Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based business crime and regulatory investigations team has expertise across the financial criminal law piece, assisting clients with issues connected with the proceeds of crime, anti-money laundering and bribery matters, and regulatory compliance. Cross-border investigations are a key area of expertise, particularly in relation to the financial services sector. The 'first-class' David Hall leads the group, representing international corporates and financial institutions in matters involving allegations against their directors and employees. Guy Bastable is another key lawyer with recent experience representing clients in environmental criminal cases. Associates Sam Aldous and Laura Beament are both well versed in financial criminal regulation.
Crime: fraud in South West
Other key lawyers:
Michael Ward; Guy Bastable; Sam Aldous; Laura Beament
‘David Hall and Michael Ward both have first-class reputations in the field of civil fraud and I cannot recommend them more highly. They think strategically and offer solutions to complex problems.’
‘My main contact has been with David Hall. I have always found David to be thoroughly professional in his dealings with myself and my firm.’
‘David Hall has extremely good judgement, well considered, very knowledgeable, good with clients.’
National Crime Agency
- Representing a US technology company in dawn raid issues.
In the Exeter offices of Michelmores LLP, the regulatory disputes team has a strong white-collar criminal defence offering. Lawyers are instructed at the investigation stage, where advice includes risk mitigation, while the group of seasoned solicitor advocates also handle commercial litigation connected with financial crime, including in relation to police investigations. Compliance work is another area of expertise, and the team is experienced in drafting anti-bribery and anti-money laundering policies and procedures for clients doing business in the UK and abroad. Heading the department is Andrew Oldland QC, a former prosecutor noted for his 'widespread knowledge of regulation', with a specialism in money laundering and corruption-related cases. Sara Chisholm-Batten is an expert in cross-border enforcement issues, with a notable commercial litigation background.
Andrew Oldland QC
Other key lawyers:
Sara Chisholm-Batten; Jonathan Kitchin
‘My impression remains that it is a firm which is leveraging its locations in London and in the West Country in order to break into the upper range of firms excelling in regulation, especially financial services regulation, including fraud.’
‘Michelmores is lucky to have as its senior partner, and principal fee-earner in this field, Andrew Oldland QC. It is rare to have a recorder, and particularly a silk recorder, as a senior partner, and Andrew is also unusual in his widespread knowledge of regulation, and his ability to demonstrate his expertise in international circles.’
Two former bank traders of Rabobank
- Acting for Bijou Weddings in a leading case against the Competition & Markets Authority on cancellations and refunds following the cancellation of the 2020 wedding season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advising AIFCA on a major project to set up Kazakhstan’s own international financial centre in Astana, in a similar manner to those in Dubai and Qatar, which included drafting and advising on financial regulations.
- Representing two former bank traders of Rabobank in a claim against their former employer following the LIBOR scandal.