Firms To Watch: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

With the arrival of Joshua Ray, who leads alongside Benjamin Wells, the CANDEY team is noted for its focus on complex sanctions and export control matters in multiple foreign jurisdictions.
Headed by 'extraordinary talent' Tom Epps, the Cooley (UK) LLP white-collar defence team demonstrates strong cross-border expertise across sanction compliance matters and AML proceedings.
Led by 'hard working, strategic and committed' fraud and corruption specialist Ben Rose, the Hickman & Rose practice has developed a growing reputation for its advice on Account Freezing & Forfeiture Orders.
Goodwin has hired former Cadwalader partner Mark Beardsworth to spearhead a new investigations practice in London.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) in London

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Counting companies from sectors including engineering, aerospace, extractives, and pharmaceutical, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘truly exceptional’ practice  regularly advises on  high-profile money laundering and corruption cases. The firm boasts a strong track record dealing with both domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA, along with showcasing significant strength in the sanctions field. Lord Peter Goldsmith KC and Karolos Seeger lead the group, with the former regularly acting for corporations in litigation and white-collar matters, while the latter is a ‘wonderful lawyer’, focusing on AML and fraud matters. Jane Shvets is an expert in cross-border investigations, while international counsel Konstantin Bureiko concentrates on anti-corruption proceedings. Andrew Lee is knowledgeable on regulatory investigations involving the FCA.

Practice head(s):

Lord Goldsmith KC; Karolos Seeger

Other key lawyers:

Jane Shvets; Konstantin Bureiko; Andrew Lee


‘Competence, innovation and strategic advice.’

‘Debevoise is a truly exceptional firm. Responsive, proactive, creative and with lawyers of the highest quality. I cannot recall a time where I have had any doubts about the quality of their advice and felt that they did not understand what I was trying to achieve when I sought their support. The quality of service is fantastic whether I have worked with them on large, high value matters or on lower value, more routine queries.’

‘Karolos Seeger is a wonderful lawyer with an incredible ability to articulate complex issues clearly and succinctly. He is personable and always responsive, I could ask for no more from my external counsel.

‘Konstantin Bureiko has a seemingly insatiable appetite for work, an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and has constantly delivered what we needed whenever we have worked with him.’

Key clients

Shell plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Shell and serving as global coordinating counsel in connection with  various bribery investigations and criminal proceedings relating to the award of the OPL 245 offshore oil block in Nigeria in 2011.

Dechert LLP

The ’seriously impressive’ Dechert LLP white-collar practice provides dedicated expertise on both traditional financial crime and investigations work, along with handling newer areas, such as sanctions, ESG, and cryptocurrencies. The firm has in-depth experience managing cross-border, multi-agency DPAs and corporate settlements with domestic and international authorities- ranging from the SFO to the US DOJ.  US qualified co-head Roger Burlingame is an expert on multijurisdictional white-collar criminal defence proceedings, while Judith Seddon shows ‘pure excellence’ when advising on fraud, money laundering, and corruption investigations. Tim Bowden handles financial and general criminal law matters while Matthew Mazur guides companies through US government investigations. Evan Flowers and John Bedford are also recommended. Partner Caroline Black left in February 2023 and Matthew Banham moved to Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Practice head(s):

Roger Burlingame; Judith Seddon

Other key lawyers:

Tim Bowden; Matthew Mazur; Evan Flowers; John Bedford; Andris Ivanovs; Richard Hodge


‘The team at Dechert is seriously impressive at all levels. There is subject matter expertise in all related fields which they use collaboratively to provide a top notch service. In an oversaturated market, you can rely on Dechert to have genuine expertise in corporate crime and reg investigations – which they draw from in providing sound strategic and legal advice.’

‘Judith Seddon is pure excellence and is the exact person you want on your side – in or out of a corporate crisis.  Andris Ivanovs is absolutely stellar on sanctions – any law firm would want him on their team and any client would want him on their legal team. In a super challenging world where many sanctions practitioners are finding their way around sanctions for the first time, Andris is truly a subject matter expert offering both technical and practical advice.’

‘What really impresses me about  Dechert  is their depth of understanding of both the domestic UK regulatory environment, and the many varied foreign regulatory landscapes. This is a real differentiator when it comes to multi-jurisdictional investigations in complicated and deeply regulated industries like financial services.’

‘Across the partners and associates, I have observed a wide span of expertise and little redundancy or overlaps — this raw diversity enables a very collaborative and satisfying working environment, as everyone needs everyone else to pull their weight to get the job done. The team members are dedicated to each other, as much as they are dedicated to their client.’

‘I have been thoroughly impressed by how well Matthew Mazur and Richard Hodge deal with the incredible complexities, and all the twists and turns that happen along the course of a complex multijurisdictional investigation. They have excellent technical subject matter knowledge, problem solving skills, and a real knack for explaining very complex aspects of the investigation in realistic terms.’

Key clients

Airbus SE

GPT Special Project Management Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus in its global corruption investigation and negotiated unprecedented €3.6billion multi-jurisdictional settlement.
  • Represented GPT Special Project Management Ltd in SFO investigation and subsequent criminal proceedings alleging corruption in government-backed military contracts in Saudi Arabia.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Demonstrating strong cross-border capabilities, the Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice is ‘superb’ at advising on all aspects of corporate crime, including fraud, money laundering and bribery, for financial institutions and global companies. The team shows significant strength in the advisory sphere- particularly regarding sanctions and AML issues- and has significant experience defending clients in high-profile SFO, HMRC, and FCA investigations. Susannah Cogman is ‘one of the best in the area’, leading the group with her extensive expertise in anti-money laundering and financial crime matters, while the ‘world class’ Brian Spiro routinely acts for corporates on tax and corruption cases. Robert Hunt is an expert on compliance issues, and Kate Meakin handles fraud and sanctions affairs. Elizabeth Head and Jessica Chappatte  are also recommended. Daniel Hudson left the firm in April 2023 for Seladore Legal .

Practice head(s):

Susannah Cogman

Other key lawyers:

Brian Spiro; Robert Hunt; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Kathryn Boyd; Jessica Chappatte


‘A superb team with talent at all levels. They are experienced, highly motivated and use technology to great effect.’

‘This team sells itself: depth of experience; market-beating knowledge; stellar personnel; worldwide reach and resources. Rightly trusted to be the best of the best. Supports its lawyers to obtain in-house experience outside the firm, to ensure it can provide the best service.’

‘Susannah Cogman is one of the best in the area. Very knowledgeable and experienced. An original thinker and very bright indeed.’

‘Brian Spiro is an inspired leader and world class in his field. This explains why he can act for companies and individuals with an international presence. He has built a brilliant team.’

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ disputes and investigations team is well equipped to handle criminal prosecutions, internal investigations, and compliance matters, demonstrating ‘real strength in depth’. Boasting several financial crime specialists, the practice regularly deals with multi-jurisdictional proceedings involving corporate corruption and bribery, along with complex sanction compliance issues. The ‘standout’ Camilla De Silva heads the group, using her experience as a former senior SFO prosecutor to advise clients on domestic and global enforcement proceedings brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and HMRC, while Nick Benwell is praised by one client as ' a master of the intersection between corporate and criminal law on corruption and fraud matters'. Counsel Cherie Spinks provides financial institutions and corporations with sanctions expertise, while Emily Agnoli represents companies from sectors including energy, pharma, and technology. Alexandra Webster and Tom Bowen are both noted.  Stephen Gentle retired in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Camilla de Silva

Other key lawyers:

Nick Benwell; Cherie Spinks; Emily Agnoli; Tom Bowen


‘One of the leading teams in the city. The team is consistently involved in the largest investigations and corporate crime matters.’

‘Camilla de Silva is stand out in her field. She has led teams in settlements with the SFO both on the defence and law enforcement side. She is my first port of call for referring work.’

‘Nick Benwell is a master of the intersection between corporate and criminal law. Incredibly practical and capable of providing measured and strategic advice in even the most difficult circumstances.  Emily Agnoli is a star who has now truly risen with her promotion to partnership. She is thoughtful, commercial and unflappable.’

Key clients


Chelsea Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrofac in relation to its successful resolution of an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery in respect of oil & gas contracts across the Middle East worth up to USD 8.4 billion.
  • Advised on the £4.25bn sale of Chelsea Football Club to the Boehly/Clearlake consortium, including in relation to the impact of financial sanctions and licensing of the sale by UK and international authorities.
  • Advising a global pharmaceutical company on a complex, large-scale and sensitive internal investigation into bribery & corruption, regulatory, product liability, employment and other concerns.

Slaughter and May

Showcasing vast expertise in cross-border financial regulatory and corporate crime investigations, Slaughter and May’s practice is viewed as ‘gold standard’ by one client, acting on behalf of clients within the finance, natural resources, and healthcare spheres. The team routinely deals with domestic regulators- such as the SFO and FCA- as well as demonstrating robust international capabilities supporting global corporations in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations conducted by the US DOJ and SEC. Team head Richard Swallow is an expert on regulatory and criminal proceedings while the ‘superb’ Jonathan Cotton regularly deals with allegations of wrongdoing and corruption. Jonathan Clark advises on fraud and tax evasion matters, while Ewan Brown and Holly Ware are noted for their regulatory and criminal work. Gayathri Kamalanathan is knowledgeable on litigation and arbitration proceedings, with Tim Blanchard advising on bribery and corruption affairs. Senior counsels Ella Williams and Nicholas Querée are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Cotton; Jonathan Clark; Ewan Brown; Holly Ware; Gayathri Kamalanathan; Tim Blanchard; Ella Williams; Nicholas Querée


‘Slaughter and May continues to represent the gold standard in this sector. The strength in depth – and breadth – is exceptional. They are the perfect firm to manage corporate investigations and navigate through complex corporate crime issues, with all that entails. There is simply no better firm.’

‘Jonny Cotton and Richard Swallow are  industry leaders. They are unsurpassed in their judgement, skill and knowledge. They are able to recruit and retain the brightest talent; Ella Williams and Nick Queree far outrank many partners in other firms for their forensic instinct and analytical abilities.’

‘This is probably the best law firm in the world and to maintain its position it has to have the best lawyers in the world. The team is outstandingly able and has brilliance at all levels. This team have achieved astonishing results for clients and this is solely the result of their rare talents and intellectual ability.’

‘Richard Swallow is an outstanding leader and strategist. He has vast experience in this sector and is probably the best adviser you can get.’

‘Johnny Cotton is superb and has a brilliant sense of how a case is likely to play out.’

‘Holly Ware is a meticulous lawyer with a wonderful eye for detail. Razor-sharp with an eye for detail, Holly is someone you’d want as part of your team.

Jonathan Clark is tenacious and charming; a real asset. Ewan Brown is outstanding. Very clear in his advice. He has a calm but persuasive and insightful manner. Richard Smith – clear, hard working, highly regarded.’

‘S&M are a go to firm for large corporates for investigations and DPAs. Their reputation is well earned, delivering great results.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

Glencore plc

British American Tobacco plc

John Wood Group PLC

Rolls-Royce plc

Work highlights

  • Acted as coordinating counsel in relation to Danske Bank’s $2billion settlement with US and Danish authorities’ multi-jurisdictional investigation, concluding investigations into failings and misconduct related to the non-resident portfolio at Danske bank’s former Estonia branch.
  • Acting for Glencore in its $1.5billion resolution of global bribery and corruption allegations.
  • Defending British American Tobacco plc against the SFO’s long running investigation of suspicions of corruption by BAT, its subsidiaries and associated persons.

Addleshaw Goddard

With a global client-base and growing team, Addleshaw Goddard is highly recommended for its white-collar crime work, particularly regarding bribery and fraud risks. The practice displays ‘strength in depth’ when dealing with financial crime compliance, advisory and criminal defence proceedings, and consistently supports corporations from across the pharmaceutical, finance, and infrastructure sectors. The team has experience negotiating out-of-court resolutions with the SFO and US DOJ, with team head, Nichola Peters, bringing extensive knowledge on deferred prosecution agreements and negotiated settlements to the group. The ‘outstanding’ Michelle De Kluyver is an expert on sanctions issues and economic crime cases, whilst Polly Sprenger handles civil fraud and asset recovery. Legal director Neeta Chityal and Matthew Worby are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Peters; Michelle de Kluyver

Other key lawyers:

Polly Sprenger; Harriet Territt; Neeta Chityal; Jenny Burton; Noel Power; Matthew Worby


‘A group of warm and friendly professionals who are brilliant as a team. They have strength in depth and inspire confidence.’

‘Nichola Peters has a knack for bringing the best out of her team. She is easy to work with and superb with clients.’

‘Michelle de Kluyver is outstanding. A clear thinker with great practical and commercial instincts. Neeta Chityal is wonderfully professional with a tireless work ethic and fine eye for detail.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s team is stand-out in this area; the team has unrivalled expertise in regulatory investigations and corporate crime.’

‘Michelle de Kluyver is a leading light in this area – superb judgement combined with unrivalled knowledge of the law. Neeta Chityal, recently made up is a complete star and has a glittering career in partnership ahead of her.’

Key clients

Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited

Kroll Advisory Limited (Kroll) acting on behalf of the following companies (all in administration): Arena Television Limited, Arena Holdings Limited, and Arena Aviation Limited (together the Arena Companies).

Work highlights

  • Advising Richard Howson, former CEO, on proceedings brought against him following the collapse of Carillion plc.
  • Advising Bystronic Glass (UK) Limited on proceedings against a former director, including a private prosecution alongside a parallel civil fraud action alleging breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Advising a global company on a complex, multi-jurisdiction bribery investigation and related issues.

A&O Shearman

Having assembled an ‘unbelievably hardworking and able’ litigation and investigations practice, A&O Shearman routinely represents major international and domestic companies across the cryptocurrency, finance, and retail sectors. The team specialises in all aspects of financial crime, boasting substantial experience defending corporate clients in investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Calum Burnett and Arnondo Chakrabarti jointly lead, bringing vast expertise on corporate crime and regulatory matters to the group, while the ‘fabulously intelligent’ Eve Giles is also a key name to note. Jonathan Hitchin acts on multi-jurisdictional corruption cases, and Sarah Hitchins is an expert on internal investigations. Brandon O’Neil leads on many bribery and sanctions investigations. At the junior end, Hayley Humphries and Robin Marshall are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Calum Burnett; Arnondo Chakrabarti

Other key lawyers:

Eve Giles; Jonathan Hitchin; Sarah Hitchins; Brandon O’Neil; Hayley Humphries; Robin Marshall


‘Real strength in depth. Unbelievably hardworking and able. Fantastic breadth of practice areas always covers all bases’.

‘Eve Giles is a stand-out. Brilliant and confidence inspiring with clients. Fabulously intelligent and problem solving. Recognises the weaknesses in the case and rectifies them quickly.’

‘Excellent team all round. Strength in depth, experience.’

‘Stellar partner in Calum Burnett, ably supported by some excellent associates.’

‘Exceptional judgement, responsiveness and commercial acumen/insight’.

Work highlights

Baker McKenzie

Combining international criminal defence capabilities with London expertise, the Baker McKenzie investigations practice is highly recommended for supporting companies with complex financial crime and regulatory compliance matters. With in-depth knowledge on all aspects of fraud, tax evasion, and sanctions breaches, the team routinely deals with the SFO, FCA, HMRC, along with overseas authorities on multi-jurisdictional investigations. Co-head of the global compliance group, Joanna Ludlam, has extensive experience handling corporate criminal liability issues and reputation management, while Charles Thomson leads the business crime unit, focusing on fraud investigations. Jonathan Peddle heads the financial institutions practice, concentrating primarily on financial crime and criminal litigation, while compliance and investigations co-head Sunny Mann handles sanctions and anti-bribery rules. Tristan Grimmer is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Ludlam; Charles Thomson; Jonathan Peddie; Sunny Mann

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Grimmer; Henry Garfield; Yindi Gesinde; Chris Whalley; Eleanor Wallis


‘The team has significant experience in this area and we knew we were fully supported throughout the process – they left no stone unturned, while remaining economic from a cost perspective.’

‘They combine strong technical knowledge and ability with a solid commercial understanding of what the client wants and needs – a rare combination. ‘

‘Henry Garfield stands out – he has great technical ability and crucially is able to ‘read the room’ with true skill, a quality few possess. Henry is reliable and pragmatic and our go to partner for this type of matter. ‘

Clifford Chance LLP

Displaying a ‘range of experience and skills’, the corporate governance practice at Clifford Chance LLP acts on behalf of global FTSE companies and financial institutions on compliance, regulatory, and risk management investigation matters. The team is regularly involved in high-profile cross-border proceedings, with particular expertise advising on corporate compliance measures associated with securities laws and ESG risks, along with human rights infringements and whistleblowing incidents. David Pudge and Luke Tolaini head the group, with the former assisting clients with corporate governance and regulatory issues, whilst the latter handles financial crime and cyber breaches. Steven Fox has 30 years’ experience of advising boards and shareholders, and Richard Crosby focuses on corporate restructurings. Rae Lindsay and Roger Lease are experts on ESG-related matters, and Ellen Lake concentrates on white-collar crime proceedings.

Practice head(s):

David Pudge; Luke Tolaini

Other key lawyers:

Steven Fox; Richard Crosby; Rae Lindsay; Roger Leese; Alanna Hunter; Kate Norgett; Ellen Lake; Eleanor Matthews


‘Unusual range of experience and skills in this team. They work collaboratively and at a very high standard.’

‘I think its one of the best practices in this sector in the world. I recommended them for work on two occasions very successfully. You get all the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch in their London team.’

‘Luke Tolaini is one of the very best managers of very complicated hostile litigation in the sector and his team walk in his footsteps.’

‘Clifford Chance LLP has exceptionally strong knowledge, swift turnaround (quicker than experienced with any other law firm) and has a very professional, friendly and approachable attitude.’

‘Michael Lyons is not only extremely competent, he is also polite, funny and very reachable. He goes the extra mile, doesn’t hesitate to work around the clock to met the client’s deadline.’


Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Holdings plc on a full range of corporate governance and corporate advisory issues in the last year.
  • Advising Nielsen on all of the UK aspects (including corporate governance and directors’ duties) in relation to its US$16bn takeover by a private equity consortium led by Elliott Investment Management L.P., Brookfield Capital Partners LLC, GIC and The WindAcre Partnership, which was initially opposed by Nielsen’s largest shareholder.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Counting global FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies among its ‘unparalleled client roster’, the white collar and fraud team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-positioned to manage multi-jurisdictional investigations and provide criminal defence advice. The practice is particularly active in high-profile SFO and FCA proceedings, demonstrating considerable strength in the bribery and corruption field, as well as regularly advising corporations in relation to HMRC tax fraud investigations. The ‘exceptional’ Claire Lipworth specialises in money laundering and market abuse issues. Liam Nadoo supports listed companies on financial crime, and counsel Olga Tocewicz is knowledgeable on insider trading and other financial misconduct. Counsel Alex Hohl and senior associate Reuben Vandercruyssen are also noted.

Other key lawyers:

Claire Lipworth; Liam Naidoo; Olga Tocewicz; Alex Hohl; Reuben Vandercruyssen


‘The team has an unparalleled client roster and is able to advise urgently and in depth on the most complex of legal issues. The depth and width of their experience and knowledge is absolutely breath-taking.’

‘Claire Lipworth’s experience is exceptional; she knows the law and the practical issues like no other adviser. Michael Roberts is a powerhouse, who drove the ENRC litigation with exceptional clarity of thought, tenacity, fearlessness and ingenuity.’

‘Liam Naidoo is an excellent white collar crime lawyer, always available to discuss risks and lead other lawyers in the firm if we need support in non-UK jurisdictions.’

‘Liam Naidoo and Alex Hohl are clear stars, market leaders and fantastic lawyers. They are not alarmists, but calm and composed strategists who clients can trust.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ white collar crime team has worked with us on a number of matters and always delivered work of the highest quality. They are prepared to invest in our relationship and give up time to understand our business and our priorities. We hugely value the quality of their support and the time they invest in helping us to stay on top of new legal developments which may be relevant to us.’

‘The late Crispin Rapinet ran a great ship and went above and beyond personally to ensure we felt l like a valued client. He had an incredible ability to give practical and meaningful advice. 

Liam Naidoo has a great grasp of the issues and is a very skilled communicator who has helped us deal with some tricky problems in the past.’

‘Olga is truly excellent in both her legal and strategic advice. She always anticipates the issue and can give practical advice regardless of the industry. She is collaborative and successfully pulls in other related expertise from different teams as the matter requires. Highly recommended.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a major medical device manufacturer client in relation to multi-agency investigations into alleged corrupt and anti-competitive activity by its business partners.
  • Representing a Kazakh mining company (ENRC) in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, and a range of unprecedented disputes arising out of the investigation.
  • Advising a global fintech in respect of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the enforcement division of the FCA into breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has a strong track record handling high-profile corporate crime investigations by domestic enforcement authorities, including the SFO, FCA, OFSI, and HMRC. The team shows significant strength advising large private equity firms and their portfolio companies on complex anti-money laundering, fraud, and financial sanctions matters, regularly drawing on its offices abroad to deliver global solutions. Marcus Thompson co-heads the department, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in financial crime matters to the offering, while the other co-head Satnam Tumani specialises in compliance issues and complex bribery and corruption cases. Patrick Navein handles economic sanctions and money laundering elements, while both Andrew Butel and Shruti Chandhok focus on internal corporate investigations and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Thompson; Satnam Tumani

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Navein; Andrew Butel; Shruti Chandhok


‘Satnam Tumani is undoubtedly the key individual in the team. He was an outstanding lawyer with the SFO rising to become Head of Bribery & Corruption and International Assistance, to which he has added further years of experience in private practice. His understanding of tactical and strategic issues is profound and his knowledge of legal issues broad and deep.’

‘The firm’s specialism in financial crime builds upon its multijurisdictional expertise. It has exceptional niche expertise in representing executives and corporates in  bribery and corruption cases in which there is linked litigation across jurisdictions.’

‘Those I have worked with are particularly adept at being able to speak to corporate executives in their own language and to be unfazed by the management of multijurisdictional cases involving the coordination with lawyers and executives in other jurisdictions and the management of multiple work streams. They make sure that they have covered all the bases and do not miss a point. In addition to their own expertise, they are adept at identifying areas in which they require specialist expertise and commissioning such work.’

‘The Kirkland team are outstanding at methodically working through complex internal investigations and ensuring that all relevant facts are identified. This is largely a result of their forensic attention to detail and ability to join a disparate array of facts to present the relevant narrative to the client (and regulator if required). The Kirkland team are tireless in making sure that there are no gaps in the methodology or lingering questions once the matter is concluded.’

‘Patrick Navein has outstanding attention to detail and is always able to find a practical solution to seemingly insurmountable problems. He is calm under pressure and is able to ensure that all moving parts in a complex investigation are joined up. Patrick is especially adept at using new technologies for maximum efficiency.’

‘Satnam Tumani brings a huge amount of experience and is able to use this experience to educate clients about the most effective way to resolve issues which arise during internal investigations.’

‘Andrew Butel is able to rapidly focus in on the key issues in a complex and wide-ranging investigation.’


Linklaters LLP

Acting on behalf of clients in sectors including technology, energy, banking, and extractives, Linklaters LLP’s business crime team provides ‘high quality advice’ on the whole spectrum of financial crime, with a particular focus on cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations. The practice has notable expertise in sanctions work, routinely representing corporations in investigations by OFSI, along with challenging fines imposed by the authority. The department has vast experience of dealing with domestic agencies, such as the SFO and FCA, with the global head of dispute resolution, Alison Wilson, consistently advising financial institutions during major enforcement investigations into AML and financial crises. Satindar Dogra focuses on compliance relating to bribery and corruption, and Alison Saunders concentrates on prosecutions by criminal agencies. Ben Packer handles financial crime investigations, and senior criminal defence lawyer Elly Proudlock is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alison Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Satindar Dogra; Alison Saunders DCB; Ben Packer; Elly Proudlock


‘A commercially focused team’.

‘Ellie Proudlock is an excellent adviser’.

‘The team is able to advise on complex issues in time-sensitive situations covering an array of jurisdictions (EU, UK and US) that pertain to the issue. The team have taken their time to understand our needs and advise accordingly.’

‘Alison Saunders is our go to partner on financial crime related matters and is always able to make herself available at short notice. Sean Solomon similarly is always able to advise when required on the US aspects of an issue. This has been important with the recent glut of Sanctions that have been applied across multiple jurisdictions. The advice is timely, concise and to the point.’

‘Excellent team, builds long-term relationships and always available with high-quality advice.’

‘Satindar Dogra, Elly Proudlock and Sean Solomon are exceptional – very pragmatic, highly commercial and implicitly trusted to deliver critical advice when it really matters.’


Work highlights

Macfarlanes LLP

With a diverse client-base that includes financial institutions, manufacturing companies, and luxury businesses, the corporate crime and investigations team at Macfarlanes LLP has long-established strength in the traditional financial crime sphere. The practice has a growing advisory support offering, with significant depth in the AML and sanctions space, alongside expertise on anti-bribery compliance and regulatory issues. The head, Neill Blundell , is ‘charming but tough as nails’, with more than 20 years' experience dealing with fraud, bribery, and money laundering matters, while Dan Lavender regularly resolves major multi-jurisdictional investigations. Lorna Emson acts for banks and natural resources companies on complex commercial litigation issues, meanwhile Barry Donnelly focuses on prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Neill Blundell

Other key lawyers:

Dan Lavender; Lorna Emson; Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Helen Harvey; Max Hobbs; Francis Bond; James Reid


‘With their broad commercial and private client base they are very well based to provide advice to corporates under investigation from an early stage. Adept at internal investigations as well as fighting of prosecutions. Well-resourced and reasonable on fees. A diverse staff for years.’

‘Neil Blundell, charming but tough as nails under the charm. An effective negotiator but a tough and seasoned defender. Helen Harvey, a real star in the making, no stone left unturned and a great lawyer.’

‘Macfarlanes are undoubtedly one of the leading sanctions teams in the country and are especially good at work in involving interacting with regulators. Very strong at an associate level & know their way around the relevant regulations.’

‘Neill Blundell – a very smooth operator, reassuring with clients and knows everyone who matters. Not a sanctions specialist himself but has a good team under him & can delegate effectively. Francis Bond comes from a policy background & has an in depth understanding of sanctions regulations. Commercially astute & with a good eye for what will wash with the regulators.’

‘Neill Blundell: a Tier One lawyer and Tier One human being.’

‘Lorna Emson: straddles the crossover between civil, criminal and regulatory investigations seamlessly.’

‘Francis Bond: one of the up and coming sanctions lawyers of the moment.’

‘Neil Blundell heads the team and has brought a combination of effortless charm and ruthless tactical execution to the MacFarlanes brand. Max Hobbs is a skilled practitioner. Neil’s background means he can effortlessly move between advising corporates and individuals and understands what motivates each stakeholder in an investigation or prosecution.’

Key clients

Revolution Beauty

Work highlights

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Boasting ‘great people from top to bottom’, the corporate crime practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP offers comprehensive advice on all aspects of criminal investigations, frequently drawing on the insolvency, employment, data, and reputation management departments within the firm. The team covers a considerable breadth of work, handling everything from day-to-day internal investigations to high-stakes law enforcement raids, as well as demonstrating expertise dealing with the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Johanna Walsh is a ‘first-rate team leader’, specialising in serious fraud and money laundering cases, while Matthew Ewens has experience assisting clients with HMRC tax fraud proceedings and SFO prosecutions. Alison Geary focuses on market abuse and cartel matters, and solicitor-advocate Kizzy Augustin provides strategic support during criminal investigations and inquests.

Practice head(s):

Johanna Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ewens; Alison Geary; Kizzy Augustin; Christopher Gribbin; Celia Marr; Mellissa Curzon-Berners


‘Great people from top to bottom. Where every case matters.’

‘Johanna Walsh- first rate team leader- wonderfully insightful.’

‘Matthew Ewens – tremendous tactician, eye for detail and errors, personable and trusted by clients.’

‘Jo is an extraordinarily talented lawyer and has been for many years. She has an unbelievable capacity to soak up work and pressure and wears it all so lightly. A wonderful human touch with clients and colleagues, belies a sharp whip smart brain. Fantastic lawyer.’

‘A great team with very strong commercial support.’

‘Joanne Walsh is a very talented and effective leader of the team.’


Key clients

London Capital & Finance PLC

London Investment Manager

Barote Construction Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the administrators of London Capital & Finance PLC following the collapse of the listed company in January 2019 and the subsequent SFO investigation.
  • Advising a substantial and well-known family-owned business on highly sensitive allegations of criminal wrongdoing made by an employee against the CEO.
  • Advising a well-known and significant British media company in connection with a criminal investigation.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly advises corporates on complex cross-border criminal investigations conducted by domestic and international authorities, including the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. The practice demonstrates significant strength in the sanctions field, and advises corporates and financial institutions on US, EU, and UK regulation, export controls, and bribery laws, along with ESG compliance programmes. Co-heads Patrick Bourke and Neil O’ May bring vast expertise handling multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime prosecutions to the team, whilst the ‘unflappable’ Pamela Reddy is an expert on cross-border bribery, fraud, and money laundering matters. David Harris has experience dealing with financial sanctions issues, and Katie Stephen focuses on AML . Ruth Cowley concentrates on complex litigation, with Andrew Reeves regularly acting for banks and major corporates on a range of matters. Stuart Neely was promoted to partner in January 2023, with Claudia Culley also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Reddy; David Harris; Katie Stephen; Ruth Cowley; Andrew Reeves; Stuart Neely; Katie McDougall; Claudia Culley; Thomas Hubbard; Annie Birch; Naomi Miles


‘Pamela Reddy – now a veteran of representing corporates – is unflappable.’

‘Highly versatile team with incredibly high bandwidth to take on sanctions-related work across industry sectors.’

‘David Harris: incredibly calm demeanor and perfectly calibrated advice, despite being under significant pressure due to the vast changes to Sanctions laws affecting many clients over the past year.’

Norton Rose’s white collar crime team, headed by partners Neil O’May and Pam Reddy and supported by Andrew Reeves and Tom Hubbard, offers an excellent service. The team is highly experienced and each of its lawyers is an asset, providing sound advice and excellent strategic direction.’

‘Neil O’May is excellent: highly experienced in this field, he thinks about every angle of a case and how best his client can be served by its legal advisers at any given moment. Pam Reddy also has a wealth of experience in this field. She is first rate. Andrew Reeves is calm, measured and tactically astute. A real asset to the firm. Tom Hubbard is also extremely good. His legal analysis is excellent and his strategic judgement very good.’


Key clients

Multiple P&O Ferries companies

Work highlights

Paul Hastings LLP

Displaying a strong presence in the corporate investigations and compliance field, the Paul Hastings LLP team uses its ‘talent at all levels’ to effectively handle anti-bribery and corruption, fraud, and data security proceedings. The firm’s international structure enables close collaboration between the offices in the US, Europe, and Asia, enabling the practice to advise clients on all aspects surrounding high-profile cross-border investigations brought by domestic and global enforcement bodies. Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, adopting an ‘imaginative’ approach when considering complex tax evasion and corruption matters, whilst Joanna Dimmock uses her ‘meticulous eye for detail’ when assisting with international corruption and criminal cartel issues. Morgan Miller supports companies during white-collar defence cases, and Arun Srivastava is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Pickworth

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Dimmock; Morgan Miller; Arun Srivastava; Fred Kelly


‘Jonathan Pickworth is world class. A superb and imaginative lawyer who achieves remarkable results. A great strategist and visionary.’

‘Jo Dimmock is also world class. She has a meticulous eye for detail.’

‘Jonathan Pickworth is imaginative and full of drive. He is one of the best if not the best in this field.’

‘Jo Dimmock is also one of best there is. They provide a formidable service which it is hard to beat.’

‘Their team has talent at all levels.’

‘Jonathan Pickworth is an outstanding lawyer. Easy to work with, very knowledgeable and brainy but also highly practical.’

‘A welcome addition to the London legal landscape delivering top-class conflict free management of litigation with a commercial slant derived from a top-class US risk and regulatory group which merged with high-level recruitment creates an impressive team.’

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

A recognised leader in the corporate crime and regulatory space, the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP team uses its European offices and strong US practice to deliver bespoke advice regarding multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations conducted by the SFO, US DOJ, and SEC. The ‘first-class’ service covers all aspects of money laundering, corruption, and sanctions issues, along with special expertise assisting corporations with developing and enhancing their compliance programmes. The head, Ryan Junck, is described as a ‘go-to partner’, bringing vast experience handling cross-border financial crime proceedings and knowledge on market abuse matters to the team, while Elizabeth Robertson focuses on criminal tax cases and governance issues. Andrew Good is an expert on bribery and corruption affairs, regularly working with US enforcement agencies. European counsel Vanessa McGoldrick concentrates on investigations around corporate misconduct. Counsel Bora Rawcliffe is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Junck

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Robertson; Andrew Good; Bora Rawcliffe; Vanessa McGoldrick


‘Elizabeth Robertson is someone I felt I could really trust . Her vast experience and competence is made accessible through her very humble manner and high integrity. She stands out with her ability to make the client feel heard. Vanessa McGoldrick is a stellar counsel, very competent and diligent.’

‘The insight provided by this team to the short and longer term thinking of various US and EU regulators, their processes and other stakeholders is first class. Theses matters are usually nothing but downside if you get them wrong and of the highest priority, Ryan Junck recognises this and acts accordingly.’

‘Ryan Junck is the go-to partner on both sides of the Atlantic. He marshals the Skadden specialists as needed.’


Key clients

A publicly listed energy company

A global telecoms company headquartered in Europe

A global online travel marketplace headquartered in the Netherlands

A global financial institution headquartered in Northern Europe

A UK-listed engineering company

A privately held investment group

A sustainable infrastructure company with operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.

Société Générale

Global tech services company headquartered in Europe

Markel Corporation


Global building materials and solutions company headquartered in Europe

UK-regulated Nordic consulting company

Work highlights

  • Representing a special committee of the Board of a publicly listed energy company in connection with a high stakes review of alleged corrupt activities involving the company’s former senior management.
  • Assisted a global telecoms company headquartered in Europe with a review of its activities in Iraq and Saudi Arabia following reporting of corruption and other misconduct by a competitor.
  • Represented a global online travel marketplace headquartered in the Northern Europe in connection with the review of activity at the company’s subsidiary relating to fraud allegations and the onboarding and verification of certain clients.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Acting on many high-profile, complex financial crime cases in both London and internationally, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is consistently called on by clients for advice on anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and modern slavery-related matters. With a strong European offering, along with a network of US offices, the team is well equipped to manage cross-border investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, SEC, and US DOJ. Peter Burrell leads the group, focusing on multi-jurisdictional disputes involving financial fraud, tax evasion, and financial reporting issues, while Rita Mitchell concentrates on sanctions and money laundering matters. The ‘really talented’ Simon Osborn-King works on complex criminal and internal investigations for corporates. At the more junior end, Michael Thorne and Cristina Caggiano are noted for their regulatory and civil work.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burrell

Other key lawyers:

Rita Mitchell; Simon Osborn-King; Michael Thorne; Cristina Caggiano


‘Very strong double act of Peter Burrel and Simon Osborn-King. Capable of dealing with white collar crime investigations, related civil actions, compliance and sanctions matters.’

‘Simon Osborn King is really talented. He is very popular with clients who love his work ethic and clear pragmatic advice.’

The Willkie team is a perfect fit for our business which is very dynamic. They are capable of providing us with pragmatic advice and help us protect our business efficiently while being mindful of costs/benefit.

‘Rita Mitchell – very practical in approach and very responsive.’

Key clients

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Essentra plc

General Electric/Alstom

Tate & Lyle plc

MAN Group plc

Work highlights

  • Defending CITGO Petroleum in response to a Department of Justice investigation under various federal criminal statutes. It’s a highly complex matter involving representation of the U.S. subsidiaries of Petróleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company.
  • Acts as ongoing sanctions counsel for Essentra FZE Company Limited in relation to UK, US and EU sanctions questions including in relation to trade and export control and in response to sanctions on Russia and Belarus.

Arnold & Porter

Representing corporate clients from across the finance, defence, and technology industries, Arnold & Porter’s enforcement and dispute resolution practice specialises in managing cross-border regulatory prosecutions and investigations. The department works closely with its US network of offices, providing a global approach regarding bribery and corruptions issues, along with anti-tax evasion matters. Kathleen Harris heads the London office, bringing vast expertise on regulatory and enforcement proceedings, as well as financial fraud investigations, and Sean Curran is highly experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional prosecutions brought by the SFO, HMRC, and FCA.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Harris

Other key lawyers:

Sean Curran; Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana


‘Arnold & Porter merge a bespoke service to clients with the backing of a major international law firm. They are efficient and effective and provide superb advice to corporates who are conducting internal investigations, and then to those under investigation, and have an excellent track-record of ensuring their clients avoid prosecution.’

‘Kathleen Harris is the best white collar crime lawyer of her generation. Her tactical ability is superb, her work ethic is incredible.’

‘Sean Curran is a hugely talented lawyer whose client care skills are unsurpassed.’

‘Melissa Dames is a rising star who is extremely smart and works extremely hard.’


The 'brilliant’ Ruby Hamid heads the Ashurst dispute resolution practice, which specialises in multi-jurisdictional financial crime investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC. Boasting particular strength across the infrastructure, natural resources, and financial industries, the team consistently represents international and domestic companies on the whole spectrum of financial crime matters and Russian sanctions compliance. Hamid boasts 20 years’ experience of handling complex criminal and investigatory issues, whilst senior associate Neil Donovan has expertise in acting for clients on regulatory enforcement actions involving overseas authorities, such as the US DOJ and AMF. Other key figures include Adam Jamieson, a specialist in regulatory investigations who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in July 2022, and Elliott Kenton, who concentrates on internal investigations. Ross Denton left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ruby Hamid

Other key lawyers:

Neil Donovan; Elliott Kenton; Tom Cummins; Adam Jamieson; James Levy; Joshua Kang; Sophie Law; Louise Youngman; Anthony Asindi; Aaron Marchant; Travis Quinn; Andrew Sims; Rosie Stanger; Laura Bell; Fraser Collingham; Catherine Lillycrop; Jonas Weissenmayer; Adam Jamieson; Nathan Willmott


‘The team led by Ruby Hamid are a talented, hardworking, committed, exceptional tour de force. A one stop shop of excellence. Providing outstanding client care, advice both tactically and legally. The go to team.’

‘Ruby Hamid is simply brilliant; an utter star and leader in her field. Ruby has both experience and skill (legal and tactical) in bucket loads. Clients love her, opponents fear but respect her and the judiciary trust her. Utterly fearless. A brilliant lawyer. She has it all.’

‘Laura Bell – hard working, tactically sound and a talented lawyer.’

Work highlights

Clyde & Co

Counting clients from across the energy, natural resources, aviation, and insurance sectors, Clyde & Co’s regulatory and investigations team specialises in all aspects of financial crime, particularly on money laundering and sanctions matters. The practice has extensive experience of handling high-profile domestic and international investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC on behalf of financial institutions and major corporations. Charles Kuhn is a regulatory and financial crime specialist, whilst Fergal Cathie focuses on assisting clients with allegations of fraud and dishonesty. John Whittaker leads the internal corporate investigations division, concentrating on anti-bribery and corruption compliance, Rachel Cropper Mawer represents clients on CCO and modern slavery matters.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Cathie; John Whittaker; Rachel Cropper-Mawer; Charles Kuhn

Other key lawyers:

Chris Hill; Richard Harrison; Rowena Lewis; Anna Myrvang; Anousheh Bromfield

Work highlights

  • Defending claims made against Dechert in a high-profile litigation with very serious allegations being made by a former client.


Offering a joined-up risk advisory, compliance and investigations service, CMS’ practice covers all aspects of corporate criminal and regulatory law, demonstrating special expertise in energy, life sciences, and technology. The team also boasts significant strength in financial services enforcement, sanctions compliance, and data protection, with vast experience in dealing with complex, cross-border prosecutions and investigations. Eoin O’Shea and Omar Qureshi co-head the group, with the former being an expert on fraud and handling SFO investigations, while the latter advises companies on bribery and money laundering issues. Elisabeth Bremner focuses on financial crime compliance, and Alison McHaffie has over 25 years’ experience dealing with financial regulators. Senior associate Amy Wilkinson concentrates on accounting irregularities, and associate Karishma Gadhia looks into civil fraud proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Eoin O’Shea; Omar Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Bremner; Alison McHaffie; Kitty St Aubyn; Amy Wilkinson; Karishma Gadhia


‘The CMS investigations team are truly globalized in that the firm offers investigations and enforcement services across the many offices; however, the London office is very cognizant of what is occurring at the global offices. This is a well organized team and very good to work with.’

‘I have worked with Omar Qureshi and Eoin O’Shea in London, as well as lawyers in Bucharest, Shanghai, Warsaw and Kiev. All are uniformly good on quality and responsiveness and offer an integrated offering, jurisdiction to jurisdiction.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a former CEO in criminal investigations in four jurisdictions relating to SKAT v Solo Capital, one of the largest tax fraud causes in the world.
  • Advising the Administrators of Buy2Let Cars as regards a major investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Covington & Burling LLP

Counting Fortune 500 companies and global corporations amongst its key clients, Covington & Burling LLP‘s white-collar defence practice has vast expertise in handling cases involving bribery, money laundering, and financial fraud. The team demonstrates strength in supporting clients subject to allegations by the UK and overseas enforcement authorities, ranging from HMRC and the FCA to the SEC and US DoJ. Ian Hargreaves and David Lorello both co-head the group, specialising in dealing with major fraud cases and complex sanction matters. Sarah Bishop is a dual-qualified UK and US lawyer, focusing on AML laws and compliance issues, whilst Mark Finucane is an expert on securities enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hargreaves; David Lorello

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bishop; Mark Finucane; Ian Redfearn

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Boasting substantial experience in advising major banks and financial service providers in global investigations regarding financial fraud, the London-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher team works closely with its colleagues in the US, Europe, and Asia. This international network enables the practice to offer comprehensive advice on corporate criminal matters, including bribery and corruption, fraud, and tax evasion, along with demonstrating expertise in dealing with investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Philip Rocher leads the department, whilst Sacha Harber-Kelly specialises in global white-collar proceedings. Patrick Doris is an expert on sanctions and tax evasion matters, and Allan Neil represents clients within the finance sector. The ‘excellent’ Matthew Nunan is knowledgeable on financial services regulation, and of counsel Christopher Loudon is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Philip Rocher

Other key lawyers:

Sacha Harber-Kelly; Patrick Doris; Allan Neil; Matthew Nunan; Christopher Loudon; Jonathan Griffin; Kimberley Simmons; Amy Cooke; Katie Mills; Irene Polieri; Megan Catli; Marija Brackovic


‘A very competent team who responded quickly when we asked them to help with some complex conduct risk/grievance-related cases.’

‘Matthew Nunan is excellent – he has considerable experience in the SFO/FCA and in-house and so was able to give us excellent advice on how to conduct the investigations.’



Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Representing clients from within the aerospace, construction, extractives, and energy industries, the ‘superb’ team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides bespoke advice on anti-bribery, corruption, and money laundering matters. The firm demonstrates strong international capabilities, consistently defending corporations and financial institutions in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations, along with assisting with sanctions and ESG-related compliance. Following Jo Rickards’ departure in January 2023, the ‘outstandingly good’ Rebecca Meads leads the practice, bringing vast expertise on complex fraud and regulatory matters to the department. Senior associate Gavin Costelloe focuses on financial and trade related sanctions since his arrival in April 2022 from the SFO, whilst of counsel Alex Swan’s work encompasses proceedings involving allegations of fraud and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Meads

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Costelloe; Alex Swan


‘A superb team, – they are dynamic and young with strength at all levels.’

‘Rebecca Meads is outstandingly good. A tireless worker with a superb eye for what is practical. She inspires confidence and achieves remarkably successful outcomes for her clients.’

‘Rebecca Meads is undoubtedly a leading individual in the field of advising individuals on white collar/business crime matters – calm under pressure, she combines her undoubted approachability with a keen legal mind and years of high-level experience.’

‘Alex Swan knows his cases backwards, has an almost encyclopaedic recollection of the law, and has excellent client handling skills.’

‘This is a team which has been created by bringing in star practitioners from a number of different firms and backgrounds. It has created an offering which combines deep knowledge and experience with a dynamic and pro-active approach to cases. They are great fun to work with too.’

‘Rebecca Meads is a joy to work with: she is an inspiring leader to her team, with great legal skills, market knowledge, and commercial savvy.’

‘Alex Swan is both thoughtful and dynamic.’

Work highlights

  • Advising several corporate entities in relation to matters arising out of an Indian tax and money laundering investigation.
  • Advising companies in relation to an HMRC tax investigation.


With specific sector specialities including commodities, shipping, aerospace, and energy, the global investigations and white-collar defence department at HFW is chosen by clients largely due to its ‘deep experience of SFO investigations’. The practice routinely represents corporates seeking to mitigate criminal and regulatory risk on corporate transactions, with practice head Barry Vitou bringing vast expertise in global money laundering investigations and grand corruption issues to the team. The ‘standout’ Anne-Marie Ottaway has over 20 years’ experience in economic crime-related matters, and Daniel Martin is a sanctions specialist. Cindy Laing joined the group as an associate from BCL Solicitors LLP in April 2022, focusing on bribery and corruption affairs.

Practice head(s):

Barry Vitou

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Ottaway; Daniel Martin; Cindy Laing


‘Organised, with the human touch – thoughtful, objective, clear and collaborative.’

‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are truly experts in corporate crime, particularly SFO prosecutions.’

‘Barry Vitou has great intuition regarding what a prosecutor will do in any given circumstances and advises boards with real clarity regarding their options.’

‘The team’s strength lies in its deep experience of SFO investigations. When it comes to commodities and internal, external regulatory and criminal investigations, this is the team to go to. The team does their homework and knows how to interact with the SFO.’

‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a standout individual. Her experience while a prosecutor at the SFO means she knows the right questions to ask, does not get fazed and rolls up her sleeves when things are tricky. Her judgement and tactical advice, as well as her ability to understand the SFO’s next move are all key to getting investigations discontinued.’

‘The team is led by Anne-Marie Ottaway and Barry Vitou, who have worked together for many years. Barry has worked in commercial law firms for 30 years and Anne-Marie is a criminal law expert.’

‘Anne-Marie Ottaway brings a decade of defence experience on top of her previous SFO career and is one of the most successful former SFO prosecutors in practice. An excellent lawyer and strategist, she has a proven track record of getting law enforcement investigations discontinued. Anne-Marie is particularly active in the commodities space.’

Key clients

KBR, Inc. and KBR, Inc.’s UK subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Representing a commodities client in connection with suspected sanctions breaches – undertaking internal investigation to ascertain the facts, advising the board and engaging with the regulator.
  • Advising a client in relation to damaging allegations concerning its ESG claims following an investigation conducted by well-known news agencies and not for profit organisations principally in the UK and Germany.
  • Representing a FCA regulated firm in connection with suspected breaches of sanctions – supervising the conduct of a forensic review of the internal systems and controls and engaging with the regulators.

Latham & Watkins

Counting publicly listed companies, global investment firms, and foreign governments amongst its key clients, the ‘very pragmatic’ team at Latham & Watkins is highly regarded for its handling of multi-jurisdictional investigations involving broad corruption issues. The practice has developed strong relationships with domestic and international enforcement agencies, ranging from the SFO and FCA to the US DOJ, with co-head Nathan Seltzer regularly representing recognisable brands in the US and globally in high-stakes proceedings. Fellow co-head Stuart Alford KC, is an expert on financial crime and regulatory matters, whilst Clare Nida focuses on allegations of anti-bribery and corruption laws.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Seltzer; Stuart Alford KC

Other key lawyers:

Clare Nida; Mair Williams


‘Clare Nida is a brilliant lawyer in this area.’

‘The Latham team is lithe and very responsive, with experts spanning the international gamut of compliance program risks. Latham has been an invaluable advisor and continues to be a voice of experience and key collaborator as we build out our team and scope.’

‘The Latham team has deep legal and compliance experience and the ability to scale their knowledge to our mission, which they leverage to guide us in right-sizing our program, which in turn helps wisely streamline our investment around key areas of risk. The entire team is fantastic, and Clare Nida has provided invaluable counsel and support, and assisted in coordinating additional resources as we need them.’

‘The team is very pragmatic with their advisory and doesn’t try and “boil the ocean”. They look for efficient ways to perform work and also do not suggest fruitless tasks.’

‘Everyone on the team is very intelligent and brings diverse experience to the table. Additionally, they have great personalities which make them enjoyable to work with and are the type of people you’d welcome dinner or drinks with.’

‘Stuart Alford KC, former SFO, is highly skilled in advising boards on SFO investigations, proceedings and settlement agreements.’

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Deploying a ‘rational, hard-charged and thorough’ approach when addressing financial crime issues, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP represents international banks and global corporations in regulatory and criminal investigations. With special expertise in cases involving insider trading, market abuse, and complex fraud corruption, the team consistently deals with cross-border proceedings brought by international and domestic enforcement authorities, spanning from the SFO to the US DOJ. Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith both lead the group, providing bespoke advice on tax issues, sanctions breaches, and retail share trading matters. Paul Mesquitta handles complex commercial litigation and arbitration, having been promoted to partner in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Paul Mesquitta


‘Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith have transformed this practice area. They have a vast portfolio of international clients and provide an outstanding service with great skill and efficiency.’

‘Chris Warren-Smith is a highly experienced commercially minded lawyer with experience in several jurisdictions. He has the ability to view a case in its essentials and to give clear and subtle advice.’

‘Melanie Ryan is an imaginative and practical lawyer with the ability to achieve astonishing results.’

‘The regulatory investigations team is a very good outfit – well-resourced and able to handle any issue in a sensible, pragmatic fashion. It combines objectivity as well as being client focused.’

‘Melanie Ryan is excellent with a very good following. She is hugely experienced and has a great ability to get to the nub of the problem clearly and decisively. Her pragmatism and thoroughness always sets up the client for the best outcome.’

‘Chris Warren-Smith is a very safe pair of hands and one of the profession’s heavy hitters. He is direct, focused and gets straight to the point. He is also always on top of the detail. He is great at asking the right question and getting to the bottom of things. His client care is a finely honed and based around directness, realities and a proper appraisal of potential outcomes. He is highly trusted and rightly so.’

‘I cannot recommend them enough for white collar work. I had the great opportunity to work with them under difficult circumstances with a complicated matter abroad during the height of the pandemic. Ultimately it involved three regulatory agencies. After a significant amount of effort by them and me, we received declinations in all three. I am very grateful. The approach was rational, hard charged and thorough.’

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has extensive experience of acting on behalf of corporations in fraud, corruption, and money laundering proceedings, and international criminal investigations. The firm represents a client-base from a wide array of industries, ranging from energy and mining to retail and finance, and has grown its presence within the sanctions space, particularly since the start of the Ukraine war in February 2022. Nick Vamos heads the team, focusing on export controls and related offences, whilst the ‘superb’ Michael O’Kane has vast expertise in advising companies in high-profile international business crime cases. Jasvinder Nakhwal is an expert on INTERPOL and extradition matters, while Maria Cronin and Anna Bradshaw are noted for their money laundering and insider dealing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Nick Vamos

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakhwal; Maria Cronin; Anna Bradshaw; Neil Swift; Charlotte Tregunna


‘Michael O’Kane is superb and leads a wonderful team of gifted individuals including Jasvinder Nakhwal and Nick Vamos.’

‘They provide practical and efficient solutions and can handle investigations on a massive scale without any loss of quality.’

‘Michael O’Kane is a world class lawyer with great charisma and imagination.’

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is meticulous and has brilliant judgement. She is a delight to work with.’

‘Nick Vamos had years of experience with the CPS and he now uses this on behalf of his clients. He is a superb lawyer and tactician.’

‘The team has real in-depth knowledge in a very specialist area. There are few firms that offer this depth of knowledge in the field of corporate crime.’

‘The team has acted on a significant number of high-profile cases and have an in-depth expertise in a wide range of regulatory and corporate crime matters. The practice is highly regarded within the legal profession and also instructs exceptional legal counsel when required. The needs of the client are the clear focus of the practice.’

‘The team in general stand out for their legal knowledge and ability to assimilate a significant amount of technical information. The team’s client care is exceptional and in particular Jasvinder Nakhwal has the ability to explain complex legal nuances to a layman in a way that is easily understood.’


With the investigations technology and client data team being fully integrated into RPC’s white-collar crime practice, the ‘commercially minded’ team offers strong tech-related financial crime advice to a global client-base. The firm also demonstrates a growing presence in the financial trade sanctions arena, acting in the first case before the Commercial Court regarding the interpretation of Russian trade sanctions. The head, Sam Tate, is a ‘walking encyclopedia’, routinely being instructed on political financial crime matters and negotiating DPAs with the SFO, whilst Adam Craggs has expertise in criminal tax proceedings. Davina Given focuses on sanctions and regulatory matters, and Jonathan Cary concentrates on finance disputes. Michelle Sloane is an expert on financial crime litigation, the ’unflappable’ senior associate Lucy Kerr covers all aspects of compliance and policy matters.

Practice head(s):

Sam Tate

Other key lawyers:

Adam Craggs; Davina Given; Jonathan Cary; Michelle Sloane; Lucy Kerr; Kate Langley; Tom Jenkins; Alice Kemp


‘This is the go-to firm for any high net worth individual or corporate experiencing difficulty with the Revenue. They have really high-quality lawyers who fight for the client. Alice Kemp is a brilliant young associate who has a huge legal brain and is an outstanding litigator.’

‘Adam Craggs is top lawyer in this field. He has particular expertise in seeing off HMRC investigations and preventing criminal prosecutions. He knows the ways and procedures of the Tax Tribunal inside out. he is also a very canny and strategic thinker. A former HMRC lawyer many years ago, he knows how the system works and how to see off the Revenue.’

‘Sam Tate is a walking encyclopedia about the law of corporate crime and leads a great team of enthusiastic and hardworking associates. They are fast but careful, good and responsive.’

‘The team is led by an excellent and highly approachable lawyer, Sam Tate. To me, that’s its key strength. It has a wide variety of complementary experience amongst members from former senior in-house specialists to those who have previously worked at the SFO as well as members of the Bar. This blend results in wide expertise from investigations to and litigation to advisory work and risk assessments.’

‘I have particularly worked with Sam Tate who is hugely skilled, experienced and (disarmingly) intelligent. He has is able to apply deep experience from working in-house, from monitorships with businesses under DPA as well as from private practice. He makes solving problems appear easy, such is his communication ability, and he is affable and always a genuine pleasure to work with.’

‘A commercially minded team with strong leadership and a positive approach to dealing with issues. The team are excellent collaborators, meaning you do not suffer from “associate holiday syndrome”. This is a tight team with a good breadth of skills who provide considerable bang for your buck.’

‘The type of work they do means clients are often making high stakes decisions on limited information, and the team bring a cool eye to what can be a pressure-cooker situation. No matter the complexity, Sam Tate will have seen the issue before and his in-house experience means he can cut to the nub of a problem with an eye to the need to bring stakeholders on the journey.’

‘Lucy Kerr is an associate on the rise, balancing deep knowledge of the subject with an unflappable demeanor and a positive outlook. When the going gets tough, you want her on your team.’

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Compass Group Plc

Bloomberg News

Jones Lang LaSalle


Warner Music Group

Newcastle United Football Club

Al Dahra

McArthurGlen Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Jones Lang LaSalle and its subsidiaries in relation to a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into bribery and the negotiation of two deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) that were entered into with the SFO in July 2021.
  • Instructed by the NEOM Ethics and Compliance department to support in the development and implementation of an optimised, end-to-end third-party risk management process.
  • Instructed by the Federal Republic of Nigeria to seek millions in compensation from Glencore, a global natural resource and trading conglomerate, following its admission of offences under the UK Bribery Act 2010 regarding its corrupt activities in the Nigerian oil industry.

Stephenson Harwood

With a considerable ‘spread of corporate crime experience’, Stephenson Harwood’s practice has specialists in civil fraud and corporate law, as well as expertise representing corporates facing multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations. The team has extensive knowledge of dealing with complex financial disputes, ranging from market manipulation to anti-money laundering matters. Practice head Sean Jeffrey routinely acts on behalf of corporates in white-collar crime proceedings and sanctions issues, Justin McClelland is an expert on civil disputes and cartel activity, while Philip Clarke handles actions brought by the FCA against banks and insurers. The ‘intelligent, strategic’ Alan Ward regularly advises corporates on regulatory and criminal-law compliance.   Ellen Gallagher is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Justin McClelland; Philip Clarke; David Capps; Alan Ward; Ellen Gallagher


‘The team led by Justin McClelland has an extraordinary combination of detailed knowledge and the ability to bring a fresh and questioning perspective to every topic. Quite often very experienced lawyers can be a bit casual, or at least appear to be, in their analysis of new situations, having seen so much. Justin  thinks through everything de novo.’

‘Alan Ward – intelligent, strategic, hardworking with a great knowledge of the investigatory landscape.’

‘Excellent spread of corporate crime advice and experience.’

‘Justin McClelland is an outstanding investigations defence lawyer, with true international legal experience and expertise. Ellen Gallagher is exceptionally well prepared in front of regulators and tribunals.’

Work highlights

White & Case LLP

Fielding a ‘very responsive and skilled’ outfit, the White & Case LLP white-collar practice has extensive experience of handling multi-jurisdictional investigations brought by domestic and global enforcement authorities in relation to bribery, money laundering, and tax evasion. The team collaborates closely with the firm’s dedicated EU and UK sanctions department, providing bespoke advice to corporations on sanction compliance measures, along with negotiating sanctions clauses in supply and trade agreements. Both Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa head the group, with the former being an AML expert, and the latter addressing financial crime issues and criminal defence. Genevra Forwood focuses on financial sanctions, and counsel Joseph Carroll is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa

Other key lawyers:

Genevra Forwood; Sara Nordin; Lawson Caisley; Joseph Carroll; Edward Pearson; Laura Higgins


‘Anneka Randhawa and Jonah Anderson continue to go from strength to strength at White & Case. Anneka is incredibly intelligent, has a structured and focused mindset and deep experience in conducting global investigations. Jonah is a master in the field of AML, with an ever growing reputation in this field.’

‘The White & Case team is very responsive and skilled in following complex multi-jurisdictional cases.’

‘Anneka Randhawa can quickly understand and address complex situations, including those where an understanding of foreign laws is required. She is also excellent at organising and managing the complex processes necessary when non-legal professionals (such as forensic specialists and expert witnesses) become necessary.’

‘Jonah Anderson is fast becoming an anti-money laundering expert and is the go-to lawyer on the subject for his clients.’

‘Anneka Randhawa has developed a particular expertise advising clients in the mining sector.’

‘Anneka Randhawa – intelligent and driven partner with good legal and practical sense.’

‘Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa have done a brilliant job building a thriving corporate practice at White & Case, delivering commercial, pragmatic advice to sophisticated fintech and mining companies.’

‘Jonah Anderson is the guru in the London market on complex money laundering issues.’


The WilmerHale practice is headed by ‘the Top Gun in the London white-collar market’, Stephen Pollard, who brings vast expertise in advising clients in high-profile proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and NCA. The team’s client list includes notable companies from within the extractives and technology spheres, along with authorities from across the globe, as the department is highly regarded for dealing with proceedings arising from allegations of historic bribery and market manipulation. Richard Burger joined the firm as partner from DWF in January 2023, specialising in complex international regulatory enforcement and criminal investigations, whilst counsel Lloyd Firth focuses on money laundering and tax evasion issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Pollard

Other key lawyers:

Richard Burger; Lloyd Firth


‘Stephen Pollard leads a strong team at WilmerHale in London who are attracting some excellent instructions. A particular strength of the firm is its ability seamlessly to work across borders. Its US team in Washington and New York are superb. I would expect WilmerHale to be among the top few firms in this area in the next few years.’

‘The team at WilmerHale is incredibly talented and hard-working. Stephen Pollard is an extremely talented and highly experienced practitioner. He is a cool head and a great strategic thinker. Richard Burger has been a great addition to their team and brings a fantastic client base.’

‘Some outstanding individuals. Lloyd Firth is a partner in waiting and brilliant to work with. He is doggedly committed to his clients and someone you would always want in your corner.’

‘A large team in London when compared to other US law firms with a London office, led by the incomparable Stephen Pollard who has been the premier white collar crime adviser to senior executives and corporates for many years.’

‘Stephen Pollard is extremely wise, tactically brilliant and incredibly personable. He commands respect and loyalty from his clients and others working on a matter, in particular independent legal advisers for individuals. He is straight talking and will not shy away from the big calls.’

‘A Rolls-Royce option in the London market for corporates and individuals, with a top-tier US practice.’

‘Steven Pollard has led the Wilmer Hale practice in London for ten years and is the Top Gun in the London white collar market. Pollard’s trusted apprentice is Lloyd Firth, easily the best white collar lawyer at his level of qualification. He is exceptionally bright, very hard working and very good with clients. I would trust Lloyd with my life.’

BCL Solicitors LLP

Being long-standing and renowned specialists in corporate crime and regulation, the BCL Solicitors LLP team - steered by Richard Sallybanks - is routinely instructed in many significant financial crime investigations conducted by the SFO, HMRC, and the FCA. The firm also has considerable expertise in AML and ESG compliance, with the ‘thoughtful and incisive’ John Binns being a specialist in money laundering matters and corporate criminal offences. Shaul Brazil focuses on sanctions-related compliance issues, while the ‘standout’ Richard Reichman handles regulatory investigations. Julian Hayes concentrates on financial crime affairs, and Anoushka Warlow is noted for her knowledge of serious and commercial fraud.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sallybanks

Other key lawyers:

John Binns; Shaul Brazil; Richard Reichman; Julian Hayes; Anoushka Warlow; Tom McNeill


‘Tom McNeill and Richard Reichman are both experienced in pre-charge advice and the tactics on how best to approach a potential prosecution.’

‘John Binns is the star. Hugely thoughtful and incisive, but tactically brilliant. If you’re in trouble he gets you out. Great public speaker and a massive asset for the firm. Rightly regarded as top 3 in the UK in proceeds of crime and corporate crime.’

‘John Binns – we worked together advising the same client. John was very knowledgeable and professional. He always worked co-operatively and in the best interests of the client. He always responded promptly. His technical knowledge was impressive.’

‘Harry Travers and Richard Sallybanks are outstanding practitioners who have a very sophisticated approach to corporate crime investigations and have had great success. Anoushka Warlow is an up and coming next generation partner.’

‘Julian Hayes is a superb solicitor, the range and depth of his knowledge is exceptional and works tirelessly on behalf of his clients. He consistently thinks outside the box and is a genuine problem solver. To top it all off, he’s a thoroughly decent guy and a gentleman to work with.’

‘BCL’s team principally represents large corporate clients in complex regulatory investigations and corporate criminal allegations. Its teams are well-resourced, with very talented partners, senior associates and associates throughout its ranks available to call upon if needed. The partners are tactically astute and hands-on; they proactively lead case preparation and the client’s response to any investigation.’

‘Richard Reichman and Tom McNeill are the partners that stand out for praise. Both know their cases inside out and work really well as part of a team, bringing their dry sense of humour to the case. Richard considers all options in any case and is realistic with his strategy and approach, meaning his insight is invaluable. Tom is a relatively new partner but tremendously experienced in corporate investigations. Shula de Jersey (partner) is tenacious and pugnacious in regulatory investigations. Anoushka Warlow (new partner) is fantastic, combining empathy with great tactical acumen and knowledge. Suzanne Gallagher (associate), is outstanding; she is knowledgeable and precise with her analysis and very personable.’

‘Shaul Brazil: always available, always on top of all aspects of the case Anoushka Warlow: hard working, she knows every detail of the matter.’

Work highlights

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Demonstrating vast expertise in dealing with complex SFO, FCA, HMRC, and OFSI investigations, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s ‘very personable’ practice acts on behalf of financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and media firms. The team is especially strong at handling financial crime matters, including money laundering, anti-corruption, and tax proceedings, as well as having a growing presence in the cryptocurrency and sanctions compliance space. Kevin Roberts heads the team, with the former showing ‘empathy and commitment’ when advising clients in internal investigations, and the latter specialising in fraud and asset-tracing issues. Special counsel Duncan Grieve has experience of managing international investigations brought by the US DOJ and SEC, while associates Charlotte Glaser and Sharon Takhar are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Grieve; Charlotte Glaser; Sharon Takhar


‘The team at Cadwalader are exceptionally able combining detailed analysis with a thorough understanding of the law. They are also very personable and really make an effort to understand the specific needs of the client.’

‘I have had a number of opportunities to work with Duncan Grieve, who is a standout individual. Duncan is an excellent lawyer who always goes the extra mile for his clients. Duncan’s fluency in Portuguese and extensive international experience also give him an ease at working cross-culturally and on multijurisdictional matters that few lawyers possess. Duncan is highly skilled in working on complex and sensitive investigations and compliance issues.’

‘Kevin Roberts has roots in high street crime and so has genuine criminal law roots, which is probably unique in US law firms in London. Duncan brings a more traditional white collar crime background, but with his Portuguese language skills he has assisted in the focus in Brazilian corruption cases in recent years.’

‘I admire the firm for the thorough, pragmatic way in which evidence is gathered and the way in which the client is calmed.’

Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP

With a ‘strong and capable team’, Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP offers full-service capabilities on regulatory investigations, criminal and strategic defence, and AML matters to international corporations and governments. Boasting a background in the SFO, John Gibson co-heads the practice, bringing vast expertise in managing complex economic crime and money laundering proceedings to the group, while fellow co-chair Richard Kovalevsky KC focuses on all aspects of financial crime issues. David Green KC is a ‘legal titan’, specialising in fraud, corruption and bribery matters. Thomas Shortland – who was promoted to partner in January 2023 – is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

John Gibson; Richard Kovalevsky KC

Other key lawyers:

Sir David Green CB KC; Thomas Shortland; Tim Harris


‘A strong and capable team. Ready to find innovative solutions. Multi-disciplinary practice areas always available to complement.’

‘Brilliantly innovative – they will come up with winning ideas and tactics. Relentlessly persistent – they will work unflaggingly and constantly until they have left no stone unturned and no potentially winning avenue unexplored. Utterly charming – quite simply the nicest people to work with and to have alongside you in a fight. The top of the league.’

‘Incredible strength in depth with individuals who have been on both sides of the regulatory fence giving them exceptional insight and navigational skill.’

‘Sir David Green. A big beast and a legal titan. John Gibson. As polished as the Buckingham Palace silverware and as sharp as a Samurai’s carving knife. Tim Harris is a star in the making and the engine of the team.’

‘Dedicated white collar financial crime specialists.’

‘John Gibson and Tim Harris were extremely approachable and very easy to work with as part of a single multi-firm team.’

‘C&G has a good team, led by John Gibson.’

‘Tim Harris is a star and the engine of the team.’

Key clients

KBR, Inc.

Republic of Albania

Work highlights

DLA Piper

Covering both UK and multi-jurisdictional investigations regarding money laundering, fraud, and sanctions issues, the DLA Piper corporate crime team represents a host of clients across the finance, fintech, and life sciences sectors. Laura Ford leads the team, bringing vast expertise in bribery and sanctions issues. Tony Katz focuses on regulatory compliance, and Sam Millar is an expert on financial crime work. Will White is particularly knowledgeable with respect to AML matters. Shabaz Ahmed is also noted. Patrick Rappo left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Laura Ford

Other key lawyers:

Tony Katz; Sam Millar; Will White; Shabaz Ahmed


‘Strong individuals with deep knowledge and experience in their fields.’

‘Exceptional range of talent.’


Work highlights

  • Supported a multinational manufacturing engineering company in making a self-report to the Serious Fraud Office, in tandem with a report to the US SEC.
  • Investigating a long-standing payment scheme suspected to have been designed to bypass mandatory disclosure rules and which may have breached various financial crime laws, including bribery, fraud, false accounting and money laundering, harnessing our cutting edge in-house technology-assisted review platform to undertake an efficient electronic document review prior to anticipated reports to the authorities in the UK and Europe.
  • Conducting a regular global compliance review for a multinational gaming and gambling firm.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The corporate crime and investigations practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP shows significant strength in international economic sanctions and AML remediation projects. The team has in-depth knowledge of dealing with domestic enforcement agencies, ranging from the SFO to the FCA, and consistently acts for global corporate clients in anti-bribery and corruption investigations. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the group, specialising in international financial sanctions and financial crime. In London, Anupreet Amole provides comprehensive fraud advice, while the ‘hugely experienced’ Steve Smith routinely defends regulatory and criminal proceedings. Also in London, Emma Gordon concentrates on cross-border investigations.

Practice head(s):

Zia Ullah

Other key lawyers:

Anupreet Amole; Steve Smith; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka; Victoria Turner; Chris Stott; Kimberly Jones; Emma Gordon


‘Zia Ullah leads a fantastic team of lawyers who are clearly thriving under his steer. His promotion of senior women is particularly commendable. Above all his team is hugely respected by clients and the industry alike for its expertise and competence in what is now one of the most technically complex and high risk practice areas – and this reputation is a testament to a truly well-run ship’

‘Zia Ullah has for over a decade been one of a very small group of UK sanctions experts who has the experience and expertise to excel at this work. His experience of competently conducting large scale corporate internal investigations into sanctions related matters is probably unsurpassed in the UK.’

‘The Financial Services Regulation department at Eversheds is unique, in that it is the only firm that has skilled persons status with the FCA. This means that they are uniquely qualified to advise corporates in respect of financial crime systems and controls from the perspective of the FCA. They have the authority to make judgement at a high level in relation to the adequacy of a corporates financial crime arrangements.’

‘Ruth Paley has become an invaluable player within the corporate crime and investigations team at Eversheds. Her reputation for her unwavering support and dynamic, tenacious representation of her corporate clients proceeds her. Ruth has rapidly become the go-to name within the sector for AML advice and compliance for corporations. A truly exceptional lawyer.’

‘A great team under Zia Ullah. Advice is well structured, concise and practical.’

‘Eversheds have a very strong corporate crime offering and do a lot of work for financial services firms in this space, including being one of the few firms who do skilled persons reports. Their practice is not limited to just financial services and I have worked with them on two private equity matters. They field a strong multi-partner team and have specialist associates.’

‘Ruth Paley is one of the strongest lawyers in the anti-money laundering space. She is a technical expert in this space, but is a commercial lawyer who is good with clients. She brings her experience at the bar to bear on representations of corporates. She is a joy to work with and hugely collaborative.’

‘Steve Smith is a hugely experienced practitioner with a perspective borne of having worked in criminal defence, for a regulator and as an MLRO. He is a savvy operator.’

Work highlights


A ‘truly client-focused firm’, the Fieldfisher commercial crime practice is highly regarded for its work on behalf of companies in the extractives, energy, and infrastructure industries, handling major corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions. The team regularly assists corporations in high-profile cross-border investigations brought by the SFO and FCA, deploying both barristers and solicitors in their team to act both as litigators and as trial counsel. Practice head Quinton Newcomb possesses almost two decades of experience prosecuting and defending in financial crime proceedings, while Shiv Haria-Shah - praised for their 'exceptional quality, time and time again' - is an expert on compliance measures. William Glover works on corporate investigations. Noteworth new arrivals include Priyanka Kapoor, who joined from PCB Byrne in July 2022, and Natalie Quinlivan, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Quinton Newcomb

Other key lawyers:

Shiv Haria-Shah; William Glover; Verity Quaite; Farheen Ishtiaq-Stansfeld


‘Fieldfisher are highly regarded in corporate crime. They have considerable experience in conducting regulatory investigations both domestically and intentionally. They have a dedicated team of experienced professionals who have been consistent in providing clients with a first-rate service.’

‘Will Glover is an exceptional lawyer with an impressive ability to quickly identify issues and find solutions for corporate clients.’

‘Quinton Newcomb is a very safe pair of hands with significant experience from his time at the Bar and at Fulcrum Chambers.’

‘Fieldfisher are a truly client-focused firm. They bring the client on-board and tailor the services to their needs. They have a wealth of expertise across a number of practice areas and I truly feel they’re leaders in Risk, Governance and all things ESG.’

‘Shiv Haria-Shah managed to deliver with exceptional quality, time and time again on extremely tight deadlines.’

‘Quinton Newcomb brings so much experience to bear on his cases. He is very personable, easy to get on with, extremely thoughtful and a great tactician. He always takes the long view.’

‘Shiv Haria-Shah – He’s a super smooth, reassuring lawyer with a brilliant legal mind. He’s creative and dynamic and will fight every case as if it’s his last.’

‘Quinton Newcombe – An amazing lawyer. So talented and hard-working. Destined for the top.’

Key clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Company

Work highlights

  • Represented ENRC since the end of 2021 for the purposes of defending in the SFO’s high profile investigation into the company, and Quinton continues to lead the team.
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company that has been the victim of a fraud by false invoicing.
  • Advising a FTSE100 oil & gas company in relation to financial crime compliance.

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP has in-depth expertise in the whole spectrum of corporate investigation and advisory work, with a client-base consisting of energy, finance, and pharmaceutical companies. The practice offers strategic advice to corporations subjected to allegations of bribery, sanctions violations, money laundering, and fraud, along with boasting vast experience in dealing with the SFO, EA, and other domestic agencies. Christine Braamskamp leads the group, bringing ‘superior knowledge’ on financial misconduct and criminal investigations to the team, whilst Paul Feldberg focuses on sanctions and money laundering issues. Rob Dalling regularly acts for financial institutions, and special counsel Lucy Blake handles human rights and supply chain abuses.

Practice head(s):

Christine Braamskamp

Other key lawyers:

Paul Feldberg; Robert Dalling; Lucy Blake; Karam Jardaneh; Anna Gaudoin; Andre Nwadikwa


‘In-depth knowledge of complex investigations, with board level attention/interaction. Practical approach and very accessible.’

‘Christine Braamskamp – superior knowledge and service.’

‘Lucy Blake – very knowledgeable and hands on.’

Jones Day

The investigations and white-collar practice at Jones Day works closely with its civil fraud team, advising on the gamut of corporate criminal investigations and asset-tracing, recovery and enforcement actions. Drawing on a sizeable network of offices across multiple jurisdictions, the group is routinely called upon to deal with cross-border white-collar crime proceedings brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and SEC. Both Sion Richards and Glyn Powell co-head the department, each specialising in major fraud, corruption, and economic crime matters. Adam Brown advises both corporates and financial institutions, while the ‘tremendously perceptive’ Karl Moussalli focuses on complex international litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sion Richards; Glyn Powell

Other key lawyers:

Adam Brown; Karl Moussalli


‘Jones day are a global firm with a great corporate client base mixed with an enviable UHNW client base.’

‘Glyn Powell was one of the pioneers moving from the public sector to private practice. His background at the Inland Revenue (as was) and the SFO still provides excellent foundations as does being involved in the first DPA on behalf of his corporate client. Straight talking and modestly charming, he is quite unique in the world of WCC.’

‘Jones Day’s investigations and white-collar practice is top notch – a finely tuned, tireless and client driven team with true global capabilities.’

‘I’ve been dealing with Karl Moussalli, who is one of a kind: tremendously perceptive, confident and reassuring in high pressure environments and always surgically precise with his reasoning/questioning. His multi-linguistic/cultural skills and cross-continental legal knowledge also add real value in complex international matters.’


Key clients

Essilor International SAS, Essidev SASU & Essilor Manufacturing (Thailand) Co. Limited (together the “Essilor Group”)

Geoff Carton-Kelly of FRP Advisory as liquidator of CGL Realisations Limited (in liquidation) (formerly Comet Group Limited)

Antony Wright and Paul Allen in their capacity as liquidators of AL Realisations Limited (formerly Laura Ashley Limited) (in liquidation) and Texplan Manufacturing Limited (in liquidation)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Essilor Group on international criminal investigations and civil proceedings arising out of a major fraud in which $213 million worth of funds were misappropriated.

King & Spalding LLP

Acting for clients across the retail, energy, and property sectors, King & Spalding LLP is highly experienced in financial crime cases for top-end companies and financial institutions. The practice demonstrates considerable strength in the sanctions and export control sphere, along with using its bench strength on both sides of the Atlantic to its advantage in US-UK mandates. Aaron Stephens heads the team, consistently assisting clients facing financial crime investigations and compliance challenges, while Margaret Nettesheim focuses on cross-border regulatory proceedings. Former co-head Robert Dedman left the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Nettesheim

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank in various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the UK High Court (Commercial Court), UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), and the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) in the U.S., Canada, Israel and Brazil.
  • Advised a number of blue-chip corporates regarding compliance with UK and EU sanctions and related risk management, particularly in relation to Russian sanctions.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Boasting ‘proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge’, Kingsley Napley LLP’s criminal litigation team expertly covers cross-border corporate investigations spanning the full range of criminal matters. This includes traditional white-collar crime cases ranging from fraud to tax evasion, along with demonstrating strong expertise on ESG, human rights compliance, and regulatory proceedings. Louise Hodges leads, specialising in financial crime and FCA investigations, whilst Caroline Day frequently advises companies on criminal and regulatory matters. The ‘exceptional’ Alun Milford focuses on the proceeds of crime litigation, while Jonathan Grimes routinely conducts internal investigations. Nicola Finnerty and Jill Lorimer are also both highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Jonathan Grimes; Nicola Finnerty; Jill Lorimer; Aaron Watkins; Sophie Wood; Matthew Burn


‘Too many law firms lack the actual experience of criminal litigation to underpin their investigations team. That cannot be said about Kingsley Napley. They are proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge. There’s a reason why Kingsley Napley alumni populate the white-collar departments in the magic circle and US firms. I’ve seen first-hand their ability to turn around major corporate investigations under ridiculous time pressure, with a focus on what really matters. And they know what really matters, because they’ve been there and litigated it before.’

‘Caroline Day is the glue that holds a major investigation team together. She is the first name I would instruct / recommend and then build the team from there. Her ability to work under huge time pressure in cases with intense public and media scrutiny is impressive. She leads and co-ordinates with real skill and sensitivity. Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her. Alun Milford has been a superb addition to the team. He brings unrivalled experience and an ability to make real world predictions about what major law enforcement agencies and regulators are likely to do.’

‘Alun Milford is the king of serious fraud cases. He understands his client’s needs from every angle and provides exceptional service.’

‘A very good niche team with high caliber lawyers.’

‘Louise Hodges is outstanding.’

‘They are a known leader in corporate investigation related work and it shows. Superb knowledge of the law and excellent with pragmatic and practicable advice. Given the sensitivity of the engagement, they provided reassurance throughout and managed well difficult and complex areas without wavering.’

‘Alun Milford has an exceptional brain and lots of related experience. He was thoughtful and very reactive to the changing issues coming out of the investigation. Supported by Caroline Day (excellent too) and Philip Salvesen (a future star in the making), an excellent team and provided superb dedication in the delivery of the support.’

Work highlights

Mayer Brown International LLP

Combining extensive expertise as regulatory counsel with deep experience of advising clients on investigations and criminal defence matters, the Mayer Brown International LLP team frequently represents companies from within the finance, mining, and defence sectors. Drawing upon its strong global platform, the practice is well equipped to lead work on investigations into alleged crime conducted by the SFO and US DOJ. Practice head Alistair Graham regularly addresses complex fraud proceedings and international asset tracing, while Sam Eastwood advises corporations on anti-corruption and human rights issues. Jason Hungerford focuses on compliance work, while Musonda Kapotwe concentrates on ESG regulations.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Sam Eastwood; Jason Hungerford; Chris Chapman; Musonda Kapotwe; Chris Roberts; Paul Whitfield-Jones; Liang Pu; James Ford; Findley Penn-Hughes; Jasmin Simpson; Hormis Kallarackel


‘Bursting with bright, able associates eager to succeed. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Alistair Graham is at the very top of this field. He combines the sophistication of his vast commercial experience with a street fighter attitude. He sees every angle and nothing phases him. He has a consummate knowledge of the law, which he applies with his awesome intelligence. No better solicitor to have in your corner. Superb, knocks the competition and opposition for six.’

‘Alistair Graham is one of the most experienced litigators in this area.’

‘The Mayer Brown team, principally Sam Eastwood, have been working with the Institute for Public Policy Research in Namibia on a pro bono basis on a matter dealing with international accountability and asset recovery relating to corruption. We don’t have a basis for making comparisons as we don’t work with other law firms. However, the service and advice from Mayer Brown has been excellent – highly committed and personalised at the same time.’

‘We have worked with Sam Eastwood and several of his colleagues such as James Ford. Sam is either available immediately or very quickly for communications. His advice has proved invaluable. In addition, Sam and the Mayer Brown team have conducted high quality research that has helped us formulate our positions. In summary: Responsive, committed, high quality in terms of advice and research.’

‘Extremely well informed and well networked. Have a thorough understanding of ESG issues and the associated risks. The turn-to team in this field.’

‘Sam Eastwood: a master of his craft. Always on top of his game, incisive but also a creative thinker. Excellent team player, very results focused.

‘James Ford is incredibly well connected and well regarded, combined with humility, diplomacy and superb people skills.’

Key clients


Former employee of Glencore

Work highlights

  • Acted for eOne in connection with: 1) an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, 2) the subsequent multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court, which included allegations of bribery, dishonesty, deceit, conspiracy and corruption, as well as subsequent bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing a former employee of Glencore in the SFO criminal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption relating to Glencore’s oil activities in Africa.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Headed by the ‘wonderfully imaginative and thoughtful’ Simon Airey, the McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP corporate crime practice has extensive expertise in HMRC, SFO, and FCA investigations. The team shows considerable strength in handling cross-border proceedings, routinely dealing with the US DoJ and SEC, along with advising clients on regulatory compliance issues. Airey specialises in global proceedings surrounding tax and financial crime, associate James Dobias is described as being ‘destined for great things’ due to his knowledge of anti-money laundering and bribery matters, whilst William Merry focuses on corruption and fraud affairs.

Practice head(s):

Simon Airey

Other key lawyers:

James Dobias; William Merry


‘I have worked with Simon Airey on a number of clients and find his wide ranging knowledge and experience of financial and regulatory crime including money laundering and tax fraud on a UK and global basis quite exceptional. In addition to his knowledge and experience, Simon skilfully builds excellent relationships with the client and intermediaries.’

‘Simon Airey is bursting with charm and energy. He is calm and clear eyed in the most difficult circumstances. He has achieved an enormous coup by recruiting James Dobias – who is one of the stars of the future.’

‘Simon Airey is a wonderfully imaginative and thoughtful lawyer. He achieves astonishing results and has generated enormous good will among his clients. James Dobias is a name to watch. His attention to detail is breathtaking. They work well with other teams and are highly practical and efficient.’

‘Simon Airey is an imaginative and sophisticated lawyer who will always find a solution to any problem. He is a delight to work with and can fit into any setting in any jurisdiction.’

‘James Dobias is a young associate but is destined for great things.’

‘A small, very focused team, which works closely with the client. Huge experience and they understand our industry very well, which allows them to give advice tailored and more relevant and useful to us. The MWE team works well with people within our business and is sympathetic to the fact colleagues have a busy day job.’

‘The experience and knowledge of the team members is impressive. They’ve gone through a lot and so can bring an extensive breadth of expertise when advising clients. They are all good to work with and you get a sense that they genuinely care about the client rather than are driven by billable hours. The lead partner’s knowledge of our sector also gives MWE an important head start over other firms we use.’

‘The practice, led by Simon Airey, is unique due to the pragmatic and “can do” attitude in handling sensitive investigations and allegations of corporate crime. As well as keeping in mind business objectives, Simon’s team does this in a way that keeps the company safe from a regulatory perspective, mindful of the position of other key stakeholders.’

Key clients

Entain Plc


William Hill (member of the 888 group)

Strategic investment advisor at Shell



CDW Limited

World Jewish Relief


Morrison Foerster

Best known for dealing with complex cross-border financial crime corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, Morrison Foerster’s global client base rate the team for its ‘pragmatic and agile mindset’. The team also has an increased offering in the sanctions field, advising corporations and financial institutions with highly sensitive compliance matters relating to UK, EU, and US sanctions. The department is jointly headed by Saqib Alam, who assists companies with regulatory investigations; Hayley Ichilcik, a specialist in AML and tax evasion matters; and Gareth Rees KC, whose areas of expertise include sanctions and fraud. Paul Friedman is an expert on cross-border disputes. Of counsel Chloe Kearns is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Saqib Alam; Hayley Ichilcik; Gareth Rees KC

Other key lawyers:

Paul Friedman; Chloe Kearns; Shawna Pasquale


‘Hayley Ichilcik is a very able lawyer whose commercial practice covers a wide range of areas, and she’s adept at each of them; she’s clever, tough, charming, and a delight to work with. Clients love her, as does her legal team: she provides encouragement, reassurance and adept handling of the most difficult case. First-rate.’

‘Chloe Kearns is absolutely superb! She’s extremely clever; she’s an excellent lawyer, with a particularly deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory sphere; she’s immensely hard-working; she produces outstanding documents; and is utterly delightful to work with. She would be my first choice for a commercial associate on a tough case.’

‘Gareth Rees – with immense regulatory experience, he’s simply statesman-like; and quietly gains the respect of all around him. He has a calm, confident and reassuring manner that only comes through years of experience in fighting at the coal-face. You want him on your team; and you certainly don’t want him on the other side. He’s terrific.’

‘Top lawyers with a pragmatic and agile mindset.’

‘Gareth Rees KC and Hayley Ichilcik provide wise expertise to an impressive book of clients. In particular, Hayley is exceptionally bright, hardworking, encyclopedic recall and tactical nous to go CE great value to her corporate client base. Her previous experience at the SFO provides an added edge.’

‘Highly skilled and experienced in relation to investigations, with experience in corporate responses and how to handle individuals within the corporate response.’

‘Hayley Ichilcik – worked with her across a number of cases. Astute, excellent on the law, dedicated to getting the best result for her client.’

Work highlights

Pinsent Masons LLP

Described as ‘true experts’ in the white-collar crime field, the Pinsent Masons LLP practice has considerable experience conducting investigations for multinational companies regarding corporate bribery, fraud, and AML. Working closely with colleagues in Africa, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, the team offers extensive support to clients in multi-jurisdictional crime enforcement agency proceedings, as well as providing general advice in relation to sanctions compliance. The two co-heads, Neil NcInnes and Andrew Sackey, frequently handle complex international and internal investigations concerning allegations of economic crime and sanctions violations. Stacy Keen works on anti-bribery risk assessments, while Tom Stocker is noted for his expertise in bribery and money laundering matters. Natalie Sherborn left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Neil McInnes; Andrew Sackey

Other key lawyers:

Tom Stocker; Stacy Keen; David Hamilton; Jonathan Flynn; David McIlwaine


‘Tom Stocker has a lot of experience and is well known. Neil McInnes is very detailed and persistent. He doesn’t shy from giving clients difficult messages.’

‘Andrew Sackey and David Mcllwaine provide expert knowledge delivered in a practical manner.’

‘They are true experts that help clients anticipate and respond to emerging issues in creative and adaptive ways. I have been thoroughly impressed with how the Pinsent team quickly diagnoses and addresses issues for its diverse clientele.’

Key clients

Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration)

Wood Group

Aftab Currency Exchange Limited

Work highlights

Reed Smith LLP

Counting companies from the pharmaceutical, technology, and sports industries amongst its client-base, the Reed Smith LLP team specialises heavily in US, UK, and EU sanctions issues, along with complex internal investigations. The practice is jointly led by Rosanne Kay and Charles Hewetson, each of whom bring in-depth expertise in financial crime proceedings and regulatory investigations. Leigh Hansson is an ‘excellent sanctions lawyer’ who focuses primarily on Russian sanctions violations, while Emma Shafton covers white-collar criminal defence issues. The team continues to grow with the addition of Patrick Rappo in July 2023 from DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Rosanne Kay; Charles Hewetson

Other key lawyers:

Leigh Hansson; Emma Shafton


‘The sanctions team at Reed Smith truly are unique. Not only do they understand international trade and shipping they have long established specialised sanctions teams in the UK, US, EU and other jurisdictions.’

‘Their experience coupled with their understanding of the shipping industry cannot be overstated. There are very few lawyers and even fewer firms that I trust in this space to deliver considered, commercial and timely advice. Reed Smith is at the very top of a very short list.’

‘These individuals specialised in sanctions and international trade long before the invasion, of the Ukraine and as such they have the depth of experience to distil complex regulations quickly and apply them to practical situations and respond timely in a considered manner.’

Work highlights

Ropes & Gray

Displaying a ‘broad breadth of experience’, the Ropes & Gray LLP anti-corruption and international risk practice is comprised of lawyers with deep expertise in money laundering, fraud, and sanctions violations. The firm’s strength and depth in the UK, US, and Asia, means the group is well equipped to deal with multi-jurisdictional investigations brought by domestic and international enforcement agencies. Amanda Raad leads the London-based offering, specialising in internal and regulatory proceedings concerning FCPA risk and global corruption risk, while US-trained lawyer Sean Seelinger focuses on government inquiries and whistleblower allegations. Paige Berges concentrates on AML matters and economic sanctions issues.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Raad; Maria Gonzalez Calvet; Ryan Rohlfsen

Other key lawyers:

Sean Seelinger; Paige Berges


‘The team is well placed to give a wide range of advice. Lots of private equity portfolio company work means a very broad breadth of experience at not only the law, but how to make a compliance programme actually work in practice.’

‘Amanda Raad – super smart, capable of being practical beyond the legal position.’

‘Ropes & Gray is currently discussing how to regulate and incorporate artificial intelligence on a more direct base in light of recent innovative open language models (such as Chat GPT).’

‘We have worked closely with Ryan Rohlfsen, Amanda Raad, and Sean Seelinger on several internal investigations and additional compliance-related matters. All three of the aforementioned demonstrate consistently a results-oriented mentality, and mental agility to provide efficient and diligent solutions to clients undergoing an internal investigation. Sean Seelinger has worked extremely close with our firm and has demonstrated extensive technical knowledge of FCPA Regulations, providing accurate and practical advice to clients.’

Sidley Austin LLP

Covering the whole spectrum of financial crime matters, Sidley Austin LLP’s white-collar practice routinely represents domestic and global corporations in cross-border investigations. The firm shows particular strength in high-profile money laundering cases, as well as ensuring that its clients have robust internal compliance procedures to tackle corruption. London-based Sara George leads the practice, drawing on her experience as a former prosecutor for the Financial Services Authority to expertly advise on matters concerning allegations of criminal misconduct and market abuse.

Practice head(s):

Sara George

Key clients

Lars Mørch

BeIn Media Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Lars Mørch, former Danske Bank Executive Board Member and former Head of International Banking of Danske Bank, in connection with the largest money laundering case by value of sums laundered (US$230 billion).
  • Helped beIN Media Group to successfully manage a high-profile crisis and politically charged international dispute with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Squire Patton Boggs

With a former prosecutor, barristers, and former in-house counsel, the Squire Patton Boggs team has multi-faceted experience which is combines with its ‘exceptional international reputation’. The practice is well equipped to cover all aspects of corporate crime investigations, including fraud, money laundering, and the misuse of public funds, and demonstrates a growing presence in the ESG and compliance sphere. Practice head Hannah Laming, is a ‘hardworking, decisive lawyer’ who frequently represents clients from across the finance, energy, and media sectors, while Wayne Barnes regularly handles complex internal investigations. The ‘hugely impressive’ Ben Ticehurst has a track record of defending clients in SFO and FCA proceedings, and Jonathan Chibafa is knowledgeable on ESG compliance and supply chain risk management.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Laming

Other key lawyers:

Ben Ticehurst; Wayne Barnes; Jonathan Chibafa


‘Although relatively new to the UK market, Squire Patton Boggs obviously benefits from an exceptional international reputation and has the resource of the worldwide firm behind it. The recruitment of Hannah Laming to head up the team was a real coup.’

‘Hannah Laming has an exceptional grasp of the detail and an instinctive feel for strategy. She is a super lawyer with a great understanding of both regulatory and corporate fraud. She is also excellent at managing corporate clients.’

‘Ben Ticehurst is also a hugely impressive lawyer, with a great reputation, particularly in matters with a multi-jurisdictional aspect.’

‘Hannah is a hardworking, decisive lawyer. Always willing to consider innovative approaches to particular problems.’

‘Hannah Laming has fantastic attention to detail and does not allow any relevant point to be overlooked. Her capacity to be across all aspects of her cases is astounding.’

‘Jonathan Chibafa and Wayne Barnes impress in investigations work.’

‘Ben Ticehurst is our go-to white collar crime/regulatory specialist. Most recently I brought Ben in on a HR dispute (bribery disciplinary allegations against an employee) to carry out an internal corporate investigation into whether my client could have corporate liability for bribery pursuant to s 7 Bribery Act, and Ben also advised on sequencing of the individual disciplinary process. Ben is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and thorough.’

‘Hannah Laming is a very accomplished white collar crime lawyer. She instills confidence in corporate clients from the outset and guides them skillfully through some of the most challenging problems. A go-to adviser.’

Work highlights

Bivonas Law LLP

With more than 25 years of experience in the regulatory and corporate crime market, the ‘highly professional’ team at Bivonas Law LLP represents a vast network of clients, including financial institutions, hotel groups, and advertising companies. The practice has considerable experience of dealing with major prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC, revolving around bribery allegations, money laundering, and serious fraud. Antony Brown co-heads the group, drawing on his civil and criminal fraud expertise to handle complex cross-border prosecutions, while fellow co-chairs Steve Sharp and Cindy Dorrington both handle regulatory and corporate investigations, and high-profile criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown; Steve Sharp; Cindy Dorrington

Other key lawyers:

Roland Ellis


‘The team draws on wide experience of commercial and criminal law that enables all aspects of case to be satisfactorily covered.’

‘Antony Brown is hands on with clients and guides their responses, knowing where to turn to when he needs support. Steve Sharp is very experienced criminal and regulatory lawyer able to draw on a long career’s worth of knowledge to get things right.’

‘As a former senior law enforcement fraud investigator and former director of security and cyber at the Bank of England, I have no hesitation in recommending Bivonas Law in the areas of fraud, corporate activities and white collar crime activities.’

‘All members of Bivonas Law are highly professional and appreciative of all elements of any investigation they enter.’

‘Anthony Brown is on top of his game. Very well versed in regulatory litigation and at all times I felt he was in control. His personalized service and attention to detail stands out. I would highly recommend him to anyone without any hesitation.’

‘One of key strengths of Bivonas in regulatory investigations is that these matters usually engage regulatory, criminal and employment law issues. Bivonas Law is able to advise on both the regulatory and criminal proceedings alongside employment lawyers.’

‘I am working with Roland Ellis on several complex contractual disputes. I like Roland’s readiness to embrace non-standard solutions serving the client’s interests. In particular, it was easy to work with Roland on quite technical aspects of the disputes which required appreciation of a specific business environment of the client working in the IT industry.’

Work highlights

  • Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption while in office.
  • Advising a UK-based asset management company on its exposure to third party liability after the SFO requested information about its clients linked to an investigation into alleged money laundering and fraud offences concerning the award of major oil contracts in the Middle East.
  • Acting for the UK arm of a ship husbanding company involved in a major US Navy contracting scandal concerning allegations of bribery and overcharging.


Praised by clients for its ‘outstanding’ business crime and investigations group, Dentons advises regulators, governments, and corporate clients in multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, and corruption. The department also offers in-depth expertise in both trade and financial sanctions, demonstrating particular strength on sanctions policy, law-making and licensing developed in the UK and EU. Katharine Harle and Louisa Caswell co-lead the practice, bringing extensive financial crime experience to the team, while Chris Brennan shows ‘excellent judgment’ when solving regulatory issues. Roger Matthews focuses on international trade and sanctions, while Dan Lund is also recommended for his expertise in financial crime.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Harle; Louisa Caswell

Other key lawyers:

Chris Brennan; Roger Matthews; Craig Neilson; Dan Lund; Rebecca Dix; Zeena Saleh; Sarah Partridge-Smith; Dan Bodle


‘An outstanding international litigation department with a specialism in complex banking cases and handling high-net-worth and demanding clients.’

‘Chris Brennan is a great recent signing who brings excellent judgment and legal understanding to all of his cases. Dan Bodle is skilful and measured handler of complicated litigation with a high public profile.’

‘A number of practitioners with extensive experience in the field. They have an approachable style.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advising BP on Russian sanctions and wider trade compliance support.

K&L Gates LLP

Counting multinational corporations and FTSE 250 companies amongst its key clients, the K&L Gates LLP practice draws upon its ‘wealth of experience’ to offer bespoke advice on regulatory matters and cross-border business crime cases. The team has a strong track record in high-profile SFO and FRC investigations, using its network of US offices when addressing AML, fraud, and bribery proceedings spanning across many different jurisdictions. The ‘bright, practical’ Dylan Moses leads the practice, frequently dealing with complex health and safety prosecutions, while Brian Saulnier focuses on corruption-related issues. Michael Ruck handles regulatory compliance, working closely with domestic and foreign regulators. Rose Naylor is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Brian Saulnier; Michael Ruck; Rosie Naylor; Annabel Goulding


‘Dylan Moses leads the team in the UK and is a very highly regarded practitioner who acts on significant mandates.’

‘Fantastic team which covers both regulatory and criminal issues.’

‘Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck are brilliant. Michael brings his FCA “in house” experience to his clients.’

‘I have known Michael Ruck for some years, although have not yet worked together with him on a case as co-defendant. I know him reasonably well however and my sense is that he is an up-and-coming lawyer, steeped in the world of financial services regulation, with a keen sense of how to run regulatory investigations well. He also brings the added dimension of having previously worked at the regulator.’

‘The Risk Advisory team at K&L Gates has a wealth of experience in advising and representing corporate clients on risk management and regulatory investigations. The firm’s international presence enables it to address cross border investigations effectively and to provide advice beyond the confines of domestic legislation.’

‘Dylan Moses is at the forefront of the firm’s practice in this field. His deep knowledge of corporate crime is informed by many years of practice as a criminal barrister and a continuing raft of experience in regulatory investigations. He is bright, practical and extremely hard working. His down to earth approach make him popular with corporate clients at all levels. Associate solicitor Rosie Naylor is a highly committed lawyer in this field with excellent judgement and a thorough approach to every aspect of her substantial case load.’

Key clients

Balli Group Plc

Laing O’Rourke

Qatar Free Zone Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing various Balli entities, including 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.
  • Advising Laing O’Rourke (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law.
  • Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery policies and health and safety regulations for the free zone in the state of Qatar.

Pallas Partners LLP

Pallas Partners LLP’s investigations and financial crime practice has extensive expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional investigations involving allegations of bribery and money laundering, conducted by domestic and overseas enforcement agencies. The firm has a strong offering in the sanctions space, boasting specialists on UK and EU sanctions along with data protection issues. Matt Getz and Tracey Dovaston both head the team, with the former being a ‘top-notch’ performer who focuses on white-collar defence and regulatory compliance, whilst the ‘very experienced’ latter handles complex financial services investigations. Solicitor Natasha Harrison concentrates on arbitration disputes, and counsel Alessia de Quincey is knowledgeable on financial crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Matt Getz; Tracey Dovaston

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Harrison; Alessia de Quincey


‘Matt Getz is an exceptionally bright and able solicitor. He works aggressively hard for his clients and is a top-notch performer. He thinks originally and looks for solutions. I am very impressed.’

‘Tracey Dovaston is very experienced and strategic adviser used for high-value disputes. Very commercial, quick to grasp complex issues and look for solutions.’

‘A welcome addition to the London legal landscape delivering top-class conflict free management of litigation with a commercial slant.’

‘Matt Getz, Natasha Harrison and their fellow partners represent a package of all the talent.’

‘Although still relatively new in the market, Pallas Partners has quickly established itself as a leading player in the white-collar space. The cumulative experience of its partnership is second to none, and they bring a diversity of thought which leads to extremely effective strategic thinking.’

‘Tracey Dovaston is a first-rate lawyer. Calm, experienced, and well-connected, she defends her client’s interests vigorously and effectively. She is a strategic thinker, a strong communicator and an excellent team leader. Tracey has a sophisticated understanding of her corporate clients’ commercial imperatives, and within those parameters she is immensely effective at helping those clients to mitigate risk arising from regulatory issues.’

‘Alessia de Quincey is a very steady pair of hands, with a masterful grasp of the detail of the matters she works on.’

Key clients

Madison Pacific Trust

VR Capital

Farallon Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of institutional investors in respect of a circa £2 billion-plus claim that has been brought on behalf of a core group of institutional investors against Glencore under Section 90 of the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 (FSMA).
  • Represented Madison Pacific against PrivatBank in court proceedings linked to arbitrations (and the arbitrations themselves) in relation to loans funded by two notes issue in 2010 and 2013.
  • Representing VR Capital, Farallon Capital Management and Moza Banco in their role as lenders under the US$622 million ProIndicus loan guaranteed by the Republic of Mozambique.

Steptoe UK LLP

Representing major private equity firms and international corporations, Steptoe UK LLP offers a ‘highly bespoke specialist service’ on complex financial crime investigations pertaining to corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion. The team frequently handles work related to regulatory enforcement, sanctions and anti-money laundering issues, bolstered by its experience of dealing with the OFSI, the SFO, and the FCA. Following the departure of former practice head John Rupp, the team is headed by Zoe Osborne, who specialises in cross-border financial crime proceedings. Alexandra Melia focuses on UK sanctions and export controls, while Ivan Gordienko is knowledgeable on commercial litigation. Other key figures include Leigh Mallon, who conducts special investigations and compliance audits.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Melia; Ivan Gordienko; Leigh Mallon


‘Alexandra Melia and her team provide sound practical advice.’

‘Alexandra Melia is extremely personable and provides comprehensive advice on complex trade sanctions issues.’

‘Steptoe & Johnson provides a highly bespoke specialist service. The lawyers are specialists, which makes for an efficient service.’

Work highlights

  • Advising energy and mining companies on antibribery and corruption matters.
  • Advising clients on regulatory compliance related to sanctions and export control, with its established US and EU capabilities.
  • Advising asset managers and hedge funds on the financial crime risks associated with investments and acquisitions, in particular in relation to investments into start-ups.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Acting on behalf of clients in the technology, pharmaceutical, and finance industries, Taylor Wessing LLP advises on the full scope of financial crime, routinely dealing with cross-border investigations involving HMRC enquiries, tax fraud, and insider trading. The team is experienced in crypto exchange and investment disputes, with co-head David De Ferrars boasting expertise in fraud and asset tracing within the technology sector. Fellow co-head Andrew Howell is an expert on complex regulatory investigations, while Tim Strong handles international commercial disputes. Both Laurence Lieberman and Richard Viegas regularly represent financial institutions and accountancy firms. Other key figures include 'standout practitioner' David McCluskey.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; David de Ferrars

Other key lawyers:

Tim Strong; David McCluskey; Andrew Howell; Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Richard Viegas; Stuart Broom; Emma Allen; James Bryden; Samantha Brendish; Lorna Bramich; Alexandra Boreham; Gemma Broughall


‘David McCluskey is the standout practitioner. His pedigree is white collar crime and FCA/financial services work, representing individuals and applies those skills and understanding to the corporate clients.’

Work highlights

Withers LLP

With broad expertise in the financial crime, corporate criminal liability, and sanctions spheres, the Withers LLP team is highly regarded by its domestic and international client-base. Through close collaboration between its London and global network of offices, the practice demonstrates ‘an inclusive breadth of knowledge’ in relation to high-profile extradition and INTERPOL matters, along with managing multi-jurisdictional proceedings brought by the SFO and FCA. The ’impressiveNatalie Sherborn - who joined the firm in May 2022 from Pinsent Masons LLP - co-leads the group, where she focuses on major bribery and fraud investigations. Fellow co-head Carl Newman specialises in dealing with SFO, HMRC, and NCA prosecutions, while Harvey Knight is an expert on regulatory compliance measures.

Practice head(s):

Carl Newman; Natalie Sherborn

Other key lawyers:

Harvey Knight; Anthony Hanratty


‘Strength across the team with an inclusive breadth of knowledge.’

‘Carl Newman is a dynamic, personable, great lawyer. Clients love his analytical skills and charisma in getting the right result. Anthony Hanratty is beginning to come into his own and produces fabulous written work.’

‘Natalie Sherborn possesses a deep understanding of reputation management which can literally change the course of nascent criminal investigations to her favour. An impressive and immensely talented strategic operator.’

‘Carl Newman has forgotten more about defeating criminal investigations than most people can ever hope to learn. Experienced, unflappable and simply excellent at what he does.’

‘A strong team able to advise corporates in relation to corporate crime and regulatory investigations. Also strong on internal investigations where allegations of potential misconduct arise.’

‘Natalie Sherborn possesses great experience in advising and representing global corporates facing investigation. Confident in the boardroom and able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and get buy-in from key partners.’