Kyle Phillips > Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Howard Kennedy LLP

Work Department

Business Crime & Regulatory


Kyle Phillips is a specialist financial crime and regulatory solicitor with particular expertise advising companies and individuals on fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering matters.

Kyle has over 10 years’ experience representing clients in some of the most high-profile financial crime and regulatory investigations. This includes both domestic and international investigations. Notably, he has been instructed on several high-profile financial crime investigations including Wirecard, Euribor, G4S, Serco, Amec Foster Wheeler, Harlequin and Forex.

Kyle conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporates who suspect criminal wrongdoing. He provides strategic advice to clients seeking to report criminal misconduct to the authorities, and is experienced at bringing private prosecutions.

He provides expert assistance to clients to take preventative financial crime measures, including implementing compliance programmes and undertaking audits of financial crime controls. Kyle is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and together with his vast experience in financial crime investigation, he is particularly skilled at providing anti-money laundering advice and assistance.

He is experienced at advising clients at all stages of a criminal investigation, and continues to advise clients subject to investigation for general crime matters including drugs, assault and sexual offences.

Kyle also advises individuals subject to sports regulatory investigations, including e-sports. He sits as an Anti-Discrimination Disciplinary Chair for the Football Association. He is also a committee member for the Private Prosecutors’ Association and is a former chair of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

Adept at handling large scale financial fraud investigations and prosecutions‘, Howard Kennedy LLP is active in high-profile and complex money laundering and compliance proceedings, with standout involvements in cases relating to EURIBOR, as well as ongoing SFO investigations and cases relating to market manipulation, the Bribery Act, and regulatory issues. Clients include directors, executives, and financial services traders, both domestic and international, with the firm able to leverage in-house reputation management, private client, and commercial litigation expertise to represent a diverse range of clients in the full spectrum of white-collar cases. Practice head Ian Ryaninspires confidence’, and has seen success in representing individuals in high-profile serious fraud proceedings, particularly SFO investigations, while financial crime and regulatory specialist Kyle Phillips is also a key name for international money laundering and market abuse cases. Senior associate Jennifer Harper represents clients in criminal fraud and regulatory proceedings brought by all major UK enforcement agencies.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘highly respected and effective general crime department’ which acts for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals accused of criminal offences. The department works closely with the firm’s media and reputation team to provide high level service to those facing charges such as sexual assault, drug offences, or violent crimes. Lead partner Ian Ryan has more than 30 years’ experience in the field, and works with clients from the police station onwards. Kyle Phillips, who rejoined the firm in 2021 after two years with Fieldfisher, is a specialist in financial crime and regulatory law. Associate Jennifer Harper is another key name, and has experience handling allegations of sexual and physical assault.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions

Howard Kennedy LLP has experience both defending and bringing private prosecutions, acting for clients from a variety of sectors in proceedings arising from fraud allegations and investigations by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international enforcement agencies. As well as fraud and business crime proceedings, the firm is also regularly involved in private prosecutions arising from restructuring and insolvency proceedings, drawing on in-house restructuring and civil fraud expertise in coordinating these proceedings. The firm was also notably involved in a leading private prosecution in the retail space, which ended successfully for the firm’s client. Ian Ryan heads up the team, and represents a wide range of corporate and financial services clients in regulatory investigations resulting in private prosecutions,  Financial crime and fraud specialist Kyle Phillips and senior associate Jennifer Harper, who has advised on cross-border prosecutions, are also key members of the team.