Stephen Pollard > WilmerHale > London, England > Lawyer Profile

49 Park Lane
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Work Department

Antitrust and Competition; Cartel Enforcement; Cross-Border Investigations and Compliance; Investigations; Litigation; Securities Enforcement; Securities Litigation; UK White Collar Defense and Investigations; United Kingdom; White Collar Defense and Investigations




Stephen Pollard is a seasoned litigator with more than 30 years of experience in the full spectrum of business crime and securities enforcement work. During his career, Mr. Pollard has been involved in most of the significant business crime investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK authorities. Mr. Pollard has particular experience in representing senior individuals from public and private companies, including those from the financial services sector. In addition, Mr. Pollard is regularly instructed to advise national and international companies facing complex and sensitive issues relating to criminal, regulatory or reputational matters.

Mr. Pollard is widely regarded as one of the leading lawyers in London advising clients in proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and National Crime Agency (NCA). These matters predominately relate to financial services fraud, multi-jurisdictional white collar crime allegations, corruption, competition/cartel allegations, insider trading, market manipulation, market abuse and internal investigations. He also has extensive experience in handling high-profile matters requiring press and reputational management.


French, German, Spanish


England and Wales, Solicitor


LPC, University of the West of England, 1982

BA, Jurisprudence, Pembroke College, Oxford University, 1980

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

(Hall of Fame)

Stephen PollardWilmerHale

With ‘market-leading‘ practice head Stephen Pollard at the helm, WilmerHale continues to be a firm of choice for stellar individual-side representation. Senior executives facing regulatory exposure value the firm’s ‘high quality advice‘ and breadth of experience with leading financial regulators, including the FCA and FRC. In January 2023, Richard Burger joined the team from DWF, bringing with him extensive experience acting in complex domestic and international regulatory enforcement proceedings and criminal investigations.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Stephen PollardWilmerHale

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)

(Hall of Fame)

Stephen PollardWilmerHale

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.