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Cloth Fair Chambers
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Alison Pople is widely acknowledged as a leading criminal advocate with a particular specialism in financial crime and corporate crime. Extremely highly regarded, she is routinely instructed in high profile, serious and complex criminal investigations and proceedings for both individual and corporate clients.

Her expertise embraces the interface between the commercial world and criminal investigations including issues of corporate fraud and false accounting, insider dealing, criminal cartels, tax fraud, domestic and international corruption, corporate regulatory issues and money laundering.

Alison is a skilled and persuasive advocate in both jury and non-jury proceedings. A significant part of her practice is advisory, on self-reporting issues and on strategy from the commencement of criminal investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Competition and Markets Authority and other regulatory bodies in the UK. She frequently advises clients within and outside the UK on issues and investigations with global reach.

Alison also acts as a Special Advocate, instructed by the Attorney General in High Court, Administrative Court or SIAC proceedings.


Alison is currently representing the Chief Operating officer of Afren PLC, Charged by the SFO alongside the company’s former CEO  with Fraud Act 2006 and money Laundering offences in a criminal trial fixed for September, Alison also represents the former Chief Financial Officer of FH Bertling ltd in on going criminal proceedings brought by the SFO for corruption offences.

Other notable instructions include;

  • Advising a multi-national corporate subject to an SFO investigation into alleged historic overseas corruption offences.
  • Advising a senior corporate figure subject to a long-running SFO investigation into suspected bribery, fraud and sanctions offences in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Advising a former senior banking executive subject to the SFO investigation into alleged Libor ‘Lowballing’
  • Advising a senior executive at a multi-national energy and aerospace company subject to an SFO investigation in relation to alleged overseas corruption in a number of jurisdictions.
  • A company director under criminal investigation by the CMA for a suspected cartel offence in relation to the supply of pre- cast concrete drainage products. Despite the charging of a co-defendant with a criminal offence, the CMA brought no charges against her client, following written representations.


Called to the Bar – 1993
QC – 2015

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Alison Pople QCCloth Fair ChambersIncredibly hardworking and able to devastate the most difficult witnesses in cross-examination.