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Nick Benwell

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Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution.


Nick is head of the firm’s crime, fraud and investigations group. He advises on a wide range of corporate crime, corruption and fraud-related matters. He is experienced at dealing with large scale and sensitive investigations involving the handling of issues in multiple jurisdictions, and regularly advises on reporting to and communications with enforcement authorities including the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency. Nick also has over 25 years’ experience of a wide range of complex, high value commercial and corporate investigations and disputes.


Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Hong Kong; joined Simmons & Simmons 1989, partner 1999.


Nick is Co-Chairman of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, a founding member of the City of London Law Society Corporate Crime Committee and a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. He was a member of the CBI Working Group on the Bribery Act.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Simmons & Simmons¬†fields that is noted for its ‚Äėsensible strategic judgement and¬†ability to scale up resources when necessary to meet tight deadlines‚Äô. It deals with cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, with a focus on the financial sector. Nick Benwell¬†heads the team, he is adept at securing search orders and freezing orders and liaising with regulatory authorities around the world. Tim Boyce¬†heads the financial markets litigation practice and deals with disputes and fraud claims. Patrick Boylan¬†led on advising Capco in a dispute worth over $100m that arose out of an alleged fraudulent conspiracy in a FinTech arm of the company. The firm continues to act for HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $40bn. Managing Associate Adam Brown¬†is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Simmons & Simmons¬†advises on a broad range of criminal fraud matters including preventative advice and internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and INTERPOL related matters. The firm continues to act for the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Autonomy plc who was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud. He is also under investigation by the SEC, US Air Force and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in a multi-billion dollar accounting fraud case. Nick Benwell¬†heads the team, supported by Stephen Gentle. The team is ‚Äėgreat in all aspects, always available and always gives precise advice‚Äô.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Simmons & Simmons¬†¬†advises on corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and criminal tax investigations. It is also adept at handling the criminal side of investigations, advising clients on search and seizures, interviews, internal corporate investigations and cross-border criminal matters. Another area of expertise is contentious regulatory investigations including misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability. It has particular experience of dealing with investigations by the FCA and SFO. The firm‚Äôs key client sector is financial services including including retail and wholesale banks, asset managers, brokers and other major financial institutions. Nick Benwell¬†and Stephen Gentle, who ‚Äėbrings a calm reassurance to problem areas‚Äô head the team. Tim Boyce, Richard Sims¬†and Emma Sutcliffe¬†are also recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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