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Stewarts Law LLP

Work Department

Financial Crime


Partner and Head of Financial Crime


Richard is an expert in advising, investigating and defending international bribery, corruption and fraud matters and has had regular engagement with the SFO, FCA, DoJ and HMRC.

Over his career, Richard has advised and represented many high net worth individuals in circumstances where there was a potential criminal exposure.

The legal directories describe Richard as “an expert in domestic and international crime, fraud and money laundering cases” and someone who is “capable of running a case in an innovative fashion”.

He acted in connection with the SFO’s activities in relation to Unaoil, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation and Rolls Royce. His work acting for three prominent journalists in the Operation Eleveden corruption enquiry and prosecution led him to be named The Times’ ‘Lawyer of the Week’. Amongst others, his clients have included KBR, Inc. and Members of Parliament.


Richard was called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2003. He joined Stewarts from 2 Bedford Row in 2018 to establish the firm’s Financial Crime department.


  • Queen’s Counsel
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the British Virgin Islands Bar

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Richard Kovalevsky QCStewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP handles white-collar-related matters including civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation and reputation management. Areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, fraud, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and market abuse. Richard Kovalevsky QC joined the firm in July 2018 and heads the team; he focuses on financial crime. David Savage joined as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

(Leading individuals)

Richard Kovalevsky QCStewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP’s financial crime department is headed by the highly regarded Richard Kovalevsky QC who joined the firm from 2 Bedford Row. Areas of expertise include civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation, commercial litigation and reputation management. It also handles matters relating to bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and the manipulation of financial markets. David Savage joined the firm as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros. Karen Hutchinson was promoted to legal director.