Mr Neil Hawes > Crucible Chambers > LONDON, England > Lawyer Profile

Crucible Chambers

Work Department

Serious Crime, Business Crime, Regulatory, Investigations


Head of Chambers


Neil is the Head of Crucible. Called to be Bar in 1989, he was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience in advising on serious criminal business and regulatory offences and investigations. Renowned for his exhaustive preparation and strategic foresight, he specialises in bribery & corruption, fraud, DPA’s, cartel investigations, and insider dealing cases. He remains well known for his down-to-earth collegiate approach with the people who work with him.

Neil is regularly instructed to lead and advise on internal corporate investigations. Instructions have included advising on warrants, documentation retention & production, privilege and strategic outcomes, including money laundering and market reporting obligations.

Neil has been consistently recognised in the legal directories before and since taking silk. Legal 500 rank him as Tier 1 leading Silk for Fraud and Business & Regulatory Crime (including Global Investigations). He is sought after by large corporations and firms alike and is regularly instructed in high profile cases brought by the SFO, FCA, CPS and CMA. During 2019 he sequentially successfully defended two Directors in SFO prosecutions; Sarclad Ltd (the XYZ DPA) and Guralp Systems Ltd (GSL DPA). In 2019, Chambers & Partners shortlisted him for Crime QC of the year.


  • South East Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Cybercrime Practitioners Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Neil Hawes KC  – Crucible Chambers

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Neil Hawes KC – Crucible Chambers

Members of Crucible Chambers bring expertise to defending clients involved in boiler rooms, money laundering and other financial crime cases, including heavyweight tax frauds. Head of chambers Neil Hawes KC leads a team of juniors from chambers defending in the widely-publicised SFO prosecution of David Ames, who was allegedly involved in an investment scheme involving unbuilt hotels and a loss of £420m to investors. Leila Gaskin is currently representing the principal defendant accused of a boiler room fraud preying on 30 high-net-worth individuals.