminal defense team focused in large measure on Stewarts base giving advice to individuals, but likewise they are extremely well-suited to work for corporates.’
‘David Savage leads a small dynamic team with a lot of clout that are extremely capable of dealing with a broad spectrum of new, emerging and complex regulatory matters.’
‘David Savage is outstanding. He totally appreciates that people’s livelihoods and firm’s reputations are at stake and pulls out the stops to achieve the best outcomes for his clients. He is a thought leader: smart and switched on while still personable and responsive.’
‘Friendly, approachable and know their stuff.’
‘David Savage – a really smart partner.’