Helen Harvey > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

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Litigation and dispute resolution


Helen is a member of the firm’s corporate crime and investigations practice.

She advises both individuals and corporates on compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecutions. She has represented clients before a number of regulators, including the SFO, HMRC, the FCA and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). She has been involved in the high-profile bribery investigations into Rolls-Royce and Airbus and the investigation into Barclays regarding the 2008 fund raising.

She has particular expertise in sanctions and export control issues, and is currently helping clients adapt to recent shifts in the global financial sanctions framework. She has published numerous updates on sanctions and spoken on podcasts.

Helen also assists clients with designing and implementing compliance programmes for corruption, money laundering and sanctions. She delivers training on all aspects of financial crime.

Helen is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association and the Female Fraud Forum.


Qualified 2012

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Rising stars)

Helen HarveyMacfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP represents senior executives and international high-net-worth individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO and global enforcement bodies, as well as handling extradition proceedings, interviews under caution and witness interviews, and tax investigations. The firm is able to handle cross-border proceedings, and has acted for clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, sports, and others, and is particularly noted for its ability to represent high-profile clients facing sensitive allegations of financial crime. Vastly experienced white-collar criminal defence practitioner Neill Blundell heads up the ‘cohesive and well-informed‘ team, which also includes Lorna Emson, who continues to bolster her reputation in the financial crime space, acting for executives, HNW individuals, and politicians, and senior solicitor Helen Harvey, who has notable expertise in criminal HMRC investigations. Associate Max Hobbs, who regularly represents clients facing interviews under caution, is praised as an ‘up and coming force‘.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

Tough defenders but sensible and approachable’, the team at Macfarlanes LLP advises an international corporate client base on bribery, corruption, and other financial crime issues, encompassing regulatory and criminal investigations brought by international enforcement agencies, as well as internal compliance audits. The firm has a particularly strong record in AML advice, and has also seen an uptick in sanctions work, both with regard to enforcement and compliance. The vastly experienced ‘genuine starNeill Blundell heads up the team, and combines deep regulatory and criminal defence expertise, acting across the full range of financial crime matters for a diverse client base. Barry Donnelly  handles multijurisdictional investigations by the likes of the SFO and US DOJ, while senior solicitor Helen Harvey plays an increasingly key role in criminal tax investigations and sanctions work.