Neill Blundell > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution


Neill is head of the firm’s corporate crime and investigations practice.

He is a specialist white collar defence and criminal investigations lawyer who advises both individuals and corporates on compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecutions conducted by agencies such as the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, NCA, Civil Aviation Authority and the CPS. He also assists in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving agencies such as the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the FIOD (Netherlands), the US Department of Justice, the US Securities & Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Neill has significant experience of acting for clients (both corporates and individuals) facing criminal investigations and prosecutions. He has been involved in some of the highest profile bribery investigations into BAE, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, as well as benchmark rigging (LIBOR) and the investigation into Barclays regarding the 2008 fund raising.

He is also an expert on building anti-fraud, anti-bribery and Criminal Finance Act compliance programmes and in providing the training for clients in anti-fraud and culture awareness.

Neill is a qualified solicitor-advocate.


Qualified 1995; partner 2008; partner Macfarlanes 2018


Professional memberships

  • Fraud Lawyers Association (Committee Member)
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • European Criminal Bar Association
  • European Fraud & Compliance Lawyers
  • International Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Neill BlundellMacfarlanes 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)

(Hall of Fame)

Neill BlundellMacfarlanes LLP

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.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

The members of Macfarlanes LLP‘s team are considered to be ‘good collaborators and open-minded.‘ The group handles a wide range of civil fraud matters and is led by James Popperwell, who is active in matters relating to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS region. Senior counsel Chloë Edworthy is well versed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Neill Blundell is experienced in matters at the intersection of fraud and white-collar crime. The practice is also recommended for its knowledge of offshore structures and the litigation funding elements of fraud cases.