Lloyd Firth > WilmerHale > London, England > Lawyer Profile

49 Park Lane
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Work Department

Litigation; White Collar Defense and Investigations; UK White Collar Defense and Investigations; Securities; Litigation; United Kingdom




Lloyd Firth’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defence work, regulatory and internal investigations and compliance in the corporate sector.

Mr. Firth has defended both individual and corporate clients in respect of investigations and enforcement proceedings initiated by authorities including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England and H.M. Revenue & Customs, further to allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, insider dealing, and various regulatory breaches. Mr. Firth has experience in handling high-profile sensitive matters requiring press and reputational management.

Significant representations:

  • Currently part of a team conducting a complex multi-jurisdictional internal investigation on behalf of a FTSE-100 natural resources company into allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering being investigated by the SFO, the US Department of Justice and the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission.
  • Currently representing a former senior executive at a FTSE 100 mining company in respect of a criminal investigation being conducted by the SFO into allegations of bribery in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Currently representing a high net worth individual in respect of a criminal investigation conducted by HMRC.
  • Lead associate in a team that designed and conducted a global anti-corruption risk assessment and compliance review on behalf of a major German company, involving third-party adviser site visits in over 50 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Conducted a sensitive internal investigation on behalf of the Board of a FTSE 100 company.
  • Acted for a company and its directors in respect of allegations of insider dealing, including the management of a raid of client premises carried out by the FCA and the Metropolitan Police.
  • Conducted a multi-jurisdictional internal investigation for a FTSE 100 company further to allegations of fraud, corruption and sanctions breaches in overseas subsidiaries in the CIS and Africa being investigated by the SFO.
  • Represented a high-profile suspect in respect of a police investigation into an alleged arson.

Mr. Firth is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.


Solicitor, England and Wales


LPC, The College of Law, London Moorgate, 2010

LLB, Durham University, 2008

Lawyer Rankings

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

Consistently advising clients in multi-jurisdictional SFO investigations, the London WilmerHale team effectively combines ‘US law firm heft’ with  ‘gold-standard’ UK lawyers, according to one client. The group has considerable expertise handling white-collar proceedings being investigated by the NCA, FCA, and HMRC, along with international cases involving the US DOJ and SEC. The ‘legendary’ Stephen Pollard heads the practice, specialising in financial services fraud, market manipulation, and internal investigations, while the arrival of Richard Burger as a partner from DWF in January 2023 adds more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and global regulatory enforcement and criminal proceedings to the department. Meanwhile, counsel, Lloyd Firth , is highly knowledgeable in all matters relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering, and insider dealing. David Rundle left the firm for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in May 2023.

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

The WilmerHale practice is headed by ‘the Top Gun in the London white-collar market’, Stephen Pollard, who brings vast expertise in advising clients in high-profile proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and NCA. The team’s client list includes notable companies from within the extractives and technology spheres, along with authorities from across the globe, as the department is highly regarded for dealing with proceedings arising from allegations of historic bribery and market manipulation. Richard Burger joined the firm as partner from DWF in January 2023, specialising in complex international regulatory enforcement and criminal investigations, whilst counsel Lloyd Firth focuses on money laundering and tax evasion issues.