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Neil Gerrard

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Dechert LLP

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Deputy Chair, Dechert's Litigation group and Partner, Dechert's White Collar and Securities Litigation practice


Neil Gerrard focuses on white collar crime relating to the corporate sector, with particular emphasis on regulatory investigations and prosecutions undertaken by UK, US and EU regulators including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department of Justice, the Financial Services Authority and the Office of Fair Trading. Mr. Gerrard has in the past been shortlisted to be Director of the Serious Fraud Office and was a key member of the Government and Judicial Committee that developed the Deferred Prosecution Scheme. His unique skillset and extensive experience has made him a lawyer of choice for companies and in particular audit committees around the world who regularly instruct him to undertake independent regulatory and/or whistleblower investigations, invariably involving multiple jurisdictions and regulatory bodies.


Member, The Law Society of England and Wales


Manchester Polytechnic, LL.B., 1988, with Honors; Chester College of Law, J.D., 1989

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Gerrard - Dechert LLP

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Innovative, effective and highly strategicDechert LLP is adept at representing individuals in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, Department of Justice (DOJ), FCA and the Office of Fair Trading. The firm continues to act for a former employee of Alstom in relation to a conspiracy to pay bribes to win contracts for the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, the matter is valued at €229m. Neil Gerrard  heads the team, he is ‘a highly experienced and effective litigator, well respected by law enforcement and regulators alike’. Matthew Cowie has ‘an excellent grasp of the law’ and is ‘passionate about his clients’. Caroline Black has ‘the ability to keep cool in complex and stressful situations’. Roger Burlingame joined from Kobre & Kim LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Gerrard - Dechert LLP

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Dechert LLP has ‘a professional and experienced team composed of really nice lawyers’. It advises corporate clients on fraud, bribery, money laundering, international trade, export control and sanctions issues. It is adept at handling investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA), SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and various European Union (EU) institutions. Neil Gerrard heads the team and is ‘in the first rank of practitioners in the field’. Matthew Cowie  has ‘an excellent grasp of the law along with the ability to ensure that involved parties work together in a collaborative way when possible’. Caroline Black ‘keeps cool in complex and stressful situations with senior decision makers’, Miriam Gonzalez is also recommended. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. David Hughes left for Stewarts Law LLP.

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